India added a record 3,32,730 new coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, taking the country's infection tally to 1,62,63,695. As India continued to record a huge number of new infections, hospitals in the national capital and other major cities complained of 'dangerously low' levels of oxygen that is needed for critically ill patients. People losing loved ones in Delhi are turning to makeshift facilities that are undertaking mass burials and cremations as crematoriums come under pressure. (FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES ON COVID)
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan reported 75.01 per cent of the new COVID-19 cases registered in a day.
India's cumulative recoveries have surged to 1,36,48,159 with 1,93,279 recoveries being registered in a span of 24 hours.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has always expressed his admiration for star wide receiver Julio Jones, but that doesn't mean he plans to meddle in the team's reported plans. Jones, after all, reportedly is the subject of persistent trade rumors. The Falcons showed their appreciation for Ryan, a former NFL Most Valuable Player, by restructuring his contract and electing against selecting a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Federer missed nearly the entire 2020 season after twice having knee surgery. On Tuesday, the 39-year-old went toe-to-toe with Andujar in their first-ever meeting, showing plenty of encouraging signs with his shot-making and on-court movement ahead of the French Open. After bouncing back in the second set, Federer looked poised to run away with the contest before an uncharacteristic lapse in concentration put paid to his hopes of an extended run at his home tournament.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton feels he'll be ready to participate at the start of training camp. Sutton, 25, is working his way back from a torn ACL sustained in the Broncos' 26-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 of last season. Sutton recorded 72 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns during his Pro Bowl season in 2019.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes is poised to put pen to paper on a new contract with the Women’s Super League champions, Telegraph Sport can reveal. The 44-year-old, who is the most successful manager in the WSL era with four league titles, was a finalist in December’s Fifa Best coach of the year award and has lifted a league and League Cup double with Chelsea this term. Her side were the first British women’s team to reach a European final in 14 years but lost 4-0 to Barcelona on Sunday in Gothenburg, Sweden. She has been in charge of Chelsea since 2012 and her existing contract - a three-and-a-half-year deal signed during the 2017-18 season - will end this summer. However, Hayes’ love for Chelsea and the club’s backing of her are both absolute. Sources at the club are delighted that one of the most celebrated coaches in the sport is committing to the club. It is understood the fact Hayes has not already signed a new deal earlier in the season has nothing to do with either party considering anything other than her staying on, but simply that they all wanted the focus and attention to be fully fixed on retaining the WSL title and bidding for European glory first. The news is likely to delight Chelsea supporters, with whom the former Arsenal assistant coach is extremely popular. While at Arsenal, working under legendary manager Vic Akers, Hayes was among the staff helping the club win an unprecedented quadruple in 2007. She has previously been linked with the England and Team GB jobs.
Argentina offered to host the whole of the 2021 Copa America on Tuesday, replacing their current co-hosts Colombia, where a wave of civil unrest has rocked the country since late April. The tournament is being held in two countries for the first time in its 105-year history but nationwide protests in Colombia have led to at least 15 deaths. The tournament is scheduled to kick off in Buenos Aires on June 13.
Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are turning their surprise purchase of Welsh soccer team Wrexham into a TV series, the FX network said on Tuesday. "Welcome to Wrexham," will trace the efforts of the two actors, both of them novices when it comes to British soccer, to improve the fortunes of the small club which has never competed in top-flight English soccer. Reynolds, the star of superhero comedy movie "Deadpool," and McElhenney, the creator of TV series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," bought Wrexham in February from the club's supporters, who owned it.
The big English clubs all have "wiggle room" to table a record-breaking offer for Harry Kane while absorbing the financial chaos of Covid-19, according to accountants. While Manchester City and Chelsea have endless owner backing to rely upon, rivals such as Manchester United might rely on low interest rates and staggered instalments to get a £150-million deal done. A potential offer to dwarf even United's £89.3 million deal for Paul Pogba would most likely involve a long-term repayment plan that could leave the buying club still forking out in 2026 or beyond. However, clubs are thought to be willing again to take such a long-term hit for such a prized asset as the financial outlook stabilises thanks to the domestic TV rollover deal and the return of crowds. Agents are convinced Daniel Levy's determination to keep hold of Kane at Tottenham will be tested, and Kieran Maguire, a lecturer in football finance at Liverpool University, says the price tag may not be a stumbling block. "There is wiggle room in my view for a club the size of United to go into the market," he added. United, he said, are a prime example of how "we are seeing the increasing use of longer term funding deals" even prior to the pandemic. "When Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 they owed £34 million in outstanding instalments on transfers," he explained. "Within five years that went up to £258 million, so Manchester United have been quite happy to use an instalment basis as a means of funding player acquisition. They've actually reduced that in the last two seasons – it's now down to £132 million. So, if Spurs are willing to spread the cash coming in, then it's feasible United could still come in with a big fee up front, perhaps half, and then [pay] the remainder in instalments." The pandemic, he added, "shouldn't prevent a club, such as Manchester United, going out into the market". Deloitte estimates that over the course of 2019/20 and 2020/21, the top 20 earning clubs will have missed out on revenue totalling almost £2 billion as a result of the pandemic. However, while United saw the biggest decline in revenue last season, with a fall of more than £100 million, their long-term outlook is more stable than the likes of debt-ridden Real Madrid and Barcelona. Harry Kane's next club - where would Tottenham talisman fit in best? James Begley, chief executive of talent marketplace Pickstar, told Telegraph Sport the pressures of the pandemic had made clubs "take stock". “Any fee of that size is likely to be split across three or four annual instalments, and it would unlikely be for that full amount," he added. "There may well be a string of performance bonuses tied in which brings the final sum closer to the £150 million mark, such as titles won, European success, goals, appearances, as well as a percentage of revenue tied into any future sell-on clause. It would be the biggest deal in English football, which given the sport's post-pandemic financial landscape makes this even more extraordinary. But Kane is a proven goalscorer and a move to one of the biggest European clubs could well supercharge his own marketability." Any deal to buy Kane would almost certainly be a long contract for the player, according to Maguire, a chartered accountant. "From a cash flow point of view, the costs can be spread, and from the accounting point of view, the costs are always spread over the life of the contract," he added. "For a £150-million deal for Harry Kane, we may be talking 25 to £30 million pounds a year as far amortisation is approached in the accounts. As such, it [the pandemic] shouldn't prevent a club, such as Manchester United, going out into the market." Despite money extracted by the Glazer ownership, United, he explained, "do have a very good business model". "Whilst they've had losses over the course of the last 15 months they should return to profitability next season, because they're guaranteed a place in the Champions League," he added. "And with fans back at Old Trafford, that's worth £100 million a season to them in ticket sales." United also have an overdraft facility which is now being paid at a rate of £25 million compared to more than £100 million in the early years of the Glazer ownership.
With WADA holding Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings later this week, dues are likely to be a contentious topic with the U.S. holding back its 2021 payment and WADA threatening to introduce rules to punish nations which do not pay up by finding them non-compliant. The U.S. and Canada highlight the rift within the anti-doping community. Canada has backed up its support for the Montreal-based agency by contributing an additional US$748,000 to its $1.46 million annual dues for a total of over $2.1 million.
England cricket fans' hopes of getting to the Ashes will be all but wiped out when Australian cricket authorities confirm fixtures on Tuesday night. Ministers overseeing the country's Covid-19 border closure are understood to have played down the possibility of exemptions for England fans in the coming months. Cricket Australia is expected to confirm in a statement that its hands are tied by Government rules, which also leave the travelling plans of English media in doubt. Tour operators appear to have given up hope of taking supporters over for the eagerly-awaited Test series. Ahead of the fixture announcement, Sara Malin, a director at travel firm International Cricket Tours, wrote in a message to regular England travellers: "Sadly supporter bookings won't be available unless Australia opens borders, but we will be taking bookings for West Indies next month." Most Australians have been effectively banned from leaving since last March. Exemption passes for those wanting to travel there are signed off only under strict conditions, with new arrivals quarantining for 14 days on arrival. Australians are divided on the nation leaders maintaining the border closure even as the country advances its vaccine rollout. Liberal Party MPs Dave Sharma, Tim Wilson and Jason Falinski have called for borders to open faster than the mid-2022 budget target, saying the vaccination rollout should allow an easing of restrictions. However, this week the prime minister Scott Morrison has said Australians understand why the Government is taking a “cautious approach”. England are among countless teams who face lingering uncertainty over away travel despite Covid regulations easing in the UK. The Lions tour will be played behind closed doors, and Wales fans have been told not to travel to Baku or Rome for the nation's Euro 2021 fixtures.
Lee Westwood is currently on the outside looking in with regards to qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics but the Englishman said on Tuesday he has already withdrawn his name from consideration due to family commitments and his playing schedule. Westwood joins American world number one Dustin Johnson and Australian Adam Scott among those who have decided not to pursue a spot in the July 29-Aug. 1 Olympic golf tournament that starts 11 days after the final round of the British Open. "I have a few family commitments, and I already proved a few weeks ago that playing seven in eight weeks is not good for me," Westwood said at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course in South Carolina ahead of this week's PGA Championship.
World Rugby have announced the latest innovation in rugby union's bid to monitor and reduce the amount of concussions in the game, with eye-tracking technology now being trialled in the southern hemisphere's Super Rugby Trans-Tasman. Concussions throughout the tournament are being monitored using eye-tracking technology, World Rugby announced on Tuesday. A test using Virtual Reality was used for the first time during the opening round of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman last weekend, with the NeuroFlex® VR test measuring oculomotor functions (eye movements) to generate an accurate, quantitative and metrics-based report, which provides objective data for medical personnel to diagnose and manage concussions. Currently used alongside the Head Injury Assessment protocols, the trial will determine whether the VR test can improve the accuracy of HIAs in the future. HIAs currently operate at 90 per cent accuracy in elite competitions. Given that scientific studies have demonstrated that oculomotor functions are altered at the time of or shortly after a concussion, the VR test could further improve rugby’s approach to brain health. The use of eye-tracking technology is the latest move by World Rugby to increase surveillance around possible head injuries, with a study currently ongoing in the community game in New Zealand featuring 700 participants using specially-designed mouthguards to monitor head impacts.
The game was due to be played at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul but was moved to the Estadio de Dragao in Porto after Turkey was added to the British government's red list due to the COVID-19 pandemic. City said in a statement that Mansour would fund the official club trip to Porto, adding that the initiative would benefit "thousands of City supporters".