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HIV patient 'first in remission' without transplant

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:08 PM

In a potential breakthrough, a HIV-positive man is cured of the illness without needing a bone marrow transplant

Stars help raise billions in EU vaccine drive

Jun 28, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Dwayne Johnson, Miley Cyrus, and Coldplay are among the performers in the star-studded fundraiser

China must 'coexist' with a democratic Taiwan, says Tsai

May 20, 2020 - 12:49 PM

In her speech during a deliberately stripped-down inauguration, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says, her country and China 'have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term '

This handout picture taken and released on May 20, 2020 by the Taiwan Presidential office shows Tsai Ing-wen (background C) being sworn in for her second term as Taiwan's President during her inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Voters handed Tsai a second term with a landslide win in January, a vocal rebuke of Beijing's ongoing campaign to isolate the island.  Handout / Taiwan Presidential Office / AFP

French fury after Sanofi says U.S. to get virus vaccine first

May 14, 2020 - 4:28 PM

(UPDATED) Sanofi's British CEO Paul Hudson say that if its efforts to find a vaccine pan out, he will supply the US government first because 'it's invested in taking the risk'

UNACCEPTABLE. File of the glass office building of the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi in Lyon, France. Photo by

Virus mutations unlikely to mean stronger strain – experts

May 08, 2020 - 11:59 PM

While mutations don't mean that COVID-19 is getting more potent or more infectious, experts stress it is still important to track its evolution

Japan ends Olympic flame display due to virus

Apr 07, 2020 - 9:36 PM

'Originally we wanted to hold the public display until the end of April,' says a Tokyo 2020 organizing committee spokesman

ENDING. The Olympic flame viewing comes to an end due to spiking coronavirus cases in Japan. Photo by Philip Fong/ AFP

Football globetrotter dons white coat to take on coronavirus

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:57 PM

'I need to put fears for my own safety to one side and help in any way that I can,' says former La Liga winger Toni Dovale

Thai football league's Navy FC player Toni Dovale poses with a ball at his family's pharmacy where he is working at the moment in Coruna, northwestern Spain, on March 26, 2020. - Football globetrotter Toni Dovale has changed his cleats and the ball for the white coat in a pharmacy to contribute his bit in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging Spain and the world. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP)

Joint task force will be stricter on curfew violators

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:17 PM

Online inquest proceedings will also be used, says Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield chief Guillermo Eleazar

CURFEW. Pasig City Police begin enforcing a curfew to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Barren basketball courts and other sports musings

Mar 29, 2020 - 5:20 PM

'If there's one thing that sports has taught us, that is so long as there's time left on the clock, there's always hope'

Hit list: What's next in line for possible coronavirus postponement

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Here are the upcoming major competitions that will likely be delayed or canceled altogether due to the worldwide health crisis

Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) shakes hands and embraces Spain's Rafael Nadal (L) after Federer won their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Knicks owner James Dolan tests positive for virus

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:48 PM

American tycoon James Dolan, who owns the NBA's Knicks and NHL's Rangers, becomes the first US major sports owner to contract coronavirus

ASYMPTOMATIC. Knicks honcho James Dolan says he's hardly experiencing any symptoms. Photo by Maddie Meyer /Getty Images North America/AFP

Osaka disappointed but supports Olympic delay

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:56 AM

'Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time is not now,' says former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot during her Women's Singles fourth round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day eight of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 02, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

LIST: In sports, coronavirus shows no respect for stars or youth

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Here's a look at the sports stars who turned high-profile victims of coronavirus

POSITIVE. NBA star Kevin Durant reminds everyone to quarantine. Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

NFL star Drew Brees donates $5 million to help combat coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:17 PM

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees says he's mobilizing efforts 'to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day' for the needy in Louisiana

GENEROSITY. Drew Brees promises to help 'as long as it takes.' Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images North America/AFP

'I struggled to breathe': Juventus star reveals coronavirus nightmare

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:49 PM

Juventus star Paulo Dybala details his ordeal: 'I gasped for air and as a result I couldn't do anything, after 5 minutes I was already very tired'

FEELING BETTER. The 26-year-old Paulo Dybala is one of 3 Juventus players who contracted the virus. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

New Tokyo Olympics date 'won't satisfy everybody,' says athletics chief

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:48 PM

'We are probably not going to reach a solution that meets with the approval of every sport,' says World Athletics president Sebastian Coe

TOUGH TIMES. Pedestrians wearing face masks pass the logo of the Olympic Games at a subway station in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Key questions as Wimbledon faces tough decision

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Wimbledon weighs whether it should postpone or cancel altogether the world's most prestigious tennis tournament

UNCERTAIN. Roger Federer and other stars remain uncertain when the tennis season will resume. Photo from Wimbledon

Rodgers uses private jet to flee Peru amid coronavirus panic

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers manages to leave Peru just before the airport lockdown

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Gobert, all Jazz players and staff clear of coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Jazz star Rudy Gobert has been cleared of the virus two weeks after his diagnosis prompted an NBA shutdown

IN TOUCH. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell stay in touch with their teammates through video chats. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic donates 1 million euros to help Serbia combat coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:30 AM

'Our donation is for the purchase of life-saving respirators and other sanitary equipment,' says world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

BIG HELP. Novak Djokovic joins the growing list of sports superstars helping to fight the worldwide health crisis. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Boxer Amir Khan offers wedding venue to Britain's health service

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:35 PM

'I am aware of how difficult it is for the public to get a hospital bed in this tragic time,' says former world boxing champion Amir Khan

WINNING MOVE. British boxing star Amir Khan (left) lends support to his hometown. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

LIST: How the coronavirus has hit global sports

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:59 PM

(UPDATED) Sporting events worldwide come to a complete standstill as the virus continues to wreak havoc

MAJOR HIT. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Nadal, Gasol launch fundraiser to pay back debt to COVID-hit Spain

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:26 PM

'Spanish athletes have always tried to make our nation proud, today we want to go beyond that,' says Pau Gasol as he joins Rafael Nadal for a fundraising drive

Warriors' Curry quizzes Fauci on COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:34 PM

NBA star Steph Curry asks top US scientist Anthony Fauci when life might start getting back to normal

PUBLIC SERVICE. Steph Curry  Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron thumbs down going straight to NBA playoffs

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Lakers star LeBron James thinks a shortened regular season will be needed before a postseason can begin

LOCKED UP. LeBron James feels 'bummed' missing his Cleveland return amid the virus lockdown. Photo from NBA

Pistons forward Christian Wood cleared from coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Two weeks after testing positive for the virus, Detroit Pistons' Christian Wood gets cleared and feels 'fully recovered'

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 28: Christian Wood #35 of the Detroit Pistons reacts during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 28, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Pistons defeated the Suns 113-111. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

'Back to square one': Olympic delay puts Japan in a spin

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:02 AM

After postponing the Olympics to 2021, Tokyo starts working on an 'unprecedented' and complex task

STARTING OVER. The Olympic rings are seen through cherry blossoms in Tokyo's Odaiba district, the day after the historic decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Two weeks after NBA shutdown, U.S. sports landscape barren

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:37 AM

Ultimately, how quickly the virus is conquered will decide when or if any of the sport leagues will resume in 2020

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers controls possession of the ball in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers late in the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clipper win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

McGregor gives 1 million euros for protective hospital equipment

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:23 PM

MMA star Conor McGregor donates personal protective equipment to Ireland hospitals

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 25, 2017 MMA figher Connor Mcgregor poses during a weigh-in in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Mixed martial star Conor McGregor said on March 25, 2019 he had retired from the sport, vowing to hang up his gloves for the second time in three years. (Photo by John GURZINSKI / AFP)

Wimbledon cancelation on cards

Mar 26, 2020 - 12:26 PM

All England Club officials call for an emergency meeting to discuss whether to go ahead with this year's tournament amid the virus pandemic

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut during their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Federer donates $1 million to vulnerable Swiss in virus crisis

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:45 AM

'These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind,' says tennis superstar Roger Federer

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates his victory against Taylor Fritz of the US during their men's singles match on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2019. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Boxing champ Joshua in self-isolation after meeting Prince Charles

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:06 AM

World champion Anthony Joshua says he’s in quarantine after attending an event with coronavirus victim Prince Charles

PRECAUTION. Anthony Joshua is following government guidelines by staying at home. Photo by AFP

Rising tennis star Seyboth Wild, 20, reveals he has coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:22 AM

Brazilian standout Thiago Seyboth Wild warns that 'it’s a serious disease'

YOUNG VICTIM. Thiago Seyboth Wild contracts the virus just a few days after turning 20. Photo by Brenton Edwards/AFP

Prospective Olympians give postponement plenty of likes

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:42 PM

Although the Olympic delay means another year of hard work for the athletes, everyone agrees it's the right decision in the face of uncertainty

LOOKING FORWARD. South African swimming star Chad Le Clos says he’s ready to refocus for next year’s Olympics. Photo by Francois Xavier Marit/AFP

Cancel them! For Olympic opponents in Japan, a delay isn't enough

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:49 PM

A small and motley crew opposed to the Tokyo Olympics wants the Games scrapped altogether

DEMONSTRATION. Even back in February, some protesters gather near the J-Village, which will host the start of the Olympic torch relay in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

‘Understand the severity’: Wolves’ Towns reveals mom in coma

Mar 25, 2020 - 2:25 PM

In an emotional Instagram video, Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother has been in a coma after contracting coronavirus

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Tokyo begins Olympic task of reorganizing Games

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:41 AM

The delayed Olympics – still to be called Tokyo 2020 – hopes to be a 'testament to mankind's defeat of the new virus'

A woman in a face mask walks past a display showing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

In Japan, disappointment but understanding over postponed Olympics

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:42 AM

For locals, it's a silver lining that the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed rather than scrapped altogether as some had feared

Pedestrians wearing face mask walk before the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games displayed on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. - The International Olympic Committee came under pressure to speed up its decision about postponing the Tokyo Games on March 24 as athletes criticised the four-week deadline and the United States joined calls to delay the competition. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Olympics postponement an option, cancelation 'not on agenda'

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:02 AM

A decision on the fate of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is set to be made 'within the next 4 weeks'

The logo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is seen in Tokyo on March 15, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Track legend Carl Lewis wants Olympics postponed for 2 years

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:08 AM

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says the 'complete uncertainty' makes it difficult for many athletes

SOLIDARITY. Athletics icon Carl Lewis says it’s important to put the athletes first. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Sports in time of crisis: Is it really that important?

Mar 23, 2020 - 12:42 AM

‘The COVID-19 pandemic really just shed light on how important – or unimportant – sports really are in the bigger picture’

IOC asks member countries about coronavirus impact

Mar 22, 2020 - 8:10 PM

In a questionnaire, the International Olympic Committee asks sports officials worldwide how the pandemic affected their athletes' training and preparation

A man walks in front of the Olympic rings displayed in the Tokyo's Nihonbashi district. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Uncertainty abounds as football's transfer industry grinds to a halt

Mar 22, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Canceling the rest of the football season may cost Europe's top 5 leagues as much as $4 billion

MORE WORRIES. Football clubs brace for bigger concerns other than talks like where superstars such Kylian Mbappe will end up playing. Photo from PSG

Thousands flock to see Olympic flame in Japan despite virus fears

Mar 22, 2020 - 2:48 PM

More than 50,000 people queue to watch the flame displayed at Sendai station even if it remains uncertain whether the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead

HOPEFUL. People wearing face masks take pictures in front of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame displayed outside Sendai railway station at the Miyagi prefecture. Photo by Philip Fong/ AFP

Former Real Madrid president Sanz dies after contracting coronavirus

Mar 22, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Under Lorenzo Sanz's leadership, Real Madrid won two Champions League titles

Photo by STR/AFP

Social distancing has Serena 'on edge' amid coronavirus pandemic

Mar 22, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Tennis superstar Serena Williams admits the worldwide health crisis has put her under 'a ton of stress'

Serena Williams of the US hits the ball to Caty McNally of the US during Round Two Women's Singles match of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 28, 2019. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)

NBA uncertain about salary payments after April 1

Mar 22, 2020 - 12:23 PM

Bracing for major financial losses, the NBA looks into a union deal where the league can withhold the players' salaries during a catastrophic situation

PORTLAND, OREGON - DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers speak during a time out in the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Lakers won 136-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

World F1 champion Lewis Hamilton self-isolating as precaution

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:48 PM

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton admits he attended the same event as two personalities who tested positive for COVID-19

SAFETY PRECAUTION. British driver Lewis Hamilton goes under quarantine. Photo by Guiseppe Cacace/AFP

No need to rush Tokyo Olympic decision says U.S. as splits emerge

Mar 21, 2020 - 6:30 PM

US Olympics won’t insist on an immediate decision from Tokyo Games organizers even as USA Swimming, its biggest sports federation, calls for postponement

STILL READY. Logos for the upcoming of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are displayed at a subway station in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Chinese football star Wu Lei has coronavirus in Spain

Mar 21, 2020 - 3:54 PM

China's most popular football player Wu Lei tests positive for COVID-19

Espanyol's Chinese forward Wu Lei warms up before the Spanish league football match RCD Espanyol against Getafe CF Girona FC at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on April 2, 2019. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)