The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel wants to cancel its 50th anniversary edition in October because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say they told tour officials they would “prefer to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament in light of the current situation.”Tournament head Roger Brennwald says playing the event with no fans or with social distancing “have to be ruled out for us in Basel on economic grounds.”The ATP is expected to decide on its end-of-season indoor schedule in mid-July.Brennwald says “it looks like coronavirus is on match point and is set for victory.” The Latest: Norwich player returns to training after virus Hometown great Roger Federer was already set to miss the tournament where he worked as a ballboy and is the record 10-time champion. He ended his season this month to recover from knee surgery.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports June 18, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Norwich midfielder Marco Stiepermann has returned to training after self-isolating at home following a positive test for COVID-19. Associated Press The English club was informed of the positive test on Friday. That was the same day Norwich played Tottenham in a friendly ahead of the resumption of the Premier League.Norwich says Stiepermann has remained asymptomatic and has since taken two further tests that returned negative results.Norwich is in last place in the league and hosts Southampton on Friday in their first Premier League game back after the three-month suspension.One person has tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks. The Premier League announced that 1,541 tests had been conducted on players and club staff on June 15 and 16.___
Kumasi Asante Kotoko emerged victorious in the inaugural Normalisation Committee Special Competition (Tier 1) on Sunday, beating Karela 4-1 on penalties.The enthralling match, played at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, ended 1-1 after 90 minutes with the Porcupine Warriors dominating the shootout.Backup goalkeeper, Osei Kwame, was the hero for Kotoko as he saved Ampem Dacoster’s penalty after Patrick Yeboah had hit the post for Karela.Abdul Ganiyu, Daniel Darkwah, Abdul Fatawu and Naby Keita all scored for Kotoko with only Agyeman Yeboah netting for Karela.Emmanuel Osei Baffour put Karela ahead in the second half with a neat effort from outside the box.Abdul Fatawu Safiu, the tournament’s top scorer, levelled for Kotoko after the referee pointed to the spotKotoko had chances to win the game in normal time with Songne Yacouba and Amos Frimpong firing wide.Frimpong them had a goal ruled out with the officials spotting a handball in the build-up.They weren’t made to rue those missed opportunities as they converted all four of their spot-kicks in the shootout.With this, win, Kotoko will now represent Ghana in the CAF Champions League.