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Round-Up: Osaka the highest-paid female athlete, Japanese baseball restart, NRL-Betfair deal, and more

Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot against Jessica Pegula of the United States during women's singles first round match of 2019 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka was the world’s highest-paid female athlete last year, according to Forbes, earning $37.4m in prize money and endorsements – Kyodo News

Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league plans to restart on June 19 with games behind closed doors – Japan Today

Formula One teams agreed to cap spending next season at $145m, $30m lower than the previously-agreed cap for 2021. Spending will be reduced to $140m in 2022 and $135m in 2023 to 2025 – Channel News Asia/AFP

Australia’s National Rugby League has reached an agreement with Betfair that will enable the sports betting platform to let its customers bet against each other around the competition’s matches. The two parties had failed to reach an agreement before the start of the 2020 season earlier this year, with Betfair baulking at increased fees from the NRL – The Sydney Morning Herald

Japan’s Sunwolves could still join an Australian tournament this year featuring Super Rugby teams, Rugby Australia said at the weekend. RA chief interim executive Rob Clarke also said a new domestic media rights agreement was his top priority and he was in discussions with pay-television broadcaster and current rights partner Fox Sports – The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby Australia has ended agreements with media rights advisors Shane Mattiske and Michael Tange – The Sydney Morning Herald

International Olympic Committee official John Coates said Tokyo Olympics organisers would need to start planning in October for a “very different” Games if Covid-19 did not look like being eradicated – Channel News Asia/Reuters

Cricket Australia believes there is a “nine out of 10” chance of India’s tour of the country going ahead later this year. CA also believes it can complete a tour of England before the India tour – Cricket.com.au

New Zealand is to stage a professional men’s, team-based tennis tournament, starting June 3. It will be played behind closed doors, but broadcast live by pay-television broadcaster Sky, and possibly also streamed on YouTube – ESPN

The Indian government will decide whether or not the Indian Premier League T20 tournament will go ahead this year, not the country’s cricket board, sports minister Kiren Rijiju said. The minister also said India would not host any international events in the immediate future – The Hindu

Australian state Queensland’s government is stopping work on its 2032 Olympics bid to focus on tackling Covid-19 – The Australian

The Japanese Football Association is making 210m yen ($1.9m) in loans to 115 clubs whose finances have been affected by Covid-19 – Straits Times

Professional cricket restarted in the West Indies last week, as the Vincy T10 Premier League got underway in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Channel News Asia/AFP

European basketball’s EuroLeague and EuroCup 2019-20 seasons have been terminated without any winners declared – Tass