10 Premier League games we can’t wait to see

Football

Project Restart has not been a smooth process by any means, but Premier League games do now look set to return next month. The latest significant development came on Thursday, when a 17 June resumption date was agreed in principle. All Premier League clubs have also passed proposals for full contact training. There are 92 matches still to be played in England’s top flight. We have pic...

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Premier League restart set for 17 June

Football

Wednesday, 17 June is the tentative date for the long-awaited and much anticipated Premier League restart. Manchester City v Arsenal headlines the midweek action pencilled in for that day with Aston Villa also playing Sheffield United. There are 92 Premier League fixtures remaining in the 2019-20 season before it's complete. Any Project Restart plans must have government approval, how...

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Kai Havertz next club: Four destinations for Bayer Leverkusen and Germany starlet

Football

After two match-winning performances since the Bundesliga resumed already, talk of Kai Havertz's next club move continues. Still only 20, the attack-minded midfielder and winger still has his whole career in front of him. How much more of it will be with Bayer Leverkusen - where Havertz has been since the age of 11 - remains to be seen. He scored his first international goal for Germa...

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Premier League state of play: Project Restart progressing but footballers divided

Football

The Premier League is edging closer to making Project Restart a reality. A few short weeks ago, the prospect of resumption looked highly unlikely given the health situation in the country. Yet, although the United Kingdom has been one of the worst-hit by the current crisis, the Premier League looks to have found a way to get its campaign back up and running next month. Chief executive...

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Super League plans have fixture models for 16 August restart

Rugby

Super League plans for rugby league resuming in Britain and beyond suggest a 16 August restart. There are three scenarios for how the rest of the 2020 season could pan out. In all of those possible paths, playing in front of limited crowds from 1 October is the aim. This is a key part of Super League plans as it reduces the financial impact made by behind closes doors matches. Rugby l...

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10 Premier League players who are out of contract on 30 June

Football

The Premier League has been determined to complete the 2019-20 season ever since it was put on hold in mid-March, but one of the biggest sporting obstacles has been the issue of out of contract players. No fewer than 66 players have deals up on 30 June and could, as things stand, walk away for free on that date. Given that the 2019-20 campaign is not expected to be finished until the en...

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Celtic dream of 10 in a row nearly realised as Lennon’s Bhoys match Lisbon Lions

Football

No team really wants to be crowned champions on a points-per-game average, but it has brought Celtic a step closer to 10 in a row - their Holy Grail. The Bhoys last dominated Scottish football like this in the mid-1960s through to the mid-1970s. In domestic terms at least, the Celtic of today can say they match the mighty Lisbon Lions. Both then and now, nine consecutive Scottish leag...

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Premier League state of play: Player welfare and broadcast refunds issues surrounding Project Restart

Football

Project Restart initially aimed to bring Premier League football back on 12 June, but the intended kick-off date is on the verge of being pushed back by a week. That is demonstrative of the hurdles the Premier League has yet to clear as it battles with issues of health and safety, sporting integrity and diminishing revenues. The first major casualty of the plan was the declaration tha...

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Longchamp preview: Emoji can put a smile on punters’ faces in Prix Vanteaux

Horse Racing

Emoji puts her unbeaten record on the line at Longchamp this Thursday in the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux (11:10). Trained by Francis-Henri Graffard, this filly by Solider Hollow has progressed since leaving Germany. After bolting up by 14 lengths in a Baden-Baden maiden, Emoji changed owners. She moved to France to the stable of last year's Prix de Diane winning trainer Graffard. If Emoj...

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Professional sport won’t return in UK until 1 June at earliest

Football

No professional sport in the UK will happen before 1 June at the earliest following a British government announcement. When allowed to resume, it will all take place behind closed doors. "Avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact" while providing "a much-needed boost to national morale" is the aim. A hot topic in the 50-page government document released, professional sport will ...

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French Guineas Trials Day preview: Victor Ludorum a strong fancy at Longchamp

Horse Racing

French Guineas Trials Day goes ahead at Longchamp on Monday with a bumper card. In the 1m Group 3 Prix de Fontainebleau for colts (11:55), Victor Ludorum is all the rage to continue his undefeated record. Trained by Andre Fabre for Godolphin, this son of Shamardal is a Group 1 winner over the trip. His victory in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at this venue on Arc weekend is clearly the bes...

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Premier League state of play: Neutral venues a key part of Project Restart

Football

As the Bundesliga gets set to resume next weekend, the majority of Premier League clubs hope they will not be far behind albeit with neutral venues hosting the action. Yet although Project Restart has come a long way in the last couple of weeks, significant hurdles still need to be cleared before English football is ready to be beamed to television audiences the world over once more. ...

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Seven great Champions League comebacks from the knockout phase

Football

It is a year to the day on Thursday that Liverpool stunned the world of football with one of the great Champions League comebacks. Their 4-0 second leg victory over Barcelona at Anfield saw them come from 3-0 down on aggregate to win the tie. The La Liga giants had one foot in the Madrid showpiece after the first leg at the Nou Camp, but braces from Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Orig...

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Provisional British horse racing schedule revealed with aim of 15 May start

Horse Racing

A provisional British horse racing schedule - assuming a 15 May resumption - has been published for the first three weeks of the Flat season proper. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) drew up a revised Flat fixture list that keeps some key Listed and Group races. It is unlikely that the traditional venues where these events are held will host the action, however. If the Britis...

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Premier League state of play: Resumption rests on return to play protocol

Football

No games were played, of course, but it has been an eventful week in European football about the 2019-20 season. Last Friday, the Eredivisie announced that the 2019-20 season would not be finished and that there would be no title winners or relegation. French football followed in the Netherlands’ footsteps earlier this week, although Ligue 1 has since decided to award the championship...

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