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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Ligue 1 season ended by French government

Football

Ligue 1 has become the second major division of top flight football in Europe to end its season. This follows a French government ban on sport until September. The decision has wider implications than just football with the Tour de France - professional cycling’s main annual event - set to be delayed further. However, the ban does not extend to horse racing which comes under the Frenc...

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What we know so far about Project Restart

Football

Premier League football moved a step closer to resuming thanks to a plan called Project Restart and further details should emerge later this week. On Monday, it was reported that three clubs - Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United - opened their training grounds so players could resume light individual routines. Tottenham Hotspur have since made some of their trainin...

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Premier League state of play: The issues surrounding football when it resumes

Football

In ordinary times, the finishing line would be approaching in the Premier League. The title race would almost certainly have been over at this point, but there would likely still be plenty to play for in the battle against relegation and the tussle for the top four. These are not ordinary times. Almost seven weeks have now passed since the most recent Premier League match - Leicester ...

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Next Northern Ireland manager: Baraclough and Robinson lead market on O’Neill successor

Football

The search for the next Northern Ireland manager begins after Michael O’Neill left the role for good. He had combined coaching his country with a club job at Championship side Stoke City since November. However, the cancellation of Northern Ireland’s Euro play-offs means a permanent departure for O’Neill. An IFA statement confirmed his exit and added a successor would be in place f...

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UEFA plans Champions League final for August but Eredivisie looks done

Football

European football’s governing body, UEFA, is still planning for the 2020 Champions League final on 29 August. This follows a video conference involving all 55 member states where ways to finish the 2019-20 season were outlined. The plans all involve club football in Europe resuming in June. It has since emerged, however, that the Dutch Eredivisie “intends not to continue” the campaign...

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Solskjaer seems and feels more secure in Manchester United hotseat

Football

It was one of the low points of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and post-Alex Ferguson era at Manchester United. One year ago today, the Red Devils were thrashed 4-0 by Everton. The performance was even worse than the result. Having enjoyed a fantastic start to his career as United manager, the honeymoon period was well and truly over for Solskjaer following this demolition. “We have got to ...

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Who would be for and against Premier League cancellation?

Football

# It is still not clear when football will return or if circumstances force a Premier League cancellation. A number of clubs have voiced concerns about the season finishing nay later than June 30. Nevertheless, there is still consensus among the division’s 20 outfits that the campaign should be completed before the next one begins. It would be a brave move for a club to put forward ...

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Full list of cancelled, delayed and postponed sports events in 2020

Cancelled sports events - or at least delays or postponements - have become commonplace in the year 2020. Public health is of paramount importance and takes precedence over tournaments and games of global significance. Chief among cancelled sports events are the Tokyo Olympics that were due to take place in many venues in and around the Japanese capital this July and August. The Su...

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Grade 1 hurdler If The Cap Fits heads Paul and Clare Rooney sales

Horse Racing

If The Cap Fits, a Grade 1 winning hurdler, is among the Paul and Clare Rooney sales of jumps racehorses after the owners quit National Hunt to focus on the Flat. The Rooneys had three horses placed at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, winning the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle (now known again as the Ballymore) with Willoughby Court. They also had two seconds in Barney Dwan behind Presenting Pe...

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