Coronavirus in Sport LIVE: Premier League return LATEST, Conor McGregor ‘hasn’t really retired’, Mike Tyson comeback – The Sun

PREMIER LEAGUE action is due to resume on June 17 as testing rounds continue for players and staff at the clubs.

And in a further boost to football fans in the UK, the Championship has set a provisional date to restart while we've all the latest on the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below…

  • TAKE THE KNEE

    Premier League clubs will  hold talks about making a public show of support for Black Lives Matter at next week’s big return.

    Prem chiefs are coming under increasing pressure to take a stand in support of the campaign.

    A number of players want League chiefs to announce a strong and determined message to show they back the movement which has seen protests across the UK following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

    And the question of how English football’s highest tier should respond will be put on the table at Thursday’s virtual meeting of the 20 Prem clubs.

    One club chief said: “This is a big issue and it is one we have to address as a League.

    “We have to be aware of the public mood and also the feelings of so many of our players.”

  • LAS APPEAL

    Spanish club Las Palmas have become the first major European football team to say they are ready to welcome fans back to their stadium.

    Club President Miguel Angel Ramirez said: “If we are given the possibility of opening the stadium this Saturday or next, it will be with maximum guarantees for our fans and anyone can come.

    “People being able to come to football creates a good image for the Canary Islands, and the main driving force of our region is tourism.”

  • WHERE ARE YA?

    LaLiga matches are set to be broadcast with CGI fans thanks to FIFA 20, league chief Javier Tebas has claimed.

    He told Movistar: “We've been working with a Norwegian company and EA Sports, with the match sounds from their FIFA games.

    “When you play FIFA, you're actually hearing a real stadium atmosphere. The virtual atmosphere will be very good.”

  • BASKET FULL

    Conor McGregor’s head trainer has already hinted at the UFC star's fighting return – comparing his retirement to Michael Jordan's.

    John Kavanagh tweeted: “At age 31 Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the 1993–94 NBA season, he returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as a then-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season.”

    Meanwhile, McGregor’s been enjoying his first day of retirement by riding jet skis off the Irish coast.

  • DAN AND OUT

    Jon Jones revealed his frustration is born from “not being able to go anywhere else” to earn money following his row with the UFC.

    Jones tweeted: “It’s not a matter of not wanting to fight, I committed my whole life to this trade.

    “The issue is not being able to go anywhere else.”

    UFC boss Dana White responded: “Well, you don’t have to fight. Anybody that doesn’t want to fight, doesn’t have to fight, including Masvidal and Jon Jones.

    “These guys are independent contractors. This isn’t like the NFL, where I can make you – you come to practice, and you do this, or you’re going to get fined.

    “These guys can do whatever they want. They can say whatever they want. I had a big thing the other day with a reporter about fighter pay. They can come out and tell you what they make any day of the week.

    “They can do any of that stuff. These guys can do whatever they want. They don’t have to fight.”

  • BADDEST IDEA

    Dillian Whyte reckons Evander Holyfield looks “even worse” than Mike Tyson ahead of their proposed comebacks.

    He told The AK and Barak Show: “I think Mike just needs to chill. Evander Holyfield looks even worse, he looks slow.

    “Them guys have had hard fights, they fought real heavyweight fights.

    “I think Evander Holyfield should be higher up than Mike Tyson in history. Holyfield fought everyone. He fought Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson.

    “He fought Michael Moore and he fought Riddick Bowe. Plus, he also fought George Foreman.

    “Mike Tyson didn't even fight all those guys. He only fought Lennox Lewis and he lost to Lennox Lewis.

    “I believe in Evander Holyfield, there is a case in saying that he won both fights against Lennox Lewis.”

  • CON ARTIST

    Former UFC star Ben Askren thinks Conor McGregor hasn't really 'retired' and will fight Justin Gaethje next.

    The Irish fighter announced at the weekend that he had quit the sport and that he was sick of “waiting around”.

    But Askren, who retired from UFC in December last year, believes McGregor is simply sorting a bargaining tool.

    The 35-year-old shared an interview of McGregor speaking with ESPN saying how he wished Dana White and co had “kept the ball rolling”.

    Askren captioned it: “See he is negotiating. I’m expecting Conor vs Justin in July on Fight Island.”

  • ED HUNTER

    Eddie Hall continued preparations for his upcoming boxing fight against Hafthor Bjornsson with a gruelling tethered swimming workout.

    The British behemoth uploaded a video to Instagram showing him swimming against the grain in an outdoor mini-pool to get in shape for next year’s highly-anticipated Las Vegas battle.

    Hall has already shed 22lbs since lockdown began, but Bjornsson managed to out-do him by losing 40lbs in just over three weeks.

  • IT'S A JOINT EFFORT

    Inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg has been spending lockdown with her husband Thomas Rogne – who plays for Lech Poznan – in Poland while nursing a knee injury.

    She told Reuters: “The weird-looking machine's been my best friend for weeks now. But it's going very well, we're in the schedule, following the plan.

    “I've got very competent people around me who are helping me with my programme and my process and everything so I feel like I can just lean back and work hard and know that we're getting there.”

    Hegerberg also signed a 10-year contract with Nike and has become an icon of the women’s game.

    She added: “Obviously I started playing football because of the passion.

    “I don't think the main ambition for a woman or a girl when they start playing football is because of money or the status or the fame.”

  • NO CHERRI-O YET

    Bournemouth have agreed a deal with Liverpool to extend Harry Wilson’s loan until the end of the season, reports PHIL CADDEN.

    The Wales midfielder, 23, has been on a temporary season-long loan with Eddie Howe’s side but will remain on the south coast for the final nine games.

    Wilson has impressed this season, scoring seven goals in 23 Premier League games to make Reds boss Jurgen Klopp sit up and take notice.

    And his extended stay is a big boost for 18th placed Cherries in their fight against relegation, which resumes against Crystal Palace on June 20.

    Wilson tweeted: “Delighted to be able to finish the season here, massive run in for us.”

    Goal threat Wilson, who would have been in Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad at Euro 2020 before the 12-month delay due to Covid-19, has scored some memorable goals against Manchester City, Southampton, Newcastle, Tottenham and Brighton.

  • HAM FISTED

    Lewis Hamilton says he is “appalled” by the way the UK government has handled the coronavirus crisis.

  • HOW F1 IS TACKLING COVID

    Formula One chiefs have drawn up a forensic plan to try and prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 as they prepare to kick off their season.

    The sport has been forced to scrap the first half of the campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic but has now been given the green light to host the Austrian GP on July 5.

    A second race at the Red Bull Ring will be held a week later on July 12 ahead of six more confirmed races and SunSport can reveal the extreme measures that are being put in place to stop the disease including:

    • Specialist private flights to an airbase
    • Confining teams in solitary hotels away from the public
    • Special dining arrangements
    • Track and trace measures for all staff
    • Extensive decontamination of the garages and other areas

    GET YOUR FIX

    The weekend of Friday June 19 to Monday June 22 is currently looking like THE weekend for football after its return following coronavirus.

    Here's how it looks.

    Friday June 19

    PL Norwich vs Southampton (6pm), Spurs vs Man Utd (8.15pm), LL Sevilla vs Barcelona (9pm)

    Saturday June 20

    PL Watford vs Leicester (12.30pm), CH Fulham vs Brentford (12.30pm), BU Dortmund vs RB Leipzig, Bayern vs Freiburg (2.30pm), CH WBA vs Birmingham, PL Brighton vs Arsenal (3pm), West Ham vs Wolves (5.30pm), Bournemouth vs Palace (7.45pm).

    Sunday June 21

    CH Cardiff vs Leeds (noon), PL Newcastle vs Sheffield Utd (2pm), Aston Villa vs Chelsea (4.15pm), Everton vs Liverpool (7pm), SA Inter vs Sampdoria (8.45pm), LL Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid (9pm)

    Monday June 22

    SA Lecce vs AC Milan (6.30pm), PL Man City vs Burnley (8pm), SA Bologna vs Juventus (8.45pm).

    EFL FIXTURES

    The EFL has released Championship fixtures for the next few weeks.

    It all gets going with Fulham playing Brentford on June 20.

    Leaders Leeds head to Cardiff at Noon on June 21.

    FED KO

    Roger Federer’s recovery from surgery is not going as quickly as planned and he might not be ready to play for another two months, his coach has revealed.

    The 20-time Grand Slam champion went under the knife in February to try and fix a problematic right knee.

    His arthroscopic surgery was due to put him out of action for four months as he planned to skip the clay-court swing.

    As it happened, the tennis season was put on hold shortly afterwards meaning Federer has barely missed any tournaments.

    Coach Severin Luthi said: “Roger’s recovery is not going as well as we expected. It is slower than we thought.

    “I believe that we can see some action again from that month. We are hoping for that.”

    TESTING TIMES

    Boxer Mikaela Mayer, dubbed the Ronda Rousey of the sport, has been forced to pull out of a bout in Las Vegas on Tuesday after testing positive for coronavirus.

    Mayer, who represented the United States at the 2016 Olympics, was due to fight Helen Joseph.

    Mayer, 29, wrote on her Instagram account: “I am heartbroken to report that I will no longer be fighting on Tuesday’s Top Rank card due to a positive result in my COVID-19 test yesterday.

    “It came as a complete surprise. I am currently asymptomatic and am quarantining at an off-site location per recommended guidelines.

    “The rest of my team tested negative and they are all in good health.”

    SEE YOU SOON

    Cesar Azipilicueta has invited an inspirational young child who raised hundreds of thousands for the NHS to training.

    Tony Hudgell, 5, has raised £145,000 for the coronavirus fight.

    Spaniard Azpilicueta appeared on BBC Breakfast to give Tony the invite via video.

    Tony had both his legs amputated when he was a baby after suffering horrific abuse from his birth parents.

    Azpilicueta said: “Hi Tony, it's Azpi here. Everyone at Chelsea is very proud of you and what you are doing.

    “You are an inspiration to us all. When things return to normality, I would like you to come to the training ground to meet all the players. Take care, I hope to see you very soon.”

    TIME TO GROW UP

    Ex-Liverpool star Emre Can told Jadon Sancho to “grow up” after he lashed out at the Bundesliga.

    The England ace was fined £8,000 for getting his haircut during lockdown and called the decision an “absolute joke” on Twitter.

    Sancho deleted the tweet shortly after but his Borussia Dortmund teammate Can was not impressed.

    Can told Sky: “We know that he just has to be more disciplined in some things, but he knows that himself.

    “He just has to be smarter and grow up with things like that. He can't afford to make such mistakes in the future.

    “You have to lead Jadon the right way. He's a great boy, even off the pitch. Maybe he trusts too many other people in some things.”

    MO-DERN LIFE

    FC Copenhagen fans were over the moon after pictures of teen sensation Mo Daramy taking the Metro to a game circulated.

    The Denmark ace has scored eight goals this season, with six assists… one heck of a return.

    Copenhagen beat Randers 2-1 on Sunday, their second game since the return of the Danish Superliga… but remain nine points behind runaway leaders Midtjylland.

    Now that the regular season is finished, the top six teams then go into a Championship Playoff round to decide who qualifies for the Champions League and Europa League.

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    FAN-TASTIC NEWS FOR KIWIS

    New Zealand Rugby said on Monday fans will be allowed into stadiums to watch the opening weekend of its domestic rugby union competition after the country lifted virtually all coronavirus restrictions.

    Super Rugby Aotearoa, which involves New Zealand's five Super teams, is the first professional rugby union competition to resume after governments imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, reports Reuters.

    NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said in a statement: “We're incredibly proud, and grateful, to be the first professional sports competition in the world to be in a position to have our teams play in front of their fans again.”

    There would be no restrictions on the size of crowds for the first weekend of matches at Otago Regional Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday and at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday, NZR added.

    FINANCES WERN THIN

    Jurgen Klopp could not morally justify Liverpool splashing out on Timo Werner.

    The champions-elect had looked nailed on to sign the RB Leipzig striker, who is now set to join Chelsea for £54million.

    But boss Klopp said: “All clubs are losing money.

    “How do I discuss with the players about things like salary waivers and on the other hand buy a player for £50-60m — we’d have to explain.”

    Liverpool are facing a £150m loss of revenue amid the coronavirus shutdown and decided to drop out of the race for Werner.

    GOOD MORNING SPORTS FANS

    SunSport can exclusively reveal Premier League stars are growing increasingly worried because their coronavirus testers are not tested themselves.

    Players and staff at every club are tested at close quarters twice a week to try to contain the virus and enable the season to restart a week on Wednesday.

    Up to 60 are carried out per club at any one time at training grounds by medics using swabs while wearing full personalprotective equipment.

    Even so, some players worry that the people carrying this out still pose a risk of infection.

    A source told SunSport: “When the testing is done, the testers then leave the training grounds and go about their daily lives. That exposes them to infection before they return for the next round of testing.

    “Some players have even asked the visiting medics whether they are tested and the answer they got was that, ‘We don’t need to be’. That’s not stopped some players from being concerned.

    “Those testers may stop off on their way home to fill up with petrol, go to a supermarket, meet other people and that hikes up the risk factor.”

    Meanwhile, Man City will go head to head with Uefa today —to avoid a black hole of up to £200million.

    They have hired a team of top lawyers to appeal their two-year ban from Europe and £25m fine for financial wrongdoing.

    City have been warned it may be July before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) delivers its verdict, which could also impact the future of stars such as Kevin De Bruyne.

    Their battle with the European governing body will take place via video conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Swiss-based CAS have set aside three days to hear the case. City are believed to have earned around£80m from reaching the last eight of the Champions League last season.

    Gate receipts and other commercial opportunities come on top of that — meaning the club would face a huge dip in revenue if the ban is upheld.

    Finally, Jurgen Klopp could not morally justify Liverpool splashing out on Timo Werner.

    The champions-elect had looked nailed on to sign the RB Leipzig striker, who is now set to join Chelsea for £54million.

    But boss Klopp said: “All clubs are losing money.

    “How do I discuss with the players about things like salary waivers and on the other hand buy aplayer for £50-60m — we’d have to explain.”

    CITY SLICKERS

    Man City will go head to head with Uefa today —  to avoid a black hole of up to £200million.

    They have hired a team of top lawyers to appeal their two-year ban from Europe and £25m fine for financial wrongdoing.

    City have been warned it may be July before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) delivers its verdict, which could also impact the future of stars such as Kevin De Bruyne.

    Their battle with the European governing body will take place via video conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Swiss-based CAS have set aside three days to hear the case. City are believed to have earned around  £80m  from reaching the last eight of the Champions League last season.

    Gate receipts and other commercial opportunities come on top of that — meaning the club would face a huge dip in revenue if the ban is upheld.

    EXCLUSIVE BY ANDREW DILLON

    Premier League stars are growing increasingly worried because their coronavirus testers are not tested themselves.

    Players and staff at every club are tested at close quarters twice a week to try to contain the virus and enable the season to restart a week on Wednesday.

    Up to 60 are carried out per club at any one time at training grounds by medics using swabs while wearing full personal  protective equipment.

    Even so, some players worry that the people  carrying this out still pose a risk of infection.

    A source told SunSport: “When the testing is done, the testers then leave the training grounds and go about their daily lives. That exposes them to infection before they return for the next round of testing.

    “Some players have even asked the visiting medics whether they are tested and the answer they got was that, ‘We don’t need to be’. That’s not stopped some players from being concerned.

    “Those testers may stop off on their way home to fill up with petrol, go to a supermarket, meet other people and that hikes up the risk factor.”

    NO JOSHING

    Anthony Joshua has slammed criticism for attending a Black Lives Matter protest with a statement on social media. 

    He wrote: “I understand the concerns in regards to social distancing.

    “However I hope those who are complaining about social distancing have the same energy about those gathering for a day at the beach [and] those going to the park for a picnic.”

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