Coronavirus in Sport LIVE: Premier League set for June 17 restart, Championship training resumes, UFC and WWE updates – The Sun

THE Premier League is a step closer after the return of players to training, and there's been a boost after only two more positive tests.

But clubs are reportedly eyeing a June 26 return as they err on the side of caution.

Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are getting set to give football fans its biggest spectacle since lockdown in a Bundesliga title decider.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below…

 

  • FRIENDLY FIRE

    Premier League clubs are reportedly looking into arranging friendlies to ensure they enter Project Restart as fit as possible.

    Fears over injuries are high ahead of football recommencing next month.

    And Daily Telegraph report on today’s discussions between the clubs featuring talk of friendlies.

    Interested teams want to be allowed to travel to nearby rivals for full-length matches on training grounds.

    Not every manager is said to be desperately behind the idea, but those unconvinced believe they will have to play them anyway to ensure they are not disadvantaged.

  • FURY-OUS

    Tyson Fury’s fitness videos have kept fans active during lockdown but the boxer was left raging at the “music police” after his Instagram Live was ended for breaching copyright.

    The 31-year-old WBC heavyweight champion and wife Paris were coming to the end of another of their home workouts, which are streamed online.

    But the session was abruptly cut short – which a fuming Fury later revealed was due to copyright problems over the music he blares out while getting a sweat on.

    He said: “You're not going to believe this, all that good working out, we got right near the end, up comes a message: 'You do not own the music' –deleted the video.”

    “I cannot believe it. I don't know what’s going on with these people. We are working out, not every gym in the world owns the music, every person on Instagram doesn't own the music that you train to.”

  • BREAKING: CRICKET DELAY

    Domestic cricket in England and Wales will not take place until August 1, at the earliest.

    A statement just released announced that authorities remain hopeful of getting some cricket in towards the end of the summer.

    It read: “The England and Wales Cricket Board can today confirm a further delay to the start of the professional domestic cricket season, with no domestic cricket to be played before 1 August.

    “The specifics of the season remain subject to ongoing advice from UK Government and health experts, but the ambition remains to host domestic men's and women's cricket across England and Wales later this summer.”

  • BREAKING: PROJECT RESTART ON TRACK

    The Premier League is set to return on 17 June with Manchester City hosting Arsenal and Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United.

    Project Restart has been handed a huge boost after talks between the 20 clubs were held today.

    It is understood that the “majority” of Premier League clubs are keen to get the ball rolling next month.

    The initial plan was for football to return on Friday June 12 – but it is now expected to be delayed by just under one week.

    Players need more time to get back to match fitness to avoid the risk of injuries.

    But the four clubs with games in hand, due to the Carabao Cup final, are preparing for a midweek start before the full resumption days later.

  • PO-PO A GO-GO

    Police in England have reportedly given the green light for MOST Premier League games taking place at regular venues.

    Neutral grounds were touted as a major part of Project Restart but were met with fierce opposition from several teams.

    The Mail now reports that police are happy for games to be held across the country, in each of the 20 grounds.

    Yet they still hold reservations over a small number of high-profile matches that could still attract fans to gather outside the ground – breaking coronavirus restrictions.

  • PHIL’S WORRY

    Phil Neville is confirmed women’s football could fall by the wayside during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The outgoing England boss told beIN Sports of his concerns for several WSL teams, stating: “Nobody’s spoken about women’s football for the last 60 days and I think it was disappointing that the league got cancelled, but I do think it was the right decision for women’s football”

    “I’m pretty sure that the likes of Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, will look after their women’s team. I think there’s a massive commitment there.

    “It’s teams like Bristol City, Birmingham, and Brighton, who are in the WSL, when they’re looking at the budgets for the year – and obviously the biggest income is on the men’s side.

    “Reading and Birmingham have both furloughed their women’s teams and staff at this moment in time. I hope that we don’t lose them, because ultimately there’s only 12 teams in the senior division.

    “We need to keep teams like Birmingham, Bristol City, Reading, we need to keep them in because they’re really good teams who have been there from the start.”

  • THIRD EFL CASE CONFIRMED

    Blackburn have confirmed a positive coronavirus test for captain Elliott Bennett.

    The winger is asymptomatic and will now self-isolate for seven days, as will the two unnamed Fulham players also found to be infected in the latest round of results.

    Bennett told the Rovers website: “I feel fit and healthy.

    “Hopefully this sends out a positive message to the community that perhaps many people have or have had the virus without showing any effects.

    “I obviously would never have known if we hadn’t returned to training and taken the tests, because I don’t feel unwell and have got no symptoms whatsoever.

    “There seems to have been a lot of hysteria about footballers returning to training, but it’s not a big deal at all. It’s the people who are seriously ill in hospital that we need to worry about, not footballers who are fit and healthy, and who aren’t showing any signs of being unwell.”

  • ZERO’S A CROWD

    Australian rugby league got back underway today and Brisbane Broncos’ defeat to Parramatta Eels earned attention for more than one reason.

    Played behind closed doors, broadcasters pumped virtual crowd noises to viewers – that has actually been well received online.

    Check it out for yourself…

  • BLUE SKY THINKING

    Sky Sports have given football fans hope that the Premier League will return next month after announcing they could end the freezing period on June 19.

    Customers were given the option of pausing their subscription when the coronavirus pandemic brought the Premier League campaign to a halt.

    It appears June 19 could be a realistic option following the revelation from broadcasting giants Sky.

    A Sky employee responded to a query on the website that read: “We're in the process of un-pausing Sky Sports as we see more live sport return during June.

    “Some of you will have noticed that we'll be restarting subscriptions from the 19th of June and we'll be making more information available shortly.”

  • BREAKING: FULHAM DUO TEST POSITIVE

    Championship club Fulham have confirmed two of their players have tested positive for coronavirus.

    As just reported, the EFL found three cases from two clubs in the latest tests.

    And now Fulham have announced: “After the second round of league-wide testing for COVID-19 completed by Fulham FC players and staff this week at the Club’s training facility, we can confirm that two players have tested positive for Coronavirus.

    “Both players, who shall remain unnamed due to medical confidentiality, are now self-isolating in line with league and government guidance.”

  • BREAKING: EFL STATEMENT

    Three individuals from the Football League have tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing.

    A statement on Thursday morning read: “Following the latest round of COVID-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 1030 players and Club staff have been tested over the course of Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 May, with three individuals testing positive from two Clubs.

    “Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.

    “The EFL will continue to make regular and relevant announcements as appropriate in respect of the testing programme to support competition integrity and transparency.”

  • GRATIS

    Speaking of LaLiga coming back, matches are to be broadcast FREE in the UK.

    Sky customers can sign up to the league’s official TV channel for one month’s free watching, in a new offer just announced.

  • FOOTIE FIESTA

    LaLiga is returning with a bang with THIRTY-TWO days of consecutive live action.

    Spanish football chiefs hope the season will restart with the derby between Real Betis and Sevilla behind closed doors on June 11.

    Marca reports that “there will be 32 consecutive days of football, going from June 11 to July 12”.

    Tebas said: “There is the possibility of a game on June 11, which would be the only match that night and perhaps there will be a tribute to all the people who have died.

    “We'd like the game to be the Seville derby.”

  • COACH TRIP

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes the coronavirus pandemic will increase the emphasis on coaching ability.

    With the quiet transfer market, managers will be forced to work harder to get the best out of their squads – rather than just buying in new talent.

    Merson told Sky Sports: “I just don't think clubs are going to be in a position to pay £70m, £80m on players anymore. I don't see that happening.

    “I quite like it because now coaches have got to be coaches, they've got to make these players better. I think clubs are going to be really, really cautious in the market.

    “For me, this is where coaches become coaches. It's all well and good buying £80m players all the time. Seriously, what do you need to coach an £80m player? If you're coaching an £80m player, telling them what they need to do, he isn't worth £80m.

    “The good coaches will come to the fore, and those that aren't will struggle. Some will blossom, some will not.”

  • NEY WAY

    Neymar's son was left shell shocked after the Paris Saint-Germain star hatched a hilarious plan to hit him with an egg.

    The Brazilian has managed to spend some quality family time with Davi Lucca after the French top-flight was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But it appears the 28-year-old has found plenty of ways to entertain himself, even at the egg-pense of the unsuspecting Davi.

    It involved throwing numerous ping pong balls at the eight-year-old who would attempt to head them into a basket on the floor.

    After launching six ping pong balls, Neymar switched his seventh throw for the yolk.

    And Davi fell for it hook, line and sinker, and was left with egg on his face quite literally.

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  • CZECH THIS OUT

    Is this the future of Premier League football?

    Sparta Prague and Viktoria Plzen fans watched their teams' return from the coronavirus lockdown at the stadium – but not from the inside.

    The clubs set up drive-in cinema-style screens for fans, allowing them to drive in and take in all the action.

    Just 300 lucky supporters were afforded the incredible chance.

    And they made the most of it too, arriving in droves, kitted out with blankets, beers and snacks.

  • DISGUSTING

    Troy Deeney has revealed vile trolls told him they hoped his baby son would contract coronavirus.

    Watford’s skipper was one of the top Premier League stars who voiced safety fears over Project Restart and has been absent from training.

    Deeney told CNN: “I saw some comments in regards to my son, people saying ‘I hope your son gets corona’.

    “It’s all about mental health and everyone says ‘speak up, speak out, please speak’…

    “Danny Rose spoke out and I did and we just get absolutely hammered and battered for it.

    “It’s not just us that gets it, the missus gets direct messages and you’ll be walking down the street and people will be like: ‘Oh, I’m at work, you go back to work’.”

  • PREM RETURN EXPLAINED

    Are you a little lost trying to find out when the Premier League is returning? Well have no fear as SunSport has answered all your questions ahead of today's important meeting between the clubs.

    What date is Project Restart likely to take place?

    What's gonna happen with the TV money?

    What time will the matches be?

    Our man Dave Fraser is on hand to fill you in with everything you need to know about the Premier League's return.

  • GOOD MORNING SPORTS FANS

    SunSport can exclusively reveal Amazon are in talks with the Premier League to land MORE matches including Saturday 3pm kick-offs when the season restarts after the coronavirus delay.

    The FA have lifted the 3pm blackout to allow fans to watch games, with a stadium ban in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sky and BT Sport already have rights for 47 of the remaining 92 games, which will be screened in their subscription channels.

    The two companies, whose deals are worth more than £4bn over the current three-year cycle, have also been involved in the initial discussions.

    Meanwhile, Premier League clubs were last night told to expect a game of two halves in the biggest English football meeting for 28 years.

    Top-flight outfits — including table-toppers Liverpool led by Jurgen Klopp — were yesterday given another boost with only four

    positive Covid-19 results  at three clubs out of 1,008 players and staff checked.

    Today’s crucial 20-team summit’s key points will be to solve the TV cash headache and move nearer to a return date.

    The meeting will be split into two parts with EIGHT items on the Project Restart agenda.

    But in the second half of the meeting, the clubs will look at a potential curtailment of the league if there is a spike in the virus.

    Finally, Man City are facing fixture chaos as Premier League clubs meet on Thursday to thrash out a match list for Project Restart.

    Pep Guardiola’s men will be worst affected if clubs put back the start date to June 26, as they are still in the FA Cup and Champions League and also have an extra league fixture.

    But along with City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa also face the prospect of having to play four matches in eight days — with managers already concerned over player burnout.

  • DEENEY KEENY

    Watford captain Troy Deeney has confirmed his return to first-team training.

    He said: “I only said that I wasn't going back for the first week.

    “People took that as I'll never go back. But I think everyone appreciates everything that the Premier League is trying to do as well.

    “I don't think it's a case of pure neglect in terms of ‘We're going back to work, get on board’ or it's anything like that. They have very good lines of communication and I’ve had maybe had four or five meetings now.

    “I'm the captain of a Premier League football team. I’m not doing my job if I'm sitting back at home, saying to the players: ‘You win this game for me and I'm not doing anything.’

    “Anyone that knows me knows I'm never scared of a challenge. But anyone that knows me also knows that family is the most important thing for me.”

  • TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY

    Premier League clubs were last night told to expect a game of two halves in the biggest English football meeting for 28 years.

    Top-flight outfits — including table-toppers Liverpool led by Jurgen Klopp — were yesterday given another boost with only four

    positive Covid-19 results  at three clubs out of 1,008 players and staff checked.

    Today’s crucial 20-team summit’s key points will be to solve the TV cash headache and move nearer to a return date.

    The meeting will be split into two parts with EIGHT items on the Project Restart agenda.

    But in the second half of the meeting, the clubs will look at a potential curtailment of the league if there is a spike in the virus.

  • BACK IN THE SADDLE

    Jose Mourinho says getting to grips with tech early in lockdown has helped keep Tottenham in tip-top shape.

    He said: “Since lockdown my intention was to make the boys feel we are together.

    “That was more important than the reality of the Zoom virtual training.

    “It was much more about us as a group, a family, trying to keep some discipline in our lives.

    “To protect players and society we made the decision on no travelling. Nobody was moving back to their countries. Everybody was staying in London.

    “The majority of players live around the training ground. It was important to keep them mentally healthy.

    “We could all feel that loneliness that staying at home and not leaving brought, so it was important to make that Zoom session in the morning because it kept us together.

    “A Zoom session every day at 10am, everybody waking up at same time having a little bit of work to do, finishing the work and then we stayed in the Zoom room, having a laugh, conversations and discussions.”

  • PEP PILE-UP

    Man City are facing fixture chaos as Premier League clubs meet on Thursday to thrash out a match list for Project Restart.

    Pep Guardiola’s men will be worst affected if clubs put back the start date to June 26, as they are still in the FA Cup and Champions League and also have an extra league fixture.

    But along with City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa also face the prospect of having to play four matches in eight days — with managers already concerned over player burnout.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY WALLY DOWNES JR

    Daniel Dubois’ sister is keeping the boxer on his toes during lockdown.

    He told SunSport: “Caroline takes the training sessions every day, she enjoys picking the exercises and circuits more than I do.

    “She has our youngest brother Solomon acting like the teacher’s assistant so there is no slacking.

    “I wish I was fighting now but I am trying to take any positives there and, apart from spending time with the family, the idea that I can use this break to relax, recover and improve is a good one.”

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DANIEL CUTTS

    Amazon are in talks with the Premier League to land MORE matches including Saturday 3pm kick-offs when the season restarts after the coronavirus delay.

    The FA have lifted the 3pm blackout to allow fans to watch games, with a stadium ban in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sky and BT Sport already have rights for 47 of the remaining 92 games, which will be screened in their subscription channels.

    The two companies, whose deals are worth more than £4bn over the current three-year cycle, have also been involved in the initial discussions.

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