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Coronavirus: Gary Neville outlines 5 things that must happen while the epidemic threatens the season

Gary Neville has outlined five things he believes must happen to patch things up in the Premier League amid the coronavirus epidemic. The spread of … Coronavirus: Gary Neville outlines 5 things that must happen while the epidemic threatens the season Business News Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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The Wales Team that could face Scotland when the Six Nations resumes…

The very different and stronger-looking Wales XV that could face Scotland when Six Nations clash is rescheduled (According to Wales Online): Certain Wales players may be fit again, while others could be unavailable if the clash takes place in October like its expected too. Gareth Anscombe is amongst the players who could be back for Wales: In these uncertain times, with rugby and sport generally pretty much in hibernation because of the Covid-19 emergency, it’s hard to look much beyond next week let alone seven months ahead. But all will hope the nasty little bug will be seen off in
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UK & Global Business News From Morning Brew…

TOGETHER WITH Good morning. These are certainly unusual times. The NBA is suspended, Italy is locked down, Tom Hanks has coronavirus, and many of you are currently reading this in PJs. We’re gonna get through this.And we want readers to know that now more than ever we are laser-focused on bringing you the most important business news every morning. If there’s ever any way we can be more useful to you, our inbox is always open.  Have a great day, and remember: When videoconferencing, the mute button is your friend. MARKETS NASDAQ 7,952.05 – 4.70% S&P 2,741.38 – 4.89% DJIA 23,553.22
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F1 2020 season now expected to start at end of May, due to Coronavirus, say Formula 1 and FIA

Following the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and the postponement of the races in China, Bahrain and Vietnam, Formula 1 and governing body the FIA have said they now ‘expect’ the 2020 season to begin at the end of May – though this will be regularly reviewed. The outbreak of COVID-19 forced the Chinese round of the calender to be postponed last month. Then on Thursday, the opening race of the season in Melbourne was also called off, after a McLaren team member tested positive for the virus. Today, the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was due to take
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Welsh Sports News – Ireland international claims England are ‘the most unlikeable team in recent memory’ after Six Nations conduct – Wales Online

Former Ireland rugby star Alan Quinlan has slammed the England rugby team’s behaviour during the Six Nations. Quinlan criticised coach Eddie Jones and the likes of captain Owen Farrell and prop Joe Marler in a stinging newspaper attack. He was speaking after three England players, Marler, Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes, all faced citing hearings on Thursday after the 33-30 victory over Wales. Skipper Farrell’s conduct has also come under the microscope after he sparked the mass scuffle that resulted in Marler grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’ genitals by pushing George North in the chest. — Read on www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/ireland-international-claims-england-the-17925943.amp
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WRU Chairman Gareth Davies defends Six Nations decision to pull Wales v Scotland…

Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies has defended the decision to postpone Wales’ Six Nations match against Scotland in Cardiff just 24 hours before kick-off. The WRU had said earlier on Friday that the game at the Principality Stadium would go ahead but then called it off because of the coronavirus outbreak. “It has been a tough week,” said Davies.  “But we believe it was the proper and responsible thing to do.” Wales v Scotland match off because of coronavirus ‘Six Nations loses sight of bigger picture amid fog’ Davies added: “I don’t think we could’ve dealt with it any better. We
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Pro 14 Suspended Indefinitely due to Coronavirus…

The current Guinness PRO14 season has been suspended in response to the evolving Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak. The PRO14 is an international league. Cross border travel is inevitable and that brings with it unique challenges. With governments in Italy and Ireland already putting in place clear directives and restrictions around public activities and travel, the decision to suspend the competition is appropriate. It is in the best interests of everyone that games are not played at this time. The suspension has been directed by the board of Celtic Rugby DAC and the decision will remain under constant review. David Jordan,
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Six Nations News – Wales v Scotland off due to Coronavirus

Wales’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The two other scheduled games in round five had already been postponed and no dates have been confirmed for completing the 2020 Championship. The Welsh Rugby Union, which had insisted earlier on Friday the game would go ahead, said it was “in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries”. Several sports have been severely disrupted, with all Premier League and EFL football matches suspended until 3 April. A
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The Premier League has decided to postpone all matches until the 3rd of April due to Coronavirus

Premier League News from the Guardian: Following a Friday morning meeting between all 20 clubs. “It was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time,” reads a statement. The Premier League’s chief executive, Richard Masters, describes this is an “unprecedented sitaution” and adds: “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by Covid-19. In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare
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TOKYO 2020 could be postponed for two years due to coronavirus…

TOKYO 2020 could be postponed for two years due to coronavirus, according to a top Olympic chief. Haruyuki Takahashi is part of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and believes a delay to push the event back is a more feasible option than scrapping the Games entirely. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be delayed by two years according to one top chief – which could cause chaos for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham IOC and Tokyo 2020 officials remain adamant the Olympics will still be staged in July and August as planned. But Takahashi admitted contingency plans will need to
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Jordan Henderson back for tonight’s Champions League Second Leg match against Atletico Madrid…

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is fit to return for their Champions League last 16 second leg with Atletico Madrid at Anfield. The midfielder has not played since suffering a hamstring injury in the first leg – which Atletico won 1-0. Goalkeeper Alisson is out with a hip injury for the defending champions. “Not a lot of the Atletico players have played at Anfield before and that is what we want to use,” explained Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “Our crowd will be our advantage and we have to use it with the performance on the pitch.  “It has to be exceptional because they
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UEFA is ‘seriously considering’ suspending the Champions League & Europa League due to coronavirus

UEFA is ‘seriously considering’ suspending the Champions League and Europa League due to the threat of coronavirus, according to reports in Spain. Several sporting events across the world have been postponed due to the outbreak, while on Monday, the Italian government announced that all sport in the country has been suspended until at least April 3. Champions League and Europa League fixtures have already been impacted as Wednesday’s tie between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund in France will be played behind closed doors. Barcelona’s last-16 tie against Napoli next Wednesday will also be played behind closed doors. Wolves’ Europa League fixture against Olympiacos in
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Sports News / Football News – Nations League Fixtures 2020-2021…

England will play world number one team Belgium, Denmark and Iceland in League A of the 2020-21 Nations League. Wales will face the Republic of Ireland, Finland and Bulgaria in League B, while Northern Ireland are grouped with Austria, Norway and Romania. Scotland, also in League B, will play the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Euro 2020 play-off opponents Israel. The first group games take place in September this year, with the finals scheduled for the summer. Groups in full: League A Group one Group two Group three Group four Netherlands England Portugal Switzerland Italy Belgium France Spain Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Sport News / Rugby News – France blow best Grand Slam chance in a decade…

There will be no Grand Slam. France’s best chance in a decade to pull that off was ruined at Murrayfield by a stellar Scottish performance, featuring a brace from Sean Maitland and a back-breaking red card for the France tighthead prop Mohamed Haouas for a punch at the end of the first half, from which the visitors never recovered.  The outcome also capped off a good weekend for England, who have now gone top of the Six Nationstable on points difference ahead of France with one round to go. As Haouas departed here, rightly sent off for a punch to the head of
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Six Nations News – England v Wales…

England host 2019 champions Wales in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday, needing to win to keep alive hopes of a third title in five years. England make two changes with Mark Wilson coming in for injured flanker Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson replacing Jonathan Joseph on the wing.  Wales face England under head coach Wayne Pivac for the first time having lost successive Six Nations matches.  They make four changes from the home defeat by France two weeks ago. Scarlets-bound back Liam Williams makes a first appearance since the World Cup after recovering from an ankle problem.  Cardiff
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Entire Six Nations could be called off as UK Government considers banning sporting events as tournament bosses meet to make decision – Wales Online

The UK Government is considering following in France’s footsteps with a ban on public events in a bid to stop the coronavirus spreading further, which could spell the end of this year’s Six Nations for now. Ireland v Italy – which had been due to take place this weekend in Dublin – has already been cancelled. Another match hangs in the balance after the French government imposed a ban on public gatherings of more than 5,000 people in confined spaces on Saturday, throwing the French team’s Super Saturday Six Nations clash against Ireland in Paris under further doubt. UK health
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Frank Lampard should’ve followed Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham’s example with treatment of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, insists Tony Cascarino

Frank Lampard should’ve followed Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham’s example with treatment of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, insists Tony Cascarino Tony Cascarino argues Chelsea manager Frank Lampard should’ve followed the example of fellow Premier League managers and remained loyal to Kepa Arrizabalaga instead of dropping the goalkeeper for Willy Caballero. The Blues made Kepa, 25, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they signed him for more than £70m in the summer of 2018. However, his Chelsea career is yet to take off, having so far been blighted by the defiance of Maurizio Sarri in the Carabao Cup final and
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Brighton and Crystal Palace players defy coronavirus fears with handshake before game and holding hands with mascots

Brighton and Crystal Palace players defy coronavirus fears with handshake before game and holding hands with mascots BRIGHTON and Crystal Palace players showed no coronavirus concerns ahead of their lunchtime clash. Players stepped out onto the field holding the hands of mascots before greeting each other with handshakes before kick-off. Players and officials showed no concerns over the coranavirus BT Sports A number of Premier League clubs are taking extra precautions to limit any risk of the virus spreading among squads. West Ham boss David Moyes has banned handshakes, forcing players to fist-bump and use anti-bacterial hand gel in a
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Canelo Alvarez next fight: Golden Boy Promotions offer Billy Joe Saunders £6m to face Mexican in Las Vegas on May 2 – reports

Canelo Alvarez next fight: Golden Boy Promotions offer Billy Joe Saunders £6m to face Mexican in Las Vegas on May 2 – reports Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will face Billy Joe Saunders on May 2 after the Mexican’s promoters increased their offer to the Brit, according to reports. Golden Boy Promotions have reportedly offered Saunders $7.75million (£6m) to put his WBO super-middleweight title on the line, with a deal reportedly nearing completion. Four-weight world champion Canelo Alvarez will reportedly sign to face Billy Joe Saunders Tom Hogan – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy This means WBA ‘Super’ and Ring Magazine super-middleweight champion Callum
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Fantastic Rugby Poem…

  A Poem for old rugby players:   When the battle scars have faded And the truth becomes a lie And the weekend smell of liniment Could almost make you cry. When the last rucks well behind you And the man that ran now walks It doesn’t matter who you are The mirror sometimes talks Have a good hard look old son! The melons not that great The snoz that takes a sharp turn sideways Used to be dead straight You’re an advert for arthritis You’re a thoroughbred gone lame Then you ask yourself the question Why the hell you
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends his personal scout to watch Federico Chiesa

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends his personal scout to watch Federico Chiesa Federico Chiesa is on Manchester United’s radar – Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting a move for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to reports. The 22-year-old has impressed this season with seven goals and five assists in 25 appearances for Fiorentina. Solskjaer is reportedly keen on strengthening his options on the right side of his attack and Chiesa would fit the profile of player the United manager is targeting. According to MailOnline, Solskjaer sent his personal scout Simon Wells to watch Chiesa in Fiorentina’s
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Six Nations 2020: George Kruis in line for final Twickenham appearance and England star eyes mega-money Japan deal

Six Nations 2020: George Kruis in line for final Twickenham appearance and England star eyes mega-money Japan deal GEORGE KRUIS could make his final Twickenham appearance next week — ahead of a likely move to Japan. The England second-row has a mega-money deal on the table. George Kruis could make his final Twickenham appearance next week ahead of a likely move to Japan And he is set to make a call on joining the Top League, boasting World Cup legends Dan Carter and Kieran Read, when the Six Nations ends. Quitting relegated Saracens for Asia would end Kruis’ Test career,
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