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UK cracks down hard     First it was advice, now it’s an order. Boris Johnson has issued a stark message to the country: “At this moment of national emergency… stay at home.” Speaking after the UK death toll reached 335, the prime minister introduced unprecedented restrictions on everyday life, meaning people must only leave their house for one of four reasons – to exercise once a day, to travel to and from work where “absolutely necessary”, to shop for essential items, and to fulfil any medical or care needs.    Shops selling non-essential goods have been told to shut, along with
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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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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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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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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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Jack Grealish can do ‘so much better’ than Man Utd transfer and should aim for Barcelona or Juventus, says Agbonlahor

Jack Grealish can do ‘so much better’ than Man Utd transfer and should aim for Barcelona or Juventus, says Agbonlahor GABRIEL AGBONLAHOR has urged “world class” Jack Grealish to snub Manchester United – and aim his sights even higher. The £70million-rated Aston Villa star is top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s summer transfer wish list as he looks to build a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title. Jack Grealish has been urged to snub Manchester United by Gabriel Agbonlahor But Villa legend Agbonlahor, 33, said: “I am not just saying this as I have played with him, but
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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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Man Utd ‘to rebuild’ as Champions League absence proves costly…

Man Utd ‘rebuild’ as Champions League absence proves costly | Nasdaq Feb 25 (Reuters) – Manchester United MANU.N are in “rebuild” mode as the English soccer club chases a return to the European Champions League, Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward said after financial results were dented by the team’s absence from this season’s tournament. Woodward has been backing United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to forge a team that mixes top talent from around the world with young players from its academy. “We are pushing for a strong finish in the Premier League, the Europa League and the FA Cup as we enter the final third
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Barcelona would have to pay more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane from Liverpool due to ‘Coutinho clause’

Barcelona would have to pay more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane from Liverpool due to ‘Coutinho clause’ Barcelona would have to pay Liverpool more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane due to a ‘Coutinho clause’. The last time Liverpool did business with Barcelona was in January 2017 when Philippe Coutinho swapped Anfield for the Camp Nou in a £142m deal. It looks unlikely that Salah or Mane will join Barcelona Liverpool spent that money on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson who shored up their defence as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the Champions League
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Alexandre Lacazette: the forward will not push to leave if Arsenal fails to reach the Champions League

Alexandre Lacazette: the forward will not push to leave if Arsenal fails to reach the Champions League   Alexandre Lacazette has scored 33 Premier League goals in 86 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Lyon in 2017 Alexandre Lacazette will not push to leave Arsenal if they do not qualify for the next Champions League season. When asked if his contract had a safeguard clause for such a scenario, the France striker said he didn’t know. “I have a contract with the club, so I don’t make sense to leave,” he said. “Everyone is happy with me at the club.”
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Walmart in discussions to sell their stake in Asda

Walmart in discussions to sell the stake in Asda Walmart says it could sell a majority stake in Asda, its UK supermarket, after “incoming interest” in the idea. The US retail giant said it spoke to a “small number of stakeholders” about a possible investment. It comes after UK regulators blocked Walmart’s plan to merge Asda with Sainsbury last year for fear that it would raise prices for consumers. Walmart said it would likely keep a stake in Asda if the plan goes ahead. “No decisions have been made and we will not comment on these discussions further,” he said.
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Celtic reportedly back proposal for Champions League reform – #Championsleague

CELTIC have given their backing to a new proposal that would require fewer matches to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, according to reports. The “Copenhagen Access Model” – named after the Danish club who have submitted the plan – would still see the top four leagues of England, Spain, Germany and Italy retain their four places in Europe’s top club competition, but would likely strip some clubs of a guaranteed place in the group stage. Under the proposed format, as reported by The Athletic, all 79 clubs that have qualified from the tournament would be ranked
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And now King of the World 👑 🌍

Tyson Fury produced the most destructive performance of his boxing life to end Deontay Wilder’s five-year reign as WBC heavyweight world champion in seven thrilling rounds of their Las Vegas rematch. The Briton, 31, pummelled his rival in a way few could have imagined following their 2018 draw, flooring him in the third and fifth rounds while constantly backing up the most-feared puncher in the division in a way no-one has done before. A jab and right hand – the combination with which Wilder has wiped men out repeatedly – sent the American down in the third, stunning the MGM
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Jurgen Klopp review of last nights 1-0 loss away to Atletico Madrid 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿⚽️📰

Jurgen Klopp says he deserved his yellow card from referee Szymon Marciniak - but claimed the Polish official found it difficult to cope as Liverpool were beaten by Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. The referee cautioned Klopp in the second half as the Reds boss grew frustrated with what he deemed to be histrionics and play-acting from several Atletico players in their 1-0 win over the European champions at the Wanda Metropolitano. For more on this story or other news, please follow the link.
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Aaron Ramsey could go to United as part of a Juventus bid for Pogba 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇫🇷⚽️📰

Juventus will offer Manchester United Wales star Aaron Ramsey and French international midfielder Adrien Rabiot in a bid to re-sign Paul Pogba this summer. Ramsey’s first season in Serie A hasn’t gone to plan, with game-time in short supply and injuries hampering his influence. Rumours of a return to the Premier League emerged earlier this week, with United and former club Arsenal mentioned as possible destinations for the Welshman. For more on this story and other news please follow the link.
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Man Utd weigh up transfer swoop for Celtic goal machine Odsonne Edouard who’s scored 24 times this season

Man Utd weigh up transfer swoop for Celtic goal machine Odsonne Edouard who’s scored 24 times this season https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/10973828/manchester-united-transfer-odsonne-eduard-celtic/ — Read on www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/10973828/manchester-united-transfer-odsonne-eduard-celtic/
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Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola talks up prospect of summer exit from Manchester United if they miss out on Champions League Spot 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇫🇷⚽️📰

Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola talks up prospect of summer exit from Manchester United if they miss out on Champions League spot Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola talks up prospect of summer exit from Manchester United if they miss out on Champions League spot — Read on talksport.com/football/669920/paul-pogba-mino-raiola-man-united-champions-league-summer-exit/
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Man United paid £16.5m MORE than they should have for Bruno Fernandes as Sporting Lisbon chief explains transfer 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿⚽️📰mistake

Man United paid £16.5m MORE than they should have for Bruno Fernandes as Sporting Lisbon chief explains transfer mistake Man United paid £16.5m MORE than they should have for Bruno Fernandes as Sporting Lisbon chief explains transfer mistake — Read on talksport.com/football/669861/man-united-paid-how-much-value-fee-bruno-fernandes-sporting-lisbon-transfer/
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Tyson Fury names the round in which he will knock Deontay Wilder out in their Las Vegas rematch 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇬🇧🇺🇸 🥊📰

Tyson Fury names the round in which he will knock Deontay Wilder out in their Las Vegas rematch Tyson Fury names the round in which he will knock Deontay Wilder out in their Las Vegas rematch — Read on metro.co.uk/2020/02/15/tyson-fury-names-round-will-knock-deontay-wilder-las-vegas-rematch-12245623/
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Manchester City banned from Champions League for two seasons – UK News 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇬🇧⚽️📰

Manchester City banned from Champions League for two seasons – UK News Manchester City have been banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons for “serious breaches” of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations. The Premier League champions will be barred from competing in UEFA club competitions and fined €30m (£24.9m), European football’s governing body announced. UEFA said Manchester City had overstated sponsorship revenue in accounts submitted between 2012 and 2016, and had “failed to co-operate” in the investigation. — Read more on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/news.sky.com/story/amp/manchester-city-banned-from-champions-league-for-two-seasons-11934156
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