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Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin admits 2019-20 season could be lost and voided due to coronavirus  

'If we don't succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost'

NBA 2K players tournament to feature Kevin Durant, two Clippers  

Sixteen NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell, will take part in an ESPN-televised NBA 2K tournament that begins Friday.

Coronavirus: Super League clubs consider suspending relegation  

Toronto Wolfpack chairman Bob Hunter insists there is confidence the 2020 season will resume

Indy Football Podcast: The Premier Leagues World Cup plan and footballs moral vacuum  

Season 3 Episode 26: Luke Brown is joined by Miguel Delaney, Melissa Reddy, Mark Critchley and Vitushan Ehantharajah

Covid-19: Vishwanathan Anand to play online chess to raise funds  

Anand, who is stranded in Germany due to the global travel restrictions, told Gulf News: “On April 11, Indian chess players will try to do their bit in fund-raising while giving chess fans an opportunity to play and engage with us.”

Razor sharp: Cheltenham players and coaches shave heads for NHS   -13%

Club captain Ben Tozer started coronavirus initiative to fund a ventilator and is hopeful of roping in manager Michael Duff

When Cheltenham Town next reconvene for a video conference call, the mosaic of on-screen faces will resemble a game of Guess Who? with a twist, given several players and staff are sporting buzz cuts after shaving their heads to raise funds for the NHS.

The club captain, Ben Tozer, was the first to give his teammates a shock on Friday morning. “I’d just done the Joe Wicks PE workout with my son in fancy dress, so I jumped straight on to the conference call dressed as Woody from Toy Story, whipped my hat off and a few of the lads had a laugh, so it’s all good fun,” says Tozer, who hopes the money can go towards funding a ventilator to help tackle coronavirus.

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Court forces Israels government to funnel millions in funding for womens soccer   26%

Petition sought to challenge a distorted division of public funds that had favored male soccer leagues

Age-resistant, Tic Tac-powered Jamie Vardy deserves shot at golden boot | Barney Ronay   39%

Spare a thought for the Premier League’s current top scorer, whose own season is one of the great unfinished subplots

There have been a lot of lists doing the rounds this week of the best foods to boost your immune system. These seem to be mainly things such as oily fish, yoghurt, spinach, elderberries, ginger and raw shaved garlic, although having followed these ingredients to the letter I can confirm they don’t actually make for a very nice sandwich.

From a Premier League perspective there are some notable absences from the roster of miracle foods. Cheese and ham omelettes. Shotgunned cans of Red Bull. Skittles dissolved in vodka. Chewing tobacco. Watered-down port drunk from an old Lucozade bottle.

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Israeli netball: Givat Washington battles Raanana to rare draw  

In soccer, Ra’anana avoids draw to stay on top of International Football League table

MLB final pitch could be closer to Christmas than Halloween   12%

Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with players willing to extend the season as long as needed to cover as close to a full schedule as possible.

Major League Baseball players union steps up to pay veteran minor leaguers   -5%

For those who played for years in the majors but now are stuck without pay in the minor leagues, the MLB players union has some assistance.

Israel shines as host of Womens European Lacrosse Championships  

Israel Lacrosse Association is hosting women’s tournament, made up of 20 countries and 500 players

Pandemic puts the Drew League family's summer in jeopardy   50%

The Drew League in L.A. is famous for its star-studded tournament, but the threat of canceling the season has a ripple effect on the community.

Elliott: There will be no closure for senior athletes this spring season  

From powerhouses such as Orange Lutheran and Los Alamitos to neighborhood teams such as Ayala, canceling sports season is a tear in the fabric of lives.

Western Bulldogs among the six clubs to go it alone   9%

In a remarkable turn of events, the Western Bulldogs will be one of at least six AFL clubs who draw on their own funds to survive, outside of player payments, during the game’s financial crisis.

'Why would I retire?': Steven Douglas has no thoughts of ending Coleraine career at 42  

The oldest player in the Danske Bank Premiership has declared he has no intention of retiring at the age of 42 and can't wait to get back at it.

West Ham manager David Moyes takes voluntary 30% pay cut  

  • Moyes the third Premier League manager known to take cut
  • Talks continue over player wages amid coronavirus crisis

David Moyes is taking a voluntary 30% pay cut at West Ham to help the club through the financial problems caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Moyes is the third Premier League manager known to have agreed a wage reduction, after Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and Brighton’s Graham Potter.

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The next Detroit Tigers star? Austin Martin is Baseball America's top draft prospect  

Vanderbilt outfielder Austin Martin was also ranked No. 1 before the college baseball season in a mock draft by Baseball America.


French club doctor 'commits suicide' after coronavirus diagnosis   20%

French Ligue 1 club Reims were in mourning for long-serving club doctor Bernard Gonzalez who committed suicide after being diagnosed with coronavirus, sources confirmed.

Coronavirus: Paris Saint-Germain raise over 250,000 for healthcare services with limited edition shirts  

Club sold 1,500 jerseys online with all proceeds going to the Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris

Justin Turner suggests a home run derby to decide games tied after 10 innings   -40%

Justin Turner has an idea to help limit the toll on players during a shortened season: a home run derby to decide a winner when a game is tied after 10 innings.

Coronavirus lockdown: Entire tennis season may be over, says Wimbledon chief Richard Lewis  

The sport was suspended last month and is not due to resume until 13 July at the earliest after the championships at the All England Club were cancelled

IPL taught me to handle pressure: Riyan Parag   4%

In an ideal world, Riyan Parag would be donning the Rajasthan Royals jersey in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) right now, not spending his time at home. But the global pandemic has made the 13th edition of the tournament a bleak possibility.

Danny Rose says he has no problem giving up portion of wages but players backs are against the wall   35%

Rose admits Premier League players feel their 'backs are against the wall' after politicians joined those calling for action

Louis van Gaal accuses Ajax of self-interest in attempting to end season   -20%

  • Former manager says campaign has to be completed
  • Marc Overmars accused authorities of recklessness

Louis van Gaal has issued a scathing attack on the hierarchy at Ajax for attempting to end the Dutch Eredivisie season in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Ajax manager, who led the club to a Champions League win in 1995, said there was still time to complete the season and accused them of misusing the situation for their own ends. Ajax, headed by one of Van Gaal’s former players in Marc Overmars, the technical director, want the season to conclude as it was left when coronavirus caused its postponement. Ajax are currently top of the table after 25 matches but had lost two of their previous three league matches.

Related: Finishing school: how Fortuna Sittard are breathing life into young careers

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The Chess World Finally Pauses for the Coronavirus  

Louisa Thomas writes about the delayed suspension of the FIDE Candidates Tournament, in which eight premier chess players battle for a chance to challenge for the world championship, in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Manchester United offered Jadon Sancho transfer hope as Dortmund promise to step aside   20%

'You always have to respect what the player wants,' says Dortmund chief

FIFA flexible to complete seasons, encourages pay-cut deals  

National team matches that were scheduled in June and July have already been postponed and the soccer governing body could shift the timing of transfer windows to help leagues navigate coronavirus uncertainty.

Future Players Take a Big Hit as M.L.B. Navigates a Crisis  

The baseball draft could be drastically reduced in a deal cut with the players’ union to address complications of the game’s suspension.

Hansi Flick agrees new Bayern Munich contract until June 2023   16%

  • Bundesliga club ‘very satisfied’ with head coach
  • Flick was previously contracted to end of current season

Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has agreed a new contract with the Bundesliga champions until June 2023.

The 55-year-old had joined the club at the start of the season as Niko Kovac’s assistant coach but was promoted as interim manager when the Croat was sacked on 3 November. Flick earned a deal until the end of the season as permanent head coach in December and has since convinced Bayern’s hierarchy he is the man to lead the team for the next three seasons after winning 18 of his 21 matches in charge.

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Man City will not furlough staff during coronavirus crisis after Liverpool and Spurs criticised for doing so   7%

Reigning Premier League champions made the decision last week to continue paying non-playing staff in full and not used the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as other clubs have done

Jos Buttler wants England's salary donation to help grassroots cricket  

  • England players agreed 20% pay cut for three months
  • Buttler awaits top bid for World Cup-winning shirt

Jos Buttler has said England players want their recent £500,000 wage donation to help cricket’s grassroots initiatives during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last Friday England’s 16 centrally contracted players agreed the equivalent of a 20% pay cut for three months but split the amount between good causes and the England and Wales Cricket Board, rather than solely reduce the burden on their employer.

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The football books you should read during the coronavirus lockdown   33%

Our writers pick their favourite football titles, including one by a Dutch master and another on the Premier League’s rise

Dennis Bergkamp’s book is different. Produced with the excellent Dutch football writer David Winner, the former Arsenal striker’s memoir is all the richer for allowing Bergkamp to share his footballing philosophy instead of being a chronological journey through his life. But thanks to Winner’s conversations with Bergkamp and the Dutchman’s former teammates and managers, it also contains plenty of great stories. A top insight into the mind of a true artist. Jacob Steinberg

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Coronavirus: Age limit could be raised for Tokyo Olympic football tournament  

The age limit for the Tokyo Olympics men’s football tournament could be raised so that players who were eligible in 2020 will not miss out following the postponement of the Games until the following

Coronavirus: Brighton manager Graham Potter and directors take significant voluntary pay cut  

Trio are taking the measure to 'protect all jobs at our club and charity' over the next three months

FifPro calls for safeguards to manage player workload once coronavirus pandemic ends   10%

Suspended European leagues and rescheduled Euros may create an even more intense calendar for players

The Masters on Halloween? Golf Weighs Tradition Against the Calendar   25%

The five different governing bodies of golf’s most prestigious tournaments are considering unconventional concessions in order to salvage the season.

Coronavirus: PFA chief Gordon Taylor warns that financial conduct rules cannot be relaxed in player wage cut talks  

Union is keen to avoid a situation where clubs defer payments to players on hardship grounds, but then move into the transfer market

W.N.B.A. Will Hold Virtual Draft in April  

The league is keeping its scheduled date of April 17 but adapting the format to allow draftees to have their moment in the spotlight no matter where they are.