Piers Morgan savages Matt Hancock and Premier League billionaire owners over wage cuts row

Piers Morgan has accused Health Secretary Matt Hancock of creating a “stigma” around Premier League footballers. The Conservative MP sparked a row by calling on top-fight stars to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus crisis last Thursday.


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The Premier League and clubs responded by asking players to sacrifice a maximum of 30 per cent of their wages for the next 12 months, with the situation reviewed every four weeks, but some of the leading players believe they are effectively being bullied into the decision.

Express Sport understands the players are committed and willing to make big financial sacrifices – but are determined that their money goes to charities and not to wealthy club owners.

Decisions taken by Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle chiefs to furlough non-playing staff has sparked anger.

And Morgan is critical of the Government for targeting the players when the “real issue” is the billionaire owners of Premier League clubs.


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The Good Morning Britain host was interviewing Robert Jenrick – the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government – when he brought up the issue of Premier League players being asked to take pay cuts, which would have the knock-on effect of reducing the Government’s own tax receipts.

Morgan asked: “I have a problem with what the Health Secretary’s been doing repeatedly targeting the players, who to my certain knowledge in many cases are either ongoing contributors to a number of charities or intend to make significant contributions.

“Why is the Health Secretary trying to, in a way, put a stigma around footballers when the real issue, it seems to me, is the billionaire owners, not the players, who are furloughing staff, not dipping into their own massive pockets.

“It’s not the players making that decision and yet they’re an easy target and they get whacked in all the headlines and I don’t understand why the Government keeps targeting the players and not the real organ grinders.”

Jenrick replied: “I think that’s a fair point. I think what the Health Secretary was saying was that the everybody needs to play their part.

“The players have a role to play but so do business owners and you shouldn’t be making use of these schemes if you’re a business with all the resources to get through this crisis.

“We need to be careful where we deploy these schemes. These schemes are designed to keep people in work to maintain a connection between an employer and an employee so when we’re out of this crisis businesses can start up again and we don’t have very large numbers of people unnecessarily unemployed.

“If you are a business owner you need to consider carefully whether you should be taking advantage of those schemes because of the cost to the taxpayer.”

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Troy Deeney identifies Man Utd star who ‘coaches’ teammates through games

January signing Bruno Fernandes has already taken on the role of coaching his Manchester United team-mates.

The Portuguese star has had an immediate impact since moving to Old Trafford.

Many believe his performances, which have already earned him February's Player of the Month award, will soften the blow should Paul Pogba, as is expected, leave this summer.

The 25-year-old has already been compared to former Red Devil Paul Scholes such is his quality.

But Troy Deeney reckons Fernandes' signing could see Pogba consider his own future and even stay put.

"If [Pogba’s] now going, 'Oh, this is the type of player that we’re signing, cool'," he told the United Stand.

"I’ve heard him on the pitch, sometimes he’s coaching players. It’s frustrating, I’ve been in that situation, many captains in our league have been in that situation where we’re going [to team-mates], 'Yo, do what you do in training, just because there’s more people here doesn’t mean you have to change your game'.

"I can understand why he’d get frustrated.‘But now he’s probably looking at it going, 'Okay I can see what’s going on here, me and Bruno can do a madness'.

"If you put (Nemanja) Matic in behind them or (Scott) McTominay, break it up, you know like Roy Keane used to do, get it, break it up then let (Paul) Scholes do his thing."

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Zampa bound for Victoria as NSW look to lure Tremain

Adam Zampa is poised to join Victoria in a bid to turbocharge his Test cricket dream as dumped NSW left-armer Steve O'Keefe declared supporting young spinners "a matter of urgency" if Australia wanted to win a series in India again.

NSW’s announcement on the weekend that they were cutting O’Keefe fuelled speculation that his place in the Blues’ squad could be taken by fellow tweaker Zampa, who has been linked for several weeks with a move from South Australia to either Victoria or NSW.

Adam Zampa batting in a one-dayer earlier this season for South Australia.Credit:Darren England/AAP

However, rather than return to NSW – the state in which he was born and made his first-class debut – sources have indicated Australia’s frontline white-ball spinner is highly likely to move to Melbourne and chance his arm with Victoria. In another development, highly productive paceman Chris Tremain could also be on the move, from Victoria to NSW.

The Blues are unlikely to recruit another spinner from interstate to replace O'Keefe, who will continue to play for Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League and for Manly in the Sydney first-grade competition. Due to Australia's heavy white-ball commitments next summer they will have Test spinner Nathan Lyon at their disposal for some of the season but according to sources fellow spinner Dan Fallins is also in danger of missing a state contract.

He would rather have played another season himself but O'Keefe now wants NSW to back up and comers such as 18-year-old Tanveer Sangha and Fallins.

“I’m disappointed with the decision," O'Keefe said of NSW not offering him another contract. "I don’t agree with it. But there are a lot of guys who are going to get the opportunity. Some might say ‘they’re not ready for it’. But when I first played for NSW, many people would have said the same thing."

O'Keefe argues Australian cricket needs to support spinners far more if the national team wants to fulfil one of its major ambitions and win a Test series in India for the first time since 2004.

“I was the leading wicket-taker in the shield competition this year with 16 wickets and I played five games," he said. "I didn’t have a match-winning role or responsibility in any of the games. But when you go to these places [like India], it’s all on your spinners.

"They’ve got to be people who are mentally resilient. It is a matter of urgency. Let’s make sure when we pick shield teams, there are two spinners, not half a spinner, not an all-rounder. And make batters also face spin in the first session of a game and put the pressure on them to be able to get through it.”

Dubbo-native Tremain, 28, has enjoyed a successful stint with Victoria, taking 209 Sheffield Shield wickets at 23.79 since making his debut for the state in 2014. The right-arm quick has also represented Australia in white-ball cricket and was on the cusp of a Test debut in late 2018.

But after a lean summer in which he fell out of favour in Victoria, Tremain is being courted for a return to his home state, where he already plays in the Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder.

Tremain’s potential move to NSW comes after it emerged that Tasmania and Western Australia were both circling long-time Test quick Peter Siddle in a bid to lure the veteran away from Victoria late in his career.

Victoria should, however, be boosted by leg-spinner Zampa, 28, – who is almost guaranteed to earn a Cricket Australia contract after entrenching himself in Australia’s first-choice white-ball XIs. Zampa’s first-class record is modest but having been in and out of the South Australia shield side, the leggie is keen for a change of scenery and is comfortable in Victoria where he has excelled for the BBL’s Melbourne Stars.

Zampa’s white-ball commitments will continue to limit his red-ball opportunities although Victoria could do with extra depth in the spin department as left-armer Jon Holland approaches the twilight of his career.

Cross-code tyro Wil Parker impressed for the Vics on shield debut earlier this summer but could yet pursue a career in the AFL, while fellow teenager Tom O’Connell has been plagued by injuries after moving to Victoria from SA almost two years.

In other domestic player movements, SA’s Nick Winter has attracted interest from Tasmania.

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Donovan Mitchell can’t handle virtual LeBron James in ‘NBA 2K’ Players Tournament

On Friday, several “NBA 2K” Players Tournament competitors rode Giannis Antetokounmpo to victory.

Wizards forward Rui Hachimura had a different approach Sunday against Donovan Mitchell: Use LeBron James and the Lakers to overwhelm his counterpart.

Hachimura frustrated Mitchell by posting a 15-3-2 line with James in the first half alone. He repeatedly put James in the post and let him go to work. Mitchell, who chose the Nets as his team, could not produce the same early magic with Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving.

While Mitchell found some defensive stability against James in the second half with Jarrett Allen and got Durant into takeover mode late, James hit clutch free throws in the final seconds to help give Hachimura a 74-71 win.

Hachimura went crazy when Mitchell missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. He’ll face the winner of Devin Booker vs. Michael Porter Jr. in the next round.

Despite the dominance with video game James, Hachimura had to sweat out his victory, both literally and figuratively. He needed a towel to wipe his face after the first quarter. He exhaled, his heart racing, at the end of the fourth quarter.

Mitchell tweeted his emotions after the game, tagging Hachimura with a gif.

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Devin Booker laughs at idea of playing as Suns in ‘NBA 2K’ Players Tournament

Devin Booker was not about to risk his status in the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament to make his Suns feel good about themselves.

Phoenix held a 26-36 record when the NBA season was put on indefinite hold last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Booker, then, knew it would be a joke to use his real-life team.

That’s why he reacted with laughter when first-round opponent Michael Porter Jr. said Booker should pick the Suns and let him choose his real-life Nuggets squad.

Booker, in his fifth year in the NBA, increased his scoring output to 26.1 points per game this season. He’s generally remained hopeful that the Suns can build around him to become a contender.

The roster building clearly has a long way to go, though, and Booker chose to rock the more reliable Bucks against Porter and the Lakers instead.

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The return to WWE that Edge never thought was possible

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THE CROWD AT Minute Maid Park in Houston counted along as the clock ticked down to zero. Twenty people had already entered the men’s 2020 Royal Rumble match, and the anticipation of who would step out and enter the bout next was palpable.

Almost no one in attendance could have anticipated the shredding electric guitar riffs of “Metalingus” by Alter Bridge, but as Adam “Edge” Copeland ran out of the dugout, the crowd reached a fever pitch. After almost nine years away from wrestling and triple-fusion neck surgery, Edge made his seemingly impossible return to in-ring action. After a moment of intense emotion during which he stared toward the heavens, he charged toward the ring and reclaimed a dream that had seemingly been snatched away for good.

“Once the music hit, and that reaction … I mean, I truly feel like I could have beat King Kong’s ass,” Edge told ESPN. “It was all surreal, kind of like a dream sequence, but everything’s so focused and hyperfocused that I can’t really explain it. But I think when you look at the video of me walking out, I think you see it in my eyes.”

How did Edge, eight years removed from his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, make his way back to the ring at the age of 46, looking fitter and leaner than he had at any other point in his career?

Strangely enough, it all began after he crashed his mountain bike.

“IT STARTED DAWNING on me that this could be a possibility when Sheamus came to town, and we were filming an episode of his Celtic Warrior workout show. He wants to do different challenging things that he hasn’t done before, and I love to mountain bike. … In the process of doing that — this stupid competitive thing — I’m flying down a mountain, I hit this one jump, and I wiped out.

“It’s a pretty gnarly wipeout. I was going probably 20, 25 mph, landed on these stones, rolled right up to my feet. But I’m fine. I was all cut up, but my neck was fine. Couple that with doing all of these fight scenes over the years on sets — some pretty physical stuff, especially with ‘Vikings’ — and I thought, ‘OK, I feel really good.'”

Edge wrestled until he retired suddenly in April 2011. Even though the thought crossed his mind time and time again, no wrestler had ever come back from triple-fusion surgery.

“My family doctor just said, ‘Let’s get some pictures on it, just see where you’re at, and we’ll see a spine specialist here in Asheville.’ [I] did that, met with [the specialist]. He said, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing. Obviously, it’s working for you,’ and that’s when I floated out the, ‘But what about wrestling?'”

Edge eventually set up an appointment in Birmingham, Alabama, with Dr. James Andrews’ team and Dr. Andrew Cordover.

“That’s when we started to realize this could actually happen.”

Even with that level of clearance, WWE has a medical team that focuses on head and neck injuries, led by Dr. Joseph Maroon in Pittsburgh. There was also an added level of stress beyond getting cleared.

Once he got the green light from WWE — and publicly denied the idea of a return to the ring — Edge still had to get into ring shape.

“I talked to [Triple H, Paul Levesque], and I said, ‘I can’t go to a ring anywhere because people will start seeing me. I can’t go to the PC.’ So they sent me a ring. I got a warehouse space, and I set up a ring and basically had my own personal ‘Field of Dreams,’ and I just got in there and got to work. Thankfully, I’m married to another Hall of Famer who can pick up and body slam me, which you can’t say for a lot of wives. The Revival, they both live in Asheville, so they’d come, and they’d get in there with me, and they’d put me through my paces.

“I was keeping up with them. I wasn’t tired, and I wasn’t sore, and I thought, ‘OK, this is going to happen, and this is going to happen at a level that I wanted.’ I didn’t want to come back and be anything less than what I was. I’m going to have to work differently. I’m going to have different limitations … I still want to be able to go in there and be able to go half an hour.”

EVEN AS HE started feeling good about what was happening in the ring, as the calendar flipped to 2020 and the Royal Rumble drew closer, Edge started feeling something he had never felt before when it comes to wrestling.

“The one place I never had any doubts was in a wrestling ring,” Edge said. “That felt like that was my one sanctum that I didn’t have questions. I felt like this is where I could go and always have that under control. This was the first time where I felt nervous because there were so many different variables that I never had to encounter before. I’d never wrestled having children before. I cannot get hurt, and I’m also doing it with two neck surgeries under my belt, and [I’ve been] retired for nine years. Nine years is a long time.”

Still, he was committed to the vision that had entered his mind, and he was on a train that wasn’t going to slow down. He arrived in Houston, remained sequestered for most of the day and then got himself ready for one of the biggest moments of his career.

It was time for Edge to write the final chapters as he envisioned. He said goodbye to the small group he was hanging with backstage, which included his wife, Beth Phoenix, who had already performed on the show, as well as his longtime friend and tag team partner Christian, and Shane McMahon.

“I became so hyperaware of everything,” Edge said of the moment before his return. “All of your senses go to this different place. Thankfully, the two people that were at the curtain were Lance Storm and Hurricane, who I’m very, very close with. Lance sent me through the first curtain, and then I got to Hurricane, and he’s like, ‘OK, man.’ He saw that I had a different look in my eye that he’d probably never seen before. And he’s like, ‘You’ve done this. You’ve done this a thousand times. You’ve got this. Go show them who you are.'”

“As soon as I slid in the ring, it went right into just instinct. That’s when all nerves dropped and everything just went back to, ‘This is what I do. This is what I know better than anything else.’ I’m running toward a guy that I just have so much chemistry and history with. It had to start with Dolph Ziggler. He set the entire tone for this whole thing with that one bump he took from the spear.”

Edge reconnected with former tag-team partner Randy Orton as both an ally and an enemy, and he was a factor until late in the match. But his return to the ring wasn’t the only big moment for the Copeland family that night.

“What was incredible about it is Beth got asked to do the women’s Rumble four days before it. All of a sudden, it goes from, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m getting ready for the Rumble after nine years,’ to, ‘Oh, man, we’re both doing this. Holy crap.’ But it was so much fun. What a moment that you’ll never have again. As husband and wife, both retired, both Hall of Famers, we had really just assumed it was all done, and for it to suddenly be back in our laps, we both love this.”

Edge believes there’s no way he could’ve made this comeback a reality without the support of his wife, with whom he has two daughters, 6-year-old Lyric and 3-year-old Ruby.

“She knows me so well that she was able to pick up on when I needed that boost and when I needed that support. I said through this whole thing, she’s my Adrian,” Edge said. “She just knew what to do for me to remind me of what I did and what I can still do.”

For Beth, the moment she watched her husband reclaim his dream was nearly indescribable.

“It was an out-of-this-world, out-of-body experience to see him again,” she said in an interview with WWE after the Rumble. “It was really special and fantastic to share that and just experience Royal Rumble from a different set of eyes. Just share in his joy and see the look on his face because I know the journey that it was to get there.”

The return at the Rumble was just the start on the way to a new normal for the Copeland family. Between his appearances on WWE TV and Phoenix’s role on the NXT broadcast team, Edge admits that the past few months have been a bit chaotic.

“It’s been a lot of juggling,” Edge said, “but we’re a team. We’ve always tried to do whatever we can to make sure that one of us is home. … We need to get those creative things out in order to feel complete and in turn make us better parents, I think.

“Beth would fly to NXT, I’d get the girls ready for school, I’d drop them at school. I’d go home, work out, go to the ring, go back and pick them up. Then on Thursdays, I would drop them off at school. I’d go get Beth, we’d go straight to the ring, she’d be running on two hours’ sleep, and we’d wrestle and then go back to the house and work out, then go get the girls. Just mapped it out — a lot of dry-erase notes on the fridge — but it was a good challenge because my top priority is to be Dad, and everything else falls behind it.”

EDGE NOW STANDS on the precipice of WrestleMania 36 and a “Last Man Standing” match against Orton. It won’t be at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in front of tens of thousands of fans, as originally planned. Instead, it will take place inside an empty WWE Performance Center in Orlando. Although there’s obviously some disappointment, Edge is keeping it all in perspective as he has his first one-on-one match in nine years.

“For so long, I never thought this would happen again, right? What that taught me is to appreciate it all,” Edge said. “And no matter what it is, you pull the positives. That’s all you can do. The positives are always there. … And it’s a strange time, but it’s also a time where we can hopefully help people for a few hours enjoy themselves. And for me, as a performer, that’s an honor and a privilege, and that’s not lost on me after not being able to do this particular form of entertainment for nine years.

“Is it disappointing that it’s not in front of an audience? Of course it is. I’m not going to lie. But at the same time, I look at the challenge, and I go, ‘OK, how do you tell a compelling story?’ And in my mind, I picture everyone at home and how they’re going to react and how they’re going to come out of their chairs and how they’re going to get angry and just get lost in it. And if we can do that, then that’s all we set out to do.”

EDGE’S ULTIMATE PLAN stretches beyond a single WrestleMania match. He has whet his appetite with his appearances thus far, and even though he isn’t joining the road crew once WWE kicks back into gear, he sees big things to come. His second chance isn’t ending here.

“Physically, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with that grind that all the young ‘uns are doing right now. I put in my 15 years of that, so now I can come back, and honestly, more than anything, I just want to help teach. And the best way for me to teach is to be in there in the ring with you and show you how to listen.”

While Edge is appreciating every moment he gets to add to his career, he isn’t going to sit back and have just a couple of matches, either.

“I have a vision. I believe if you can visualize it, you can make it happen. I have a vision for the whole thing,” Edge said. “I’m not going to spoil it, though. When it is time to walk away, I want people to say, ‘Oh, my God, I think he was better this time.’ That’s the challenge. This story has never been written before. No one has ever taken nine years off. No one has ever come back from a triple-fusion. It’s a blank canvas, and the story I want to try and tell, I just want it to be compelling. I want it to be fun for everybody.

“Like I said in the first promo back, man, I just hope you come along for the ride with me because I am going to have a blast.”

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Viduka breaks silence over reasons he quit Socceroos

Socceroos legend Mark Viduka has broken his long-standing media blackout to accuse former Aussie teammates of undermining his captaincy and tearing the team apart.

In a revealing exclusive interview with ESPN, Viduka opened up on the Socceroos’ disastrous 2007 Asian Cup campaign – just one year after the incredible highs of the 2006 World Cup.

Having entered the tournament as favourites Australia was dumped out of their first-ever AFC continental tournament at the quarterfinals despite fielding a similar squad to Germany ‘06.

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Mark Viduka scored 11 goals in 43 internationals for Australia.Source:Supplied

Now Viduka claims selfish teammates destroyed the side’s sense of unity – and cost Socceroos coach Graham Arnold his job.

“I think some people came to that Asian Cup thinking more about themselves more than the national team,” Viduka told ESPN.

“I think Lucas Neill came to that Asian Cup at that stage not in a good state of mind because of the fact that Graham Arnold had offered him the captaincy because he wasn’t sure I was coming to the Asian Cup or not.

“Once I was at the Asian Cup, either (Arnold) wasn’t brave enough to tell me that I wasn’t captain anymore, and I felt Lucas Neill was sulking the whole Asian Cup through the preparations for it and through the Asian Cup, and it affected other players.

“I think Lucas tried to undermine me. His priority was to be captain — more because of his other activities off the pitch rather than on the pitch stuff. That’s my opinion. That was the main reason I stopped playing for the national team.”

Viduka had never wanted the captaincy the same way he says other teammates did. It was thrust upon him by then-coach Gus Hiddink ahead of the 2006 World Cup.

Mark Viduka wasn’t pleased with Lucas Neill during the 2007 Asian Cup campaign.Source:News Limited

“Guus came to me, and he said, ‘Look, I’d like you to be captain (permanently),’” Viduka says.

“It’s a huge honour, and I’m not one of the guys whose dream is about being captain of anything, really.

“(Craig Moore) would have been the better person to do it, playing at the back and all that. But Guus had to make the call because he didn’t know if (Moore’s) injury would come good. I felt bad because he’s a good mate.

“It was actually a bit of a burden to me, but I’d never knock it back.”

A year later, a limp Asian Cup campaign ended with defeat to Japan on penalties, and Viduka soon retired from international duty. It’s a decision he says he doesn’t regret.

“Do I regret stopping? No,” he said

Irvine eyeing Tokyo 2021

Football: With the age restriction on the Tokyo Olympics being increased for Footballers, Jackson Irvine believes a lot of the older player will be hoping to get a spot on the Olyroos.

“Because my problem was that my generation of players that I grew up with were a different breed to the new generation, and to be the honest, I wasn’t a big fan of the new generation of players.

“A lot of them were more interested in how many deals they were doing on the side, through sponsorship and getting their heads on the television, than actually playing for the national team.”

Originally published asViduka breaks silence over reasons he quit Socceroos

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F1 Virtual Grand Prix results: Charles Leclerc takes dominant victory before vow to ‘entertain’ during coronavirus lockdown

Charles Leclerc dominated the second Virtual Grand Prix to lead from start to finish in a vastly improved F1 eSports event, with the current Ferrari star showing his talent isn’t just limited to the tarmac.

The Monegasque inherited pole position from Renault’s Christian Lundgaard, who despite setting the fastest time of the qualifying session received a five-place grid penalty and had to start down in sixth.

The grid featured more than double the number of current F1 drivers this time round, with Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi joined by Leclerc, George Russell, Alex Albon and Antonio Giovinazzi, while former world champion Jenson Button took part in his first virtual race alongside other ex-F1 stars in Johnny Herbert, Anthony Davidson, Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez as well as England cricketer Ben Stokes and Leclerc’s 19-year-old brother Arthur.

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Frustratingly though, the technical gremlins that blighted the inaugural Virtual GP returned that meant neither Norris nor Gutierrez were able to compete in the race, while the event got underway with little notice before lights out to the point that many will have missed the start itself.

That said, it was a much-improved event that delivered a full-length 28-lap race and plenty of good clean racing – something that couldn’t be said in Bahrain – a drivers got to grips with the Codemasters F1 2019 game.

From the moment that Leclerc exited the opening corner with a one-second lead, the Ferrari star never looked like losing as he cantered to victory to add to his two Grand Prix wins last season, but behind him played out an exciting and accident-packed race that saw Danish F2 driver Lundgaard fight back into second and WIlliams star Russell take third, thanks largely to Arthur Leclerc’s inability to stay on the track.

Leclerc spun out of second on lap eight, not long after Russell himself had made a mistake to drop behind Lundgaard, and after fighting his way back onto the gearbox of the Williams, he went off once more to cost himself a place on the podium.

An opening-lap crash for Albon cost the Red Bull driver a chance of mixing it at the front end as he ended up coming home in eighth, while Button provided plenty of forceful defending as he got to grips with the Virtual Grand Prix, with the 2009 world champion eventually coming home just outside the top 10. Meanwhile, 2019 Cricket World Cup-winner Stokes found himself in a baptism of fire, as a late error saw him inherit last place from Herbert to come home last of the 18 finishers.

But for Leclerc, the joy of victory was matched by the responsibility to entertain those locked down at home, with the F1 absence stretching into a third consecutive weekend without any action due to the coronavirus outbreak – which was made all the more impressive given he only started practising last weekend.

F1 driver line-up 2020

1/21 F1 2020

2/21 Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton (No 44)

3/21 Mercedes – Valtteri Bottas (77)

4/21 Ferrari – Charles Leclerc (16)

5/21 Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel (5)

6/21 Red Bull – Max Verstappen (33)

7/21 Red Bull – Alexander Albon (23)

8/21 McLaren – Carlos Sainz (55)














1/21 F1 2020

2/21 Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton (No 44)

3/21 Mercedes – Valtteri Bottas (77)

4/21 Ferrari – Charles Leclerc (16)

5/21 Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel (5)

6/21 Red Bull – Max Verstappen (33)

7/21 Red Bull – Alexander Albon (23)

8/21 McLaren – Carlos Sainz (55)














“Eight days ago, last Sunday but I put quite a lot of hours into it,” he said afterwards. “To tell you how much I don’t know, but probably at least five hours each day every day and at the end of the week we all linked together with George, Alex and the others and stream everything live and it was very fun so we’ll continue to do that. 

“Obviously it’s a hard time for absolutely everyone staying at home so we try our best to entertain everyone at home and hopefully this was the case tonight and we’ll try to do many more in the next few weeks.”

Rather interestingly, Leclerc admitted that while the physical challenge was nowhere near what drivers experience out on the track, it still wasn’t an easy night’s work.

“It was unbelievably hard, and yes we are sitting on a chair so there’s not the G-force in a real car but I’m sweating like crazy,” he added. “The muscles are not hurting as much but I’ve been concentrating just as hard and sweating like mad.

“They (other drivers) shouldn’t have the mistakes. It was tough, everyone was very quick, and I think we all knew that the one who did the least mistakes would win because we were all so close in pace.”

The postponed Chinese Grand Prix will take place next in two weeks’ time, with Leclerc hoping to be able to try make it two from two after missing the Bahrain Grand Prix, while hopefully Norris can finally see lights out to show the world that his eSports talent match up to his ability to entertain from the seat of his simulator.


1. Charles Leclerc

2. Christian Lundgaard

3. George Russell

4. Arthur Leclerc

5. Antonio Giovinazzi

6. Stoffel Vandoorne

7. Louis Deletraz

8. Alex Albon

9. Jimmy Broadbent

10. Nicholas Latifi

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F1 teams 'could go under', warns McLaren boss Zak Brown

F1 teams ‘could go under’, warns McLaren boss Zak Brown as sport’s chiefs hold talks over cost-saving plans amid the coronavirus crisis

  • Brown says Formula One is in a ‘very fragile state’ as a result of the pandemic
  • The McLaren boss wants the £143m budget cap to be lowered for next season 
  • Cost-saving plans will be discussed at a meeting of F1 team bosses on Monday 

Formula One is in a ‘very fragile state’ as a result of the coronavirus crisis and needs big changes to survive, says McLaren boss Zak Brown. 

‘This is potentially devastating to teams, and if it is devastating to enough teams — which doesn’t have to mean more than two — then it is very threatening to Formula One as a whole,’ he said. 

Cost-saving plans will be discussed at a meeting of bosses on Monday, but the teams are divided over how to safeguard the sport. 

McLaren boss Zak Brown (right) insists that Formula One needs big changes to survive

Brown, speaking in an interview with BBC Sport, said he believed that the $175million (£143m) budget cap, which is scheduled to come into force in the 2021 season, needs to be lowered significantly, or the sport risks a potential disaster. 

‘Could I see — through what is going on right now in the world if we don’t tackle this situation head on very aggressively — two teams disappearing? Yes,’ said Brown, the chief executive officer of McLaren Racing 



The 2020 Olympic Games has been postponed until 2021 on March 24 – becoming one of the last major sporting events this summer to fall victim to the coronavirus.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe held a crucial conference call with Olympics chief Thomas Bach on Tuesday to formally decide a plan and they have chosen to postpone for 12 months.

The decision also means the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be subject to a one-year delay.

Despite the delay, the name of the delayed Games will still be Tokyo 2020, the city’s governor Yuriko Koike revealed.

A joint statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee read: ‘In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

‘The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. 

‘Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.’ 

There was plenty of scepticism whether the Olympics would pull through and continue as scheduled while events linked to the games were called off. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was cancelled on Friday March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed by one year due to the coronavirus

Large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta despite repeated warnings for spectators not to attend because of coronavirus.

That forced the decision by the Greek Olympic Committee to halt the torch relay on Greek soil on just the second day of its scheduled eight-day journey. It is the only the third time that a relay to Athens for the summer Games has not been completed.

The Olympic flame will still be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 organising committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, but without fans present. 

Athletes were told to keep training but many struggled considering the government lock-down measures put in place. 

On Friday March 13 US president Donald Trump’s suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the coronavirus was immediately shot down by Japan’s Olympic minister.

‘The IOC and the organising committee are not considering cancellation or a postponement – absolutely not at all,’ Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, told a news conference in Tokyo.

On Tuesday March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the Japanese Olympic Committee’s vice presidents and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.  

The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organisers have stayed on message since the viral outbreak in China three months ago spread across Asia and then the globe: The games will open as scheduled on July 24. 

Tokyo 2020 organisers received the Olympic flame in a scaled-down handover ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19. 


The World Athletics Indoor Championships, which was due to be held from March 13-15 in Nanjing, is postponed until March 2021.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns over the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

North Korea cancelled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lockdown due to the level of outbreak in South Korea, where the Seoul Marathon is cancelled in a bid to protect runners.

The Paris half-marathon is cancelled and the French government also decided to ban all public gatherings of more than 100 people, before ordering people to stay at home from March 15 for at least 15 days. The race involving some 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday March 1. Organisers said the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined.

The London Marathon, which had been scheduled to take place on April 26, has been postponed until October 4. Over 40,000 runners were due to take part. 

The Barcelona marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed until October.


Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan were cancelled by the International Olympic Committee, but went ahead in Amman from March 3-11.

The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy following the outbreak.

The Japanese boxing commission cancelled all fight cards scheduled for March on government advice to suspend all pending sporting fixtures. They will not be rescheduled.

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce’s Battle of Britain has been pushed back from April to July

The British Boxing Board of Control announced on Tuesday March 17 that all boxing events under their jurisdiction for March will be postponed due to the coronavirus.

That decision has lead to the heavyweight clash between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce being postponed. That fight, which had been penciled in for April 11, has been rescheduled for July 11 at the O2 Arena. 

Anthony Yarde, who was due to fight Lyndon Arthur on the undercard of the all-British clash, announced on March 29 that his father had died as a result of contracting the coronavirus. 

He revealed in an Instagram post that he had no underlying health issues and urged everyone to stay at home.  

Matchroom Boxing has also postponed all events scheduled for March and April, including Josh Kelly’s European title fight against Russia’s David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28). 

The European Olympic boxing qualification tournament in London has been suspended. It was due to secure qualification for Tokyo 2020 for 77 male and female boxers, with 322 taking part. 

Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn has said Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev, which is scheduled for June 20, could be rearranged for July. All Matchroom promoted fights in March and April have been postponed. 

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders, earmarked for May in Las Vegas, was postponed before even being announced, however the Mexican is reportedly still planning to make the bout happen in June. 


England’s tour of Sri Lanka was postponed on March 13, with the England and Wales Cricket Board citing ‘completely unprecedented times’.

The decision was confirmed while Joe Root’s side were in the field at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, contesting a warm-up game for a two-Test series.

On March 18, the West Indies offered to host England’s upcoming home Tests against them in the Caribbean instead of in the UK – should the coronavirus outbreak not have improved by then. England are due to face the Windies in a a three-Test series, which is due to start at the Oval on June 4 but could be delayed until September. If playing the series in England proves unworkable, CWI have offered to step in for this series, and also for England’s three Tests against Pakistan, due to start on July 30. Although there are Covid-19 cases in the Caribbean, its impact there has been limited so far. 

The start of the Indian Premier League season has also been delayed until April 15. The 2020 campaign had been set to start on March 29. The IPL franchises are also ready to quarantine their foreign players for a period of 14 days, if travel restrictions are lifted to allow them to arrive.

On March 13, India’s ongoing one-day international series against South Africa was postponed, while Australia’s one-day internationals against New Zealand will be played behind closed doors.

Scotland’s one-day series against the United States and UAE have been postponed. The games were scheduled to be played in Florida in April. 

England’s cricketers would not play any rescheduled Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean until December at the earliest, it emerged on March 19.


Cycling’s Giro d’Italia has been called off, with the race scheduled to start in Hungary in May. 

The final two stages of the UAE Tour were cancelled after two members of staff on the race were suspected of having the disease. 

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being put in isolation

The Tour de France is under threat of cancellation, with the scheduled start in Nice taking place in just over three months, on June 27. With British and French governments anticipating that the pandemic will last until the summer, race organizers are studying alternative scheduling. 

The Paris-Roubaix cycling race, another major event on the French sports calendar, was postponed due to the pandemic, while the April 5 Tour of Flanders, only previously cancelled during World War I, was also postponed in a further sign that Le Tour is under grave threat.


This summer’s Euro 2020 tournament has been moved to next summer (2021) following a UEFA conference held on March 17. The postponement provides a chance for European club competitions to be completed.

All football in England is suspended until at least April 30 – but the 2019-20 season should eventually be completed after the FA bend their own rules to extend the campaign INDEFINITELY after holding crisis talks on March 19.

The decisions to suspend follows players and staff becoming affected by the virus, or individuals self-isolating as a precaution after reporting symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

The Premier League has moved to cancel games following the global outbreak of coronavius

The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a ‘precautionary measure’ after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus weeks after watching his Greek team play at the Emirates Stadium. 

On March 13, UEFA announced all Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled are postponed, as well as the quarter-final draws for both competitions. UEFA hope to conclude the competitions in the summer but no dates are yet set. 

Birmingham City become the first Championship side to see players take temporary 50 per cent wage cuts to ease financial pressure.  Leeds United soon followed in a bid to keep paying all of their non-football staff. 

All Chinese domestic fixtures at all levels were postponed and the season pushed back, the first football to be affected by the outbreak in the country of its origin. However, reports suggest that the league could resume on April 18 as China gets to grip with the virus.

Asian Champions League matches involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed until April.

The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League are playing their matches behind closed doors.

Japan’s J-League postponed all domestic games until the middle of March, but further delays are inevitable. 

Ludogorets players were taking no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Italy, the country worst hit by the virus outside China, suffered a spate of cancellations before the government put the population on lockdown. All sport, including Serie A games, were suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.

In France, it was announced on Friday 13 March that there will be no top-flight football in France for the immediate future after their governing body postponed all matches.  

In Spain, April 18’s Copa del Rey final between between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. LaLiga is also postponed until the end of March at least.

Germany’s Bundesliga, the other major European league, is also suspended until April 3 at least. 

The Dutch Eredivisie and Portugal’s Primeira Liga are also suspended.

The Football Association of Ireland announced that all football under its jurisdiction will cease until March 29. 

Major League Soccer has been suspended for 30 days until mid-April with David Beckham’s first Inter Miami home game delayed.  

The South American Football Confederation postponed this year’s Copa America, due to take place from 12 June to 12 July, until 2021.

FIFA said that the newly-expanded Club World Cup, originally scheduled to take place in China in June 2021, will be postponed and a new date announced when ‘there is more clarity on the situation’.

On March 13, the FA announced that all of England’s games scheduled for the month would be postponed, including those of development teams. It means that England’s friendlies with Italy and Denmark have been called off.    

Euro 2020 play-off matches due to be held on March 26, including Scotland v Israel have been put off until June. 

Olympiakos’ owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

Manchester United clash at Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, with United handing out £350 to each fan to help with travel and accommodation after they sold 900 tickets for the Europa League game. 

Newcastle United banned their players from shaking hands with each other amid coronavirus fears. 

Cristiano Ronaldo went into isolation in Madeira after it emerged that his Juventus team-mate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus. Squad members Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala also tested positive. 

Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, who is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, tested positive for coronavirus.

In Spain, 35% of Valencia’s squad staff tested positive for coronavirus, with all cases being asymptomatic. 

Real Madrid’s first-team squad were in quarantine after a member of the basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. The two teams share the same training facility.   

Liverpool have announced a charity match between a Reds Legends side and Barcelona Legends, due to be played at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.

FIFA says it will postpone South American World Cup qualifying matches due to take place in March. 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12 with the entire first-team squad being put into isolation. The Gunners’ game against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday March 14, has been postponed.

In the early hours of Friday, March 13, Chelsea announced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had been diagnosed with the illness.

The club’s first team went into self-isolation, while two buildings at their training ground in Cobham were closed. 

Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, have sent players home to train alone following the British government’s increasing crackdown on mass gatherings and unnecessary social contact.   

West Ham chief Karren Brady called for the season to be null and void while Aston Villa believe no team should be relegated. In this situation Liverpool, the runaway league leaders, could face the horror of being denied the title despite being on the brink of securing their first league trophy in nearly 30 years.

Reports suggest football bodies across England and the rest of Europe are bracing themselves for a reported total shutdown of every league until September.

Top-level English and Scottish football was initially suspended until April 3 at the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship all agreed to call a halt to competitive action with immediate effect. 

All levels of English football below the National League North and South have been called off and voided with no promotion and relegation due to the calendar being decimated by the coronavirus outbreak.  


The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off after a McLaren team member came down with Covid-19, leading to the British team pulling out prior to a decision being made on whether the race would still go ahead. 

The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was ‘shocking’ that the race was going ahead. 

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the first race to be postponed, with no decision over whether it will be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later in the season. 

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is also called off, as is the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place in Hanoi on April 5. 

It was hoped that the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3 would be the first race of the new season but that has also been postponed due to Covid-19. 

The iconic Monaco Grand Prix on May 24 was cancelled for the first time in 66 years before Formula One announced their race in Azerbaijan had been postponed. 

The Chinese GP was first to be cancelled and other races could yet follow that lead


On March 13, the Masters was postponed. In a statement released online, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, emphasised that the decision makers hope to hold the championship ‘at some later date’. The first men’s major of the year was due to begin on April 9.

The US PGA Championship, the second major of the year, has now joined the  Masters in being postponed. It had been due to take place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11-17, but has been rescheduled for later this summer.

After deciding to play with no spectators from the second round of the Players Championship onwards, the PGA Tour cancelled the event entirely after the first round on March 12. 

They also scrapped the following three events leading up to the Masters, but after that was cancelled four further events in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson – also bit the dust. It is hoped that the season can be resumed in late May.

The European Tour have cancelled all tournaments until the popular Made in Denmark event on May 21. Many of them were due to be held in China or east Asia in countries badly hit by the outbreak.

The women’s game has also been hit by postponements and cancellations, with the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, the highest profile casualty.

The Masters has been postponed for the first time since the Second World War

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open on medical grounds after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and he was told to self-isolate. They were later reinstated to the tournament after testing negative for the virus. 


The Grand National was called off following new British government restrictions to fight the spread of coronavirus made it impossible to stage the Aintree showpiece on April 4. The Cheltenham Festival went ahead amid some criticism before the social distancing measures were tightened. 

The Japan Racing Association revealed that ‘government-sanctioned races’ will go ahead behind closed doors.  

Racing in Ireland attempted to take place behind closed doors starting on March 29 – but that decision was changed after government cancelled all sporting events.  

The Dubai World Cup meeting will go ahead on March 28 ‘without paid hospitality spectators’. 

Racing Post forced to temporarily suspend publication of the flagship daily racing newspaper for the first time since their inception in 1986 due to all action in UK and Ireland being suspended.  

The Cheltenham Festival went ahead despite travel disruption caused by the virus


This year’s Six Nations will have to wait for its conclusion with all remaining games postponed.

England’s game with Italy and Ireland’s trip to France had already been called off with Wales and Scotland leaving it until the day before before calling off their game. 

Saturday, 31 October is a possible date for the final weekend of matches. 

The Women’s Six Nations has also been hit by postponements.

Ireland’s Six Nations encounter with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

The RFU has suspended all levels of rugby in England until April 14, with the announcement coming shortly after the Premiership was halted for five weeks. 

The quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have also been postponed. Those games were scheduled for April 3, 4 and 5.   

The RFL and rugby league’s Super League have now followed suit and postponed all fixtures for at least three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos players had been confirmed to be self-isolating.  


Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II as All England Club chiefs called the tournament off at an emergency meeting.

It was considered impossible for the tournament to be moved back to later in the year, or to be played without fans, and so chiefs have pulled the plug entirely.

This is the first time that Wimbledon will not be staged since 1945. Only one Grand Slam has missed a year since the war, the 1986 Australian Open, and that was for the technical reason of the date shifting forward from December into January. 

The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, is postponed until September amid a wide lockdown in France.

The clay-court major was scheduled for May 24 to June 7, but that has shifted to September 20 to October 4, after the US Open, which was due to be the final major of the year. 

Players have been quick to criticise the move, which has created a conflict with the Laver Cup men’s team event spearheaded by Roger Federer, and a women’s tournament in China.

All events on the ATP Tour have been suspended for six weeks. 

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California, set to start on March 9, was postponed at the eleventh hour.  It came after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the nearby Coachella Valley.

The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine was cancelled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for getting to the final. They were denied the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie because the men’s team were unable to travel to Romania for the March 6-7 play-off.

WTA events have also been cancelled. The WTA announced they are assessing their schedule with a number of events set for China in the second half of the season.

The International Tennis Federation has announced that the Fed Cup finals have been postponed. The event was due to be held in Budapest in April and the competition’s play-offs, which were set to take place in eight different locations, have also been placed on hold.

The WTA also announced no tournaments will be staged for at least five weeks.   

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II


The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus. On March 17 Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed he had tested positive for the virus alongside three unnamed team-mates.

In an aid to decrease risks of exposure to the virus, the NBA had told players to avoid taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers. 

The NHL has announced it has paused the 2019-20 season with no date confirmed for when it will resume. 

The UFC has cancelled its next three events, although president Dana White is still pushing ahead for the highly-anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. 

MotoGP have cancelled their first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. 

South Korea’s baseball league cancelled all 50 pre-season game which were slated to take place from March 14-24. It is the first time since the leagues inception in 1982 that an entire set of exhibition matches are off. 

The first-stage draw for the Table Tennis World Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, is postponed.

A beach volleyball tournament, due to be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, is postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

World Short track speed skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

The World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed as a precautionary measure.  

The Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships in Canada have been cancelled.   

All 72 pre-season baseball games in Japan are to take place behind closed doors

In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are cancelled due to ‘strict health protection’. 

The Japanese professional baseball league made the decision to play their 72 pre-season games behind closed doors until March 15. Baseball is among the most popular sports in Japan.  

Doubts remain as the Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for March, are relocated from Kazakhstan to neighbouring Uzbekistan. They could still be postponed. 

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Anthony Joshua opponent Kubrat Pulev to pledge half of £4m purse to coronavirus battle

Anthony Joshua’s next opponent Kubrat Pulev is to donate half of his estimated £4million fight purse to the battle against coronavirus. Joshua vs Pulev was supposed to take place on June 20 in London but was postponed because of the pandemic.

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the world and has either cancelled or postponed the globe’s biggest sporting events.

This summer’s 2020 European Championships and the Tokyo Olympics were put back to 2021.

And all European football has been halted until the spread of the virus can be reduced and it’s safe to do so.

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Boxing has also been affected, as all major events until June have been postponed in the UK and the U.S.

Joshua’s clash with Pulev, which was due to take place midway through June at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was pushed back on Friday.

A new date and possible venue has yet to be decided but July 25 at Spurs seems to be where Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn is aiming for.


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But in the meantime, Joshua’s opponent Pulev has promised to donate half of the money he makes from his clash with AJ to the battle against coronavirus.

“I will give doctors, nurses and hospitals the necessary equipment to deal with this devilish virus,”| he told BILD.

“I will donate 50% of the money I earn from the match with Joshua to the tireless heroes in the fight against the coronavirus.”

Joshua sent a message out to the NHS workers last week, praising them for their efforts In combating the spread of the virus and calling them ‘real heroes’.


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“Listen, I’m not a politician, I’m not part of the government, I do take note, even people like me who would love to be out there doing the most right now,” he said on Instagram last week.

“I’d love to be on my dirt bikes, sparring, going to the boxing gym.

“Yesterday would have been my first day of training camp preparing for my fight, defending my championship belts.

“But I’ve got to follow the guidelines to make sure we get through this together.

“And to my loved ones, all the ones suffering, you’ve got my love and support, especially the ones we take for granted.

“The NHS, you’re the real heroes, one love to all of you guys, thank you so much.”

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