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Dominic Thiem denies players are getting special treatment in Adelaide

World No 3 says Djokovic tried to help players in Melbourne Paula Badosa tests positive for Covid before Australian OpenDominic Thiem, the US Open champion and world No 3, has denied the top players are receiving a notable advantage before the Australi…

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Premiership Rugby investigates Bath’s false positive Covid tests

Operational error at laboratory created alarmPlayers and staff forced into unnecessary isolationPremiership Rugby has started an investigation after an error in the laboratory run by the company that conducts its Covid-19 testing programme resulted in …

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Tennis Australia confirms it will pay for players’ quarantine as cases linked to Australian Open rise

Tournament organisers clarify comments made by Craig Tiley that the Victorian government would share quarantine costsNSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsState-by-state restrictions and lockdown rules explainedFollow the Australia coronavirus liveblogTenni…

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Dean Smith wants season to continue despite Covid cases at Aston Villa

‘Every time we got tested somebody else was getting it’Villa finally return to action against Manchester CityDean Smith has described the “very scary” scale of the Covid-19 outbreak that forced Aston Villa’s entire squad into isolation this month but s…

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Bath’s Premiership game at Bristol in doubt after positive Covid tests

Bath scheduled to play at Ashton Gate on 29 JanuaryClub’s training ground closed after outbreak at clubBath’s derby against Bristol at Ashton Gate on 29 January is in doubt after their players and staff were sent home on Tuesday to isolate after a numb…

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Roberto Bautista Agut likens Australian Open quarantine to being in prison ‘but with wifi’

Spanish world No 13 hits out at state governmentMen’s matches will remain best of five sets, says Craig TileySpanish tennis player Roberto Bautista Agut has likened Australian Open quarantine in Melbourne to being in prison and laid the blame solely wi…

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England skills coach Jason Ryles to miss Six Nations due to Covid-19 lockdown

Ryles will remain in Australia until at least the summerThe Lions will decide next week if tour can go aheadEddie Jones’s plan to use the Six Nations to sharpen England’s attack needs to be revised because the Covid-19 lockdown has left his skills coac…

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Neil Lennon furious at Dubai criticism: ‘You’re all wanting blood, it’s scandalous’

Celtic manager upset by criticism after training camp‘We’ve been held to a far higher standard than any other club’The Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, has castigated an “absolute barrage of hypocrisy” he believes is attached to criticism of his club’s ill…

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‘Djokovic is a tool’: Nick Kyrgios hits out at world No 1 over Covid-19 demands

Djokovic has called for easing of quarantine restrictions‘No special treatment’ for players, says Victorian PremierNick Kyrgios has joined the former Davis Cup player Sam Groth in criticising Novak Djokovic after the world No 1 reportedly wrote to Aust…

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Australian Open: how Covid is shaping the tennis tournament – explainer

Quarantined tennis players, fan ‘pods’ and much smaller crowds. Here’s how the 2021 Australian Open is shaping up amid the pandemicThe Australian Open traditionally makes headlines weeks before it starts because it’s the first grand slam of the season….

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Quarantined tennis players get creative amid Australian Open recriminations

Hotel rooms made into makeshift training centres Anger and frustration permeates lead-up to tournamentCarpet, as it turns out, is not a like-for-like substitute for a hard court. But, as Australian Open competitors are fast learning, surfaces are what …

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Premiership may put two-year halt on relegation to ease clubs’ financial plight

Temporary pause with promotion play-off is being discussed Move would include expansion of division to 14 clubsA halt to relegation for two seasons followed by the introduction of a play?off between the Premiership’s bottom side and the winners of the …

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Australian Open players in stricter Covid isolation say they risk injury if not allowed to train

Some affected players say they they were misled about rules and organisers had promised this situation would not happenAustralian Open tennis players who have been forced into stricter quarantine have said they were misled about the rules for the tourn…

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‘It’s instinct’: Premier League managers sceptical of socially distanced celebrations – video

Premier League managers have expressed scepticism at the idea of socially distanced goal celebrations, after Julian Knight, the chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, said footballers were ‘brainless’ for continuing to hug. ‘It’s ins…

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Lampard vows to stop hugs as Allardyce hits out at government ‘nonsense’

Clubs given stern warning to stop hugging after scoringAllardyce tells government not to intervene in football Frank Lampard has admitted he is trying to coach his players out of the urge to celebrate, as teams received their sternest warning yet that …

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TikTok and Joe Wicks help more girls get active amid pandemic, survey finds

Some 100,000 more girls in England hit hour of activity a dayAround 200,000 fewer boys reach target, Sport England saysThe decline in children’s activity levels during the pandemic has been less severe than feared in England because of a boom in home f…

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Premier League postpones Aston Villa v Everton after coronavirus outbreak

Match was due to be played on SundayMost of Villa’s squad remain in isolationAston Villa’s match at home to Everton on Sunday has been postponed after the Premier League board agreed to a request by Villa, who have experienced a Covid outbreak.Villa’s …

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Footballers criticised as ‘brainless’ for hugging in goal celebrations amid Covid

MP Julian Knight says it gives ‘awful message’Players have been asked to avoid unnecessary contactFootballers who have continued to hug when celebrating goals despite the worsening coronavirus crisis have been “brainless”, according to the chair of the…

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Footballers criticised as ‘brainless’ for hugging in goal celebrations amid Covid

MP Julian Knight says it gives ‘awful message’Players have been asked to avoid unnecessary contactFootballers who have continued to hug when celebrating goals despite the worsening coronavirus crisis have been “brainless”, according to the chair of the…

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Covid-19 impact leaves major European football clubs with €1bn loss

Pandemic has hit players’ values, says KPMG studyKylian Mbappé most valuable player at €200mTwenty of Europe’s biggest clubs lost more than €1bn in revenue over the past year while almost 10% has been knocked off players’ average values as the game str…