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Category: Coronavirus outbreak

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Andy Murray and wife Kim ‘call out tennis community’ to join lockdown challenge – video

The Murrays posted a video on social media showing themselves taking part in a ‘volley challenge’ during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown. The former Wimbledon champion said: ‘We’re calling out everyone in the tennis community and their partners to try th…

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Sir Alex Ferguson thanks NHS for ‘magnificent’ coronavirus response

Two years ago the NHS saved my life, says ex-United managerOld Trafford club offering extra support to health workersSir Alex Ferguson has praised the NHS for “saving my life” two years ago, and for its “magnificent” response to the coronavirus pandemi…

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NRL aim for 28 May restart for suspended 2020 season

Competition structure yet to be finalisedChannel Nine launch scathing attack on leagueThe ARLC has confirmed the NRL intends to get back on the playing field on 28 May but there is still no clarity on what the competition will look like once the 2020 s…

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José Mourinho admits he was wrong to take Spurs training amid coronavirus

Tottenham manager ignored government guidelinesMourinho and Spurs players seen training in north LondonJosé Mourinho has said he wrongly ignored government advice regarding the coronavirus lockdown after he and members of his Tottenham squad were pictu…

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Italian Olympic 800m finalist Donato Sabia dies of coronavirus aged 56

Sabia twice competed for 800m medals in 1984 and 1988Former runner is first Olympic finalist to die of the virusTwo-time Olympic 800m finalist Donato Sabia has died from Covid-19 at the age of 56, the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) said on Wednesday….

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José Mourinho and Tottenham players break coronavirus rules to train

Manager seen with Tanguy Ndombele on London commonDavinson Sánchez and Ryan Sessegnon shown jogging togetherCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJosé Mourinho and members of his Tottenham squad have been pictured on Hadley Common…

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Dana White plans to host UFC 249 on private island during coronavirus lockdown

UFC president has faced criticism for staging eventsTony Ferguson due to headline event on 18 AprilThe UFC president Dana White, who has faced criticism for pushing forward with events during the Covid-19 epidemic, says he plans to host fights on a pri…

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Closing the UK’s parks and public spaces really could be a tipping point | Barney Ronay

There is always compromise, always managed space – but banning exercise in this country would be a disasterYou can take our pubs and our shopping centres. You can wall us up behind the front door with Netflix and newsagent wine. But don’t take away our…

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Pep Guardiola’s mother dies aged 82 after contracting coronavirus

Manchester City confirm manager’s loss in tweetGuardiola donated €1m to Spain’s fight against Covid-19Pep Guardiola’s mother, Dolors Sala Carrió, has died after contracting coronavirus, Manchester City have announced.On Monday the club tweeted: “The Ma…

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Harlequins’ Semi Kunatani arrested for ignoring Covid-19 quarantine

Kunatani and one other unnamed player arrestedBoth players had returned to Fiji via SingaporeThe Fiji Rugby Union has criticised two of its players who have been arrested for failing to self-isolate after returning to Fiji from overseas, including Semi…

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A return to suburban grounds would offer a chance to reawaken the AFL’s soul | Adam Collins

Playing at a former cathedral like Princes Park would restore the sense that footy belongs to the suburbs as well as the city“The whole of consumerism is based on us wanting the next thing rather than the present thing we already have,” Matt Haig lamen…

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Israel Folau payout at risk as Rugby Australia reels from Covid-19 – report

RA could face insolvency after season put on holdSettlement paid to former Wallaby in instalments Former Wallabies player Israel Folau’s multi-million payout from Rugby Australia could reportedly take a major hit if the sport’s governing body is forced…

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Saints’ recording-breaking kicker Tom Dempsey dies after contracting Covid-19

New Orleans legend held record for longest field-goal in historyDempsey was born with no toes on his kicking footThe New Orleans Saints have confirmed that their legendary kicker, Tom Dempsey, has died after contracting Covid-19. He was 73.Dempsey had …

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Manchester City to investigate Kyle Walker over sex party during lockdown

Walker apologises for inviting sex workers to his homeCity ‘disappointed’ and will conduct internal disciplinaryManchester City will conduct a disciplinary investigation following reports Kyle Walker broke quarantine rules by hosting a party with two s…

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Anthony Yarde’s grandmother dies of coronavirus days after father’s death

Follows death of his father as a result of the pandemic‘People are still going out when they don’t need to,’ says boxerBritish light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde has announced his grandmother has died from the coronavirus only a few days after his father’…

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It’s only a matter of time before Raheem Sterling gets it in the neck for coronavirus | Marina Hyde

In this week’s shifting blame game, health secretary Matt Hancock has kicked Premier League footballers into touchOne of the great rules of British public life is that sooner or later, everything ends up being blamed on footballers. No matter how alien…

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Wilson Kipsang arrested for after-hours bar lock-in during coronavirus curfew

Former marathon world record holder also a police officerGang of 20 locked themselves in Kenya bar to drink alcohol The former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinkin…

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‘I’m hooping my way through the lockdown’: how readers are keeping fit

Want to stay active during the coronavirus shutdown? Our readers have a few creative suggestionsI am a professional hula hooper so I’m hooping my way through the lockdown. It’s perfect for cardio and strength, as well as being a bit silly so you can fo…

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Premier League clubs may be forced to sell players if wages not cut

Analyst warns teams ‘could be forced to sell at cut prices’Premier League should rebound if a wage solution is foundThe Premier League’s position at the top of world football could be in danger if a solution to reducing player wages during the coronavi…

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NRL and players open to island proposal to get season restarted

Players’ union ‘willing to explore all options’Idea ‘not off the table’, says Todd GreenbergThe NRL players’ union have revealed they are willing to consider all the game’s stars living in a bubble together to ensure the 2020 season can restart. The NR…