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Category: Coronavirus outbreak

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Will Covid-19 postpone the NFL season? There are 16bn reasons why it won’t

A coronavirus outbreak closed two teams’ facilities on Tuesday. Expect the league to do everything in its power to keep the games goingWell, they had been. Until Tuesday, only 36 people in the NFL – seven players and 29 staff – had tested positive for …

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Premier League to pay for compulsory Covid tests for EFL opponents in cups

Policy applies to FA Cup and to Carabao Cup after this weekTop-flight teams agree to use points per game if season curtailedThe Premier League is to pay for Covid-19 testing for EFL opponents in cup competitions this season. Under the terms of an arran…

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Exeter’s Rob Baxter calls for end to coronavirus tests for rugby players

Coach believes there are medical and cost reasons to stopPremiership Rugby recorded five positives in latest 1,056 testsExeter’s Rob Baxter believes it is time to stop testing professional rugby players for Covid-19 amid growing evidence that few posit…

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Jacinda Ardern: All Blacks will not be granted quarantine leave pass

Team face spending Christmas in isolationPlayers ‘uncomfortable’ with special treatmentNew Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has poured cold water on the All Blacks’ hopes of avoiding Christmas in quarantine after the Rugby Championship, saying t…

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Premier League told to help smaller clubs as government outlines sport plan

Oliver Dowden will be ‘asking sports to help themselves’Leicester Tigers chairman, Peter Tom, warns of disasterThe government has ramped up the pressure on the Premier League by confirming for the first time that it expects them to help lower league cl…

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Never waste a crisis: Covid-19 trauma can force sport to change for good | Barney Ronay

Elite sport will be fine in the end but the entire structure needs rethinking and taxpayers’ money should go to the grassroots Pack up the flags. Close the turnstiles. Cover the plastic seats with an inspirational tarpaulin. The gates are being closed….

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From top to bottom, rugby union is now staring into the abyss | Robert Kitson

From the best-run Premiership club to the grassroots, all parts of the game are in peril but not all its ills can be pinned on CovidThere is nothing quite like a pandemic for exposing hard, uncomfortable truths. And, give or take stand-up comedians, ni…

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Frank Lampard believes Premier League will come to aid of EFL clubs

Chelsea pay for Covid tests for Carabao opponents Barnsley‘It’s important lower leagues and grassroots are supported’Frank Lampard says he believes the Premier League will come to the aid of stricken EFL clubs, with the English game under ever greater …

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New lockdown measures could leave Saracens in limbo for next season

Start of new Championship season placed in doubtClub could be bounced back into PremiershipSaracens, who are preparing for a European Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92 in Paris on Saturday, do not know when their new season will start after th…

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Sport left to sweat on rescue from a half-listening government | Sean Ingle

There is anger that sports have jumped through hoops to make stadiums safe yet track and trace is still so ineffective After a kick in the teeth, a kiss of life? Sports bodies were left blindsided and woozy by the announcement on Tuesday that the retur…

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David Moyes and two players leave West Ham game after Covid-19 positive tests

Manager, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen return homeCarabao Cup tie against Hull goes ahead David Moyes and two of West Ham’s players, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, were forced to leave the London Stadium and go home after returning positive tests for Covid-19 …

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Sport by sport: what new lockdown regulations will mean in UK

An extended period without spectators will leave many sports clubs and governing bodies facing an uncertain futureRugby union remains among the most vulnerable major sports if the pandemic continues to prevent spectators from attending major games. The…

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All Premier League games in October likely to be shown live on TV

Restrictions on fans in grounds leads to change of planGames in September shared between four broadcastersLive TV coverage of every Premier League match is expected to continue into October after the government announced the suspension of plans to retu…

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UK government ready to rescue up to eight sports facing financial black hole

Bailout needed because of delay to return of fansMatchday revenue crucial to survival of clubsSport has been warned the pause in the return of crowds, which was announced by the government on Tuesday, could last throughout winter – and even until the s…

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Covid spike leads government to pause return of fans to sports stadiums

Supporters very unlikely to be allowed on 1 October as plannedPrime minister pressured to create ‘support package’ for sport The government is set to pause its plans for the partial return of fans to all sports stadiums on 1 October because of the rapi…

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Novak Djokovic takes Rome title but all eyes on French Open Covid tests

Roland Garros qualifiers already hit by at least two positivesDjokovic beats Diego Schwartzman, Halep takes women’s titleNovak Djokovic, who beat Diego Schwartzman, 7-5, 6-3, in Rome on Monday to win a record 36th ATP Masters title, heads for Paris as …

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Manchester City’s Ilkay Gündogan tests positive for Covid before Wolves opener

Midfielder will miss two further matches in cup and leagueClub say he is ‘observing a 10-day period of self-isolation’The Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gündogan has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in self-isolation as the club prepare to play th…

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‘Looks silly’: Eddie McGuire under fire for Gold Coast nightclub outing

Jeff Kennett says Collingwood president’s ‘jiving at the Pink Flamingo’ is a contradiction given player lockdown in hubsEddie McGuire’s night out at a Gold Coast club over the weekend has raised some eyebrows but the Collingwood president claims his Sa…

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German football team socially distance from opponents, lose 37-0

Just seven players fielded due to coronavirus concernSG Ripdorf/Molzen II players watch from safe distance German amateur side SG Ripdorf/Molzen II sacrificed a tight defence for social distancing as they fielded only seven players as a coronavirus pre…

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German football team socially distance from opponents, lose 37-0

Just seven players fielded due to coronavirus concernSG Ripdorf/Molzen II players watch from safe distance German amateur side SG Ripdorf/Molzen II sacrificed a tight defence for social distancing as they fielded only seven players as a coronavirus pre…