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Boris Johnson backtracks to allow club cricket to resume next weekend

Prime minister had claimed tea break risks spread of Covid-19Guidelines set to be published for resumption next weekBoris Johnson has performed a remarkable reverse sweep to allow club cricket to return next weekend – just hours after suggesting play w…

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Major League Baseball cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945

MLB cancels 14 July game at Dodger Stadium due to Covid-19Los Angeles will now host next available All-Star Game in 2022Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer.The game scheduled for 14 July was canceled Fri…

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England’s Sam Curran tests negative for Covid-19 after feeling unwell

All-rounder can return to training within next 48 hoursOlly Pope scores a half-century during practice matchThe best news for England came from within the Hilton Hotel rather than the pitch on Friday. Just after lunch it was announced that Sam Curran’s…

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Plans to stage 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne remain despite Covid-19 rise

Tournament will not be moved, says Craig TileyContingency plans in place for six different scenarios The 2021 Australian Open will proceed in Melbourne – and Melbourne only – despite Victoria’s alarming Covid-19 spike. Victoria on Friday reported anoth…

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NFL to cut preseason in half as fans may be asked to sign waivers to attend games

NFL scraps first and last week of August preseason gamesFans may be made to sign waiver to attend games, per reportLeague still expects to kick off regular season as scheduleThe NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition p…

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Life in the Premier League’s Amber Zone – a view of Project Restart

Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins has documented the Premier League since its restart in June. Here, he looks back on the experience of shooting matches in empty grounds amid strict Covid-19 precautionsClick on each image for more informationThat blood…

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Premier League will hand over £1m to help Women’s Super League restart

We want the game to be successful, says chief executiveEFL has not approached for extra funding, Richard Masters addsThe Premier League will donate £1m to help the Women’s Super League restart next season but continues to stand its ground on providing …

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AFL fixture in chaos due to rise in Victorian Covid-19 cases

Richmond’s round-five game against Eagles postponedLeague will consider implications for future roundsThe surge in Covid-19 cases in Victoria and strict new quarantine regulations issued by the Queensland government has further disrupted the recently-r…

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Everyone for tennis: sport breaks out of middle-class bubble

On what should have been the eve of Wimbledon, local clubs are enjoying a boomIt’s Friday morning at Belair Park in Dulwich, south-east London, and all four tennis courts are in use. On one of them Avneet, a 26-year-old student, is taking on her boyfri…

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NBA finalizes terms for Disney World restart as 16 of 302 players test positive

NBA, players’ union finalize terms for 30 July restart of seasonOf 302 players tested, 16 were positive and must self-isolateThe NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized terms of the deal that will allow the league to restart …

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Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic tests positive for coronavirus

Ivanisevic had defended player over ill-fated Adria TourDavis Cup Finals in Madrid put back to 2021Novak Djokovic’s coach, the former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, has tested positive for coronavirus.The Croatian, who won Wimbledon in 2001, had …

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Liverpool fans jubilant after Premier League title win as police warn of Covid-19 risks

As a huge crowd celebrated outside Anfield, Merseyside police said the region had a responsibility to prevent the coronavirus spreadThousands of jubilant Liverpool supporters have spent the night celebrating the team’s first league title for 30 years, …

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NFL cancels Hall of Fame game between Steelers and Cowboys due to Covid-19

NFL cancels preseason kickoff game and postpones inductionsPreseason game is first on-field event that league has canceledThe NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies fo…

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‘We know their addresses’: Victorian fans banned from attending NRL and AFL games in NSW

Supporters asked to bring ID to stadiums to prove residencyMove comes amid concern over rise in Covid-19 cases NRL fans will have to show their drivers licences at stadium gates in NSW as part of biosecurity measures in order to keep travelling Victori…

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Novak Djokovic left isolated as Adria Tour blame game intensifies

World No 1 faces calls to quit as ATP player council presidentDjokovic Sr says Dimitrov arrived in the Balkans already sickNovak Djokovic couldn’t buy a friend on Wednesday – at least not outside his tight circle of confidants and family in Belgrade, w…

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Novak Djokovic left isolated as Adria Tour blame game intensifies

World No 1 faces calls to quit as ATP player council presidentDjokovic Sr says Dimitrov arrived in the Balkans already sickNovak Djokovic couldn’t buy a friend on Wednesday – at least not outside his tight circle of confidants and family in Belgrade, w…

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England and Wales cricket clubs face ‘lost summer’ amid lockdown

Fans and players express disappointment at government’s decision not to lift ban on matchesPerched on a hilltop just north of Bath, the Broadleys ground, home of Marshfield CC, looks picture-postcard perfect. The playing surface has been cut and rolled…

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‘Not a great look for tennis’: Andy Murray condemns Djokovic over Adria Tour – video

Andy Murray has criticised Novak Djokovic after the World No 1 contracted coronavirus while hosting a tennis tournament. The Serb’s unsanctioned Adria Tour has now been cancelled. ‘In hindsight, it’s not something that should have gone ahead. It’s not …

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Cameron Champ the latest PGA Tour golfer to test positive for coronavirus

Positive test emerges in screening for Travelers ChampionshipPGA Tour set to release full set of testing results on WednesdayCameron Champ has become the second player in a mere five-day window of the PGA Tour’s resumption to test positive for Covid-19…

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Operators of gyms and pools query England’s new lockdown rules

Nightclubs also off limits but pubs can open – prompting accusations of inconsistencyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has given the green light to a night out in a pub or restaurant in England but gym workouts,…