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Khabib Nurmagomedov defies Dana White and says he will not fight at UFC 249 | Sport

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says he won’t leave quarantine in Russia to fight, dealing another blow to UFC President Dana White’s determination to hold UFC 249 in two weeks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Nurmagomedov made his announcement on Wednesday on Instagram, telling the mixed martial arts world to “take …

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Premier League tells PFA players will have to share in financial pain | Football

The Premier League and EFL have urged the footballers’ union to accept that players will have to take pay cuts, not just deferral of their wages, as the sport grapples with the enormous, unprecedented challenges presented by the Covid-19 crisis. At a conference call held by senior executives from the …

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Leeds Rhinos chief says Challenge Cup final may move from Wembley | Sport

Super League may have to extend the season into next year to fulfil contractual obligations and the Challenge Cup final may have to move from Wembley. Many within rugby league believe a season that is six weeks old will have to be dramatically altered or extended when Super League is …

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Premier League clubs have failed the smell test in furloughing their staff | Paul MacInnes | Football

Tottenham may have to make reimbursements to their sponsors, such as the AIA Group.

Under the shadow of coronavirus new rules are being made and unmade. Things that were unknown and alien a week ago are increasingly part of daily life. But some things do not need explaining. They feel instinctively right, or plain wrong and Premier League clubs furloughing their staff is one. …

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Pape Diouf: Marseille’s fearless leader who changed French football forever | Football

Marseille celebrate winning the European Cup in 1993.

It is difficult to write about the importance of one man at the time of untold tragedy. Paying particular attention to one person who has died after contracting coronavirus may seem arbitrary, almost cruel, or even myopic while tens of thousands are dying. Yet, the life of Pape Diouf is …

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Better late than never to cancel Wimbledon but what took them so long? | Kevin Mitchell | Sport

Billie Jean King tennis center

Hung juries have taken less time than the All England Club to convict a villain as bang to rights as coronavirus. When the club’s board emerged from three days and several hours of teleconference pondering on Wednesday afternoon to confirm that the 134th Wimbledon championships would, indeed, be cancelled, because …

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Clubs run on the smell of an oily rag face tough times as coronavirus hits community sport | Scott Heinrich | Sport

Sausage sizzles can be a big revenue raiser for community sports clubs.

Read the daily sport headlines – or at least those that exist in this time of competitive dormancy – and one could be excused for thinking the only athletes affected by the coronavirus-induced halt to activity are professionals. What of those, though, who play sport not for a living but …

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The Fiver | The Premier League, pay cuts and the plight of wild mushrooms | Football

Angus MacDonald is ready for action when football un-stops.

HOT SHIITAKE There was consternation among Premier League clubs on Wednesday after they were accused by a major public figure of completely running out of wild mushrooms. Furious MP Julian Knight, chief suit of the House of Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee, lambasted the nation’s top 20 teams …

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Wimbledon 2020 cancelled in response to coronavirus pandemic | Sport

This summer’s Wimbledon has been cancelled, the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced on Wednesday in a move that had become increasingly inevitable amid the spread of coronavirus. Ultimately there was no way the championships could proceed as scheduled given the seriousness of the pandemic, which has seen most of …

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‘Our players are afraid’: Nicaraguan football ploughs on amid the crisis | Football

Managua celebrate after scoring against Diriangén.

On Wednesday night the players of Diriangén, the oldest club in Nicaragua, will put on their face masks before they line up for kick-off and hope for the best. They are third in the country’s Liga Primera and a home match against fourth-placed Walter Ferretti offers a chance to put …

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