Tag Archives: championship

‘At least the championship starts here:’ Tajikistan season opens amid shutdown | Football

Tajikistan’s domestic football season is kicking off on schedule despite almost every other league around the globe having ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The clubs in the landlocked Central Asian country of nine million people are largely unknown outside Tajikstan but the Super Cup match between …

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Sadiq Khan urges London’s top football clubs to aid NHS and ‘protect lives’ | Football

The mayor of London has written to every Premier League and Championship club in the capital asking they provide assistance to the NHS in “unprecedented times” amid the fight against coronavirus. In a letter sent this week, Sadiq Khan asked clubs to provide help in three key areas – access …

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Marching on together: Bielsa and Leeds show team spirit as wait goes on | Football

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper.

The plinth supporting the landmark statue of Billy Bremner outside Elland Road bears a simple, yet evocative, message. “Side before self, every time,” it declares, reminding everyone of the former Leeds United captain’s personal mantra. In a very different way, and a much altered context, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds are now …

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Governing bodies face a fraught future as game we love grinds to halt | Football

Callum Hudson-Odoi, the Chelsea winger, is one of several high-profile figures to test positive for coronavirus.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the mounting sense of anxiety, even those who bring a can-do attitude to their positions of influence in British football have seen the worst-case scenario become reality during what has been a fast-moving and game-changing week. Everybody has asked the question. What if a player …

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PGA Tour cancels Players Championship, other events amid coronavirus fears

Cameron Champ, Nate Lashley, Kevin Tway and their caddies, walk the 17th green, during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Associated Press)

The PGA Tour said Thursday it was canceling The Players Championship and at least three subsequent tournaments — following the lead of nearly every other major sports league in the U.S. in calling off competitions amid the coronavirus outbreak. “It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of THE PLAYERS Championship,” the …

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Patrick Reed unafraid of Sawgrass hecklers at Players Championship | Sport

It is golf’s equivalent of running the gauntlet. The walk to Sawgrass’s 17th tee, especially lively on a Friday afternoon, triggers thoughts of impending doom. The green is not, as widely depicted, an island, but the water that all but surrounds it makes this one of the PGA Tour’s most …

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Mendes, Wilder and the SAS: how Lee Johnson has Bristol City on the rise | Football

Bristol City chairman Jon Lansdown hosts a ground-breaking ceremony on the site of their new training ground at Failand.

Lee Johnson is discussing confidence and courage, traits that will likely go some way to determining his team’s play-off credentials across the remaining nine games of another marathon Championship season, though he is not talking Bristol City but rather a night behind-the-scenes at Cirque du Soleil. “It is not as …

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Marcelo Bielsa: a method actor in football’s theatre of the absurd | Football

Luke Ayling spectacularly volleys in Leeds’ opening goal against Huddersfield on Saturday.

It’s happening. Mateusz Klich plays a delicious back-heel to Pablo Hernández. It’s definitely happening. Hernández plays a first-time pass into the space that will shortly be occupied by Jack Harrison. This is not a drill. Harrison takes a look, doesn’t like what he sees, takes a touch, takes another look, …

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Football League: Leeds move top of Championship, Coventry beat Ipswich | Football

Championship Leeds moved to the top of the table with a Yorkshire derby victory over Huddersfield. Luke Ayling’s stunning volley put them into a third-minute lead and Patrick Bamford’s first goal in eight games removed doubt in the second half as Marcelo Bielsa’s side made the most of West Brom’s …

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