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Liverpool furlough non-playing staff amid COVID-19 pandemic

Premier League leaders Liverpool have furloughed some of their non-playing staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are holding talks about the prospect of salary deductions for players and senior staff, the club said on Saturday. Liverpool added on their website that the furloughed staff would continue to receive 100% of their salaries.  Several English…

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Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov says Liverpool fully deserve title

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov said their traditional foes Liverpool deserve to be crowned Premier League champions and it would be unfair on the Anfield side if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The campaign has been suspended with the league saying it was keeping the restart date under “constant…

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Time to take a break from tennis, says top U.S. group

Playing tennis might not be a good idea in these critical times, says the U.S. group typically busy encouraging more to take up the sport.  “Based on the recommendations of the USTA COVID-19 Advisory Group, the USTA believes that it is in the best interest of society to take a collective pause from playing the…

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FIFA chief says football will be totally different after coronavirus

Football will be totally different when it eventually resumes after the coronavirus outbreak, the head of global soccer body FIFA Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.  “Football will come back, and when it does, we’ll celebrate coming out of a nightmare together,” he told the Italian news agency ANSA in an interview.  “There is one lesson,…

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FIFA working on ‘Football Marshall plan’ for virus impact

FIFA are working on the details of a “Football Marshall plan” to deal with the financial fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic, which will almost certainly result in them dipping into their $2.7 billion reserves. World soccer’s governing body have set up a working group to look into the myriad of issues thrown up by the…

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UEFA to discuss Champions League fate in Wednesday meeting

UEFA will discuss the fate of this season’s Champions League and its other competitions that have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in a video conference meeting on Wednesday, European soccer’s governing body said in a statement.  All UEFA competitions have been halted because of the flu-like virus that has killed around 34,000 people,…

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Even in MotoGP’s virtual world, a Marquez still rules

Alex Marquez celebrated a first MotoGP win — even if only virtually — in a ‘#StayAtHomeGP’ esports race featuring 10 top riders including older brother and six-time world champion Marc. Due to the coronavirus pandemic that has brought live sport to a standstill, the 23-year-old Moto2 champion is still waiting to debut in the top…

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