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  1. 'Widely anticipated Euro 2020 will be moved'

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Playing the Champions League and the Europa League to a conclusion in mini-tournaments from the quarter-final stage is one of the options that will be debated at tomorrow’s meeting of European football’s major stakeholders.

    Representatives of Europe’s governing body UEFA, plus the clubs, leagues and world players’ union FIFPro will hold a video conference to discuss how the game should react to the coronavirus outbreak that has brought the game to a virtual standstill. After that, all 55 UEFA members will hold an additional meeting to discuss their own reaction.

    It is widely anticipated Euro 2020 will be moved to allow breathing space within the calendar to complete club tournaments.

    However, a source close to the situation has stressed that all parties at tomorrow’s talks must be prepared to sacrifice something in order to reach a solution.

    For instance, moving Euro 2020 to 2021 would impact on the Women’s European Championship, due to be held in England, and the Men’s Under-21 Championships, due to be held in Hungary and Slovenia, both of which are pencilled in for June next year, and would need to be rescheduled.

    In addition, the new FIFA Club World Cup would also be impacted, as would the Nations League, the draw for which was held earlier this month and is due to be completed next spring.

  2. 'In this dark reality, sport doesn't matter but it does'

    Tom Fordyce

    BBC chief sports writer

    BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce has penned his thoughts on the absence of sport during this global pandemic...

    It's only when something disappears that you realise quite how much you miss it. It's only when something close to you goes that you understand how much has changed.

    No-one anchored in the current dark reality should be thinking that the cancellation of elite sport this past weekend matters much compared to the wider crises at large.

    Except in a small hidden way we have. Sport can play many roles for us - a thrill, a source of perennial disappointment, a way of working out who we are - but it's often quite sensible things too.

    An escape, taking us away from the serious stuff. All the times a game or a race or a neat little self-contained drama makes us feel better, or makes us feel worse but in the process helps us forget about the escalating life-size dramas we feel powerless to control.

    A routine, structuring our days, ordering our weeks. Saturday morning is better than Monday morning. Wednesday nights are bigger than Thursdays. Five minutes to three on a Saturday afternoon is maybe the best of all.

    Read more here.

  3. Netball Superleague suspended

    The Netball Superleague season has been suspended with immediate effect because of the coronavirus pandemic, the league's board has announced.

    All 10 clubs will meet on Tuesday, 17 March to discuss any further decisions.

    Two round-four matches went ahead on Saturday, but the remaining three scheduled for Monday are now off.

    "We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the Netball Family updated as appropriate," a statement said.

    "On Tuesday, the position of the 2020 season, in light of an anticipated update on guidance from the government. will be discussed."

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  5. What about the Grand National?

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC racing correspondent

    Unlike other major sports, racing has not been halted by coronavirus with the British Horseracing Authority insisting it’s operating within Government advice.

    But in order to adhere to the Scottish Government’s 500-rule for the maximum number of people permitted to gather, only trainers, stable staff, jockeys, officials and a few others will be allowed in at Kelso today – and similar restrictions will come into force across British racing this week.

    As far as the Grand National on 4 April is concerned, while there may be a desire for the race to go ahead in some form, the sport may have a difficult public opinion tightrope to walk between on the one hand creating a massive radio, TV and online event for a country potentially in lockdown but on the other looking heartless and insensitive.

  6. 'We will be racing behind closed doors'

    Flat racing trainer and vet Mark Johnston, speaking to the Today Programme’s Rob Bonnet: "I'm not sure exactly what day it will come in. But by the end of this week, we will be racing behind closed doors. You'd expect official confirmation of that. Maybe today."

    Are horses susceptible to the virus? "I don't think there's any susceptibility to the horses. Although the disease is thought to have come from the animal kingdom, it's done so by mutation, and I don't think there's any risk to the horses from the disease itself.

    "Our concern is simply the welfare and husbandry of the horses, resources in particular as they need exercise of course, like all domestic animals.

    "They need to be fed and cared for and obviously it's a very labour intensive job. So we have significant concerns about any staff absences that might result from this."

  7. Rugby Union bosses meet today

    England's Premiership is set to announce a postponement to the league season in the coming days because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    It comes after leagues, including rugby union's Pro 14 and Top 14, confirmed last week they would be suspending games for the foreseeable future.

    Clubs will discuss a number of next steps on Monday, including a four-week suspension of play.

    However, some clubs feel a longer break of 10 or 12 weeks is necessary.

    European Cup competitions are set to be postponed in the next 24 hours.

    European tournament organisers EPCR will meet via video link today to rubber-stamp the move.

  8. Horse racing authorities in discussion

    Horse racing in Britain is set to continue behind closed doors until the end of March because of coronavirus, with the sport's leaders meeting to discuss the decision on Monday.

    There will be no spectators at Monday's Kelso race meeting because of Scottish government guidance against gatherings of more than 500 people.

    A British Horseracing Authority (BHA) statement said that a decision on the staging of the Grand National on 4 April would be announced "as soon as possible".

    Racecourses, participants and governing body the BHA will "agree a programme that is sustainable in the light of possible staff absences".

  9. Sri Lanka closes borders

    Sri Lanka has closed its border to travellers from the UK, affecting England fans who were still planning to visit the country despite the postponement of the two-Test series.

    Even though Joe Root's side arrived home on Sunday, a number of supporters intended to go ahead with holidays.

    However, people from the UK, or who have travelled through the UK, will not be allowed into Sri Lanka from midnight local time on Monday.

    Some fans are already in Sri Lanka.

    Several more were set to depart in the coming days, with the first Test in Galle originally scheduled to have begun on Thursday.

  10. Get Involved - what's keeping you busy with no sport?


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  11. McLaren team member 'recovering well'

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    McLaren say the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix is "recovering well" and is now free of symptoms.

    The McLaren employee's positive test on Thursday in Melbourne triggered the cancellation of the race after a series of meetings into Friday morning.

    All McLaren personnel who travelled to Australia will stay away from the factory for two weeks as a precaution.

    Fourteen who had close contact with the man remain in Melbourne in quarantine.

    They are being helped through their 14-day self-isolation by racing director Andrea Stella, who volunteered to stay behind to support them.

    McLaren Racing chief executive officer Zak Brown said the decision to withdraw from the race was "as a racer the hardest decision I've had to take, but as CEO it was the easiest".

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  13. Footballers treated as 'guinea pigs' - Rooney

    Wayne Rooney says the government and football authorities have treated footballers as "guinea pigs" during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Elite football in Britain has been suspended until at least 3 April, with the Premier League saying "conditions at the time" will determine its return.

    "For players, staff and their families it has been a worrying week," he said.

    "One in which you felt a lack of leadership from the government and from the FA and Premier League."

    Writing in his column in the Sunday Times, the former England captain said: "The rest of sport - tennis, Formula 1, rugby, golf, football in other countries - was closing down and we were being told to carry on.

    "I think a lot of footballers were wondering, 'Is it something to do with money being involved in this?'. Why did we wait until Friday? Why did it take Mikel Arteta [Arsenal manager] to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing?

    "After the emergency meeting, at last the right decision was made - until then it almost felt like footballers in England were being treated like guinea pigs.

    "I know how I feel. If any of my family get infected through me because I've had to play when it's not safe, and they get seriously ill, I'd have to think hard about ever playing again. I would never forgive the authorities."

  14. Pogba sets up fundraising page


    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has set up a fundraising page and pledged financial support to Unicef to help children affected by coronavirus.

    After turning 27 on Sunday, Pogba set up the birthday fundraiser to "help fight this war against Covid-19".

    The France international says he will double the fund if his goal of £27,000 is reached.

    "The impact of a large-scale outbreak, especially on poor and vulnerable children, can be immense," Pogba wrote.

    "It's my birthday and I'm always grateful that me, my family and friends are healthy. Nonetheless, not everybody is in good health right now.

    "At times like this we need to come together."

  15. Italian FA calls for Euros postponement

    Juventus v Inter Milan was one of several Serie A games played behind closed doors before the league was suspended
    Image caption: Juventus v Inter Milan was one of several Serie A games played behind closed doors before the league was suspended

    The Italian Football Federation has called for the postponement of Euro 2020 to give time to complete the Serie A season, which has been suspended because of coronavirus.

    Federation president Gabriele Gravina says the idea will be put to Uefa at an emergency meeting on Tuesday.

    Serie A was suspended last Tuesday, with Italy the European country worst affected by the virus.

    "We will propose that Uefa postpone the European Championship," Gravina said.

    Speaking to television channel Sportmediaset, the Italian added: "We will try to get to the end of this championship [Serie A] because it is fairer and more correct after the many investments and sacrifices of our clubs."

  16. Gremio players wear masks in protest


    Players from Brazilian club Gremio took to the field wearing masks on Sunday in protest at having to play a football match as fears over coronavirus grow in the South American nation.

    The players, led by boss Renato Portaluppi, walked out of the tunnel and lined up before the game against Sao Luiz wearing the masks.

    "This protest by the players makes implicit our support for the championship to be halted - life must take precedence," said Paulo Luz, Gremio's director of football.

    No spectators were allowed into the Gremio Arena for the Gaucho state championship match, which Gremio won 3-2, with the masks not worn during the game.

    After the game. Portaluppi said: "The whole world has stopped - shouldn't Brazilian football stop as well? That's our message and I hope they listen. We hope that good sense will prevail."