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  1. What happened in the world of sport on Tuesday?

    We're going to take a break for the night now and bring you the latest sport and coronavrius news again from Wednesday morning (British Summer Time).

    As a final bonus, here's the top stories from the world of sport you can look back over:

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  2. Spurs chairman issues warning as non-playing staff take pay cut

    Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says people need to "wake up to the enormity" of coronavirus as the club announces 550 non-playing staff will take a 20% pay cut.

    The club will also use the government's furlough scheme in an attempt to "protect jobs".

    For the full story on Spurs' decision, take a look here.

    Daniel Levy
  3. ECB pledges £60m amid 'biggest challenge in its history'


    The ECB is facing a 'historical challenge' with no cricket to be played in England until at least 28 May because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The 18 first-class counties will share £40m, with £20m in interest-free loans made available to grassroots clubs.

    ECB chief Tom Harrison has warned that it "will be months before the full financial fallout is made clear".

    Read the full story here

    Tom Harrison
  4. Anthony Taylor on a 'premature end of season'


    Premier League referee Anthony Taylor says his team are effectively treating the break from football during the coronavirus pandemic as a "premature end of the season."

    "From a referee's perspective, we have support systems keeping tabs on our fitness levels and training, downloading heart rates and GPS data every day," Taylor told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "We have sport psychologists on hand if we need them. At some point games will start again. When? Who knows.

    "It's really surreal but we have to be pramatic and realistic about the situation and there's far more important things than football - people's health and well-being, not just for individual families but the country as whole. It's more important than people missing football.

    "When the time is right, people will make the decision on when games can start again."

  5. Solskjaer on enjoying family time


    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the postponement of football due to the coronavirus pandemic has allowed him to enjoy more time with his family.

    Solskjaer told the club's official website "it's been nice to spend some time" with his family, while managing to communicate with his players on staff regularly.

    "One of the downsides of football is you don’t get too much time with your family and the flipside now is you get loads of time with them," he said.

    “For the actual job, I keep in touch and communicate with the staff and the players. Of course, I’m used to seeing them every day for hours and hours, so it’s different.

    "I just keep in touch with them on WhatsApp groups and messages, and we plan for whenever we get back and what kind of sessions for when we do start. But it’s such an unknown and we don’t really have an idea and are not 100 per cent about when we'll start."

  6. National League suspended indefinitely

    The three divisions of England's National League have been suspended indefinitely because of coronavirus.

    The competition had been originally postponed until 3 April but that has now been extended following a board meeting on Tuesday.

    It comes after all non-league football in steps three to seven was ended immediately on Thursday with no promotion or relegation.

    The National League said it was looking at "how best to conclude" the season.

    But it is not yet known if the competition, which is made up of the National League, National League North and National League South, will also be cancelled with all results expunged.

  7. Scottish FA staff take 10% pay cuts


    Scotland manager Steve Clarke and Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell have both accepted 10% pay cuts.

    Employees at the SFA and Scottish Professional Football League have both accepted those terms, while dozens of staff are also entering the government job retention scheme amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Wage increases and annual bonuses have also been waived, while SFA president Rod Petrie and Vice President Mike Mulraney are taking a 20% cut in remuneration.

    The Scottish FA employs around 170 people, with the SPFL employing around 20 staff.

  8. Mayor of London writes to football clubs


    The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has written a letter to the city's football clubs asking for help in access to clinically trained personnel, such as team doctors, physios, paramedics and other clinically trained staff, stadia and accommodation.

    Nine clubs were addressed - Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Fulham, Charlton Athletic, QPR, Brentford and Millwall.

    Watford weren’t written to as they are just out of the Greater London area. Tottenham also didn’t receive a letter in this round as they’re already working with City Hall.

    Khan, said: “As we work together to tackle the threat of coronavirus, the community spirit of London’s football clubs has shone through. Many have already offered support and are assisting the response in their local communities.

    "This week, I have written to the capital’s Premier League and Championship clubs outlining what they can do to help our fantastic NHS and I’m grateful for the hugely positive response we have received.”

  9. Wales rugby coach takes 25% pay cut

    Wales coach Wayne Pivac and Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) chief executive Martyn Phillips will each take a 25% pay cut because of the coronavirus crisis.

    The WRU has also announced other some staff members will take a 10% wage cut as it tries to meet financial challenges while the sport is on hold.

    The measures will come into force on Wednesday, 1 April.

  10. Mickelson vs Woods still on?

    Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson hinted that a possible one-on-one rematch against Tiger Woods is in the works, one that could be contested despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Mickelson, a left-hander who turns 50 in June, defeated Woods, a 15-time major winner and reigning Masters champion, in "The Match" - a 2018 pay-per-view, winner-take-all duel for $9 million at Las Vegas.

    Asked in a Twitter chat Sunday night about the chances for a rematch with Woods, Mickelson tweeted, "Working on it."

    Pressed on the subject, Mickelson responded, "I don't tease. I'm kinda a sure thing."

  11. PDPA announces financial support for players

    The Professional Darts Players Association has announced financial support for players affected by the current suspension of tournaments.

    An Immediate Emergency Fund of up to £1,000 has been set up for any Tour Card Holder struggling.

    There is also a Hardship Fund for any Tour Card Holder who requires further financial support in the form of an advance against future prize money.

    A statement released by the PDPA said: "As always, our members' health and wellbeing is our utmost priority. The financial impact on our members due to the pandemic is something which we and the PDC continue to monitor daily."

  12. 'Safety has to remain priority'


    Mitchelton-Scott sport director Matt White has questioned whether it would be safe to run the Tour de France on its planned dates whether it took place 'behind closed doors' or not.

    Organisers have suggested the race could still start in Nice as planned on 27 June.

    The public would be kept away from the roadside, but several riders, including 2018 Tour winner Geraint Thomas, have questioned the value of the race without fans.

    "The next four-five weeks is crucial, that the virus infections come down to a very low level in Europe," White said.

    "At the moment we're not seeing that, and I would think that, as it stands at the moment, it would be pretty hard to run the Tour de France at the current dates starting at the end of June.

    "We're not talking about four-five venues, we are a travelling circus. We're talking about 2000 people; teams, media, logistics and movement between 20 hotels over 25 days. Safety has to remain the priority."

  13. England Rugby offers 'School of Ruck'

    England Rugby are offering educational resource packs, called the 'School of Ruck', with the help of the World Rugby Museum.

    They provide activities to support home education for primary school children during the coronavirus pandemic as well as content for teachers looking after the children of key workers.

    The packs will be issued every Monday on the World Rugby Museum website.

  14. Sport England providing £195m in funding

    Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

    The package is made up of the following:

    • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
    • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
    • An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment
    • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.
  15. Alonso donates masks via Unicef

    Spanish racing driver Fernando Alonso has donated thousands of masks and protective suits via Unicef for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  16. Fifa to set up a fund to assist finances


    World governing body Fifa is setting up a fund to assist competitions and players which have run into financial difficulty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    "The football community around the world is experiencing, to a greater or lesser extent, serious financial problems on account of the coronavirus outbreak," a Fifa spokesperson said.

    "Fifa is in a strong financial situation and it's our duty to do the utmost to help them in their hour of need.

    "Therefore, we confirm Fifa is working on possibilities to provide assistance to the football community around the world after making a comprehensive assessment of the financial impact this pandemic will have on football."

  17. FAI introduces tiered wage deferral scheme

    The Football Association of Ireland is to implement a tiered wage deferral scheme for all employees as the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic hits.

    Employees were informed of the development, under which those earning in excess of 25,000 Euros (£22,092) will be subject to deferrals on a sliding scale between 10 and 50 per cent from April, on Tuesday.

    Interim chief executive Gary Owens said: "Like the rest of the country, the FAI is now feeling the full financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our projected income streams in these exceptional circumstances.

    "The financial challenges faced by the Association are such now that we have been left with no choice but to implement these pay deferrals on an equitable basis. Those who are paid the most by the FAI will take the largest deferrals.

    "This difficult decision has been taken to protect the viability of the Association and the future for our staff."

  18. Bundesliga season aims to finish by 30 June

    German Football League chief executive Christian Seifert has reiterated the aim to finish the Bundesliga season by June 30 but warned games could be played behind closed doors for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    "We aim to end the season by June 30th, and that is still the status today," Seifert said in a press conference conducted online.

    "We want to see what is possible. "If games can take place, it can be assumed that they will necessarily have to take place without spectators, possibly into next season, maybe until the end of the year."

  19. 'There are bigger things in life than tennis'

    British tennis player Katie Swan, living in Kansas in the USA, tells BBC Sport about her family's effort to help vulnerable people by delivering food packages during the coronavirus crisis.

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    Video caption: There are bigger things in life than tennis - Katie Swan
  20. UKAD will continue drug testing process

    UK Anti-Doping chief Nicole Sapstead has warned potential drugs cheats that reduced testing does not mean they can get away with doping.

    UKAD has had to significantly scale back its programme of testing due to the coronavirus pandemic in order to ensure the well-being of athletes and staff.

    However, Sapstead insists athletes and coaches seeking to cheat would be "strongly mistaken" if they think they can escape detection.

    She told BBC Sport: "There will always be a minority that will seek to dope, and whether that is now, when they think they are effectively off the radar of national anti-doping organisations, or at any other time, my message to them is very, very clear.

    "We will continue to process intelligence, we will continue to monitor whereabouts, we will continue to monitor the raft of information we have available to us, such as the athlete biological passports."