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  1. ECB chairman volunteers to take pay cut


    England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Tom Harrison has volunteered to take a 25 per cent pay cut while some staff will be asked to consent to a furlough period.

    With the coronavirus pandemic putting cricket in this country on lockdown until at least May 28 and fears heightening that the entire summer schedule could be lost, the ECB announced a number of measures to help lower costs and protect jobs.

    Other measures include consulting with employees regarding a lowering of salaries for two months from April 1, varying from 10 to 25 per cent depending on their job grade while the executive management team and board will take a 20 per cent cut in wages.

    "Cricket is facing the biggest challenge it has encountered in the modern era, and I am acutely aware of the hardships many across the cricket family are facing both on a personal and professional level," Harrison said.

    "I am extremely proud of the brilliant and passionate people who work at the ECB and their dedication during this crisis. But the challenge we are facing - not only in our sport but across the whole country - is exceptional and I know most organisations are having to make tough decisions.

    "That being said, I am confident that through careful planning and by working together as a sport, we can get through this and see our wonderful sport and its communities thrive again in the very near future."

    Tom Harrison
  2. 'Unanimous decision'


    The UCI has extended its suspension of all cycling competitions until June 1 as doubts continue to grow over this summer's Tour de France, which is scheduled to begin in Nice on June 27.

    Following consultations with race organisers, teams and riders' representatives on Wednesday, the world governing body said it was considering ways of extending the season, giving priority to rescheduling the three Grand Tours and the Monuments.

    "Following the meeting, given the severity of the health situation throughout the world, the UCI and its stakeholders unanimously decided to prolong the suspension of cycling competitions until 1 June 2020, and until further notice," a statement said.

    David Lappartient
  3. 'Players should take wage cut to help staff'

    Former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp says players at top clubs should take wage cuts to help furloughed non-playing staff.

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    Video caption: Players should take wage cut to help staff - Redknapp
  4. 2021 vision

    Sport and coronavirus

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    It may be a while before sport gets up and running again...

    But when it does, there promises to be a packed schedule.

    Major tennis and the London Marathon in October could kickstart a hectic 12 months of action.

    Find out more here

    Dina Asher-Smith, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and the Lions
  5. Para-swimming season on hold

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport's Paralympics reporter

    Ellie SImmonds

    World Para Swimming has put the 2020 season on hold until September.

    May’s 2020 World Para Swimming European Open Championships in Madeira and the Berlin 2020 World Series event in June have both been postponed.

    It is hoped that one or both events could be rescheduled for later in the year to give swimmers a chance to go through classification before the end of 2020.

    Following the rescheduling of the Tokyo Paralympics, new dates are also being looked at for next year’s World Championships, which were due to be held in Madeira in September 2021.

  6. 'I cried at Olympics postponement' - Biles


    Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles says she cried when she received the news of Tokyo 2020's postponement.

    In an interview with NBC, she said having to wait another year for the Games is going to take its toll on her mentally.

    "I cried but ultimately it was the right decision," said Biles. "We need to make sure everyone in the US and around the world is healthy and safe. It was hard but it's okay.

    "Physically I have no doubts that my coaches will get me back in shape, but mentally going another year, I think that is what's going to take the toll on me and all of us and most of the athletes.

    "We have to stay in shape mentally just as much as physically. That will play a big factor moving forward, listening to your body and your mind.”

    Simone Biles
  7. A National good cause

    Virtual Grand National on Saturday

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    The virtual version of the Grand National, with its cutting edge technology, has become a significant part of the big-race build-up on TV over the last three years, and its ‘winners’ have ended up finishing second (Cause Of Causes), first (Tiger Roll) and third (Rathvinden) respectively.

    Organisers hope that Saturdy's race will provide a welcome distraction during the lockdown by on the one hand restricting the sensitive area of the size of bets on the animated runners and riders to a reasonably modest level, and on the other giving proceeds to the country’s very own cause of causes.


    Virtual Grand National
  8. 'I speak to Sane the most' - Gundogan

    Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan says he has been in touch with fellow Germany team-mate Leroy Sane, mainly due to the fact the pair share the same apartment block.

    The two City players have been allowed to exclusively use the complex's gym so that they can keep up their fitness levels.

    "I see Leroy the most as he is leaving the gym when I go in and we text as well," the 29-year-old said.

    "We have a team group chat where we all stay in touch."

    Gundogan added it is a "weird time" for Sane as he was close to making a return to action after being out since suffering a serious injury in the Community Shield at Wembley at the start of the season.

    Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan
  9. 'It's been difficult' - Ilkay Gundogan



    Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has taken part in his club's Instagram live session, talking about what it has been like for him and his team-mates during the coronovirus lockdown.

    The Germany international says the period at home without football and routine has been "difficult."

    "Everything is a little bit tough, with not having any choice," he said.

    "I've been trying to keep myself fit, doing my individual training plan from the club."

    Gundogan adds he "can't wait to get back playing again" and that he is "looking forward to getting back into a rhythm."

  10. 'I am going to miss it this year'


    On Wimbledon's cancellation, former world number one and 20-time Wimbledon champion Billie Jean King said: “With the cancellation of The Championships this year it is more important than ever for those of us in tennis to work together and stand together.

    "I fully understand and support the decision of the committee and it is vital we keep our focus on those most impacted by this pandemic.

    "I have been fortunate to go to Wimbledon every year since 1961 and I am certainly going to miss it this year.

    "Right now, we need to make sure we are taking good care of ourselves and our loved ones.

    "These are challenging times for all of us and now is the time for us to do what is right for our world and what works for our sport.”

    Billie Jean King
  11. 'Wimbledon's cancellation is devastating' - Lapthorne


    Andy Lapthorne playing at Wimbledon in 2019

    Cancelling Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic is "devastating" but the "right call", says British quad wheelchair tennis player Andy Lapthorne.

    Speaking to BBC Sport, Lapthorne - a three-time Paralympic medallist and 2019 Wimbledon doubles champion - said: "Obviously it is tough.

    "For us as tennis players, it's the most magical two weeks of the year and for it not to be going ahead is pretty devastating. There are bigger things in the world and that's what needs to be focused on. It's probably the right call.

    "To lose Wimbledon is pretty tough. I'm going to be 30 at the end of this year so I've always got that in the back of my mind, how many more Wimbledons have I got?"

    He added: "Obviously the main thing at the moment is that people stay safe. There are people dying in the world, so sport becomes pretty irrelevant in the context of things.

    "My dad works on the ambulances in London and he's telling me every day what's going on, so there are definitely bigger things going on in the world than sport."

  12. Post update

    Horse racing

    The Board of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has brought the 2019-20 National Hunt season to a close because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The spring festivals at Fairyhouse and Punchestown will not be rescheduled.

  13. US Darts Masters postponed


    The 2020 US Darts Masters, scheduled to be played at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York on 5-6 June, has been postponed until June 2021.

    Reigning PDC world champion Peter Wright, world number one Michael van Gerwen and female star Fallon Sherrock were among the players set to play in the tournament - one of the PDC's World Series events.

  14. Wimbledon cancelled



    This year's Wimbledon has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club has announced.

    “This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen," said Ian Hewitt, chairman of the AELTC.

    "It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships.

    "Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”

  15. MLB London Series cancelled

    Major League Baseball has cancelled the London Series, due to take place between the St Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, scheduled for 13 & 14 June at the London Stadium.

    Not much other official information or comment - while the official ticket-selling website has a black overlay on it, saying the series is cancelled because of Covid-19 and ticket holders will be refunded in full

    It had been due to be MLB's second London Series, following the New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox two-game series last summer

    In the wider sporting context, it also removes one potential logistical hurdle in the path of West Ham theoretically playing home games in June (although there is still the Anniversary Games athletics scheduled for early July).

  16. June's Curtis Cup postponed


    The Curtis Cup has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The competition for women amateur golfers, between the USA and Great Britain and Ireland, was due to be held in Conwy, Wales, in June and no new date has been scheduled.

    The Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale and West Lancashire and the Women's Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock, which were due to take place in June, have also been put back until August.

    Duncan Weir, executive director - golf development and amateur championships at the R&A, said: "We have a responsibility to protect the health and well-being of the players and everyone involved in our events so it is the right course of action to take.

    "We are grateful to all of the venues for their continuing support in these challenging circumstances and will update everyone involved with our plans."

    Curtis Cup
  17. Campbell completes garden marathon

    A little earlier, we told you about former athlete James Campbell who was running a marathon in his 6m back garden.

    Well the good news is that he has completed the mammoth effort in around five hours and five minutes, raising more than £19,000 for the NHS in the process.

  18. IFES looking for alternatives for eventing competitions


    International Federation for Equestrian Sports (the international governing body of equestrian sports) is saying that they are "exploring possible alternatives" for European Championships next summer due to Olympics postponement.

    Dressage and showjumping Europeans were due to take place in Budapest, Hungary, on 23-29 August 2021, and eventing Europeans were scheduled for 11-15 August 2021 in Haras du Pin, France.

  19. BBBofC may introduce Covid-19 testing

    The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) "may consider" running Covid-19 tests on fighters as part of medicals when boxing returns to action.

    The move would affect around 1,200 licensed boxers and it could also include trainers and cornermen.

    On Monday, boxing's governing body suspended all events until the end of May because of coronavirus.

    General secretary Robert Smith told BBC Sport they will "take guidance from doctors on medical requirements".

    He added: "The conversation I have had with doctors is that it is something we may have to consider, not that we will we definitely do it. It's something we may have to consider."

  20. 'Big challenges for Wimbledon' - Judy Murray

    Tennis coach Judy Murray tells BBC Breakfast that Wimbledon faces "big challenges" as emergency meetings are under way to decide if the Championships can go ahead this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Video caption: 'Big challenges for Wimbledon' - Judy Murray