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  1. 'It's not unrealistic to say there will be no more tennis in 2020'

    Tennis

    Tennis may not return until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chief executive Richard Lewis said on Thursday.

    This summer's Wimbledon Championships were cancelled on Wednesday for the first time since the second World War.

    Lewis, who is to step down in July, said he hoped the situation will stabilise in the coming months to allow the hardcourt season to get underway before the U.S. Open begins on 24 August.

    "The optimist in me - and I'm often not optimistic - still hopes that the American hardcourt season will take place," Lewis said.

    "One hopes that things have settled down a bit and those big 1,000-point tournaments -- Montreal, Toronto, Cincinnati -- can happen in the lead-up to the U.S. Open. We all know that's probably tenuous at the moment.

    "I don't think it's unrealistic to say that there may be no more tennis this year. But let's hope that the U.S. Open and Roland Garros can take place."

  2. TV broadcasters refuse to pay Ligue 1 deal instalments

    Football

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    TV broadcasters Canal+ and beIN Sports have delivered the first blow to Europe’s major leagues by refusing to pay the next instalments of their £637m deal to screen Ligue 1 in France.

    The coronavirus pandemic has put football in a dangerous financial position, with numerous crucial TV deals – including for the Premier League and Champions League – now at risk.

    Broadcasters in Belgium, Australia and the Nordic countries have already spoken about the need to slash their own costs but the French league is the first to be told not to expect its money, which is due on 5 April.

    The current deal with Canal+ and BeIN expires at the end of this season. BeIn had bought the secondary rights to show Ligue 1 in France but has subsequently sublet them to Canal+.

    In a letter seen by BBC Sport, beIN chief executive Yousef Al-Obaidly, said there was a "lack of real visibility" over when games would start again.

    Canal+ has the rights to show the Premier League in France, whilst beIN Sports is one of the world’s biggest sports broadcasters and shows the Premier League across the Middle East and North Africa.

    beIN sources say they are dealing with all their TV rights packages on a case-by-case basis.

  3. Coronavirus fight hits home for Bird

    Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing's owners, China-based green energy technology company Envision, have been busy producing over one million masks since the beginning of March.

    Britain's Sam Bird, who drives for Envision Virgin Racing, told BBC Sport: "I think it's amazing how the motorsport community has rallied together to help tackle the coronavirus.

    "Also, how it has shown it doesn't matter which championship or team you're associated with, we're all in this together.

    "My mum has an underlying health condition so it's something that's really hit home for me."

    The amount donated to Europe and the United States by Envision is at around two million units, with production set to increase if the demand is still required.

    Envision, who usually produce wind turbines and electric car batteries among other types of green energy infrastructure, turned their manufacturing process around in 15 days.

    A spokesperson told BBC Sport: "Envision's mission is to solve challenges for a sustainable future. In countries around the world, there are people who are at high risk due to the shortage of PPE including healthcare professionals, who have been infected due to the lack of supplies."

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  4. Silverstone could host two Grand Prix races this year

    F1

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Silverstone says it is open to the idea of running more than one Grand Prix this year if it helps Formula 1 get a championship off the ground.

    The sport’s bosses are considering all options as they look into how to run the season once the coronavirus crisis is under control.

    Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle told Sky: "All I've done is say to Formula 1 we are willing to work with them in any way, shape or form that they think is in the best interest of the championship.

    "The majority of the teams are within a stone's throw of the circuit, so operationally it would be pretty straightforward [to host multiple races].

    "If that's how we can help then I'm very pleased, I'd be delighted to do that. We'll do whatever's asked of us.”

    However, any such plan would only be workable if F1 was in a position to hold other Grands Prix elsewhere, as a season has to comprise at least eight races and be held on three continents to be classed as a world championship.

  5. Tour of Flanders to hold virtual race

    Cycling

    The Tour of Flanders, which was due to take place on Sunday before it was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be replaced by a short virtual race.

    Belgian television channel Sporza and organisers of the race, which is one of cycling's five one-day 'monument' classics, have signed up 13 riders to take part on rollers in their own homes.

    The field is led by defending champion Alberto Bettiol and Belgian stars including Remco Evenepoel, Greg van Avermaet and Wout van Aert.

    The riders will cover the last 32 kilometres, over the race's final two climbs, Oude-Kwaremont and Paterberg.

  6. 'Massive undertaking' to reorganise Olympics

    Olympics

    International Olympic Committee directors have held a tele-conference today to discuss the challenges of shifting the Tokyo Olympics to next year.

    Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi said it was a “massive undertaking” to lock down new contracts for venues, accommodation and transport and there will be “adjustments” to how they do things.

    Sports director Kit McConnell confirmed that all 33 sports and all events for this year will be included in 2021.

    Dubi couldn’t guarantee that all 41 venues will be available in 2021, especially those that are normally used as conference centres, and would not put a figure on how much the postponement will cost.

  7. 'To go back to business is pure madness'

    Football

    Brescia president Massimo Cellino says he would rather forfeit matches than try to complete the Serie A season.

    Italy has been in lockdown since 9 March and the restrictions will stay in place until at least 13 April.

    Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Cellino said: "This season doesn't make sense any more.

    "We've stopped, no team will return as before, the matches will be behind closed doors plus there's a risk to the health of the athletes. For me to go back to business is pure madness."

    "If they force us to play, I'd be willing to not field the team and lose the matches 3-0 out of respect for the citizens of Brescia and their loved ones who are no longer there."

  8. Jump racing delayed until July

    Horse racing

    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that it will delay the resumption of jump racing until the beginning of July.

    If it is possible to resume racing from 1 May, then it will begin on the flat and behind closed doors to minimise demands on emergency services.

  9. Turn pro or wait for Tokyo in 2021?

    Mike Costello

    BBC Sport boxing correspondent

    Keyshawn Davis, the American I have been really keen on for a couple of years, did an interview with the BBC World Service this week saying he is 70-30 on thinking he will turn professional before the Olympics. So that is a question. If he did turn pro, would he have won gold in 2021?

    Someone like Britain's Caroline Dubois, who just turned 19, I think her chances have enhanced for the Games in 2021 as she will have time now to grow into the competition.

    You can read more on what Rio 2016 Olympian Joshua Buatsi thinks about whether some amateur boxers will be tempted to turn pro before the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics by clicking here.

  10. Olympics or professional money?

    Steve Bunce

    BBC Radio 5 Live boxing pundit

    Had Anthony Joshua gone over to professional boxing before London 2012 - had it been cancelled - would his trajectory, career and pocket be the same?

    Going into the Olympics he wasn't one of the big seeded boxers. So if you go back to April before London 2012 and the Olympics had gone back a year, to be honest, had he gone professional, who knows what would have happened with professional boxing people talking to him and trying to influence him. The Olympics would have looked further away.

    You can read more on what Rio 2016 Olympian Joshua Buatsi thinks about whether some amateur boxers will be tempted to turn pro before the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics by clicking here.

  11. 'Stay the Olympic course'

    Joshua Buatsi

    Joshua Buatsi, who won bronze for Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympics before beginning his unbeaten 12-bout professional career, has urged GB Boxing's current Olympic hopefuls to resist the temptation to turn professional after the Tokyo 2020 Games were forced to move to July 2021.

    Asked if he would have stayed amateur had the 2016 Olympics been rescheduled, he told 5 Live Boxing: "100% I still would have gone.

    "I think overall when you look at it there won't be any events happening any time soon. It would be different if professional boxing was doing shows now as you'd say you could get experience as a professional. But everything is on hold. If you turned professional now it doesn't mean you will fight in the next month or two.

    "If I were in the situation I would go to the Olympic Games. Age is important but I am sure the guys and girls will weigh up their options. There's no experience like the Olympic Games, it's the biggest event in the world. You get the chance to win a medal - it's life-changing."

  12. Patriots plane flies 1.2m masks to US

    American football

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has used the team's plane to deliver 1.2m protective masks from China to the United States.

    Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker ordered 1.7m masks from China but had no way to get them from Shenzen back to the Boston area. The masks will be used by medical staff dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

    The remaining 500,000 masks will arrive next week, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    "It is an honour for our family to be a part of this humanitarian mission," Kraft said in a statement.

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  13. 'I don't agree with what Spurs are doing to staff' - Lineker

    Football

    Match of the Day presenter and former England captain Gary Lineker has criticised his former club Tottenham's decision to furlough staff.

    Lineker also revealed that he is donating two months of his BBC salary to the Red Cross.

    He told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme: “The way Tottenham have handled it has not been very good, what they are doing to their staff, I don’t agree with whatsoever. But that is a separate issue to what players do.

    “I don’t want to stand here and be hypocritical, I have decided to donate two months’ salary to the British Red Cross who are on the front line trying to help in all sorts of ways with coronavirus.

    "Hopefully lots of other people who are in a position of relative wealth can do something similar. I’m sure many will.”

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  14. Fans may be timid when boxing returns

    Joshua Buatsi

    Boxing will take time to return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic as fans could be "paranoid" about attending events, says Joshua Buatsi.

    The sport issuspended in the UK until the end of Maywith Buatsi missing out on a fight of his own on 28 March.

    His promoter Eddie Hearn is "confident" events will take place in July and "hopeful" they may do so in June.

    "I don't think it will go back to how it was straight away," Buatsi, 27, told the 5 Live Boxing Podcast.

    "I've thought about it and thought, do you wake up one day and they say 'the virus no longer exists' and everyone goes back to normal?

    "You can't say 'the virus is gone, there's a show at the O2 and everyone turn up'. People will still be paranoid and taking precautions like they should be, so I think it will take a lot longer than we think for everything to get back to normal and for people to feel confident in large numbers."

    You can read more of Buatsi's chat with 5 Live Boxing here.

  15. Atletico players take 70% pay cut

    Football

    Atletico Madrid players have agreed to take a 70% pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic in order to protect the salaries of non-playing club staff.

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  16. 'Football will be totally different' - Infantino

    Football

    Gianni Infantino

    Fifa president Gianni Infantino says football will be "totally different" when it returns after the coronavirus pandemic.

    "Football will come back, and when it does, we'll celebrate coming out of a nightmare together," he told Italian news agency ANSA.

    "There is one lesson, however, that both you and me must have understood: the football that will come after the virus will be totally different.

    "More inclusive, more social and more supportive, connected to the individual countries and at the same time more global, less arrogant and more welcoming.

    "We will be better, more human and more attentive to true values."

  17. La Liga virtual festival raises money for coronavirus fight

    Football

    A virtual festival organised by La Liga which featured players and music artists performing from their homes has raised more than 1m euros (£876,645) to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

    Spectators in 182 countries, amounting to more than 50 million people, watched the concert online.

    The figure raised will help to buy:

    • 115 non-invasive respirators
    • 1,435,000 masks (with one million donated by Santander bank)
    • 12,595 disposable sterile protective suits
    • 500,000 vinyl protective gloves
  18. Huddersfield directors take salary deferrals

    Football

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Huddersfield’s entire board of directors and head of football operations David Webb have volunteered to take salary deferrals for the next two months.

    The move is part of a plan to ensure all members of staff, both full and part-time, receive full pay during this period, when some will be furloughed.

    The decision does not include manager Danny Cowley and his players, who are part of the wider discussion with the PFA and LMA.

    Huddersfield are receiving parachute payments this season following their relegation from the Premier League.

  19. Brighton trio take pay cuts

    Football

    Brighton chief executive Paul Barber, director of football Dan Ashworth and manager Graham Potter have all decided to take "significant pay cuts" over the next three months.

    The move helps to support chairman Tony Bloom’s “significant efforts to protect all jobs at our club and charity”.

    “It is entirely appropriate we play a very small part,” said Barber.

  20. 'We have to think about the worse case scenario'

    Cricket

    Sussex chief executive Rob Andrew says clubs must plan for the possibility that no county cricket will be played this summer.

    The 2020 season has been put on hold until at least 28 May because of the coronavirus crisis.

    And Sussex have already placed most of their non-playing staff on furlough for the time being.

    "We have to think about the worst case scenario," former England rugby fly-half Andrew told BBC Radio Sussex.

    "We're all having to make decisions that we never dreamt we'd be making, even three or four weeks ago. We're having to make decisions that try and protect the future of the club into the next six to 12 months because we just don't know quite what the future holds."

    Read more here.