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  1. What's your Grand National name?

    Grand National name generator

    With the real thing off, we have to make do with a virtual race on Saturday, but we want to know what YOUR Grand National name would be.

    We have trawled through the runners from previous contests, so just follow the link and create your special name...


  2. LTA announces support package for tennis


    The Lawn Tennis Association is putting up to £20m aside through a series of grants and interest-free loans to help venues, coaches, officials and players through the coronavirus pandemic.

    Singles players ranked between 101 and 750 - who don’t already receive funding - will be eligible for grants. This could include players such as James Ward, Liam Broady, Naomi Broady and Tara Moore.

    Chief executive Scott Lloyd and the entire executive team will take temporary pay cuts of 20% while some staff will be furloughed, but will be paid 80% of their actual salary.

    The LTA will dip into their reserves to finance the fund, but have also committed to making “significant savings” to pay for it.

  3. BreakingJoshua v Pulev fight postponed


    Anthony Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles against Kubrat Pulev - scheduled to take place on Saturday 20 June at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - has been called off.

    In a statement, promoter Matchroom Boxing says it is working on a new date and still hope to hold the bout at the same venue.

    Anthony Joshua
  4. BreakingPremier League clubs to ask for 30% wage cut


    Premier League

    Premier League clubs will ask players to take a 30% pay cut in order to protect jobs in professional football as it was announced the season will not resume until "it is safe and appropriate to do so".

    More details here.

  5. US Women's Open off until December


    Golf’s US Women’s Open, scheduled to take place in Houston in June, has been postponed until 10 December.

    USGA chief executive Mike Davis said: “The USGA remains committed to hosting the US Women’s Open in 2020.

    “We are grateful to the LPGA and our broadcast partner, Fox, for their terrific collaboration in finding a new date for the championship.”

    Last year's event was won by Jeong-eun Lee6 of South Korea.

    Jeong-eun Lee6
  6. World Triathlon events suspended until July


    World Triathlon has extended the suspension of all its events, including the World Triathlon Series, to 30 June because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The activities had been previously suspended until 30 April and the events now affected include the World Triathlon Series in Yokohama, which was scheduled for May, as well as three African cups, three American events, four Asian cups, eight events in Europe and one in Oceania.

    "The suspension of all activities doesn't mean we stop working," said World Triathlon president Marisol Casado. "We're meeting with athletes, coaches, national federations, continental confederations, the IOC [International Olympic Committee], the IPC [International Paralympic Committee], the organisers and our committees involved in these activities to work on alternative dates and possibilities."

    The body is also working with the IOC to discuss new dates and events for resuming Olympic and Paralympic rankings after the 2020 Tokyo Games were postponed to 2021.

  7. Uefa sounds warning on early finishes

    Leagues across Europe have been told that ending competitions early could result in them forfeiting Champions League and Europa League places.

    A letter sent by Uefa states that a plan is being formulated to complete current campaigns across the continent in July and August.

    Both Uefa club competitions, currently at the last 16, would also then resume.

    The letter was issued after Belgium became the first to declare an end to their 2019-20 campaign.

    Also signed by the European Club Association and European Leagues, it concludes: "Since participation in Uefa club competitions is determined by the sporting result achieved at the end of a full domestic competition, a premature termination would cast doubts about the fulfilment of such condition."

  8. 'Coronavirus crisis will change rugby union'

    Chris Jones

    BBC rugby union correspondent

    The coronavirus crisis has shown the need for a radical overhaul of rugby union on a global scale, says RFU boss Bill Sweeney.

    With unions and clubs thrown into financial turmoil, Sweeney believes the pandemic has highlighted the "fault lines" that exist in the game.

    He says greater co-operation will lead to a more prosperous sport.

    "I really do believe that coming out of this you will see a different structure and a different shape," Sweeney said.

    Australia and the USA are among the rugby union nations plunged into crisis by the outbreak, while even the RFU in England - considered the richest rugby nation in the world - is braced for revenue losses of around £50m.

    Read the full story

  9. Farah 'relieved' over Olympics postponement

    Sir Mo Farah has admitted he was relieved when he discovered the Tokyo 2020 Olympics had been postponed.

    Farah's return to defend his 10,000m title will have to wait another 12 months but the 37-year-old said it was the only logical course of action due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    "In a way, obviously it's disappointing it has been cancelled, but I am glad it," he told Talksport.

    "We could have been in a far worse situation - there are no races leading up to it, (and) athletes can't test themselves.

    "I would probably need about six, seven, eight races beforehand to see what kind of shape I am in. It is what it is and it gives us another year of preparation."

  10. Virtual Grand National

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    The actual Grand National may be off but Saturday will still feature a televised Virtual Grand National.

    Forty runners who would have been most likely to line up will take part, using CGI technology and special algorithms.

    Tiger Roll had been due to seek an unprecedentedthird consecutive winin the big race on Saturday before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Bookmakers have odds, and profits will go to NHS Charities Together.


    Virtual Grand National
  11. Tour de Suisse cancelled

    The Tour de Suisse which was due to take place from 6 to 14 June has been cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis.

    The event, which is used as a warm-up race for the Tour de France, will not take place for the first time since the Second World War.

    Organisers said it was not possible to "postpone until later in the racing calendar, as this is not feasible in logistical and financial terms."

  12. Edgbaston to have drive-through coronavirus testing

    Warwickshire County Cricket Club is letting its stadium car park be used as as drive-through Covid-19 testing station.

    The Edgbaston site will be used for NHS staff working in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

    NHS staff will drive in, be tested while remaining in their vehicle and drive out.

    Neil Snowball, chief executive of Warwickshire CCC, said: “Whilst it is a small part to play in grand scheme of things, we are pleased that our stadium can be utilised to support the fantastic efforts being made by all of our NHS staff in response to the coronavirus crisis."

    The club said it would also show thanks to the NHS by giving staff free entry to a fixture in the summer.

  13. Uefa on football resumption

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    More on the joint letter from Uefa and the European Clubs' Association and the European Leagues urging domestic bodies not to abandon their competitions.

    The letter was send to all 55 UEFA associations, who met earlier this week when this season’s Champions League and Europa League and the qualifying rounds for next season’s competition were put on hold.

    “Any decision of abandoning domestic competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified,” said the letter.

    Premier League clubs who are not part of the ECA will be updated on the advice when they meet this morning.

    France is the first major league to suffer a financial headache as their host broadcasters, Canal+ and beIN Sports, has already informed them they are withholding a payment due to be made on 5 April.

  14. 'Dont abandon competitions' - Uefa

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    European governing body Uefa has written a joint letter with the European Clubs’ Association and the European Leagues urging domestic bodies not to abandon their competitions.

    The group has been working together to try and find a way round the coronavirus crisis.

    With the exception of Belarus, the game in Europe is frozen, with billions of pounds at risk in lost revenue if competitions, including the Champions League and Premier League, are not finished.

    The Belgian League decided yesterday to end its season rather than playing its final league game and the subsequent play-off series.

    More on this story here

  15. Premier League meeting

    As we reported yesterday, the restart date for the Premier League will be pushed back later today.

    All 20 Premier League clubs will meet via video and it is accepted by all that there is no hope of professional games being played immediately after the current 30 April deadline

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