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  1. Irish FA place 'number of staff' on furlough

    Football

    The Irish Football Association have placed a number of their staff on furlough.

    Northern Irish football's governing body said that the decision had been taken in order to protect the staff as well as the organisation itself.

    There has been no football activity since the Irish Premiership was suspended on 13 March with seven rounds of fixtures remaining.

    Read more here.

  2. Stacey Francis on being in lockdown 9,000 miles from fiancee

    Netball

    Stacey Francis playing for West Coast Fever in Australia

    England netballer Stacey Francis is spending the coronavirus lockdown period thousands of miles away from her family and friends, in Perth Australia.

    The 32-year-old has explained to BBC Sport how it feels to be so far away.

    "I felt panicked," Francis said.

    "I'm very independent. I've always lived quite far away from my family; my parents emigrated to Canada when I was 17, and I've been living and working in Australia, and my fiancee is in England.

    "But until a pandemic or something that starts to affect the whole world goes on, you don't realise how far away you really are.

    Check out the full story here

  3. Wales rugby players take pay cut

    Rugby Union

    Wales' leading rugby players will take a 25% pay cut as the sport deals with the financial impact of coronavirus.

    The Professional Rugby Board (PRB), representing the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and the four regions - Cardiff Blues, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets - reached the agreement with the Welsh Rugby Players' Association (WRPA).

    The salary reduction, effective from 1 April, will last three months.

    However, the cut will not apply to players earning £25,000 a year or less.

    Cardiff Blues
  4. County cricket clubs furlough players

    Cricket

    The County Champions and T20 Blast winners Essex have confirmed they’ve placed the clubs playing staff and majority of non-playing staff on furlough leave until further notice.

    Kent have also furloughed players.

    They have placed ‘the majority’ of the squad on furlough- captain Sam Billings will be kept on the wage bill as part of their community work but will take a wage cut. Joe Denny is centrally contracted.

    Kent Cricket Club
  5. Premiership season delayed further

    Rugby Union

    Here's the full story as it is announced the Premiership season is to be dleayed further than 24 April.

    "The intention is to play all games and complete the season as soon as it can be done safely," said a statement.

    Chief executive Darren Childs added: "We all remain committed to finding a way to play, so long as we can do this safely, and with the welfare of players, staff and fans at the heart of every decision."

    Sale Sharks
  6. Whyte (and dog) still in Portugal

    Dillian Whyte

    British heavyweight Dillian Whyte has been speaking to BBC World Service and is still training in Portugal with a view to fighting Alexander Povetkin on the rearranged date of 4 July.

    Whyte says he drove to Portugal from London before movements were restricted due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    "I had my dogs with me and didn't want them to fly," says Whyte.

    "I drove, stopped every two hours to let them walk, feed them and give them water. It was a long haul drive. I drove straight, no sleep, nothing. I must have drunk about 20 energy drinks. It was an interesting journey.

    "I am able to train now, stay positive and I am just happy to be somewhere I can have my own private space. My last fight I was overweight so I am trying to get my weight down."

    Asked how boxing will come back from the shutdown imposed as a result of the virus, Whyte added: "I think this thing is massively destroying people's lives and sport in general. It will be a hard one. People will still be scared. When something like this happens it takes a long time for people to go back to normal. Things like this destroy everything. People will be insecure, panicking, so it will take a very long time.

    "Hopefully we can get it cleared up and the boxing can go back ahead as it's not just boxing, it's affecting everything."

  7. Use film to fill the void...

    Sports films graphic

    Missing sport? Thought so.

    What can fill the void? Nothing. Yes, we agree.

    But a film might at least help out a bit. Not just any film, a sporting classic.

    We have put together an extensive list of 50 truly outstanding sporting films. Boxing, ice hockey, football, rugby, you name it.

    Take a look, make a list of the ones you fancy and attack your viewing.

    A full list is here.

  8. The Barca barber?

    So Barcelona man Martin Braithwaite says he has discovered a new talent.

    We will let you judge for yourselves.

    View more on twitter
  9. Premiership Rugby committed to 'completing all games' this season

    Rugby Union

    Chris Jones

    BBC rugby union correspondent

    Premiership Rugby are exploring the possibility of rescheduling the Twickenham final deep into the summer after further postponing the current season.The campaign was initially called off until the week of 20 April because of coronavirus but has now been pushed back. But despite the further delay Premiership Rugby say they remain committed to "completing all games" in the 2019-2020 season. "The intention is to play all games and complete the season as soon as it can be done safely," said a statement.

    More soon

  10. 'It was time to give back' Peaty

    Adam Peaty

    British Olympic champion Adam Peaty has completed his 1000km bike ride (at home) to raise money for the NHS.

    Finishing in two hours and 54 minutes, Peaty managed to complete the challenge despite having some "mechanical problems" duringt he opening 20km.

    Fellow Team GB Olympic medallists Maddie Hinch and Jazz Carlin were among the 620 people who joined him in the challenge via virtual training app Zwift.

    Peaty says the pain of the challenge was "nothing in comparison to what those on the front line and impacted by coronavirus are going through". And says it was "time to give back".

    The swimmer talks about the pain he endured being 'nothing in comparison to what those on the front line and impacted by coronavirus are going through' and insists he felt it was "time to give back" to the community from his privileged position as an elite athlete.

  11. 'I don't want to be fat'

    Claressa Shields

    American boxing star Claressa Shields spoke to BBC Sport about her simple motivation for keeping fit, despite not having a fight date due to postponements.

    "I don't like being fat." she says. "I want to fit inside my favourite clothes."

    Shields, 25, is the fastest boxer - male or female - to ever hold world titles in three weight divisions having achieved the feat in 10 fights. She currently holds all four belts at middleweight but her next bout has been pushed back due to the disruption caused by coronavirus.

    "I had just bought a house right before this pandemic got really serious," she adds.

    "When I bought my house, it has four bedrooms and a basement so the first thing I did was make a gym. I got a boxing bag, a treadmill, crunch mats and weights. My basement is like a gym. I even put in a new floor, a bouncy one so it's not bad on my knees. So I'm running on the treadmill and punching my bag, still training."

  12. World Athletics Champs moved to avoid Comm Games clash

    Here's the full story from Dan Roan on the World Athletics Championships bieng moved to accomodate the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

    Hayward Field, Oregon
  13. Live Ashes cricket (sort of)

    LIVE NOW: Listen to Radio 5 Live commentary of the opening day of the play as England take on Australia in the third Ashes Test at Headingley in 2019.

    You know the one, it involved an incredible innings from some guy called Ben Stokes....

    Listen here

  14. Oregon World Athletics Championships moved to 2022

    The World Athletics Championships in Oregon have been rescheduled to almost a year later, 15-24 July in 2022, following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The event was originally scheduled for 6-15 August, 2021.

    Portland, Oregon athletics track
  15. Ronaldinho released from prison

    Ronaldinho

    Former Brazil forward Ronaldinho has been released from prison and placed under house arrest in Paraguay.

    The 2005 Ballon d'Or winner had spent time in jail along with his brother after being arrested on 6 March, accused of using fake passports.

    The pair had previously been denied bail but posted $800,000 (£648,000) each and must now stay in a four-star hotel in Asuncion while awaiting trial.

    Both Ronaldinho, 40, and his brother Roberto Assis deny any wrongdoing.

    You can read more here.

  16. Quarantine & chill

    Feeling a little bored at home today?

    Check out the best social media videos from the past week....

    Video content

    Video caption: Quarantine & Chill: The best clips from social media this week
  17. PSG launches fundraising platform

    European football

    The #PSGengagé initiatiuve will support 100,000 healthcare workers in Greater Paris.

    This is on top of an initial donation of 100,000 euros to Secours Populaire Français as well as selling 1,500 "Tous Unis" special PSG jerseys raising 217,500 euros for Greater Paris University Hospitals, providing support and comfort to frontline carers during the coronavirus health crisis.

    Mbappe and Neymar
  18. Saracens Mavericks players furloughed

    Netball

    In a statement released by the Netball Superleague side, Saracens Mavericks have announced they have placed players and staff employed by the franchise on furlough.

    Franchise director Gloria Keech said: This will ensure that we are protecting the club and means that as soon as social distancing restrictions are lifted, we can get back to work.

    "These are not easy decisions to make, however rest assured that everything we are doing is in the best interests of Saracens Mavericks and everyone involved."

    Sasha Corbin of Saracens Mavericks
  19. Furloughed staff still 'part of team' - Harrington

    Cycling

    British Cycling has announced it will furlough 90 roles in anticipation of a £4m drop in revenue because of coronavirus.

    Around a third of the workforce will be furloughed in April and May.

    Chief executive Julia Harrington and members of the leadership team will take a 10% pay cut in May and June.

    “Employees who are being furloughed are among those we will rely on to ensure our sport can return with strength,” Harrington said.

    “And while they cannot work for British Cycling during this period, they are still part of our team."

    British Cycling
  20. 'Everyone will want to do their bit'

    Alan Shearer column

    Alan Shearer

    Former Newcastle and England striker

    Alan shearer

    The Premier League has proposed a universal 30% pay-cut for all players, but where would that money go, exactly? Would it harm the NHS by reducing the government's tax income, as the Professional Footballers' Association claims?

    Of course the players are entitled to ask these kind of questions, because not only will they want to do the right thing, but they will also want their money to be used in the best possible way.

    You also have to remember their wages will vary hugely, in the top flight alone.

    Not all Premier League players are multi-millionaires, yet they are being generalised - and, in some places, criticised - as a single group whether they are superstars or not.

    From my own experiences, however, everyone will want to do their bit, whatever their circumstances.

    You can read the rest of Alan Shearer's column here.