Wimbledon cancellation seems inevitable as emergency meetings held

A series of emergency meetings is under way to decide whether Wimbledon can go ahead this year.

The All England Club says a final decision is yet to be made, but the cancellation of the Championships for the first time since World War Two now seems inevitable.

The Wimbledon Championships are due to run for two weeks from Monday 29 June.

The French Open has already been pushed back four months to late September because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I guess everyone's been waiting on it," Britain's seven time Grand Slam doubles champion Jamie Murray told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

 

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Coronavirus in F1: Red Bull's Helmut Marko told team's drivers to become infected

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko said he advised his drivers to become infected with coronavirus while the season is in hiatus.

The 76-year-old said he had the idea to bring his Formula 1 drivers and juniors together in a camp, which "would be the ideal time for the infection to come".

"They are all strong young men in good health. That way they would be prepared whenever the action starts," he said.

The rest of Red Bull management were against the idea, which was abandoned.

"Let's put it this way: it has not been well received," Marko said. 

 

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Juventus players and Maurizio Sarri agree coronavirus pay freeze

Juventus' players and manager Maurizio Sarri have agreed to their pay being stopped for four months to save the club an estimated 90m euros (£80.7m) during the coronavirus pandemic.

All sport in Italy has been suspended until at least 3 April.

The Juve squad, which includes Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, will not be paid their full salaries in March, April, May and June.

They top Serie A by a point from Lazio.

Should football resume in the country, which has been the hardest hit by coronavirus in Europe, Juventus will look again at the situation "in good faith".

 

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Coronavirus: McLaren staff back in UK after Australia self-isolation

The McLaren staff quarantined in Melbourne as a result of a coronavirus case at the abandoned Australian Grand Prix are all back in the UK.

Sixteen employees spent two weeks in self-isolation after one tested positive in the lead up to the race.

McLaren said: "All team personnel who were in self-isolation in Melbourne have now safely returned home."

The positive case led to the cancellation of the season-opening race at Albert Park.

A member of staff of tyre supplier Pirelli also contracted coronavirus in Melbourne but the company says he has since recovered and left Australia.

 

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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund stars to take pay cut during the coronavirus crisis

Players and directors at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have agreed to take a temporary pay cuts.

Both German giants said the move was to help the other employees at the club financially during the coronavirus crisis.

Players at Union Berlin, 11th in the Bundesliga, announced they will go entirely without their wages.

Last week, Borussia Monchengladbach's players were the first in the country to offer to forgo wages.

Bayern players will take a 20% pay cut, while Dortmund players will "waive part of their salaries". 

 

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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City manager donates 1m euros to fight coronavirus

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has donated 1m euros (£920,000) to fight the coronavirus outbreak in Spain.

Guardiola, who is at his home in Barcelona, has been working with his lawyers over the past few days to work out the best way of using the money.

It will go to a campaign being promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.

Spain is one of the worst affected countries in Europe.

Official figures on Tuesday showed that 2,696 people had died in the country and close to 40,000 are infected.

 

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La Liga: Spanish football suspended indefinitely because of coronavirus crisis

All football in Spain, including La Liga, has been put on hold indefinitely while the country deals with the continued spread of coronavirus.

Spain's top flight was postponed for two rounds of matches earlier in March and the country is in a state of emergency.

Football will not resume until the Spanish government deems it safe to do so without any health risk.

As it stands, defending champions Barcelona lead La Liga by two points.

 

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Tokyo 2020: IOC sets deadline for decision on Games amid coronavirus

The International Olympic Committee is considering a postponement of Tokyo 2020, and has given itself a deadline of four weeks to make a decision.

The IOC's executive board met on Sunday amid mounting pressure from athletes and national Olympic committees for the Games to be delayed because of the coronavirus crisis.

"In light of the worldwide deteriorating situation... the executive board has today initiated the next step in the IOC's scenario-planning," it said in a statement.

"These scenarios relate to modifying existing operational plans for the Games to go ahead on 24 July 2020, and also for changes to the start date of the Games."

Cancellation is "not on the agenda", said the IOC, but a "scaled-down" Games will also be considered.

 

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Coronavirus: Monaco Grand Prix cancelled, Dutch and Spanish races postponed

The Monaco Grand Prix has been cancelled and the Dutch and Spanish races have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The first four races in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam and China had already been called off due to the pandemic.

The sport's governing body, the FIA, says it expects the 2020 season to begin "as soon as it is safe to do so after May".

Monaco organisers said it was "not possible" to rearrange a date.

It is still hoped the other two races can be rescheduled later in the year. 

 

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Coronavirus: Zlatan Ibrahimovic launches fundraisers to help fight coronavirus pandemic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has launched a fundraiser to help fight coronavirus and has called on fellow footballers to help "kick this virus away".

The AC Milan striker plays in Italy, the country so far worst affected by the pandemic other than China.

It appears Ibrahimovic has made two 50,000 euro (£46,054) donations.

"Italy has always given me so much and, in this dramatic moment, I want to give back even more to this country that I love," Ibrahimovic said on Instagram.

"I count on the generosity of my colleagues, of all professional athletes and of those who want to make a small or large donation according to their possibilities, to kick this virus away.

 

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Euro 2020 postponed until next summer, says the Norwegian FA

Euro 2020 has been postponed by one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, says the Norwegian FA.

Uefa, European football's governing body, has been holding an emergency video conference involving major stakeholders on Tuesday.

The Norwegian FA says it was decided that the tournament will now take place from 11 June to 11 July next year.

BBC Sport understands the decision will be signed off by Uefa later on Tuesday.

The tournament was due to take place from 12 June-12 July this year at 12 venues across Europe.

  

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Coronavirus - latest updates in sport

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Footballers treated as 'guinea pigs' - Rooney

Wayne Rooney says the government and football authorities have treated footballers as "guinea pigs" during the coronavirus outbreak.

Elite football in Britain has been suspended until at least 3 April, with the Premier League saying "conditions at the time" will determine its return.

"For players, staff and their families it has been a worrying week," he said.

"One in which you felt a lack of leadership from the government and from the FA and Premier League."

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Coronavirus: NBA, NHL, MLS suspend seasons, MLB delays start of 2020 campaign

All major sport in the United States has been suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The NBA has announced that all matches will be suspended from Thursday until further notice, after a Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive.

The NHL and MLS later announced the stoppage of its respective seasons, the latter for 30 days.

The MLB has delayed the start of its 2020 season by at least two weeks due to the "national emergency".

The other major US sports league - the NFL - is currently in its off-season, although the 2020 Draft in Las Vegas is scheduled to start on 23 April.

 

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Josip Ilicic scores four as Serie A side cruise through

Josip Ilicic scored four goals against Valencia as Atalanta eased into the Champions League quarter-finals in the competition's first match to be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Italians arrived in Spain with a commanding 4-1 lead from the first leg of their last-16 tie and quickly added to their advantage inside an eerie Mestalla Stadium.

With the chants of a large gathering of home supporters outside the ground clearly audible, Slovenia forward Ilicic converted a third-minute penalty for the Serie A side after he had been fouled by Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby.

And while Kevin Gameiro capitalised on a defensive mix-up to tap in an equaliser for the hosts, Diakhaby's handball allowed Ilicic to score his second spot-kick of the evening to put the visitors 6-2 up on aggregate.

A second Gameiro goal, this time from a close-range header, levelled the score on the night before Ferran Torres' lobbed effort put the La Liga side in front.

 

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Tottenham knocked out off Champions league by Leipzig

Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League campaign came to an end as they were well beaten by RB Leipzig in the last 16.

The German club - who were only formed 10 years ago - led 1-0 from the first leg in London and Marcel Sabitzer's double at the Red Bull Arena put Leipzig in control.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris should have done better for both goals - getting a hand to both the Leipzig captain's 20-yard shot and near-post header.

Emil Forsberg scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to give Leipzig a 4-0 aggregate win.

Injury-hit Spurs never looked capable of mounting a comeback like the one against Ajax last season which took them to the final and will now finish the season without a trophy again.

 

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Coronavirus spread: Indian Wells cancelled because of concerns

The Indian Wells tournament has been cancelled because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

The tournament, a combined ATP and WTA event which is one of the biggest and most prestigious outside of the Grand Slams, was due to start this week.

Health officials in California said there was "too great a risk" to hold a "large gathering of this size".

"We are prepared to hold it on another date and will explore options," said tournament director Tommy Haas.

Many of the world's leading players, including men's world number two Rafael Nadal, have already arrived in California for the event.

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Juventus beat Inter Milan to go top of the Serie A

Juventus beat Inter Milan to go top of the Serie A table - in a surreal match behind closed doors because of coronavirus.

One of the biggest games of the Italian season took place with no fans, with all sport in Italy being played in empty grounds until 3 April at least.

Some 366 people in Italy have died of coronavirus, with 7,375 infected.

Aaron Ramsey and Paulo Dybala scored the goals to take Juve one point above Lazio at the top of the table.

Wales midfielder Ramsey pounced onto a loose ball before rifling home the opener and Dybala scored a classy second - from Ramsey's pass - with some nice footwork to dummy Ashley Young before poking home.

 

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Coronavirus: Four Danish league players in quarantine after meeting Thomas Kahlenberg

Danish side Brondby have quarantined 13 people, including a player and their assistant coach, after former Denmark international Thomas Kahlenberg was diagnosed with coronavirus.

Brondby director of communications Christian Schultz says Kahlenberg contracted the virus in Amsterdam last weekend and was at Brondby's game against Lyngby on Sunday.

Defender Joel Kabongo, 21, is in quarantine alongside assistant coach Martin Retov, while Lyngby also have three players in isolation.

Schultz told BBC Radio 5 Live that Kabongo met Kahlenberg after the game because they were former team-mates and they "shook hands".

Schultz also confirmed that their data analyst, psychologist and nine members of staff, including their chief executive Ole Palma, were in isolation.

 

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Coronavirus: F1 will not hold race in country preventing teams entering

Formula 1 says it will not hold a World Championship race in a country that prevents any team entering as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

F1 managing director Ross Brawn said: "If a team is prevented from entering a country, we can't have a race.

"Not a World Championship race, anyway, because that would be unfair."

Vietnam has imposed a 14-day quarantine period on visitors from Italy, while Bahrain has employed special measures to ensure its race can go ahead.

The Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix are scheduled to be the second and third events of a season that starts in Melbourne, Australia on 13-15 March.

 

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