Serie A aims for 13 June restart subject to government approval

Serie A plans to resume its season on 13 June if Italy's government approves.

The league's general assembly met on Wednesday via videoconference and approved the date for resumption "in accordance with government decisions and medical protocols".

Clubs in the Italian top flight returned to training earlier in May but players can only train individually.

Serie A was suspended on 9 March with 12 full rounds and four outstanding fixtures still to play.

Juventus, chasing their ninth consecutive Serie A title, are top of the league, a point ahead of Lazio.

 

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Mike Tyson comeback would be 'horrible' after one minute, says Steve Bunce

Mike Tyson's rumoured return to the boxing ring has got people asking - is this the real deal or just a publicity stunt?

At 53, Tyson's impressive speed and ferocity in filmed pad workouts have fuelled the speculation.

"The power is different level," says Rafael Cordeiro, the trainer holding the pads. "I didn't expect to see what I saw - I saw a guy with the same speed, the same power as a guy who is 21-, 22-years-old."

However, the last time someone was punching back Tyson quit on his stool against Kevin McBride in his last bout in 2005.

"There are probably hundreds of men above 14 stone that are boxing around the world that would easily beat Tyson now," says 5 Live Boxing's Steve Bunce

 

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Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of Formula 1 season

Sebastian Vettel is to leave Ferrari at the end of the year after contract talks between the two broke down with no agreement.

The move, which is expected to be officially announced imminently, throws the future of the 32-year-old four-time world champion into doubt.

Spaniard Carlos Sainz, currently a McLaren driver, is among those who have been linked to Vettel's seat.

If Sainz leaves McLaren, one option for the team is Renault's Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian had serious talks with McLaren in 2018 when he was weighing up whether to leave Red Bull, before finally deciding to move to Renault.

 

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Coronavirus: Five players test positive across Spain's top two divisions

Five players have tested positive for coronavirus across Spain's top two divisions, La Liga has said.

The unnamed players are all asymptomatic and are now in isolation.

They will continue to be tested and can only rejoin training when they return two consecutive negative results.

La Liga started testing players last week as part of the protocols in place for training to resume and elite football in Spain to get going again behind closed doors in June.

 

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Formula 1 may not race in 2020, say bosses

Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey has admitted that the sport's owners are preparing for "the remote possibility of no racing in 2020".

He said they discussed with lenders how to handle the loss of income involved in not being able to run a season.

But he emphasised: "We are increasingly confident - although there are no guarantees - that we will have a 2020 championship season."

F1 released figures showing income fell by 84% in the first quarter of 2020.

Owner Liberty Media said F1's revenue in the first quarter of 2020 was $39m (£31.6m) compared to $246m (£199m) in the same period in 2019.

 

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Coronavirus: Germany's Bundesliga to resume this month, says Angela Merkel

The German Bundesliga season can resume this month, Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed.

It will become the first major league in Europe to return to competition, with a date for resumption to be confirmed by the German Football League (DFL) on Thursday.

All matches will be played behind closed doors.

With nine games remaining, Bayern Munich are top of the table, four points above Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern chairman Karl Heinz Rummenigge said: "I would like to thank the politicians for giving today's decision [and for] the opportunity to finish the Bundesliga season.

 

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Formula 1 bosses make final budget offer to teams

Formula 1 bosses have made a final offer to teams of a sliding scale budget cap reducing from $145m to $130m over the next three years.

The proposal is part of changes aimed at addressing the financial impact of the coronavirus in a letter to teams from F1 managing director Ross Brawn.

F1 has proposed a cap of $145m (£116m) in 2021, reducing to $140m in 2022 and $135m for the period 2023-25.

Teams will spend the coming days assessing the ideas before a vote.

The proposals - which also include a sliding scale of allowance for aerodynamic research according to a team's success, and compensation for the manufacturer teams recognising the value of research and development of parts sold to customers - are billed as a final submission after weeks of negotiations ended in impasse last month.

 

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Project Restart: Premier League doctors raise concerns over resuming season

A number of Premier League club doctors have raised a range of concerns with league bosses over plans to resume the season, BBC Sport has learned.

One issue that the senior medics have sought assurances over includes their own liability and insurance cover if players contract the virus.

The Premier League has also been asked to provide some clarity over medical protocols, testing and player welfare.

The Premier League is hopeful of a potential 8 June resumption.

The 20 club doctors have been holding their own discussions about Project Restart - the label given to plans to resume action - with a view to feeding their thoughts into the Premier League's leadership. 

 

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Tour de France: Chris Froome concerned about crowds gathering

Britain’s Chris Froome thinks the Tour de France can work without spectators but does not know how organisers can stop large crowds from attending.

The Tour, originally due to start on 27 June, is now due to begin on 29 August.

No French mass gatherings are allowed before September, but the government has said the Tour could start in August if the first stages were carefully run.

“Would the organisers be able to keep people from coming and gathering in large crowds?" said Froome.

The four-time Tour champion, speaking on an Instagram Live chat with former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, added: “In theory we can put on the race and it can be broadcast on television.

 

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Sergio Aguero: Players 'scared' about Premier League return

Players are "scared" about the prospect of returning to action amid the coronavirus pandemic, says Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

The Premier League is hoping to resume the season on 8 June, which would require players to be be back in full training by 18 May.

Top-flight clubs will meet on Friday to discuss options for the restart.

"The majority of players are scared because they have children and families," said 31-year-old Aguero.

Speaking to Argentine TV station El Chiringuito, the Argentina international Aguero added: "I'm scared, but I'm with my girlfriend here and I'm not going to be in contact with other people. I'm locked in my house and the only person I could infect is my girlfriend.

 

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Coronavirus could affect international football for 'two or three years'

Coronavirus could impact on the international football calendar for "two or three years", says a member of Uefa's executive committee.

Lars-Christer Olsson, president of European Leagues, said that it would be a case of "wait and see" to assess the disruption of the pandemic, including on the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Uefa hopes to complete the Champions League and Europa League in August.

A decision is set to be made at the end of May around whether this is feasible.

There are also plans to fit three - rather than two - fixtures into international windows this autumn to play Euro 2020 qualifiers and Nations League fixtures. 

 

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be 'scrapped' instead of delayed again, says Games chief

The postponed Tokyo Olympics will be "scrapped" if they cannot take place in 2021, says Games chief Yoshiro Mori.

Tokyo 2020 is now scheduled to run from 23 July to 8 August next year after being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health experts have cast doubt on whether the Games could be held next summer without a vaccine or effective drugs to treat Covid-19 being found.

When asked if the event could be moved again to 2022, Mori replied: "No."

"In that case, the Olympics will be scrapped," he added.

  

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'Project Restart': Premier League ramps up plans for resuming season

Plans to resume the Premier League season will step up this week in what has been labelled "Project Restart".

Arsenal, Brighton and West Ham have opened their training grounds to players for individual work on Monday.

The league is hopeful of a potential 8 June restart and finishing at the end of July to fit in with Uefa's European competition plans. This would require full training to begin by 18 May.

Top-flight clubs will meet on Friday to discuss options for the restart.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he has been in contact with clubs about restarting the Premier League "as soon as possible". 

 

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Serie A: Teams set to return to individual training on 4 May

Serie A sides will be allowed to return to individual training on 4 May and team training on 18 May after the Italian prime minister announced the first steps in lifting the country's coronavirus lockdown.

There are hopes Serie A fixtures could resume between 27 May and 2 June - with an end date for the season of early August.

However, there was no formal announcement on the possibility of when Serie A might resume, even behind closed doors.

Parks will also reopen in the country, which has Europe’s highest official death toll.

 

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Digital Swiss 5 Cycling: What it is and how to watch it

Digital Swiss 5 Cycling: What it is and how to watch it

From Wednesday, the BBC is showing the Digital Swiss 5 - the latest virtual cycling race - with 19 teams taking part in a mini-Tour de Suisse.

It's road race cycling, only with team members respecting social distancing rules by riding the course at home on their training bikes instead of bunched in a peloton.

This year's Tour de Suisse has been cancelled, so this is as close as the riders will get to riding the event until 2021.

The first four races will be shown daily, starting on Wednesday at 16:10-17:30 BST on the BBC Sport website, app and BBC iPlayer. Sunday's finale will be on from 13:10-14:30.

  

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Champions League and Europa League finals likely to be played in August

The Champions League and Europa League look increasingly likely to be played exclusively in August after more talks about the remainder of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday.

Uefa told the 55 associations on Tuesday there was still the possibility of the competitions being played throughout June, July and August.

But BBC Sport understands the latest discussions revolved almost exclusively around a plan to complete the domestic leagues by 31 July, with European competition following after that.

Nothing definitive has been agreed but Uefa is keen to leave all options on the table for as long as possible given the general uncertainty across Europe and in the knowledge there is no guarantee the season will be finished.

However, there is a view that travel restrictions are more likely to have eased in August, which would be necessary for a cross-border competition. 

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Tennis world planning multi-million dollar financial aid for lower-ranked players

The four Grand Slams and tennis' three governing bodies are finalising a multi-million dollar package of financial assistance for lower-ranked players.

Details of the package, which is likely to be worth at least $6m, are expected to be announced later this week.

A player's ranking will be used as a starting point, but previous earnings and other income may be taken into consideration when players apply for support.

Discussions, which have proved complex, began shortly after professional tennis was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic on 12 March.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are hoping top 100 singles and top 20 doubles players will contribute to a separate $1m fund for men ranked outside the top 250.

 

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Lewis Hamilton 'not trying to move' away from Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton says he is "not trying to move" away from his Mercedes team in this year's driver market.

The world champion is one of a number of top drivers whose contracts expire at the end of a 2020 season thrown into disarray by the coronavirus.

Hamilton said on Instagram: "There is no dream of another team. I am with my dream team.

"There's not a thing in my way, as I'm not trying to move. I'm with the people who have cared from day one."

Hamilton added that Mercedes are "the best team".

 

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Man City: Kluiverth Aguilar, 16, agrees to join in 2021

Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign 16-year-old Peruvian defender Kluiverth Aguilar from Alianza Lima.

Aguilar will remain with his current club until he turns 18 in May 2021.

City officials said the right-back is almost certain to begin his career with the Blues on loan away from the Etihad Stadium and at present would not qualify for a work permit.

Alianza described it  as "the most important transfer of Peruvian football to Europe in recent years".

Aguilar said: "My goal is to become an outstanding player in the first team,."

 

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Champions League final: Uefa plans for final on 29 August

Uefa is working to plans that would see the Champions League final end the 2019-20 season on 29 August.

European football's governing body will meet on 23 April for more discussions about how to complete a campaign which has been disrupted by coronavirus.

It is likely one decision will be to agree that leagues could finish early, although only with Uefa's approval.

But the idea is still to finish the season as a whole at the end of August, with all outstanding games played.

That would mean the Champions League final taking place in Istanbul on 29 August, with the Europa League final in Gdansk three days earlier.

 

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