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Premier League pay row adds to pressure on game amid pandemic

The players union representing Premier League footballers has questioned the league's call for a 30% player wage reduction amid the coronavirus crisis, saying it would reduce tax revenue for the National Health Service.

Disappointed O'Keefe quits first class cricket after NSW snub

Australia's Steve O'Keefe, whose 12 wickets for 70 runs against India in a 2017 test remains the best figures by a visiting spinner, quit first class cricket on Sunday after New South Wales opted not to retain him.

Wickens feels like he's almost back after eighth in virtual race

Robert Wickens' first virtual IndyCar race on Saturday seemed almost like the real thing.

Nicaraguan footballers playing on but players fear virus

Football in Nicaragua is enjoying a surge in popularity as one of the few national leagues where games are still ongoing but players in action there are concerned about the spread of the new coronavirus and say fear has changed the way they play.

Trump hopes U.S. sport can resume soon, wants fans 'back in arenas'

U.S. President Donald Trump told sports commissioners on Saturday he hoped that their leagues and competitions, which have been suspended by the coronavirus outbreak, would soon be back in action.

Australia coach says empty stadiums an option on resumption

Australia coach Justin Langer says playing cricket without fans in the stadiums is an option worth considering if it helped get the game going again after the worst of the coronavirus crisis has passed.

Liverpool furlough non-playing staff amid COVID-19 pandemic

Premier League leaders Liverpool have furloughed some of their non-playing staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are holding talks about the prospect of salary deductions for players and senior staff, the club said on Saturday.

Tajikistan enjoys rare spotlight as Istiklol win Super Cup

A rare spotlight shone on Tajikistan soccer on Saturday as the Central Asian country kicked off its new season with most football around the world shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lavillenie claims 'international home containment' title

France's former Olympic pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie has found a way to keep his competitive juices flowing during the coronavirus lockdown by staging an "international home containment competition".

Red Star slash player wages amid coronavirus outbreak

Serbian champions and 1991 European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade have halved their players' wages for three months amid the coronavirus pandemic, the club's general director Zvezdan Terzic said on Saturday.

Belgium bid to keep place in next season's UEFA club competitions

Belgium's football leaders will attempt to convince UEFA of the legitimacy of their decision to prematurely end their league campaign as they bid to head off the threat of a ban from next season's European club competitions.

Kenny replaces McCarthy as Ireland manager

Mick McCarthy's second stint as Ireland manager ended on Saturday as the country's football association (FAI) announced he was being immediately replaced by Stephen Kenny.

Weightlifting: Thailand, Malaysia get Tokyo ban over doping

Weightlifters from Thailand and Malaysia will miss the Tokyo Olympics after the sport's governing body said on Saturday it had banned their athletes after a high number of doping cases.

Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov says Liverpool fully deserve title

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov said their traditional foes Liverpool deserve to be crowned Premier League champions and it would be unfair on the Anfield side if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

At least I can be Wimbledon champion for two years, says Halep

Simona Halep is trying to look on the bright side regarding the suspension of the tennis season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means at least she will be referred to as reigning Wimbledon champion for two years.

Rose says players have 'backs against the wall' over pay

Newcastle united's on-loan England defender Danny Rose says Premier League players feel their backs are against the wall over calls to take wage cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.

World Games 2021 moved to retain broadcasters, official scorers: CEO

World Games Birmingham CEO Nick Sellers said they had little choice but to move the 2021 event to 2022 as a clash with the postponed Tokyo Olympics would have seen them lose out on broadcasters and official scorers for the quadrennial event.

Greek soccer assessing impact of coronavirus says league chief

Greek soccer will know later this month the extent of some of the damage to the game caused by the coronavirus outbreak, Super League president Minas Lysandrou said, after clubs this week set up a working group to chart the impact and plan for the future.

Burnley face 50 million pounds shortfall if season cancelled

Burnley could lose up to 50 million pounds ($61.30 million) in revenue if the Premier League season is not completed due the coronavirus outbreak, with the club adding on Saturday that other top-flight clubs could miss out on double that amount.

Serbia's Prijovic arrested for violating coronavirus curfew

Serbia striker Aleksandar Prijovic was arrested on Friday for violating the Balkan nation's coronavirus curfew, police said on Saturday.