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Soccer

Liverpool face losing three players on free transfers after club’s coronavirus decision

Liverpool are facing the prospect of losing Georginio Wijnaldum and Dejan Lovren on free transfers due to a policy the club has taken amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Reds are shelving all discussions on incomings and contract renewals, according to the Daily Mail.

The table-topping Reds are facing the prospect of missing out on their first domestic league title in 30 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League is currently suspended, with clubs scrambling to find a logistical way to end the campaign.

And the chaos caused by the virus could impact Liverpool’s summer plans, too.

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool chiefs have suspended all discussions on new contracts, and won’t resume until normal life resumes.

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That could mean three players enter into the final year of their deals without any discussions on an extension.

Wijnaldum, Lovren and Adrian are all set to become free agents in the summer of 2021 if new deals aren’t tied up beforehand.

They will each be able to discuss terms with foreign clubs from January onwards, and could decide to walk away from Anfield.

The Reds are already set to lose Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Andy Lonergan this summer, as they will not extend their contracts.

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But they will presumably press hard to avoid losing Wijnaldum, who was a key part of last season’s Champions League-winning team.

The Dutch midfielder scored twice in the historic comeback against Barcelona, and has emerged as a pivotal figure in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.

He has started in 28 of Liverpool’s games in this memorable season, finding the net three times.

But if his contract isn’t sorted out soon, he could be tempted to leave next summer if a lucrative bid comes in in January.

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In Lovren’s case, he was heavily expected to leave the club this summer, but now could be forced to stay.

The Croatian centre-back was tipped with a move to Serie A, while Arsenal and Tottenham were both interested.

Though now, Liverpool won’t enter into discussions on a new deal, and are unlikely to allow him to leave.

Adrian, too, is unlikely to sign a new deal considering his age, as the Spaniard turned 33 earlier this year.

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Sports News

Warne reveals savage ‘fat p****’ sledge

Cricket great Shane Warne has revisited a brutal sledge he copped from England captain Nasser Hussain during Australia’s memorable ODI victory against England at the SCG in February 1999.

Defending 232/8, the Australian were in dire straits, the visitors only requiring 35 runs with seven wickets in hand.

However, Warne tempted England skipper Hussain into playing an erratic slog, Adam Gilchrist completing the simple stumping, changing the course of the match.

But there was a wider story behind the dismissal, which Warne revealed during a Sky Sports vodcast in the UK. When host Ian Ward asked about the stumping, the 50-year-old cricket legend recalled a hilarious sequence of event leading up to the critical dismissal.

“Steve Waugh was injured, and I was vice-captain. Nasser was captain for England,” Warne explained.

“We were playing a one-dayer in Sydney, and England were cruising. It got to basically ten overs to go, and England needed around 50 to win with seven wickets in hand.

“I thought the only way we are going to win this game is if we take a wicket. So I’m going to bring myself and McGrath back, and I’m going to start sledging Nass to see if I can upset him, and then I’ll come on the other end straight away.

Nasser Hussain scored 15 centuries for England.Source:News Corp Australia

“I started getting into him saying ‘I know you’re going to stuff this up. I know you’re going to get out. Don’t let your team down this time’.

“So I come onto bowl, bowl the first couple, and suddenly you see Nass just run down. He wanted to hit me for 12 – not six – he wanted 12.

“But he missed and got out, stumped.

“When I started having a go at Nass he turned to me and said, ‘Listen you fat p****, you’re not going to captain ever again so make the most of this one!”

From 4/198, England phenomenally collapsed to 222 all out, losing the match by ten runs – Hussain topscored with 58 off 98 balls.

Despite the incident, Hussain said it was “absolutely brilliant” to face the leg spinner throughout his career, labelling Warne the sport’s “greatest ever bowler”.

“It was absolutely brilliant … I have to be honest. I get asked often now, ‘Wouldn’t you like to be playing in the present era with some of the bowlers around?’ No way. I can tell my kids, my grandkids, that I played against Shane Warne – the greatest,” Hussain said.

“I don’t like bigging him up – I don’t think you have to big up Shane Warne, actually. But I played against the greatest bowler there’s ever been. The stats might tell you someone else, but for me, the greatest ever bowler was Shane Warne.”

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NHL

Jets coach Paul Maurice sees upside to NHL season pause: Healthy playoff hockey

There have been unprecedented responses in the sports world to the unprecedented situation it’s currently experiencing. Hockey has been no exception. 

As the coronavirus pandemic continued to escalate in North America, several minor and junior leagues canceled the remainder of their seasons, including playoffs , and the NHL paused its regular season March 12 . With teams still having 11 to 14 games left on their schedules, the league has given no indication as to how it will handle things going forward. 

There is one unprecedented event that NHL fans might end up appreciating when this is all over, however. If the season resumes in time for the 2020 Stanley Cup Final to take place — and that’s still a big if — we could be seeing healthy playoff hockey for the first time.

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice spoke of the possibility Thursday in a  video interview posted on the team’s Twitter account . 

“The positive upside of this is that when the pause is over, you’re going to get an opportunity to see something that you’ve never seen, and that’s healthy playoff hockey,” he said. “In my roster at the end of the game of injuries, you have somewhere between eight and 13 guys that played that night that are dealing with something.”

Those numbers aren’t exactly a surprise. Playing through injury has always been a part of the game, and the playoffs often become a battle of attrition. Most players aren’t even close to 100 percent that late in the season, but good luck convincing them to stay off the ice with so much on the line. 

It’s something that’s easy to forget given how underreported injuries tend to be in the NHL, and it raises the question of just how different the playoffs would look with teams that have had time to rest and recover.

It would definitely allow teams to be much closer to full strength than they normally are at the start of the postseason. Depending on what the schedule ends up being this year, even stars like the Lightning’s  Steven Stamkos and the Rangers’ Chris Kreider could return in time for the postseason, to say nothing of the dozens of other top players whose injuries haven’t been made public. Fans want to see the best players on the ice, not on the sidelines, and that’s something the season pause could surprisingly end up helping to provide.

While you’d expect full-strength teams to play better hockey, there’s also the matter of rust accumulated after several weeks away from the rink, but Maurice doesn’t see that being an issue. 

“It won’t take these guys long to get their focus back,” he said. “I think they’re pretty darn good now at keeping their conditioning right. I don’t think anybody is taking time off, they’re going to stay very, very fit, so I’m not sure when it’s going to be but when we do come back you’re going to see healthy, fit and very intense hockey.” 

Of course, everything still depends on whether the NHL decides to resume play this season. Hockey still looks a long way away from returning, but we could be treated to quite the spectacle if it does.

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MLB

Evan Gattis says Astros’ apology for sign-stealing is ‘not f—ing good enough’; So what is?

Evan Gattis was a much beloved figure during the Astros’ championship run in 2017. The former catcher and DH dubbed “El Oso Blanco” belted 12 home runs in that 2017 season over just 84 games, and his rags-to-riches story of redemption is one for the baseball history books.

But then the sign-stealing allegations came out and turned all of baseball upside down. The Astros players never seemed truly remorseful for their actions — until Thursday, when Gattis went on The Athletic’s “755 is Real” podcast and spilled his guts.

“Everybody wants to be the best player in the f—ing world, man … and we cheated that, for sure, and we obviously cheated baseball and cheated fans,” Gattis told hosts David O’Brien and Eric O’Flaherty. “Fans felt duped. I feel bad for fans. …

“I’m not asking for sympathy or anything like that. If our punishment is being hated by everybody forever, just like, whatever,” Gattis continued. “I don’t know what should be done, but something had to f—ing be done. I do agree with that, big time. I do think it’s good for baseball that we’re cleaning it up. … And I understand that it’s not f—ing good enough to say sorry. I get it.”

Gattis’ message, of course, is a little perplexing, considering he spent some time in the news just last week after posting this glass to his Twitter feed.

That “snitch” is the image of Mike Fiers, the former Astros player who blew the lid off Houston’s sign-stealing ways from the 2017 championship season. Gattis would clarify the image, saying he harbors no will will towards the pitcher. He would also say in the podcast that Fiers did what he had to do and that baseball will be better off once it’s all cleaned up.

Still, the picture was an odd thing to send out to the world if he, in fact, doesn’t have any harsh feelings toward Fiers (which, to be fair, it seems like a genuine response).

So, let’s ask the question then: If the Astros’ apology is not “f—ing good enough” for fans, then what is? This is the more interesting discussion to have. Gattis is the first Astros player, current or former, to appear to sound truly remorseful for his part in the whole thing. So what is the proper punishment? 

A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow are not only both out of jobs, but they’re out of baseball — and understandably so. Carlos Beltran lost his job before he managed an inning with the Mets. Red Sox manager Alex Cora was also sent out on his butt. But the players, who supposedly ran the whole scheme, according to MLB, got off scot-free in the ordeal. 

To be honest, that’s fine, because at the end of the day a manager has to manage because it’s his job. Whether that’s the lineup, the personalities or a sign-stealing scandal that MLB is having a hard time putting back in the bottle. But what would be good enough?

Would Gattis turn in his championship ring? Erase the title from existence? Suspensions for all the players on the team? Who knows? Clearly, Gattis doesn’t feel good about his role on a team that cheated.

Baseball, after all, was put in a near-impossible spot when it came to punishment for this. Vacating a title seems something empty in nature. Suspensions would be difficult to levy out fairly and evenly amongst players, especially if everyone was in on it.

But at least Gattis knows an apology isn’t good enough — even if the rest of the baseball world is still searching for what is.

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Fighting

5 major WrestleMania upsets that left fans open-mouthed

Anything can happen at the 'Showcase of the Immortals' and WrestleMania 36 this weekend should be no different.

While the show has been rescheduled to run for two nights and relocated to an audience-free WWE Performance Center in Orlando thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there could still be some standout moments.

Scotland's Drew McIntyre attempts to climb a mountain and topple Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship in a mouthwatering main event.

AJ Styles is intent on putting the Undertaker out of commission in a 'Bone Yard' match and Charlotte Flair will clash with NXT Champion Rhea Ripley.

If there's one thing we know from WrestleMania's past, it's that the results are far from set in stone – even just a matter of hours away from the event.

For more than three decades, the 'Show of Shows' has produced some of the greatest pro wrestling confrontations and memorable moments in WWE history.

But there have also been some upsets and truly shocking decisions along the way, so here's a look at five results that very few fans could have predicted.

5. The Nasty Boys rock the Hart Foundation (WrestleMania 7)

 

WWE tag team action was riding high in the early 90s when the Hart Foundation finally defeated Demolition in a best of three falls match at SummerSlam 1990 with a little assistance from new arrivals, The Legion of Doom. It is hard to underestimate just how popular the 'Pink and Black Attack' and the L.O.D. were during this time, and a dream match where Bret 'Hitman' Hart and Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart could put their gold on the line against Hawk and Animal appeared to many as a blockbuster pay-per-view showdown in the making.

So, when The Nasty Boys were given a title opportunity against the Hart Foundation at WrestleMania 7, just a few months after signing with the company, most critics believed that this was purely a place-holder bout, designed to give the champions their first successful pay-per-view defence. As it turned out, those predictions were wrong.

With more than a little thanks owed to a motorcycle helmet, brought to the ring by their manager, Jimmy Hart, the Nasty Boys reigned supreme in a shocking upset. They would finally lose the belts to the Legion of Doom at SummerSlam 1991 and Bret Hart would go on to have one of the most successful singles careers in WWE history.

4. Sheamus kick starts his way to his first world championship (WrestleMania 28)

 

If you blinked during the opening contest of WrestleMania 28, you probably missed it! Sheamus set a new record for the quickest World Heavyweight Championship change in the history of the event.

In an upset that took less time to execute than the ring introductions, the writing was on the wall when Daniel Bryan took his eyes off the Celtic Warrior, to kiss his then on screen girlfriend, AJ Lee.

With the bell already rung, Sheamus capitalised on the situation and blasted the former American Dragon with a thunderous Brogue Kick as he turned around, gaining the pinfall, and his first world title.

Many fans had felt Sheamus had more than a fighting chance of defeating Bryan going into WrestleMania 28, but few could have predicted the breakneck pace in which he did it, and their outrage bolstered support for Daniel in the long run.

3. Triple H stings the Stinger (WrestleMania 31)

 

In the United States, Sting was for decades considered to be the biggest pro wrestling star to have never graced WrestleMania, so when he finally made his long awaited singles debut against Triple H at WrestleMania 31, it seemed to be a given that he would be victorious, but that's not what happened.

Following interference from members of D-Generation X, and the NWO, the 56-year-old fell victim to The King of King's sledgehammer and was pinned following a pedigree.

The match itself was a highly entertaining affair that saw the end of the NWO/DX rivalry, as all the participants shook hands in the ring following the contest. Still, for many of the Stinger's fans, it's a great shame that the icon's one and only WrestleMania match ended in a loss.

2. The Miz proves to be Awesome against John Cena (WrestleMania 27)

 

Making his return to WWE Monday Night Raw for the first time in more than seven years, The Rock was announced as the host of WrestleMania 27 in the run up to the WWE Championship clash between The Miz, and challenger John Cena. This seemed to create a scenario where John Cena would take the title from The Miz, leading to a challenge from The Rock. But it didn't quite go down like that.

The Miz came to WrestleMania to win, but when he and Cena ended up knocking each other out at ringside, the referee counted both men out. Not content with a double count-out finish for a WrestleMania main event, Hollywood's biggest movie star ordered that the match be restarted.

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As Cena looked ready to put The Miz away with an Attitude Adjustment back inside the ring, The Rock got a measure of revenge after receiving the same move on the previous week's Raw.

He blasted Super Cena with a Rock Bottom, allowing The Miz to score what is arguably one of the biggest upsets in WresteMania history.

1. Triple H keeps Booker T down (WrestleMania 19)

 

WWE took control of WCW in 2001, but it did so without picking up the overblown contracts of icons like Sting, Goldberg, and Hulk Hogan. Arguably, the biggest star to make the initial move from the defunct WCW over to the thriving WWE was Booker T. As a former WCW Heavyweight Champion and WCW Triple Crown winner with a great look and abundant charisma, Booker seemed like the ideal man to dethrone Triple H at WrestleMania 19.

As the feud picked up steam, Ric Flair, now back with WWE as the manager of Triple H, offered Booker a job as The Game's limo driver. Surely, the constant belittling of fan-favourite Booker (with sinister undertones) could only result in the good guy getting his own back at Mania?

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Soccer

Gary Neville slams Matt Hancock for calling out Premier League stars over pay

Gary Neville has hit back at Matt Hancock, Britain's Health Secretary, after he called out Premier League footballers for not taking pay cuts.

Top flight clubs have already begun taking cost cutting measures with Tottenham and Newcastle placing non-playing staff on furlough.

But their players are still earning their mammoth salaries, although Mirror Sport understands clubs have come together as they seek a collective bargaining agreement that will reduce wages.

Neville though has criticised the government official for not looking after more pressing matters.

He tweeted: "I wish I was a player for 10 more mins. The PL players are more than likely working on a proposal to help clubs, communities and The NHS.

"It takes longer than 2 weeks to put together. Matt Hancock calling them out when he can’t get tests in place for NHS staff is a [email protected]@@@@g cheek!"

The UK has seen almost 3000 people die from Covid-19 as the death toll continues to rise.

The NHS have been applauded for their efforts with plenty being done to recognise and assist in their efforts.

Neville was responding to Hancock's comments earlier today when he said: “I think everybody needs to play their part in this national effort and that means Premier League footballers too.

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Soccer

Man Utd legend Gary Neville reveals what team-mates really thought of Wayne Rooney

Manchcester United legend Wayne Rooney was loved by his United and England team-mates, according to Gary Neville. Neville has revealed how United players forgave Rooney for wanting to leave the club because he was such a popular character.

Despite stating he wanted to leave the Red Devils on two occasions, Rooney ended up staying and becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Actions such as that may lead to some players becoming less popular in dressing rooms but not when it came to Rooney, as Neville explained.

“He’s an honest lad but he was also driven, he had that stubbornness about him,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Off Script podcast.

“He was getting close to the line that I’d seen players get to before and obviously they didn’t survive that line.

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“I think that when Wayne did that I thought that was the end for him, I thought that would be it, that the manager would sort of manage him out of the club over the next few months.

“And then obviously there was a new contract announced and we were all delighted from a point of playing because he was popular.

“What I would say is Wayne was so popular in the dressing room it was untrue.

“The players absolutely loved him. The England players loved him, when I was a coach, when I was a player.

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“The Manchester United players loved him, there was no one who didn’t like Wayne Rooney.

“So I think they forgave him for what would be his reasons for doing it because they liked him so much and he built up so much credit with us.

“And I think you’ve got to understand, one of the things we had in the dressing room over a 20-year period was tolerance.

“Tolerance of each other, we were all different, we were all from different countries, we were all from different parts of the world, we were all different ages.

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“We all had different characters.”

Neville also revealed how Rooney’s arrival was the signing that excited him the most when he was a United player.

“Wayne Rooney, Wayne Rooney’s probably No 1,” Neville said.

“I played with him with England and I knew what we were getting.

“We were getting a world-class player and fearless and horrible and everything that you’d want in a football player.

“Goals, tackling, running, endeavour, grit, everything that you’d want in a football player.

“So he was the one that excited me.”

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John Barnes insists Liverpool must not be awarded Premier League title

John Barnes is adamant that the current season must be finished before Liverpool can be crowned champions.

The Reds are 25 points clear at the top and while the title appears a formality, it is not mathematically sealed.

Barnes, who spent a decade at Anfield, insists the integrity of the entire football pyramid is at stake if authorities cannot find ways to finish the season.

A host of clubs are battling against the drop with some advocating the season being declared void, but the 56-year-old disagrees.

He told BonusCodeBets: “A lot of people are looking at it quite binary saying: ‘Liverpool should just be given the league title’ because they’re 25 points ahead. But for the integrity of football it is important that the season must be finished.

"I’m not just talking about the Premier League, but also promotion and relegation from The Championship, promotion and relegation from League One and so on and so forth.

"It’s ridiculous, you can’t just ignore three quarters of a season!”

“You can’t just award Liverpool the league title without promotion or relegation taking place. It’s wrong.

"You have to honour the league which means that the bottom three have to go down, the top three have to come up from The Championship, bottom three go down from there and then the same with League One.

"It wouldn’t make sense (to award Liverpool the title) because a team in The Championship might say, ‘Well we were 15 points ahead, why aren’t we getting promoted?’”

“It’s not a binary choice to say give them the championship and we’ll sort everything else; you can’t do that! I don’t see why you cannot finish the season.

"Even if we play football in three months, six months, 10 months’ time or even a year. We have nine games to play and these must be honoured – we then start the next season two or three months later.

"Obviously in an ideal world you’d like to start the season in August and finish in May, but in these unprecedented times we may have to start playing again in August and finish in October, two months off until next season in January or maybe February.”

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What Arsenal and Everton were told about Jonathan David transfer before Barcelona talks

Arsenal and Everton face being defeated by Barcelona in the race for Gent rising star Jonathan David. The 20-year-old forward forward is being eyed by the Gunners as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette while he is on Toffees director of football Marcel Brands’ long list of transfer targets.

Gent are expected to sell David, who has scored 23 goals in all competitions this term, to the highest bidder in the summer.

Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven are also monitoring developments.

But, according to the Daily Star, Barcelona have attempted to trump their transfer rivals by launching a move for his signature.

Nou Camp bosses are eager to strengthen their attack and have already held talks with the player’s representatives.

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Gent are determined to hold out for £22million after rejecting what would have been a club-record fee for David from an unnamed bidder in the last transfer window.

The Belgian club’s stance represents a massive hike in price from what they told Arsenal and Everton before Barcelona’s interest came to light.

The Daily Star claim the Premier League duo were told David would be available for £13m due to the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Arsenal and Everton could hold an advantage over Barcelona, however.

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The Canada international, who has 11 goals in 12 appearances for his country, has admitted he would “love to play” in the Premier League.

When asked about the transfer rumours, he told the Guardian: “I don’t really focus on that or think much about it.

“Right now I’m playing almost every minute of every game and that has really helped me get to the level that I need to be. I just need to take a good step where I can make sure I am getting enough time on the pitch to keep developing. I don’t want to go somewhere and just stay on the bench so it’s about taking the right step.

“I want to become one of the best strikers in the world. That’s my goal. The Premier League is the best in the world and most competitive so obviously that is somewhere I would love to play in the future.”

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See Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay mansion, Derek Jeter’s old St. Petersburg home

Tom Brady has found a new home in Tampa Bay, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The 42-year-old, who signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Buccaneers two weeks ago, is in the process of moving his family into a 30,000-square-foot waterfront mansion in St. Petersburg — built by Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter.

The quarterback is renting the home that features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an entertainment room and a billiards room.

It (of course) comes with a pool and not one but two boat lifts providing access to Tampa Bay.

Another feature of the home that likely appealed to Brady? The improved privacy gate.

In 2017, Jeter received approval from the city to build an opaque gate for privacy, after he realized fans could see directly into the home from the street.

That’s good news for Brady, who will likely have plenty of fans flocking to get a glimpse of him and his wife Gisele Bündchen.

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