Cases Covid-19 delaying the match for the sale and reject devices in Northampton

Cases Covid-19 delaying the match for the sale and reject devices in Northampton

The pandemic is wreaking havoc with Premiership’s grandstand finish after Sale’s final-round match against Worcester at the AJ Bell Stadium was postponed until Wednesday with the Warriors citing health and safety concerns caused by the Sharks recording 16 positive Covid-19 tests. However, the match will only go ahead if Public Health England is satisfied after another round of tests at the Manchester club on Tuesday and an investigation into the source of the outbreak finds Sale did not breach protocols. Meanwhile, Northampton’s match at Gloucester has been cancelled after a…

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Eliud Kipchoge denies that Nike platform shoes gives edge in London racing

Eliud Kipchoge denies that Nike platform shoes gives edge in London racing

Eliud Kipchoge has rejected suggestions that the next generation of game-changing Nike shoes violate the spirit of sport, even though he has conceded that they could give him a major advantage in Sunday’s London Marathon. The world record holder confirmed that he would wear the Alphafly Nexts, which resemble platform shoes and are claimed to improve running economy by between 5-8%, for the first time in an official race. There have been calls for the controversial running shoes to be banned, especially after the Kenyan used them to become the…

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Stefano Domenicali will be the new CEO of Formula 1

Stefano Domenicali will be the new CEO of Formula 1

The former Ferrari team principal, Stefano Domenicali, is set to be announced as the new chief executive of Formula One. Domenicali will replace Chase Carey before the 2021 season and a formal announcement from owners, Liberty Media, confirming his appointment is expected shortly. Domenicali was sporting director at Ferrari when they took six consecutive constructors’ championships, between 1999 and 2004. The 55-year-old Italian took over as team principal from Jean Todt, who had led the team through that great success with Michael Schumacher, in 2008 – the last time the…

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US Open’s return to Winged Foot brings sad memories to Tiger Woods

US Open’s return to Winged Foot brings sad memories to Tiger Woods

A shock Geoff Ogilvy victory. Disasters at the 72nd hole for Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie. When the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot is the subject for discussion, Tiger Woods isn’t a typical point of reference. Which is unusual in golf context of that era. There is a clear mitigating circumstance. Back-to-back rounds of 76 meant Woods missed the cut in New York. Far more significant was the backdrop; it was his first major appearance since the passing of his father. “I was not prepared to play and still…

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Tour de France: Adam Yates holds the lead while Lutsenko interrupts the sixth stage

Tour de France: Adam Yates holds the lead while Lutsenko interrupts the sixth stage

An untroubled Adam Yates, of Mitchelton-Scott, retained the overall lead in the 2020 Tour de France on a day in which the main favourites took a back seat and allowed a stage-long breakaway to run its course. Alexey Lutsenko of Astana emerged from a small but select group of escape artists to win the sixth stage of this year’s race to Mont Aigoual in the Cévennes, while the overall contenders were happy to give some of the lesser lights their moment in the sun. The eight-man breakaway built a big…

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Political protests from NBA players ‘will lead to the destruction of basketball,’ Trump said

Political protests from NBA players ‘will lead to the destruction of basketball,’ Trump said

Donald Trump has claimed that what he viewed as political activity by the National Basketball Association would destroy the sport. After star players such as Lebron James refused to take the court for playoff games this week in protest at the Kenosha police shooting, the US president expanded his attack on the boycott. “I think what they’re doing to the NBA in particular is gonna destroy basketball,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Friday night. He said it would be “threatening” to the NBA. NBA players halted play…

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Lionel Messi told Barcelona that he wants to leave, but faces legal action over the clause

Lionel Messi told Barcelona that he wants to leave, but faces legal action over the clause

Lionel Messi has told Barcelona that he wants to leave the club immediately – and on a free transfer. The Argentinian, who according to RAC1 radio had told the new manager, Ronald Koeman, that he felt “more out than in”, has sent a fax to Barcelona informing them of his desire to go. Messi’s camp believes that a clause in his contract means he can walk away for no fee. Barcelona, by contrast, insist that he is still bound by a €700m (£629m) buy-out clause. The bombshell dropped on Tuesday…

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Tottenham to strengthen goalkeeping positions with Joe Hart deal

Tottenham to strengthen goalkeeping positions with Joe Hart deal

he former England goalkeeper Joe Hart is having a medical at Tottenham with a view to finalising a two-year deal. The 33-year-old is a free agent following his release from Burnley and would challenge Paulo Gazzaniga to be Hugo Lloris’s No 2, with Spurs looking for a third goalkeeper following Michel Vorm’s release last month. Hart left Turf Moor on 30 June after two years at the club where he fell behind Tom Heaton and then Nick Pope in the pecking order, making three appearances in the 2019-20 season. His…

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Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylan fired after once again missed playoffs

Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylan fired after once again missed playoffs

The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, the new front office beginning its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again. The Bulls were 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. That meant they wouldn’t make the postseason for the fourth time in five years. Chicago then hired Arturas Karnisovas as executive vice president of basketball operations, and on Friday he decided he wanted a new coach. “This was a very difficult decision, but it…

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Brooks Koepka overcomes concerns about injuries to go down in history at the US PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka overcomes concerns about injuries to go down in history at the US PGA Championship

During various moments of this US PGA Championship’s second round, injury appeared the greatest danger to Brooks Koepka’s bid to make history. Koepka was seen flat on his back, undergoing physiotherapy treatment in scenes that raised fears over his very ability to complete this event. Beware the injured golfer, they say. By the time Koepka walked from Harding Park’s 18th green, he had just converted a birdie putt from 10ft after playing the shot of the day from a fairway bunker. A 68 moved Koepka to six under and within…

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