Khabib Nurmagomedov challenges Dana White and says that he will not fight at UFC 249

Khabib Nurmagomedov challenges Dana White and says that he will not fight at UFC 249

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says he won’t leave quarantine in Russia to fight, dealing another blow to UFC President Dana White’s determination to hold UFC 249 in two weeks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Nurmagomedov made his announcement on Wednesday on Instagram, telling the mixed martial arts world to “take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes.” Nurmagomedov, who is unbeaten in his 28 professional fights, was scheduled to fight top contender Tony Ferguson (25-3) in the main event of UFC 249, which was initially scheduled for Brooklyn…

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Belgium boss backs ‘unlucky’ former Chelsea star Eden Hazard to shine for Real Madrid

Belgium boss backs ‘unlucky’ former Chelsea star Eden Hazard to shine for Real Madrid

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes that Eden Hazard will find his form at Real Madrid following his ‘unlucky’ debut campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu. Hazard left Chelsea following the Europa League victory against Arsenal to join the La Liga giants but has struggled for fitness, featuring in just 10 league matches and scoring one goal. With five further appearances in other competitions but no more goals, concerns have been raised about his performances since his major move. However, Martinez is adamant that Hazard will hit the peak of his abilities…

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After talks between Shinzo Abe and Thomas Bach, a decision was made postpone the Olympic Games to Tokyo

After talks between Shinzo Abe and Thomas Bach, a decision was made postpone the Olympic Games to Tokyo

The Tokyo Olympics are to be postponed until 2021 after talks between Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach. Abe said they had established that cancelling the Games was out of the question, and that Bach had agreed “100%” that a postponement was the most appropriate response to the global disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “We agreed that a postponement would be the best way to ensure that the athletes are in peak condition when they compete and to guarantee the safety of…

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Wimbledon and the Open may suffer the effects of a ruined summer

Wimbledon and the Open may suffer the effects of a ruined summer

Concern that the jewels of the British sporting summer will be threatened by the Covid-19 virus is increasing, with heightened uncertainty over Wimbledon and the Open at Royal St George’s. Wimbledon is still planning to stage the championships from 29 June to 12 July unless the government’s emergency planning means otherwise. However, it is understood the All England Club, which has been contingency planning since January, has a growing realisation the unprecedented situation with the virus could scupper its summer centrepiece. While a decision is not expected until next month, training for…

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Football “mini-cities” offer a first-class green training ground

Football “mini-cities” offer a first-class green training ground

Stadiums are a great environment in which to trial sustainability measures because of the number of people who regularly attend sporting and entertainment events, according to those involved in their day-to-day running. Plastic-free football matches, ample bike-parking facilities, clean energy and water-recycling systems are just some of the environmental ideas football grounds around Europe are looking to roll out. Fans and the wider general public are more and more concerned with green issues – be they climate change, plastic litter or air pollution – and sport is looking to tap…

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Jürgen Klopp presses the reset button and insists that defeat can help Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp presses the reset button and insists that defeat can help Liverpool

Liverpool’s defeat at Watford can be used as a moment to “restart”, according to Jürgen Klopp, who expects the experience to provide a jolt that helps them to recapture the dazzling form they have shown this season. Klopp said their first Premier League defeat of the campaign, which followed a run of relatively sluggish performances, may have come at a good time to hone their focus for the next three months. The centre-back Dejan Lovren thought similarly and suggested Liverpool have lacked their usual aggression since the winter break. When…

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According to the Minister, the Australian Grand Prix will continue, despite concerns about the coronavirus

According to the Minister, the Australian Grand Prix will continue, despite concerns about the coronavirus

The Australian Grand Prix will go ahead next month despite concerns that the spread of coronavirus may impact the start of the Formula One season, the Victorian government has said. Concerns about the viability of the season are growing with the spread of the outbreak in northern Italy, where Ferrari and the Alpha Tauri team are headquartered. On Wednesday local time, Italian authorities said the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases had surged to 400, with 12 deaths. The Formula One chief executive, Chase Carey, told reporters that the three opening…

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The steering system may be the beginning of Formula 1 for Lewis Hamilton

The steering system may be the beginning of Formula 1 for Lewis Hamilton

The Formula One season has yet to begin but Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes may have already stolen a race-winning march on their rivals. Hamilton took to the track for the second day of testing in Barcelona using an innovative steering system but one whose legality may still be called into question. Having already been the fastest driver on day one, Hamilton completed 106 laps of relentless running in the morning session. While doing so he was observed to be using the new system, understood to be dual-axis steering and referred…

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Ewald Lien: football rebel for the sake of the future

Ewald Lien: football rebel for the sake of the future

German football veteran Ewald Lienen is convinced that football is political and bears social responsibility. Today, the technical director of FC St. Pauli is committed to climate protection, and not only on the pitch. Lienen shows like none other in Germany that football and social commitment go together. “I’ve always been a rebel” is how the professional footballer titled his biography. Since the beginning of his career, Lienen has used his celebrity status to draw attention to societal issues – right up until today. Lienen, now 66, fights for climate…

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World Athletics and Grand Prix of China in danger due to coronavirus

World Athletics and Grand Prix of China in danger due to coronavirus

The Chinese Grand Prix has joined the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing as being under threat unless the coronavirus is urgently brought under control. With the virus still spreading, World Athletics will make a decision in the next 10 days as to whether the event, which is due to take place between 13-15 March can go ahead. However, the Great Britain team is expected to pull out regardless of its decision after the Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to China. Meanwhile, both F1 management and the…

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