Coronavirus in Sport LIVE:

AFTER more than three months of waiting, the Premier League is coming back on June 17.

And in a further boost to football fans in the UK, the Championship has set a provisional date to restart while we've all the latest on the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Monday also marks the first day for a return of horse racing and greyhounds.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below…

  • MORNING SPORTS FANS

    With teams gearing up for the anticipated restart of the Premier League, each club are busily making arrangements to be as ready as possible.

    And in a bid to get properly fit, they have been granted permission to play friendlies under strict conditions, prior to the division's return later this month.

    Having not played since March, teams are hoping to sharpen up with matches prior to the league's restart, an idea that the Telegraph reveal has been accepted by the Premier League.

    Matches will be able to take place at training grounds or stadiums, although sides must travel for more than 90 minutes – and players must journey to games in their own cars and in kit.

    No referees will be admitted, so coaching staff will have to officiate.

    One player feeling the rigours of training under Covid-19 conditions is Olivier Giroud, who admitted: “Normally in pre-season, you’re very demanding with your muscles and use them a lot, especially when you haven’t been training for over two months.

    “Muscles strain and creak but we respect the rules from the Government and the Premier League. I’ll admit that if I could have more care and treatment to look after my body, it would be better.”

    Meanwhile in basketball news, the NBA are edging closer to a return, with Yahoo's Keith Smith reporting that an agreement has been reached with Disney this week that will “allow preparations to move quickly” – with the Orlando resort the frontrunner to host a return to action.

    On these shores, however, the British Basketball League has been forced to cancel the rest of its 2019-20 campaign.

  • FAN FARE – ICYMI

    The president of the Italian Football Federation is not ruling out the possibility that fans could still attend Serie A matches this season.

    There are still 124 games remaining of the top-flight campaign in Italy ahead of a June 20 restart.

    League organisers have drafted plans to host matches almost every day until August 2 when the crisis-hit campaign will finally come to an end.

    Only five days from the 44 will see no football being played with Juventus, Lazio and Inter Milan in a three-way battle for the title.

    But unlike all top leagues across Europe who will complete games behind closed doors, there is a small chance a section of supporters in Italy could attend the final games.

    Reported by the Athletic, IFF president Gabriele Gravina said of the possibility: “It’s unthinkable that there isn’t space in a stadium of 60,000 for a small percentage (of supporters to watch a game) with all the necessary precautions.”

  • PARK THE BUS

    Jurgen Klopp has promised Liverpool will hold a title parade, no matter how long they have to wait for it.

    The champions-elect are just two wins away from Premier League glory.

    And boss Klopp has guaranteed fans will get their chance to celebrate as soon as it is safe to meet at Anfield.

    He said: “I can promise that if we are the champions then there will be a parade.

    “Who cares whenever it is. We only need one day when everyone is able to come out.

    “You celebrate wherever you can. You can find issues in any situation if you want.”

  • BODY OF WORK

    Olivier Giroud admits his body is feeling the strain of training coronavirus-style.

    The World Cup winner said: “There are quite a lot of differences.

    ‘We’ve been working in groups of five and then we need to maintain a two-metre minimum social distance between each other, meaning no contact.

    “Something else that’s changed compared to usual pre-seasons is that we only get 15 minutes of treatment after training.

    “Normally in pre-season, you’re very demanding with your muscles and use them a lot, especially when you haven’t been training for over two months.

    “Muscles strain and creak but we respect the rules from the Government and the Premier League. I’ll admit that if I could have more care and treatment to look after my body, it would be better.”

  • FRIENDLY FOES

    Premier League clubs have been granted permission to play friendlies under strict conditions, prior to the division's return later this month.

    Having not played since March, teams are hoping to sharpen up with matches prior to the league's restart, an idea that the Telegraph reveal has been accepted by the Premier League.

    Matches will be able to take place at training grounds or stadiums, although sides must travel for more than 90 minutes – and players must journey to games in their own cars and in kit.

    No referees will be admitted, so coaching staff will have to officiate.

  • RETURN TO NEVER LAND

    The NBA have agreed that Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando will be primary hosts as they edge towards a resumption.

    While other leagues in other sports have been announcing return dates, commissioner Adam Silver has been patiently weighing up all the options.

    Las Vegas was talked about as another “bubble” type host to get games back up and running.

    But according to Yahoo's Keith Smith, an agreement has been reached with Disney this week that will “allow preparations to move quickly.”

  • STOP THE PRES

    Promotion-chasing Preston face putting a handful of players into self-isolation in the build-up to the re-start.

    Alex Neil's squad was hit by the news that an un-named striker had a SECOND positive case of Covid-19 just days after striker Jayden Stockley was sidelined.

    And this incident means that ALL of the team who were training with the first-team regular will also now have to stay away.

    The new 'victim' will be on his own for a week.

    However the rest of the group who worked with him may also have to self-isolate and be away from their team-mates for a fortnight.

    It is a major setback for North End who have been working hard and aiming to play their first game against Luton on June 20.

    Neil's squad had only stepped up contact training since last weekend and are working on a tight schedule to be ready in a hurry.

  • FAN FARE

    The president of the Italian Football Federation is not ruling out the possibility that fans could still attend Serie A matches this season.

    There are still 124 games remaining of the top-flight campaign in Italy ahead of a June 20 restart.

    League organisers have drafted plans to host matches almost every day until August 2 when the crisis-hit campaign will finally come to an end.

    Only five days from the 44 will see no football being played with Juventus, Lazio and Inter Milan in a three-way battle for the title.

    But unlike all top leagues across Europe who will complete games behind closed doors, there is a small chance a section of supporters in Italy could attend the final games.

    Reported by the Athletic, IFF president Gabriele Gravina said of the possibility: “It’s unthinkable that there isn’t space in a stadium of 60,000 for a small percentage (of supporters to watch a game) with all the necessary precautions.”

  • PRICE SERG

    Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has insisted that the Italian's £89million valuation of Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will not drop amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    He told Sky Sport Italia: “We certainly don't need to sell right now.

    “I think a lot will change on the transfer market, because the pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence that transformed everything, so we have to be creative, but above all very clear on our planning for the present and future.

    “I think that prices won't drop for first-rate players. Obviously for the medium and low-end players, there will be a downward trend.

    “On Milinkovic-Savic, the boy's relationship with the city and Lazio will never die because there is a very strong bond that has grown over years.”

  • BEACH BUMS

    FORMER Bolton striker Kevin Davies has hit out on social media at “scumbags” who have been “sh***ing” on the beach.

    Davies vented his frustration on Twitter at beachgoers who had flocked to Dorset during the hot weather.

    Lockdown measures were eased slightly in England yesterday, with outdoor gatherings of up to six people permitted as long as social distancing is followed.

    But many Brits have rushed to packed beaches where it appears almost impossible to keep a safe distance of two metres as temperatures top 26C.

    Davies tweeted: “Can we go back to lockdown please and close the Dorset border also!! We seem to attract absolute scumbags to the area when it is hot.

    “15 tonnes of litter removed from the beaches, people p***ing/s***ting behind beach huts/car parks and in residential areas. rant over.”

  • ANFIELD CHAP

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken of the “unbelievable” amount that he has missed football, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The German was on the cusp of masterminding the Reds' first league title of the Premier League title – when play was halted because of Covid-19.

    He told the BBC: “I have missed it so much it's unbelievable.

    “I know it's not the most important thing in life but it is my passion. I hope the people are looking forward to it because we are.”

  • NOT TOP POG

    Paul Pogba's brother has suffered contrasting family fortunes to the Manchester United star – with a fourth-tier Spanish club showing him the door, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Guinea international Mathias Pogba, 29, only joined Lorca FC in January.

    However the striker has now become one of 16 players to be released by the Tercera Division outfit.

    Mathias can count himself unfortunate, however, with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic set to leave plenty of clubs reluctant to hand out new contracts amid the uncertainty of when they will next be able to play.

  • FEEL FREE

    Premier League aces have been given the green light to take a knee in support of race equality by the FA.

    The growing movement behind Black Lives Matter has seen players and clubs alike make public gestures showing their solidarity.

    England star Jadon Sancho was booked at the weekend after revealing ‘Justice for George Floyd’ on a t-shirt after scoring a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

    Writing messages underneath shirts are technically still against the laws of the game but the FA have suggested they will turn a blind eye to players in England making similar statements.

    A Spokesperson said: “The FA strongly condemns discrimination of any kind and has endeavoured to ensure that football in England is both diverse and inclusive in recent years.

    “Where any behaviours or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the Laws of the Game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case by case basis with a common sense approach and understanding of their context.

    “The power of football can break down barriers across communities and we remain deeply committed to removing all forms of discrimination from across the game we all love.”

  • OFF THE COURT

    The British Basketball League have confirmed that the season has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Chairman Sir Rodney Walker said: “Obviously this is not the way anyone wanted to see the season end and we worked hard to try to find an alternative solution.

    “The 2019/20 season was one of the most exciting and competitive we’ve seen and shaping up to a very exciting finish, and we look forward to building on that as we move into the new 2020/21 season.

    “But we looked at every option, including playing behind closed doors or restarting the season in the summer, in order that we could get to a League and Playoff winners, but with the continued uncertainty, we just ran out of time and options.

    “The clubs were united that now was the right time to bring the current season to a close.”

  • HOT STEF

    Tottenham are keen on signing Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic but face competition from French side Monaco, according to reports.

    Reports in Spanish outlet AS suggest that the two clubs have recently put themselves in the frame to sign the 29-year-old centre-back.

    Savic's contract in the Spanish capital runs until 2022 and it is thought that he is valued at around £25million.

    Earlier this week, it was urged that Spurs boss Jose Mourinho had been instructed to focus on snapping up free transfers due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

    Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed the club are set to stage practice matches at the King Power Stadium to prepare for the Premier League's return.

    He told reporters: “We'll have some practice games in our own stadium before we play. We'll play at the King Power, so they'll feel and get a sense of that.”

    Rodgers also admitted the Prem's plan to add background noise will not have the same effect as actually having fans but says Leicester will be fighting for supporters at home.

    He added: “It's absolutely not. It can't be.

    “However, it's what we have to do. The intensity and commitment of players will still be there. We'd love our supporters to be there but there won't be any.

    “We'll have a cause we'll be fighting for.

    “They may not be with us in the stadium but there will be millions of people watching, thousands of Leicester supporters around the world… we have a duty for them to do the best we can.”

  • KOP ON

    Liverpool stepped up their preparations for the return of the Premier League by staging an 11vs11 training session at Anfield on Monday.

    And the club's assistant manager revealed Jurgen Klopp was eager to test his side in a behind closed doors scenario.

    Pepijn Linders told the club's website: “We wanted to give the players the feeling of playing and competing without a crowd.

    “We are just going step by step back to our way of playing, knowing that we have to work hard in training and be really committed to our principles to reach the same level that we had.

    “Today was an important step in that direction; firstly getting familiar with the process around the games and secondly giving our squad playing time and competition very close to the environment that we will have in the future.”

  • SAND STORM

    Phil Foden appeared to breach social distancing rules on Sunday as he enjoyed a kick-about on the beach.

    SunSport understands Manchester City will speak to the England U21 star and remind him of his responsibilities.

    Phil Foden risks Man City wrath as midfielder breaks social distancing rules to have beach kick-about

  • FAN THE FLAMES

    The Italian Football Federation shared their hopes that some fans will be allowed back into stadiums before the end of the current Serie A season.

    FIGC president Gabriele Gravina told Italian radio station Radio 24: “It's a wish, I sincerely hope so.

    “It's hard to imagine that, with all the precautions that are being taken, you cannot have a certain percentage of people in a stadium with 60,000 or 80,000 seats.”

  • SINKING SHIP

    QPR chief executive Lee Hoos has revealed the club are “vehemently opposed” to the Championship restarting on June 20.

    He said: “I am absolutely stunned by this announcement, as is our director of football Les Ferdinand and our manager Mark Warburton.

    “Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs nor with the Championship doctors' working group by the divisional representatives – or anyone else in the Football League – regarding this matter.

    “Having spoken with Les and Mark, they share my views. We are vehemently opposed to this schedule.

    “The players haven't even returned to full-contact training at this moment and yet they are now expected to be in a position to play at a competitive level in just three weeks' time.

    “I have made our feelings known to the EFL and, having spoken with a number of CEOs at other Championship clubs, I am not a lone voice on this matter. We are absolutely appalled.”

  • ON YOUR MARKS

    A Formula One technical chief has admitted teams will not be able to adhere to social distancing rules during behind closed doors races.

    Pat Symonds told Enginuity: “There are aspects of operating at a Grand Prix that really preclude social distancing.

    “Our fans need to understand that everyone won’t be two metres apart, you can’t envisage a pit-stop where that happens, so we have to take even more precautions.

    “It’s an incredibly complex operation that’s changing day by day as regulations and our understanding changes but we want to ensure safety above everything – that is our critical remit.

    “There are bubbles within bubbles. We are trying to keep that level of isolation without the social distancing that we all know is so effective.”

  • AUST WE GO

    Formula 1 has confirmed the first eight races of the 2020 season – including a double-header at Silverstone.

    The sport was thrown into turmoil when having to abandon the Australian Grand Prix in March, on the eve of the new campaign, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But racing will finally get underway in Austria on July 5.

    A week later, the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will host a second GP before a race in Hungary completes three consecutive weekends of action to make up for lost time.

    The British GP will take place at Silverstone on August 2 with the double-header completed a week later.

  • MAN LIKE MANE

    Liverpool have stepped up their preparations for the return of the Premier League by staging an 11vs11 training session at Anfield on Monday.

    Sadio Mane and Naby Keita both netted as the Reds acclimatised to playing in front of an empty Kop end.

    The club confirmed the training session focused on a series of 11vs11 scenarios to increase their readiness for match situations.

  • NUR CHANCE

    Khabib Nurmagomedov reportedly refused a coronavirus test – and urged medics to focus on his father's health instead.

    The UFC champion's dad, 57, is said to still be in a critical condition after suffering a stroke brought on by Covid-19 complications.

    According to RT Sports, doctors offered Khabib a coronavirus test after his dad fell ill.

    But the 31-year-old declined the test and urged them to focus on helping his father recover instead.

  • GARDEN PARTY

    Eddie Hearn plans to launch his Matchroom Fight Camp on July 25 and end the four-week boxing bonanza with Dillian Whyte's heavyweight headliner against Alexander Povetkin.

    He told told iFL TV: “We are going to be going through all the fight cards now, trying to close everything off.

    “We're speaking to the fighters now, confirming the dates with them. At the moment, still a working date of July 25th will be our first date and that is also the final weekend of the Premier League season.

    “Then we will run four weeks from there.

    “At the moment the plan is still to hold Whyte vs Povetkin on August 15th.

    “July 25th, the cards are looking great, we have five fights per card, so we can't really afford any poor fights at all, and everyone seems to be stepping up.

    “Conor Benn is Chris Jenkins' mandatory, and we can stage that fight. In an ideal world that would be the fight I would like to headline on July 25th.”

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