Dana White explains coronavirus cautions UFC are taking for UFC 249

UFC president Dana White insists the promotion will be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of the fighters competing at UFC 249. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, which has wreaked havoc with the sporting calendar, mixed martial art’s premier promotion are still pressing heading with their fourth pay-per-view card of the year. UFC 249, which prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was slated to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday week, will take place on private island […]

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Wealthy Premier League owners have excelled in selfishness

Tottenham’s owner has a £100m yacht and lives as a tax exile in the Bahamas, while Mike Ashley has betrayed Newcastle’s charity foundation… they have excelled themselves in the selfish stakes by furloughing staff – and Liverpool’s U-turn came too late Newcastle and Tottenham are among the top-flight clubs to furlough staff Liverpool backtracked on their decision following fierce criticism from fans  Clubs will call upon taxpayers’ money through government’s job scheme Spurs and Newcastle both have billionaire owners who […]

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Warren Feeney on lockdown at Blagoevgrad in Dimitar Berbatov’s old Bulgarian club

In the south-west Bulgarian town of Blagoevgrad, Warren Feeney, via video call from his office, points outside at the training pitches of the club he joined in November. “It’s where Dimitar Berbatov started as a kid,” the former Bournemouth striker tells Sky Sports News. “I think his house is actually about 150 yards away from the stadium, so if we can find another player like him we’d be more than happy!” Feeney is in charge of second division side Pirin […]

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Tyson Fury reacts to Deontay Wilder insisting on triggering rematch clause

Tyson Fury admits he understands Deontay Wilder’s motives for insisting on third fight against him, despite having been comprehensively outclassed during their most recent meeting earlier this year. The heavyweight rivals contested a controversial draw in back in December 2018, but Fury set the record straight in February with an emphatic victory in Las Vegas which ended in a seventh round stoppage. Defeat represented the first of Wilder’s professional career but the 34-year-old wasted no time in confirming he had […]

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Clubs borrowing from AFL will have to report to league weekly

The clubs that borrow money from the AFL to make ends meet will have to submit a detailed weekly budget to the league as one of their conditions. AFL and club sources have confirmed that those "assisted" clubs – of the 18, at least 10 are expected to need to borrow from the AFL during the COVID 19 crisis – would need to have their budgets approved by the league on a weekly basis. The clubs that borrow from the […]

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Conor McGregor called out after Justin Gaethje lands UFC 249 clash with Tony Ferguson

Conor McGregor has been called out by Dustin Poirier following the reshuffling of the UFC 249 card. The promotion’s fourth pay-per-view event of the year, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday week, was set to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. The pair’s long-awaited meeting, however, fell through last week when Russia introduced a blanket travel ban to curb the spread of the coronavirus – which left Nurmagomedov trapped in […]

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Liverpool’s owners failed the club and their fans – changing their minds doesn’t change that

Those who watch Fenway Sports Group closely are not surprised at their backtracking over putting Liverpool’s non-playing staff on furlough. Anfield’s owners have a history of making rash decisions and changing their mind because of public or private pressure. Four years ago they were forced into a climbdown over ticket prices. A walkout by fans in a Premier League match against Sunderland caused the club to abandon plans to charge a top price of £77 for tickets. John W Henry, […]

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UFC to resume with events staged on ‘private island’ to ‘pump out fights every week’, claims Dana White

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will defy the global suspension on sport after president Dana White revealed he has secured a “private island” to “pump out fights every week”. The UFC is already coming under criticism for planning to press on with events despite the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen three UFC cards cancelled and almost all sport worldwide abandoned in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19. But White produced a shock on Monday night by revealing the UFC […]

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Bacary Sagna defends ‘amazing’ Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal fans’ criticism

Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has launched a staunch defence of 'amazing' Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette. Lacazette has copped some criticism from the Emirates faithful for his displays this season, managing just seven goals in 20 Premier League outings so far. He was voted Arsenal's player of the year in 2018-19 but has failed to earn the same plaudits this term with the Londoners sitting ninth in the Premier League and out of Europe. But Sagna insists the Frenchman does […]

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