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The English Football Association (FA) has launched an advisory group to study why anterior cruciate ligament injuries are more prevalent in women’s football.

Women players are 8-times more likely to injure their ACLs than men.

During this season, 12 players in the top two divisions in the women’s game – the WSL (Women’s Super League) and the Woman’s Championship – have suffered with the serious knee injury during this season with the FA saying that the results will be “carefully assessed”.

An FA spokesperson said that the results from the Female Athletics Scientific Advisory Group will be carefully assessed over time.

The spokesperson said: “The audit, already in its early stages, will be carried out by a group of experts from institutes involved in producing results in women’s athletics and football.

“Then, we will be able to assess any particular injuries – including ACLs.

“We will then be able to analyse rates of injuries in comparison to previous audits in men’s and women’s football, as well as in other sports.

A programme of ACL strategies - set up by the FA - is already in place, where experts deliver contents on the prevention, and rehabilitation from, to club medics.

Manchester City defender, Aoife Mannion, is one of the WSL players to suffer the potential career-ending knee injury and, after undergoing surgery, will be on the side-lines for a lengthy period.

Fellow WSL club, Bristol City, is undergoing research into the possible relation of the menstrual-cycle in ACL injury prevention.

 

Jan Frodeno, Olympic gold medallist and three-time winner of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, has shown that COVID-19 cannot stop all sport if you are creative and determined enough.

Laureus Ambassador Frodeno today found an imaginative way to complete a sporting challenge amid COVID-19 restrictions and raise OVER €200,000 for healthcare institutions in Girona and Laureus Sport for Good.

Now in lockdown in Girona, he completed the Ironman distance ‘AT HOME’ – in a remarkable time of 8hrs 33mins and 39secs.

That’s 3.8 km in his counter-current swimming pool, 180 km cycling on his roller trainer, and running a 42.2km marathon on his treadmill.

Jan said: “That was certainly different and great fun. I’m really pleased we were able to make this happen, and to raise money for such good and important causes. We’ve been subject to lockdown for almost 4 weeks now and there is strict monitoring of compliance with these rules, and rightly so.

“The situation here is really dire. That’s why I’ve been training at home. However, when I see what the people here in the hospitals are doing for us, this small sacrifice is one I wholeheartedly make.”

Frodeno was planning to compete at the Challenge Roth in Bavaria, but it was called off because of the pandemic.

He said: “In the beginning it was actually just a crazy idea, with me thinking: ‘If I can’t do my race, I’ll just do it at home.’ Then we thought more about how and why we should actually do this. I just wanted to attract attention in order to raise money.

“A portion of the donations will help Laureus Sport for Good in building a project to help young people in my home city, Girona. My sponsor Mercedes-Benz is a Global Partner of this charity and I have been involved in it as an Ambassador for many years.

“Laureus is a wonderful organisation that supports around 200 programmes around the world which use the power of sport to help young people. A lot of this work has had to stop, or has to take place remotely now because of COVID-19. For these young people, many of them disadvantaged, this is a double disaster.

“The rest of the donations will be given to local healthcare institutions here in Girona. I have so much respect and regard for the doctors, nurses and helpers here who are risking themselves to beat this terrible thing.”

Fans around the world tuned in to a live stream of Jan’s #TriatHome Challenge. Throughout the day, he was joined on the stream by a number of the world’s greatest sporting legends, including Laureus Academy members Boris Becker, Fabian Cancellara, Mike Horn and Chris Hoy.

For anyone wishing to support Jan’s initiative, the donation page is www.viprize.org/frodeno.
                           

Ex-England, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Crewe, Barnsley and Rochdale footballer, blood cancer survivor and Cure Leukaemia Patron Geoff Thomas has reluctantly announced the cancellation of his GT15 Tour de France challenge with view to completing it in 2021.

Geoff and 18 other amateur cyclists had been training to cycle the full Tour de France route, a day ahead of the professionals, this summer with the aim of raising £1,000,000 for national blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia.

Their fundraising would directly fund the UK Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) network which comprises 12 blood cancer centres across the UK. The specialist research nurses funded within these centres allow pioneering clinical trials for blood cancer to run benefitting a catchment area of 20 million people and many of these nurses have now been redeployed to help run clinical trials to fight the COVID-19 virus.

Unfortunately, due to the unprecedented global impact from the COVID-19 crisis, Geoff and the charity have made the decision to cancel the event with a view to completing the challenge next year, a decision that the whole GT15 team are in complete agreement with, despite the main Tour de France announcing its postponement to August 29th this summer.

Thomas, 55, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003, said: “I am devastated to cancel this event which was due to be my final Tour de France challenge. Whilst the official organisers have announced the new date there is still too much uncertainty and risk from a logistical and operational perspective for our event to take place. However, I am so grateful that the majority of the team have already assured me that they will complete the event in 2021.

“Our aim was to raise £1,000,000 for Cure Leukaemia to fund our amazing research nurses across the UK, many of whom have been redeployed to directly fight COVID-19 on the front-line and I am so proud that, as a team, we have already raised over £350,000. I want to thank everyone involved in GT15 for the hours of training and fundraising they have already dedicated to this challenge and we will still do what we can to get as close to our £1m target this year.

“I also want to thank our fantastic sponsors for their support especially our official headline sponsor Farr Vintners who have committed to the event in 2021. We have made this decision with a heavy heart, but we are now even more determined to go well beyond the £1m target when this event can take place in 2021.”

Cure Leukaemia Chief Executive James McLaughlin said: “After careful consideration and communication with Geoff and the team and despite today’s announcement, we decided that it is the sensible and right decision to cancel this year’s event. I am immensely grateful to all of our major sponsors and event director Andy Cook for their understanding of the situation and their continued support.

“In cancelling the event, this inevitably creates a potential significant shortfall and we will be doing everything we can for the remainder of the year to ensure we can provide vital funds for the amazing research nurses we fund at 12 blood cancer centres across the UK so they can continue to help save lives.

“I want to thank all of the GT15 riders for their phenomenal dedication to training and fundraising for Cure Leukaemia and their understanding of this decision.”

 

Former England fast bowler Devon Malcolm says it is “really difficult” to come to terms with the death of his father who died after contacting coronavirus, after not being able to visit him in hospital.

Malcolm’s father, Albert, who lived in a care home, died at the age of 75 on April 4.

He had been admitted to hospital with a bladder infection on March 29 and had only tested positive for the covid-19 virus just two days before he passed.

Malcolm, who took 128 wickets in 40 Tests between 1989 and 1997, said: “It’s so sad as we lost him in only a few days.

“It’s only when we got the death certificate when reality really sinks in. And when it does, it feels like you are having a dream and you will be out of it soon.

“But it’s going to be very difficult”.

He added: “We have a date for the funeral but the process is so difficult and so different now to going through bereavement in the past.

“There are only 5 people and the vicar who are allied at the graves. We are hoping in the future, when we get back to some sort of normality, we can possibly a proper service, celebrating his lie with all his grandchildren and his friends”.

Devon played all of his County Cricket in the East Midlands - at Derbyshire, Leicestershir and Northamptonshire – between 1084 and 2003.

Following Champions-elect, Liverpool, fellow Premier League giants, Tottenham Hotspur have also reverse the decision to use the government furlough scheme for their non-playing staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

The U-turn comes on the back of overwhelming opposition that the club was receiving from fans, players – present and former – football fans in general and an extensive number people at large.

With a back-lash that proved hugely unbearable by the decision-makers at the North London club, they were forced to put out a statement which said that all non-playing staff will receive “100% of their pay for April and May”.

It comes two weeks after the club announced that 550 of their employees were due to have to take a 20% pay cut ‘to protect jobs’.

This latest statement included the fact that only board members – who include chairman, Daniel Levy, who earned an estimated £7m last year - at the club will be taking a cut in their salary.

He (Levy) said: “We regret any concern caused during an anxious time and hope that the work our supporters will see us doing in the coming weeks, as our stadium takes on a whole new purpose, will make them proud of their club.

The club’s £850m 62,000-seeter Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – which is one of the most advanced in the world - has been offered to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus, with the club using it to support vulnerable individuals affected by the outburst.

Newcastle United, Norwich City and Bournemouth are amongst Premier League clubs who will furlough some of their non-playing staff, fellow Premier League club, Southampton, have become the first in the division to announce an agreement with their players over wage deferrals during the coronavirus crisis.

The cancellation, or postponement, of many a major event - due to the global pandemic that is coronavirus - has not only created a huge nightmare in the diaries (and coffers) of organisers, participants and fans alike, but, for the likes of sporting, entertainment, major family get-togethers and other mass official gatherings, the future is darkened by uncertainty and confusion.

E where the fall-out of the can create added corncerns.

The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is where the issue of the mental health of its competitors could come to the fore.

There is a record number of athletes and others whose respective intense Olympics preparations were due to pinnacle this summer.

With that in mind, there is a growing concern for their mental health preparations – amongst other issues.

Following the first Olympic Games postponement in its history, the most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, has backed the decision.

He said: “At first I was shocked at the cancellation”, he said. “It didn’t seem like something that could be managed, or controlled”.

For the athletes, he said: “Your whole life is pointed towards this moment and then this curveball. Now you have to wait for an extra year.

“I just feel so bad for the athletes who have made it this far. On the one hand I’m relieved that they’ve got an extra year to prepare. But the waiting makes it much harder”.

With that he added: “I really hope we don’t see an increase in athlete’s suicide rates because of it. This postponement is uncharted waters”.

With him suffering deep post-athletics depression, mental health awareness has since been the foundation of Phelps’ life.

Every athlete is in a singular place and he is worried about Tokyo Olympians being abruptly being asked to re-calibrate their lives.

“As someone who has gone through some who has gone through some really deep stages of depression, and still dealing with it, I hope and pray than every one of these athletes gets some kind of help with the mental health of this situation. This is a very big thing, and we can’t even leave our homes – no matter who or where we are”.

“So, if you’re an athlete, go online, or pick up the phone. Find someone to talk to”.

 

Didier Drogba, one of the greatest strikers in the history of the Premier League, has donated his foundation’s medical facilities to his home land Cote d’Ivorie (Ivory Coast) government, to aid their fight against the county’s coronavirus crisis.

The Laurent Pokou Hospital - which was built from funds donated by the former Chelsea player – in Attecoube Abidjan, is named after the country’s former player and coach who died in 2009.

Drogba made the donation to the government in the presence of the Major of Abidjan, Vincent Toh Bi Irie and Mariam Breka, who is the director of the Drogba Foundation.

The Ivory Coast recorded 566 Covid-19 cases – the second highest in West Africa - with a registered total of four deaths.

Toh Bi Irie said: “We thank Didier for his donation, which is seen as a huge act of patriotism.

The hospital is yet to be fully completed, but the government is expected to make it fully functional for purpose very soon.

In the wake of the worldwide pandemic, Drogba, the west London club’s record goal scorer, made a scathing indictment of French doctors.

Along with other African footballing legend, including; Ghanaian international Christian Atsu, Cameroon great, Samuel Et’o and former Senegal star, Demba Ba, he denounced remarks made by two leading French medical experts who suggested that any first testing for any anti-coronavirus drugs should be carried out in Africa.

The football legends were incensed by the remarks that were made on French TV.

Responding to the denunciation, Newcastle United winger, Atsu, posted on his twitter: “During the programme on French television station LCT, professor Jean-Paul Mira, head of the intensive care unit at Cochin Hospital (Paris) and professor Camille Locht, research director at Inserm suggested the effectiveness of the vaccine should be tested in Africa.”

On his twitter, Drogba posted: “It is totally inconceivable we keep on cautioning this. Africa isn’t a testing lab. I would like to vividly denounce those demeaning, false and most of all deeply racist worlds. Help us save Africa with the current ongoing COVID 19 and flatten the curves.”

 

Liverpool legend, Sir Kenny Dalglish has just been released from hospital after testing positive for coronavirus and spent time in hospital but despite not showing symptoms his family announced.

The former Scotland international was admitted to hospital during the past week for treatment for an infection which required intravenous antibiotics.

The former Celtic forward, now 69, was routinely tested for coronavirus after being admitted.

“Unexpectedly, the tests results were positive and he remained asymptomatic”, Dalglish’s family said.

Affectionately called ‘King Kenny’ by Liverpool fans, whilst he was there, he won eight league championships as a player and manager at Anfield and three European Cups.

The club renamed the Centenary Stand at Anfield the ‘Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand’.

Prior to his years at the Merseyside club, at Celtic, he won four Scottish league titles before his move south.

After a glorious, medal-laden career at Liverpool, Sir Kenny then won the Premier League as manager of Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

In a statement following his release Kenny said:

“Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days.

 

 

“We will now be in full lockdown for the recommended amount of time in order to protect the lives of others.”

Sir Kenny’s positive testing followed that of former Leeds United great, Norman Hunter, after the World Cup-winning former England international began receiving treatment in hospital after he tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Nicknamed ‘Bite Your Legs’, Hunter, 76, was a stalwart during the once giant Yorkshire club’s stellar years under the management of Don Revie and was part of the England squad who won the FIFA World Cup in 1966.

A statement from Leeds United said that the legend is in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

 

The LMA (League Managers’ Association) has insisted that the football season in England should only resume after all the players, from every club, in all of the divisions are tested for coronavirus.

“But”, chief executive, Richard Bevan says, “Tests have to be made available to NHS workers and patients first.

“With the game being postponed indefinitely, due to the Covid-19, once that has taken place, wouldn’t it be a great idea to then access it to sport”.

On another point, he criticised the EFL (English Football League) for not consulting his members after they said that, once it restarts, the season can be completed in 56 days.

Bevan described the proposal as “amazingly tight.

He thinks that testing is key to getting back to action as soon as possible.

“Our managers don’t want to be back in action unless the players have been tested.

“Equally, the government must confirm that it is OK. The test has to be made available first and foremost.to NHS and all care workers, patients and their families”.

 

 

Organisers of the 2021 World Athletics Championships have agreed to stage the event the following year, but insist that it will not clash with the Commonwealth Games of the same r

The Championships, set to be held in the United States, was originally due to be held in 2021, but has had to change due to the current worldwide-affecting coronavirus crisis.

With the Tokyo Olympics – which was due to take place this year – now pushed forward to next year, the Worlds’ – due to be held in Eugene, in Oregon - will, subsequently, be pushed forward a year.

But, as such, it did bring out some concerns as to whether it might clash with the Commonwealth Games, which is set-out as THE major international athletics attraction on the sport’s calendar for that year.

Following a period of lengthy, heavy negotiations, compromises with athletics’ governing body were reached to move the event to 15-24 July 2022 so that it doesn’t clash with the Commonwealth Games of that year, which will be taking place in Birmingham from July 27 – August 7.

Lord Coe, president of the IAAF said: “Our guiding principle in rescheduling was to ensure enough space was created enough space around the centrepiece World Athletics Championships for athletes to choose other major events to compete in.

“We were also very mindful that we didn’t damage the other major championships in 2022.

The European Championships is also due in 2022

That is set to take place in Munich, in Germany and is set to start in August 11.

Players in the English Premier League players have launched a “collective initiative” to help generate funds for the NHS (National Health Service) and distribute them “where they are needed most”.

The initiative – named #PlayersTogether – has been set up to “help those fighting for us an the NHS frontline amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It has partnered with the NHS Charity Together (NHSCT) in which the stars from England’s top echelons will aid in getting funds moved quickly and effectively to where it is needed most.

A collective statement, said to have been headed by Liverpool captain and England star player, Jordan Henderson, and posted by many of the stars playing in that (Premier) League; saw the creation of a contribution fund that is to be used to distribute money to where it is most needed during this crisis that is the coronavirus pandemic.

Gary Linarker, the Match Of The Day presenter and former England striker, said he was proud of the players’ decision, tweeting: ‘Footballers are doing their bit as I knew that tey would.

‘Let’s hope that others that are in a position to help, those that weren’t unfortunately targeted, do likewise.

‘Proud of our players’.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock ‘warmly welcomed’ the 'big-hearted decision’.

On his twitter, he (Hancock) tweeted: ‘Warmly welcomed the big-hearted decision from so many Premier League footballers to create #PlayersTogether to support NHS Charity.

‘You are playing your part’.

 

 

As everyone is aware, we are living through extraordinary times and none of us can predict the future or speculate when the current situation will end.
  
As a club and business, we have to make difficult decisions to navigate these unchartered waters and ensure the Club is in a position to continue its exciting journey when we come through this global emergency.  
 
We would all love the season to be back underway immediately, but all rugby activities are currently suspended and there are no guarantees as to when we might start playing again.

In light of the latest advice and information from the government, along with the pattern of escalation we have seen in the last few days, businesses around the world are being heavily impacted and we, Wasps, are no different.
 
With this in mind, we need to take some extremely difficult and significant action to reduce costs immediately so we can resume doing what we love when this is all over. The impact of these decisions is going to be felt across the whole business.
 
Having discussed this situation at length with my colleagues from across the league, as well as Premiership Rugby, we are putting in place salary reductions of 25 per cent across the majority of the Rugby department until we are playing Gallagher Premiership matches again.

These measures have taken effect from 1 April 2020. A number of lower paid staff has been excluded from these salary reductions.
  
I spoke with Lee Blackett and senior members of the playing squad and we then communicated this message to the wider team and colleagues. I could not be more proud of their response, understanding and determination to help the Club in such testing times. The same is true of the players’ efforts to support our wider community stay connected and keep talking, which I am sure you will be aware of.
 
These are extraordinary times which call for extraordinary and robust measures. We do not know with any certainty how long these reductions will be in place, but we will review the situation on an ongoing basis and continue to keep the entire Wasps family up to date with developments.
 
This great Club has a proud history spanning over 150 years and, with everyone working together, we will ensure it has a great future.

Premier League players are “mindful of their social responsibilities” and “prepared to step up to the mark” during the coronavirus pandemic, Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) chief executive, Gordon Taylor, said, as talks are on-going about a collective pay deal in response to criticize.

The Premier League proposed a 30% pay cut, but the PFA that it would harm the NHS (National Health Service).

“It is a question of asking players to be involved”, Taylor said.

Players in the Premier League are planning to start negotiations on a club–by-club basis over proposed wage cuts.

It comes after talks aimed at a collective pay deal in response to the Covid-19 crisis broke down without resolution over the weekend.

The row has escalated into one of the most serious disputes between players and clubs in the league’s history.

Recent headlines concerning Premier League players have put some international stars in the spotlight which has cast doubts over their future at club and international levels after flouting the lockdown steps set-out by the government.

Regular England full-back, Manchester City’s Kyle Walker faces never to play for his country again after manager, Gareth Southgate was said to be ‘livid’ after Walker ignored government rules and had a £2,000 sex party with prostitutes.

His club has opened an internal investigation and they said that they will fine him and take the relevant actions accordingly.

This follows Jack Grealish; the Aston Villa midfielder who had to make a grovelling apology after he broke the lockdown rules after the 24-year-old revealed that he left his home to visit a friend, despite being instructed to staying at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

He did say, however, accepting his club’s fine and disciplinary measures with the proceeds from the Villa captain going direct to the University Hospital Charity in Birmingham.

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With Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe becoming the first Premier League manager to take a voluntary pay cut – which led to fellow Premier League side Brighton, whose manager, Graham Potter, plus the club’s Chief Executive Paul Barber and Technical Director, Dan Ashworth, publically announcing that they too were each taking pay cuts during the current coronavirus pandemic, the UK government has ordered that footballers all the clubs in English football’s top flight should take a cut in their wages to help frontline services during the current crisis.

 

Health Minister, Matt Hancock, ordered footballers playing in England’s Premier League to take a pay cut and “play their part”.

 

However, Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the players’ union; the Professional Footballers’ Association will lead negotiations with the Premier League; after which the 20 clubs in the game’s top division will be updated on the next step.

 

They are seeking to agree a temporary cut, as there are increasing fears that deferring payments will put a massive burden on the clubs at a time when the world’s financial situation will be struggling.

 

Hancock plead with the top players, saying: “Given the sacrifices that so many people are making, including some of my colleagues in the NHS, who have made the ultimate sacrifice of going into work and have caught the disease and have sadly died, the first thing that the Premier League can do is make a contribution – take a pay cut and play their part”.

 

All Premier League clubs will be asking players to take a 30% pay cut in order to protect jobs. One club, however, Tottenham Hotspur, have moved to cut none-playing staff’s pay.

 

Many in - and out of - the game are urging top footballers in the country to not resist any pay cut in light of the present world situation.

 

 

He was the face of Formula One throughout the world, but now, former Formula One chief, Bernie Ecclestone, is preparing for a new ‘addition’ to his high portfolio as he has announced that he is due to be a father again, at the age of 89.

 

The former F1 chief, who managed several teams before becoming head of the sport itself has announced that his third wife, Fabiana Flosi, is pregnant with what would be his fourth child – which is expected to be his first son.

 

The former motor racing driver has three daughters from his previous two marriages – Deborah, 65, from first wife Ivy Bamford , with Tamar, 35 and Petra, 31 from second wife, the Croatian model Slavica Radic.

 

He also has five grandchildren.

 

Ecclestone and 44-year-old Marketing Director, Fiana – both of whom who are currently in isolation at their farm in Sao Paolo, in her native Brazil - got married in 2012.

 

A delighted Bernie said: “I just want them (the baby and Fabiana) to be healthy.

 

“With her running her own coffee plantation I just want everything to be good”.

 

“Hopefully he doesn’t have any interest on Formula One”, Fabiana added.

Baku City Circuit (BCC) has taken the decision to postpone the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020 due to take place on June 5th – 7th.

The postponement was agreed upon after extensive discussions with Formula 1 as well as the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic. This comes as a direct result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and has been based entirely on the expert guidance provided to us by the relevant authorities.

In coming to this conclusion, BCC’s primary concern throughout has been the health and well-being of the Azerbaijani people as well as all visiting F1 fans, staff and championship participants.

BCC say they share their fans disappointment at not being able to experience the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June. To that end, they will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to monitor the situation with a view to announcing a new race date later in the 2020 season.

All tickets for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020 will continue to be valid, without any additional formalities required. As soon as the new date of the Grand Prix is confirmed, all spectators will be informed accordingly about the available options, both for those who have purchased their tickets through the Baku City Circuit’s website (www.bakucitycircuit.com) and through other channels.

The thoughts of everyone at Baku City Circuit during this challenging and unprecedented situation go out to all those directly and indirectly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.