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English Premier League will resume season on June 17

The English Premier League has agreed to a provisional return on June 17 without fans in attendance. It ends a three-month break to England’s top-flight football competition because of the coronavirus pandemic. Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal will be the first games to take place, featuring the four teams that…MORE

Daniel Ricciardo admits Ferrari discussions before McLaren move

Formula One played its own version of musical chairs after Sebastian Vettel revealed he was leaving Ferrari earlier this month. Days after Vettel’s May 12 announcement, Carlos Sainz Jr. was signed to replace the German and, when the music stopped, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was set to take the 25-year-old Spaniard’s seat at McLaren in 2021.…MORE

Father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith dies after contracting coronavirus

The father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has passed away from coronavirus aged 79, the English Premier League club has confirmed. Smith’s father Ron had been living in a care home having been diagnosed with dementia six years ago​, according to the football club. ​In a statement, they said he contracted Covid-19 four weeks…MORE

‘I hope your son gets coronavirus’: Troy Deeney reveals abuse he’s suffered after speaking out on Premier League restart

Watford captain Troy Deeney says he has been abused both in public and online for expressing concerns about the Premier League’s attempts to restart the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Deeney told CNN Sport that people online have been wishing ill on his five-month-old baby, who was born prematurely and has breathing difficulties, while people…MORE

Professional footballer Christian Mbulu dies aged 23

Professional footballer Christian Mbulu has died at the age of 23, according to a statement from his team, Morecambe FC. The defender, who spent his career in the lower leagues of British football, made three appearances for the League Two side this season. “Everyone at Morecambe FC is deeply saddened to learn of Christian Mbulu’s…MORE

Japan is testing an app that lets sports fans cheer from the safety of their sofas

With fans barred from stadiums due to coronavirus restrictions, sporting bodies around the world are grappling with how to create atmosphere at matches — and the makers of a new app think they have the answer. The “Remote Cheerer powered by Sound UD” system is made by Yamaha and broadcasts cheers, boos and chants from…MORE

In eerie silence, Bayern Munich closes in on Bundesliga title with win over Dortmund

The crowd-less atmosphere still feels unfamiliar but Bayern Munich’s dominance of German soccer doesn’t, even in front of no fans instead of 80,000 of them. It makes no difference to the relentless way Bayern collect Bundesliga titles and the Baverian club is on the verge of yet another after a 1-0 victory over rivals Borussia…MORE