BBC set to confirm first ever live Premier League game as TV list is confirmed

Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are set to face off in the first ever live Premier League match broadcast on free-to-air television in the UK.

Both clubs are expected to feature in the Saturday evening kick-off on the first weekend that fixtures will resume again, as reports The Telegraph.

The match has been scheduled for 7:45pm on June 20 and will be the first of four fixtures due to be screened on the BBC.

All remaining 92 fixtures are being broadcast live on various channels, with Sky and BT taking the lion's share, while Amazon has also been given four matches.

Sky have been given the rights to 64 matches, 25 of which they are offering to viewers for free.

Among them is the Merseyside derby, where Liverpool could seal the title against rivals Everton.

A date and time for that fixture is still to be confirmed, while Premier League chiefs are also yet to determine whether the clash will take place at Goodison Park as originally planned, or at a neutral venue.

The season gets back under way in the midweek prior with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United believed to be at 6pm on June 17, followed by Man City vs Arsenal straight after at 8pm.

Both matches will be shown on Sky.

There is then expected to be a full schedule on Saturday June 20, culminating with Bournemouth vs Palace.

Traditional kick-off times have been altered to incorporate the TV schedule, with four different time-slots now being used on a Saturday and Sunday.

Matches will now kick-off between 12pm-8pm, while a 6pm kick-off time has been added for midweek games.

The fixture programming has been made easier by the absence of fans, with all games due to go ahead behind closed doors.

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said last week: "Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.

"The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home."

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Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury ‘not a difficult fight to make’, says Frank Warren

Tyson Fury’s UK-based promoter Frank Warren insists “our door is open” to agree “the fight he wants” against Anthony Joshua.

Fury (WBC) and Joshua (IBF, WBA and WBO) hold every major belt between them and Warren is in “ongoing talks” with promoter Eddie Hearn to stage a fight that would crown the undisputed champion of boxing’s glamour division.

“It’s not a difficult fight to make. Whatever is on the table is 50-50,” Warren exclusively told Sky Sports.

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“Fury is the No 1 heavyweight but we don’t say 60-40. 50-50 down the middle.

“Once we get the offer that we’re supposed to be getting, we’ll be in a position to sit around the table and knock it into shape. It’s not about me or [Joshua’s promoter Hearn’s company] Matchroom. It’s about getting this fight made.

“If we can’t make this happen between us, then we’ve got to point the finger at whoever doesn’t make it happen.”

Joshua is first seeking a UK location for his mandatory title defence against Kubrat Pulev, while Fury is contracted to a third fight with Deontay Wilder.

Fury previously told Sky Sports: “All going well, god willing, we get on the big fight with me and Joshua, the all-British showdown and I can give the fans what they want to see.”

Warren said: “I’m very excited at the thought of this fight. But both fighters have contracts at the moment – AJ against Pulev and Fury against Wilder.

“If an offer came up, that the Pulev fight had to be avoided, or our contracted Wilder fight had to be avoided, then we need to make that happen. Let’s get it on.

“We’ve been waiting for various offers. Nothing has arrived yet. There have been ongoing talks.

“Fury? I know I speak on his behalf – he wants the fight. More than anything, he wants the fight.

“I don’t think Matchroom want the fight.

“All day long, Tyson Fury beats AJ.

“I had this conversation 18 months ago when Tyson came back. It’s not an issue. This is the fight he wants.

“It’s the first time ever four belts would be contested in the ring at heavyweight between two Brits. The No 1 heavyweight champion, undefeated, Tyson Fury is the most popular sportsman in the country at the moment.”

Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who promotes Fury in the US, exclusively told Sky Sports: “If Fury beats Wilder and if Joshua beats Pulev, which I don’t want because [I promote] Pulev, then we would go ahead and do Fury vs Joshua next year.

“I don’t think the negotiations would be fraught with difficulty. We could negotiate the deal, if we met in person, over the course of one day.

“We are not known for playing games. We understand Eddie. I worked for many years with his father Barry.

“My prediction would be: we get a deal done over the course of one day.”

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Joshua would “sign now” for two fights against Fury in 2021, Hearn previously told Sky Sports.

Warren replied: “There will have to be a rematch. But that’s not an obstacle. There are no obstacles to stopping this fight happening.

“Our door is open. We’ve all signed a non-disclosure agreement. We’re waiting for an offer.

“At our end, it is not a problem.”

Joshua previously told Sky Sports: “Logically to prove yourself as No 1, I have to fight Tyson Fury. He has to fight Anthony Joshua.

“What it will prove, me and him fighting? There will be one dominant figure in the heavyweight division that will have all of the belts and become undisputed.”

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Warren insists their dream meeting would be one-sided in the WBC champion’s favour.

He said: “Has AJ got a better jab than Fury? No.

“Is AJ a bigger puncher? I don’t think so.

“Has he got a better chin? I don’t think so.

“Has he got the hand speed or footwork of Fury? I don’t think so.

“Tyson is so good in every department. When you saw him get off the floor from that punch by Wilder it tells you what he’s all about.”

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Floyd Mayweather’s offer to pay for George Floyd’s funeral is not the first time he has displayed such kindness

Floyd Mayweather has still never publicly spoken about the time he paid for the funeral of his former opponent. For the loudmouth nicknamed ‘Money’, his silence is more revealing than the showmanship he is known for.

The retired boxing great has offered to pay for the funeral of George Floyd, the African-American whose death in police custody has sparked widespread protests in the USA, but such an act is something Mayweather has done before.

In 2011, he quietly and discreetly took care of the finances when Genaro Hernandez, who he had shared the ring with, was laid to rest.

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Mayweather and Hernandez were hardly friends.

The build-up to their fight in 1998 was spiky and filled with insults – a 21-year-old Mayweather was beginning to understand that making himself a villain was great for business. As such, he provoked and prodded the respected Hernandez before challenging for his WBC super-featherweight championship.

Mayweather was unbeaten in 17 and two years removed from winning an Olympic bronze medal but, by beating Hernandez at the Las Vegas Hilton, he became a world champion for the first time.

He would go on to become king in five divisions and retire with a 50-0 record as an all-time great but his fight with Hernandez was his first major acid test at the top level.

Hernandez had lost just once in 40 fights, to Oscar De La Hoya, but was forced to retire on his stool after eight one-sided rounds in the young and bombastic Mayweather’s favour.

“It took me a couple rounds to feel him out,” said Mayweather. “But after the second round, I started using my jab, and then I took control of the fight.”

Hernandez said: “Father Time caught up with us. He’s a true champion, and he’ll be a champion for a long time. He was just too quick for me.”

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Their paths seemed destined never to cross again. Hernandez retired after the defeat.

Mayweather became the biggest and loudest star in the sport. He beat Arturo Gatti, Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton while flaunting the riches that he was rewarded with. He was absolutely brilliant and knew it.

But fascinatingly, Mayweather was arguably at the peak of his arrogant and obnoxious ‘Money’ alter-ego when, in 2011 when Hernandez passed away aged 45, he made a private gesture that he still refuses to acknowledge.

He paid for the funeral of his former opponent without fanfare or publicity. Hernandez’s medical bills had been picked up by promoter Bob Arum.

Two years later, Mayweather told ES News: “My room had posters. The fighter above me? Genaro Hernandez. He was unbelievable. I said: ‘No fighter will ever beat him’.”

It was a display of generosity not least because he knew the Hernandez family were struggling financially.

It was not the only time Mayweather’s public mask fell.

He also paid for the funeral of heavyweight legend Joe Frazier, who boxed Muhammad Ali.

Mayweather has become known for sponsoring turkey giveaways on Thanksgiving in communities who can’t afford to buy their own celebratory meals.

He paid for the prestigious Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament to take place in Michigan, his home state, when it threatened to fall through due to financial problems.

The word on the street is that he gives extremely generously to the homeless who he sees in Las Vegas.

It is a remarkable paradox that the boxer who has repeatedly fallen foul of the law while encouraging his own distastefully wealthy reputation is capable of acts of such kindness.

His latest gesture to the family of George Floyd, amid an influx of sportspeople weighing in on his death and the resulting protests, was also done quietly through choice. It comes months after Mayweather lost his uncle and former trainer, Roger, and his ex-partner and the mother of his children Josie Harris.

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It was explained via Mayweather Promotions on social media that the CEO of the boxer’s The Money Team music label, Anzel Jennings, grew up with George Floyd in Houston. Jennings put George Floyd’s family in touch with Mayweather who has committed to covering the cost of four funeral services planned to remember him.

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West Brom hit back at season-ticket holder who called anti-racism message ‘pathetic’

West Brom have hit back at a season-ticket holder who branded their support of an anti-racism message “pathetic”.

The club replied “you won’t be missed” to a Twitter user who asked for his season ticket to be cancelled in response to their support for the social media initiative ‘#BlackOutTuesday’.

The initiative has seen social media users post all-black pictures in a unified stand against racism, with West Brom’s post including the message ‘Together Stronger’.

The Twitter user replied: “Pathetic. Cancel my season ticket. Cheers”; to which West Brom replied: “You won’t be missed”.

The user then said: “How about shops being looted. How about shopkeepers being killed. How about police officers being killed. How about innocent people being killed regardless of colour. How about all lives matter? That’s my point.”

West Brom are among a string of football clubs from across the leagues to have pledged support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday, as civil disorder continued in the USA following the death of George Floyd.

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European Tour already planning a UK Swing in 2021 schedule

The UK Swing will again feature on the European Tour next season, while players could be mic’d up when competition returns in July.

Tour chief executive Keith Pelley confirmed on The Golf Show that “a different form” of the UK Swing, which features six events back-to-back starting on July 22, is already being planned for the 2021 season.

Pelley last week unveiled a modified schedule for the remainder of this year, with the British Masters at Close House heralding the return to action for the European Tour, with further events to follow at Forest of Arden, Hanbury Manor, Celtic Manor and The Belfry.

“There is no question we’ve learned a lot from creating this UK Swing and, no doubt, next year there will be a different form of it,” he said. “I’m pretty well convinced that the British Masters next year will have a couple of other events side-by-side.

“We’ve had 30 tournaments that have either been postponed or cancelled, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is the only tournament to be remaining in its original slot. It’s been a complex and comprehensive process to put this schedule together, but this is a glimpse of the future and I’m really excited about 2021.

“We have created and funded these tournaments all on our own, but now we’re looking for partners and we’ve already had some great interest from some who love the concept of the UK Swing.

“And our great broadcast partner in Sky is excited about it and, of course, during the UK Swing there will be £500,000 being donated to charity from the European Tour as well as £50,000 to the host venues.”

The six UK events will all be played without spectators, but Pelley is hopeful of having a selection of players and caddies wearing microphones to enhance the viewing experience for those watching live on Sky Sports Golf.

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez tempted to Japan by Ryota Murata, a ‘LeBron James-type’ figure and a national icon

Ryota Murata is the subject of fascination in Japan, a superstar who shines so bright that he is tempting Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to the Land of the Rising Sun.

It would be a remarkable decision for Mexico’s Canelo, one of boxing’s biggest stars, to have his first fight outside of his home country or the US in a place where the local media admits he is largely unknown.

Japan has its own boxing star, Murata, a handsome and charismatic personality who frequently appears on daytime TV shows and enjoys the type of adulation from his countrymen that the Mexicans bestow upon Canelo. These two forces, heroes in their homes but anonymous in each other’s, are on a lucrative collision course.

Canelo’s promoter, Golden Boy president Eric Gomez, told Sky Sports: “He wants to fight abroad and we have discussed with him fighting in Japan, a homecoming in Mexico, and the UK. He has considered all of those options and, before he retires, he will fight abroad.

“It’s about his brand. He wants to become a more international star, not just fighting in the US. He wants to become an even bigger star than he is now. He has fans all over the world and he wants to build on that.”

Murata’s name was a surprise addition to the list of possible opponents for Canelo earlier this year, adding to Britain’s world champions Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith.

He offers something unique.

Murata is “one of the most recognised individual-sport athletes in the country”, according to a Sky Sports source, above the sumo wrestlers who compete in Japan’s national sport.

For Canelo, Murata offers a key to unlocking the Asian market.

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Murata won Olympic gold in 2012 but, crucially, did so as a middleweight. Japan hadn’t won boxing gold since a bantamweight in 1964 but Murata, as the nation’s heaviest-ever Olympic champion, was also their 100th gold medallist. He became a source of wonder for his size and a celebrity was born.

A book-lover with a Bachelor degree and quick wit, a documentary about Murata’s life was a hit and his fights were broadcast to a massive audience.

“He understands what his fans and public are looking for,” a source in Japan said.

A second source added: “He used to be a badass when he was younger, in his teens, but he is now known as an intelligent person.

“It is hard to tell if Murata enjoys his fame or not. He does not try to make himself look bigger than who he is.

“I don’t think he wants to be a rock star. He got into pro boxing, which he had once denied he would do, because he thought [it would give him] the biggest success in his life.

“His nature as a competitor drove him; he certainly knew that he was a rare heavier-weight class Japanese boxer and wanted to achieve something not many Japanese had done by winning a world title, which he has eventually achieved.”

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Bob Arum’s Top Rank sensed an opportunity and snapped Murata up to their promotional outfit, but his American debut was underwhelming.

He outpointed Gunnar Jackson then said: “I could not respond to expectations and it was a lame performance. I’m ashamed by my weak boxing.”

A controversial split decision in his first world title fight went against him in favour of Hassan N’Dam. Such was the dispute, the WBA suspended two of the judges involved and apologised to Murata.

The Japanese hero won the rematch by stoppage in Tokyo and reacted: “I thought that the fans were going to desert me, saying: ‘There’s no way a guy like this can become a world champ’. But they still came out and I want to express my utmost appreciation.”

He picked up the WBA ‘regular’ middleweight title – at the time, Gennadiy Golovkin held the ‘super’ version plus the IBF and WBC.

The humble Murata said: “Boxing lovers will know there’s a stronger middleweight champion than me out there. I’ll try my best to beat him.”

Bob Arum’s dream was to create an Asian mega-fight between Murata and Golovkin, who has Korean heritage, but more disaster struck.

Murata was shocked in 2018 by Rob Brant in what was supposed to be a Las Vegas showcase.

“I’m really bad against boxers who are quick on their feet. I took a lot of blows,” Murata said. “It’s the first time I’ve taken such a beating.”

He turned down his right to a rematch and considered retiring but eventually a second fight was arranged in Japan.

“He’s like a LeBron James-type figure over there,” Brant said. “When we went to the press conference, there were more people than were at some of my early pro fights.”

Murata knocked Brant out to reclaim his WBA ‘regular’ belt last year. Canelo holds the WBA ‘super’ title.

“I don’t believe Canelo’s name is known by the general public [in Japan],” a source said.

“Everybody knew Mike Tyson back in the day, but not Canelo or any other global stars in the sport today.”

Floyd Mayweather won an exhibition fight against Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan 18 months ago but both Sky Sports sources believe the locals had little idea of who he was.

“Everybody knew Michael Jordan but LeBron James is not as famous among the public, although LeBron is probably as good as Jordan,” the source compared.

“But among the boxing fans here, it would be a big event if Murata fights against Canelo at the Tokyo Dome, at which no boxing matches have been hosted since Mike Tyson fought Buster Douglass in 1990.”

The second source added: “It will be a big event but the market is limited to boxing fans. However, people will learn about Canelo when press conference is held. Canelo is not famous yet. I would say Golovkin is more famous.

“In general, people don’t know boxers outside of Japan.”


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Murata and Naoya Inoue, the three-weight world champion and pound-for-pound knockout artist, are “as famous as Japanese boxers could possibly become” in their country.

How the coronavirus pandemic impacts Canelo’s plans remains to be seen.

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England head coach Shaun Wane lays out plans after Ashes cancellation

Shaun Wane is confident England’s Rugby League World Cup ambitions will not be hampered by the cancellation of this year’s Ashes series.

England were due to host a long-awaited three-match series against old rivals Australia in October and November, but that has now been shelved as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Head coach Wane remains optimistic the national team will be able to get some sort of contest – even if it is against the England Knights team – this winter and is eager to set up a mid-season international in 2021, although even if those plans fall through he insists his squad will be well-prepared for next year’s World Cup on these shores.

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“I will never say I am at a disadvantage to someone,” Wane said. “If we do not get any games, we will have camps, have days and sessions.

“Me and my staff just have to make them the best quality for those players. I will never ever make excuses.

“I haven’t got a fixed number of games in my mind, but I would like to have a game at the end of this year and a mid-season game.

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“A game against the Knights, we would get something out of that because there are certain areas we want to concentrate on and it would be a bit more intense. If that is what we need to do, and if we have two games, then I think we will be in good shape going into the World Cup.”

Wane has already considered the prospect of a revival of the Exiles concept, which saw the best of Super League’s overseas players take on the England team from 2011 to 2013, as a possibility for the end of the year.

Matches involving Wales, Scotland or Ireland, who are all planning for next year’s World Cup too, are another possibility. However, Wane is adamant any potential opponent must provide high-quality competition for the England team.

“The other day I was in the garden and I picked an Exiles team of players I’d seen in Super League, and it was a very strong team – it was as good as any Test team,” Wane said. “So, it would be great for the fans over here to watch a game like that of that standard.

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Serie A announces fixture list for remainder of season

Serie A teams will play two games a week for the rest of the season once the league restarts on June 20.

There will be matches almost every day from the restart until the final day of the season on August 2.

There are 12 rounds of fixtures remaining, with four other games also outstanding.

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Serie A will resume with those four matches which were postponed from previous rounds, starting with Torino vs Parma and Verona vs Cagliari on June 20.

The following day sees third-placed Inter Milan host Sampdoria while Atalanta entertain Sassuolo.

The first full matchday will be on June 22 with three games, including leaders Juventus at Bologna.

Second-placed Lazio, who are one point behind Juve, will play their first game two days later away to Atalanta.

Juventus will host Lazio on July 20.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) issued a 40-page document on Monday outlining strict new rules for the resumption of Serie A.

Teams must go on and off the pitch at different times with the number of people in stadiums is limited to 300, including players, staff and journalists.

However, Italian media reports that discussions of allowing limited numbers of fans to attend will be discussed at the federation’s next meeting.

“It’s something I really wish for with all my heart,” said FIGC president Gabriele Gravina. “It’s unthinkable that in a stadium that can hold 60,000 there’s not space for a small percentage of fans with the necessary precautions.”

The Italian Cup will be completed in the week before Serie A restarts. The first legs of the semi-finals have already been played: AC Milan drawing 1-1 with Juventus and Napoli winning 1-0 at Inter Milan.

A strict medical protocol has been put in place which includes the contentious, and potentially problematic, regulation that if one person at a club player or staff tests positive for Covid-19, the entire group must go to a training camp retreat for 14 days.

The FIGC hopes that will be shortened if the number of new cases in Italy continues to decrease.

“Football has never asked for shortcuts,” said Gravina. “There are clear rules that allow you to continue activity, isolating an athlete or member of staff, and continuing training.

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Jonny Hayes signals Celtic exit with emotional post as teammates pay tribute

Jonny Hayes appears to have confirmed he is leaving Celtic after posting an emotional message on social media, with team-mates past and present sending well-wishes in reply.

Hayes, 32, is coming to the end of his three-year deal at the club which he signed after joining from Aberdeen in 2017.

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He made 26 appearances in all competitions for Neil Lennon’s side this season, with his only goal coming in Celtic’s 2-0 win at Rangers in September.

His first season at the club was ended early after suffering a broken leg against Dundee in December 2017.

In a post on his Instagram page, Hayes said: “From the lows of breaking a leg to the highs of winning a treble, the last 3 years have been an enjoyable journey, in which I’ve worked under some terrific staff and shared a dressing room with some unbelievable guys.”

“Football at times brings tough decisions, so I’d like to thank you for all the support received along the way. Stay safe everyone.”

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