MLB said no Phillies players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week and while three staff members have tested positive, it appeared two were attributable to false positives and the third, based on the timing of the positive test, may not have contracted COVID-19 from the Marlins. … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball faces another COVID-19 outbreak as seven Cardinals players and six staffers test positive, and their series in Detroit is postponed
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The big problem is uncertainty – with the prospect of a second wave of the disease looming, it is desperately difficult for businesses to plan and it is understandable people do not want to go out and spend. This is where government can step in. As we outlined yesterday, we intend to set out a jobs plan for Scotland within the next month. … [Read more...] about Football referee Douglas Ross, who quit as a minister in protest at Dominic Cummings’ trip to Durham during lockdown, crowned new Scottish Tory leader
Although Klopp has stuck faithfully to a 4-3-3 for much of the season to ensure he can fit Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane into his side, Fabinho and Keita now give him greater flexibility. … [Read more...] about New Liverpool signings Fabinho and Naby Keita will light up Anfield next season… but how will they play together?
Five years ago, sitting alone and visibly distressed in the media room at the Santiago Bernabéu, the player tearfully announced he was leaving Real for Porto after 25 years at the club. At a press conference so excruciating the Spanish club invited him back to do it again the next day in a futile attempt at damage limitation, he thanked the fans for “unconditional support” that had been anything but in a preceding season often soundtracked by jeers and whistles. Tellingly, he failed to thank the club president, Florentino Pérez, with whom his relationship had disintegrated. … [Read more...] about Farewell Iker Casillas, the saint who brought us saves, tears and clashes
Where Coutinho will fit is one question. He could (and probably should) inherit James Rodríguez’s old No 10 role. He could be used on the left, cutting in to great effect as he often does, as an alternative to Kingsley Coman, though he is a very different type of wide player. Some have even suggested he could be the deeper-lying playmaker that Bayern could do with, although this seems a little more far-fetched – and confusion of how he should best be utilised was a big part of Coutinho’s failure to fully fire in Catalonia. How much his confidence will need piecing back together after enduring some chastening recent months at Camp Nou is another doubt. Bayern need him to be a leader, and the sooner the better. … [Read more...] about Bayern stumble into Coutinho quandary but Dortmund set stall early