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Premier League clubs told to get ready for season to return in June

first_imgPremier League clubs told to get ready for season to return in June Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Apr 2020 11:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link44Shares Advertisement The season has been postponed since mid-March (Picture: Getty)Once the rate of new infections begin to fall, the government will be pressurised into a so-called ‘exit strategy’ that would see an easing of the lockdown measures currently in place. AdvertisementAdvertisementThere was even a discussion over whether supporters should be allowed to attend matches but the Premier League is just keen to resume in the most safe manner. With 92 matches remaining and the possibility that large sections of society will still be in self-isolation, there was a discussion over whether matches should be made available to terrestrial television and the matter is ongoing.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySky and BT Sport also want to be able to show more than their allocated share, arguing that live sport would be a boost in morale for the public. Should matters proceed as the Premier League hope, all teams and squads will have to comply to the strictest of measures to see matches played.The arrangement is also dependent on current forecasting and it’s accepted that there could be further postponements if the situation does not improve as expected. MORE: Jesse Lingard desperate to stay at Manchester United despite Arsenal interest The Premier League could return in May (Picture: Getty)The Premier League are in ‘advanced talks’ with the government over plans to resume the season in June.All 20 clubs were told to prepare for a return in June after the Premier League reached a ‘tentative’ agreement with the government that would allow matches to be played behind-closed-doors, according to the Mirror.The season has been suspended since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic reached the UK in early March and there was an initial dispute over how the season should be finished.However, after agreeing that the campaign must be finished by whatever means, the Premier League’s focus has been on a safe return and the government is forecasting for the ‘peak’ of the pandemic to hit in around 10-14 days in the UK.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Calm after the storm

first_imgThe damage across the northwest Brisbane suburb was extensive, with a number of homes destroyed.That process took two years, and in that time their children had settled in to new schools so they began searching for a new home. They found it at 36 Gordon St, Hawthorne. Mrs West said the house was also close to the CityCat and other public transport options.“We love our house and we love living here. It is going to be hard to leave it but Mitch leaving was a milestone and we want to travel,” Mrs West said. “The timing is right.”The house is being marketed by Deb Maguire of Place Kangaroo Point and will go to auction on August 25 at 1pm. Mrs West said their two children were now adults, and her son, 22, had recently moved to Sydney.“We love this house but it feels empty without Mitch,” she said. “And we want something that we can just lock and leave knowing (daughter) Sally will be fine.” 36 Gordon Street, Hawthorne“As soon as we walked in, we fell in love with it,” Mrs West said. “We have lived in London, Biloela, The Gap, East Brisbane, but this is the most amazing house I have ever lived in. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“There is always something happening on the river. You don’t need a TV.”But the couple are now moving on and are downsizing to an apartment. After their house was destroyed in the 2008 storms at The Gap, the West family ultimatelty settled at 36 Gordon Street, HawthorneWHEN Kim and Mark West’s house at The Gap was destroyed by a super storm in 2008, they moved to East Brisbane while it was being rebuilt. On the ground floor there is a garage, a kitchen and a living area with a balcony. The multi-level waterfront home sits on a 442sq m block overlooking the river.It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and space for two vehicles, and the living spaces have been designed to capture the view. The kitchen has stone benchtops, quality stainless-steel appliances and glass splashbacks. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms including the main with a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and a private balcony with river and city views. The self-contained lower ground floor provides the potential for a teenager’s retreat, guest space or room for ageing parents.There’s a cinema, study, sauna, home office, wine cellar, guest bedroom, a separate living area and a deck leading out to the pool. The family had lived on Kimruska Place at The Gap, which was one of the areas hardest hit by the 2008 storm.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Winless Kings XI Punjab up against Rising Pune Supergiants at home

first_imgKings XI Punjab need to put up a strong show to bounce back from two successive defeats when they take on Rising Pune Supergiants in an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket contest here on Sunday.KXIP, who started their campaign at the Punjab Cricket Association’s I.S. Bindra Stadium here against Gujarat Lions on Monday, crumbled to their second loss in as many games in an eight-wicket thrashing against Delhi Daredevils on Friday. (IPL Full Coverage) So far, they have failed to impress in every department. Against Delhi, they could only score 111 for nine, while in the match against Gujarat, they got off to a fine start thanks to Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra before the middle-order dropped its guard.The main reason for their batting failure is due to the disappointing show from the mainstays — David Miller and Glenn Maxwell. While South African Miller has scored 24 runs so far, Australian hard-hitter Maxwell has made two runs.Their best batsman has been Vohra, who has 70 runs in two matches — but the Punjabi right-hander doesn’t have a game that can change the course of a match. His opening partner Vijay too hasn’t shown the charisma. That’s why it is important that both Miller and Maxwell fire.”Out batting top-order needs to click to turn the things around in the coming matches. We have not been able to do that,” Miller assessed after the match against Delhi.Their bowling too, has been susceptible. Retired Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson is not the bowler he used to be, while young medium pacemen Mohit Sharma and Sandeep Sharma have been inconsistent.advertisementLeft-arm spinner Axar Patel has been Punjab’s best bowler but he hasn’t go support from the other end to make any kind of impact.In this case, Miller may drop Australian left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh and bring in all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who played the game against Lions, scoring 33 runs and picking a wicket.Punjab’s opposition, Pune too has been coming off a seven-wicket loss to Gujarat. Mahendra Singh Dhoni-captained Pune was impressive in its opening match but showed a lot of chinks in its armour in the second.Gujarat opening batsmen Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum tore apart Pune’s bowling — which should be a worry for Dhoni. Pacers R.P. Singh and Ishant Sharma have been inconsistent — even though spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Murugan Ashwin have made amends for them. Gentle medium pacer Rajat Bhatia too has been impressive.It will be interesting to see if Dhoni sticks with left-armer R.P. Madhya Pradesh seamer Ishwar Pandey and Irfan Pathan might get a look in, especially the Baroda left-armer as he also can contribute with the bat.Otherwise, Pune’s batting looks solid with the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen and Steven Smith in their ranks. Dhoni is yet to decent chance to wield his bat, while Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh adds depth to the squad.last_img read more