Privileged Pepe deals with bug
FOOTBALL: Aston Villa’s Pepe Reina says he is one of the lucky ones after overcoming coronavirus. The Spanish goalkeeper (pictured), 37, is self-isolating at his UK home after falling ill. ‘Last week it was my turn to go through the bug,’ said Reina. ‘Here tests are not conducted unless you were very bad but speaking to doctors, the symptoms were of it. We are very privileged. We have a big house, with a garden. I think of the people who live in a 70-metres-squared apartment with two children, they are showing a lot of strength.’
European climax is put on hold
RUGBY UNION: May’s European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-finals and final have joined next month’s quarter-finals in being postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, European Professional Club Rugby says it ‘remains committed’ to completing both of its competitions at some point.
■ GOLF: The venue for June’s US Open has been closed indefinitely, with a delay almost inevitable when a decision is made next month. An executive order required non-essential businesses to close, putting a stop to preparations at Winged Foot in New York. The season’s first two majors, the Masters and US PGA, have been postponed and not yet rescheduled.
■ RUGBY LEAGUE: The RFL has confirmed there will be no fixtures for the foreseeable future having ordered an initial three-week shutdown on March 16.
■ FOOTBALL: Australia’s A-League has been suspended, with administrators saying it was no longer tenable to play on.