FOOTBALL: Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has admitted ‘I love Liverpool’ despite his acrimonious departure from the Anfield giants five years ago. Sterling burst on to the scene with the Reds before leaving for City in a bitter and protracted deal in 2015. Asked whether he would ever return to the Merseyside club, Sterling said ‘Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you, I love Liverpool. Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart, know what I mean? It’s a team that [has] done a lot for me.’
■ £917m — Or €1million has been donated by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in his native Spain
Ighalo set to extend his Old Trafford stay
FOOTBALL: Odion Ighalo’s loan spell at Manchester United looks likely to be extended until the end of June. The striker was expected to return to parent club Shanghai Shenhua on May 31 but owing to the shutdown caused by coronavirus, is now likely to remain at Old Trafford. United have the option to buy Ighalo, who has scored four goals since arriving in January, on a permanent deal.
Whistle blows at lower levels
FOOTBALL: The Football Association has told clubs at steps five and six of the non-league pyramid their season ‘must end immediately’ due to the coronavirus crisis, according to the Essex Senior League. The FA has been going through consultation and scenario-planning with stakeholders across English football. It is unclear if the season will be voided or if there will be relegation and promotion.
■ RUGBY UNION: Northampton are the latest Premiership club to cut pay for players and staff by 25 per cent during the enforced shutdown.