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Footie fans will have to pay for games on Sky & BT but some will be free

first_img12CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.Premier League football back ‘within weeks’ with all games live on TV for free as grounds stay shut Name* Email* 12FANS will still need Sky or BT packages for matches that had been scheduled for pay TV when the Premier League returns — but many of the other games may be screened for free.Just over half of the top-flight fixtures still to be played will be televised by the two broadcasters. They paid a total of £421million to show them.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates12 Just over half of the top-flight fixtures still to be played will be televised by Sky and BTCredit: AFP or licensors12But some or even all of the remaining matches could be shown for free on either channel.With all matches having to be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus crisis, that would allow ticket-holders to still get to see their teams.Last night a TV executive close to talks between the Government, Prem chiefs and broadcasters said: “Sky and BT are not going to give up their rights to games for free.“They are businesses after all — and that would be madness.“But other games that were not planned for the TV are now likely to be shown.”RETURN WILL NEED TO SEE PLUNGING DEATH RATESThe Sun revealed yesterday how ministers were looking at ways of allowing top sports to return within weeks to give bored Brits a much-needed lift.Strict criteria would have to be met — including the country seeing plunging death and infection rates, while the sports ensured all those involved remained safe.The plans, dubbed Project Restart, would see fixtures such as Manchester City v Liverpool — which was due to be shown on Sky on April 5 — being screened on a subscription channel.But other clashes such as Crystal Palace v Burnley — which was not due to be televised — could now be screened free.Such games are likely to be filmed by Sky and BT crews and shown on their free-to-air channels, online and via apps.Sky has two free channels on Freeview — Pick and Challenge — and both Sky and BT have popular apps that work on smart TVs, tablets and phones. Any restart could be a month away or more, since football bosses have to work out how to stage the games and players will need at least two weeks of training.But recovering PM Boris Johnson is said to see sport’s return as critical to boosting morale.A decision could be announced as early as May 7 — the date of the Government’s next lockdown review.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers. The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM. No matter how little you can spare, please donate today here: www.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeal.Officials are also keeping a close eye on Germany, where a provisional return date for its Bundesliga has been set for May 9.League bosses there have drawn up plans for games to take place with a maximum of 322 people present in grounds. Players will have to be tested before games start here, with fewer grounds used so they can be disinfected and skeleton TV crews filming the action.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the game should not start without all fans having the chance to watch.He said: “I have said to the Premier League it wouldn’t send the best signal if they were one of the first major sports to resume behind closed doors and the public at large couldn’t have access to it.”Rights holders Sky and BT have resisted calls to air all games for free. Bosses fear they would be deluged with complaints and cancellations as existing customers would see subscriptions as worthless.Sky has rights to 39 of the remaining televised games, including Spurs v Arsenal and City v Liverpool.BT has eight, including Liverpool v Burnley and Aston Villa v Wolves.12 The plans, dubbed Project Restart, would see fixtures such as Manchester City v Liverpool — which was due to be shown on Sky on April 5 — being screened on a subscription channelCredit: PA:Press Association12 Matches will be played behind closed doors, with TV the only way to see the actionCredit: AFP – Getty1212BT also has rights to European games and showed last June’s all-English Champions League Final between Liverpool and Tottenham for free to an audience of 11.3million.Ministers fear big games could see fans flock to the houses of friends who have Sky or BT packages.But yesterday hopes were rising of an imminent easing of lockdown measures, including allowing people to socialise with up to ten family and friends.A Whitehall source said yesterday: “Football clubs and the Premier League want to get going again and want a timetable.“No10 appreciates that but will only let it happens when key tests are met.“Ministers have insisted ticket- holders must somehow be looked after — with access to games or refunds offered.“But they won’t get involved in pay-per-view talks.FIVE CRITERIA ALL SPORTS WILL HAVE TO MEETRULES will be tailored to different sports — but they will all have to meet these broad criteria:EACH sport would have to put in place regular testing arrangements for participants. These would have to be paid for by sporting authorities or clubs to avoid depriving key frontline workers of the vital tests they need to be able to continue working.STAFF must be kept safe from the risk of infection and any extra burden on the emergency services must be prevented.CLUBS would also have to ensure they have measures in place to deal with certain fan behaviour, such as the risk of impromptu gatherings outside grounds.THIS is on the back of supporters from Paris club PSG turning up at their stadium to celebrate their Champions League victory when their match against Borussia Dortmund last month was played behind closed doors.BEFORE any sports can resume, the Government must first have met the five key tests it has set the country before any restrictions could begin to be lifted. 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RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk Confirm Cancel “That is up to the Premier League and broadcasters.”The TV insider added: “It has not yet been decided how many of these matches will be provided for free.“It is likely to be a substantial proportion.“However Sky and BT are not keen on all games being shown for free as it devalues their products.“But most games will be on telly, with the less prestigious games that Sky or BT had not snapped up shown for free.“That would be a way of allowing clubs to try to keep fans happy — because at least they would get to see the games they were planning to go to.”VIRUS WILL GOVERN WHEN WHEN FOOTIE RETURNSThe source went on: “There is huge interest in sport because there has been a gap, so the appetite is bigger than ever.“And sport will only restart when the lockdown is eased.“However sport is easier to govern than things like pubs and restaurants re-opening.“So the Government has to bear in mind some people might get together for games, and the stage the virus is at will govern how soon games are played.“But it isn’t as simple as showing all these games for free for everyone.“There are contracts involving millions of pounds to consider.“The Premier League clubs get huge funding from the deal with BT and Sky — and that pays the wages and allows them to buy players from smaller clubs.“When these deals were made, if there was a plan mooted to make a lot of games available for free they obviously would get a much, much lower bid.”Both Sky and BT — which have filled their sports channels with re-runs — have allowed customers to pause their deals while live-action is postponed.Clubs including Arsenal have offered fans refunds or match credits for games played behind closed doors.Yesterday, Sky pundit and former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher said: “I don’t think we should shy away from how much football means to people.“I do get the fact it could and I do think it will give people a lift if football comes back. But the virus will decide.”12 Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called on Premier League chiefs to stream matches on terrestrial channelsCredit: PA:Press Association12 Yesterday, Sky pundit and former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher said: “I don’t think we should shy away from how much football means to people’Credit: Getty – Contributor12 clubs including have offered fans refunds or match credits for games played behind closed doorsCredit: PA:Press Association12 Stars such as Harry Kane could soon be back on our screensCredit: Getty – ContributorJoin our George Cross campaign for NHS staffWe are urging Sun readers to sign a petition calling for our NHS staff to be awarded the George Cross.We are backing a proposal by Lord Ashcroft to honour our health heroes with the gallantry gong given for acts of bravery that did not take place in battle.A No10 spokesman said: “The NHS is doing a fantastic job and the nation will want to find a way to say thank you when we have defeated this virus.” SAS hero Andy McNab added: “The award of a George Cross would show an emotional appreciation.”We are asking our readers to please sign the petition below.last_img read more

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2 arrested for Pearl vigilante killing

first_imgPolice investigators have arrested two persons for the vigilante killing of a man and the beating of another last Saturday at Pearl, East Bank Demerara.“We have two persons in custody, both of them are licensed firearm holders and we have some further investigations to do,” Commissioner of Police (Ag) David Ramnarine disclosed during a press conference on Friday.Seon Clarke called ‘Cash Money’, 21, of Campbellville, Georgetown, was allegedly shot and killed on Saturday night by residents in Pearl and neighbouring Sarah Johanna, after he and two others, one of whom was beaten, stormed a businessplace earlier that day and held the shop owner at gunpoint. A Police report indicated that Clarke was shot, while the other man was allegedly beaten by residents and handed over to the Police.According to information, the deceased and another went into a grocery store at Sarah Johanna, when the proprietor ,who thought they were acting in a suspicious manner, alerted a Policeman who was passing. The men fled the area during which they discharged two rounds.Later that night, members of the community spotted the men on the Pearl Public Road and cornered them; during the confrontation Clarke was shot and his accomplice beaten.The suspect, still nursing injuries from the thrashing, led Police to an area in Pearl on Sunday, where a hidden .38 Beretta pistol, six matching rounds of ammunition and two mobile phones were recovered.While details surrounding the incident remain unclear, the Police are continuing with investigations.last_img read more

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FC Fassell’s Fate Hangs in a Balance

first_imgNewly 1st division club and tournament favorite FC Fassell could be among the casualties as the preliminary rounds of Coca-Cola Big Eight (8) Tournament concludes today.A 2-2 draw against Aries FC on Monday at the Blue Field in the ongoing pre-season tourney has placed a question mark over FC Fassell’s future in the Group B stage.Coach Matthew Julutweh’s men is expected today to host Darling Club, IE in the opening derby, knowing that a draw – let alone a defeat – is no longer an option against Papa Kamara’s men.IE is expected to look for at least a draw to crossover to the semi finals, while FC Fassell want a victory and at least 3-0 to march on.In the second match, group leader NPA Anchor is also looking for a draw against Aries FC but mostly a win to maintain on top.Aries FC, who also has one point desperately, needs a win with more goals to overcome runner-up IE (if IE draw).However, with FC Fassell battling not to bow out of the Coca-Cola Tourney; LISCR, Nimba and Barrolle are fighting to grab the second place.Group B leader BYC is clearly in the semi finals with 9 points having narrowly whipped LISCR FC 1-0 yesterday.The Gardnersville based team – LISCR FC still sits on the table with 2 points and hoping for a nil draw to qualify.   But a win for either side, Barrolle or Nimba United joins BYC to represent Group A in the Semi finals.Meanwhile, the technical staff of FC Fassell headed by Coach Matthew Saygba Julutweh is expected to be sacked having drawn with Aries FC 2-2 on Monday.The 34-year-old was warned of losing his job along with his deputy, physical and goalkeeper trainer and team manager if he failed to win the highly contested tournament over a dishonorable 4-0 defeat by NPA ‘Ruthless’ Anchors on Saturday.In a letter dated May 2, FC Fassell President Reginald K. Nagbe said their performance against NPA was very discouraging and humiliating despite early preparation and the entire technical staff would be sacked if they don’t win the remaining two games.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Farmer remanded for rape of 9-year-old

first_imgA 59-year-old farmer was on Thursday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on an allegation that he raped a nine-year-old girl.Clarence Marques of Port Kaituma, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini) was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which stated that during March 2018, at Port Kaituma, he engaged in sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16.Clarence MarquesThe prosecution is contending that the mother of the nine-year-old had sent the child to collect an item from the accused when the man allegedly offered her a cup of porridge, and while waiting for the porridge to cool, he reportedly took her into a fowl pen and placed his finger in her vagina.Upon her return home, the child was dealt several lashes by her mother for taking long on the errand, and the child then ran away and went back to Marques’s house, where she spent the night.The prosecution is contending that Marques placed the child on a bed, where he engaged in sexual penetration of her.The following day, when the child returned home, she told her mother what had transpired. The matter was then reported to the Police station, an investigation was carried out, and Marques was arrested for the offence.In court on Thursday, the Prosecutor objected to Marques being placed on bail, citing the serious nature of the allegation and the fact that the child had trusted the defendant.Marques was remanded to prison, and the case will continue on April 25.last_img read more

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Bolton boss Lennon considers move for Swindon captain Thompson

first_imgBolton boss Neil Lennon is considering a move for Swindon captain Nathan Thompson.The defender has been instrumental in town’s push for the League One title so far this season and has attracted interest from a number of Championship sides.And Bolton are the latest to show an interest in the 24-year-old, who has made 110 appearances for Swindon since making his debut in October 2010.Thompson’s younger brother Louis, 20, was sold to Norwich in September but has spent this season back on loan at Swindon.But top-of-the-table Town are desperate not to let their influential skipper leave with promotion in sight. Nathan Thompson in action for Swindon 1last_img read more

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Real Madrid line up v Wolfsburg in the Champions League quarter final

first_img 11 12. Marcelo (left back) Real Madrid take on VfL Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena in the first-leg quarter final of the Champions League, kick off 7:45pm, and you can listen to live commentary on talkSPORT 2.Fresh from victory in El Clasico, Los Blancos will be confident ahead of tonight’s clash, but Zinedine Zidane has insisted his side will not take the Bundesliga outfit for granted.“We cannot relax. We are not untouchable and Wolfsburg are able to hurt us,” said the Frenchman.“Wolfsburg have fought hard and deserve to be here. It will be a tough match but we are well prepared.”So, who might Zidane start in Germany?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Real XI by viewing the slideshow above. 11 1. Keylor Navas (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 3. Pepe (centre back) 11 11 7. Cristiano Ronaldo (right side attack) 11 11 8. Toni Kroos (right centre midfield) 11 4. Sergio Ramos (centre back) 14. Carlos Casemiro (centre midfield) 15. Dani Carvajal (right back) 11 11 11. Gareth Bale (left side attack) 11 11 19. Luka Modric (left centre midfield) 9. Karim Benzema (centre forward) last_img read more

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DDTV: DOCUMENTARY ON MARY BOYLE TO BE RELEASED TONIGHT

first_imgThe long-awaited documentary made by journalist Gemma O Doherty which focuses on the disappearance of Mary Boyle in March, 1977, is to be uploaded to Youtube tonight at 9:20pm. At just six years old Mary vanished from her grandparent’s farm in Ballyshannon. She is Ireland’s youngest missing person. The case has remained unsolved and no closure has been given to Mary’s family despite the disappearance occurring almost 40 years ago. Gemma O Doherty has been working closely with Mary’s twin sister, Ann Doherty to make this eye-opening documentary.O Doherty claims that gardai were on the verge of identifying Mary’s killer, but a local politician began interfering with the investigation, leading to the suspect not being questioned thoroughly.You can view the documentary by logging on to Gemma O Doherty’s youtube page tonight.Please tell all you know in Ireland and abroad ‘Mary Boyle: The Untold Story’ will be shown on YouTube at 9.20pm Mon pic.twitter.com/XFhAfbHZFM— Gemma O’Doherty (@gemmaod1) July 2, 2016 DDTV: DOCUMENTARY ON MARY BOYLE TO BE RELEASED TONIGHT was last modified: July 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ann DohertyDDTVdocumentarygemma o dohertyMARY BOYLEmary boyle the untold storylast_img read more

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LADIES FOOTBALL: THREE DONEGAL GIRLS GIVEN ULSTER SCHOOLS ALL-STARS

first_imgAfter a series of trials three Donegal schoolgirls have been named as this years Ulster Schools All Stars and will compete in the inter provincial tournament in January.Marie O’Reilly and Aine McGettigan from Loreto Letterkenny and Lauren McElwaine from Loreto Milford were named in the honours list today.The full Ulster All Stars List is below: Holly Lynch St Louis CarrickmacrossMarie O’Reilly Loreto LetterkennyAoife McConville St Michael’s GrammarCatriona Caldwell Assumption Grammar School Eimear McAnespie St Ciaran’s BallygawleyLouise Kenny St Paul’s BessbrookSlaine McCarroll St Ciaran’s BallygawleyClara Mulvenna St Mark’s WarrenpointMuireann Atkinson Our Ladies Castleblaney Michaela Gaffney Loreto College CavanAiobhinn Henderson St Michael’s GrammarBlaithin Mackin St Paul’s BessbrookGrainne Rafferty St Ciaran’s Ballygawley Aimee Mackin St Paul’s BessbrookNiamh Callan Our Ladies CastleblaneyLaura Kane St Ciarans BallygawleyEllen Ni Bhriain Coláiste Oiriall MonaghanAine McGettigan Loreto LetterkennyEimear Rocks St Genevieve’s High SchoolLauren McElwaine Loreto MilfordNiamh Coleman St Michael’s GrammarBeth Farrelly McGee Virgina College CavanBridgetta Quinn Our Ladies Grammar NewryLauren Jones St Louis CarrickmacrossChloe Corr St Patrick’s AcademyLADIES FOOTBALL: THREE DONEGAL GIRLS GIVEN ULSTER SCHOOLS ALL-STARS was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyLoretoMilfordUlster Schools All Starslast_img read more

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Athletes of the Week

first_imgChris Rubio School: Nogales AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Age: 16 Hobby: Going to the beach Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights Favorite musical artist: Senses Fail Favorite athlete: Peyton Manning Favorite food: Pizza Numbers: Rubio, the Nobles’ quarterback, scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Nogales’ 15-10 upset win over Arroyo. Rubio helped his team convert several fourth downs in the game. He was making his second start of the season after being called up from the junior varsity. Wendy Darling School: Bonita Sport: Cross country Year: Senior Age: 17 Hobby: Surfing Favorite movie: Never Been Kissed Favorite musical artist: Something Corporate Favorite athlete: Derek Fisher Favorite food: Sushi Numbers: Darling, the Bearcats’ senior captain, won the San Gabriel Valley Invitational Division III race to help her team break a 23-year-old meet record for overall points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,Chris Rubio School: Nogales Age: 16 Hobby: Going to the beach Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights Favorite musical artist: Senses Fail Favorite athlete: Peyton Manning Sport: Football Year: Junior Favorite food: Pizza Numbers: Rubio, the Nobles’ quarterback, scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Nogales’ 15-10 upset win over Arroyo. Rubio helped his team convert several fourth downs in the game. He was making his second start of the season after being called up from the junior varsity. Wendy Darling School: Bonita Sport: Cross country Year: Senior Age: 17 Hobby: Surfing Favorite movie: Never Been Kissed Favorite musical artist: Something Corporate Favorite athlete: Derek Fisher Favorite food: Sushi Numbers: Darling, the Bearcats’ senior captain, won the San Gabriel Valley Invitational Division III race to help her team break a 23-year-old meet record for overall points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,Chris Rubio School: Nogales center_img Favorite food: Pizza Numbers: Rubio, the Nobles’ quarterback, scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Nogales’ 15-10 upset win over Arroyo. Rubio helped his team convert several fourth downs in the game. He was making his second start of the season after being called up from the junior varsity. Wendy Darling School: Bonita Sport: Cross country Year: Senior Age: 17 Hobby: Surfing Favorite movie: Never Been Kissed Favorite musical artist: Something Corporate Favorite athlete: Derek Fisher Favorite food: Sushi Numbers: Darling, the Bearcats’ senior captain, won the San Gabriel Valley Invitational Division III race to help her team break a 23-year-old meet record for overall points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sport: Football Year: Junior Age: 16 Hobby: Going to the beach Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights Favorite musical artist: Senses Fail Favorite athlete: Peyton Manning Sport: Football Year: Junior last_img read more

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Five players the Raiders might target at No. 35

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders completed their first-round haul Thursday night by adding Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs and Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram without trading up or back from picks Nos. 4, 24 and 27.They’ll be slightly less active on Friday during Rounds 2 and 3, when they currently pick only once at No. 35 overall, just three picks into the night’s action. The Raiders don’t hold a third-round pick after trading it to the Steelers in the …last_img read more

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