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OTB Brief | Spurs positive test, Bohs error, Vettel to Mercedes?

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OTB Brief | Spurs positive test, Bohs error, Vettel to Mercedes?

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OTB Brief | Spurs positive test, Bohs error, Vettel to Mercedes?

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Premier League clubs will discuss today what would happen if the season is curtailed by the pandemic.

They'll debate scenarios to finalise the league table if the campaign cannot be completed - but the potential for scrapping relegation is not expected to be on the agenda.

Clubs could also also vote on the possible use of neutral venues for some games.

It's expected that a fixture list for the opening few weeks of the restarted season will be finalised this afternoon.



An individual from Tottenham was the only positive test from the Premier League's latest round of coronavirus screening.

It's not known if it's a player or member of staff but they'll likely miss the first round of fixtures as they go into quarantine for 14 days.



The new Scottish Premiership season is set to start in August.

Matches are likely to be held behind closed doors but every game will be on TV.

Meanwhile the SPFL has written to clubs to ask what it would take for them to back a 14-team top-flight.

Chief executive Neil Doncaster also wants clubs to outline what other factors should be taken into account around league reconstruction.


13 March 2020; A general view of Dalymount Park, home of Bohemian Football Club. Following directives from the Irish Government and the Department of Health the majority of the country's sporting associations have suspended all activity until March 29, in an effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile


Bohemians say it was an "error" for two groups of three of their players and a coach to take part in a training session in the same place.

Pictures of the session at Father Collins Park in Donaghmede in Dublin emerged on social media yesterday.

Bohs insist that social distancing was observed but say they'll ensure only one group of three players will now meet in a single venue until collective training resumes on June the 8th.



Team USA captain Steve Stricker has become the latest voice to speak out against the prospect of a behind closed doors Ryder Cup event this year.

Padraig Harrington's European team are due to play Stricker's side at Whistling Straits in September, though Rory McIlroy is among the players to call for postponement if fans aren't allowed to attend.

Stricker says it would be a crime to play without fans at the Wisconsin course and he added it would likely reduce the event to a "yawnfest".



Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says he hopes to finalise a new contract with Lewis Hamilton 'pretty soon'.

The current world champion's deal is set to run out at the end of the season.

Wolff also admits that they're monitoring the situation of Sebastian Vettel, who is due to become a free agent in December



The NBA will meet with the National Basketball Players Association later to discuss proposals to resume the season with 22 teams next month.

They hope to play eight games at the Disney campus near Orlando in July to decide the teams to progress to the post season playoffs.

The plans would see the playoffs commence in August with the finals in October.

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