Coronavirus in Sport LIVE:

AFTER more than three months of waiting, the Premier League is coming back on June 17.

And in a further boost to football fans in the UK, the Championship has set a provisional date to restart while we've all the latest on the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Monday also marks the first day for a return of horse racing and greyhounds.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below…

  • ATTACKED KENNY SPEAKING

    Ex-England and Arsenal star Kenny Sansom has talked for the first time since the attack that left him fighting for life.

    He told family holding a six-week hospital vigil: “I’m in a bad way.”

    A friend said: “Kenny is sitting up and has said a few words.

    “It’s a massive relief. But he is still really ill and badly hurt.”

    Another added: “If Kenny is going to recover he is going to need a lot of support and a lot of care.”

  • NEEDS RUBBER STAMP

    Odion Ighalo has “agreed” a loan extension with Manchester United until end of January 2021 with the transfer awaiting FA approval.

    The agreement with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua officially expired on Sunday night, and it appeared as though United had failed in a bid to keep the striker at the club.

    According to The Telegraph, both sides have now come to an agreement for the 30-year-old to stay in Manchester until the new year.

    The deal is said to be awaiting confirmation with FA for registration.

    It is claimed Ighalo will then discuss a new contract with Shanghai Shenhua once he returns in 2021.

  • A COO FOR BIRDS

    More than 4,000 birds belonging to members of the Barnsley Federation of Racing Pigeons are being released from a park in Kettering today ahead of a 90-mile sprint back to South Yorkshire.

    Organiser John Greenshield says he is expecting his 35 pigeons in the race to start arriving back at his allotment in Hemsworth around one hour and 50 minutes after they are released.

    Retired miner Greenshield, 72, said the green light came earlier than many expected and so many of the birds are far from “match fit”.

    Greenshield said: “This is a very strong ex-mining area and I worked in the pits for 41 years.

    “The whole current situation has got people down and there are a lot of mental problems.

    “The racing is something for people to get out of bed for. People are really looking forward to it.”

  • END OF A CYCLE

    Japan will not have a MotoGP round for the first time since 1986 after organisers on Monday cancelled the October 18 race at Motegi due to the COVID-19 pandemic that will keep the series in Europe until mid-November.

    The race is a home one for champions Honda as well as manufacturers Yamaha and Suzuki. It is the sixth on the 2020 calendar to be cancelled.

    Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of promoters Dorna, said in a statement that the championship would focus on doing as many races as possible in Europe until mid-November.

    The Spaniard said: “Overseas events, if at all possible, should be scheduled after mid-November — which would be too late in the year for the Grand Prix of Japan to be held.”

    Kaoru Tanaka, president of circuit managers Mobilityland Corporation, said the situation in Japan and Europe was too unpredictable.

    He said: “The extension of the international travel ban is expected. As a result of our discussions with Dorna…we agreed that we have no choice but to cancel the Japanese GP in order to complete the season.”

  • DOG DAYS ARE OVER

    Greyhound racing will fly out the traps THIS MORNING as the very first sport to resume following the UK shutdown.

    At 10.21am at Perry Barr in Birmingham, a canine athlete will make history as the first competitor to win a British professional sporting event since the easing of lockdown measures – as competitive greyhound racing gets the UK sporting calendar off and running hours before horse racing takes place behind closed doors in Newcastle.

    The contest at the Birmingham venue has been titled the ‘Arc Thanks to NHS and Key Workers’ race and the favourite is the Peter Holland-trained Catunda Taya, who will wear the black-and-white jacket of trap six for this sprint contest while bidding to create her own slice of history as the winner of the first sporting event in the UK.

    Kevin Hutton, English Derby-winning champion trainer, said: “It's so important that the sport can start again as quickly as possible – the dogs were missing it greatly so getting them back doing what they love couldn't come soon enough.

    “So we have really been looking forward to getting back to it and the organisers have done brilliantly to get it back so soon. “Being the first to return is the icing on the cake, to showcase to the nation how exciting our sport is.”

  • MORNING SPORTS FANS

    Horse and greyhound racing gets underway in the UK again today as we FINALLY get some sport back after lockdown.

    The Sky Bet Championship is set for a June 20 resumption after the English Football League agreed on a provisional return date.

    The Premier League announced on Thursday that play is due to return on June 17 following the coronavirus suspension that began in mid-March.

    The EFL followed suit on Sunday evening, announcing that the Championship is set to restart around the same time.

    Meanwhile, Premier League clubs will reportedly oppose a points-per-game resolution if the Premier League season is halted by coronavirus again.

    And those battling for Premier League survival would not be in favour of a points-per-game finish to the season.

    The teams currently occupying the relegation places are Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth.

    If points-per-game was used now these three teams would be dropping down to the Championship.

    In other news, Atalanta boss Gianpiero Gasperini claims he caught Covid-19 AFTER his team's Champions League clash against Valencia – which was dubbed the 'coronavirus timebomb'.

    The 62-year-old says the virus made him feel like he was fighting for his life.

    And finally, Jose Mourinho has told players worried about the season restarting to stop being selfish and get on with it.

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