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Information correct as of 10:00 BST - 13th July 2020.

FOOTBALL

 

Belarusian Premier League, First League and Cup

Football in Belarus has been played during the virus with the country stating that "we have a healthcare system we fully trust and based on our communication with them we took the decision to keep playing." Football fans around the world have enjoyed the coverage in Belarus as one of the few outlets to enjoy football during the pandemic. Unprecedented interest has seen the league and its teams gain fans across the world. BATE Borisov were crowned champions in the Belarusian Cup on the 24th May. 

Czech First League

The Czech First League returned to action on May 23rd. Teams overwhelmingly voted to resume play and the league is being completed with the full support of all parties involved. The plan is that the season will be completed by July 18th 2020, with two games being played per week.

Danish Superliga, 1st Division and Landspokal Cup 

The Danish Superliga season was approved to start by the Danish League Association, with matches being played behind closed doors. The league was suspended on the 9th March and restarted on the 28th May when Aarhus took on Randers FC. The Europa League playoff game will conclude the season on July 29.

The Danish 1st Division resumed on 29th May.

The Landspokal Cup began on 10th June with the Final pencilled in for 1st July. 

Polish Ekstraklasa 

The Polish top-flight season resumed on the 29th May with four rounds of matches still to be played. Players and coaches have undergone extensive testing before returning to training and matches and it looks like Legia Warsaw will be crowned Ekstraklasa champions for a 14th time.

The successful restart has also kept the country on track to host the Europa League Final which UEFA hopes to be played in late-August. 

Swedish Football

Allsvenskan resumed play on 14th June. Round 1 of fixtures will take place over two days and will be the first round of matches of the whole season. Djurgårdens IF Fotboll won the league last season and are bidding for their ninth championship title this season.

Croatian First Football League

Football in Croatia began on May 30th when the semi-finals of the Croatian Cup were played. 

Croatia’s premier football division subsequently returned to action on June 6th. There are strict regulations in place to ensure the safety of those involved in restarting the league. Matches are being played behind closed doors and testing of players and coaches will ensure that a high level of safety is maintained.

EFL League Two

The fourth tier of English football was cancelled after clubs in the division “unanimously indicated” they wished to bring the season to an end and the final table was determined by a points-per-game method. The playoffs began on the 18th June to decide which team would earn the final promotion place. The four teams involved were: Colchester, Exeter, Northampton and Cheltenham

Northampton were crowned playoff champions after they beat Exeter City 4-0 at Wembley on the 29th June.

Coppa Italia  

The Coppa Italia returned to action on the 12th June with the second legs of two highly anticipated semi-finals. Napoli and Juventus were the two victorious teams in those semi-finals, and they contested the final on the 17th June with Napoli winning the title on penalties. 

 

Serie A

The Italian top-flight returned to play on 20th June. Strict protocols are in place to protect the welfare of all parties involved in the resumption of the league. It now looks like a two-horse race between reigning champions Juventus, and Lazio who bid for their first title in 20 years. 

EFL Championship

The EFL Championship returned to play on the 20th June when all 24 teams had nine fixtures remaining. Leeds look to regain Premier League status for the first time since 2003/4. They look favourites along with West Brom to be automatically promoted. The fight for playoff places is very tight and conceivably ten teams look like they could be in with a chance of securing promotion via the playoffs.

The FA Cup

The FA Cup returned to action on the 27th June with Manchester United beating Norwich City 2-1 in an extra-time thriller. All four quarter-finals were completed over the 27th/28th June and the four teams who remain in the competition are Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.  

Semi-Final Dates: 

Manchester United vs Chelsea - 18th July

Arsenal vs Manchester City - 19th July

EFL League One

The League One playoffs resumed on the 3rd July and saw four teams compete for a chance at promotion to the Championship. The four teams in the playoffs are Wycombe, Fleetwood, Oxford and Portsmouth. The second legs will take place on the 6th of July.

The final will place on the 13th July.

Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer returned to play on the 8th July. 26 teams will take part in the new tournament that runs until 11th August from Disney World, Florida. The format for the tournament is: Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship. There will be a total of 51 matches (36 Group stage; 15 knockout stage).

TENNIS

 

UTR Men’s and Women's Pro Tennis Series -  USA

Created in response to COVID 19The US Pro Tennis Series will showcase top-ranked female and male tennis players as they perform at the highest level in a safe and player-friendly environment. Every event will be submitted and reviewed by the Tennis Integrity Unit to ensure strict compliance. There are four different tournaments, two taking place on the East Coast and two taking place on the West Coast. The tournaments will run every week until September 31st. 

UTR Men’s and Women's Pro Tennis Series -  Western Europe

The European Pro Tennis Series for both male and female players began on 8th June. The tournaments run every three days in multi-level format, with eight players in each category. The tournaments are open to players with a minimum ranking of 650 WTA or ATP, with one wildcard per tournament. The matches offered will provide an opportunity for players to both top up their income and remain active. The tournament was put together in record time and will run until ATP and WTA competitions are ready to resume. Every event will be submitted and reviewed by the Tennis Integrity Unity to ensure strict compliance.  

UTR Men’s and Women’s Pro Tennis Series – Australia

The UTR Pro Tennis Series, Australia, began on the 26th July. There will be eight players per men's event and six players per women's event.

There are two four-person round-robin groups followed by Championship, 3rd place, 5th place and 7th place matches. A total of sixteen matches.

The Women's event consists of two three-person round-robin groups followed by Championship, 3rd place and 5th place matches. A total of nine matches.

 

PGA TOUR

 

PGA Tour

The PGA Tour returned on June 11th  with the Charles Schwab Challenge. The winner was Daniel Berger who edged out Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa in a thrilling end to the tournament. 

The restart on June 11th has bought widespread euphoria to golf fans around the world and the multitude of top action that remains this season is hugely exciting. The first four tour events post-suspension will be completed without fans in attendance. 

Check out the IMG ARENA Golf Event Centre HERE 

Basketball

 

Spanish Liga Endesa

The league returned to action on 17th June and all games were played over two weeks. The remainder of the season was played in the city of Valencia at the Fuente de San Luis and Alquería del Basket. 

The competition involved twelve teams divided into two groups of six. Teams played each other once each, for a total of five games, and the top two from each group went on to play the single-match semis and final. 

Ten years after they won their last title, Kirolbet Baskonia were crowned champions on the 30th June after beating FC Barcelona in the final. 

STOCK CAR RACING

 

NASCAR Cup Series

NASCAR returned to action on the 17th May with the Real Heroes 400. The race was won by Kevin Harvick and was a welcome return to live-action for NASCAR fans. Only essential personnel are allowed on-site and they are still required to social distance. Team rosters are being limited to 16 people, including the driver. Everyone at the racetrack is regularly evaluated and given temperature and symptom checks. The sport has been hugely popular since its return and has led the way for many federations returning.  

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

 

UFC

The UFC returned on the 9th  May and hosted three events in one week from Jacksonville, Florida. Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje headlined a bumper card to bring the sport back from the Coronavirus pandemic.  

UFC 250 took place on June 6th, where Amanda Nunes headlined the card against Felicia Spencer. She was once again victorious, winning by unanimous decision and defended her featherweight title. The UFC has been influential in getting sport back underway and the positive response to their return has vindicated their hard work. Four events in July will be held on ‘Fight Island’ (Yas Island, Abu Dhabi) and further emphasise the UFC’s commitment to innovation during these complicated times.  

Check out the IMG ARENA UFC Event Centre HERE

SNOOKER

 

World Snooker Tour

The World Snooker Tour returned to action on the 20th June with the Coral Tour Championship from Milton Keynes. The tournament featured eight of the world's best players, with the final taking place on the 26th June. Stephen Maguire won the tournament, beating Mark Allen in the final. 

The World Championship is scheduled to run from 31st July to the 16th August at its usual venue, The Crucible. Qualifying will take place in Sheffield from 21st July to 28th July. 

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