Bayern Munich have confirmed Robert Lewandowski will be sidelined for a month after suffering a knee injury against Chelsea.

Ireland's Six Nations clash with Italy in Dublin has been called off amid fears over the spread of the Coronavirus.

Andy Farrell's side had been due to host Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday March 7 in their penultimate game of the tournament.

However, the outbreak of the virus in northern Italy had led to calls for the game to be postponed.

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) met with the country's minister for health, Simon Harris, on Tuesday and it was determined the game should not go ahead.

The matches in the Women's Six Nations and the Under-20 Six Nations have also been postponed.

An IRFU statement read: "The IRFU had a positive meeting with Minister Harris and his advisors today, where we requested a formal instruction as to the staging of the Ireland v Italy international matches over the weekend of 6/8 March.

"At the outset we made it clear that the IRFU was supportive of the Governments' need to protect public health in relation to the Coronavirus.

"We were then advised, formally, that The National Public Health Emergency team has determined that the series of matches should not proceed, in the interests of Public Health.

"The IRFU is happy to comply with this instruction.

"We will immediately begin to work with our Six Nations partners to look at the possibility of rescheduling the matches and would hope to have an update on this in the coming days."

Last weekend saw four football matches in Serie A postponed, including Inter's clash with Sampdoria as part of measures to prevent the spread of the virus in Italy.

Inter's Europa League meeting with Ludogorets will be contested behind closed doors on Thursday.

Additionally, this weekend's scheduled Pro14 rugby games between Parma-based club Zebre and Ospreys and Benetton Treviso and Ulster will not go ahead.

Ireland suffered their first defeat of the tournament as they were beaten 24-12 by England at Twickenham last Sunday. 

They are four points behind leaders France in the table. Italy have lost each of their three games and appear destined for another wooden spoon.

Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 32.

A five-time grand slam champion, Sharapova has struggled with injuries in recent years while she also served a 15-month ban after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

Announcing her decision to step away from the game in Vogue and Vanity Fair, she wrote: "How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known? 

"How do you walk away from the courts you’ve trained on since you were a little girl, the game that you love — one which brought you untold tears and unspeakable joys — a sport where you found a family, along with fans who rallied behind you for more than 28 years?

"I'm new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis — I'm saying goodbye."

Sharapova finishes her career at 373 in the WTA rankings but spent much of her time on the circuit challenging for the game's biggest prizes.

Having moved from Russia to Florida aged six to pursue a tennis career, Sharapova's star continued to rise and, having turned pro in 2001, she made her first appearance at a Tour level event in 2002.

A year later she won her first WTA title at the Japan Open and her first grand slam success arrived aged 17 at Wimbledon in 2004.

By then she was well established as the pin-up girl of women's tennis and one of the most marketable athletes in the world.

Four more grand slam successes followed.

Sharapova, who ends her career with 36 WTA titles, wrote: "Wimbledon seemed like a good place to start. I was a naive 17-year-old, still collecting stamps, and didn’t understand the magnitude of my victory until I was older —and I'm glad I didn't.

"My edge, though, was never about feeling superior to other players. It was about feeling like I was on the verge of falling off a cliff — which is why I constantly returned to the court to figure out how to keep climbing.

"The US Open showed me how to overcome distractions and expectations. If you couldn't handle the commotion of New York - well, the airport was almost next door.

"The Australian Open took me to a place that had never been a part of me before - to an extreme confidence that some people call being 'in the zone'. I really can’t explain it - but it was a good place to be.

"The clay at the French Open exposed virtually all my weaknesses - for starters, my inability to slide on it - and forced me to overcome them. Twice. That felt good."

Her second success at Roland Garros came in 2014 but, by then, injuries were starting to take their toll and the last of her 10 appearances in a grand slam final ended in defeat to Serena Williams at the 2015 Australian Open.

The announcement she had failed the test for meldonium – a drug developed for heart patients that Sharapova claimed she took due to a magnesium deficiency and a family history of diabetes - not only did irreparable damage to her image but also ended her status as a serious contender.

Sharapova protested her innocence and saw the initial two-year suspension reduced on appeal but her results since returning have been largely underwhelming.

She did reach the semi-finals of her comeback event, the Stuttgart Grand Prix, in April 2017 but her sole success was in a minor WTA International tournament in Tianjin. 

Her final match was at the 2020 Australian Open, a 6-3 6-4 first-round defeat to Donna Vekic.

Reports suggest she has earned over $30million in endorsements over the course of her career while she owns her own sweet brand – Sugarpova.

And it is those business interests she will now focus her time on.

She concluded: "In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I'll miss it every day.

"I'll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court's gate before I hit my first ball of the day.

"I'll miss my team, my coaches. I'll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench. The handshakes — win or lose — and the athletes, whether they knew it or not, who pushed me to be my best.

"Tennis showed me the world — and it showed me what I was made of. It’s how I tested myself and how I measured my growth.

"And so in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I’ll still be pushing. I’ll still be climbing. I'll still be growing."

Eden Hazard is set to miss Real Madrid's crucial clashes against Manchester City and Barcelona after suffering a hairline fracture to his right ankle.

The Belgium forward limped off in the second half of Los Blancos' 1-0 defeat to Levante on Saturday and received treatment for the injury on the bench.

Madrid have not said how much time Hazard will miss but reports in Spain suggest another long lay-off meaning the former Chelsea star will not face Manchester City in Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first-leg tie, or Barca in a crucial Clasico in LaLiga next weekend.

A club statement read: "Following the tests carried out today [Sunday] on our player, Eden Hazard, by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a fracture to his right distal fibula.

"His recovery will continue to be assessed."

It marks another blow for Hazard in a debut campaign blighted by injury, the 29-year-old having only returned from another fractured right ankle sustained against Paris Saint-Germain in November last weekend.

The start of Hazard's Madrid career was delayed by a hamstring problem he suffered in August and the timing of his latest setback could hardly have been worse.

Madrid's loss to Levante means they have ceded top spot in LaLiga to Barca ahead of the Clasico, while their fight for a 14th European crown restarts in a huge clash with Pep Guardiola's City.

Speaking after the game, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted the initial analysis of Hazard was not promising.

"It doesn't look good," Zidane told reporters at a news conference."It can become weak where you've had an injury. It is a blow, let's see.

"It's sore now but we'll see tomorrow when we do more tests."

Hazard has made just 15 appearances for Madrid since joining in a big-money move from Chelsea last July.

Eden Hazard is set to miss Real Madrid's crucial clashes against Manchester City and Barcelona after suffering a hairline fracture to his right ankle.

Barcelona have completed the controversial signing of Martin Braithwaite from Leganes after the club were granted special dispensation to complete the deal outside of the transfer window.

LaLiga's champions were given permission to sign a forward after injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele left them short of striking options.

Barca on Thursday confirmed they have met an €18million release clause to bring in the 28-year-old until June 2024, with a buyout clause set at €300million.

Braithwaite has scored six goals in 24 LaLiga appearances for relegation-threatened Leganes this season.

Reports that Barca were poised to seal the contentious move raised questions over how the Catalan giants are able to draft in reinforcements with the window closed.

Leganes, who are 19th in LaLiga and two points from safety, reportedly had an appeal to complete a transfer of their own turned down as signing a replacement for a departing player does not comply with the rules in Spain.

Struggling Leganes also saw fellow striker Youssef En-Nesyri join Sevilla in a €20million deal in January.

Braithwaite arrived at Leganes in January 2019 after an uninspiring spell at Middlesbrough, while he also spent time on loan in Ligue 1 with Bordeaux.

Barca are second in LaLiga, just a point adrift of Clasico rivals Real Madrid.

Roger Federer will miss the French Open after undergoing knee surgery on Wednesday, the 20-time grand slam champion has confirmed.

The 20-time grand slam champion was due to play in his second tournament of the year at the Dubai Tennis Championships next week after losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Australian Open last month.

Federer, 38, revealed on Thursday that he has been troubled by an issue with his right knee and underwent an arthroscopic operation in his native Switzerland, which should enable him to make a full recovery.

The world number three will sit out the second major of the year at Roland Garros in May, but expects to be back for the grass-court season.

Federer posted on Twitter: "My right knee has been bothering me for a little while.

"I hoped it would go away, but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday.

"After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery.

"As a result, I will unfortunately have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open. I am grateful for everyone's support.

"I can't wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!"

Emre Can will join Borussia Dortmund permanently from Juventus in July on a deal that runs until 2024, the Bundesliga club have announced.

The 26-year-old Germany international initially moved to Dortmund in January on a loan deal that runs until the end of this campaign.

He scored on his first Bundesliga appearance in a 4-3 loss to Bayer Leverkusen and started last week's 4-0 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt.

As part of the loan deal, Dortmund were obliged to buy Can for €25million if "sport results" were achieved and the club have acted swiftly to reach an agreement for that fee just 18 days after the initial move.

"Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement with Italian record champions Juventus over the permanent transfer of Germany international Emre Can," read a statement on Dortmund's website.

"The 26-year-old's loan deal ends in June. As of 1 July, a valid contract between Borussia Dortmund and Can will enter into force and run until 30 June 2024."

Former Bayern Munich and Leverkusen midfielder Can is back playing in Germany for the first time in six years after stints with Liverpool and Juve.

He joined Serie A champions Juve on a four-year deal in July 2018 and made 29 appearances in his debut season under Massimiliano Allegri.

However, Can fell out of favour in Turin under Maurizio Sarri and slipped down the pecking order following the arrivals of Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey.

The writing appeared on the wall when Can was left out of Juve's Champions League squad and he has now sealed a permanent departure.

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will be out for "a number of weeeks" after fracturing his right arm, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

The South Korea international suffered the blow during Sunday’s 3-2 win at Aston Villa, in which he scored two goals - including a stoppage-time winner.

Spurs revealed that Son will undergo surgery this week, which is a major setback as they prepare for Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 clash with RB Leipzig.

Son will also be absent for a crunch spell of Premier League fixtures, including a London derby with Chelsea on Saturday, as Tottenham bid to secure a Champions League spot.

News of the injury comes as a crushing blow to Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, who has been relying on Son to lead to provide firepower in the continuing absence of Harry Kane.

England captain Kane is battling to return before the end of the season after undergoing surgery on a torn hamstring injury suffered at Southampton on New Year’s Day.

Tottenham revealed in a statement: "Following surgery, our medical staff shall be reviewing management options for Son's rehabilitation with the player expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks."

Mourinho has few options remaining in attack, having not brought in a striker during the January transfer window.

Lucas Moura looks the likeliest player to play in a more advanced role, as Tottenham look to fill the gap left by Son, who has scored 16 goals for the club this season.

Tottenham also have Troy Parrott in their ranks, although the 18-year-old Republic of Ireland international has been used sparingly by Mourinho so far.

Mourinho may also look to the likes of Steven Bergwijn and Dele Alli to move forward.

Fifth-placed Spurs face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after a first leg at home to Leipzig before a trip to Wolves as the battle for Champions League spots hots up.

They also face Manchester United and Sheffield United next month following the second leg at Leipzig on March 10.

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will be out for "a number of weeeks" after fracturing his right arm, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Manchester City have been given a two-season Champions League ban for "serious breaches" of Financial Fair Play regulations, UEFA has announced.

The Premier League club must also pay a €30million fine as part of their punishments, which are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Following an investigation, the Adjudicatory Chamber of UEFA's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) found City guilty of "overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016".

The probe into City's financial affairs was prompted by a series of allegations published by German magazine Der Spiegel in November 2018, which drew on documents purportedly obtained by whistleblowers Football Leaks.

City have denied wrongdoing throughout the process and swiftly stated their intention to appeal the verdict, accusing UEFA of a lack of impartiality in a strongly worded statement.

"Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today's announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber," the statement read.

"The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.  

"Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity."

The statement from the Premier League champions sounded a similarly strident tone to when they addressed being referred to the CFCB's Adjudicatory Chamber in May last year and they once again took specific issue with Yves Leterme - the former Belgian Prime Minister and UEFA's chief investigator.

City's appeal against that referral was dismissed as "inadmissible" by CAS last November because the CFCB had not determined a punishment at that stage.

CAS published details of that appeal this week, revealing City sought damages from UEFA over what they felt were "unlawful" leaks to the media – accusations Leterme believed to be "groundless" and "unacceptable in tone". CAS noted the allegations of leaks were "worrisome".

"In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun," City's Friday statement read.

"The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver. 

"The club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling."

City completed a clean sweep of domestic trophies in England last season and have won five of the past six major English honours on offer.

European success has eluded Pep Guardiola and his players, however, and UEFA's ruling arguably heightens the importance of the forthcoming last-16 showdown with Real Madrid.

UEFA previously found City guilty of FFP breaches in 2014, with a €60m fine – later reduced to €20m after stipulated conditions were met – and a restriction in squad numbers for their 2014-15 Champions League campaign the punishment on that occasion.

Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The race was due to take place at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 19, as the fourth event in the 2020 F1 calendar.

However, fears over the spread of the coronavirus disease – which was given the name Covid-19 this week – means the grand prix becomes the latest sporting event to be called off in China.

A statement on the official F1 website said: "The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix, which had been scheduled for April 17-19, has been postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak."

The coronavirus death toll has risen above 1,000, with over 42,000 confirmed cases within China, according to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.

It was first detected in the city of Wuhan, around 450 miles from Shanghai.

The FIA, motorsport's world governing body, said in a statement on Wednesday: "In view of the continued spread of novel coronavirus and after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People's Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports, the Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, has officially requested that the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix be postponed.

"The FIA, together with Formula 1, have jointly decided to accept this official request from the promoter and postpone the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.

"As a result of continued health concerns and with the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, the FIA and Formula 1 have taken these measures in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains of primary concern."

The FIA said it and race officials would "study the viability of potential alternative dates for the Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve".

Chinese authorities are keen to prevent mass gatherings, given the potential for the coronavirus to rapidly spread, and that has led to a host of events being postponed or cancelled outright.

Domestic football in the country has been suspended, while World Athletics postponed its World Indoor Championships in Nanjing until 2021. The Hong Kong Marathon was cancelled, with LPGA golf and Fed Cup tennis events also hit.

Fears of a global pandemic have been raised by a number of experts.

The WHO has so far advised against restrictions being imposed on international travel.

However, the United States has told its citizens not to travel to China and has instructed those already in the country to "attempt to depart by commercial means", urging those who choose to stay to "stay home as much as possible and limit contact with others, including large gatherings".

The United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all travel to the Wuhan area and against "all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China", urging British citizens in China to leave where possible.

England is home to a host of Formula One teams, including Mercedes, who are based in the Northamptonshire town of Brackley. The McLaren, Williams, Red Bull and Renault teams also have UK bases.

Ousmane Dembele will be out for around six months after having hamstring surgery, Barcelona confirmed.

The injury-plagued Frenchman will miss the rest of the season and is unlikely to return in time for France's Euro 2020 campaign, which begins in June.

Barca confirmed on February 6 that Dembele was due to go under the knife in Finland, with the winger having suffered a ruptured tendon in his proximal hamstring in his right thigh.

Following the procedure on Tuesday, Barca expect the former Borussia Dortmund talent to be out until August.

Dembele has endured an injury nightmare at Barca, suffering several serious problems since arriving at Camp Nou for an initial €105million in August 2017.

This term he has been limited to just nine appearances across all competitions, the last coming against former club Dortmund on November 27.

Barca are expected to be granted special dispensation to sign a replacement for Dembele, though regulations will limit them to a free agent or a domestic player.

The injury is also sure to impact France's preparations for Euro 2020.

Dembele has been a regular for the world champions ever since making his debut in 2016, but he will now likely play no part in the European Championship.

Ousmane Dembele will be out for around six months after having hamstring surgery, Barcelona confirmed.

Jurgen Klinsmann has resigned as Hertha Berlin head coach after just 11 weeks at the helm, citing a lack of "trust" from the club's hierarchy. 

The former Germany boss, who assumed the role in November on a deal until the end of the season following Ante Covic's departure, confirmed he was stepping down on Tuesday.

Writing on Facebook, the 55-year-old said he would revert to his position as a member of the supervisory board at the Bundesliga club, who sit 14th.

"At the end of November we met the wishes of the club management with a highly competent team and helped them in a difficult time," wrote Klinsmann, who won three of his nine league matches in charge.

"We were on a very good path in the relatively short time, and thanks to the support of many people, we are now six points away from the relegation places despite mostly difficult games. 

"I am firmly convinced that Hertha will achieve the goal – remaining in the division.

"As head coach, however, I also need the trust of the people involved for this task, which has not yet been completed. 

"Unity, cohesion and focus on the essential are the most important elements, especially in the relegation battle. If they are not guaranteed, I cannot exploit my potential as a coach and therefore cannot live up to my responsibility.

"Therefore, after much deliberation, I came to the conclusion that I would give up my position as head coach at Hertha and retire to my original long-term role as a member of the supervisory board."

His statement came before any official word from the club.

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