The coronavirus pandemic is still raising questions across sport, even with the global calendar decimated by cancelled and postponed events.

Coronavirus has, according to official figures, caused around 6,500 deaths from approximately 170,000 confirmed cases worldwide.

As the pandemic continues, there are going to be some big decisions made in the world of sport over the coming week, with UEFA's 55 members set to come together – via video conference – on Tuesday.

The fate of this season's Champions League and Europa League will be up for debate, while Euro 2020 is also to be discussed.

Here is a look at the latest developments:

 

Ahead of Tuesday's meeting with UEFA, Italian football federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina confirmed he will call for Euro 2020 to be postponed, in the hope that might allow the Serie A season to be finished in June.

This proposal will likely be backed by LaLiga boss Javier Tebas, who is convinced the top-flight season in Spain will be completed. Swiss FA president Dominique Blanc, meanwhile, has confirmed he has coronavirus.

It is not yet clear what will happen in the Premier League, with the teams set to reconvene for another meeting on Thursday and, after coming under criticism for stating that the season should be considered "null and void", West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady defended her comments.

"The Premier League and EFL are doing all we can to ensure the season is finished. Including suspending games, isolating players, and if required playing games behind closed doors and into the summer months," she wrote on Twitter.

"My point was safety of fans, players, staff come first and if the remaining games just cannot be played the only fair and reasonable thing is to declare [the] season null and void."

In a newspaper column, Wayne Rooney backed the decision to postpone fixtures in England, but criticised the Premier League and EFL for taking so long to make the call.

More players have confirmed they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay became the first LaLiga player to be named as having the illness, with the club adding four more members of the first-team playing and coaching staff had also tested positive.

Valencia's former Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala confirmed later on Sunday that he was one of those with the virus.

In Serie A, Sampdoria's Omar Colley posted a video to his official Instagram account in which he refuted his club's claim that he too had received a positive test result.

Meanwhile, Manchester United's Paul Pogba joined the raft of sports stars pledging to support people during the crisis, as he launched a fundraiser to mark his 27th birthday.

In France, Paris Saint-Germain announced they had extended the suspension of all club operations until March 18.

In the United States, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert – the first NBA player to be diagnosed with coronavirus – provided a positive update on his recovery, while also stating: "I wish I would have took this thing more seriously and I hope everyone else will do so because we can do it together."

Not all sport has been postponed just yet, with rugby league in both Britain and Australia continuing for now.

In Super League, Castleford Tigers ran out winners over defending champions St Helens, though in the National Rugby League (NRL), Melbourne Storm's Cameron Smith called for the competition to be suspended.

Round two is set to go ahead next week, albeit behind closed doors, while New Zealand Warriors have elected to remain in Australia rather than return to Auckland, where they would have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Castleford Tigers moved level on points with Wigan Warriors at the top of Super League after they triumphed 28-14 against defending champions St Helens.

With rugby league – for now – continuing despite sporting events and competitions across the globe being postponed due to coronavirus, it was the Tigers who impressed in Sunday's solitary Super League fixture.

After a bright start, Castleford were up and running 12 minutes in, Peter Mata'utia bursting through following fine work from Danny Richardson, who subsequently added the extras against his former club.

Mata'utia turned provider for Derrell Olpherts eight minutes later, with the latter then doubling his tally with a superb diving finish in the corner, though Saints' Tommy Makinson reduced the deficit to 10 points at half-time.

Having played the last 10 minutes of the first half without the cautioned Matty Lees, Saints lost Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook to the sin bin shortly after the restart, with Cheyse Blair extending the Tigers' advantage.

Jack Welsby crossed for Saints, but Jake Trueman soon delivered another Castleford score as the Tigers clinched a fifth win in seven outings.

Luke Thompson's late try was no more than a consolation effort for Saints, who have now lost three times this season to sit in sixth place.

Marc Sneyd slotted through a 40-metre drop-goal in golden-point extra time to give Hull FC a 27-26 victory over Wakefield Trinity in Super League on Friday.

Half-back Sneyd added a pair of penalties to tries from Mahe Fonua, Jamie Shaul and Kieran Buchanan as Hull went into half-time with what appeared a comfortable 14-point lead.

However, Jay Pitts crossed and Ryan Atkins - making his 100th appearance for Wakefield - touched down his second of the game to reduce the arrears as Wakefield mounted an impressive fightback.

Albert Kelly went over for Hull after the hour mark but a Tom Johnstone double levelled the scores late on, with Max Jowitt failing to convert either try.

Hull punished Jowitt's error, with Sneyd ensuring they left with the two points in the additional period.

Blake Austin scored a last-minute drop goal to give Warrington Wolves a 9-8 victory over Castleford Tigers, who would have gone top with a win.

Warrington consequently joined Hull and St Helens in mid-table on six points, with defending champions Saints having gone down 12-10 at home to Huddersfield Giants.

St Helens had little difficulty seeing off Toronto Wolfpack 32-0 in Super League on Saturday, with Jonny Lomax in fine form as the hosts remain pointless.

Lomax got his first tries of the season in the first half, as defending champions St Helens took a 20-0 lead into the break at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium – James Bentley also going over in the 28th minute.

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Aaron Smith touched down in the second half, securing an emphatic victory that sees Saints - who bounced back from World Club Challenge disappointment - go second in Super League, behind Castleford Tigers.

Toronto remain rooted to the foot of the table having lost all five matches in their inaugural Super League campaign.

Sydney Roosters have won the World Club Challenge for a record fifth time thanks to a hard-fought 20-12 victory over St Helens.

The back-to-back NRL champions defeated Wigan Warriors in the 2019 one-off fixture and, despite falling behind against Saints on Saturday, once again came out on top against their Super League counterparts.

Luke Thompson – who will head to Australia after the season to join the Canterbury Bulldogs – opened the scoring when he crashed over from Theo Fages' pass for a converted try.

The Dragons roared back, however, with Daniel Tupou hanging on to a low pass by his boots before waltzing over the line on his side's left flank.

Joseph Manu put the visitors in front when he touched down on the opposite side of the field for his first of the game, diving over as Saints were caught short of numbers out wide.

Kyle Flanagan – making his debut for the Roosters – hit the posts with both conversion attempts, making it 8-6 at the half-time interval.

Saints had opportunities to hit back after the break, wing Tommy Makinson ruled to have knocked on as he attempted to score under pressure.

Instead it was the Roosters who crucially scored next, Manu grabbing his second try. Luke Keary then provided the finish following Siosiua Taukeiaho's initial break from inside his own half, putting the game beyond St Helens.

Alex Walmsley did plunge over for a late consolation score, Makinson adding the extras, but Sydney held on to retain the trophy and maintain their 100 per cent record in the annual competition.

Hull FC's winning start to the Super League season came grinding to a halt in a 32-18 home defeat to St Helens, while Wakefield Trinity picked up their first win of the campaign at the expense of Warrington Wolves.

Saints trailed 6-2 by half-time at KC Stadium courtesy of Carlos Tuimavave scoring a try against the run of play before Marc Sneyd converted, but the visitors stormed into the lead within 10 minutes of the restart as Matthew Costello and Luke Thompson went over in quick succession.

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, James Bentley and Aaron Smith added further scores in a blistering second-half performance from Kristian Woolf's side that rendered tries from Hull's Tuimavave and Jamie Shaul irrelevant as Saints replaced their hosts at the top of the table.

Wakefield's season began with a disappointing defeat at Hull KR but Chris Chester's men bounced back with a home win over Warrington, who led 2-0 at the break after Stefan Ratchford's 38th-minute penalty.

Ryan Hampshire gave Trinity the lead with three well-taken penalties after the restart, and although Ratchford went over and converted to restore Warrington's lead, the game hinged on two minutes that saw Matty Ashurst and Tom Johnstone steam in for tries that Hampshire converted.

The result leaves both sides with two points from their opening trio of games ahead of Trinity's trip to Castleford Tigers and Warrington's clash with struggling Toronto Wolfpack on Friday.

Mark Percival has committed his future to St Helens until the end of the 2024 Super League season.

The England centre, who joined Saints as a 14-year-old, has scored 88 tries and kicked 225 points in 158 appearances.

Percival, who made his first-team debut against Leeds Rhinos in 2013, was among the try scorers as Saints defeated Salford Red Devils to win the Grand Final last season.

"I am over the moon. I have loved being at this club since I joined at the age of 14," Percival, who scored 12 tries in 26 appearances last season, told Saints' official website.

"Leaving has never really come into my mind and to be offered a five-year deal, I am buzzing."

Percival, who also won the 2014 Grand Final with Saints, is set to miss the next few weeks having injured his shoulder and sternum in the 19-0 loss to Warrington Wolves last time out.

Head coach Kristian Woolf added: "I'm delighted Mark has signed a new deal with us. He's as tough as they come and although only in his mid-twenties, is a player with a vast amount of experience.

"Having won two Grand Finals he clearly knows how to win and that is hugely beneficial to our group and the younger players. 

"We will miss Percy over the coming weeks given his injury, but when he is back fit, I have no doubt he will continue to be an important player for us over the coming years."

Warrington got the better of neighbours and reigning Super League champions St Helens - just as they did in last season's Challenge Cup final.

A 19-0 victory on Thursday saw hosts Warrington put an opening defeat to Wigan behind them, while Saints failed to make it two wins from two at the start of their title defence following their thumping of Salford last Friday.

Tries from Daryl Clark, Tom Lineham and Josh Charnley did the damage, as Saints unusually failed to get on the scoresheet.

Warrington won 18-4 when these sides met at Wembley last August, and their hopes were bolstered this time when Saints lost Alex Walmsley to injury in the warm-up.

The first try of the night arrived after half an hour when Clark bounded over, resisting the attentions of Jack Ashworth to ground the ball.

Winger Lineham was next to break through St Helens' defence, collecting and crossing in the right corner. Stefan Ratchford booted the touchline conversion before Blake Austin's drop goal gave the hosts a 13-0 interval cushion.

Lineham's defensive skills were on show as he prevented Kevin Naiqama raiding for a St Helens try early in the second half, with Ratchford also later denying the Fijian.

Charnley made St Helens count the cost of those misses when he put the finishing touches to Matty Ashton's pass and Ratchford added a penalty.

Saints thought they had a consolation try late on, but Jonny Lomax was ruled by the television official not to have grounded the ball after he barged through the home defence.

Luke Thompson is to join NRL side Canterbury Bulldogs at the end of the Super League season from reigning champions St Helens.

The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the 2020 campaign and has made the decision to continue his career in Australia.

Thompson was man of the match when Saints won the Grand Final against Salford last season, his second title with the team.

If he ever opts to return to the Super League, the England and Great Britain prop would be warmly welcomed back by Saints, who expressed their regret at losing a player who made his debut in 2013 after coming through their academy.

"We accept and totally respect Luke's decision and wish him nothing but success in his career and in his life," Saints chairman Eamonn McManus said on Monday.

"There's no hiding from the fact that this is a bitter disappointment to all of us as Luke has been connected to the club since the age of 11 and has developed into an absolute top player at 24 years old."

Thompson has also won three League Leaders' Shields and made over 150 appearances for Saints, including last week’s emphatic 48-8 win over Salford in a Grand Final rematch that opened the 2020 season.

McManus added: "We are absolutely sure that he will be absolutely committed to the club and to his team-mates for the rest of this season.

"If ever he decides to return to England and to Super League then there would be a red carpet waiting for him at St Helens."

The Bulldogs finished 12th last season and have not made the NRL Finals since 2016.

St Helens comfortably beat Salford Red Devils in a repeat of the 2019 Super League Grand Final, while four-try Ben Crooks inspired Hull Kingston Rovers to an opening win over Wakefield Trinity.

Saints cruised to a 23-6 triumph over the Red Devils at Old Trafford in October, and they got their 2020 campaign off to a flying start under new coach Kristian Woolf with a 48-8 home victory.

Salford head coach Ian Watson signed a contract extension on Thursday but, having lost key players such as Jackson Hastings, his side were no match for the defending champions.

After Salford, who face Sonny Bill Williams and the Toronto Wolfpack next week, took a two-point lead, Jonny Lomax slipped in Zeb Taia for Saints' first try. Alex Walmsley and Theo Fages then got in on the act before half-time.

Ken Sio just failed to ground a loose ball before sliding into touch shortly after the restart and Saints made their good fortune count as Kevin Naiqama bundled his way over.

Sio did manage to pull a try back for the visitors, yet Naiqama's second put Saints clear before Jack Welsby's double and another from Walmsley wrapped up a 17th straight home win.

At Craven Park, Crooks was the star of the show with his flurry of tries in Hull KR's 30-12 triumph over Wakefield.

Crooks got things rolling for Rovers in the ninth minute, with Greg Minkin's debut try putting the hosts well in control.

Wakefield twice threatened to fight back but, ultimately, three tries in the space of 24 second-half minutes from Crooks and one from Ryan Brierley claimed the points.

St Helens are the only Super League club not to have made a signing ahead of the 2020 season, but new head coach Kristian Woolf is confident the reigning champions can still improve as they aim to follow up a stunning campaign.

Under Justin Holbrook, Saints romped to the League Leaders' Shield last term for the second year running, before securing Grand Final glory at Old Trafford with a victory over Salford Red Devils.

Given that Saints lost only three league games in 2019, Woolf would appear to face a daunting challenge in succeeding Holbrook, who departed to join Gold Coast Titans in the NRL.

However, the new St Helens boss is optimistic there is even more to come from the squad he has taken over.

Asked about the club's decision not to bring in any new players even though several rivals have made eye-catching signings, Woolf told Omnisport: "We had the ability to make changes if we wanted to. I look through the roster and I think it's a very strong roster across the park and doesn't need change.

"They certainly showed that last year and again there's still improvement in the group. So if we can find improvement we're gonna be competitive.

"We're also blessed with the fact that coming through our academy we've got some very good juniors that, when we need to at different times through the year, they're gonna step up and they're gonna do a great job for us. They're Super League players in the making so certainly at this point I don't think there's any need for change."

Woolf added: "I've been really impressed since I've been here with the playing squad as a whole and what their capabilities are as players, but also just the fact that they're a very humble group.

"It's a new challenge [for me] and it's a different challenge. What we've been able to do is identify a couple of things that we think we can improve and there's obviously a lot of things at the club that have been done really well in the past that don't need improvement and don't need change.

"Getting that balance between finding improvements, but not changing things that aren't broke, that's my challenge and that's something the players have really bought into."

Saints kick off the season on Friday with a rematch of their Grand Final against Salford.

Sydney Roosters will get the opportunity to secure back-to-back World Club Challenge titles when they travel to take on St Helens on February 22.

The Roosters beat Wigan Warriors to be crowned champions this year and will return to Lancashire for a showdown with Saints 12 months later.

Trent Robinson's side retained the NRL title last month and will be out to maintain their 100 per cent World Club Challenge record when they lock horns with the Super League champions.

Robinson said: "This is an important fixture on the rugby league calendar and we're looking forward to heading to England to compete against St Helens for the 2020 World Club Challenge title."

New head coach Kristian Woolf is looking forward to what will be Saints' first appearance in the fixture since 2015, when they lost to South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Woolf said: "We are really excited about the opportunity to face the Roosters in such a prestigious fixture.

"It will be a great challenge for us to test ourselves against the current World Club champions and we are aiming to stand up and represent Super League and this part of the world in what will be a huge game."

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