Brescia president Massimo Cellino has criticised Lazio counterpart Claudio Lotito's desire to resume the Serie A campaign – reiterating his stance that he will not let his team play again this season.

Serie A is on hiatus as Italy remains on lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Italian government has extended its current strict restrictions on movement and outdoor activities until May 3, although reports in the country this week suggested some clubs are keen to return to training, resume playing by the end of the month and conclude 2019-20 in July.

Brescia's Lombardy region is the hardest hit in Italy by COVID-19 and Cellino threatened to forfeit games earlier this month when the prospect of his club resuming their fixtures was mooted.

Lazio are a point behind champions Juventus having launched a surprise title challenge but Cellino urged Lotito – who has declared Simone Inzaghi's squad to be "ready and waiting" to play - to look at the bigger picture.

"I see too much selfishness and too many people trying to take advantage of this situation," he told Giornale di Brescia.

"Lotito wants to get back on the pitch? I listen only to those who deserve to be listened to. I don't even know if Lotito represents Lazio, since he is only president of their board of directors.

"Seriously, let them take a walk around Brescia and see what’s happening here. I don't want any advantages and I'm not afraid of relegation, because I know the club won’t go bankrupt and we’ll earn our place back in Serie A."

Cellino added: "I reiterate that if there are games again, Brescia will not play.

"This is not a provocation. They can dock points if they want, I take all responsibility."

Brescia lie bottom of Serie A, nine points from safety having won four and lost 18 of 26 matches.

Daria Kasatkina may not be seeing an awful lot of the tennis courts just now, but the 22-year-old is still staying close to her racket while the WTA Tour season is suspended.

The Russian was a runner-up at Indian Wells in 2018 and reached the quarter-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.

She had been looking to climb the rankings this season after a miserable 2019 campaign, but instead is spending all her time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kasatkina is at least staying closely acquainted with her tennis kit, as she showed her 129,000 Instagram followers in an amusing video sent from her apartment on Sunday.

Giving her best deadpan face throughout, Kasatkina is initially seen brushing her teeth alongside the racket, before the pair are seen together at the breakfast table, pouring it a drink into a cup bearing the slogan 'INTROVERTS UNITE' and preparing avocado and toast.

Kasatkina then tucks her racket gently beneath a blanket on the sofa, wrapping her arm around the recently under-used shot-maker.

The short film, described by Kasatkina as 'The only way we are spending time together now', ends with the former top-10 star hunkering down in bed with the racket.

Another day in lockdown complete, another day closer to getting back to competition.

Thierry Henry engaged the minds of his Monaco team with "bright, engaging" training sessions and could have been "fantastic" for the club had he not been sacked so quickly during the 2018-19 season, according to Rony Lopes.

After a difficult start to the campaign that saw them win just one of their first nine matches, Leonardo Jardim was dismissed in October and replaced swiftly by Henry, who had previously been Roberto Martinez's assistant with Belgium.

With an injury crisis ravaging the squad, results were little better under Henry, who won two of his 12 matches in charge, finding himself dismissed in January after a crushing 5-1 home defeat by Strasbourg and subsequently moving on to Montreal Impact in MLS.

Curiously, Jardim was reinstated after Henry's sacking, but he only lasted until December and Lopes – who was a part of the Monaco squad last season – feels the Frenchman was shown the door too soon, convinced he was having an impact on a squad that had felt the full force of bad luck with injuries.

"The time with Henry was a very hard campaign because it was a moment in the season when we had 17 injured players," Lopes said to the Athletic. "We played in the Champions League with five strikers who were 18 years old.

"Even if they are good players, they do not have the experience to play games like that. It was a hard season for them. I have never been in a situation like that in my life.

"I think people don't really know what happened with Thierry. In my opinion, the club did not give him enough time. The training sessions were really good and the ideas were bright, engaging and good.

"When he had the players back fit, and the team starting to be how he wanted, the club sacked him. I did not agree with that. If they had given him more time, he could have been a fantastic coach for Monaco.

Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish has left hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 69-year-old had been admitted for treatment on gallstones on Wednesday and was given a routine coronavirus test, which came back positive.

Dalglish, who was showing no symptoms, was released on Saturday and is now in self-isolation at home.

Writing in The Sunday Post, the former Celtic and Scotland star paid tribute to the NHS staff who looked after him.

"They were absolutely brilliant," he said. "As a nation, we are all very fortunate to have them and I wish them all well as they work tirelessly to help the country through this pandemic."

Dalglish won four Scottish league titles and five domestic cups with Celtic before signing for Liverpool in 1977.

A glittering Anfield career delivered six league titles and three European Cups as player and then player-manager from 1985 until 1990.

Dalglish was in charge during the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died during a crush in an FA Cup match. He won widespread acclaim for his support of the victims' families.

Dalglish won the Premier League in 1995 as manager of Blackburn Rovers and later had spells in charge of Newcastle United and Celtic before returning to Liverpool for 2011-12, in which they won the EFL Cup and reached the final of the FA Cup, losing to Chelsea.

South Sydney Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly has hit back at criticism of plans to resume the NRL from May 28.

The competition was suspended after just two rounds on March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with earlier games having taken place behind closed doors.

A return date at the end of next month was decided following a call with league organisers and club representatives, but there have been concerns raised by some figures from outside the sport.

Hawthorn AFL president Jeff Kennett suggested the NRL was putting monetary concerns ahead of player safety by allowing the competition to resume, but Solly insists that is an unfair claim.

"Some of the commentary has been ill-informed or misinformed," Solly told ABC Grandstand. "There is no way we are going to do anything to put our players or staff at risk.

"We're not going to do anything the government doesn't allow us to do or the medical or biosecurity experts don't recommend we do.

"So, if we do start playing again it's because we have been cleared by the government to do so."

Solly did add, however, that resuming the competition as soon as possible is imperative for a number of club employees who are facing possible job insecurity.

"If we have a position where the government supports our return to play, it's almost an imperative for our members, sponsors and staff to play," he added.

"We've got 60 staff that rely on rugby league playing for their jobs.

"If it's safe and the government is supporting us playing, why wouldn't we get these people back to work as soon as we can?

"We are an employer. There is a human cost in not operating and opening our doors.

"If the government tells us it is safe to play then we should be minimising that human cost and getting our people back to work."

Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez fears it will be "impossible" to complete this season's Champions League.

UEFA has suspended the Champions League and Europa League indefinitely during the coronavirus pandemic.

President Aleksander Ceferin said last week that he would consider allowing those European competitions to resume behind closed doors if necessary, likely in July and August, but he accepted they might have to be cancelled if they were unable to resume matches by September.

With Europe's top leagues also facing the prospect of having to be completed in July or later, Hernandez does not think it will be practical to stage the final rounds of the Champions League at the same time.

"It's going to be hard to cram all this in as well as a possible end to the league," he told L'Equipe.

"The Champions League concerns all the countries affected by coronavirus. It will be difficult to get everyone out of lockdown, to be in similar condition but also just to meet up, to travel to Italy, Spain, England or France.

"You have to be realistic. I think it will be impossible to finish in the Champions League in these times, especially if we favour ending the domestic leagues."

Clubs in the Bundesliga have been allowed to resume first-team training, albeit with strict restrictions in place on the number of players assembled at any one time.

Bayern kept players in separate small groups to adhere to social distancing guidelines after beginning training at Sabener Strasse from last Monday.

"The conditions are very strict. We are in small groups of four. We do not meet the others," Hernandez explained.

"We train at different times to avoid contact. The changing rooms are also arranged differently. We don't occupy the same pitches.

"But as soon as it's over, we'll quickly go and shower and eat at home. This is another way to get the machine up and running again."

Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker defeated team-mate Deandre Ayton to win the NBA 2K20 charity tournament.

With the NBA postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, a charity tournament has been put together to raise money in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.

And Booker received the $100,000 cheque to donate to charity after taking down Ayton in the best-of-three final on Saturday.

Booker – seeded fifth for the tournament – won game one 72-62 using the Houston Rockets against Ayton's Los Angeles Lakers.

In game two, Booker selected the Denver Nuggets and triumphed 74-62 over the Milwaukee Bucks.

"Undefeated tournament. Thanks to 2K for putting this on. Lots of good competition out here," Booker said afterwards. 

Earlier in the day, Booker had beaten Clippers star Montrezl Harrell in the first semi-final clash.

Meanwhile, Ayton – the 10th seed – upstaged Clippers guard Patrick Beverley to set up an all-Suns decider.

The NRL hiatus might give Melbourne Storm an advantage when the league resumes next month, according to Cooper Cronk.

The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) announced that the NRL is planning to restart the coronavirus-hit season on May 28.

The competition was suspended after just two rounds on March 23 due to COVID-19, with earlier games having taken place behind closed doors.

Melbourne were among six teams to have won both their games prior to the NRL postponement and Cronk – who claimed two Grand Finals with the Storm before leading Sydney Roosters to consecutive titles – believes Craig Bellamy's fast-starting side will return stronger.

"I think Melbourne and Canberra [Raiders] are positioned perfectly," the 36-year-old Australian great told Fox League Live.

"Basically what is going to win you footy games is good defence, high completions and a good kicking game.

"Make the other teams make errors and then you kick on afterwards. And Melbourne has been doing that for a long period of time.

"[They] haven't lost a round one under Craig Bellamy since his beginning. So you would imagine that trend is going to continue."

The NRL is exploring radical plans to relaunch the 2020 campaign, with chief executive Todd Greenberg insisting all ideas were on the table.

Cronk added: "It's going to be a real mental battle for a lot of teams who are 0-2."

Kylian Mbappe joining Real Madrid is "just a question of time" according to Jerome Rothen, who claims the Paris Saint-Germain star was set for the LaLiga giants prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mbappe continues to be linked with a blockbuster move to Madrid, where head coach Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his admiration for the France international forward.

The 21-year-old, who swapped Monaco for French rivals PSG on an initial loan deal in 2017, is contracted until 2022 but Mbappe is no closer to committing his future to the Ligue 1 champions despite the club's best efforts.

Former PSG midfielder Rothen said Mbappe almost signed for Madrid before the COVID-19 crisis – which has claimed more than 108,700 lives globally – wreaked havoc on sport and society.

"I know from club sources that a deal to take Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid was almost done," Rothen, who won two titles during his six years at PSG, told Radio Montecarlo.

"But with what has been happening, I'm sure that Mbappe's arrival at Real Madrid will be postponed."

Rothen added: "There is no way that Mbappe will extend his contract with PSG.

"They will have an agreement between them in place because PSG agreed to let him go this summer. In my opinion, it's just a question of time."

Prior to coronavirus halting Ligue 1 and sport across the world, Mbappe had scored 18 league goals and 30 across all competitions for PSG in 2019-20.

Carlo Ancelotti believes he can emerge from the coronavirus pandemic lay-off in a healthier state than before the Premier League was paused.

The Everton manager admits he has knee issues that were only worsening during his all-consuming daily work.

But with football on hold in England and across much of the globe, former Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid boss Ancelotti is determined to do himself a major fitness favour.

Although he has Everton duties to attend to, and is devouring series on Netflix and Apple TV, Ancelotti is making the most of his chance to walk and cycle, ensuring he gets his daily permitted exercise.

“When I am working I have no time to do this, so I have problems with my knees," Ancelotti said. “I try to use this time to improve the condition of my knees. I like to hear the sound of my bike.”

Had he been in his homeland of Italy, Ancelotti would not have such freedom.

That country is on a tighter lockdown than England, and Ancelotti knows he is fortunate to have an opportunity to get out and about near his coastal Crosby home, a short distance north of Liverpool.

He stressed the need to observe social distancing while exercising.

“It is not a good time in the world, in England and Italy and around Europe, because of this pandemic," Ancelotti told Everton's official website.

"But from the other aspect, the fact we have the possibility to walk and bike is important for ourselves - it is a good time for this.

"I met some supporters out biking, from a safe distance, of course. In Italy you are not allowed to do this.

"I am in contact with a lot of people in Italy and they are forced to stay at home, so it is not a good time for them."

The WTA Rogers Cup was cancelled for 2020 on Saturday - a reality check amid suggestions that tennis might return to normal before long.

A major event on the women's tour in the run-up to the US Open, the Rogers Cup was held in Toronto in 2019 but was due to switch to Montreal this year.

It had been scheduled to run from August 7-16. The men's Rogers Cup, played in Montreal in 2019, moves to Toronto this year and is still due to go ahead on the dates it shared with the WTA event.

The Rogers Cup Montreal tournament became an inevitable casualty when the Quebec government declared on Friday that public sports, cultural events and festivals should not go ahead before August 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Montreal is the biggest city in the province of Quebec.

Before the cancellation was declared, Stats Perform was told tournament organisers hoped to reschedule for later in the year. It is understood talks to that end were held between Tennis Canada and the WTA, which runs the women's tour.

However, a solution could not be found, and a WTA spokesperson said: "As a result of the measures imposed by the Quebec government prohibiting holding events until August 31, 2020, the Coupe Rogers in Montreal will postpone their event to 2021.

"The WTA reiterates that health and safety will always be the top priority. We understand this was a difficult decision and we look forward to being back in Montreal in 2021."

The announcement means the usual rotation of the ATP and WTA events between Toronto and Montreal will be stalled temporarily, with Montreal keeping the women's event it could not hold this year. It will go ahead from April 6 to 15 in 2021.

All tennis on the WTA and ATP tours has been postponed until mid-July, forcing the cancellation of Wimbledon and the postponement of the French Open, which is now due to start in September.

Canadian Bianca Andreescu is the defending WTA Rogers Cup champion, having taken the title when Serena Williams retired after just four games of the 2019 final.

The tennis season suffered a fresh blow on Saturday when it emerged the WTA Rogers Cup in Montreal will not go ahead in August.

A major event on the women's tour in the run-up to the US Open, the Rogers Cup was held in Toronto last year but was due to switch to Montreal this year.

That was in keeping with the tournament's standard practice of alternating between the two cities. In turn, the concurrent men's Rogers Cup, played in Montreal in 2019, moves to Toronto this year and is still due to go ahead.

Scheduled to take place from August 7 to 16, the WTA event fell into doubt when the Quebec government declared public sports, cultural events and festivals should not go ahead before August 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Montreal is the biggest city in the province of Quebec.

Stats Perform was told by tournament organisers the event has been postponed rather than cancelled, with some hope it could be rescheduled for later in the year.

There is also an acknowledgement that may not be possible, given the busy WTA calendar.

Tennis Canada is discussing options with the WTA, which runs the women's tour.

All tennis on the WTA and ATP tours has been postponed until mid-July, forcing the cancellation of Wimbledon and the postponement of the French Open, which is now due to start in September.

Canadian Bianca Andreescu is the defending WTA Rogers Cup champion, having taken the title when Serena Williams retired after just four games of the 2019 final.

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said there were "50 calendar options" for this year, but admits tennis could be one of the last sports to resume.

The ATP and WTA Tours have been suspended through July 13 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While Wimbledon was cancelled, the French Open was pushed back until September amid uncertainty over when, and if, play will get underway in 2020.

Gaudenzi said tennis may have to wait longer than other sports to resume due to the amount of travel.

"We have 3,000-4,000 people coming from all over the world and therefore tennis could be one of the last sports to return," he told Sky Sport on Friday.

"We have 50 calendar options. Nothing is yet decided. We will make decisions late May.

"There are assumptions [like] playing on the red clay after the US Open if all goes well and then continue with the normal season – in Asia, indoors and close with the [ATP] Finals in London."

There have been more than 1.6 million cases of coronavirus worldwide, with the death toll exceeding 102,000.

Yohan Blake, the 2012 double Olympic silver medallist, has been making the most of the downtime brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic. The 30-year-old sprinter has been spending a lot of his time in training and playing a bit of back-yard cricket.

Liverpool heroes Ian Rush and Steven Gerrard sent messages of support to the king of the Kop, Kenny Dalglish, after the Scot tested positive for coronavirus.

The news was announced on Friday, in a message from Dalglish's family that said the 69-year-old is asymptomatic.

Scotland great Dalglish had been attending hospital on Wednesday for treatment on an infection when he was tested for COVID-19 and "unexpectedly" was shown to be carrying the virus.

Rush, who partnered Dalglish in Liverpool's attack in the 1980s and is Liverpool's record scorer, wrote on Instagram: "Wishing a speedy recovery to the best...Sir Kenny Dalglish. Get well soon #YNWA"

Gerrard captained Liverpool during Dalglish's second spell in charge at Anfield, which ended in May 2012, and the pair have a close relationship.

Now manager of Rangers, Gerrard wrote: "Get well soon king."

Liverpool's current goalkeeper Alisson sent his well wishes, writing: "Love from Becker family to Sir Kenny Dalglish!!"

Reds past and present, Robbie Keane and James Milner, both sent "Get well soon Sir Kenny" messages, echoed by former England striker Gary Lineker and the Scottish Football Association.

Celtic, the club where Dalglish began his playing career, said: "Sending our love and best wishes to @kennethdalglish following tonight's news. Get well soon, King Kenny."

Newcastle United and Blackburn, who he also managed, also rallied behind Dalglish.

Former Blackburn centre-back Colin Hendry, who helped Dalglish's team to the 1994-95 Premier League title, backed the Scot to return to full health.

Hendry wrote on Twitter: "To one of the biggest influences on my career ...my boyhood idol .. my then manager .......King Kenny. Another match you'll win ...I'm sure xx"

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