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Grand National cancelled
Aintree's Grand National meeting has been abandoned due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
The news broke on Monday evening, three hours after prime minister Boris Johnson had advised against public gatherings - including in pubs and restaurants, as well as soccer tip sites
"The Randox Health Grand National Festival was just three weeks away and it’s very clear lớn us it will not be possible for the event lớn take place. Public health must come first," said Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club.
"We were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but following the new Government measures confirmed this evening lớn help to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, this is not a viable option.
"I know this is hugely disappointing news for the many people who work in our sport and the many millions who were looking forward to this year’s event, but very sadly these are exceptional times and this is the responsible thing to do."
Valencia confirm positive tests
Valencia have confirmed "around 35 per cent" of their players and backroom staff have tested positive for coronavirus.
The LaLiga club played the second leg of their Champions League tie against Italian side Atalanta last Tuesday having lost the first leg in Milan on February 19.
A statement on Valencia's official website said: "Several further tests for the Covid-19 coronavirus amongst Valencia CF coaching staff and players have come back positive. You can prefer the soccer tips of the day page!
"All cases are asymptomatic and those involved are currently isolated at home, receiving medical assessment and carrying out their scheduled training plan.
"Despite the strict measures adopted by the club after their UEFA Champions League game against Atalanta on February 19 in Milan - an area confirmed as 'high risk' by the Italian authorities days afterwards - which included maintaining a distance between the squad and club employees/the general public, these latest results show that the exposure inherent to such matches has caused a positive test rate of around 35 per cent."
No fans at snooker event
Following Monday's advice from the UK Government, the World Snooker Tour announced that there will be no access for fans at this week’s Coral Tour Championship.
Premier League Darts scheduled
The Unibet Premier League night at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle planned for Thursday March 19 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for Thursday October 1.
The decision to postpone Thursday's planned event was taken following the UK Government's restriction on "non-essential social contact" and decision lớn remove emergency service support for mass gatherings.
Thursday's event in Newcastle becomes the third Premier League night of the 2020 season lớn be postponed, following last week's announcement moving the Rotterdam double-header lớn September 9-10.