Will Harry Styles Release His Song 'Medicine' or Is He Pranking Us?

Every musician has unreleased songs. Sometimes an artist decides a song isn’t good enough for public consumption or that it just doesn’t fit on an album. Often an unreleased song will get leaked on the internet or used as a bonus track decades after it was recorded. Breaking the mold, Harry Styles is actually going to release one of his unreleased songs as a single – or is he?

The unreleased Harry Styles song fans fawned over

Capital FM reports Styles has an unreleased song which leaked online called “Medicine.” Though Styles didn’t include “Medicine” on either of his solo records, it turned a few heads. This is because of the confession Styles seemed to be making in the lyrics.

On the track, Styles appears to allude to bisexuality. He sings “Tingle running through my bones / The boys and the girls are here / I mess ’round a bit / And I’m okay with it.” Consequently, many fans interpreted the track as confirming the rumors about Styles’ sexuality which had followed him for much of his career. Even Australian pop singer Troye Sivan tweeted his excitement over the song’s lyrics.

However, to fans’ chagrin, Styles decided not to release the song. Did this mean he wasn’t comfortable opening up about his personal life? Perhaps. On the same token, Styles is artistically-minded and there’s always the possibility he didn’t think “Medicine” fit on either of his albums.

That doesn’t mean “Medicine” will never officially see the light of day. Capital FM says Styles posted an image to his Instagram which had the word “Breadicine” photo-shopped onto it. The outlet reports “Breadicine” seems to be a remix of “Medicine.” Styles quickly deleted the photo, which was captioned “1.04.20.”

Is ‘Medicine’ getting released?

Why did Styles change the song’s name to “Breadicine?” Well, there’s always the chance Styles re-wrote “Medicine” to be about bread. It’s more likely that Styles is making a cheeky nod to a recent interview.

Styles went on the Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp to discuss himself. He said he really, really, likes bread. He says he could eat the stuff for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The name change could be a cheeky reference to his previous statements on bread or a cheeky April Fools’ Day joke. It’s probably both. After all, he drew attention to April Fools’ Day when he announced “Breadicine” by captioning his Instagram post with the date “1.04.20,” which means “April 1, 2020” in European-style date notation. Styles is known for having a sense of humor and a little April Fools’ joke is probably right up his alley.

Styles’ announcement of “Breadicine” is likely a play on how much fans wanted “Medicine” to get an official release. Maybe Styles will release “Medicine” someday. However, it probably won’t get a bread-themed remix.

Also see: This One Direction Member Is the ‘Antichrist Version’ of Harry Styles

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92-year-old man colours his wife's hair at home as she can't go to the salon

Are you ready to stan the cutest couple ever?

Ezra and Beloved Shapiro are the sweetest grandparents who have been married for 67 years.

Beloved, 89, and Ezra, 92, from Israel, have four children, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Despite the many years and life experiences they’ve shared, their love is as strong as ever.

Recently they were filmed by one of their grandchildren Yael Shapira Avraham dealing with life under lockdown.

With all the salons closed up amid the coronavirus pandemic, Beloved has been unable to get her hair done as usual.

But her devoted husband didn’t want her self-care to come to a halt and decided to just do the job himself.

Ezra was filmed doing a brilliant job colouring Beloved’s hair.

And naturally, the couple have gone viral.

Yael, from Petah Tikva, a city east of Tel Aviv, posted the picture of his granddad at work and captioned it: ‘These are my grandparents. He is 92 years old (may we be healthy).

‘In every situation, my grandfather is worried that my grandmother [won’t] feel well-groomed. You don’t see things like this every day.’

Yael tells Metro.co.uk: ‘The picture reflects all their love as he dyes her hair, smears her nail polish.’

Their sweet relationship has caught the attention of the world too and Ezra and Beloved were filmed for local and international news.

‘They were really excited to see themselves on TV,’ adds Yael.

The post received thousands of likes and shares on social media where everyone agreed Ezra and Beloved are couple goals.

‘I’m not crying, you’re crying,’ one commenter wrote on Instagram.

‘Absolutely beautiful,’ added another while someone else said ‘OMG true love that lasts forever.’

We really love to see it.

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Man sends neighbour his number by drone, then goes on date from inside a bubble

The chances of meeting someone during a global pandemic are pretty slim.

Unless you’re Jeremy Cohen.

The romantic New York-based photographer has not only won over his neighbour Tori but also everyone on social media who’s come across his video.

That’s because the 28-year-old filmed himself meeting the ‘cutie’ on the roof across from his apartment and he then sent a drone out to her with his number.

Tori, 24, texted him back and soon they were having their socially distanced date, while FaceTiming.

And Jeremy being the romantic he is, also arranged for Tori’s roommate to set up their dinner date, complete with flowers.

Then, he took the next step by actually asking Tori on a real-life date. But, he didn’t want to risk anything so, naturally, decided to inflate a zorbing bubble and get inside it.

The hilarious antics were caught on camera for Jeremy’s TikTok channel where the videos soon blew up.

And thankfully, Tori didn’t burst his bubble either and went along on the quirky stroll.

Hearing about Jeremy’s endeavours, we had to reach out to him.

He explains: ‘I was working on a photo series from my apartment where I’ve been documenting the roof culture during quarantine- so I’ve been looking out my windows a lot.’

‘That’s when I noticed Tori dancing. We waved hi at each other and I felt a bit of a connection so I wanted to get in touch with her. That’s when I wrote my number on my drone and flew it over there.’

He adds: ‘I was a little nervous but was craving human interaction after being cooped up in my apartment quarantined for a bit. Our first day went amazing- we get along well and she’s easy to talk to.’

Jeremy had to top the virtual roof date somehow so got to thinking.

What he came up with was a bubble. Jeremy had seen a friend pose with the human-sized bubble on a friend’s social media post and decided to buy it for himself.

‘I knew it would be perfect for a second date!’ he realised.


Being the gentleman he is, he also bought flowers for her and the most precious commodity of all – hand sanitiser – but realised the items were stuck inside the bubble.

But nevertheless, Tori was impressed.


‘She loved it. It was difficult to have a conversation during our walk around the neighbourhood, but we shared a ton of laughs.

‘We just went on our second date and hope to go on more in the future! although a third date isn’t planned at the moment yet.’

We can’t wait to see what these crazy kids get up to next.

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‘He risked his life to save us’: Bravery award for 1977 kidnap hero

Forty-three years after he escaped crazed kidnapper Edwin Eastwood, Robin "Rob" Smith can still recall the fear he felt that night.

It was before dawn on February 15, 1977, at a campsite in the South Gippsland bush and Mr Smith prayed that the wrist chains he was loosening would not clink and wake Eastwood.

Humble hero: Rob Smith vividly recalls his 1977 kidnapping ordeal. Credit:Joe Armao

As he crept away, he hoped not to snap sticks underfoot lest he get a bullet in the head.

Mr Smith had to walk a few metres – from the tree he had been chained to, to a van to hide behind – exposed to the sleeping Eastwood and his gun.

He says that in his mind, "I’ve crept across there a thousand times since then, thinking ‘what do you do if he puts a light on you? Do you stop or do you run’? But fortunately that didn’t happen."

Mr Smith, now 68, will on Tuesday receive a commendation in the Australian Bravery Awards for risking his life to run to a farm to call police and save 15 fellow hostages, including nine children.

Robin Smith, right, soon after the ordeal, with fellow kidnap victim Greg Peterson.Credit:Joy Butters

Eastwood, 26, was a fugitive. He had been serving a 15-year sentence for the 1972 kidnap of a teacher and six students at Faraday, near Castlemaine, but in December 1976 he escaped from Geelong Prison.

Two months later, Eastwood chose to copy his crime.

At 10.30am on February 14, he entered the tiny Wooreen school, near Leongatha, and kidnapped the teacher, Rob Hunter, 20, and nine children, aged seven to 11, at gunpoint.

Eastwood's ransom note demanded the release of 17 dangerous criminals, an arsenal of weapons, $US7 million and large quantities of cocaine and heroin.

Concerned parents and friends outside the Wooreen Primary School.Credit:The Age

Eastwood drove a stolen Dodge truck through the Strzelecki State Forest, headed to a campsite near Yarram, with the teacher tied up next to him and the children chained up in the back.

At a spot called English’s Corner, the truck collided with the trailer of a logging truck that Robin Smith was driving to a sawmill.

Eastwood took Mr Smith and his brother hostage at gunpoint.

Eastwood’s truck was undriveable and over two hours, he imprisoned four others who came along: two more logging workers and two women travelling in a Kombi van.

The stolen Dodge truck Edwin Eastwood crashed in the Strzelecki State Park.Credit:The Age

Eastwood chained up all 16 hostages in the Kombi and drove it to the campsite, in the Mullungdung State Forest near Yarram.

The five adult male hostages were chained to a tree, with Eastwood sitting close by with his gun, while the women cared for the children in the van.

Kidnapper Edwin John Eastwood.Credit:Victoria Police

When Mr Smith returned from a walk to the toilet, he left some slack in his chain and secretly freed his wrists.

Around 4.30am, with Eastwood asleep, Mr Smith made a break for it.

Eastwood had previously threatened to shoot anyone who tried to escape.

He ran to a farmhouse, called police and rode along while they chased Eastwood, who had fled the campsite with the hostages in the Kombi.

Eastwood fired at police but officers shot one of the van's tyres, then Eastwood's leg and he was arrested.

He was sentenced to 21 years, with a minimum of 18, and released from jail in 1993.

Mr Smith still remembers Eastwood’s "cruel eyes" and believes that if the police hadn't come, the kidnapper would have started killing hostages when he woke.

Mr Smith, now of Lightning Ridge in NSW, says for years after the kidnapping he couldn’t settle in one place and feared for the safety of his five children.

"There was no counselling back then, you just went back to work. But you didn’t forget it. I’ve carried it forever."

But he is modest about his actions.

"I don’t think it was anything that anyone else wouldn’t have done," he said.

However, Rob Hunter, the kidnapped teacher who nominated Mr Smith, describes him as a hero.

"It could have been so much worse. We could have been dead but basically Robin saved us," he said.

"He risked his life to save us and we will all be forever indebted to him for that."

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Boxer Anthony Yarde says his father has died from coronavirus

British boxer Anthony Yarde reveals his father has died from coronavirus despite having NO health issues as he urges people to stay at home amid deadly pandemic

  • British light heavyweight fighter Yarde announced sad news on Instagram 
  • He revealed his father was suffering from no underlying health conditions
  • Yarde urged everyone to stay indoors and not socialise to avoid spreading virus 
  • 28-year-old saw his fight with Lyndon Arthur on April 11 at O2 Arena postponed  
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British boxer Anthony Yarde has announced his father has passed away from coronavirus.

The 28-year-old light heavyweight revealed the sad news on his Instagram account in the early hours of Sunday morning, adding that his dad had no underlying health conditions.

Yarde urged everyone to stay at home and not spread the deadly virus further as the pandemic takes hold around the world.  

British boxer Anthony Yarde has announced the sad news his father has died from coronavirus

Yarde made the announcement on his Instagram account and urged people to stay home 

Yarde wrote: ‘I’m a very private person and TBH I’m still in shock but maybe this can help people stay home. 

‘My Dad passed away from this virus yesterday and he was fit with no health issues. The more people go out and mingle the longer this isolation will last and the more it will spread.

‘I’m not a doctor but I do know if you stay home you are less likely to catch it or pass it on. It’s seriously not worth the risk.’

Yarde, 28, was set to fight Lyndon Arthur on the Dubois-Joyce undercard in London on April 11

Yarde (left) with Arthur (right) and promoter Frank Warren at a press conference this month

Yarde, 28, who hails from Hackney in east London, has fought professionally on 20 occasions, winning 19 of them.

His sole defeat came against the Russian Sergey Kovalev when competing for the WBO light heavyweight title in August 2019.

Yarde had been due to fight Lyndon Arthur for the Commonwealth light heavyweight title at the O2 Arena in London in April 11, on the undercard of another all-British contest between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce.

The event has been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis with British Boxing announcing all their events would be postponed until April 30 at the earliest. 

A further 260 deaths in the United Kingdom from coronavirus were announced on Saturday, taking the total death toll to 1,019, with 17,089 confirmed cases in all. 

HOW CORONAVIRUS HAS HIT THE WORLD OF SPORT SO FAR

2020 OLYMPIC GAMES  

The 2020 Olympic Games has been postponed until 2021 on March 24 – becoming one of the last major sporting events this summer to fall victim to the coronavirus.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe held a crucial conference call with Olympics chief Thomas Bach on Tuesday to formally decide a plan and they have chosen to postpone for 12 months.

The decision also means the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be subject to a one-year delay.

Despite the delay, the name of the delayed Games will still be Tokyo 2020, the city’s governor Yuriko Koike revealed.

A joint statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee read: ‘In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

‘The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. 

‘Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.’ 

There was plenty of scepticism whether the Olympics would pull through and continue as scheduled while events linked to the games were called off. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was cancelled on Friday March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed by one year due to the coronavirus

Large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta despite repeated warnings for spectators not to attend because of coronavirus.

That forced the decision by the Greek Olympic Committee to halt the torch relay on Greek soil on just the second day of its scheduled eight-day journey. It is the only the third time that a relay to Athens for the summer Games has not been completed.

The Olympic flame will still be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 organising committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, but without fans present. 

Athletes were told to keep training but many struggled considering the government lock-down measures put in place. 

On Friday March 13 US president Donald Trump’s suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the coronavirus was immediately shot down by Japan’s Olympic minister.

‘The IOC and the organising committee are not considering cancellation or a postponement – absolutely not at all,’ Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, told a news conference in Tokyo.

On Tuesday March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the Japanese Olympic Committee’s vice presidents and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.  

The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organisers have stayed on message since the viral outbreak in China three months ago spread across Asia and then the globe: The games will open as scheduled on July 24. 

Tokyo 2020 organisers received the Olympic flame in a scaled-down handover ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19. 

ATHLETICS 

The World Athletics Indoor Championships, which was due to be held from March 13-15 in Nanjing, is postponed until March 2021.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns over the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

North Korea cancelled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lockdown due to the level of outbreak in South Korea, where the Seoul Marathon is cancelled in a bid to protect runners.

The Paris half-marathon is cancelled and the French government also decided to ban all public gatherings of more than 100 people, before ordering people to stay at home from March 15 for at least 15 days. The race involving some 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday March 1. Organisers said the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined.

The London Marathon, which had been scheduled to take place on April 26, has been postponed until October 4. Over 40,000 runners were due to take part. 

The Barcelona marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed until October.

BOXING 

Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan were cancelled by the International Olympic Committee, but went ahead in Amman from March 3-11.

The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy following the outbreak.

The Japanese boxing commission cancelled all fight cards scheduled for March on government advice to suspend all pending sporting fixtures. They will not be rescheduled.

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce’s Battle of Britain has been pushed back from April to July

The British Boxing Board of Control announced on Tuesday March 17 that all boxing events under their jurisdiction for March will be postponed due to the coronavirus.

That decision has lead to the heavyweight clash between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce being postponed. That fight, which had been penciled in for April 11, has been rescheduled for July 11 at the O2 Arena. 

Matchroom Boxing has also postponed all events scheduled for March and April, including Josh Kelly’s European title fight against Russia’s David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28). 

The European Olympic boxing qualification tournament in London has been suspended. It was due to secure qualification for Tokyo 2020 for 77 male and female boxers, with 322 taking part. 

Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn has said Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev, which is scheduled for June 20, could be rearranged for July. All Matchroom promoted fights in March and April have been postponed. 

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders, earmarked for May in Las Vegas, was postponed before even being announced, however the Mexican is reportedly still planning to make the bout happen in June. 

CRICKET 

England’s tour of Sri Lanka was postponed on March 13, with the England and Wales Cricket Board citing ‘completely unprecedented times’.

The decision was confirmed while Joe Root’s side were in the field at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, contesting a warm-up game for a two-Test series.

On March 18, the West Indies offered to host England’s upcoming home Tests against them in the Caribbean instead of in the UK – should the coronavirus outbreak not have improved by then. England are due to face the Windies in a a three-Test series, which is due to start at the Oval on June 4 but could be delayed until September. If playing the series in England proves unworkable, CWI have offered to step in for this series, and also for England’s three Tests against Pakistan, due to start on July 30. Although there are Covid-19 cases in the Caribbean, its impact there has been limited so far. 

The start of the Indian Premier League season has also been delayed until April 15. The 2020 campaign had been set to start on March 29. The IPL franchises are also ready to quarantine their foreign players for a period of 14 days, if travel restrictions are lifted to allow them to arrive.

On March 13, India’s ongoing one-day international series against South Africa was postponed, while Australia’s one-day internationals against New Zealand will be played behind closed doors.

Scotland’s one-day series against the United States and UAE have been postponed. The games were scheduled to be played in Florida in April. 

England’s cricketers would not play any rescheduled Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean until December at the earliest, it emerged on March 19.

CYCLING 

Cycling’s Giro d’Italia has been called off, with the race scheduled to start in Hungary in May. 

The final two stages of the UAE Tour were cancelled after two members of staff on the race were suspected of having the disease. 

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being put in isolation

The Tour de France is under threat of cancellation, with the scheduled start in Nice taking place in just over three months, on June 27. With British and French governments anticipating that the pandemic will last until the summer, race organizers are studying alternative scheduling. 

The Paris-Roubaix cycling race, another major event on the French sports calendar, was postponed due to the pandemic, while the April 5 Tour of Flanders, only previously cancelled during World War I, was also postponed in a further sign that Le Tour is under grave threat.

FOOTBALL 

This summer’s Euro 2020 tournament has been moved to next summer (2021) following a UEFA conference held on March 17. The postponement provides a chance for European club competitions to be completed.

All football in England is suspended until at least April 30 – but the 2019-20 season should eventually be completed after the FA bend their own rules to extend the campaign INDEFINITELY after holding crisis talks on March 19.

The decisions to suspend follows players and staff becoming affected by the virus, or individuals self-isolating as a precaution after reporting symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

The Premier League has moved to cancel games following the global outbreak of coronavius

The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a ‘precautionary measure’ after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus weeks after watching his Greek team play at the Emirates Stadium. 

On March 13, UEFA announced all Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled are postponed, as well as the quarter-final draws for both competitions. UEFA hope to conclude the competitions in the summer but no dates are yet set. 

Birmingham City become the first Championship side to see players take temporary 50 per cent wage cuts to ease financial pressure.  Leeds United soon followed in a bid to keep paying all of their non-football staff. 

All Chinese domestic fixtures at all levels were postponed and the season pushed back, the first football to be affected by the outbreak in the country of its origin. However, reports suggest that the league could resume on April 18 as China gets to grip with the virus.

Asian Champions League matches involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed until April.

The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League are playing their matches behind closed doors.

Japan’s J-League postponed all domestic games until the middle of March, but further delays are inevitable. 

Ludogorets players were taking no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Italy, the country worst hit by the virus outside China, suffered a spate of cancellations before the government put the population on lockdown. All sport, including Serie A games, were suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.

In France, it was announced on Friday 13 March that there will be no top-flight football in France for the immediate future after their governing body postponed all matches.  

In Spain, April 18’s Copa del Rey final between between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. LaLiga is also postponed until the end of March at least.

Germany’s Bundesliga, the other major European league, is also suspended until April 3 at least. 

The Dutch Eredivisie and Portugal’s Primeira Liga are also suspended.

The Football Association of Ireland announced that all football under its jurisdiction will cease until March 29. 

Major League Soccer has been suspended for 30 days until mid-April with David Beckham’s first Inter Miami home game delayed.  

The South American Football Confederation postponed this year’s Copa America, due to take place from 12 June to 12 July, until 2021.

FIFA said that the newly-expanded Club World Cup, originally scheduled to take place in China in June 2021, will be postponed and a new date announced when ‘there is more clarity on the situation’.

On March 13, the FA announced that all of England’s games scheduled for the month would be postponed, including those of development teams. It means that England’s friendlies with Italy and Denmark have been called off.    

Euro 2020 play-off matches due to be held on March 26, including Scotland v Israel have been put off until June. 

Olympiakos’ owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

Manchester United clash at Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, with United handing out £350 to each fan to help with travel and accommodation after they sold 900 tickets for the Europa League game. 

Newcastle United banned their players from shaking hands with each other amid coronavirus fears. 

Cristiano Ronaldo went into isolation in Madeira after it emerged that his Juventus team-mate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus. Squad members Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala also tested positive. 

Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, who is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, tested positive for coronavirus.

In Spain, 35% of Valencia’s squad staff tested positive for coronavirus, with all cases being asymptomatic. 

Real Madrid’s first-team squad were in quarantine after a member of the basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. The two teams share the same training facility.   

Liverpool have announced a charity match between a Reds Legends side and Barcelona Legends, due to be played at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.

FIFA says it will postpone South American World Cup qualifying matches due to take place in March. 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12 with the entire first-team squad being put into isolation. The Gunners’ game against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday March 14, has been postponed.

In the early hours of Friday, March 13, Chelsea announced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had been diagnosed with the illness.

The club’s first team went into self-isolation, while two buildings at their training ground in Cobham were closed. 

Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, have sent players home to train alone following the British government’s increasing crackdown on mass gatherings and unnecessary social contact.   

West Ham chief Karren Brady called for the season to be null and void while Aston Villa believe no team should be relegated. In this situation Liverpool, the runaway league leaders, could face the horror of being denied the title despite being on the brink of securing their first league trophy in nearly 30 years.

Reports suggest football bodies across England and the rest of Europe are bracing themselves for a reported total shutdown of every league until September.

Top-level English and Scottish football was initially suspended until April 3 at the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship all agreed to call a halt to competitive action with immediate effect. 

All levels of English football below the National League North and South have been called off and voided with no promotion and relegation due to the calendar being decimated by the coronavirus outbreak.  

FORMULA ONE 

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off after a McLaren team member came down with Covid-19, leading to the British team pulling out prior to a decision being made on whether the race would still go ahead. 

The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was ‘shocking’ that the race was going ahead. 

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the first race to be postponed, with no decision over whether it will be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later in the season. 

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is also called off, as is the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place in Hanoi on April 5. 

It was hoped that the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3 would be the first race of the new season but that has also been postponed due to Covid-19. 

The iconic Monaco Grand Prix on May 24 was cancelled for the first time in 66 years before Formula One announced their race in Azerbaijan had been postponed. 

The Chinese GP was first to be cancelled and other races could yet follow that lead

GOLF 

On March 13, the Masters was postponed. In a statement released online, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, emphasised that the decision makers hope to hold the championship ‘at some later date’. The first men’s major of the year was due to begin on April 9.

The US PGA Championship, the second major of the year, has now joined the  Masters in being postponed. It had been due to take place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11-17, but has been rescheduled for later this summer.

After deciding to play with no spectators from the second round of the Players Championship onwards, the PGA Tour cancelled the event entirely after the first round on March 12. 

They also scrapped the following three events leading up to the Masters, but after that was cancelled four further events in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson – also bit the dust. It is hoped that the season can be resumed in late May.

The European Tour have cancelled all tournaments until the popular Made in Denmark event on May 21. Many of them were due to be held in China or east Asia in countries badly hit by the outbreak.

The women’s game has also been hit by postponements and cancellations, with the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, the highest profile casualty.

The Masters has been postponed for the first time since the Second World War

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open on medical grounds after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and he was told to self-isolate. They were later reinstated to the tournament after testing negative for the virus. 

HORSE RACING 

The Grand National was called off following new British government restrictions to fight the spread of coronavirus made it impossible to stage the Aintree showpiece on April 4. The Cheltenham Festival went ahead amid some criticism before the social distancing measures were tightened. 

The Japan Racing Association revealed that ‘government-sanctioned races’ will go ahead behind closed doors.  

Racing in Ireland attempted to take place behind closed doors starting on March 29 – but that decision was changed after government cancelled all sporting events.  

The Dubai World Cup meeting will go ahead on March 28 ‘without paid hospitality spectators’. 

Racing Post forced to temporarily suspend publication of the flagship daily racing newspaper for the first time since their inception in 1986 due to all action in UK and Ireland being suspended.  

The Cheltenham Festival went ahead despite travel disruption caused by the virus

RUGBY 

This year’s Six Nations will have to wait for its conclusion with all remaining games postponed.

England’s game with Italy and Ireland’s trip to France had already been called off with Wales and Scotland leaving it until the day before before calling off their game. 

Saturday, 31 October is a possible date for the final weekend of matches. 

The Women’s Six Nations has also been hit by postponements.

Ireland’s Six Nations encounter with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

The RFU has suspended all levels of rugby in England until April 14, with the announcement coming shortly after the Premiership was halted for five weeks. 

The quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have also been postponed. Those games were scheduled for April 3, 4 and 5.   

The RFL and rugby league’s Super League have now followed suit and postponed all fixtures for at least three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos players had been confirmed to be self-isolating.  

TENNIS

The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, is postponed until September amid a wide lockdown in France.

The clay-court major was scheduled for May 24 to June 7, but that has shifted to September 20 to October 4, after the US Open, which was due to be the final major of the year. 

Players have been quick to criticise the move, which has created a conflict with the Laver Cup men’s team event spearheaded by Roger Federer, and a women’s tournament in China.

All events on the ATP Tour have been suspended for six weeks. 

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California, set to start on March 9, was postponed at the eleventh hour.  It came after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the nearby Coachella Valley.

The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine was cancelled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for getting to the final. They were denied the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie because the men’s team were unable to travel to Romania for the March 6-7 play-off.

WTA events have also been cancelled. The WTA announced they are assessing their schedule with a number of events set for China in the second half of the season.

The International Tennis Federation has announced that the Fed Cup finals have been postponed. The event was due to be held in Budapest in April and the competition’s play-offs, which were set to take place in eight different locations, have also been placed on hold.

The WTA also announced no tournaments will be staged for at least five weeks.   

OTHER SPORTS 

The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus. On March 17 Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed he had tested positive for the virus alongside three unnamed team-mates.

In an aid to decrease risks of exposure to the virus, the NBA had told players to avoid taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers. 

The NHL has announced it has paused the 2019-20 season with no date confirmed for when it will resume. 

The UFC has cancelled its next three events, although president Dana White is still pushing ahead for the highly-anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. 

MotoGP have cancelled their first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. 

South Korea’s baseball league cancelled all 50 pre-season game which were slated to take place from March 14-24. It is the first time since the leagues inception in 1982 that an entire set of exhibition matches are off. 

The first-stage draw for the Table Tennis World Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, is postponed.

A beach volleyball tournament, due to be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, is postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

World Short track speed skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

The World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed as a precautionary measure.  

The Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships in Canada have been cancelled.   

All 72 pre-season baseball games in Japan are to take place behind closed doors

In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are cancelled due to ‘strict health protection’. 

The Japanese professional baseball league made the decision to play their 72 pre-season games behind closed doors until March 15. Baseball is among the most popular sports in Japan.  

Doubts remain as the Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for March, are relocated from Kazakhstan to neighbouring Uzbekistan. They could still be postponed. 

 

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Rapper 42 Dugg Reveals How His Career Is ‘Back On Track’ With New Mixtape ‘Young & Turnt 2’

Hip-hop artist 42 Dugg just dropped the sequel to his ‘Young & Turnt’ mixtape, and he talks with us about his ‘Hard Times’ single, working with Lil Baby, and what he’s going to do once the quarantine is over.

“Other than the coronavirus, everything’s been good for me right now,” 42 Dugg says to HollywoodLife. The Detroit native has a reason to be feeling great. He cracked the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with “Grace,” his collaboration with Lil Baby. He scored a spot opening for MoneyBagg Yo on the Time Served Tour (before it, like everything else in the world, got postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.) He also just dropped Young and Turnt 2, the follow-up to his 2019 mixtape, Young and Turnt. The new project is being jointly released on Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group and Lil Baby’s 4 Pockets Full imprint. So, yes – outside of a global pandemic, everything is looking great for 42 Dugg.

At one time, things weren’t so cheery for the rapper (born Dion Hayes.) At one point, he was a teenager serving a six-year sentence for carjacking and felony firearms possession. While doing a stretch in solitary confinement, the then 20-year-old began writing rap songs to pass the time. A second stint in the hole awoken something within him, and he started to focus on his art. Freed in 2017, he doubled down on his hip-hop ambitions, releasing “Mama I’m Sorry” at the start of 2018. He started to blow up, self-releasing several projects. A collaboration with fellow Motor City rapper Babyface Ray produced “The Streets,” a tribute to Dugg’s fallen friend and fellow rapper, Team Eastside Snoop. The track caught the attention of Yo Gotti, and the rest was history. Young And Turnt dropped in 2019, and 2020 brings us the sequel.

While the world waits until the Time Served Tour gets rescheduled, 42 Dugg chatted with HollywoodLife about working with Lil Baby, the biggest piece of advice Yo Gotti has given him (so far), and the first thing he’s going to do once the coronavirus quarantine gets lifted.

HollywoodLife: The world has changed since the first Young and Turnt mixtape. But, what’s the most significant difference between the 42 Dugg then and the 42 Dugg on Young And Turnt 2?

42 Dugg: There’ve been a lot of ups and downs, but I feel like I’m back on track now in my career. I’ve got a lot more fans, I’ve got more money, and I’ve stopped drinking lean. Other than the coronavirus, everything’s been good for me right now.

The first single off the project, “Hard Times,” details your own story. Though people having to work from home doesn’t really compare to being in prison, it seems the message is resonating with those currently going through their own ‘hard times.’ What has the reaction been?

A lot of people have been fucking with it! A lot of people are going through what I was going through when I wrote it, so they’ve been saying they relate to it. And I know a lot of people have been going through some shit right now, so my message to them is to ‘Just keep your head up and make the best out of your situation.’

You earned your first Billboard Hot 100 entry with “Grace,” your record with Lil Baby. Now, he’s on “Not A Rapper,” alongside Yo Gotti. What’s it been like working with him?

That’s my guy. When we go to the studio, we gotta make a song, and we really don’t leave until we make at least one song. We both have come a long way in this rap shit – he got way better, I got way better, and we bounce ideas off each other. You know he’s gonna talk his shit, so I know I can’t play, and it be vice-versa. We both freestyle – we ain’t never wrote a song. Everything we do, we freestyle the songs.

Also, what’s it been like working with Yo Gotti? What would you say is the best piece of advice or wisdom that you’ve taken from working with him?

One of the biggest things he taught me is to take my music seriously, take my opportunities more seriously, and seize the moment. That’s what he’s on. He’s always making sure I’m finishing my songs, that I’m in the studio, that I’m structuring songs right, and that I’m giving my input on music videos. He taught me to take rap seriously and do what I’m supposed to do.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do once all the quarantines and “social distancing” restrictions are lifted?

I can’t wait to get back to performing and rescheduling a tour that I had with MoneyBagg Yo. And I can’t wait to hop on my dirt bike.”

Young & Turnt 2 is out now.

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His Bad! Nick Viall Hilariously Reacts to Peter and Kelley's Reunion

Spoke too soon. Nick Viall admitted his error after Peter Weber reunited with former Bachelor contestant Kelley Flanagan in Chicago.

The “Viall Files” podcast host, 39, made headlines on March 12 when he posted a flirty photo with Flanagan, 28, on Instagram. “She’s not with Peter,” he wrote at the time.

But the tables turned when the attorney was spotted hanging out with Weber, 28, on Wednesday, March 25. As a result, Viall addressed the elephant in the room on Thursday, March 26. “I Stand Corrected,” he captioned side-by-side pics of his original post and the pilot and Flanagan goofing around.

Some fans were rooting for the Bachelor in Paradise alum and the Illinois native to date. He set the record straight on their relationship during an episode of his podcast. “I met Kelley at Chris [Harrison’s] event,” he explained. “She’s a nice person. She didn’t disappoint in person. I thought she’d be cool in person. Everyone likes to think that there’s always something going on — and there’s not.”

Viall sought out Flanagan at the gathering, according to a source. “Nick approached the group that Kelley was in and they all hung out and talked for a while,” the insider revealed to Us Weekly. “The two of them looked pretty friendly while chatting with one another.”

Meanwhile, Weber and Flanagan spent time with Bachelorette alum Dustin Kendrick in Chicago on Wednesday. “They seemed to just be hanging out on the Riverwalk,” a source told Us, noting that they did not show PDA. “They both appeared to be in a good mood and Peter was even seen dancing a little bit.”

Mykenna Dorn criticized the pair for not practicing social-distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Guess they didn’t get the quarantine memo,” she commented via Instagram.

After the divisive Bachelor finale aired, Flanagan revealed whether she would consider a reconciliation with Weber. “To be honest, I think that Peter needs to figure out his own stuff for quite some time. I think that this whole process, maybe, got to him a little bit,” she told Us. “I met Peter outside of the show and he was so sweet, he was amazing, and I think that the show may have gotten to him a little bit. Right now, I think it’s time for him to just reflect on himself and figure out his own stuff, what he wants, what Peter Weber really is and his wants and needs and stuff like that, but right now he should just focus on himself and do his own thing.”

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Jogger turns his running routes into impressive animal artwork using a GPS tracker – The Sun

A RUNNER creates wacky animal artwork on maps using a GPS tracker while out jogging.

Jeric Yeun, 35, turns his routes into pictures by carefully plotting his city journeys.

He runs up to 30k (18.6m) each time to make the online images, including a giraffe, chicken, dog, rat and seahorse.

The web developer, who has done 12 around London, aims to do 20 and run two marathons this year in aid of Spinal Research.

He has so far raised £1,500.

Jeric, of New Cross Gate, South London, said: “I thought it’d be fun to try to draw a face during one of my runs.

“One led to another and I decided to create Santa on Christmas Eve.

“Then I decided to make it into a challenge for charity.”

He added: “I mostly do my drawings solo but sometimes people from social media join me. I get them to guess what it will be at the end.”

FIN-ISH LINE

HORSING AROUND

GIRAFFIC ARTIST

DOG TRACK

ROAMIN' RAT


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Joshua Jackson Revealed His Anxiety About Becoming A Dad Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

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In addition to watching his new Hulu series, Little Fires Everywhere, Joshua Jackson is spending his coronavirus lockdown like many Americans.

“The only times we are really out of the house are to get food or go for a walk around the block,” he told BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM in an interview from his home on Wednesday.

But Jackson and his wife, British model and actor Jodie Turner-Smith, are also expecting their first child together — something that has proved especially stressful amid the global pandemic.

“We were kind of social distancing anyway, just getting into the nesting phase,” he said. “The only real difficult part right now is how to interface with the medical community. Obviously, we have to and we are just trying to take that one day by day, to try to figure out what the best and healthiest way is.”

Jackson said both Turner-Smith and the baby are healthy, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t suffering from high levels of anxiety.

“I’ve never been a parent before, so I’m not quite sure how much of this is just first-baby anxiety and how much of this is pandemic anxiety.

“Yeah, man, it’s stressful. This is a lot to deal with,” he said.

Related: I’m Pregnant And Worried About The Coronavirus. Here Are The Expert Answers To My FAQs.

Adding to his worries: Jackson’s brother is on the front lines of the outbreak, working as a doctor in a New York City emergency room.

“I think about him a lot, being in a hospital all the time,” he said.

Not one to shy away from sharing his political opinions, the Dawson’s Creek alum blamed the Trump administration for what he said was poor handling of the outbreak.

“If ever there was proof of elections have consequences, we’re living with it right now,” he said. “I mean, if you hire incompetent people to do an important job, you’re probably going to get bad results, and we’re all living inside of the bad results right now.”

Something that has helped? Advice from his Little Fires Everywhere costars, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, on what to expect when expecting a child.

“In the very beginning, I was like, ‘Who did I go to as an OB? What are the things I need to know now?'” Jackson said he asked them. “But also as it got a little bit deeper into it, just like how do you integrate your home life?”

“I have always kept my personal life and my work life pretty separate, but I don’t think I want to do that going forward because I want to obviously have my child around when I’m at work, and just asking them how they integrate those two things and how they create an environment inside a set environment that’s a healthy place for a kid to be, because it’s often not.”

Witherspoon and Washington have also helped him when he had some minor freak outs, he said.

“Like, ‘Holy Moses! This is happening!” he said. “And them just both being like, ‘It’s ok! This is normal! It’s alright. Just breathe. You’re going to be good.'”

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Matt Chapman has news on his beloved Faugheen and discusses some of the stars of the future

HE could be back. For the time being that is all you need to know.

Firstly, of course, I just hope those of you reading this are fit and well. It's a desperate time for everyone as Coronavirus does its best to ruin our lives and even take our life.​

As I write, racing close to home survives in Ireland, as we saw yesterday with action on ITV from Thurles. There may well be more from the Curragh and Meydan next weekend.​

Sky Sports Racing will also continue to show as much foreign racing as possible and greyhounds may get a boost and become more of a feature.​

But it's obviously very hard times for everyone in racing. It's simply a case of survival.​

Racing chat seems futile in many ways, but of course it is not, because life does go on. And hope is everything.​ And our minds need something to focus on rather than doom and gloom

So how about this for a slice of something to relish. Coming back to my introduction, I think Faugheen – my beloved machine – could be back next season to race on as a 13-year-old. Now that is massive good news.​

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My information is this. Provided Faugheen is fit and well – and regular work-rider John Codd is encouraging along with trainer Willie Mullins – then owner Rich Ricci would be happy to see Faugheen do what Faugheen does best. Run for fun. If this happens thank you Ricci.

Faugheen is such a people’s horse and still has a monster engine. He was very unlucky to be only third behind Samcro in the Marsh at Cheltenham.

Looking back at the Festival there was much for the Ricci camp to get excited about.

Monkfish was brave and talented in the Albert Bartlett despite being too keen and making one bad mistake. He also ran green approaching the last.

You just get the feeling Monkfish is a real Gold Cup horse in the making, and if things go his way could do even better in the main event than Djakadam, who has knocked at the door at Cheltenham for Ricci in the past.

The mega owner also landed the Ryanair with Min, who deserved his huge success, but there might have been much more in just slightly different circumstances.

If the ground on Tuesday had been like it was on Friday, Sharjah would surely have been closer in the Champion Hurdle.

And of course not many of us don’t believe Benie des Dieux wasn’t the best horse in the Mares’, where tactics amongst the Mullins horses were, to be quite frank, pants.

Chacun Pour Soi had to be pulled out of the Champion Chase at the last minute, and Ricci was missing Saldier and Burrows Saint. There is better to come over fences from Aione and Five O’Clock.

And here is a bit of information that not everyone knows but is worth keeping up your sleeve.

Don’t tell anyone, but Ricci bought a horse called El Barra at the same time as Monkfish. And trust me at that time most people thought El Barra – second in a point at Dromahane to Fury Road – was superior to Monkfish. El Barra could be out in a bumper soon after a setback.

That said, Ricci talking horses haven’t always come up to scratch. Jon Snow, Annamix and Getabird simply weren’t as good as we all thought they might be. Indeed, you could argue Ricci has had much more luck with the less spicy chasers he has owned.

One more reflection on the Cheltenham Festival that involved the Ricci animals was the coming of age of the super talented champion jockey Paul Townend.

Now it was always going to be hard for Townend the year after Ruby Walsh retired. But over four days Townend showed us we can forget the Walsh/Mullins era and look to the future.

Townend started with a shocker on Asterion Forlonge who jumped horribly right, and should have scored on Benie des Dieux. You only have to look at her French form to see how good Benie really is.

But Townend picked himself up, and banged in the bumper on Ferny Hollow. Yes, he was unlucky on Faugheen, but his efforts on Min, the lucky Burning Victory, Monkfish and Al Boum Photo were those of a true champion. Townend has much to look forward to.

And Coronavirus-willing so do you and I. Enjoy life people.

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