Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
According to the standings, Marseille qualify for the Champions League group stage with Rennes going through a qualification playoff.
* The UK government has announced a 16 million-pound cash injection into the Rugby Football League (RFL) as the sport struggles to cope with the financial fall-out of the coronavirus pandemic. A statement from the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) said the emergency loan would “safeguard the immediate future of the sport” and prevent clubs collapsing.
* The final 10 rounds of Portugal’s top-flight Primeira Liga soccer season could be played from May 30, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced on Thursday as the country begins to ease its COVID-19 lockdown to kick-start an ailing economy. Costa said the league will need permission from the health ministry to get back underway, and that matches would be played behind closed doors, as he declared that individual sports such as golf and tennis could resume from Monday.
* Nairobi-based Gor Mahia have been crowned champions of the Kenya Premier League after the 2019/20 season was declared over due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the fourth championship in a row for Gor Mahia, who held a seven-point lead over Homeboyz, who had a game in hand, with 11 rounds of matches to play in the 34-game season.
* Andy Murray won the Virtual Madrid Open title on Thursday (Apr 30) after downing Belgium’s David Goffin in the final. Murray was helped by a semi-final walkover when opponent Diego Schwartzmann, logging in from Argentina, suffered a connection glitch.
* There will be no handshakes, line judges, ball boys or spectators allowed, but tennis fans can get their fix from Friday when a series of exhibition matches will be streamed live from a rural German venue.
* USA Gymnastics has suspended former US Olympic team coach Maggie Haney for eight years for verbally and emotionally abusing gymnasts she oversaw, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the ban of one of USA Gymnastics’ more high-profile coaches takes effect immediately and will be followed by two additional years of suspension.
* French rugby authorities and club presidents reached agreement Thursday (Apr 30) to cancel the 2019-2020 season and concentrate on ensuring the 2020-2021 campaign starts in September. The decision to end the season was made with the LNR and the presidents of the clubs in the top-flight Top 14 and second tier Pro D2 divisions.
* Former Reading, Stoke City and Portsmouth forward Dave Kitson launched a bid to replace players’ union chief Gordon Taylor on Thursday and said the body’s response to the COVID-19 crisis was ‘an absolute embarrassment’. Taylor, 75, has been at the helm of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) since 1981 but said in March last year he would step down after a review of the organisation’s governance.
* France’s sports ministry said on Thursday (Apr 30) that joggers and cyclists will have to stay at least 10 metres from one another once stay-at-home orders are lifted on May 11. The measures are designed to prevent a surge of new coronavirus cases.