Premier League to resume on June 17 with Arsenal picked as first fixture

first_imgArsenal boss Mikel Arteta was the first Premier League star to contract coronavirus (Picture: Getty)But, according to The Telegraph, to wipe out those games in hand – and avoid having to resort to a points-per-game recalculation should the season again be suspended – those two matches will now be prioritised.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe much talked about bonanza of football on the weekend of June 20 will still go ahead, with every single match staggered across Saturday and Sunday and Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham being the pick of that round of action. View 3 comments Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 May 2020 3:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Arsenal lost 3-0 at the Emirates the last time they played Man City (Picture: Getty)Premier League squads have been training in small groups so far, limited to a maximum of five players, but it was agreed on Wednesday that the next phase can now be introduced with contact once again permitted.A statement from the Premier League confirmed: ‘Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so. Aerial footage of Tottenham players training for Premier League returnTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:23FullscreenAerial footage of Tottenham players training for Premier League return is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.‘The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.‘Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government. Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.’MORE: ‘The integrity is gone’ – Troy Deeney says Liverpool’s Premier League title win will be sullied by coronavirusMORE: Four more positive coronavirus tests in the Premier League across three clubsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementcenter_img Premier League to resume on June 17 with Arsenal vs Man City to headline season restart Arsenal’s players have been training in groups of five at their London Colney complex (Picture: Getty)But a couple of days earlier, Arsenal will travel to the Etihad and Aston Villa will host Sheffield United – with both games having huge ramifications at either end of the table.The current schedule that has been put forward to clubs will see the final round of fixtures played in the last week of July, with the FA Cup final following a week later. Premier League bosses want to quickly get rid of any games in hand (Picture: Getty)The Premier League are now targeting a midweek restart date of June 17 with Arsenal’s game in hand against Manchester City to be the headline fixture to welcome back football.Clubs had been targeting the weekend of June 20 for the season to get back underway, but league bosses have decided to bring that date forward slightly to eliminate any games in hand.As things stand, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Manchester City have all played one game fewer than the rest of the teams in the division owing to the latter two clubs’ participation in the Carabao Cup final. Advertisementlast_img read more

Bolas, Miller lead UW in tight 1,500m battle

first_imgThe fastest collegiate 1,500-meter race of the year led to two of the fastest 1,500 meters times in Wisconsin history Saturday.Juniors Jack Bolas and Craig Miller were part of an elite field that lived up to its billing at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, as all five of the collegians in Saturday’s race surpassed what had been the NCAA’s leading time heading into the weekend.Bolas finished sixth in the extremely tight field, clocking a lightning-fast time of 3:37.64 to shatter his own personal-best mark and move up to No. 3 on the Badgers’ all-time list in the event. Miller was on his heels with an outstanding career-best time of 3:37.81, the fifth fastest in school history.Both improved their NCAA regional qualifying marks, with Bolas now ranking fourth and Miller fifth among collegians this season.The only runners ahead of them on that list are Saturday’s winner, Matthew Centrowitz of Oregon (3:36.92), third-place finisher Lee Emanuel of New Mexico (3:37.25) and fifth-place finisher Garrett Heath of Stanford (3:37.57). Four post-collegiate athletes also took part in the race.Jakutyte leads Badgers with personal best in high jumpWinning the high jump at the Arkansas Twilight Friday night, waking up early Saturday morning and enduring a long flight to Madison did not faze Monika Jakutyte at the Wisconsin Open.Jakutyte led the way for the Wisconsin women’s track and field team Saturday, winning her second high jump competition in as many days and doing so with a personal best and NCAA regional qualifying mark of 5 feet, 10 and three-fourths inches.“Today I was just trying just to get 5′ 9″ because I was so close last night, and I did a little more than that,” said Jakutyte, whose mark is fifth best in the Big Ten Conference this season.Jakutyte surpassed her previous personal best of 5 feet 7 inches, a mark she had been stuck on for a year and a half. She said she is not only glad to set a new lifetime best, but also that the regional qualifying mark might help her at the upcoming Big Ten outdoor championships.“It gives me more confidence,” Jakutyte said. “I don’t have that much pressure now going into Big Tens trying to qualify. So I can just relax a little bit.”Woltman, Badgers finish 10th at Big TensWisconsin senior Dan Woltman struggled in the final round of the 2009 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship but managed to finish in a tie for 10th place with a four-round total of 291 (+7).Woltman shot a 78 on Sunday as the Badgers had their worst round of the tournament, carding a 306 as a team. That gave them a total of 1183 (+47), good for a 10th-place finish.Woltman was actually one-under par for the day and the tournament after making a birdie on No. 13, his fourth hole of the day. He then bogeyed three of his next five holes, making the turn at 2-over par.Woltman’s score of 291 for the tournament is the eighth-best 72-hole score in Wisconsin history. It was the 13th time in Woltman’s UW career that he has finished in the top 10 and his third top 10 in four spring events this season.— UWBadgers.comlast_img read more