Utah Jazz wing Bojan Bogdanovic will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist, the team announced on Monday.

No time frame for his recovery was supplied, but ESPN reported he is expected to be fully recovered for the beginning of the 2020-21 season, whenever that may come.  

Bogdanovic, who is eighth in the NBA with 189 made three-pointers this season, suffered the injury last year and played in pain until the league shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

A Jazz statement read: "Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic will undergo season-ending wrist surgery.

"Bogdanovic hurt his right wrist sometime in 2019 and the injury continued to bother him throughout the season.

"With the campaign suspended, the forward consulted with multiple medical professionals and the decision was made to surgically repair the ruptured scapholunate ligament.

"Bogdanovic is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday in New York. A timeline for his return to play has not yet been set."

Bodganovic, who averaged a career-high 20.2 points per game this season, was held to single-digit scoring totals in three of his past seven appearances.  

The sixth-year forward is Utah's second-highest scorer after signing a four-year, $73million contract with the Jazz last offseason.  

Bogdanovic has been very durable in his career, missing only 12 of a possible 474 games during his time with the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers and Jazz.  

The 31-year-old has been a valuable offensive weapon for Utah this season, shooting 41.4 per cent from behind the three-point arc.  

The 2019-20 season has been characterized by dramatic swings for the Jazz, who put together a 20-3 stretch across December and January but also suffered four- and five-game losing streaks in the six weeks before the league's suspension.  

If the NBA season continues, Utah will also have to mend a reportedly fractured relationship between team cornerstones Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.  

Gobert was the first athlete in major American sports to test positive for COVID-19, leading to the late postponement of the Jazz's March 11 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the NBA suspending its season the next day. Mitchell tested positive shortly thereafter.  

With the league still on indefinite hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Jazz sit fourth in the Western Conference with a 41-23 record.

Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn believes "tremendous" quarterback Cam Newton will win games for a team this season.

Lynn explained it was the Chargers' confidence in their own players that led to their decision not to add him to their roster.

Newton remains unsigned almost two months after his release from the Carolina Panthers, having spent nine seasons in Charlotte.

After Philip Rivers' departure, the Chargers were seen as one of his most likely landing spots but they declared Tyrod Taylor as starter before drafting Justin Herbert at number six overall.

With it looking likely Newton will settle for a backup job in 2020 unless there is a major QB injury, Lynn talked up the 31-year-old's credentials as he confirmed the Chargers considered signing him.

Asked if the team explored the possibility, Lynn told CBS Sports Radio: "Absolutely, Cam is a tremendous quarterback.

"He's been MVP of this league, he's led his team to the Super Bowl and he's healthy now from what I hear. 

"Cam is going to be on somebody's roster and he's going to help somebody win a few games, but yeah, we did take a look at that, sure."

"I feel really good about the quarterback room that I have," Lynn added, as he explained why the Chargers opted not to sign Newton before the draft.

"With Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick - those are guys that a lot of people don't talk about. He [Stick] was a Division I AA, he won like three National Championships. 

"He's a hell of a leader, hell of a professional and I think he has a bright future in this league one day."

Meanwhile, Rivers – who left the Chargers for the Indianapolis Colts after 16 seasons – is already making a strong impression with his new team.

Rivers only signed a one-year, $25million deal and has a deal in place to coach high school football in Alabama after his NFL career is over.

But Colts coach Frank Reich said the "spirit" of their agreement was a multi-year pact.

"I can just tell you I really believe it's Philip's intent to play multiple years," he said, per The Athletic. "I'm very optimistic."

Disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong has admitted he first used performance-enhancing drugs aged 21.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and handed a lifetime ban in 2012 following a United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation.

Having denied cheating repeatedly throughout his career, Armstrong belatedly admitted to using banned substances during a January 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The legitimacy of the American's achievements had long been the subject of conjecture after he came back from testicular cancer to dominate cycling's blue ribband event from 1999 to 2005.

However, in the new ESPN documentary LANCE, the 48-year-old confirmed his history with illegal drugs stretched back much further to his maiden campaign as a professional.

"In terms of crossing the line, to something that [you would be punished for] if you admitted it or tested positive, then that wouldn't have been until 21 years old," he told ESPN. "My first professional season.

"At that time in the sport it was cortisone, or cortisone pre-cursors, or drugs that stimulate your body's own production of cortisone. 

"It was just ingrained in the culture of the sport."

Armstrong is most infamous for his use of EPO and working alongside controversial doctor Michele Ferrari – describing the blood-boosting agent as "a whole other level" and "rocket fuel" compared to the "low-octane doping" of cortisone.

In the documentary, he also conceded to using human growth hormone (HGH) during 1996 and pondered whether this was a factor in his cancer diagnosis.

"You know, I don't know the answer to that," he said. "I don't want to say no, because I don't think that's right either. I don't know if it's yes or no, but I certainly wouldn't say no.

"The only thing I will tell you is, the only time in my life, that I ever did growth hormone, was the 1996 season.

"And so just in my head, I'm like, growth… growing hormones and cells, like… if anything good needs to be grown, it does. But wouldn't it also make sense that if anything bad, is there, that it too would grow?" 

Following his return to professional cycling in 1998, Armstrong insisted he had no concerns over the potential adverse effects of a cancer survivor using EPO.

"In many ways - and this is not going to be a popular answer - EPO is a safe drug," he said. "Assuming certain things, assuming [it is] taken properly, taken under the guidance of a medical professional, taken in conservative amounts.

"There are far worse things you can put in your body."

Armstrong believes his considerable fall from grace and resulting absence from the public eye might have actually brought benefits, particularly for his family.

"The last five years has really caused me to pause and try to understand, not just myself but what this story meant to other people, what this story meant to the world," he said.

"And you know, that's a heavy thing to think about. I never knew the story was as big as it was. I knew it was big, but I didn't know it was that big.

"If I was competing today, I could tell you who my peers would be. My peers would be Michael Phelps, LeBron James, and so I see where they are… and so only now do I realise, 'that's where you were'.

"That's where I was. I really don't miss that. And I think, if I'd stayed there, it wouldn't have been good for my family." 

*** LANCE is available on ESPN Player throughout the UK, Europe and Africa from May 25th***

France full-back Anthony Bouthier has signed a two-year contract extension with Montpellier.

Bouthier joined Montpellier from Pro D2 outfit Vannes last year and continued his rapid rise by making his Test debut in the Six Nations opener against England in February.

The 27-year-old started all four matches in the competition before it was suspended with Les Bleus second in the table, behind England on points difference.

Montpellier on Monday announced they have rewarded the rapid Bouthier for an outstanding start to his time at the club.

Bouthier, now contracted until 2023, said: "I am very happy to extend my contract for two more seasons. Thank you to the staff and managers for trusting me.

"I feel great in this city and in the club. I made the choice to stay because it is the MHR which made me discover the highest level and which gives me confidence.

"It is also a club which plays the leading roles each year and which has ambitions to raise its first Brennus Shield [awarded to the French champions].

"Now I can't wait to get back to the field and the team-mates to have a great season, hoping to play in front of our supporters."

Scotland back Ruaridh Jackson has announced his retirement.

The 32-year-old Glasgow Warriors star confirmed the news in an Instagram post on Monday.

Jackson featured 33 times for his country and declared he had lived his "childhood dream".

He is now set to pursue a new career in the drinks industry.

"It is not the fairytale ending I may have dreamed about, but I want to say a huge thank you," he wrote on Instagram.

"I have achieved more than I could ever have dreamed of, but it is now time to embrace a new challenge.

"I have been so fortunate to live out my childhood dream of playing rugby, not just professionally but for my country.

"It has been a journey that has allowed me to travel the world, make some incredible friends and, without doubt, has given me some of the happiest days of my life.

"I have played at some amazing clubs: Wasps, Harlequins and, of course, two stints at Glasgow Warriors, which will always hold a special place in my heart. The supporters will be one of the things I will miss most."

Jackson debuted for Scotland in 2010 against New Zealand and went on to score 37 points on the international stage.

Having started out with Glasgow, he returned to the club in 2017 following spells with Wasps and Harlequins. 

The next UEFA executive committee meeting has been delayed until June 17 due to unresolved issues with proposed venues for next year's Euro 2020.

The meeting had initially been scheduled to take place on May 27.

Euro 2020 was due to get under way across 12 different locations in June but was pushed back by 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg were scheduled to host games.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told beIN SPORTS on Sunday that nine cities have affirmed their commitment to hosting matches in 2021, though there were issues with the remaining three.

"We've had conversations with nine cities and everything is set," said Ceferin.

"With three cities, we have some issues. So we will discuss further. In principle, we will do it in 12 cities but if not, we are ready to do it in 10, nine or eight."

In order to gain greater clarity on the circumstances surrounding host venues for the tournament, the executive committee will meet three weeks later than planned.

A UEFA statement released on Monday read: "UEFA today announced that the next meeting of its executive committee, originally scheduled for May 27, has been postponed to June 17, 2020, due to the existence of some remaining open points regarding a small number of proposed venues for the rearranged UEFA Euro 2020 next year."

Euro 2020 was delayed to create space for the completion of domestic leagues, the majority of which have been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Bundesliga returned behind closed doors last weekend, while Premier League, LaLiga and Serie A clubs have been permitted to return to group training – though some restrictions remain in place – this week.

Top flights in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland were ended prematurely.

Hearts have threatened to take legal action over their "unjust" relegation from the Scottish Premiership.

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) announced on Monday the 2019-20 season could not be completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Celtic were crowned champions for a record-equalling ninth time in a row and Hearts were consigned to the Championship after the final standings were calculated on a points-per-game basis.

Hearts were four points adrift of second-bottom Hamilton Academical with eight games to play when the season was suspended in March amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The Edinburgh club will not go down without a fight and still harbour hopes that the league may be restructured so they will stay in the top flight.

A club statement said: "We have stated from the outset that we don't believe it is right that any club should be unfairly penalised because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It was previously indicated that league reconstruction would not generate enough support to pass a vote between member clubs. In recent days a number of positive talks have been held with both the SPFL and member clubs and this topic is currently being revisited.

"Hearts will shortly submit a member's resolution that we believe is a pragmatic solution to the issues the game currently faces and a way forward that the clubs can unite behind. It is our belief that this resolution, if supported, will provide an opportunity to avoid disproportionately disadvantaging - financially and otherwise - any club. 

"This is possibly the final chance for our game to stand together, protect each other and not only survive but flourish in the aftermath of this terrible pandemic.

"Players from across all leagues have shown a desire for reconstruction and having already received support from some clubs we are hopeful that this resolution can positively progress Scottish football.

"As previously intimated the club has been taking legal advice throughout this process and are continuing to do so. We hope that the resolution being prepared will avoid the need to go down this route. Legal action would be both time consuming and expensive. However, the cost to the club of relegation would outweigh these considerations.

"To our supporters, we thank you for showing patience and continuing to back the club. We will continue to fight against what we believe is an unjust outcome."

Neil Lennon hailed Celtic's ninth successive title triumph as "the best" after they were confirmed as Scottish champions once again on Monday.

The Hoops equalled the record for the most title wins in a row after the Premiership season was brought to an end by the Scottish Professional Football League following consultation with the 12 top-flight clubs.

The final standings were calculated on a points-per-game basis, with Celtic having been 13 points clear of Glasgow rivals Rangers when fixtures were halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lennon, who was also in charge for the first three championship wins and returned to the club in February last year, declared this success the pick of the bunch.

"To be sitting here now as the manager of the nine in a row, and having played a huge part in that, fills me with so much pride," he told Celtic TV.

"It feels wonderful and I'm so proud of the players. It's an incredible record and to be part of that is something very special, and I think it's thoroughly deserved as well. 

"It's the best, no question it's the best and I've enjoyed the season immensely. I enjoyed the European campaign and winning the League Cup and I enjoyed working with the players every day, I enjoyed working with my staff.

"Whether you look at the first half of the season or the second half of the season, we've played some brilliant football throughout, and then you throw in the European campaign, you throw in the League Cup. A lot of that gets overlooked with all that's been going on around Scottish football of late.

"The style of play pleased me, the amount of goals pleased me, and we had massive contributions from numerous individual players as well."

Eddie Hearn says ambitious plans to host boxing events on the lawn of Matchroom headquarters were borne out of the necessity to be creative during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the weekend, Hearn revealed work is being done to stage shows at the mansion in Brentwood, Essex, where he grew up and was converted into offices for the promotion company.

It was reported it could cost around £1million to do so, with fight nights taking place on four consecutive weekends across July and August.

UFC has returned amid the global health crisis, while the Bundesliga also resumed on Saturday as the world of sport continues to take tentative steps towards moving forward without spectators.

Hearn anticipates events taking place behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, hence the reasoning behind planned bouts on the grounds of Matchroom.

"I think every sport right now has to be creative, be innovative and be safe and try and get their head around staging events behind closed doors for the foreseeable future," he told talkSPORT.

"Trying to make sure the players are safe, officials are safe and everyone is safe. Ultimately produce a compelling product for fans and broadcasters at home.

"Broadcasters are important because, don't forget, we aren't competing against other boxing promoters, we are competing against other sports because when we come back, Sky particularly, are going to be inundated from rights holders and organisations.

"You have to be compelling and innovative and come up with ideas, like the Matchroom fight camp, where broadcasters are going to say, 'Wow, we love that.'

"It's going to be difficult and there are going to be a lot of sports we see disappear off the commercial radar over the next few months."

Hearn expanded on the plans and the complications that still need to be overcome in terms of testing.

"It's our headquarters now in Brentwood. We've got a nice bit of land out there and it's been very lucky for us as a family," he added. "My dad moved there from Dagenham originally when he made a few quid and it's been very lucky to us.

"Our project restart is about staging live boxing from the garden there with a canopy. You've heard of Madison Square Garden and this is the new garden.

"We talked about doing boxing in studios and there's a lot of people doing it. I just feel like when you are talking about a gladiatorial sport, like boxing, you need to create that moment, that energy, not just for the viewer at home but the fighter as well.

"We've got big plans. It looks fantastic. There's still a long way to go. I think it's 90 per cent for us. Anything could happen at any time.

"There's a hotel at the bottom of the road that we will take over. On the Wednesday, before the Saturday, everybody will turn up. Fighters, Sky team, corners, our team will all be tested at a facility.

"You don't enter the hotel specifically, you enter a side building and you get tested and then you get your key, go into your room and don't leave until you get the results.

"Once you get a negative result, you are allowed into Matchroom fight camps. We create a sterile environment. No one is allowed to interact with anyone from outside fight camp during that period.

"The problem with this virus is people are still learning. We are having a dozen calls a day with doctors and testing facilities. It's such a mountain to climb.

"We are going to be having around 90 people on site and everyone will be tested before they go into the facility."

Celtic have won a record-equalling ninth successive title and Hearts were consigned to relegation when the Scottish Premiership season was ended on Monday.

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) announced the 2019-20 campaign could not be completed due to the coronavirus pandemic following consultation with all 12 top-flight clubs.

Celtic retain their title after the final standings were calculated on a points-per-game basis, just as the Championship, League One and League Two tables were.

Neil Lennon's side were 13 points clear of arch-rivals Rangers, who had a game in hand, with eight matches to play when the season was halted in March amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Hearts drop into the Championship, having been four points adrift of second-bottom Hamilton Academical. Dundee United were previously crowned champions of the second tier.

Glasgow giants Celtic can celebrate being crowned champions of Scotland nine times in a row for a second time, having also achieved the feat under Jock Stein in the 1973-74 season.

SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan said: "Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to officially congratulate Celtic on their achievement of winning the Premiership this season, and also to sincerely commiserate with Hearts on their relegation.

"We would all have rather seen the league season played out on pitches, in stadiums and in front of supporters.

"This is not the way anybody involved with Scottish football would have wanted to conclude the league season but, given the grave and unprecedented circumstances that we are facing, the board has agreed that it is the only practical way forward.

"COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on sporting competitions around the world and the repercussions will be felt for a long time.

"Scottish government restrictions and deep concerns for both player and spectator safety left the SPFL with no realistic option but to call the Premiership now and we thank the Premiership clubs for their support on this decision."

Fernando Alonso is refreshed and motivated for a return to Formula One, according to his manager Flavio Briatore.

Two-time F1 champion Alonso walked away from the series after the 2018 season following four tricky years with McLaren, who had well-documented issues with their Honda engine.

A domino-effect occurred in F1 last week when it was announced Sebastien Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season, the start of which has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Vettel's seat is to be taken by Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo will move to McLaren, leaving a spot spare at Renault.

McLaren chief Zak Brown cast doubt as to whether Alonso would take that drive as he feels he will want a winning car, but Briatore hinted the Spaniard may be back in F1 before long.

"Fernando is motivated," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. 

"A year out of Formula 1 has done him good. He has detoxed himself and I see him more serene and ready to return."

Briatore likened Vettel's situation at Ferrari last season, where he was outperformd by novice Charles Leclerc, to the one experienced in Alonso's first stint at McLaren when Lewis Hamilton joined the team.

"In F1 it has always been about having the winning recipe," he added. 

"You must have one driver who is focused on the world championship and the other who collects big points, snatching them from rivals.

"Vettel paid for the fact that a very fast boy arrived at the team. It surprised him and the team, as happened at McLaren with Hamilton. 

"Two drivers at the same level in a team eventually risk taking points off each other."

LaLiga clubs have returned to training in groups of up to 10 players.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were among the teams to post photos from the next phase of the Spanish top flight's attempted return early on Monday.

Following LaLiga's coronavirus hiatus, players were allowed to resume individual work from May 4 as the country began to de-escalate its lockdown measures.

Although strict guidelines are set to remain in place for Madrid and Catalonia over the coming weeks, the lockdown is being eased in many other regions of Spain.

And in accordance with government regulations and protocols, clubs are now able to resume group sessions at their training bases.

Initially teams will be required to work in groups of no more than 10 players, but they are still not permitted to use changing facilities and must arrive and leave individually.

The groups must work on different pitches, or at the very least in opposite halves.

LaLiga confirmed "group training may be carried out by all clubs, regardless of the de-escalation phase of the province in which they are located". Strict preventive and safety guidelines are in place.

"This is a significant step forward on the road towards restarting professional football in Spain, which has been on hold since March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic," read a statement from LaLiga.

The league's president, Javier Tebas, who is aiming for a June 12 restart, told Movistar's El Partidazo: "The start of the next phase in LaLiga's Return to Training protocol is another step towards the restarting of the competition. 

"It will be good to be able to set all training routines on an equal footing. It's very important that every club have the same chance to be in good shape.

"It's not essential, but it's very important and we're grateful that it will be like that."

Tebas hopes football can be played every day once LaLiga returns in order to finish the season, saying: "That is what I hope.

"We shouldn't have any problems playing on Mondays across the eleven rounds of matches we have left to play. I hope for some sense from the Royal Spanish Football Federation on this. 

"It's very important for us to be able to give both our national and international broadcasters, and fans across the world, football on as many days as possible to ensure as little disruption as possible."

He also welcomed the return of Bundesliga action at the weekend.

"I'm very happy, and I've congratulated them because they've taken a very important step," he said.

"We've worked hard on this together over the past months, we've exchanged protocols, ideas, we spoke once or twice every week. 

"I'm very proud of the Bundesliga. It wasn't easy; they were the first to get up and running and they're an example to follow."

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan says food poisoning and not the flu was responsible for him being sick for Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.

Episode nine of 'The Last Dance' - ESPN's 10-part docuseries on the Bulls team that won the 1997-98 NBA championship to complete a second three-peat in eight years - featured a section on what came to be known as the 'flu game'.

It has been widely believed Jordan had been suffering from flu-like symptoms ahead of the clash in Salt Lake City, but the five-time MVP has provided a different version of events.

"The day before Game 5 in Utah, I'm at the Marriott. It was George [Kohler, personal assistant], myself, Tim [Grover, personal trainer], and I think a couple of security guards. But it's like 10, 10:30 at night, I'm hungry," Jordan explained.

Grover and Koehler managed to find a pizza place that was open and placed an order but were surprised to see five people deliver it.

Jordan continued: "I eat the pizza all by myself, nobody else eats it. I wake up about 2:30, throwing up left and right.

"So really it wasn't the flu game, it was food poisoning."

He added: "I stayed in bed all day, couldn't eat anything, couldn't hold nothing down.

"Phil [Jackson, Bulls coach] comes in and says, 'What do you think?' And I say, 'Look, I'm gonna try, it's Game 5, if anything I can be a decoy.' So I'm going out and I'm gonna play."

Despite suffering from sickness, news of which emerged in the media before tip-off, Jordan scored 38 points to lead the Bulls to a 90-88 victory and a 3-2 series lead.

Jordan also had seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a display that remains one of the most iconic in the history of the league.

Donald Trump responded to Rory McIlroy's vow never to play golf with the United States president again, saying a lot of golfers "like my politics very much and some don't, I guess".

World number one McIlroy last week criticised Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, accusing him of trying to "politicise" the crisis.

"We're in the midst of something that's pretty serious right now," McIlroy told the McKellar Golf Podcast.

"He's trying to politicise it and make it a campaign rally, saying that [the US] administers the most tests in the world like it's a contest.

"It's just not the way a leader should act and there is a bit of diplomacy that you need to show, and I just don't think he's shown that, especially in these times."

McIlroy drew criticism for playing a round with Trump in 2017 at his International Golf Club in Florida but said he would not do so again in the future.

Trump, phoning in to NBC's coverage of a charity TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match that saw McIlroy and Dustin Johnson defeat Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, had his say on the comments.

"A lot of them [golfers] are very political, actually. A lot of them like my politics very much and some don't, I guess," he said.

"The ones that don't I don't get to see as much."

There have been 1,527,951 confirmed cases of coronavirus in America, with 90,980 having died after testing positive.

The 1997-98 Chicago Bulls could win championships "in any era" and would stack up well against today's Los Angeles Lakers or Milwaukee Bucks, Rusty LaRue has said.

ESPN's 'The Last Dance' - a 10-part docuseries on the Bulls team that won a sixth championship in eight years in 1998 – has now concluded after reporting huge ratings across the past five weeks.

Throughout most of the 1990s, no team could stop Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman as the Bulls became one of the most dominant outfits in sport.

The NBA has changed significantly, though, with three-point specialist Stephen Curry spearheading the Golden State Warriors' run to the previous five NBA Finals.

However, LaRue, a rookie point guard with the 1997-98 Bulls, is adamant the Chicago team he was on would be able to mix it up with Curry, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"I certainly think that team is going to be competing for the championship, probably win it," LaRue told Stats Perform.

"The one thing that you can't forget is the Bulls were a little ahead of their time.

"While they weren't necessarily the three-point barrage teams of today, the multi-position guys were basically big guards who could play all over the court - that was their roster.

"You had Steve Kerr who was a normal-sized guard but Jordan's 6ft 6ins, Pippen's 6ft 8ins, [Toni] Kukoc's 6ft 10ins, Ron Harper was 6ft 6ins.

"Those guys could guard multiple positions, play multiple positions. I think that lends itself well to today's game where you go out and you have multi-faceted people.

"Pippen could guard about any position on the court, so could Dennis Rodman, Jordan pretty much could, so I certainly think that team would be at the top of the echelon and probably be winning consistent championships in any era."

The Lakers are the only team to have three-peated since the Bulls, with former Chicago coach Phil Jackson leading them to a trio of championships between 2000 and 2002.

Golden State's bid for three Larry O'Brien Trophies in a row was dashed by the Toronto Raptors last year.

However, the 2015-16 Warriors team broke the 1995-96 Bulls' record for most regular-season victories when they went 73-9.

Seoul have apologised after fans on social media accused the K League 1 side of using sex dolls to help fill the space in their empty stadium.

The top flight in South Korea is among the leagues to have returned amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the Bundesliga in Germany having also resumed this weekend.

With matches being played behind closed doors, several teams have been finding novel ways to decorate their stadia.

Seoul said their perceived faux pas, which was pointed out by several users on social media - with the mannequins supposedly holding up advertising signs for adult streaming sites, was due to a mix-up with the manufacturer.

"We would like to apologise to our fans. We're genuinely sorry to our fans about the installation of the mannequins at our game on May 17," read a statement from Seoul, who defeated Gwangju 1-0 at the Seoul World Cup stadium on Sunday.

"We confirmed from the start that the mannequins we installed in the stands had no relation to the adult toys, even though they do indeed resemble real humans.

"We had them supplied by a company and they informed us that the mannequins are designed for displaying apparel and fashion products. We confirmed with them on numerous occasions to make sure that the mannequins are not adult toys.

"[The supplier] has been distributing some of the mannequin products to another business...and in the process of return and exchange of the products between them, the installation at our stadium included some products with messages in text that are related to the adult toys.

"That was a problem on our employees who couldn't check every detail of everything that was installed. That is an inexcusable mistake on our part."

A pair of signed sneakers worn by the legendary Michael Jordan during his stellar career were sold for a record $560,000 at auction on Sunday.

Jordan's Nike footwear were estimated to fetch a quarter of what they went for, Sotheby's revealed.

The Air Jordan 1s were designed for the Chicago Bulls great in 1985 before he went on to be named NBA MVP five times.

A pair of 1972 Nike running shoes known as the 'Moon Shoe' previously held the record for sneakers sold by Sotheby's last year, with $437,500 forked out on that occasion.

Jordan has been in the headlines recently with the huge success of documentary 'The Last Dance.'

Sotheby's director of eCommerce development Brahm Wachter said: "We saw tremendous bidding up until the moment the sale closed, with the value more than doubling in the final hour alone.

"That coupled with strong international bidding from six countries on four continents shows not only the incredible appeal of Michael Jordan... but also that sneaker collecting is truly a global and growing market."

The legal representatives for Quinton Dunbar and Deandre Baker - the two NFL cornerbacks charged over an alleged armed robbery - claimed their clients have been released from jail after posting bail.

The Miramar Police Department issued arrest warrants for Seattle Seahawks corner Dunbar and New York Giants defensive back Baker over an incident that occurred in Florida last Wednesday, where money and watches were allegedly stolen.

Baker was wanted on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, while Dunbar was wanted on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Dunbar and Baker turned themselves in at Broward County Jail over the weekend and their respective attorneys both announced on social media that they had been released after posting bonds.

Dunbar, who was traded from the Washington Redskins to the Seahawks in March, issued a statement through his attorney Michael Grieco in which he apologised for "any unnecessary distractions".

In the statement, posted on Grieco's Twitter account, Dunbar said: "I would like to thank all my fans for their support and apologise to the Seattle Seahawks organisation for any unnecessary distractions that these allegations against me may have caused.

"In addition, I am very grateful to be a part of a team that supports one another and uphold the credibility of each of its members through adverse situations.

"Moving forward, this entire situation has taught me how to not associate myself with environments that may mischaracterise my values and who I am."

The attorney for Baker, a first-round draft pick for the Giants in 2019, announced on Instagram that his client was also out on bail.

Bradford Cohen has said there are "affidavits from several witnesses that exonerate my client".

World number one Rory McIlroy was glad to be back in action, albeit in a charity match alongside Dustin Johnson.

McIlroy and Johnson beat Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match, raising more than $5.5million for coronavirus relief.

But McIlroy was simply happy to be back playing, with the PGA Tour season set to restart next month.

"It was good, it was nice to feel it again. It's only been nine weeks since The Players [Championship], it feels much longer than that," the Northern Irishman said, via the PGA Tour.

"Obviously we just went through a very unprecedented time. We're used to feeling like that week in and week out, so to be at home for these few weeks and not feel that, it was nice to get back out here.

"It's a different setting than what we're used to, but to get the competitive juices going again, it was nice to feel it."

McIlroy has announced he plans to play the first three tournaments back, beginning with the Charles Schwab Challenge starting June 11.

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