Khabib Nurmagomedov branded Conor McGregor the "greatest UFC fighter in Twitter history" in response to his rival's GOAT list posted on social media.

Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor revealed his top four on Saturday, putting Anderson Silva at number one but making clear the Brazilian has some stiff competition to be considered the greatest - from the Irishman himself, of course.

"My array of finishes, across 3 divisions, with champion status in 2, I'm No.2. If not tied 1," McGregor wrote on Twitter. "However [I'm] still active, No.1 is fully secured by career end. And easily."

Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones also made the list, but there was no place for undefeated lightweight champion Khabib.

Asked to explain the Russian's absence, McGregor replied: "Fancy record but a way to go before any GOAT entry.

"Only HL [highlight] is win over me with hangover and broken foot. Other than that, made Iaquinta's career with bad performance before Cerrone ended it again. 3rds to get Poirier out. 0 array of finishes. Bottled many bouts. Zero else of note."

Khabib, who defeated McGregor by submission at UFC 229 in 2018, countered with a tweet of his own, pointing out what he perceives to be fundamental flaws in McGregor's own case.

"You tapped out in featherweight, you tapped out in lightweight and you tapped in welterweight," Khabib wrote.

"You never defended title in the UFC or Cage Warriors, you gave up more than GSP, Spider and Bones all together. You greatest UFC fighter in Twitter history."

Jones also got involved in the debate, putting up a list of fighters to have the most wins in UFC title bouts - with McGregor obviously not among them - along with the comment: "Goat where you at."

The light-heavyweight champion also later quote-tweeted Khabib's post, adding: "Like I said I’ll let the fans do the debating for me, thanks Khabib."

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V'landys is hoping capped crowds can return to the NRL as soon as July amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Suspended in March due to COVID-19, the NRL season will resume on Thursday with Australia having successfully contained the spread of coronavirus.

V'landys has faced some criticism for his relentless approach and said earlier this week he regretted suspending the season.

Now, the ARLC chairman is looking for crowds to return to stadiums in just over a month's time.

"We based our return on analysis and information on infection rates and how the coronavirus really caused the damage it did," V'landys said, via The Sydney Morning Herald.

"When you look at it, 60 per cent came from offshore and even today the four positives all came from overseas.

"You take the Ruby Princess [cruise ship] out and that's less risk again. So in real terms, if the infection rate stays as low as it does and nothing new is coming in from overseas, the risk is going to be pretty low. So why wouldn't we have crowds? We'll do that in the same fashion we did with the return of the game.

"The next test for us is once they relax the measures, we want to see in the next three weeks if the infection rate is altered in any fashion. If it hasn't, we'll be pushing very hard for crowds .... capped crowds."

States across Australia have started easing restrictions, with the country having more than 7,100 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 102 deaths.

The Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels will restart the NRL season at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday.

Eddie Sutton, the first college basketball coach to take four different schools to the NCAA Tournament, died on Saturday. He was 84.

Sutton's family said he died of natural causes in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, surrounded by his three sons and their families.

"Dad and Mom treated their players like family and always shared the belief that his teachings went beyond the basketball court," the family wrote. "He cherished the time he spent at every school and appreciated the support of their loyal fans. He believed they deserved so much credit in the success of his programs."

Sutton was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame last month after winning 804 games during his 37-year coaching career at the Division I level.

He will be posthumously inducted as part of the 2020 class in August, along with Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant.

Sutton coached at Southern Idaho, Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and San Francisco and reached the Final Four three times. He compiled a 260-75 record at Arkansas from 1974-85 and made nine NCAA Tournament appearances.

Sutton's career was tarnished when he resigned as Kentucky coach in 1989 after four seasons during an NCAA investigation into the program. The Wildcats would eventually receive a two-year postseason ban and were not allowed on live television for the 1989-90 season.

After beginning his coaching career as an assistant at Oklahoma State in 1958, Sutton returned to Stillwater as head coach of the Cowboys in 1990. During his 16 seasons as head coach, Oklahoma State made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and reached Final Fours in 1995 and 2004.  

Sutton resigned following the 2005-06 season after a drunk-driving crash.

In 2005, the school announced the court at Gallagher-Iba Arena would be named Eddie Sutton Court.

The Rugby Championship could be played in a hub in Australia due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Rugby Australia (RA) interim chief executive Rob Clarke.

With travel restrictions in place around the world due to COVID-19, a new format could be needed if Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina are to play the annual tournament.

The possibility of all teams relocating to Australia, which has more than 7,100 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 102 deaths, is an option.

Clarke, named RA interim CEO earlier this month, said Australia could host every team later in the year.

"We can do it in the October-November timeframe," he told The Daily Telegraph.

"If we can fly international teams into a hub like Australia that sits in the middle of our territories, and put together a competition structure that might well be more towards a Rugby World Cup-type structure where there might be midweek games and weekend games, try to condense it as much as possible, we're looking at that as a potential solution.''

South Africa won the Rugby Championship last year, ending the All Blacks' run of three straight.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas again criticised the decision to cancel the rest of the Ligue 1 season, saying it was a stupid move.

The remainder of the Ligue 1 campaign was cancelled last month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But it is the only one of Europe's top five leagues to make that move, with the Bundesliga having restarted and LaLiga cleared to begin from June 8, while Serie A and the Premier League are also bidding to resume.

Aulas said the fact Ligue 1 had decided against playing out the rest of its campaign showed officials had lacked patience.

"In reality, what they said at this meeting with UEFA, it's patience," he told L'Equipe on Saturday.

"When we see that our leaders attended, drawing different conclusions, we say that we are really too stupid, excuse me for the term."

Aulas has pleaded for the decision to be reconsidered and said it made little sense that Spain, hit harder by COVID-19, could restart and France could not.

"It is nevertheless paradoxical that a country like Spain, which has been more affected than France by the pandemic, has thought about and found answers," he said.

Spain has more than 282,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and a death toll exceeding 28,600, while France has 182,000 and 28,300 respectively.

Lyon finished seventh in the table with the season stopped, while Paris Saint-Germain were awarded the title.

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested on Friday in Palm Desert, California – about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles – and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

Leaf, 44, was taken to Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility and was released after posting his $5,000 bond, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department’s online records.

His next court date is set for September 25.  

Leaf was third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1997 after throwing 34 touchdown passes for Washington State and leading the Cougars to a Rose Bowl appearance.

Leaf was selected second overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, one pick after the Indianapolis Colts picked Peyton Manning.  

Leaf’s rookie season with the Chargers was a disaster, with the Great Falls, Montana native throwing just two touchdowns to 15 interceptions in nine starts.

In 1999, Leaf underwent shoulder surgery and was suspended four games after a profanity-laced tirade directed at then-general manager Bobby Beathard.  

He played just 21 games for San Diego before bounding between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.  

Leaf’s career ended with just 25 NFL games played, throwing 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

He went to prison in 2012 for violating his Texas probation by breaking into a home in Montana to steal prescription drugs.  

Last summer, Leaf began working for ESPN as a college football analyst and has also worked for the Pac-12 Network.

Lyon have made another impassioned plea for the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) to reverse its decision to abandon the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic as they congratulated LaLiga for being granted permission to resume.

Les Gones and their president Jean-Michel Aulas have been among the most ardent decriers of the LFP ending the campaign, which was confirmed on April 30, and intend to take their appeal to the Council of State.

The LFP announced table positions were to be decided by virtue of points per game, meaning Paris Saint-Germain were crowned champions, Marseille and Rennes qualified for the Champions League, and Toulouse and Amiens were relegated.

Lyon, one of several teams to threaten legal action over the premature conclusion, previously warned that French clubs face accumulative losses of €900million and potential bankruptcy without ending the season on the pitch.

Following Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday giving LaLiga the green light to resume from June 8, Lyon have again urged the French authorities to reconsider.

In a lengthy statement that was initially set out as a message of congratulations to LaLiga and its president, Javier Tebas, Lyon said: "Javier Tebas explained since LaLiga's suspension how a permanent stop would be a very large economic and social disaster for Spanish football, which he estimated at €1billion in the event of a permanent stop but 'only' €300m in the event of a recovery [behind closed doors].

"Olympique Lyonnais hopes that the example of Spain coming after that of Germany [the Bundesliga returned behind closed doors last weekend] will make it possible to reconsider the decision taken in France too hastily.

"We can reasonably imagine the position of the coaches and players of the French championship is today much more favourable to a resumption of competition than during the UNFP [France's players union] poll of April 23 or when Didier Deschamps told president Emmanuel Macron on April 27 of his reluctance and fears for the health of the players."

Lyon added that a failure to resume the season will have competitive consequences for themselves and PSG in the Champions League.

"Beyond the economic catastrophe that will hit the French championship hard, the most successful French clubs still in the Champions League will find themselves at a disadvantage during the European matches," the statement continued. "PSG and Lyon, both still committed with their two teams, female and male, will be penalised against opponents who will have benefited from the resumption of their championship.

"Lyon calls on president Emmanuel Macron to support the spirit of a France that reacts to its European competitors. Thanks to the relevance and efficiency of its citizens, France has pushed back the pandemic to allow the controlled resumption of training and tomorrow we hope to compete, as is the case in almost all the others European countries.

"The decision taken in a rush on April 30 can be offset today in the eyes of the French if we know how to recognise that nothing is ever final by adopting the most appropriate solution in the interest of French professional football and therefore France."

Over 182,000 people in France have contracted COVID-19, but the daily death toll was down to 74 on Friday.

Two individuals returned positive results in the latest round of coronavirus testing in the Premier League, it has been confirmed.

A total of 996 players and staff were tested for COVID-19 across Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with the positive results coming from different clubs.

They will now be required to self-isolate for a seven-day period.

The findings are in addition to the six who were found to have contracted the virus in the first round of testing, which covered 748 people, on May 17-18.

A Premier League statement read: "The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday May 19, Thursday May 21 and Friday May 22, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs.

"Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.

"For the second round of testing, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50.

"Previously, 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19 on May 17-18, with six testing positive from three clubs.

"The six who tested positive in the first round of testing are not included in the figures for May 19-22, as they are still within their seven-day self-isolation period.

"The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing."

Burnley assistant Ian Woan and Watford defender Adrian Mariappa were confirmed to be among the six individuals to test positive in the first batch.

The Premier League has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Teams have returned to training – though no contact is permitted – and the target is for the competition to get back under way on June 12, though Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has acknowledged the date is flexible.

Talks have been held over whether clubs will be able to use their own stadiums for games, or whether neutral grounds will be required, and some players have declined to return to training due to COVID-19 concerns.

There are nine full rounds of fixtures to be played, while four teams have an extra game in hand.

French Open director Guy Forget says he is working closely with tennis authorities to ensure the tournament at Roland Garros does not clash with the US Open.

The Parisian major was initially scheduled to start on Sunday but the coronavirus pandemic resulted in it being postponed until September 20 – a week after the final of the US Open.

Criticism of the decision was rife, and the calendar for the rest of the season remains up in the air with the ATP Tour and WTA Tour suspended until August at the earliest.

Forget said he is working towards a suitable resolution and expects an announcement on the US Open's plans in June.

"The official announcement has not been made yet. [The French Open] will probably be between the end of September and the beginning of October," Forget told French radio station Europe 1.

"We've been working closely with the ATP, the WTA and the ITF to make a global announcement on what the circuit will be like until the end of the year.

"There are so many question marks. New York City is more affected by the coronavirus than France. They also have a lot of organisational problems.

"They will make an announcement mid-June to say how it's going to be like for the US Open."

According to the John Hopkins University, New York City has seen 197,266 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 28,926 dying as a result. France has had 182,018 cases and 28,218 deaths.

Professional sports have been prohibited in France until September but Forget remains optimistic about the chances of staging a successful French Open.

"The signals are going in the right direction with the reopening of businesses," he said.

"We can imagine that this will also be the case for restaurants and bars in the coming weeks.

"Now we don't know what's going to happen in a month or two. We will adapt to what the government tells us.

"You have to be ambitions and optimistic. We hope that Roland Garros will take place, and in good conditions."

The NBA is in preliminary discussions with the Walt Disney Company about resuming the 2019-20 season at an isolated site near Orlando, Florida in late July.  

Games would take place at the Wide World of Sports complex, a Disney-owned campus that spans 255 acres and features enough space to accommodate practices and lodging.  

NBA spokesperson Mike Bass announced the "exploratory" discussions on Saturday in a statement, noting that the players' union is also part of the conversations.  

"Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved," Bass said. "We are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place."

Disney is the primary owner of ESPN, one of league's key broadcast partners.  

The NBA has been on indefinite hiatus since March 11, when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first major figure in American sports to test positive for COVID-19.

After several months off, many players – including all who went abroad during the hiatus – would need to quarantine for 14 days before rejoining their team-mates for a training camp leading up to the resumption of play.  

Players may be recalled to their teams' training facilities as early as June 1, but the NBA may prefer that they report directly to a central location to reduce travel.  

Players who returned to their home countries may also face challenges with local travel restrictions.  

The NBA still has not settled on a format for a return to play, such as the NHL's proposed 24-team playoff bracket.  

It has been reported the NBA would like teams to reach a total of 70 regular season games – about five more for most clubs – to fulfill its contracts with local broadcast affiliates.  

Others have claimed completing the regular season games and following it with a full 16-team postseason would cause too much congestion, potentially pushing the start of 2020-21 well into December.  

The league, like the NHL, has explored the idea of a play-in tournament that would reduce the playoff field to 16 teams without finishing the entire regular season slate.  

The NBA's board of governors is scheduled to have a conference call next Friday to further discuss a return to play.  

Conor McGregor believes Anderson Silva is the greatest MMA fighter of all time but expects to surpass the Brazilian by the end of his career.

Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor explained who he considers to be the best to have stepped into the Octagon.

The outspoken Irishman ranked himself second to former middleweight king Silva, though he clarified he would be top of the list if failed drug tests were taken into account.

McGregor also included former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre and light-heavyweight title-holder Jon Jones in his rankings.

He posted on Twitter: "The array of finishes, across 2 divisions, with champion status in 1, Anderson Silva is No.1 MMA GOAT.

"My array of finishes, across 3 divisions, with champion status in 2, I'm No.2. If not tied 1.

"However [I'm] still active, No.1 is fully secured by career end. And easily.

"GSP [St-Pierre] is in at 3. Much less array of finishes but champion status in 2. He is far behind though. Reasons = Left 170[lb division] after much damage taken + questionable decision. Never re-engaged 170lb successors. Bottled Anderson fight. Only moved [to middleweight] when one-eyed fighter [Michael Bisping] presented. Played safe.

"Jon is 4. Maybe tied 3. More array of finishes than 3 and still active, but champion status in just 1. Reasons = Multiple lacklustre decision performances + questionable decision win. Attempting to safe play HW [heavyweight] entry/avoiding its champion."

McGregor added: "I didn't mentions PED results on multiple entrants, even though that makes me the clear current No.1 MMA GOAT, along with still being active.

"Although it shames, as well as puts all runs+finishes in complete doubt, I've snored multiple juice heads. A true GOAT must do it all.

"Clarity on Silva's earlier no.1 spot. Most stylistic finishes on resume. Front kicks to face. Up elbow (albeit outside UFC) Thai plum knees leading to broken facial bones. Long list of jaw dropping finishes. Myself/Anderson have the most exciting/important finishes in the sport!

"One more on George/Jon decision that will clear why I originally gave George 3 and Jon 4 before a maybe tied 3. A lot of Jon's opponents were Anderson's 185lb opponents but the array of stoppages were not there, or nowhere near Anderson's despite the weight advantage to do so."

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has learned from his mistakes against Floyd Mayweather Jr and is on course to end up on a very selective list of fighters.

That is the verdict of WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, who has praised Alvarez for the way he bounced back from a first defeat - and tipped him to further enhance his legacy before hanging up the gloves.

The Mexican superstar's solitary loss as a pro came back in September 2013, as he came out on the wrong side of a points verdict after going 12 rounds with the undefeated Mayweather.

Sulaiman feels that, at 23, Canelo was not ready for such a challenge at that stage in his career but has recovered impressively to build a case to be viewed as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

His impressive record includes a points win in a rematch with middleweight rival Gennadiy Golovkin - their first meeting ended as a split-decision draw - while his most recent bout saw him step up to light-heavyweight to stop WBO champion Sergey Kovalev.

Speaking to Stats Perform News courtesy of @trcksuits, Sulaiman explained how Alvarez - who does not turn 30 until July - has time on his side to further his reputation.

"He's still building his legacy," the WBC chief said. "He's young, he's active and he's hungry to be and become the greatest.

"He learned from his mistakes. He fought Floyd Mayweather when he was too young and that could have ended his career.

"But then he focused, he came back, he learned from that fight and now has evolved into a very mature, highly competitive world-presence fighter.

"I think when his career is over, we're going to have Canelo Alvarez in a very selective list of fighters from history."

Alvarez had appeared set to fight again in May this year, only for the coronavirus pandemic to put a hold on his future plans.

Javier Tebas said the return of LaLiga owed everything to a united effort to bring back football, after Spain's prime minister Pedro Sanchez gave the green light.

The Spanish government has said it will support the resumption of matches from the week beginning June 8.

LaLiga had targeted June 12 for its first games since the coronavirus crisis caused the season to be suspended in March.

Now all efforts can be directed towards making that happen, with games to be played behind closed doors.

LaLiga president Tebas wrote on Twitter: "We are very pleased with the decision, it's the result of great work by clubs, players, coaches... CSD [National Sports Council], agents, etc.

"But it's very important to follow the health regulations and to respect the evolution of the pandemic, we can't lower our guard."

Barcelona lead Real Madrid by two points in the battle for the title, with all teams having 11 matches remaining.

The LaLiga season can resume in the week commencing June 8, Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez has announced.

Sanchez made his declaration as he addressed a range of coronavirus issues on Saturday.

LaLiga officials have been looking to Friday, June 12 as the date on which they want the league to return, and they can now push towards that target.

Sanchez said: "Spain has done what it should and now new horizons are opening for everyone. The time has come to resume many daily activities. From June 8, LaLiga will return to football."

Clubs have returned to training, although social distancing rules have been followed and full group sessions have not yet been able to take place.

Matches will have to be played behind closed doors, but Sanchez's announcement should allow the 2019-20 season to play to a completion.

When the league was suspended in March, Barcelona held a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the table, with every team having 11 games still to play.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas said earlier this week he was "excited" about the prospect of matches returning. He stressed they could only proceed with clearance from health authorities, but the go-ahead from Sanchez means Spanish football will soon be up and running once more.

Until now, players have only been allowed to train in groups of 10 or fewer.

Reports on Thursday said LaLiga would restart on June 12 with a derby clash between Real Betis and Sevilla.

John Bateman says he has been given permission to talk to other clubs but wants to stay with Canberra Raiders.

England forward Bateman on Friday denied a report that he had requested to be released from his contract with the Raiders after an outstanding debut NRL season.

Bateman, who was named Dally M Second Rower of the Year in his first campaign in Australia, on Saturday revealed Canberra gave him the green light to speak to other clubs due to salary-cap restrictions.

The 26-year-old has denied he is looking to engineer a move, though, and is eager to remain in the capital.

He posted on Twitter: "Like I said yesterday never once have I asked for a release, neither has my management.

"Canberra gave me permission to talk to other clubs months ago because they're tight on the cap next year and nothing for me from 2022 onwards.

"I have a renegotiation clause in my deal for every year, that's why we are working through it.

"I love the Raiders and want to be here. So settle yourselves down and let's get talking about the season starting back up."

Formula One drivers will tolerate 'ghost races' in front of empty grandstands this season out of an "obligation" to the sport.

Grand Prix Drivers' Association chairman Alex Wurz delivered that message, albeit insisting nobody in the paddock would relish the prospect of racing going ahead without spectators.

It is out of necessity, during the coronavirus crisis, that Formula One is returning with races held at circuits that will be as biosecure as possible.

The delayed season is expected to start in Austria, with the first race on July 5.

Austrian Wurz, who drove for Benetton and Williams in his Formula One career, stressed the situation is far from ideal but will be embraced because it is all that can be achieved for now.

He told Sky Sports: "Let me say that I think no one in motor sport, no driver, and personally me definitely not, is a fan of ghost races. Because we live from the emotions which are shared together.

"A football match, or athletics, they have a stadium, we have a race track and 100,000 spectators who share this great event together, and that makes a big difference to how you feel.

"However, all the drivers I have spoken to, and I'm constantly in talks with them, no one has said 'No, I don’t want to do it', or 'I feel it’s the wrong thing to do'.

“It's actually the right thing to do because we have an obligation to our industry.

"Motorsport, Formula One, is a global industry, and like every government in the world, we are all trying to kickstart the industry, the economy, because people's families and mortgages depend on it. And it's the same in Formula One.

"So ghost races are a means to get us back on track earlier than if we wait for fan-attended races. Therefore we are looking for ghost races, and all the drivers accept that - fully."

Wurz said F1 has had a close eye on driver safety for many years, and protecting all involved from the COVID-19 threat is an extension of that.

And he vowed the sport would not visit nations where there is already a severe strain on medical systems.

Looking at the case of Austria, he said: "In terms of medical treatment, medical space, emergency units around the Red Bull Ring, there is no problem.

"Then we have to ensure that we are not passing the virus on between the industry and the hosting nation. And equally within our circuit we have to ensure that we have distance between each other and we minimise the risk of passing on."

The Sunwolves could yet face Australian Super Rugby sides in an alternative competition.

A schedule for a remodelled competition including the four Australian Super Rugby franchises and possibly the Western Force is expected to be confirmed in the near future.

The Sunwolves have been axed from Super Rugby for the 2021 season and it appeared the coronavirus pandemic would prevent the Japanese team from playing any further part this year.

Yet Rugby Australia interim chief Rob Clarke on Saturday stated the Tokyo-based franchise could be included.

He said: "We're still in discussions with the Sunwolves and the Australian government on that.

"As you can imagine it's not a quick process trying to get clarity from certainly the government in the first instance and then the Sunwolves having to react to that to understand exactly what they can do and in what time frame, so we're working diligently on it, but we don't have a final answer."

It is hoped the competition can commence on July 3 and run for 11 weeks. 

Frank Warren thinks Anthony Joshua's promoters want to avoid a heavyweight unification fight with Tyson Fury as it would be too risky for their fighter.

Bob Arum, Fury's co-promoter along with Warren, has held preliminary talks with Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn over the prospect of a mouthwatering all-British bout.

WBC champion Fury faces a third fight with Deontay Wilder next, while Joshua is due to step into the ring with Kubrat Pulev after their bout - scheduled for June - was called off amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Warren believes the main issue getting in the way of a deal being agreed for Fury and Joshua to fight is Matchroom promoters do not want it to happen.

He told talkSPORT: "My concern, first and foremost, although they talk about it a lot, Matchroom, I don't think they want the fight. I don't think they want to put AJ in with Tyson, I really don't think so.

"I hear all the noises, but actions speak louder than words and at the moment it seems to me – and I'm not normally wrong on things like this – I've got a gut feeling they don't want it and I think that's for a reason.

"I think Tyson's the best heavyweight on the planet, there's no doubt about that, and it's a big risk for them. It's a feeling from me, I’ve never had any conversations [with Matchroom] because I don't deal with them.

"I know they've had talks with the MTK people [Fury's managers], I know there's also been conversations with Bob Arum, but I've told them all the way through this I don't think they want it.

"If Tyson, which I believe he will do, beats AJ, then they've got a problem."

Warren also revealed that an offer has been received for Fury to fight Wilder in the Far East, but refused to confirm Macau in China was the location.

"I can't say that [the offer is from Macau] at the moment, [but] it is from the Far East," he said.

"The fight will be back end of the year. All of the big fights are gonna be back end of the year."

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner accepts the club made a mistake when they announced plans to use the government's furlough scheme.

The Premier League leaders faced huge criticism in early April when owners Fenway Sports Group revealed they planned to take advantage of the coronavirus job retention scheme, which would see the United Kingdom government cover 80 per cent of wages up to £2,500 per month.

There was a backlash from fans and former players given the club had announced pre-tax profits of £42million just six weeks earlier, leading them to reverse their decision and issue an apology through chief executive Peter Moore.

"It's better to admit a mistake than to dig your heels in," said Werner, as per the Daily Mail.

"Hopefully, people will know that all we really care about is trying to support the fans and support our players and our club in a way that is sustainable.

"It's a terrible situation we're all in. Someday, hopefully, there will be a vaccine and we can return to the joy of being in a stadium and watching the elegant play of great football players.

"The most important thing is safety and the Premier League are working on protocols. But there's a hole in so many people's lives. Football is central to their dreams and their hopes.

"Certainly, as regards to Liverpool, we are playing magnificent football and we are just a couple of matches away from winning the trophy. But I do put it in perspective."

Premier League matches are not expected to resume until some time in June and will have to be held behind closed doors.

Similarly, plans for a victory parade should Liverpool end their 30-year wait to win the top-flight title have been ruined by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Werner still hopes to be able to celebrate such a triumph with fans when it is safe to do so, having been inspired by the scenes after last season's Champions League success.

"The 4-0 win over Barcelona [in the semi-final second leg] was the single greatest sporting event I've ever seen," he said. "The reaction our supporters had in the stadium that day and around the world is something that I'll remember for the rest of my life.

"I thought I could never imagine experiencing anything like [the parade]. Then somebody said, 'Well, if we win the Premier League, this parade will be dwarfed'. I'm looking forward to a parade when we can all congregate again."

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