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NCAA president: No fall sports championships, including FCS football, in 2020 – CBS Sports

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The NCAA announced last week that fall championships for each sport will be canceled if more than 50% of the playoff-eligible teams in each sport cancel their seasons. NCAA president Mark Emmert made it official on Thursday by announcing “we cannot, at this point, have fall championships.”

The Southland and Southern Conference announced on Thursday that it will not have conference play this year, leaving just the Ohio Valley Conference as the only FCS conference yet to make a formal announcement on the future of its season. 

“We can’t in any Division I NCAA sport have a championship, other than FBS football,” Emmert said.

The Southland and Southern join the Ivy League, MEAC, Patriot League, CAA, NEC, Pioneer Football League, Big Sky, Big South, the SWAC, and the Missouri Valley Football Conference as leagues that won’t play conference games this fall. However, Emmert believes that they can conduct fall championships in the spring. 

“There are ways to do this. I’m confident we can figure this out. If schools and conferences want to move forward and try and have… more than half want to do it. Let’s do it,” Emmert said.

“We can use the fall to keep kids healthy, keep them in engaged with their coaches and athletic departments, focus on their academic success, work with them, let them practice and stay ready to play.”

Concern over the health and well-being of players and coaches has altered the landscape of college athletics. The need to test for COVID-19 on a regular basis combined with spikes in cases around the country late last month and earlier this month have called into question the feasibility of holding sporting events. 

Costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have also hit the college athletics world hard. It’s unlikely that fans will be in the stands in 2020, which has cut out a massive revenue stream for athletic departments across the country. 

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Robin Hack: Brentford to target Nuremberg winger if Said Benrahma leaves – Sky Sports

Germany U21 player is a top target should £25m-rated star move to the Premier League

By Lyall Thomas

Last Updated: 13/08/20 3:58pm

Brentford will target Nuremberg winger Robin Hack if Said Benrahma leaves

Brentford will target Nuremberg winger Robin Hack if Said Benrahma leaves

Brentford will target Nuremberg winger Robin Hack if Said Benrahma leaves

Brentford want to sign Nuremberg winger Robin Hack if they lose Said Benrahma.

The 21-year-old Germany U21 player is a top target should their £25m-rated winger move to the Premier League this summer.

Hack came through the youth ranks at Hoffenheim before joining Nuremburg in the Bundesliga 2 last year.

He scored 10 goals in 31 appearances last season.

Brentford want in excess of £50m for Ollie Watkins and Benrahma

Brentford want in excess of £50m for Ollie Watkins and Benrahma

Brentford want in excess of £50m for Ollie Watkins and Benrahma

The Bees are preparing for the potential losses of Benrahma and Ollie Watkins and want in excess of £50m for the pair.

Benrahma is of interest to a string of Premier League clubs including Aston Villa and West Ham.

Brentford also want to strengthen with a new central midfielder and right-sided centre-back this summer.

They will also look to sign a left-back if a buyer comes forward for Rico Henry.

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Former Brentford striker Marcus Gayle says he has ‘full confidence’ the club can replace any top players who may be sold this summer after Brentford failed to win promotion to the Premier League
Former Brentford striker Marcus Gayle says he has ‘full confidence’ the club can replace any top players who may be sold this summer after Brentford failed to win promotion to the Premier League

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Jan Oblak: Chelsea target will consider Atletico Madrid future after Champions League campaign – Sky Sports

Atletico have said Oblak, who has a £110m release clause, is not for sale

Last Updated: 13/08/20 1:20pm

Jan Oblak will consider his future at Atletico Madrid after the Champions League

Jan Oblak will consider his future at Atletico Madrid after the Champions League

Jan Oblak will consider his future at Atletico Madrid after the Champions League

Jan Oblak says he will consider his future at Atletico Madrid after their Champions League campaign is concluded.

The Slovenian is on a list of goalkeeper options at Chelsea, who want to move on Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.

Sky Sports News previously reported that Chelsea will try sign a goalkeeper this summer because Frank Lampard is not convinced Kepa has a future as his long-term No 1 at Stamford Bridge.

Atletico have said Oblak, who has a £110m release clause, is not for sale, however.

Ahead of Atletico’s quarter-final against RB Leipzig on Thursday, Oblak told Spanish newspaper AS: ”I’ll assess the season when the last game is over.

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich thinks his former club should sell Kepa Arrizabalaga, but admits his price tag could be an issue
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich thinks his former club should sell Kepa Arrizabalaga, but admits his price tag could be an issue

“Hopefully we’ll have three more games left to play. Then there will be time after that to talk.

“But first, Leipzig. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Chelsea are looking at a list of goalkeepers including Oblak, Andre Onana and Nick Pope.

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Carabao Cup to kick off EFL season; first four rounds to be played in September – Sky Sports

Two-legged semi-finals scrapped; Sky Sports News to host first-round draw on August 18

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Last Updated: 13/08/20 2:59pm

The Carabao Cup will kick off the 2020/21 EFL season, with the first four rounds of the tournament to be played in September.

First-round fixtures are scheduled to take place on September 5 but could be moved due to potential clashes with international fixtures.

Rounds two, three and four will then be played on consecutive midweeks, starting on September 15/16.

Premier League sides will enter the Carabao Cup at either round two or three, depending on their 2019/20 league placing.

Manchester City have won the Carabao Cup for the last three seasons

Manchester City have won the Carabao Cup for the last three seasons

Manchester City have won the Carabao Cup for the last three seasons

The draw for round one will take place on Sky Sports News on August 18. As with last season, it will be divided into northern and southern sections and will be unseeded.

The EFL has also confirmed two-legged semi-finals will no longer be played in the competition, with one-off matches determining which teams reach the final.

The sides drawn first in each semi-final will host the tie.

Manchester City have won the last three Carabao Cups, with their most recent success coming courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in March.

Carabao Cup 2020/21 Schedule:

  • Round one: September 5
  • Round two: September 15/16
  • Round three: September 22/23
  • Round four: September 29/30
  • Round five: December 22/23
  • Semi-finals: January 5/6
  • Final: February 28

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Jan Vertonghen set to join Benfica on three-year deal after Spurs exit – Sky Sports

Vertonghen will undergo a medical on Thursday and Friday

Last Updated: 13/08/20 11:36am

Jan Vertonghen's Tottenham contract expired last month

Jan Vertonghen's Tottenham contract expired last month

Jan Vertonghen’s Tottenham contract expired last month

Jan Vertonghen is set to join Benfica on a three-year deal after leaving Tottenham.

The 33-year-old defender will undergo a medical on Thursday and Friday following his Spurs exit at the end of his contract last month.

Vertonghen played over 300 times for Tottenham after signing from Ajax in 2012. He signed a short-term contract extension to allow him to complete the 2019/20 Premier League season, but rarely featured following the restart as Spurs finished sixth.

After leaving the north London club last month, Vertonghen wrote on Twitter: “So my time at the club comes to an end. A sad day for many reasons.

“I will miss the friends I’ve made here, the staff that make the club run, playing at the amazing new stadium and of course you fans.

“Thank you for all the support over the years. You’ve been amazing. We had many unbelievable memories but for now, it’s goodbye.”

Vertonghen played over 300 times for Spurs during an eight-year spell in north London

Vertonghen played over 300 times for Spurs during an eight-year spell in north London

Vertonghen played over 300 times for Spurs during an eight-year spell in north London

Tottenham also paid tribute to the Belgium international, saying: “We thank Jan for his tremendous service and wish him every success in the future. He will always be a valued member of the Spurs family.”

Benfica finished runners-up in the Primeira Liga last season and lost in the Portuguese Cup final to Porto.

The Lisbon-based side – who reappointed Jorge Jesus as head coach this month – also exited the Champions League at the group stage and reached the last 32 of the Europa League last season.

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Sky Sports Racing extends Ascot rights until 2024 – Sky Sports

Sky Sports has extended its partnership to broadcast Ascot’s 25 annual fixtures until at least 2024.

The renewal with Ascot is a further boost to Sky Sports Racing’s global rights portfolio which includes the Breeders’ Cup, Kentucky Derby, Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Longines Hong Kong International Races and Melbourne Cup Carnival as well as over 700 domestic fixtures including the St Leger Festival, Boodles Chester May Festival and Coral Welsh Grand National.

Sky Sports Racing’s current rights agreement with Ascot lasts until the end of this year and the three-year extension now commits Ascot rights to the channel until January 1, 2024.

Royal Ascot, held behind closed doors this year, helped Sky Sports Racing attract a month reach audience of 2.2m UK viewers in June.

Juliet Slot, Chief Commercial Officer at Ascot, said: “We have developed an excellent partnership with the whole team at Sky Sports Racing since rejoining the refreshed channel last year.

“Alongside the excellent racing broadcast we benefit from the strong digital audiences with attheraces.com and the broader promotional support from the Sky Sports portfolio. It is a huge pleasure to be announcing this extension to the end of 2023 prior to my departure from Ascot.”

Rob Webster, Managing Director, Sky Sports, said: “We are delighted to be renewing our partnership with Ascot Racecourse for an additional three years. Sky Sports has supported horse racing for over two decades and it’s a sport we’re very passionate about.

“Sky Sports Racing continues to provide a platform for the best of international horse racing and meetings from Ascot Racecourse are a key part of our offering to our customers.”

Matthew Imi, Chief Executive, At The Races, added: “Sky Sports Racing has been a real success in just a year and half and our partnership with Ascot Racecourse has been an important factor.

“3.3m UK viewers tuned into the channel between April and June and over 1.9m on average each month this year, despite the obvious impact of Covid-19 on domestic racing.

“We have helped Ascot grow some of its key media rights revenues in a short time and we will continue to use our pay TV and digital platform as well as the support of Sky Sports and Sky Sports News to drive profile and exposure for all Ascot events.”

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones promises ‘grace’ regarding national anthem – Sky Sports

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Last Updated: 13/08/20 8:53am

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones promises to display ‘grace’ and dialogue with his players regarding his team’s national anthem stance
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones promises to display ‘grace’ and dialogue with his players regarding his team’s national anthem stance

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones vowed he and his team would show “grace” as he promised an open dialogue with his players about kneeling during the national anthem.

Jones has long insisted on his players standing for the anthem – “toes on the line,” as he previously put it – while the 77-year-old had threatened to bench any players who did not stand.

His latest comments came during his first news conference since George Floyd’s murder while in Minneapolis police custody in May and the ensuing protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

“I have nothing to prove as far as where I’m standing with the flag and where the Cowboys stand,” Jones said.

“I have nothing to prove regarding my players and my support of our players. What I do want to show and want us all to be a part of is a word called ‘grace’.

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Sky Sports News reporter Richard Graves explains how the NFL will support the Black Lives Matter movement in the upcoming season
Sky Sports News reporter Richard Graves explains how the NFL will support the Black Lives Matter movement in the upcoming season

“Grace. Not only grace in our actions, but grace in our understanding, where they’re coming from. I want our players to understand the perception and where they’re coming from regarding the flag and the sensitivity there and the many memories there. And I want our fans to understand, and better do, because of what’s gone on over the last few months.

“I want them to understand where our players are coming from there, and they do not feel like that the ones that want to basically do that, kneel, they do not feel like they’re dishonouring the flag. I’m going to have grace. I’ve had grace.”

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The NFL returns to Sky Sports this September with a dedicated channel, new shows and old favourites
The NFL returns to Sky Sports this September with a dedicated channel, new shows and old favourites

Jones, who joined arms and took a knee with his team before the national anthem during a prime-time game in 2017, said he has been in contact with several powerful people over how the Cowboys should move forward with their policy.

“I have talked to literally double handfuls of very, very engaged people. I have had input from ex-presidents, I’ve had input from presidents.

Jones has promised 'grace' from the Cowboys regarding the national anthem

Jones has promised 'grace' from the Cowboys regarding the national anthem

Jones has promised ‘grace’ from the Cowboys regarding the national anthem

“I’ve had input from a cross-section of our players, former players, and I will continue to have input. This is a very serious matter.”

Jones also discussed the value of the NFL being able to play despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Our country really does place football, whether it’s misplaced or not, at a very high level,” Jones said. “Consequently, it is important. I think it is important individually, but I think it’s important in the country.

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Sky Sports NFL expert Neil Reynolds is excited to be part of Sky’s new channel dedicated to the sport after agreeing a new five-year partnership to broadcast the NFL
Sky Sports NFL expert Neil Reynolds is excited to be part of Sky’s new channel dedicated to the sport after agreeing a new five-year partnership to broadcast the NFL

“I know the debate going on. I can easily see how X percent of the people would be for: ‘It’s just not worth the kinds of effort, risk, whatever, that’s going to go on.’ I believe it is. The NFL can be an exciting – when I say exciting, it can be an inspirational – part of how we address COVID, not only the remainder of this year, but as we go into ’21.”

Jones is also optimistic fans will be allowed into AT&T Stadium this fall, with the new season scheduled to start on September 10.

“We have a real unique situation, and I think that we’re going to be able to really have a great experience,” he said. “I think that our safety precautions that we’re doing won’t be unfamiliar to a lot of people when we look at the general protocol of the country or we look at how you get together numbers of people.

“Our fans will be in the stadium because they have chosen to be there. I’m confident that we’ve got a very educated situation and that our fans can come and have a safe experience at our stadium along with of course our players having the safety they’re required on the football field.”

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Norwich City announces three-way partnership with Bidstack and BADU Sports – Canaries.co.uk

Norwich City are proud to announce a three-way alliance that focuses on creating life-changing opportunities for young people from underrepresented backgrounds in the UK.

The alliance will see Bidstack supporting BADU Sports students with the opportunity to attend, train and learn from various teams on the corporate and performance side of Norwich City Football Club. Activities will include attending Norwich City’s Finnish football camp, coaching and sports performance sessions at The Nest, and seminars in marketing, business management and careers in football. 

To mark the start of this new partnership, BADU’s logo will be featured on the Canaries’ home and third kits, whilst Bidstack’s logo will feature on the team’s away kit. 

BADU Sports’ work is focused on building a mentoring and support network through education and community development programmes – using sports as their main vehicle for engagement. The sports education community group have previously partnered with the FA, London Sport, Loughborough University, Sky, Nike  and recently the Mayor of London’s Office to deliver workshops aimed at equipping children and young adults with knowledge and skills, to help further their educational journey and make a positive impact on their working careers later down the line. 

Since their pivot from digital-out-of-home advertising to in-game advertising, Bidstack has grown its business from a crowdfunded start-up to a more than 60 people strong PLC business. Bidstack has previously worked with BADU to help increase awareness of the outreach work it does in the local community through in-game advertising activation in the popular game, Football Manager. It is now taking this partnership further with kit sponsorship and connecting the organisation with Norwich City to further develop and grow their educational programmes.

Norwich City has a history of giving back to the community. In 2017, the Canaries worked with the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation to rejuvenate their former home ground, The Nest, into a world class community sports facility. Twelve months later, phase one of the ground’s remodel was complete and was open to the public. Currently a £1m funding-raising campaign is under way to kick start phase two of the project. 

Nana Badu, BADU Sports founder and CEO said, “We are absolutely overjoyed to be working with Bidstack and Norwich City football club. It will mean great things for BADU Sports and the community. We have always strived for the very best access and knowledge to develop and empower and this alliance will help realise this for our young people and their families whom we serve. This sends such a strong message about our joint partnership and commitment to bridging the gap of inequality of access and knowledge. The world has experienced challenging times and I am proud that together we have created a roadmap for change.”

James Draper, Bidstack founder and CEO said, “Seeing the work BADU Sports and the Community Sports Foundation have put into furthering the opportunities and lives of local underrepresented people in East London and Norfolk respectively, and given our relationship with Norwich City Football Club – it feels incredible for our team and supporters of Bidstack to bring two organisations together, with this partnership.

“We work tirelessly to ensure that our companies’ existence benefits those who we come into contact with, and this activation sits well with our values – and enables us to say ‘thank you’ to the two communities and the one club – who transformed our company. Thank you to our friends at Norwich City – and to Nana and his team, I’m hoping this will be a transformational partnership for many young lives.”

Ben Tunnell, Norwich City Football Club’s Head of Commercial Development, said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome back Bidstack to the Club’s partnership portfolio and first-team shirt. It has been to the joy of everyone at Carrow Road seeing the growth of Bidstack since our first partnership in 2016,  knowing how important our partnership was for Bidstack in becoming the world’s leading in-game advertising agency.’

“Bidstack gifting the bulk of the Partnership rights to BADU Sports, and presenting Norwich City the opportunity to be a part of their story is remarkable. We cannot wait to get started with Nana Badu and his team and look forward to creating some unforgettable experiences and memories.”’  

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting hails PSG resolve after ‘crazy game’ – Sky Sports

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Paris Saint-Germain beat Atalanta 2-1 to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1995

Last Updated: 13/08/20 7:32am

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who scored the winning goal as PSG reached the Champions League semi-final, praises man of the match Neymar
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who scored the winning goal as PSG reached the Champions League semi-final, praises man of the match Neymar

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has revealed his refusal to allow Paris Saint-Germain to succumb to another disastrous Champions League exit spurred him on to become the club’s unlikely quarter-final hero. 

The former Stoke City forward was a late substitute at the Estadio da Luz with his side trailing Atalanta to Mario Pasalic’s opener when he was involved in Marquinhos’ 90th-minute equaliser, before netting the winner three minutes into stoppage time to secure a dramatic 2-1 win in Lisbon.

The win set up a last four showdown with either RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid and kept alive their hopes of winning the title for the first time.

It capped an unlikely rise to prominence for the man who scored just five Premier League goals in 30 appearances for Stoke in the 2017/18 season – but the Cameroon international was confident he would make a decisive impact.

Choupo-Moting makes it 2-1 just 149 seconds after Marquinhos levels

Choupo-Moting makes it 2-1 just 149 seconds after Marquinhos levels

Choupo-Moting makes it 2-1 just 149 seconds after Marquinhos levels

Choupo-Moting said: “When I came on, I thought to myself, ‘We can’t lose, we can’t go home like that.’ I was confident in myself, confident in the team and then the rest is the history of Paris. We had a good feeling in the team. We’re enjoying good moments on and off the pitch.

“It was a crazy game, a tough game and opponents. I think we showed till the last moment that we believed in ourselves. It wasn’t easy because we had some good occasions that unfortunately we couldn’t score.

“We’ve already won four titles this season but the most important is this one. We really believe in ourselves and we did it today. Everybody knows we have top quality individuals, but we wanted to show it also as a team. It’s a big step today against a very good opponent. Respect to Atalanta, but I’m very happy we did it.”

Tuchel: PSG will not forget 50th birthday!

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Thomas Tuchel says his PSG team deserved to win as they scored two late goals to beat Atalanta 2-1
Thomas Tuchel says his PSG team deserved to win as they scored two late goals to beat Atalanta 2-1

It has been some week for Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel, who sat on an ice cooler for much of the game, restricted in his movement due to a protective boot.

The 46-year-old sprained his left ankle with a fracture of his fifth metatarsal playing sport last Thursday, which saw him added to a list of PSG injuries ahead of their last-eight encounter in the Portuguese capital.

After witnessing his side’s remarkable comeback, he said: “Imagine what I would have done [with my celebration] if I had two legs! Maybe today would be the day you would see me sprint for 40 metres. But it’s the club’s birthday today, exactly 50 years, so we will not forget this birthday.”

Including two domestic cup finals, this was PSG’s third competitive match in almost five months, and Tuchel admitted it was tough to get his side up to speed as they were frustrated for large periods on Wednesday.

“It was very difficult to prepare the team,” he added once the celebrations had subsided. “There was no rhythm because there were no games, but I could feel in the last days that the determination, enthusiasm and effort of the group, the quality of the training and the mix between love and hard work, was exceptional.

“For me, it was a deserved win, but if you score so late it was also luck – but I’m the first one to admit you need luck.”

There were just two minutes and 29 seconds between PSG’s equalising and winning goals, but for long periods it appeared like this would be the latest disastrous exit at the quarter-final stage for the Parisians.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe celebrate PSG's incredible late comeback

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe celebrate PSG's incredible late comeback

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe celebrate PSG’s incredible late comeback

Back in 2017, they led 4-0 following their first leg with Barcelona only to be famously defeated 6-1 at the Nou Camp, while last season they were beaten 3-1 at home to Manchester United to bow out on away goals after winning 2-0 at Old Trafford.

But Tuchel felt his side had already turned a corner prior to Wednesday’s dramatic comeback that went some way to making up for those previous collapses.

He said: “I had the feeling that we closed it [the mental block in the Champions League] with the second match against Dortmund.

“It was this famous ‘we cannot reach the quarter-finals’ thing and suddenly we had a bad first game and a lot of bad news before the second leg, but we turned it around with no spectators.

“We are very happy to be part of it [this moment in the club’s history]. People from outside don’t realise how hard it is to reach all these goals, even if it seems easy with a good team and a big squad. But it’s a big effort and it’s a very big step for all of us.”

Gasperini: We were so close, really close

Marco Sportiello slumps to the ground at full-time after the dramatic end

Marco Sportiello slumps to the ground at full-time after the dramatic end

Marco Sportiello slumps to the ground at full-time after the dramatic end

It was a crushing end for Atalanta, who stood on the brink of a semi-final having lost their opening three group stage matches in their first Champions League season.

Their head coach Gian Piero Gasperini said: “I can only thank my players. We were so close, really close. The details make a difference in the Champions League. Some set pieces, a few moments, situations – the details that determine who progresses and who doesn’t.

“The introduction of Mbappe was decisive. There was not long to go and it seemed we had done it but when you play against some of the strongest in the world at a technical and athletic level then it becomes tough.”

Mario Pasalic celebrates the opening goal for Atalanta - but it proved in vain

Mario Pasalic celebrates the opening goal for Atalanta - but it proved in vain

Mario Pasalic celebrates the opening goal for Atalanta – but it proved in vain

Atalanta’s adventure could hardly have come to a more heartbreaking conclusion but midfielder Marten de Roon admitted he and his team-mates will soon be able to look back on the campaign with pride.

He said: “At this moment, it’s quite painful. Tomorrow, I will be proud of our team and club, but at this moment, I feel disappointment.

“We played a good first half where we made if difficult for Paris, we put them under some pressure and had some minor chances.

“In the second half, we sat a little deeper. You have to defend with 11 men and we did it so well until this unfortunate moment in the last minute.”

What’s next?

PSG advance to face either RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon on Tuesday.

Semi-finals

Manchester City or Lyon vs Barcelona or Bayern Munich (August 19, Estadio da Luz)

RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain (August 18, Estadio Jose Alvalade)

Final

Sunday August 23 (Estadio da Luz)

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Canceling college football is coming down to dollars and sense – NBC News

He’s 90 now, and aside from a “dadgum left hip” problem that has hindered walking, former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden says he feels “good.”

Well, except for the possibility that there will be no college football this fall.

“I’m like everybody else in America. I miss football and I’d sure like to see it,” Bowden told NBC News. “It’ll seem strange in the fall not having football, but that might occur.”

Welcome to the new normal of college sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, where elite college athletic conferences such as the Big Ten and the Pac-12 already canceled their fall sports seasons this week over concerns about the health and safety of student-athletes. The Big East Conference joined the growing list Wednesday evening.

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“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” Morton Schapiro, chair of the Big Ten council of presidents/chancellors and the president of Northwestern University, said in a statement.

Other powerhouse conferences like the SEC and ACC, however, are moving ahead with plans to start their fall sports seasons. That means Bowden’s former team, the Seminoles, are scheduled to open the 2020 season at home against Georgia Tech on Sept. 12.

Everyone from President Donald Trump to star Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence to Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez are weighing in on the fate of college sports for the next few months, with Trump tweeting Monday, “Play College Football!”

Trump also retweeted Lawrence’s Twitter post from early Monday morning, which featured an image of a chalkboard and a list of requirements that the Power 5 athletic conferences — SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 — should meet, including that athletes should be able to opt out of playing this year and still maintain their eligibility. Lawrence’s tweet also included the hashtags “#WEAREUNITED,” and “#WEWANTTOPLAY.” The Lawrence tweet came a day before the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they were bowing out of fall sports.

“In the end there were too many questions that we couldn’t answer, and the doctors didn’t have answers and still were looking for those answers and felt it was important for us to finally make the decision not to play this fall,” Alvarez, whose Wisconsin Badgers is part of the Big Ten Conference, said in a video statement.

The decisions by athletic conferences on whether to play come as medical and science data pertaining to the coronavirus is constantly evolving; universities face huge financial losses by choosing not to play this fall; and the longstanding inequalities that exist in college sports are again part of the national debate — schools make billions of dollars from the entertainment that college athletes provide, yet those student athletes receive no compensation and aren’t represented by a union.

“I think it’s probably a wise decision,” Dr. Dean Winslow, a Stanford University professor of medicine and infectious diseases expert, said of the decisions by some college conferences to suspend or postpone fall sports. “College sports, you have to put that within a larger context of the transmission of COVID-19 on university campuses. I think we are going to be dealing with COVID-19 well into the middle, if not most of 2021, as well as the rest of this year.”

“No one is immune to serious complications from this disease,” added Winslow, who has been on the front lines this year treating COVID-19 patients. “It’s definitely a very serious pathogen.”

Michael Hausfeld, a prominent Washington antitrust lawyer, successfully represented former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and other plaintiffs in a landmark class-action lawsuit against the NCAA. The NCAA was accused of violating antitrust laws by not compensating college athletes when using their names, likenesses and images for commercial use. Hausfeld told NBC News that all college sports should be suspended for now, and that universities and schools that decide to forge ahead with a fall athletic season open the door to a possible flood of litigation.

“I’m not in favor for all the reasons that were expressed by the conferences that have rescheduled the season or postponed it,” Hausfeld said. “There is no way that they feel science and medicine has established that going forward with this season will be protective of the safety and health of the athletes as a whole.”

The NCAA Board of Governors announced this month that its member schools are prohibited from having student athletes “waive their legal rights regarding COVID-19 as a condition of athletics participation,” but Hausfeld said that even if that was the case, he does not think those waivers would hold.

“It’s just clear that everyone is concerned about that legal accountability, if there is a push ahead in any respect to return too quickly to normalcy and expose people,” Hausfeld said.

Gabe Feldman, the director of Tulane University’s sports law program, said that “liability is a concern for any entity that is opening its doors for whatever business they’re conducting right now.”

“With any risk of harm to a consumer, to an attendee, there is risk of liability,” he said. “The question is whether there is a provable cause of action, and whether there is a — in this case — breach of a duty.”

If the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences play football in the spring, which is the current thinking, would schools and universities still reap the same financial success? Bowl games that are normally played during the holidays in late December and early January might not have the same cache if they are played in March or April.

“Even if they delay the games until the spring of 2021, it’s hard to see how the bowl games are put together. Anybody care about a New Year’s Day bowl at the end of March?” asked Marc Ganis, the president of the Chicago-based sports marketing firm Sportscorp Ltd.

Bowden agreed. Even though he sympathizes with the current crop of college football coaches who are witnessing their seasons get canceled because of COVID-19, Bowden said any games that are played this fall should have an asterisk next to the final score.

“The thing about it, let’s say they finish the season and they declare a national champion — it won’t mean a darn thing,” Bowden said. “There’s too many teams that can’t compete.”