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Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 in doubt after Covid outbreak in Gypsy King’s camp

Wilder, on the other hand, has been vocal in the build-up, and has already declared he believes Fury will cheat in order to retain the WBC strap.

The Bronze Bomber has frequently claimed Fury tampered with his gloves in their second fight, and has declared the fight was stopped prematurely, as well as claiming his ring walk attire was too heavy, causing him to be unable to move properly.

Now, he has claimed Fury’s team is preparing a “master plan” to cheat and gain an illegal advantage.

He said this week: “You think he ain’t gonna try to cheat this time? Oh they’re thinking of it, they’re coming up with a master plan.

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With Vaccination Goal in Doubt, Biden Warns of Variant’s Threat

WASHINGTON — With the United States unlikely to reach his self-imposed deadline of having 70 percent of adults partly vaccinated against the coronavirus by July 4, President Biden on Friday stepped up his drive for Americans to get their shots, warning that those who decline risk becoming infected by a highly contagious and potentially deadly variant.

In an afternoon appearance at the White House, Mr. Biden avoided mentioning the 70 percent target that he set in early May and instead trumpeted a different milestone: 300 million shots in his first 150 days in office. But even as he hailed the vaccination campaign’s success, he sounded a somber note about the worrisome Delta variant, which is spreading in states with low vaccination rates.

“The best way to protect yourself against these variants is to get vaccinated,” the president declared.

His remarks came as his administration begins a final push to reach the July 4 goal over the next two weeks. Vice President Kamala Harris and Xavier Becerra, the health and human services secretary, were both on the road on Friday, trying to drum up enthusiasm for the vaccine. Ms. Harris went to Atlanta, where she noted that less than half of people in Fulton County, where the city is, had at least one shot, and Mr. Becerra to Colorado.

Mr. Biden took office in January warning of a “dark winter” ahead, as deaths were near peak levels and vaccinations were barely underway, and he has generally tried to portray the virus as in retreat as he approaches six months in office.

A fact sheet distributed by the White House in advance of Friday’s remarks noted that in 15 states and the District of Columbia, 70 percent of adults or more have received at least one shot. “The results are clear: America is starting to look like America again, and entering a summer of joy and freedom,” the document proclaimed.

But rates of vaccination, and of infection, are uneven around the country.

And while those who took a “wait and see” attitude are becoming more open to getting vaccinated, 20 percent of American adults still say they will definitely not get the vaccine or will get vaccinated only if it is required, according to a poll released last month by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

State health officials are trying to persuade the hesitant. In West Virginia, where just over a third of the population is fully vaccinated, Dr. Clay Marsh, the state’s coronavirus czar, said young people were proving especially difficult to win over.

“There was a narrative earlier in the pandemic that is really haunting us, which is that young people are really protected,” he said. “There’s a false belief that for many young people who are otherwise healthy that they still have a relatively free ride with this, and if they get infected, they’ll be fine.”

In Louisiana, where just 34 percent of the population is fully vaccinated and only 37 percent have at least a single dose, state officials announced on Thursday a new lottery for anyone in the state who had received one dose, with a grand prize of $ 1 million.

And in Wyoming, with vaccination rates almost identical to Louisiana’s, Kim Deti, a health department spokeswoman, said that “politicization is a concern” as officials seek to increase the number of people inoculated. But she said there were also other reasons for slowing rates in her state.

“We’ve had relatively low levels of Covid-19 illnesses statewide for a while now, which affects threat perception,” Ms. Deti wrote in an email. “With schools open all through the school year and most businesses open most of the past year, it has likely been harder for some people to see the personal need for vaccination.”

Speaking to students at a vaccination mobilization event at Clark Atlanta University in Georgia on Friday, Ms. Harris warned of the dangers of misinformation and framed the decision to get vaccinated as a way to take power back from the virus.

“Let’s arm ourselves with the truth,” she said. “When people say it seems like this vaccine came about overnight — no, it didn’t. It’s the result of many many years of research.”

When Mr. Biden set the July 4 goal in early May, he said meeting it would demonstrate that the United States had taken “a serious step toward a return to normal,” and for many people, that already seems to be the case. This week, California and New York lifted virtually all of their pandemic restrictions on businesses and social gatherings.

But the time frame is tight. An analysis by The New York Times shows that, if the rate of adult vaccinations continues on the seven-day average, the country will fall just short of Mr. Biden’s 70 percent goal, with 67.6 percent of American adults having had at least one shot by July 4.

As of Friday, 65 percent of adults have had at least one shot, according to data from the C.D.C. But the number of Americans getting their first shot has been dropping steadily, to about 200,000 a day from about 500,000 a day since Mr. Biden announced that June would be a “month of action” to reach his goal.

“I don’t see an intervention that could really bring back an exponential increase in demand to get the kind of numbers that we probably need to get to 70 percent,” said Dr. Marcus Plescia, the chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health officials.

Experts say that from a disease control perspective, the difference between 67 percent and 70 percent is insignificant. But from a political perspective, it would be the first time Mr. Biden has set a pandemic-related goal that he has not met. He has continually set relatively modest targets for himself and exceeded them, including his pledge to get 100 million shots in the arms of Americans by his 100th day in office.

“The 70 percent target is not a hard and fast number; not hitting it exactly does not mean the sky is falling,” said Jen Kates, the director of global health and H.I.V. policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “On the other hand, it has symbolic importance. There has been a lot of emphasis on getting to that point and not hitting it is a reminder of how difficult the remaining stretch is going to be.”

In the White House, aides to Mr. Biden now say they are less concerned with reaching the 70 percent target than with having the nation feel the sense of normalcy that the president promised. Only a few months ago, they noted, he spoke of small family barbecues on July 4, whereas now big gatherings are possible.

To prove the point, the White House is also planning a big July 4 celebration of “independence from the virus,” with fireworks on the National Mall here in Washington and a gathering of more than 1,000 military personnel and essential workers joining Mr. Biden, Ms. Harris and their spouses to watch the festivities from the South Lawn.

In announcing the 70 percent target, on May 4, Mr. Biden made a personal plea to all of the unvaccinated: “This is your choice. It’s life and death.”

A month later, in early June, he tried to rally the nation by declaring a “month of action,” and proposing incentives, including an offer of free child care for parents and caregivers while they receive their shots. He also promised a national canvassing effort resembling a get-out-the-vote drive.

Since then, White House officials say, nonprofits and community groups around the country have been holding testing and vaccination events, particularly in Black churches. Planned Parenthood has invested in paid phone banking and the Service Employees International Union has joined with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials to host vaccination clinics and canvassing events.

Asked about the July 4 deadline this week, Jeffrey D. Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, avoided saying specifically that the nation would reach the 70 percent threshold by that date.

“We’ve made tremendous progress,” he said. “Hundreds of thousands of people are continuing to get their first shots each day, and we’re going to get to 70 percent, and we’re going to continue across the summer months to push beyond 70 percent.”

Annie Karni contributed reporting from Washington, and Amy Schoenfeld Walker from Trumbull, Conn.

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Rafael Nadal casts doubt over Wimbledon appearance after Novak Djokovic defeat

Asked if his appearance at Wimbledon was now in danger, the champion in 2008 and 2010 said: “I don’t know what I’ll do in my future.

“After two intense months in a positive gravel season without having achieved the final goal, I have managed to achieve two titles.

“The body after so much struggle usually suffers a slump. Wimbledon this year is in two weeks. It’s different from when I was 25 years old. I am 35 and you have to see how I recover in every way.

“I need to digest it all, be calm, take a few days off and go home. We have been locked up in Paris for two and a half weeks and I need to breathe a little, enjoy the good weather in Mallorca and what is going to happen is of little importance ”.

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Jude Bellingham tipped to be England’s breakout Euro 2020 star amid Jordan Henderson doubt

Jude Bellingham has shown enough promise to suggest he could be England’s breakthrough star at the European Championships. That is the opinion of Ian Wright, who believes the Borussia Dortmund midfielder is set to make an impact for Gareth Southgate’s side this summer.

The 17-year-old has beaten off competition from the likes of Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse to earn a place in Southgate’s final 26-man squad for the tournament.

He makes his first start for England in their friendly against Austria at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium tonight, partnering Declan Rice in midfield.

Bellingham only made his debut in November – and has played just twice for the Three Lions before Wednesday evening – but has made a real impression on Southgate.

The former Birmingham City midfielder contributed four goals and four assists in 45 appearances for Dortmund following his £25million move to Germany last year.

He appears to be behind Rice, Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips in the pecking order ahead of England’s opening Euro 2020 game against Croatia on June 13.

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Liverpool midfielder Henderson remains an injury doubt, having failed to recover to full fitness following a groin injury in February.

With Southgate choosing not to select Lingard and Ward-Prowse when he reduced his squad from 33 names to 26, Bellingham could play an important role at Euro 2020.

If Henderson is not fit to start against Croatia next Sunday then the youngster could be thrust into the spotlight.

Meanwhile, despite not making the squad, Lingard starts against Austria, with England missing the Chelsea and Manchester City players who played in the Champions League final on the weekend.

Trent Alexander-Arnold also starts, alongside Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish.

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India’s double-digit growth in doubt amid massive surge in Covid cases

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A record jump in Covid infections is threatening to derail India’s projected double-digit economic recovery from the pandemic-driven slowdown last year. Economists are reassessing their bullish forecasts.

The South Asian nation reported a record number of infections for a fifth straight day on Monday, with 352,991 new reported cases over a 24-hour period and at least 2,812 people have died. Total infection numbers since the beginning of the pandemic have exceeded 17 million.

“This second wave of virus cases may delay the recovery, but it is unlikely in Fitch’s view to derail it,” said the ratings company. Fitch stuck to its 12.8% GDP growth forecast for the 12 months through March 2022. 

This month, the Reserve Bank of India also retained its growth estimate of 10.5% for the current fiscal year. However, Governor Shaktikanta Das said the surge in infections brings more uncertainty and could delay economic activity from returning to normalcy. 

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There are already signs of deepening contraction in retail activity in the week through April 18 relative to its pre-pandemic January 2020 level, according to Bloomberg Economics’ Abhishek Gupta. He said that’s a key risk for an economy where consumption makes up some 60% of gross domestic product. 

“The surge in infections has led to the re-imposition of partial lockdowns in the more affected cities and states, and could trigger full lockdowns if the situation worsens,” senior investment director for Asian equities at Aberdeen Standard Kristy Fong was quoted as saying by the Economic Times. “This will have a knock-on impact on the re-opening of the economy and recovery prospects.” 

Indian policymakers have signaled that they are ready to take steps to support growth, but some economists see the pandemic weighing on consumer confidence, which is the backbone of the economy. 

Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund raised its fiscal year 2022 growth forecast for India to 12.5%, from the 11.5% estimated earlier in January. It said, “Even with high uncertainty about the path of the pandemic, a way out of this health and economic crisis is increasingly visible.”

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Dublin Euro 2020 games thrown into doubt after Irish FA refuses to commit on crowd numbers

The Irish FA has notified UEFA that it cannot provide assurances on minimum spectator levels for Euro 2020 matches set to be held in the capital Dublin.

“The Football Association of Ireland, on advice and guidance from the government, has today notified UEFA that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic it is not in a position at this point to provide assurances on minimum spectator levels at the Euro 2020 matches due to be held in Dublin in June,” said the FAI. 

Simultaneously, its Scottish counterpart has reportedly told the European governing body that it can welcome a capacity crowd of up to 25% at Hampden Park for games in its flagship international tournament. 

This would result in a crowd of around 12,000-13,000 fans being able to watch the action in the Glaswegian ground.

Elsewhere on the continent, similar numbers passing the turnstiles have been suggested in Amsterdam in Holland and Bilbao in northern Spain.

The Irish announcement means UEFA will now have to decide whether to allow the Irish FA more time to ascertain crowd numbers, or allocate the venue’s four matches to one of the other 12 host cities for the pancontinental tournament. 

Elsewhere, St. Petersburg in Russia has said it is expecting to allow a capacity of 50% for the four matches set to take place in the city.  

Following the conclusion of an Organizing Committee meeting at the end of last month, its chief Alexey Sorkin said: “The Organizing Committee has supported the idea of implementing the basic scenario which includes filling 50% of the stadium with spectators.

The city and the Committee have been working on a notification which will be sent to UEFA before April 7. UEFA should deliver its verdict on April 9. We don’t expect it to cut the limit on spectators, as that is the hosting city’s prerogative. So, we think it will approve the plan,” it was added.
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But whether fans can attend or not, not every host city is thrilled to be receive the competition. 

Last month, a Basque derby between Athletic Bilbao and Eibar in La Liga was halted by the interference of a drone containing an orange protest banner. 

Rather than being pandemic-related, however, it was rumored to be the work of separatist groups that do not do not want the Spanish national team to step foot on Basque soil for the first time since 1967 by playing all three of their group games at San Mames. 
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Gareth Bale confirms Real Madrid return plan as Tottenham transfer plunged into doubt

Gareth Bale has made it clear he intends to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season, in a shock turn of events. The Welshman has given a significant update on his future while away on international duty, in which he outlined his ambition to head back to Spain at the end of the season in a major blow for Tottenham.
Spurs brought Bale back to north London last summer on loan but the move was expected to be the end of the road for the forward in Madrid.

Yet now he’s hinted that he does not intend to make his Tottenham move permanent at the end of the season, something that is unlikely to go down well with Jose Mourinho.

“It’s no distraction for me coming into the Euros,” Bale said, when asked to clarify his future.

“The original plan was only to do a season at Spurs, then after the Euros, I’ll still have a year left at Madrid and my plan is to go back. That’s as far as I’ve planned to be honest.

It was previously reported that Bale would be open to extending his Tottenham loan until the expiry of his contract.

But now he appears to have poured cold water on the idea, just two days after he was unused substitute in the 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

Real Madrid would have to continue subsidising his pay packet should he remain with Spurs next season.

However, Daniel Levy would be taking a percentage of Bale’s bumper wages off their books.

Bale is not the most popular figure amongst Real Madrid supporters, who have continuously scrutinised his love for golf. He was even jeered inside the Bernabeu last season.

But it appears Bale is not ready to give up on his Real Madrid career just yet, even if it means sitting on the bench under Zinedine Zidane.

The winger finally looked to have turned the corner and put his injury troubles behind him earlier this month, when he netted braces against Burnley and Crystal Palace.

Mourinho even claimed he’d broken a psychological barrier as he praised his revived danger man.

“It is not that we have challenged him or anything,” Mourinho told AS. “We have only supported him.

“I found psychological scars in him. When you are a couple of seasons with many injuries, the important thing is not only the muscular scars, but also the psychological ones, which bring fear and instability.

“There is a moment when you are working well and when everyone around you is supporting you to the maximum. At that moment the psychological barrier is broken. And he has done it. It was him, not us.”

Tyson Fury casts doubt on Anthony Joshua unification bout despite Bob Arum comments

Tyson Fury has suggested that his highly-anticipated heavyweight unification fight with Anthony Joshua may not be as close to fruition as previously reported. A meeting between the two British champions has been in the works for some time, with Fury’s promoter Bob Arum claiming earlier this month that a deal has been agreed and is ready to be signed off.
Negotiations are believed to be at an advanced stage, with only a few details including the fight date and location yet to be ironed out.

Both Fury and Joshua have repeatedly expressed their desire to face one another over the last few months.

The eventual winner of the bout would become the first undisputed champion of the division since Lennox Lewis in 1999, with all four versions of the heavyweight title up for grabs.

Although all the murmurs since Joshua’s victory over Kubrat Pulev in December have pointed to a unification fight happening sooner rather than later, Fury has poured cold water on the possibility of an imminent announcement.

The ‘Gypsy King’ told IFL TV that a number of potential setbacks could still put an end to negotiations, claiming that Arum and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn are only talking about the bout in order to maintain the buzz and anticipation surrounding it.

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“Eddie Hearn’s a boxing promoter, so is Bob Arum. It’s their job to sell the fight,” said Fury, who has not entered the ring since his win over Deontay Wilder in February of last year.

“Joshua is saying what he’s saying, I don’t know what he’s saying, I’m not on social media at the moment at all. So whatever they say is very unimportant to me.

“Until I’ve got a date, a fight date, and a hell of a load of money in my pocket, there’s no fight. There’s a lot of things going on, that people don’t know [about] behind the scenes, that could scupper a fight like that.

“So nothing’s actually on until you’re actually in the ring. We’re nowhere near that at the moment.”


When pressed on what he could do in order to push through a deal, Fury argued that his hands are tied as he is not involved in the crunch talks between Arum and Hearn.

He stressed that nothing is imminent, but expressed his belief that he will eventually trade blows with Joshua at some point regardless of how current talks proceed.

“It’s out of my hands, it’s nothing to do with me,” added Fury. “Nothing to do with me at all, I’m just a boxer.

“There’s a lot of things behind the scenes going on like I say that can alter a fight.

“Do I think I’m going to be fighting Joshua in the next ten minutes? Hell no. Do I think the fight will eventually happen sooner or later? Yes.

“It has to happen, but do I think it’s imminent, right next minute? No, I don’t. We’ve seen Mayweather and Pacquiao, how long did that go on for?”

Fury is yet to taste defeat in his professional career but could face his toughest challenge to date against Joshua, who has just one stain on his otherwise unblemished record.

The Watford-born fighter was sensationally stopped in 2018 by Andy Ruiz Jr, a result that was successfully avenged a year later.

Fury’s closest shave came in the final round of his first meeting with Wilder, when he was brutally knocked to the canvas by the big-punching American.

The 32-year-old somehow rose to his feet to see out the fight, which ultimately ended in a controversial draw.