Premier League

Sports stars stay busy amid virus

Competitions including the Premier League, the NBA and Formula One were off as sport attempts to combat the spread of the virus.

There have been over 160,000 confirmed cases and more than 6,000 deaths worldwide.

Without work to keep them busy, athletes were finding other ways to entertain themselves - and often posting evidence online.

Tyson Fury would not have been in boxing action this weekend, as it is just weeks since his stunning world heavyweight title defeat of Deontay Wilder, but he was still impacted by coronavirus.

PL to launch hall of fame

England's top flight will reveal the first inductees on March 19, when a shortlist of further nominees will be released, allowing fans the chance to vote for their preferred choices.

In a statement, the Premier League said the hall of fame "will recognise and celebrate the exceptional skill and talent of players who have graced the competition since its inception in 1992".

It added: "Membership of the Premier League Hall of Fame will be the highest individual honour awarded to players by the league."

Arsenal 3-2 Everton

The forward’s double followed a close-range volley from Eddie Nketiah as Arsenal fended off an Everton side who lost for just the second time in the league under Carlo Ancelotti.

Everton stunned Emirates Stadium with a first-minute opener from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and also scored through Richarlison in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

But they were rocked by Aubameyang putting Arsenal back in front just 24 seconds into the second half, and despite a heartening return to action for Andre Gomes, the Toffees finished without reward.

Three fans arrested for abuse during Premier League clash

Brighton have confirmed https://www.brightonandhovealbion.com/news/1558871/three-fans-arrested-a... two home fans were ejected from the Amex Stadium - one for alleged racist abuse of Chelsea players and one for suspected homophobic abuse aimed at travelling supporters.

The Chelsea fan was removed for alleged homophobic abuse of home fans. All three were arrested by Sussex Police outside the stadium and now face prosecution.

United making worst ever PL start

After seven matches of the 2019-20 campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have only won twice and collected nine points.

They sit 10th in the table, only in the top half on goal difference, having amassed the same number of points as Burnley.

United have twice had 10 points on the board at this stage of the season, in the 2018-19 and 2013-14 campaigns.

Man Utd 0 Southampton 0

United welcomed Southampton to Old Trafford having failed to pick up a win from their previous two top-flight fixtures, drawing 2-2 at Leicester City before labouring to the same result at home to Burnley on Boxing Day.

The hosts lost Romelu Lukaku to a head injury after only eight minutes and, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic omitted from the squad by Jose Mourinho, introduced Marcus Rashford to lead the line.

City continue winning run

City moved nine points clear of Chelsea, who went second after thumping West Bromwich Albion 4-0.

Gabriel Jesus and a stunning strike from Kevin De Bruyne provided the goals for City against a Leicester team who have often troubled them in the past.

The home side went close to equalising when Harry McGuire hit the post after the break, but City went straight up the other end and put the result beyond doubt with a stunning counter-attack that De Bruyne rounded off with an unstoppable 20-yard shot in the 49th minute.

City score six to go top

Aguero opened the scoring in the 27th minute, heading home Kevin de Bruyne's superb free-kick and doubled the lead within four minutes when he converted David Silva's teasing cross from close range.

City were in exuberant mood and added a third before the break when the excellent Gabriel Jesus latched on to Aguero's cute pass to stroke home in the 38th minute.

After Nicolas Otamendi headed in a fourth in the 63rd minute, Aguero completed his treble with a neat finish at the end of a sensational run.

Premier League not toughest, says Guardiola

Guardiola is into his second season in charge of City, having won three LaLiga titles – and two Champions Leagues – at the helm of Barcelona and three Bundesliga crowns with Bayern Munich.

But the Spaniard said the Premier League was not yet the most difficult, pointing to the records of English clubs in Europe.

Chelsea were the last English side to reach a decider in the Champions League, claiming the trophy in 2012, with Spain (six times), Germany (two) and Italy (two) the nations with finalists since then.

PL chief glad Neymar didn't come

The Ligue 1 club met Neymar's release clause at Barcelona last week, smashing the global transfer record previously held by Manchester United from when they splashed out €105m for Paul Pogba in 2016.

Scudamore insists seeing his league lose that milestone is of no concern to him, with the restraint shown by the biggest sides something he views as a positive.

And he does not think the record amount spent on Neymar will be challenged any time soon.

"There is a point where you say actually 'no'," Scudamore said to Sky Sports.