Sky Sports ‘set to end freeze of subscriptions from 19 June’ in huge hint Premier League will return that week – The Sun

SKY SPORTS have given football fans hope that the Premier League will return next month after announcing they could end the freezing period on June 19.

Customers were given the option of pausing their subscription when the coronavirus pandemic brought the Premier League campaign to a halt.

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Initial plans were to restart England's top-flight campaign on June 12 following the successful return of the Bundesliga.

But with that date rapidly appearing on the horizon, talks are set to be held about whether to push that back.

Players will need more time to get up to match fitness to avoid injuries and all club members will need to continue to be tested for coronavirus.

And it appears June 19 could be a realistic option following the revelation from broadcasting giants Sky.

A Sky employee responded to a query on the website that read: "We're in the process of un-pausing Sky Sports as we see more live sport return during June.

"Some of you will have noticed that we'll be restarting subscriptions from the 19th of June and we'll be making more information available shortly."

Premier League chiefs will continue talks today to further iron out details on how the season will be completed.

No decision will be made at this meeting, with a concrete date set to be revealed next week.

Either way, the schedule is likely to be hectic with plans of a mini-festival of football that could see every game shown on TV.

That could mean five back-to-back games on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Clap for Carers should END next week says woman who came up with idea – over fears it is becoming ‘politicised’ – The Sun

NEXT week’s Clap for Carers should be the last to stop it becoming "politicised" and "negative" – says the woman who thought it up.

Yoga teacher Annemarie Plas said it is best to finish when at its peak.

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The Dutchwoman, from South London, said she was “overwhelmed” by the support shown.

But she added: “I think it’s good to have the last of the series next Thursday, because to have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak.

“Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised.

"I think the narrative is starting to change and I don't want the clap to be negative."

Millions of people across the country have regularly paused to applaud frontline NHS workers and carers.

Next Thursday’s will be the 10th clap, started as the UK went into lockdown in March. Royals, the PM and celebs have all joined in.

Annemarie wants to bring back the clap in 2021 to mark a year since the outbreak.

She said: “Stopping clapping doesn’t mean we are not still appreciating them. Some people will still want to carry on, so they should.”


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Protesters calling for end to coronavirus lockdown have tense standoff with Chicago cops despite gov’s vow to open state – The Sun

HUNDREDS of frustrated protesters in Illinois called to end the state's lockdown order as Gov J.B. Pritzker vowed to reopen businesses by the end of the month.

Demonstrators gathered outside the Thompson Center and the State Capitol Building on Saturday as they called on Pritzker to end his executive stay-at-home order.

Several conservative and Republican speakers spoke at the rallies in Chicago and Springfield, where tense standoff ensued between police officers and protesters.

Many brandished signs calling for "FREEDOM" while others disparaged Pritzker and compared the governor – who is Jewish – to Adolf Hitler.

Other signs suggested that his executive order is part of a political ploy to sabotage President Donald Trump's reelection campaign.

"They said this was all about flattening the curve. I think we flattened the curve," Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.

"You know what this is all about? This is about taking down President Trump in November."

Protester Connie Unger backed up Schneider's sentiments and told the newspaper the Democratic governor has "overstepped his boundaries" with his stay-at-home orders.

"He is against our state, he has another motive, and I don't believe that he is a true patriot," she said.

"His motive is to be the most liberal governor so that he can run for a higher office."

Protesters rallied as state health officials announced another 74 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also said another 2,088 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19, while 4,058 residents have died from the virus.

But the Northeast region of the state met the governor's criteria to move into the third phase of his reopening plan when his pandemic lockdown order expires at the end of the month.

This means that several non-essential businesses like salons and barbershops could reopen with health precautions in place by May 29.

Pritzker revealed to WMAQ Saturday that despite the grim numbers, the percentage of people testing positive for the virus is declining.

"We've done so well up to now and I hope we continue on the same course," Pritzker said.

The governor hopes that as the state moves to open more testing sites, more areas will move closer to phase four of reopening at the end of June.

"As we open up more testing sites and as we make available more materials for testing, I think we're in a much better place," Pritzker told the news station.

"We're making a lot of progress, I feel like we're on a path to being in that spot."

The anti-lockdown protests in Illinois are part of several that have taken place throughout the country as Americans become increasingly restless.

A viral video captured a reporter wearing a face mask being berated, chased, and insulted at an anti-lockdown rally in New York on Thursday.

President Donald Trump celebrated the protesters as "great people" while denouncing the attacked journalist Kevin Vesey's work as "fake news."

At one of several protests on Thursday in Michigan, a fight broke out over a hanged doll representing Gov Gretchen Whitmer as armed militia men demonstrated in front of the state capitol.
More than 88,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, while more than 1.4 million have been infected with the killer bug.

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UK weather forecast: End of March to feel ‘more like winter’ as cold blast hits UK bringing ice and snow over weekend – The Sun

THE last few days of March will "feel more like winter" as a cold blast will hit the UK – bringing ice and snow for parts over the weekend.

The Met Office has forecast icy winds and plunging temperatures as the clocks go forward this weekend to mark the start of British Summer Time.

As the blast of cold air sweeps the UK, it will give way to lower temperatures between tonight and the start of next week.

Parts of England are already seeing the mercury drop below freezing overnight with South Newington in Oxfordshire recording a low of -5.3C between Wednesday and Thursday.

The barrage of snow and sleet is expected to hit Britain this weekend as an arctic stream of freezing air sweeps the nation.

It takes with it the glorious weather where most of the UK was basking in the warm sunshine.

The late end of the week will see temperatures gradually fall until easterly coasts are hit by sleet, hail and potentially snow from a weather system coming in from the North Sea.

As we reach the weekend, frozen air from the Arctic is expected to move outwards across the country.

Single figures temperatures will be felt widely, and "almost anywhere" in the country snow showers will fall.

Night temperatures will drop to -4C in the southern half of the UK.

Clare Nasie, from the Met Office, said: "Yet again we will see a fine day across England and Wales but with subtle changes.

"The winds coming in from a cold north sea, high pressure is built quite strong across northern and central areas of Europe and we are inheriting that air and those conditions.

"So on Thursday, we are likely to see lower temperatures particularly towards the east for Manchester and even Leeds we could see 15 or 16 [degrees]."

The weather will become colder over the weekend as brisk northern winds bring cold air across Britain.

Showers will arrive in the extreme north extending down the eastern part of the UK on Saturday, becoming wintry.

The north of the UK will be cloudy with patchy light rain.

The rain will slowly drift south replaced the sunny days with frosty nights.

This is unfortunate news for the Brits who have been taking advantage of the good weather while in lockdown.

People have been exercising in parks and in public spaces while working from home over the last week.

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