Coronavirus in Sport LIVE: Premier League set for June 17 restart, Championship training resumes, UFC and WWE updates – The Sun

THE Premier League is a step closer after the return of players to training, and there's been a boost after only two more positive tests.

But clubs are reportedly eyeing a June 26 return as they err on the side of caution.

Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are getting set to give football fans its biggest spectacle since lockdown in a Bundesliga title decider.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below…



    Premier League clubs are reportedly looking into arranging friendlies to ensure they enter Project Restart as fit as possible.

    Fears over injuries are high ahead of football recommencing next month.

    And Daily Telegraph report on today’s discussions between the clubs featuring talk of friendlies.

    Interested teams want to be allowed to travel to nearby rivals for full-length matches on training grounds.

    Not every manager is said to be desperately behind the idea, but those unconvinced believe they will have to play them anyway to ensure they are not disadvantaged.


    Tyson Fury’s fitness videos have kept fans active during lockdown but the boxer was left raging at the “music police” after his Instagram Live was ended for breaching copyright.

    The 31-year-old WBC heavyweight champion and wife Paris were coming to the end of another of their home workouts, which are streamed online.

    But the session was abruptly cut short – which a fuming Fury later revealed was due to copyright problems over the music he blares out while getting a sweat on.

    He said: “You're not going to believe this, all that good working out, we got right near the end, up comes a message: 'You do not own the music' –deleted the video.”

    “I cannot believe it. I don't know what’s going on with these people. We are working out, not every gym in the world owns the music, every person on Instagram doesn't own the music that you train to.”


    Domestic cricket in England and Wales will not take place until August 1, at the earliest.

    A statement just released announced that authorities remain hopeful of getting some cricket in towards the end of the summer.

    It read: “The England and Wales Cricket Board can today confirm a further delay to the start of the professional domestic cricket season, with no domestic cricket to be played before 1 August.

    “The specifics of the season remain subject to ongoing advice from UK Government and health experts, but the ambition remains to host domestic men's and women's cricket across England and Wales later this summer.”


    The Premier League is set to return on 17 June with Manchester City hosting Arsenal and Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United.

    Project Restart has been handed a huge boost after talks between the 20 clubs were held today.

    It is understood that the “majority” of Premier League clubs are keen to get the ball rolling next month.

    The initial plan was for football to return on Friday June 12 – but it is now expected to be delayed by just under one week.

    Players need more time to get back to match fitness to avoid the risk of injuries.

    But the four clubs with games in hand, due to the Carabao Cup final, are preparing for a midweek start before the full resumption days later.


    Police in England have reportedly given the green light for MOST Premier League games taking place at regular venues.

    Neutral grounds were touted as a major part of Project Restart but were met with fierce opposition from several teams.

    The Mail now reports that police are happy for games to be held across the country, in each of the 20 grounds.

    Yet they still hold reservations over a small number of high-profile matches that could still attract fans to gather outside the ground – breaking coronavirus restrictions.


    Phil Neville is confirmed women’s football could fall by the wayside during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The outgoing England boss told beIN Sports of his concerns for several WSL teams, stating: “Nobody’s spoken about women’s football for the last 60 days and I think it was disappointing that the league got cancelled, but I do think it was the right decision for women’s football”

    “I’m pretty sure that the likes of Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, will look after their women’s team. I think there’s a massive commitment there.

    “It’s teams like Bristol City, Birmingham, and Brighton, who are in the WSL, when they’re looking at the budgets for the year – and obviously the biggest income is on the men’s side.

    “Reading and Birmingham have both furloughed their women’s teams and staff at this moment in time. I hope that we don’t lose them, because ultimately there’s only 12 teams in the senior division.

    “We need to keep teams like Birmingham, Bristol City, Reading, we need to keep them in because they’re really good teams who have been there from the start.”


    Blackburn have confirmed a positive coronavirus test for captain Elliott Bennett.

    The winger is asymptomatic and will now self-isolate for seven days, as will the two unnamed Fulham players also found to be infected in the latest round of results.

    Bennett told the Rovers website: “I feel fit and healthy.

    “Hopefully this sends out a positive message to the community that perhaps many people have or have had the virus without showing any effects.

    “I obviously would never have known if we hadn’t returned to training and taken the tests, because I don’t feel unwell and have got no symptoms whatsoever.

    “There seems to have been a lot of hysteria about footballers returning to training, but it’s not a big deal at all. It’s the people who are seriously ill in hospital that we need to worry about, not footballers who are fit and healthy, and who aren’t showing any signs of being unwell.”


    Australian rugby league got back underway today and Brisbane Broncos’ defeat to Parramatta Eels earned attention for more than one reason.

    Played behind closed doors, broadcasters pumped virtual crowd noises to viewers – that has actually been well received online.

    Check it out for yourself…


    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.

    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.”


    Championship club Fulham have confirmed two of their players have tested positive for coronavirus.

    As just reported, the EFL found three cases from two clubs in the latest tests.

    And now Fulham have announced: “After the second round of league-wide testing for COVID-19 completed by Fulham FC players and staff this week at the Club’s training facility, we can confirm that two players have tested positive for Coronavirus.

    “Both players, who shall remain unnamed due to medical confidentiality, are now self-isolating in line with league and government guidance.”


    Three individuals from the Football League have tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing.

    A statement on Thursday morning read: “Following the latest round of COVID-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 1030 players and Club staff have been tested over the course of Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 May, with three individuals testing positive from two Clubs.

    “Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.

    “The EFL will continue to make regular and relevant announcements as appropriate in respect of the testing programme to support competition integrity and transparency.”


    Speaking of LaLiga coming back, matches are to be broadcast FREE in the UK.

    Sky customers can sign up to the league’s official TV channel for one month’s free watching, in a new offer just announced.


    LaLiga is returning with a bang with THIRTY-TWO days of consecutive live action.

    Spanish football chiefs hope the season will restart with the derby between Real Betis and Sevilla behind closed doors on June 11.

    Marca reports that “there will be 32 consecutive days of football, going from June 11 to July 12”.

    Tebas said: “There is the possibility of a game on June 11, which would be the only match that night and perhaps there will be a tribute to all the people who have died.

    “We'd like the game to be the Seville derby.”


    Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes the coronavirus pandemic will increase the emphasis on coaching ability.

    With the quiet transfer market, managers will be forced to work harder to get the best out of their squads – rather than just buying in new talent.

    Merson told Sky Sports: “I just don't think clubs are going to be in a position to pay £70m, £80m on players anymore. I don't see that happening.

    “I quite like it because now coaches have got to be coaches, they've got to make these players better. I think clubs are going to be really, really cautious in the market.

    “For me, this is where coaches become coaches. It's all well and good buying £80m players all the time. Seriously, what do you need to coach an £80m player? If you're coaching an £80m player, telling them what they need to do, he isn't worth £80m.

    “The good coaches will come to the fore, and those that aren't will struggle. Some will blossom, some will not.”


    Neymar's son was left shell shocked after the Paris Saint-Germain star hatched a hilarious plan to hit him with an egg.

    The Brazilian has managed to spend some quality family time with Davi Lucca after the French top-flight was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But it appears the 28-year-old has found plenty of ways to entertain himself, even at the egg-pense of the unsuspecting Davi.

    It involved throwing numerous ping pong balls at the eight-year-old who would attempt to head them into a basket on the floor.

    After launching six ping pong balls, Neymar switched his seventh throw for the yolk.

    And Davi fell for it hook, line and sinker, and was left with egg on his face quite literally.

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    Is this the future of Premier League football?

    Sparta Prague and Viktoria Plzen fans watched their teams' return from the coronavirus lockdown at the stadium – but not from the inside.

    The clubs set up drive-in cinema-style screens for fans, allowing them to drive in and take in all the action.

    Just 300 lucky supporters were afforded the incredible chance.

    And they made the most of it too, arriving in droves, kitted out with blankets, beers and snacks.


    Troy Deeney has revealed vile trolls told him they hoped his baby son would contract coronavirus.

    Watford’s skipper was one of the top Premier League stars who voiced safety fears over Project Restart and has been absent from training.

    Deeney told CNN: “I saw some comments in regards to my son, people saying ‘I hope your son gets corona’.

    “It’s all about mental health and everyone says ‘speak up, speak out, please speak’…

    “Danny Rose spoke out and I did and we just get absolutely hammered and battered for it.

    “It’s not just us that gets it, the missus gets direct messages and you’ll be walking down the street and people will be like: ‘Oh, I’m at work, you go back to work’.”


    Are you a little lost trying to find out when the Premier League is returning? Well have no fear as SunSport has answered all your questions ahead of today's important meeting between the clubs.

    What date is Project Restart likely to take place?

    What's gonna happen with the TV money?

    What time will the matches be?

    Our man Dave Fraser is on hand to fill you in with everything you need to know about the Premier League's return.


    SunSport can exclusively reveal Amazon are in talks with the Premier League to land MORE matches including Saturday 3pm kick-offs when the season restarts after the coronavirus delay.

    The FA have lifted the 3pm blackout to allow fans to watch games, with a stadium ban in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sky and BT Sport already have rights for 47 of the remaining 92 games, which will be screened in their subscription channels.

    The two companies, whose deals are worth more than £4bn over the current three-year cycle, have also been involved in the initial discussions.

    Meanwhile, Premier League clubs were last night told to expect a game of two halves in the biggest English football meeting for 28 years.

    Top-flight outfits — including table-toppers Liverpool led by Jurgen Klopp — were yesterday given another boost with only four

    positive Covid-19 results  at three clubs out of 1,008 players and staff checked.

    Today’s crucial 20-team summit’s key points will be to solve the TV cash headache and move nearer to a return date.

    The meeting will be split into two parts with EIGHT items on the Project Restart agenda.

    But in the second half of the meeting, the clubs will look at a potential curtailment of the league if there is a spike in the virus.

    Finally, Man City are facing fixture chaos as Premier League clubs meet on Thursday to thrash out a match list for Project Restart.

    Pep Guardiola’s men will be worst affected if clubs put back the start date to June 26, as they are still in the FA Cup and Champions League and also have an extra league fixture.

    But along with City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa also face the prospect of having to play four matches in eight days — with managers already concerned over player burnout.


    Watford captain Troy Deeney has confirmed his return to first-team training.

    He said: “I only said that I wasn't going back for the first week.

    “People took that as I'll never go back. But I think everyone appreciates everything that the Premier League is trying to do as well.

    “I don't think it's a case of pure neglect in terms of ‘We're going back to work, get on board’ or it's anything like that. They have very good lines of communication and I’ve had maybe had four or five meetings now.

    “I'm the captain of a Premier League football team. I’m not doing my job if I'm sitting back at home, saying to the players: ‘You win this game for me and I'm not doing anything.’

    “Anyone that knows me knows I'm never scared of a challenge. But anyone that knows me also knows that family is the most important thing for me.”


    Premier League clubs were last night told to expect a game of two halves in the biggest English football meeting for 28 years.

    Top-flight outfits — including table-toppers Liverpool led by Jurgen Klopp — were yesterday given another boost with only four

    positive Covid-19 results  at three clubs out of 1,008 players and staff checked.

    Today’s crucial 20-team summit’s key points will be to solve the TV cash headache and move nearer to a return date.

    The meeting will be split into two parts with EIGHT items on the Project Restart agenda.

    But in the second half of the meeting, the clubs will look at a potential curtailment of the league if there is a spike in the virus.


    Jose Mourinho says getting to grips with tech early in lockdown has helped keep Tottenham in tip-top shape.

    He said: “Since lockdown my intention was to make the boys feel we are together.

    “That was more important than the reality of the Zoom virtual training.

    “It was much more about us as a group, a family, trying to keep some discipline in our lives.

    “To protect players and society we made the decision on no travelling. Nobody was moving back to their countries. Everybody was staying in London.

    “The majority of players live around the training ground. It was important to keep them mentally healthy.

    “We could all feel that loneliness that staying at home and not leaving brought, so it was important to make that Zoom session in the morning because it kept us together.

    “A Zoom session every day at 10am, everybody waking up at same time having a little bit of work to do, finishing the work and then we stayed in the Zoom room, having a laugh, conversations and discussions.”


    Man City are facing fixture chaos as Premier League clubs meet on Thursday to thrash out a match list for Project Restart.

    Pep Guardiola’s men will be worst affected if clubs put back the start date to June 26, as they are still in the FA Cup and Champions League and also have an extra league fixture.

    But along with City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa also face the prospect of having to play four matches in eight days — with managers already concerned over player burnout.


    Daniel Dubois’ sister is keeping the boxer on his toes during lockdown.

    He told SunSport: “Caroline takes the training sessions every day, she enjoys picking the exercises and circuits more than I do.

    “She has our youngest brother Solomon acting like the teacher’s assistant so there is no slacking.

    “I wish I was fighting now but I am trying to take any positives there and, apart from spending time with the family, the idea that I can use this break to relax, recover and improve is a good one.”


    Amazon are in talks with the Premier League to land MORE matches including Saturday 3pm kick-offs when the season restarts after the coronavirus delay.

    The FA have lifted the 3pm blackout to allow fans to watch games, with a stadium ban in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sky and BT Sport already have rights for 47 of the remaining 92 games, which will be screened in their subscription channels.

    The two companies, whose deals are worth more than £4bn over the current three-year cycle, have also been involved in the initial discussions.

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Netflix in June: 10 Thrilling Movies You'll Want to Add to Your Watchlist

With its great selection of movie titles, Netflix is still one of the most popular streaming services around. And this summer, the streamer is adding a ton of exciting new content to its catalog. From Silence of the Lambs to Cape Fear, here are 10 thrilling movies coming to Netflix in June.

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‘The Silence of the Lambs’

Often lauded as one of the best movies of all time, The Silence of the Lambs follows the story of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a poised, intelligent, and terrifying serial killer and cannibal who helps rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) find another killer on the loose. The critically acclaimed film won five of the Academy Awards’ highest honors, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress. 

You can add The Silence of the Lambs to your Netflix watchlist on June 1.

‘Cape Fear’

Martin Scorcese’s 1991 thriller, Cape Fear, tells the story of an attorney whose family is being stalked by the dangerous sex offender he put in jail. The Academy Award-nominated film features a star-studded cast including Robert DeNiro, Gregory Peck, Nick Nolte, and Jessica Lange.

Cape Fear comes to Netflix on June 1. 

‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’

Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is centered around a boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas) who becomes best friends with an alien stranded on Earth. The film is one of the highest-grossing of all time and stars Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, and Michael McNaughton.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial hits Netflix on June 1.

‘Starship Troopers’

The 1997 sci-fi action film, Starship Troopers, follows a group of young military recruits who are trained to fight off a bug-like alien race. The movie stars Niel Patrick-Harris, Denise Richards, and Casper Van Deen. 

Starship Troopers comes to Netflix on June 1.

‘The Boy’

The 2016 horror film, The Boy, tells the story of a doll named Brahm who is raised like a son after a couple finds it in their new house. When they go out of town, they hire a nanny to take care of the doll, but she discovers Brahm is more of a sinister force than she expected. The movie stars Rupert Evans and Lauren Cohan. 

The Boy will be available on Netflix on June 1. 


The Academy Award-nominated 1996 film, Twister, follows a group of storm chasers who encounter a series of deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma. The star-studded cast includes Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Twister comes to Netflix on June 1.

‘V for Vendetta’

Based on a DC/Vertigo comics series, V for Vendetta is a dystopian thriller centered around a freedom fighter called V who is on the verge of starting a revolution. The film stars Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, and Stephen Rea. 

V for Vendetta will be available to stream on Netflix on June 1. 


The 2007 psychological thriller, Zodiac, tells the story of the hunt for a murderer. The Zodiac was a serial killer who left clues and taunted police during his murder spree in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The critically-acclaimed film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr.

You can find Zodiac on Netflix on June 1. 


Based on the Korean comics of the same name, Priest is set in a dark universe where vampires and humans have been at war for centuries. When the Warrior Priest’s (Paul Bettany) discovers that his niece (Lily Collins) is taken by vampires, he comes out of the shadows to get her back. Karl Urban also stars in this 2011 horror film. 

Priest hits Netflix on June 1. 

‘Dark Skies’

The 2013 horror film, Dark Skies, tells the story of a young family who begins experiencing strange phenomena with one of their young sons. As the danger grows to become more deadly, they discover a sinister force is at play. The film stars Kerri Russell, Josh Hamilton, and J.K. Simmons. 

You can add Dark Skies to your Netflix queue on June 22.

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Embattled Michigan governor in hot water over hubby’s boat request

The governor of Michigan — whose strict coronavirus lockdown policies have caused infamous revolts in the state — is taking heat after her husband appeared to have flouted some of her own advice about holiday travel.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pushed some of the strictest regulations in the country as Michigan became engulfed in cases and deaths, prompting widespread protests by some residents, including those who stormed the state house last month bearing nooses, swastikas and guns screaming, “Lock her up!”

Last Monday, Whitmer announced that she was lifting some lockdown restrictions in areas before Memorial Day weekend.

But “if you don’t live in these regions … think long and hard before you take a trip into them,” she said.

“A small spike could put the hospital system in dire straits pretty quickly. That’s precisely why we’re asking everyone to continue doing their part. Don’t descend on [waterfront] Traverse City from all regions of the state.”

Three days later, a marina owner wrote on Facebook that the governor’s husband, Marc Mallory, had asked its workers to get their nearby boat in the water before Memorial Day, a report said Monday.

The vacation property that the governor and her husband own is about 25 minutes form Traverse City, the Detroit News said. The couple’s main residence is in Lansing.

“This morning, I was out working when the office called me, there was a gentleman on hold who wanted his boat in the water before the weekend,” NorthShore Dock LLC owner Tad Dowker wrote Thursday on Facebook, according to the Detroit News, which said the posting has since been made private.

“Being Memorial weekend and the fact that we started working three weeks late means there is no chance this is going to happen,’’ Dowker wrote, the paper said.

“Well our office personnel had explained this to the man and he replied, ‘I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?’ ”

The docking company later said on its Facebook page that Mallory was respectful when told it couldn’t accommodate him, according to the News.

Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, noted to the News that Whitmer had urged state residents not to flock to Traverse City, and “Yet, what did her family try and do?

“In the Army, we have a tradition that the leaders get in line for chow last behind everyone else in the unit,” he said. “Here is the leader of our state. … Her family is trying to cut people in line.”

Whitmer’s spokeswoman, Tiffany Brown, did not deny the claims involving her boss’s husband to the News but said the governor’s office would not be responding to “every rumor that is spread online.”

The governor landed in President Trump’s cross hairs in March when she complained about the federal government’s response amid the pandemic.

“I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic. Yet your Governor, Gretchen “Half” Whitmer is way in over her head, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude!” he tweeted after her comments.

Whitmer confirmed last week that she is in talks with former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to become his running mate.

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Who plays JJ in Outer Banks? The troubled surfer in season one of Netflix's thriller

NEW Netflix show Outer Banks has risen in popularity since it was released last month.

One of the main characters on the show is JJ, but who plays him in the series?

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The show follows a group of teenagers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina who are called Pogues.

The group are determined to find out what happened to the missing father of the group's ringleader, John B (Chase Stokes).

JJ is the wild one in the group.

John B describes him as the "best surfer he knows".

He is known to be erratic and often doesn't think before he acts, but IS also always up for a laugh and an adventure.

Sometimes his temperament can make him a liability, but his friends also know he is brave and can be depended on when needed.

Who plays JJ in Outer Banks?

JJ is played by the actor Rudy Pankow.

Pankow is a 21-year-old actor who was born in Alaska, US.

Initially, he wanted to become a cook, but had a change of heart in 2016 and chose to pursue a role in acting instead.

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Pankow then enrolled at Michael Woolson Studios to hone his acting skills, to gain more experience, he then played some roles in the theatre.

During his time in theatre, he played roles in The Nutcracker, Mary Poppins and Oliver Twist.

He has since appeared in the films, The Politician, and, Muse: Thought Contagion.

Pankow has 2.3 million followers.

Where can I watch the show?

You can watch the teen-drama exclusively on Netflix.

It was released on April 15, 2020, and consists of ten episodes.

The show was created by Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, and Shannon Burke.

You can see who else joins Rudy Pankow in the Outer Banks cast here.

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Channel Tom Hanks in 'Big' with These Super Fun Keyboard Mats

Take a leaf out of Tom Hanks’ playbook in the movie Big and get one of those jumbo piano keyboard mats. Kids love to make sound, after all, and they’ll be thrilled that they can make different sounds by stepping on different keys. Although jumping and dancing on the top of a large vinyl piano is inarguably a good time for kids, it can be an early musical education, too. 

We can’t say whether your child will be so inspired by this piano that they’ll become the next Mozart, but it will give them a new understanding about music. These piano keyboards don’t only just make piano sounds, you can switch to saxophone, guitar and a slew of other instruments. You can teach them the differences between the instruments at an early age. One of our picks also has 10 classic songs with an easy-to-follow playing guide, so you can teach your kids how to play an actual song before they’re old enough to choose an instrument at school. 

Don’t worry, you will be able to control the volume of the keyboard and the mat won’t be damaged by the endless jumping. You can also roll it up and put it on the highest shelf on the closet when you simply can’t listen to piano sounds again.

1. Kidzlane Floor Piano Mat

This jumbo piano mat makes learning the piano easier for kids. Your kids can learn to play 10 classic songs, including “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Happy Birthday” and “Jingle Bells.” There are even color-coded cards and numbered piano keys that’ll teach your kids what keys they need to hit to play each song. Your kids will be encouraged to play by the rainbow-colored piano keys and can even record their own songs. This sturdy mat is easy to wipe down and stain-resistant, in case any spills happen.

2. Click N’ Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat

At six feet in length, your little one has plenty of room to play this truly jumbo keyboard. This mat is durable enough to take your child’s stomps, too. Your child can either improvise a piano masterpiece or follow a programmed song. Your child can record their own songs even, and the keyboard is very user-friendly. In addition to the piano, there are seven different built-in instruments to choose from, including saxophone, guitar and violin. This piano mat requires four AA batteries, but it has an automatic power-off system to save energy.

3. Abco Tech Giant Piano Mat

Made out of heavy-duty vinyl, your kids can jump around on these 24 keys with confidence. Your kids can learn to make beautiful music by utilizing the piano’s four different modes: Demo, play, record and playback. They’ll be able to introduce you to their latest compositions. There are eight instruments to choose from, including guitar, piano, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, violin, banjo and xylophone. There’s the standard black-and-white version or a colorful version with a vibrant dashboard.

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The worst beer gardens in Britain – but we bet you’d still love a pint in one after 8 weeks in lockdown

AFTER eight weeks in lockdown, Brits are eager to return to the humble pub garden.

However, not all of them are that enticing, with some rather depressing gardens across the UK.

While a pub beer garden is a staple in all summer plans, some pubs didn't get the memo to make them nice for punters.

Outdoor heating, comfy seats and a great view are just some of the things that make a relaxing drink with friends.

Instead, these gardens offer brick wall-views, dodgy seating and creepy ambience.

We've rounded up some of the worst offenders – which you might still end up visiting after lockdown

1. Locked doors

2. Social distancing to the extreme

3. Double parked

4. Room and a view

5. Take a seat

6. Nearly plastered

7. Sloshed by lunchtime

8. Pint-size space

9. Hole in the wall

10. Seeing double doors

11. Warning signs

12. Outdoor seating

Pub gardens may be able to open by next month – although may be slightly different than before.

Farms and streets should be allowed to be used for extra space when reopening pub gardens, according to a tourism boss.

Tourism Alliance director Kurt Janson told Sun Online Travel: "Pubs could open back onto fields, especially in rural areas, and use farmer's fields to increase the footfall."

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The New Moon in Gemini Asks You to Dream Big—Then Make Your Move

The Gemini New Moon on May 22 gives us a chance to dream big—if we don’t let our anxieties hold us back, that is. New Moons bring new beginnings, but this luminary is a time of introspection and reflection. Mars, planet of action, in Pisces is giving is the determination to move towards our goals, but Saturn Retrograde is reminding us that we have to build a foundation first. Neptune in Pisces adds confusion, while Mercury and Venus Retrograde in Gemini push us to make impossible-seeming choices. Before we fly away, we must face our fears and feel our feels—but then, it’s time to conquer the world.

Here’s what that means for you:


Putting extra energy into boring projects may make the day go by faster, but it won’t satisfy your passionate nature. After all, you put your whole self into your work and personal projects. Brainstorm new ideas and embrace what you really want.


You work hard, but now, it’s time to play hard. Treat yourself to a present or a self-care day at home. Your earth sign sensibilities need to be rewarded for all of the tasks you’ve done recently—so show yourself some love.


It’s time for you to level up, Gemini! Use some of your quicksilver wit to boost your social status. Soon, you’ll find success in everything you’re working on, even if the process is frustrating. But don’t give up. Flex your muscles, bb!


You’re letting go of all the BS that’s been orbiting you. Getting to the heart of the matter will be hard, but it’s necessary to move on. In its place, you’re focusing on your passions.


This is your opportunity to show the world how amazing you are, Leo. But first, you will need to connect with people who’ll be down to help you work for a good cause. With proper financial support, your humanitarian project will fly high.


All of the hours you’ve been putting into your career are finally paying off. But now you’re super exhausted. Log off, smell the roses, take a nap. Recharge your batteries and you’ll be thriving again soon.


You’re setting your sights high, which—sorry!!!—will probs create disappointments down the road. Try to be practical—world domination sounds exciting, but you may want to start small.


We’re all afraid to surrender our power, but sometimes it’s necessary in order to be vulnerable. Allow the walls you’ve built up around you to fall down. Let people get close to you instead of keeping them at a distance. It’ll be worth it, I promise.


Your optimistic attitude means you bet big when it comes to romance—but you may be in love with the idea of love. Take off your rose-colored glasses to see your boo clearly.


You’d like to give your colleagues a piece of your mind, but since you’re trying not to create drama, you may want to sit this round of arguments out. Let someone else handle the situation for now.


Setting boundaries is always hard, but stop and think twice before quadruple-texting your crush. Choose to embrace a calm, collected, and chill vibe like the Aquarius you are.


This has been a rollercoaster of emotion for us all, but especially for you. This luminary serves as a wake-up call to embrace all of yourself, even your flaws. Don’t be so harsh on yourself, Pisces! Try to give yourself more TLC and a big hug.

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Made In Chelsea’s Ashley James slams ‘creepy’ trolls who commented on her breasts – The Sun

MADE In Chelsea's Ashley James has slammed "creepy" trolls who comment on her breasts.

The 33-year-old was talking about mental health in an Instagram Q&A on Thursday when one follower wrote: "Nice breast."

Ashley immediately shut it down, responding: "You can keep those thoughts to yourself. It's not flattering, it's creepy."

She added in a video: "I honestly despair sometimes. Don't get me wrong I love boobs like everyone else.

"But I can't imagine looking through a story, especially one about mental health, and thinking 'Oh, I like their boobs I'm gonna let them know'."

Further on in the Q&A another user wrote: "Every time I see your pictures I get arouse, can we have a good time together?"

Ashley responded: "Wow, because you've put it so nicely yeah I'd love to leave my lovely, respectful and kind boyfriend for someone who is aroused by my photos."

The radio presenter – who previously opened up about her body insecurities – then called out a follower who sent her a private message asking about her cup size.

The user wrote: "Beautiful boobs, I like it. What is the new size? Sorry I don't want to be creepy…"

Ashley posted a screenshot of the message and raged: 'Just for avoidance of doubt… If you're a man asking my boob size or commenting on my boobs, you're creepy.

"I post this content for women, especially my fellow big-boobed women. Unless you're getting in touch to ask about it as a gift for your wife/girlfriend, I really don't need to know your thoughts on my boobs and you really don't need to know what size they are."

Another follower then replied to that, saying: "It is a normal situation, if you show your boobs, you should be ready for creepy man."

Ashley shot back: "This attitude stinks. Men walk around with their tops off and we can control ourselves.

"We don't tell men they're asking for it. Nature gave me big boobs, I'm not going to cover my body or be ashamed of it, or stop helping other women with big boobs from finding good lingerie just because a small portion of men have been brought up with no respect for women.

"The audacity and privilege. I can't."

She went on: "So if a bloke walked up to you in a bar and said 'great t**s' you should go 'well I'm wearing a tank top I did ask for that', how's a message any different?

"I think blokes on here need to ask themselves, before pressing send, 'now if I said that to this person face to face would I seem like someone who needs to go on a register?'."

The reality star concluded: "It's not a normal situation at all and people trying to normalise this behaviour are worse than the perpetrators."

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Tulip Harvesting in the Cotswolds With Lily Atherton Hanbury

For W’s new series, “One Fun Thing,” we’re inviting creative people around the world to share an easy, relaxing activity that has brightened up their days spent at home, from Jewel’s guided meditations to the jewelry designer Jean Prounis’s recipe for rose and pistachio shortbread to the artist Marcel Dzama’s homemade coloring books. Consider it a grab bag of ideas for how to shake up your own quarantine routine.

Tulips are a surprisingly delicate flower. They have to be picked early in the morning while they are still crisp, before the sun opens them up too much, otherwise they’ll fall apart. But what happens when flowers that were otherwise destined for parties, art fairs, galleries or shops have nowhere to go? You round up your neighbors (at a safe distance) at the crack of dawn for a harvest, and then drive them to your favorite grocer.

When Lily Atherton Hanbury, the co-founder of the minimalist accessories brand Le Monde Beryl, heard that her Cotswolds neighbor, the florist Silka Rittson-Thomas, had multiple beds of tulips that needed picking, she enlisted her two kids to help out, too. What started out as a favor to a friend ended up being one of the highlights of lockdown, a way for Hanbury to get her kids involved in a fun outdoor activity and help Rittson-Thomas make sure the rare varieties of Turkish, French and Parrot tulips wouldn’t go to waste. In between homeschool sessions and swims in the river below their farm, Hanbury has also been collaborating remotely with her co-founder Katya Shyfrin and the rest of their team to reimagine the Le Monde Beryl website and the future of their digital showroom. Here, Hanbury shares the story of those early mornings in May, and her thoughts on fashion’s future. 

What was the daily process of harvesting the tulips like? 

The tulips have to be cut before the sun opens them up too much, otherwise they don’t last, the petals just flake off. It was also a matter of getting up before school started. Silka started at six and we got there around 6:30. Silka has magnificent, incredibly long raised beds for growing her cutting flowers for her floral business, The Tuk Tuk Flower Studio—they’re divided into different colors and they’re amazing. The kids and I stayed in one area, so we were too far away to fully gossip. But it was wonderful to be doing something productive with Silka even if we were 30 feet away. Once the flowers are cut, you take off the imperfect leaves, make sure the petals are dry and put them in tubs of water. Silka would then do the rest of the dressing and preparation and drive them to London, to the Notting Hill Fish Shop, which also sells—especially during this time—other groceries and flowers. Tulips have a brief window of life and beauty. Normally she would be doing events for galleries and for Frieze and Dover Street Market, but she wanted to do something to brighten up her community instead of letting them go to waste.

F L O W E R S ! ! ! . . EXPLOSIONS OF HAPPINESS! . . Organically grown, rare tulips from the @thetuktukflowerstudio, driven down from the #Cotswolds this morning by our amazing customer and friend Silka Rittson-Thomas. . . We won’t have them on a daily basis, so come get them this morning. Available in-store only. . . #NHFSexclusive #boysandgirlsindanottinghood

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Now that tulip season is over, what’s next? 

I have helped with a vendage [a wine grape harvest] in Bordeaux, which was one of the happiest and most satisfying things I’ve done. In France, it’s this really communal thing and such a fun experience. So I would love to continue to do more things like that with my kids while we have this time, even if it’s just on the weekends. I was amazed at how much my kids loved it—talking or not talking, working outside is a nice way to have company during this time. 

What other activities are you getting the kids involved with?

My daughter always feeds the dogs, and then school takes up quite a big chunk of the day, for better or worse. My kids are really diligent with their home school, but that still needs some supervision and help and there’s a lot of snack-making—I’m like a formula one technician on the sidelines—until they finish around three. I try to finish all of my work in that timeframe too so that we can do something fun afterward. Then they’ve been getting involved in our own garden, which is not on the level of Silka’s garden at all, but they’ve been really enjoying making little paths and pruning some of the trees and tending to our vegetables. After the tulip picking, they’ve enjoyed really getting into that kind of stuff. We read together and go running with the dogs. (If you need a visual for that, imagine Ben Stiller in The Royal Tenenbaums.) And our favorite thing to do—before, during, and after quarantine—is to have a picnic and swim in the river below our house. 

What’s your advice for someone who is planting flowers or gardening for the first time? 

Have some help or do it with a friend. Nothing grows if it becomes a chore and it’s much more rewarding to do it with someone, especially children.

What are the essential tools or materials you need to get started? Any great how-to books or videos you would recommend? 

A shovel, a spade, a pair of clippers and a hose. And Children and Gardens by Gertrude Jekyll is a wonderful book that I’ve had since I was a child.

What’s the most satisfying part of the process? 

Eating our artichokes or strawberries. Those feel like sufficiently decadent rewards!

How has this time affected you and your team creatively? 

Our whole team has worked really well together (apart) during this time. It’s given us time to pause and really think, research and develop so many exciting products, projects and ways to interact digitally. We have spent a lot of time working on our website, which will relaunch at the end of June and also include a digital showroom. We were planning on showing in Paris in June, and we didn’t want to push everything to September. Who knows what will happen for the rest of this year? But I think probably a lot of people will be rethinking the calendar and the amount that everyone has been traveling. For so many buyers, it’s a big ask to leave your partner or your family and your life and go away for a whole month and then do it again a couple of months later. I think it got to the point where it’s unsustainable environmentally and the sheer cost of the toll that it takes on people is significant. The showroom aspect will probably be something we continue, even when we have a real, live showroom again. 

Are there any elements of your new routine that you want to continue even when things get back to normal?

I want to spend less time in transit—fewer planes, trains, and automobiles. But as that becomes necessary again, I guess I want to hold onto this feeling of making an adventure wherever we are, being in the present and not feeling compelled or obliged to rush somewhere else. We’ve been doing Google Art with the kids, visiting museums virtually and stuff, and it just isn’t the same. But I do think that there was such an ease to travel that’s really is obviously not good for the planet. I can’t imagine a world where we can’t travel again—that would be hard to accept, especially since my family is so far away. But I think we will think more about what’s necessary to do, and the digital is part of that. 

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Newcastle fans in meltdown over mysterious documents about change in Prince Abdullah Al Saud’s role at Sheff Utd – The Sun

SHEFFIELD UNITED’S ownership is shrouded in mystery after documents showed Prince Abdullah Al Saud ceasing to be a “person with significant control” last October.

The Saudi prince gained full control of the Blades on September 16, 2019 after a bitter court battle with previous owner Kevin McCabe.

But files uploaded to Companies House today show he stopped having an interest in Sheffield United Football Club Limited towards the end of last year.

In another bizarre twist, United filed a notification in February that Prince Abdullah had registered himself as sole owner on 18 October 2019 – the same day files show he ceased being a person of significant control.

The timing has led to the resurfacing of links between Prince Abdullah and the potential new Saudi owners of Newcastle.

The Magpies are on the verge of a £300million takeover headed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which is chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

MBS is the cousin of the Sheffield United owner and questions have been raised about a potential conflict of interest and whether this act could make it easier for the takeover to go through.

Newcastle fans certainly think so and were in meltdown at the shocking reveal.

One tweeted: "I would like to thank the Saudi owners of Sheffield United for stepping aside and allowing a clearer and calmer path for the takeover of Newcastle United."

Another said: "Well done Sheffield United fans on personally making changes to their ownership. Real heroes who didn’t even tell the rest of us what they’d heroically done 6 month ago."

A third added: "I'd like to thank the owners of Sheffield United for gracefully stepping aside allowing us to be taken over."

In a letter to the Premier League last month, human rights group Fair-Square said: “If Public Investment Fund has a meaningful involvement in Newcastle United, it will mean owners of that club having the power to determine and influence the management of Sheffield United.

“As the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wields vast and largely unaccountable power within the Kingdom.”

While Sheffield United are yet to comment, there are suggestions that this is a corporate structural change related to the severing of ties with McCabe.

But questions remain as to why the documents were only uploaded today – more than five months late – with companies obliged to update Companies House with any changes within 28 days.

Prince Abdullah first became involved at the South Yorkshire club in 2013. But he has taken more of a backseat in recent times, with his son-in-law Prince Musa’ad bin Khalid Al Saud named chairman last September.

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