BREAKING NEWS: Conor McGregor announces he is RETIRING from fighting at the age of 31


UFC star Conor McGregor has stunned fans by announcing his shock retirement from fighting at the age of 31.

The Irishman posted on Twitter in the early hours of Sunday morning to announce that he will not be fighting again.

McGregor wrote: ‘Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been! 

Conor McGregor announced his shock retirement from UFC again on Sunday morning (pictured above with his mother, Margaret

The 31-year-old was last seen in the octagon in January when he demolished Donald Cerrone

The 31-year-old was last seen in the octagon in January when he demolished Donald Cerrone

McGregor became the only man to hold two belts in different weight divisions back in 2016

McGregor became the only man to hold two belts in different weight divisions back in 2016

‘Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my World title wins! Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you! Whatever you desire it’s yours.’

‘The Notorious One’ had been expected to fight again later this year with UFC legend Anderson Silva, Jorge Masvidal and a rematch with arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov touted as likely options.

However, McGregor, who is estimated to have earned in the region of $100m (£80m) from his UFC fights and has a net worth of $110m (£86m), appears to have gone into early retirement.

This is not the first time McGregor has said he is retiring from the sport, having made the announcement in March last year only to return less than 12 months later.

McGregor made his octagon comeback in January, blasting out Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds in their welterweight clash at UFC 246.

The Irishman said he was retiring in March last year only to return to UFC back in January

The Irishman said he was retiring in March last year only to return to UFC back in January

UFC star McGregor has earned huge pay days from fighting and is worth around $110m (£86m)

UFC star McGregor has earned huge pay days from fighting and is worth around $110m (£86m)

McGregor made this announcement on Twitter in March last year before making his return

McGregor made this announcement on Twitter in March last year before making his return

Fans appeared wary of McGregor’s latest retirement post, given the Irishman’s previous hoax back in 2016 as well. 

McGregor that time suggested he had retired from MMA when he tweeted he ‘decided to retire young’ a month after losing to Nate Diaz.

Sunday’s shock announcement – which was met with incredulity by fans and commentators – comes as many were hoping to see him have a super-fight with Brazilian MMA star Silva.

The former middleweight champion, who is widely regarded as one of the best UFC fighters in the history in the sport, confirmed his intentions to fight McGregor by calling on Dana White to make a catchweight fight at 80kg happen on Saturday.

His retirement comes amid rumours he could fight UFC legend Anderson Silva (right)

His retirement comes amid rumours he could fight UFC legend Anderson Silva (right)

Dana White recently cast doubt over McGregor fighting soon due to financial situation

Dana White recently cast doubt over McGregor fighting soon due to financial situation

CONOR MCGREGOR MMA RECORD

Total fights – 26

Wins – 22

Wins by knockout – 19

Wins by submission – 1 

Wins by decision – 2 

Defeats – 4

Defeats by submission – 4

‘I talked about my super fight with Conor, and I’m starting to cut my weight,’ Silva said.

‘And for no excuse and for everybody talking about, ‘Oh but Anderson don’t take the weight and blah blah blah.’

‘Ok, I start training and I’m ready for that. Conor ready too. And it’s a one thing, just Dana White, I need to make this fight real. Let’s go see.’ 

However, UFC president White had cast doubts over McGregor fighting again anytime soon due to the financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘Unless there’s an absolute miracle and the world turns around in the next three months, which I don’t see happening – people are crazy right now over this thing – I don’t know [if McGregor will fight],’ he said recently.

‘I don’t know anymore. Since this thing [coronavirus] started, I’ve been trying to get ahead of it and get ahead of it and get ahead of it. And every time we thought we got ahead of it, the next day it would change.

‘I’m not going to sit here and act like now that it’s all starting to come back, I know what’s going to happen 30 days from now, because I don’t.

McGregor pictured here with his long-time partner and wife Dee Devlin (right)

McGregor pictured here with his long-time partner and wife Dee Devlin (right)

Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov beat McGregor in a high profile fight in 2018

Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov beat McGregor in a high profile fight in 2018

A rematch against his rival Nurmagomedov had been touted as his next possible fight

A rematch against his rival Nurmagomedov had been touted as his next possible fight

If McGregor was to walk away from the sport for good, he will go down as a UFC icon, having become the only man to hold two belts in different weight divisions simultaneously.

He has been fighting under the UFC promotion since 2013 and has an overall MMA record of 22 wins and four defeats.

His two losses in UFC came against Nate Diaz in 2016 – though he avenged that one five months later – and lightweight champion Nurmagomedov.

McGregor’s rivalry with Nurmagomedov saw him involved in numerous controversial incidents, including hurling a five foot tall metal sack barrow at the window of a bus full of rival fighters, smashing the window.

He was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief. McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time and was required to do five days of community service. 

McGregor claimed victory in his money-spinning rematch with Nate Diaz back in 2016

McGregor claimed victory in his money-spinning rematch with Nate Diaz back in 2016

He reached pinnacle when he made light work of Eddie Alvarez to become two-weight titlist

He reached pinnacle when he made light work of Eddie Alvarez to become two-weight titlist

The Irishman made a reported $100m from his  crossover boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather

The Irishman made a reported $100m from his  crossover boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather

On October 6 in 2018, he and Khabib Nurmagomedov were involved in a post-match brawl for which he and the Russian were handed lengthy suspensions and large fines by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Nurmagomedov, 30, received the heftier punishment receiving a nine-month suspension and a fine of $500,000, with McGregor, 30, being banned for six months fined $50,000.

Instead of celebrating his fourth-round victory the Russian fighter immediately threw his gumshield towards McGregor’s corner and jumped the cage to launch himself feet-first at his opponent’s team.

The UFC star has become a multi-millionaire from his career in mixed martial arts

The UFC star has become a multi-millionaire from his career in mixed martial arts

If his retirement is legitimate, he will be remembered as one of the greats of the sport

If his retirement is legitimate, he will be remembered as one of the greats of the sport 

While that was happening, McGregor was involved in a confrontation after a couple of members of Nurmagomedov’s team had entered the cage. 

McGregor also made an unprecedented switch over boxing for a crossover fight with Floyd Mayweather in a fight that earned him an estimated $100million (£75m) in 2017.

His pinnacle in the UFC  was reached in November 2016 though when he obliterated Eddie Alvarez to become a two-weight world champion.

He also claimed notable victories over Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo. 

CONOR MCGREGOR TIMELINE FROM DEBUT TO NOW

February 17, 2007: Conor McGregor makes his MMA debut against Ciaran Campbell and wins in the first round by knockout 

March 9, 2008: McGregor makes his professional debut and beats Gary Morris in the second round

June 28, 2008: The Irishman’s eagerness to build up his record sees him run before he can walk as he suffers his first defeat at the hands of Lithuanian submission expert Artemij Sitenkov 

2009: In a surprise move, McGregor elects to take the entire year off from professional competition as he looks to focus on his technique 

October 9, 2010: After almost two years out of the sport, McGregor makes a winning return against Connor Dillon in Chaos Fighting Championships 

March 12, 2011: It takes McGregor just 16 seconds to knockout opponent Mike Wood and the referee steps in to end the non-contest  

April 6, 2013: He makes UFC debut against Marcus Brimage in Sweden on preliminary card for Gegard Mousasi vs Ilir Latifi. The bout was stopped in the first round and McGregor won by knockout 

August 17, 2013: McGregor backs up victory over Brimage by beating Max Holloway, only to tear his anterior cruciate ligament during the bout and he needed surgery, keeping him out of action for up to 10 months  

January 18, 2015: After beating Dennis Siver, McGregor jumps out of the cage to confront Jose Aldo as the pair were to go head-to-head in Las Vegas in the Irishman’s first world title shot 

July 11, 2015: Aldo pulled out through injury and so McGregor went on to beat for the interim featherweight belt 

December 12, 2015: Finally he had the title shot he desired and given Aldo had not lost in years, McGregor’s victory after 13 seconds set a new record for the fastest UFC knockout in a title bout. The bout generated 1.2m pay-per-view sales placing it as second highest in UFC history at the time

March 5, 2016: Having reached the peak with the world title, McGregor was brought back down to earth with a submission defeat to Nate Diaz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 

August 20, 2016: Reeling from the loss, the Irishman swiftly agrees a rematch with Diaz and this time wins the contest by majority decision 

November 12, 2016: Holding off from a trilogy bout so soon after gaining revenge on Diaz, McGregor takes on Eddie Alvarez and wins the UFC Lightweight Championship to become the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes at the same time

August 26, 2017: After taking time out of UFC – seeing him stripped of his featherweight title in the process due to inactivity – for the birth of his first child, McGregor’s notoriety saw him land a boxing contest with Floyd Mayweather. The Irishman lost but secured a $100m payday

October 6, 2018: Further inactivity saw him stripped of his lightweight title but he made his UFC return in Las Vegas for an eagerly-anticipated clash against Khabib Nurmagomedov which he lost. The fight descended into chaos with a post-bout brawl and both fighters were handed suspensions

January 18, 2020: McGregor makes his long-awaited return to the octagon and demolishes Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds in their welterweight clash at UFC 246.

June 7, 2020: McGregor announces his shock retirement from fighting on social media

BREAKING NEWS: Conor McGregor announces he is RETIRING from fighting at the age of 31


UFC star Conor McGregor has stunned fans by announcing his shock retirement from fighting.

The 31-year-old Irishman posted on Twitter in the early hours of Sunday morning to announce that he will not be fighting again. 

McGregor wrote: ‘Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been! 

Conor McGregor announced his shock retirement from UFC again on Sunday morning (pictured above with his mother, Margaret

The 31-year-old was last seen in the octagon in January when he demolished Donald Cerrone

The 31-year-old was last seen in the octagon in January when he demolished Donald Cerrone

McGregor became the only man to hold two belts in different weight divisions back in 2016

McGregor became the only man to hold two belts in different weight divisions back in 2016

‘Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my World title wins! Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you! Whatever you desire it’s yours.’

‘The Notorious One’ had been expected to fight again later this year with UFC legend Anderson Silva, Jorge Masvidal and a rematch with arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov touted as likely options.

However, McGregor, who is estimated to have earned in the region of $100m (£80m) from his UFC fights and has a net worth of $110m (£86m), appears to have gone into early retirement.

This is not the first time McGregor has said he is retiring from the sport, having made the announcement in March last year only to return less than 12 months later.

McGregor made his octagon comeback in January, blasting out Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds in their welterweight clash at UFC 246.

The Irishman said he was retiring in March last year only to return to UFC back in January

The Irishman said he was retiring in March last year only to return to UFC back in January

UFC star McGregor has earned huge pay days from fighting and is worth around $110m (£86m)

UFC star McGregor has earned huge pay days from fighting and is worth around $110m (£86m)

McGregor made this announcement on Twitter in March last year before making his return

McGregor made this announcement on Twitter in March last year before making his return

Fans appeared wary of McGregor’s latest retirement post, given the Irishman’s previous hoax back in 2016 as well. 

McGregor that time suggested he had retired from MMA when he tweeted he ‘decided to retire young’ a month after losing to Nate Diaz.

Sunday’s shock announcement – which was met with incredulity by fans and commentators – comes as many were hoping to see him have a super-fight with Brazilian MMA star Silva.

The former middleweight champion, who is widely regarded as one of the best UFC fighters in the history in the sport, confirmed his intentions to fight McGregor by calling on Dana White to make a catchweight fight at 80kg happen on Saturday.

His retirement comes amid rumours he could fight UFC legend Anderson Silva (right)

His retirement comes amid rumours he could fight UFC legend Anderson Silva (right)

Dana White recently cast doubt over McGregor fighting soon due to financial situation

Dana White recently cast doubt over McGregor fighting soon due to financial situation

CONOR MCGREGOR MMA RECORD

Total fights – 26

Wins – 22

Wins by knockout – 19

Wins by submission – 1 

Wins by decision – 2 

Defeats – 4

Defeats by submission – 4

‘I talked about my super fight with Conor, and I’m starting to cut my weight,’ Silva said.

‘And for no excuse and for everybody talking about, ‘Oh but Anderson don’t take the weight and blah blah blah.’

‘Ok, I start training and I’m ready for that. Conor ready too. And it’s a one thing, just Dana White, I need to make this fight real. Let’s go see.’ 

However, UFC president White had cast doubts over McGregor fighting again anytime soon due to the financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘Unless there’s an absolute miracle and the world turns around in the next three months, which I don’t see happening – people are crazy right now over this thing – I don’t know [if McGregor will fight],’ he said recently.

‘I don’t know anymore. Since this thing [coronavirus] started, I’ve been trying to get ahead of it and get ahead of it and get ahead of it. And every time we thought we got ahead of it, the next day it would change.

‘I’m not going to sit here and act like now that it’s all starting to come back, I know what’s going to happen 30 days from now, because I don’t.

McGregor pictured here with his long-time partner and wife Dee Devlin (right)

McGregor pictured here with his long-time partner and wife Dee Devlin (right)

Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov beat McGregor in a high profile fight in 2018

Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov beat McGregor in a high profile fight in 2018

A rematch against his rival Nurmagomedov had been touted as his next possible fight

A rematch against his rival Nurmagomedov had been touted as his next possible fight

If McGregor was to walk away from the sport for good, he will go down as a UFC icon, having become the only man to hold two belts in different weight divisions simultaneously.

He has been fighting under the UFC promotion since 2013 and has an overall MMA record of 22 wins and four defeats.

His two losses in UFC came against Nate Diaz in 2016 – though he avenged that one five months later – and lightweight champion Nurmagomedov.

McGregor’s rivalry with Nurmagomedov saw him involved in numerous controversial incidents, including hurling a five foot tall metal sack barrow at the window of a bus full of rival fighters, smashing the window.

He was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief. McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time and was required to do five days of community service. 

McGregor claimed victory in his money-spinning rematch with Nate Diaz back in 2016

McGregor claimed victory in his money-spinning rematch with Nate Diaz back in 2016

He reached pinnacle when he made light work of Eddie Alvarez to become two-weight titlist

He reached pinnacle when he made light work of Eddie Alvarez to become two-weight titlist

The Irishman made a reported $100m from his  crossover boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather

The Irishman made a reported $100m from his  crossover boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather

On October 6 in 2018, he and Khabib Nurmagomedov were involved in a post-match brawl for which he and the Russian were handed lengthy suspensions and large fines by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Nurmagomedov, 30, received the heftier punishment receiving a nine-month suspension and a fine of $500,000, with McGregor, 30, being banned for six months fined $50,000.

Instead of celebrating his fourth-round victory the Russian fighter immediately threw his gumshield towards McGregor’s corner and jumped the cage to launch himself feet-first at his opponent’s team.

The UFC star has become a multi-millionaire from his career in mixed martial arts

The UFC star has become a multi-millionaire from his career in mixed martial arts

If his retirement is legitimate, he will be remembered as one of the greats of the sport

If his retirement is legitimate, he will be remembered as one of the greats of the sport 

While that was happening, McGregor was involved in a confrontation after a couple of members of Nurmagomedov’s team had entered the cage. 

McGregor also made an unprecedented switch over boxing for a crossover fight with Floyd Mayweather in a fight that earned him an estimated $100million (£75m) in 2017.

His pinnacle came in the UFC  was reached in November 2016 though when he obliterated Eddie Alvarez to become a two-weight world champion.

He also claimed notable victories over Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo. 

CONOR MCGREGOR TIMELINE FROM DEBUT TO NOW

February 17, 2007: Conor McGregor makes his MMA debut against Ciaran Campbell and wins in the first round by knockout 

March 9, 2008: McGregor makes his professional debut and beats Gary Morris in the second round

June 28, 2008: The Irishman’s eagerness to build up his record sees him run before he can walk as he suffers his first defeat at the hands of Lithuanian submission expert Artemij Sitenkov 

2009: In a surprise move, McGregor elects to take the entire year off from professional competition as he looks to focus on his technique 

October 9, 2010: After almost two years out of the sport, McGregor makes a winning return against Connor Dillon in Chaos Fighting Championships 

March 12, 2011: It takes McGregor just 16 seconds to knockout opponent Mike Wood and the referee steps in to end the non-contest  

April 6, 2013: He makes UFC debut against Marcus Brimage in Sweden on preliminary card for Gegard Mousasi vs Ilir Latifi. The bout was stopped in the first round and McGregor won by knockout 

August 17, 2013: McGregor backs up victory over Brimage by beating Max Holloway, only to tear his anterior cruciate ligament during the bout and he needed surgery, keeping him out of action for up to 10 months  

January 18, 2015: After beating Dennis Siver, McGregor jumps out of the cage to confront Jose Aldo as the pair were to go head-to-head in Las Vegas in the Irishman’s first world title shot 

July 11, 2015: Aldo pulled out through injury and so McGregor went on to beat for the interim featherweight belt 

December 12, 2015: Finally he had the title shot he desired and given Aldo had not lost in years, McGregor’s victory after 13 seconds set a new record for the fastest UFC knockout in a title bout. The bout generated 1.2m pay-per-view sales placing it as second highest in UFC history at the time

March 5, 2016: Having reached the peak with the world title, McGregor was brought back down to earth with a submission defeat to Nate Diaz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 

August 20, 2016: Reeling from the loss, the Irishman swiftly agrees a rematch with Diaz and this time wins the contest by majority decision 

November 12, 2016: Holding off from a trilogy bout so soon after gaining revenge on Diaz, McGregor takes on Eddie Alvarez and wins the UFC Lightweight Championship to become the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes at the same time

August 26, 2017: After taking time out of UFC – seeing him stripped of his featherweight title in the process due to inactivity – for the birth of his first child, McGregor’s notoriety saw him land a boxing contest with Floyd Mayweather. The Irishman lost but secured a $100m payday

October 6, 2018: Further inactivity saw him stripped of his lightweight title but he made his UFC return in Las Vegas for an eagerly-anticipated clash against Khabib Nurmagomedov which he lost. The fight descended into chaos with a post-bout brawl and both fighters were handed suspensions

January 18, 2020: McGregor makes his long-awaited return to the octagon and demolishes Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds in their welterweight clash at UFC 246.

June 7, 2020: McGregor announces his shock retirement from fighting on social media

UFC light-heavyweight Glover Teixeira APOLOGISES mid-fight with Anthony Smith


‘Sorry Anthony, it’s part of the job’: Glover Teixeira takes pauses for a moment to APOLOGISE to his startled opponent WHILE he’s pummelling him during their UFC clash in Florida

  • Usually UFC opponents trash talk each other but Glover Teixeira was polite  
  • He took the bizarre decision to apologise to Anthony Smith on Wednesday night  
  • Brazilian had Smith’s back and said he was sorry and it is just part of the job  
  • Teixeira went on to win the fight with a stoppage in the fifth round in Florida  

UFC fighters are usually filled with animosity and aggression in the octagon but things took a bizarre, polite turn on Wednesday night. 

With Glover Teixeira on Anthony Smith’s back and dominating him during the main event in Florida, the Brazilian apologised for inflicting damage. 

He paused the beating for a moment and said: ‘Sorry Anthony, it’s part of the job.’

Glover Teixeira apologised to Anthony Smith (right) as he was on top of him during their fight

The American accepted his opponent's polite words and they continued to scrap

The American accepted his opponent’s polite words and they continued to scrap

Smith either misheard or couldn’t believe what what going on, replying: ‘You what?’

He then realised that his light-heavyweight rival was apologising and accepted it, saying: ‘Yeah, it is what it is.’

It was a strange but touching moment of sportsmanship during the heat of battle between the two men. 

Teixeira went on to finish the job, securing mount in the fifth round and forcing the referees intervention after landing repeated shots from on high. 

Teixeira eventually claimed the stoppage victory with Smith unable to adequately defend

Teixeira eventually claimed the stoppage victory with Smith unable to adequately defend 

Smith lost his veneers, two actual teeth, fractured his eye socket and broke his nose in the fight. 

UFC fighters occasionally touch gloves and high five between rounds but rarely if ever do they apologise for inflicting pain. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov famously yelled towards Dana White to give him a title shot while beating up Michael Johnson on the mat and yelled: ‘Talk now, chicken’, to Conor McGregor while on top of him in the 2018 victory. 

The UFC returned to action as the first major sport back during the coronavirus crisis on Saturday with UFC 249 and Wednesday’s Fight Night in Jacksonville is the second of three in the space of a week. 

Teixeira vs Smith was the headline act and it delivered in terms of a spectacle and example of superb sportsmanship.  

Smith suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket and lost teeth during the fight

Smith suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket and lost teeth during the fight 



UFC light-heavyweight Glover Teixeira APOLOGISES mid-fight with Anthony Smith


‘Sorry Anthony, it’s part of the job’: Glover Teixeira takes pauses for a moment to apologise to his startled opponent WHILE he’s pummelling him during their UFC clash in Florida

  • Usually UFC opponents trash talk each other but Glover Teixeira was polite  
  • He took the bizarre decision to apologise to Anthony Smith on Wednesday night  
  • Brazilian had Smith’s back and said he was sorry and it is just part of the job  
  • Teixeira went on to win the fight with a stoppage in the fifth round in Florida  

UFC fighters are usually filled with animosity and aggression in the octagon but things took a bizarre, polite turn on Wednesday night. 

With Glover Teixeira on Anthony Smith’s back and dominating him during the main event in Florida, the Brazilian apologised for inflicting damage. 

He paused the beating for a moment and said: ‘Sorry Anthony, it’s part of the job.’

Glover Teixeira apologised to Anthony Smith (right) as he was on top of him during their fight

The American accepted his opponent's polite words and they continued to scrap

The American accepted his opponent’s polite words and they continued to scrap

Smith either misheard or couldn’t believe what what going on, replying: ‘You what?’

He then realised that his light-heavyweight rival was apologising and accepted it, saying: ‘Yeah, it is what it is.’

It was a strange but touching moment of sportsmanship during the heat of battle between the two men. 

Teixeira went on to finish the job, securing mount in the fifth round and forcing the referees intervention after landing repeated shots from on high. 

Teixeira eventually claimed the stoppage victory with Smith unable to adequately defend

Teixeira eventually claimed the stoppage victory with Smith unable to adequately defend 

Smith lost his veneers, two actual teeth, fractured his eye socket and broke his nose in the fight. 

UFC fighters occasionally touch gloves and high five between rounds but rarely if ever do they apologise for inflicting pain. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov famously yelled towards Dana White to give him a title shot while beating up Michael Johnson on the mat and yelled: ‘Talk now, chicken’, to Conor McGregor while on top of him in the 2018 victory. 

The UFC returned to action as the first major sport back during the coronavirus crisis on Saturday with UFC 249 and Wednesday’s Fight Night in Jacksonville is the second of three in the space of a week. 

Teixeira vs Smith was the headline act and it delivered in terms of a spectacle and example of superb sportsmanship.  

Smith suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket and lost teeth during the fight

Smith suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket and lost teeth during the fight 



Conor McGregor delivers vital supplies to children’s hospital in Dublin amid COVID-19 crisis


Conor McGregor personally delivered supplies to a Dublin children’s hospital on Thursday amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The UFC fighter, 31, looked delighted as he visited Crumlin Children’s Hospital to drop off the vital equipment and meet with staff.

Conor cracked a happy smile as he posed with staff in the hospital while maintaining social distancing.

What a man: Conor McGregor personally delivered supplies to a Dublin children’s hospital on Thursday amid the COVID-19 crisis

The sports star, who was born and raised in Dublin, looked casually cool in a black tiger print sweatshirt, joggers and trainers as he posed.

Showing their support and appreciation to the fighter, a medic was seen making a heart sign during a photo with McGregor.  

Ireland currently has more than 20,000 cases of coronavirus and 1,232 deaths, 

Last month Conor was thanked by an Irish hospital for his donation of personal protective equipment to keep them safe against the coronavirus.

The star  has helped in the fight against the deadly disease by donating €1million that has gone towards cardiac monitors, oxygen equipment and 50,000 masks for hospitals around the country.  

Star: Conor is known for his prowess in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and boxing (pictured January 2020)

Star: Conor is known for his prowess in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and boxing (pictured January 2020)

Michael Sheridan, CEO of the Mercy Hospital, wrote on Twitter: ‘Huge thanks to @NotoriousMMA for donating thousands of pieces of #COVID19 PPE to @MercyCork #FrontLineHeroes. Some very happy porters collected these this morning at our @MercyfoundCork offices.’

The post displayed a number of boxes containing the PPE equipment with workers standing next to them outside the hospital’s fundraising office. 

Meanwhile, clinical director Kieran O’Connor also showed his appreciation to McGregor, posting: ‘Enormous thanks to ⁦@NotoriousMMA for his support with massive PPE donation for COVID19 @MercyCork.’  

Conor retweeted both posts and it comes after his sizeable donation was commended by a charity earlier this month.

Frontline: The UFC fighter, 31, looked delighted as he visited Crumlin Children's Hospital to drop off the vital equipment and meet with staff

Frontline: The UFC fighter, 31, looked delighted as he visited Crumlin Children’s Hospital to drop off the vital equipment and meet with staff

Hometown: Conor - who was born and raised in Crumlin - spoke with staff while maintaining social distancing

Hometown: Conor – who was born and raised in Crumlin – spoke with staff while maintaining social distancing

Mary Leahy, the founding member of Heroes Aid, the charity that helped orchestrate McGregor’s money reaching the frontline of Ireland’s battle against coronavirus said his contributions were ‘positive’ and ‘very welcome’.

‘Your donation was a very welcome & positive contribution Conor,’ she wrote.

‘It was certaintly my 1st time ever having a role in spending a million..hope it wont be my last!  

‘The hard work started many weeks ago… give a women €1.3 million to spend, she will do it easily…and wisely, esp when this donation from @TheNotoriusMMA was to equip frontline healthcare to fight Covid-19.

‘From cardiac monitors, to oxygen concentrators, to face visors, masks, gowns, and the rest.’

So kind: Last month Conor was thanked by Mercy Hospital in Cork for his donation of personal protective equipment to keep them safe against the coronavirus

So kind: Last month Conor was thanked by Mercy Hospital in Cork for his donation of personal protective equipment to keep them safe against the coronavirus 

Good cause: A number of hospitals across Ireland have received equipment thanks to his contribution

Good cause: A number of hospitals across Ireland have received equipment thanks to his contribution 

Praise you: Mary Leahy of Heroes Aid took to Twitter to herald the impact of McGregor's donation

Praise you: Mary Leahy of Heroes Aid took to Twitter to herald the impact of McGregor’s donation

In March the lightweight fighter pleaded with Ireland to go into full lockdown in order to beat the coronavirus, urging them to ‘utilise our defence forces’.   

He said: ‘If you do not enter the game, you cannot win it. We have now entered the game and with strict adherence to the methods we will win.

‘We must abide by this and I pray for health of the country that we do so. We cannot go by chance here.

‘I urge our government to utilise our defence forces. Any less than full adherence to these newly put forth methods by any member of our society will not only be a mockery to what we are attempting to do – it would put the rest of our great nation in danger.

‘You are doing your country an incredible deed by staying put.’

Support: Conor has been an active campaigner since the coronavirus outbreak and has spoken with government figures about ways to combat the disease (pictured January 2020)

Support: Conor has been an active campaigner since the coronavirus outbreak and has spoken with government figures about ways to combat the disease (pictured January 2020)

Conor McGregor commended by a hospital in Ireland after donating equipment to help fight coronavirus


Conor McGregor hailed by hospital chiefs for fighting coronavirus after UFC star’s €1MILLION donation provides PPE for staff, oxygen equipment and monitors

  • Conor McGregor has been thanked by a hospital in Cork for a generous donation 
  • The UFC fighter’s donationprovided the Mercy Hospital with PPE 
  • There are more than 16,000 cases of coronavirus in Ireland and 730 deaths
  • He has contributed €1million to hospitals around the country to fight the disease 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Conor McGregor has been lavished with praise by an Irish hospital for his donation of personal protective equipment to keep them safe against the coronavirus.

The UFC fighter has helped in the fight against the deadly disease by donating €1million that has gone towards cardiac monitors, oxygen equipment and 50,000 masks for hospitals around the country.

Ireland currently has more than 16,000 cases of coronavirus and 730 deaths, and a hospital in Cork has singled him out for his generosity.

Conor McGregor has been praised by a hospital after his donation provided PPE for workers

Michael Sheridan, of the Mercy Hospital in Cork, showed the equipment McGregor had provided and thanked him for his help

Michael Sheridan, of the Mercy Hospital in Cork, showed the equipment McGregor had provided and thanked him for his help

Michael Sheridan, CEO of the Mercy Hospital, wrote on Twitter: ‘Huge thanks to @NotoriousMMA for donating thousands of pieces of #COVID19 PPE to @MercyCork #FrontLineHeroes. Some very happy porters collected these this morning at our @MercyfoundCork offices.’

The post displayed a number of boxes containing the PPE equipment with workers standing next to them outside the hospital’s fundraising office. 

Meanwhile, clinical director Kieran O’Connor also showed his appreciation to McGregor, posting: ‘Enormous thanks to ⁦@NotoriousMMA for his support with massive PPE donation for COVID19 @MercyCork.’

A number of hospitals across Ireland have received equipment thanks to his contribution

A number of hospitals across Ireland have received equipment thanks to his contribution 

The 31-year-old retweeted both posts and it comes after his sizeable donation was commended by a charity earlier this month.

Mary Leahy, the founding member of Heroes Aid, the charity that helped orchestrate McGregor’s money reaching the frontline of Ireland’s battle against coronavirus said his contributions were ‘positive’ and ‘very welcome’.

‘Your donation was a very welcome & positive contribution Conor,’ she wrote.

‘It was certaintly my 1st time ever having a role in spending a million..hope it wont be my last!

Mary Leahy of Heroes Aid took to Twitter to herald the impact of McGregor's donation

Mary Leahy of Heroes Aid took to Twitter to herald the impact of McGregor’s donation

‘The hard work started many weeks ago… give a women €1.3 million to spend, she will do it easily…and wisely, esp when this donation from @TheNotoriusMMA was to equip frontline healthcare to fight Covid-19.

‘From cardiac monitors, to oxygen concentrators, to face visors, masks, gowns, and the rest.’

Last month the lightweight fighter pleaded with Ireland to go into full lockdown in order to beat the coronavirus, urging them to ‘utilise our defence forces’. 

The 31-year-old has been an active campaigner against coronavirus and has spoken with government figures about ways to combat the disease

The 31-year-old has been an active campaigner against coronavirus and has spoken with government figures about ways to combat the disease

He said: ‘If you do not enter the game, you cannot win it. We have now entered the game and with strict adherence to the methods we will win.

‘We must abide by this and I pray for health of the country that we do so. We cannot go by chance here.

‘I urge our government to utilise our defence forces. Any less than full adherence to these newly put forth methods by any member of our society will not only be a mockery to what we are attempting to do – it would put the rest of our great nation in danger.

‘You are doing your country an incredible deed by staying put.’

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2020 OLYMPIC GAMES  

The 2020 Olympic Games has been postponed until 2021 on March 24 – becoming one of the last major sporting events this summer to fall victim to the coronavirus.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe held a crucial conference call with Olympics chief Thomas Bach on Tuesday to formally decide a plan and they have chosen to postpone for 12 months.

The decision also means the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be subject to a one-year delay.

Despite the delay, the name of the delayed Games will still be Tokyo 2020, the city’s governor Yuriko Koike revealed.

A joint statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee read: ‘In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

‘The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. 

‘Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.’ 

There was plenty of scepticism whether the Olympics would pull through and continue as scheduled while events linked to the games were called off. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was cancelled on Friday March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed by one year due to the coronavirus

Large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta despite repeated warnings for spectators not to attend because of coronavirus.

That forced the decision by the Greek Olympic Committee to halt the torch relay on Greek soil on just the second day of its scheduled eight-day journey. It is the only the third time that a relay to Athens for the summer Games has not been completed.

The Olympic flame will still be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 organising committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, but without fans present. 

Athletes were told to keep training but many struggled considering the government lock-down measures put in place. 

On Friday March 13 US president Donald Trump’s suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the coronavirus was immediately shot down by Japan’s Olympic minister.

‘The IOC and the organising committee are not considering cancellation or a postponement – absolutely not at all,’ Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, told a news conference in Tokyo.

On Tuesday March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the Japanese Olympic Committee’s vice presidents and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.  

The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organisers have stayed on message since the viral outbreak in China three months ago spread across Asia and then the globe: The games will open as scheduled on July 24. 

Tokyo 2020 organisers received the Olympic flame in a scaled-down handover ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19. 

ATHLETICS 

The World Athletics Indoor Championships, which was due to be held from March 13-15 in Nanjing, is postponed until March 2021.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns over the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns over the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

North Korea cancelled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lockdown due to the level of outbreak in South Korea, where the Seoul Marathon is cancelled in a bid to protect runners.

The Paris half-marathon is cancelled and the French government also decided to ban all public gatherings of more than 100 people, before ordering people to stay at home from March 15 for at least 15 days. The race involving some 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday March 1. Organisers said the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined.

The London Marathon, which had been scheduled to take place on April 26, has been postponed until October 4. Over 40,000 runners were due to take part. 

The Barcelona marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed until October.

BOXING 

Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan were cancelled by the International Olympic Committee, but went ahead in Amman from March 3-11.

The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy following the outbreak.

The Japanese boxing commission cancelled all fight cards scheduled for March on government advice to suspend all pending sporting fixtures. They will not be rescheduled.

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce's Battle of Britain has been pushed back from April to July

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce’s Battle of Britain has been pushed back from April to July

The British Boxing Board of Control announced on Tuesday March 17 that all boxing events under their jurisdiction for March will be postponed due to the coronavirus.

That decision has lead to the heavyweight clash between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce being postponed. That fight, which had been penciled in for April 11, has been rescheduled for July 11 at the O2 Arena. 

Anthony Yarde, who was due to fight Lyndon Arthur on the undercard of the all-British clash, announced on March 29 that his father had died as a result of contracting the coronavirus. 

He revealed in an Instagram post that he had no underlying health issues and urged everyone to stay at home.  

Matchroom Boxing has also postponed all events scheduled for March and April, including Josh Kelly’s European title fight against Russia’s David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28). 

The European Olympic boxing qualification tournament in London has been suspended. It was due to secure qualification for Tokyo 2020 for 77 male and female boxers, with 322 taking part. 

Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn has said Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev, which is scheduled for June 20, could be rearranged for July. All Matchroom promoted fights in March and April have been postponed. 

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders, earmarked for May in Las Vegas, was postponed before even being announced, however the Mexican is reportedly still planning to make the bout happen in June. 

CRICKET 

England’s tour of Sri Lanka was postponed on March 13, with the England and Wales Cricket Board citing ‘completely unprecedented times’.

The decision was confirmed while Joe Root’s side were in the field at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, contesting a warm-up game for a two-Test series.

On March 18, the West Indies offered to host England’s upcoming home Tests against them in the Caribbean instead of in the UK – should the coronavirus outbreak not have improved by then. England are due to face the Windies in a a three-Test series, which is due to start at the Oval on June 4 but could be delayed until September. If playing the series in England proves unworkable, CWI have offered to step in for this series, and also for England’s three Tests against Pakistan, due to start on July 30. Although there are Covid-19 cases in the Caribbean, its impact there has been limited so far. 

The start of the Indian Premier League season has also been delayed until April 15. The 2020 campaign had been set to start on March 29. The IPL franchises are also ready to quarantine their foreign players for a period of 14 days, if travel restrictions are lifted to allow them to arrive.

On March 13, India’s ongoing one-day international series against South Africa was postponed, while Australia’s one-day internationals against New Zealand will be played behind closed doors.

Scotland’s one-day series against the United States and UAE have been postponed. The games were scheduled to be played in Florida in April. 

England’s cricketers would not play any rescheduled Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean until December at the earliest, it emerged on March 19.

CYCLING 

Cycling’s Giro d’Italia has been called off, with the race scheduled to start in Hungary in May. 

The final two stages of the UAE Tour were cancelled after two members of staff on the race were suspected of having the disease. 

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being put in isolation

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being put in isolation

The Tour de France is under threat of cancellation, with the scheduled start in Nice taking place in just over three months, on June 27. With British and French governments anticipating that the pandemic will last until the summer, race organizers are studying alternative scheduling. 

The Paris-Roubaix cycling race, another major event on the French sports calendar, was postponed due to the pandemic, while the April 5 Tour of Flanders, only previously cancelled during World War I, was also postponed in a further sign that Le Tour is under grave threat.

FOOTBALL 

This summer’s Euro 2020 tournament has been moved to next summer (2021) following a UEFA conference held on March 17. The postponement provides a chance for European club competitions to be completed.

All football in England is suspended until at least April 30 – but the 2019-20 season should eventually be completed after the FA bend their own rules to extend the campaign INDEFINITELY after holding crisis talks on March 19.

The decisions to suspend follows players and staff becoming affected by the virus, or individuals self-isolating as a precaution after reporting symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

The Premier League has moved to cancel games following the global outbreak of coronavius

The Premier League has moved to cancel games following the global outbreak of coronavius

The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a ‘precautionary measure’ after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus weeks after watching his Greek team play at the Emirates Stadium. 

On March 13, UEFA announced all Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled are postponed, as well as the quarter-final draws for both competitions. UEFA hope to conclude the competitions in the summer but no dates are yet set. 

Birmingham City become the first Championship side to see players take temporary 50 per cent wage cuts to ease financial pressure.  Leeds United soon followed in a bid to keep paying all of their non-football staff. 

All Chinese domestic fixtures at all levels were postponed and the season pushed back, the first football to be affected by the outbreak in the country of its origin. However, reports suggest that the league could resume on April 18 as China gets to grip with the virus.

Asian Champions League matches involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed until April.

The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League are playing their matches behind closed doors.

Japan’s J-League postponed all domestic games until the middle of March, but further delays are inevitable. 

Ludogorets players were taking no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Ludogorets players were taking no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Italy, the country worst hit by the virus outside China, suffered a spate of cancellations before the government put the population on lockdown. All sport, including Serie A games, were suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.

In France, it was announced on Friday 13 March that there will be no top-flight football in France for the immediate future after their governing body postponed all matches.  

In Spain, April 18’s Copa del Rey final between between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. LaLiga is also postponed until the end of March at least.

Germany’s Bundesliga, the other major European league, is also suspended until April 3 at least. 

The Dutch Eredivisie and Portugal’s Primeira Liga are also suspended.

The Football Association of Ireland announced that all football under its jurisdiction will cease until March 29. 

Major League Soccer has been suspended for 30 days until mid-April with David Beckham’s first Inter Miami home game delayed.  

The South American Football Confederation postponed this year’s Copa America, due to take place from 12 June to 12 July, until 2021.

FIFA said that the newly-expanded Club World Cup, originally scheduled to take place in China in June 2021, will be postponed and a new date announced when ‘there is more clarity on the situation’.

On March 13, the FA announced that all of England’s games scheduled for the month would be postponed, including those of development teams. It means that England’s friendlies with Italy and Denmark have been called off.    

Euro 2020 play-off matches due to be held on March 26, including Scotland v Israel have been put off until June. 

Olympiakos' owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

Olympiakos’ owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

Manchester United clash at Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, with United handing out £350 to each fan to help with travel and accommodation after they sold 900 tickets for the Europa League game. 

Newcastle United banned their players from shaking hands with each other amid coronavirus fears. 

Cristiano Ronaldo went into isolation in Madeira after it emerged that his Juventus team-mate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus. Squad members Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala also tested positive. 

Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, who is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, tested positive for coronavirus.

In Spain, 35% of Valencia’s squad staff tested positive for coronavirus, with all cases being asymptomatic. 

Real Madrid’s first-team squad were in quarantine after a member of the basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. The two teams share the same training facility.   

Liverpool have announced a charity match between a Reds Legends side and Barcelona Legends, due to be played at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.

FIFA says it will postpone South American World Cup qualifying matches due to take place in March. 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12 with the entire first-team squad being put into isolation. The Gunners’ game against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday March 14, has been postponed.

In the early hours of Friday, March 13, Chelsea announced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had been diagnosed with the illness.

The club’s first team went into self-isolation, while two buildings at their training ground in Cobham were closed. 

Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, have sent players home to train alone following the British government’s increasing crackdown on mass gatherings and unnecessary social contact.   

West Ham chief Karren Brady called for the season to be null and void while Aston Villa believe no team should be relegated. In this situation Liverpool, the runaway league leaders, could face the horror of being denied the title despite being on the brink of securing their first league trophy in nearly 30 years.

Reports suggest football bodies across England and the rest of Europe are bracing themselves for a reported total shutdown of every league until September.

Top-level English and Scottish football was initially suspended until April 3 at the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship all agreed to call a halt to competitive action with immediate effect. 

All levels of English football below the National League North and South have been called off and voided with no promotion and relegation due to the calendar being decimated by the coronavirus outbreak.  

FORMULA ONE 

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off after a McLaren team member came down with Covid-19, leading to the British team pulling out prior to a decision being made on whether the race would still go ahead. 

The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was ‘shocking’ that the race was going ahead. 

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the first race to be postponed, with no decision over whether it will be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later in the season. 

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is also called off, as is the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place in Hanoi on April 5. 

It was hoped that the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3 would be the first race of the new season but that has also been postponed due to Covid-19. 

The iconic Monaco Grand Prix on May 24 was cancelled for the first time in 66 years before Formula One announced their race in Azerbaijan had been postponed. 

The Chinese GP was first to be cancelled and other races could yet follow that lead

The Chinese GP was first to be cancelled and other races could yet follow that lead

GOLF 

On March 13, the Masters was postponed. In a statement released online, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, emphasised that the decision makers hope to hold the championship ‘at some later date’. The first men’s major of the year was due to begin on April 9.

The US PGA Championship, the second major of the year, has now joined the  Masters in being postponed. It had been due to take place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11-17, but has been rescheduled for later this summer.

After deciding to play with no spectators from the second round of the Players Championship onwards, the PGA Tour cancelled the event entirely after the first round on March 12. 

They also scrapped the following three events leading up to the Masters, but after that was cancelled four further events in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson – also bit the dust. It is hoped that the season can be resumed in late May.

The European Tour have cancelled all tournaments until the popular Made in Denmark event on May 21. Many of them were due to be held in China or east Asia in countries badly hit by the outbreak.

The women’s game has also been hit by postponements and cancellations, with the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, the highest profile casualty.

The Masters has been postponed for the first time since the Second World War

The Masters has been postponed for the first time since the Second World War

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open on medical grounds after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and he was told to self-isolate. They were later reinstated to the tournament after testing negative for the virus. 

HORSE RACING 

The Grand National was called off following new British government restrictions to fight the spread of coronavirus made it impossible to stage the Aintree showpiece on April 4. The Cheltenham Festival went ahead amid some criticism before the social distancing measures were tightened. 

The Japan Racing Association revealed that ‘government-sanctioned races’ will go ahead behind closed doors.  

Racing in Ireland attempted to take place behind closed doors starting on March 29 – but that decision was changed after government cancelled all sporting events.  

The Dubai World Cup meeting will go ahead on March 28 ‘without paid hospitality spectators’. 

Racing Post forced to temporarily suspend publication of the flagship daily racing newspaper for the first time since their inception in 1986 due to all action in UK and Ireland being suspended.  

The Cheltenham Festival went ahead despite travel disruption caused by the virus

The Cheltenham Festival went ahead despite travel disruption caused by the virus

RUGBY 

This year’s Six Nations will have to wait for its conclusion with all remaining games postponed.

England’s game with Italy and Ireland’s trip to France had already been called off with Wales and Scotland leaving it until the day before before calling off their game. 

Saturday, 31 October is a possible date for the final weekend of matches. 

The Women’s Six Nations has also been hit by postponements.

Ireland's Six Nations encounter with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

Ireland’s Six Nations encounter with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

The RFU has suspended all levels of rugby in England until April 14, with the announcement coming shortly after the Premiership was halted for five weeks. 

The quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have also been postponed. Those games were scheduled for April 3, 4 and 5.   

The RFL and rugby league’s Super League have now followed suit and postponed all fixtures for at least three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos players had been confirmed to be self-isolating.  

TENNIS

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II as All England Club chiefs called the tournament off at an emergency meeting.

It was considered impossible for the tournament to be moved back to later in the year, or to be played without fans, and so chiefs have pulled the plug entirely.

This is the first time that Wimbledon will not be staged since 1945. Only one Grand Slam has missed a year since the war, the 1986 Australian Open, and that was for the technical reason of the date shifting forward from December into January. 

The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, is postponed until September amid a wide lockdown in France.

The clay-court major was scheduled for May 24 to June 7, but that has shifted to September 20 to October 4, after the US Open, which was due to be the final major of the year. 

Players have been quick to criticise the move, which has created a conflict with the Laver Cup men’s team event spearheaded by Roger Federer, and a women’s tournament in China.

All events on the ATP Tour have been suspended for six weeks. 

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California, set to start on March 9, was postponed at the eleventh hour.  It came after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the nearby Coachella Valley.

The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine was cancelled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for getting to the final. They were denied the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie because the men’s team were unable to travel to Romania for the March 6-7 play-off.

WTA events have also been cancelled. The WTA announced they are assessing their schedule with a number of events set for China in the second half of the season.

The International Tennis Federation has announced that the Fed Cup finals have been postponed. The event was due to be held in Budapest in April and the competition’s play-offs, which were set to take place in eight different locations, have also been placed on hold.

The WTA also announced no tournaments will be staged for at least five weeks.   

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II

OTHER SPORTS 

The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus. On March 17 Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed he had tested positive for the virus alongside three unnamed team-mates.

In an aid to decrease risks of exposure to the virus, the NBA had told players to avoid taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers. 

The NHL has announced it has paused the 2019-20 season with no date confirmed for when it will resume. 

The UFC has cancelled its next three events, although president Dana White is still pushing ahead for the highly-anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. 

MotoGP have cancelled their first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. 

South Korea’s baseball league cancelled all 50 pre-season game which were slated to take place from March 14-24. It is the first time since the leagues inception in 1982 that an entire set of exhibition matches are off. 

The first-stage draw for the Table Tennis World Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, is postponed.

A beach volleyball tournament, due to be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, is postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

World Short track speed skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

The World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed as a precautionary measure.  

The Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships in Canada have been cancelled.   

All 72 pre-season baseball games in Japan are to take place behind closed doors

All 72 pre-season baseball games in Japan are to take place behind closed doors

In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are cancelled due to ‘strict health protection’. 

The Japanese professional baseball league made the decision to play their 72 pre-season games behind closed doors until March 15. Baseball is among the most popular sports in Japan.  

Doubts remain as the Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for March, are relocated from Kazakhstan to neighbouring Uzbekistan. They could still be postponed. 

Conor McGregor reveals his ‘lovely’ aunt has died in Instagram post as he vents fury at coronavirus


Conor McGregor paid tribute to his ‘lovely’ aunt as he vented his fury at coronavirus in an emotional Instagram post.

The Irish UFC star received the news about his aunt, Anne Moore, over the phone shortly before he was due to go on television in Dublin to promote his ‘Proper No 12’ whiskey brand. 

In the post announcing his aunt had passed away, McGregor wrote: ‘This stupid f****** virus. What the f*** is happening.’ 

There are 119 cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland  – 90 in the Republic of Ireland and 29 in Northern Ireland. One woman died from the virus in Dublin.

Ireland closed all schools, colleges and nurseries on Thursday until March 29, with outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people banned amid the growing coronavirus outbreak.

It is not clear how Ms Moore passed away. 

Conor McGregor, pictured, 31, paid tribute to his aunt, Anne Moore, in an emotional Instagram post. He received the news shortly before he was due to go on television in Dublin

The mixed martial artist featured a selection of family snaps in the emotional Instagram post

The mixed martial artist featured a selection of family snaps in the emotional Instagram post 

The Irish UFC star vented his fury at coronavirus, posting: ‘This stupid f****** virus. What the f*** is happening’. He also praised Ireland’s containment of the virus 

McGregor, 31, said he was no longer able to go on television and took his family to Bull Island, Dublin Bay, instead and ‘looked out at the sea’. 

He posted a selection of photos, captioning: ‘I brought my family with me to the studio. 

‘Sitting in the chair about to beam live to all the U.S morning talk shows, I get a phone call telling me that my lovely little auntie Anne had passed away. 

‘I couldn’t go live anymore. My poor little friendly loving auntie. My mother’s sister. This stupid f****** virus. What the f*** is happening. 

‘I took my family to Bull Island. Looked out at the sea. Took a deep breath. Thank f***! Lord thank you.

‘Stay tight people! We are all we got. Rest in Peace Anne Moore I love you.’

The Cage Warriors’ World Champion’s sister, Erin, also paid tribute to her aunt, posting: ‘Looking through all the photos thinking I’m so glad you took so many photos of us all together. 

‘You to me are one of the strongest women I know. Nothing phased you and no matter what you just got on with it. I used to say “aunty ann you Moore ladies didn’t pass that gene on to me I’m a cry baby“ and you’d laugh. 

McGregor posted photos with his daughter Croia, above, and a number of other family pictures. He was due to go on television to promote his 'Proper No 12' whiskey brand

McGregor posted photos with his daughter Croia, above, and a number of other family pictures. He was due to go on television to promote his ‘Proper No 12’ whiskey brand 

‘You taught me what loyalty and love and strength between a family is all about.’

Earlier in his post, McGregor wrote about Ireland’s containment of the coronavirus pandemic. 

He said: ‘Ireland you amazing, amazing country. I believe we have this virus contained. And through this containment, we actually may have gone and contained them all.

‘The good habits we will have now gained from this wild Covid-19 attack will see us too strong in future. Hand hygiene. Touching of own face hygiene. Consistent thorough cleaning of handled areas hygiene. 

‘What we should really be all doing anyway. I have always been on with my hand hygiene. But not enough. If I think of all the people approaching to shake hands and what not. 

‘I often get people say to me please I don’t want a picture, just let me shake your hand. And I’m like yes friend thank you. As it’s more efficient than taking a full picture. But it’s too careless. And too frequent. 

Conor's sister, Erin McGregor, also posted a picture, above, with a tribute to her aunt, writing: 'You to me are one of the strongest women I know'

Conor’s sister, Erin McGregor, also posted a picture, above, with a tribute to her aunt, writing: ‘You to me are one of the strongest women I know’

‘Touching my own hand to my face as well. Too unaware of the frequency I’d do it. Until now. I’d train my a** off, to the point of low immunity. It’s inevitable with the intensity of the training. 

‘The immune system will be tested. I would float around in this manner, and always end up catching little colds and flu’s. I feel bullet proof right now though! I’m switched on like a motherf***** now.’

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar made the dramatic announcement that all schools, colleges and nurseries will be closed in a speech given outside Blair House in Washington DC earlier this week.

He added that under the emergency measures, teaching will be completed online and museums, galleries and other tourist destinations will also close as a result of the action. 

The UK has yet to announce similar measures despite the infection rate soaring by more than 200 yesterday to around 800 with 11 fatalities in total. 

In a major escalation of the crisis, ministers are preparing to introduce emergency legislation early next week to allow all mass gatherings and sports events to be banned from next weekend.

It comes after sports bodies confirmed the postponement of the Marathon, the suspension of football matches and the cancellation of the England cricket team’s Sri Lanka tour. 

Conor McGregor pays tribute to his ‘lovely’ aunt in Instagram post as he vents fury at coronavirus


Conor McGregor vented his fury at coronavirus after paying tribute to his ‘lovely’ aunt in an emotional Instagram post.

The Irish UFC star received the news about his aunt, Anne Moore, over the phone shortly before he was due to go on television in Dublin to promote his ‘Proper No 12’ whiskey brand.

In the post announcing his aunt had passed away, McGregor wrote: ‘This stupid f****** virus. What the f*** is happening.’

It is not clear how Ms Moore passed away.

Conor McGregor, pictured, 31, paid tribute to his aunt, Anne Moore, in an emotional Instagram post. He received the news shortly before he was due to go on television in Dublin

The Irish UFC star vented his fury at coronavirus, posting: ‘This stupid f****** virus. What the f*** is happening’. He also praised Ireland’s containment of the virus 

McGregor, 31, said he was no longer able to go on television and took his family to Bull Island, Dublin Bay, instead and ‘looked out at the sea’. 

He posted a selection of photos, captioning: ‘I brought my family with me to the studio. 

‘Sitting in the chair about to beam live to all the U.S morning talk shows, I get a phone call telling me that my lovely little auntie Anne had passed away. 

‘I couldn’t go live anymore. My poor little friendly loving auntie. My mother’s sister. This stupid f****** virus. What the f*** is happening. 

‘I took my family to Bull Island. Looked out at the sea. Took a deep breath. Thank f***! Lord thank you.

‘Stay tight people! We are all we got. Rest in Peace Anne Moore I love you.’

The Cage Warriors’ World Champion’s sister, Erin, also paid tribute to her aunt, posting: ‘Looking through all the photos thinking I’m so glad you took so many photos of us all together. 

‘You to me are one of the strongest women I know. Nothing phased you and no matter what you just got on with it. I used to say “aunty ann you Moore ladies didn’t pass that gene on to me I’m a cry baby“ and you’d laugh. 

McGregor posted photos with his daughter Croia, above, and a number of other family pictures. He was due to go on television to promote his 'Proper No 12' whiskey brand

McGregor posted photos with his daughter Croia, above, and a number of other family pictures. He was due to go on television to promote his ‘Proper No 12’ whiskey brand 

‘You taught me what loyalty and love and strength between a family is all about.’

Earlier in his post, McGregor wrote about Ireland’s containment of the coronavirus pandemic. 

He said: ‘Ireland you amazing, amazing country. I believe we have this virus contained. And through this containment, we actually may have gone and contained them all.

‘The good habits we will have now gained from this wild Covid-19 attack will see us too strong in future. Hand hygiene. Touching of own face hygiene. Consistent thorough cleaning of handled areas hygiene. 

‘What we should really be all doing anyway. I have always been on with my hand hygiene. But not enough. If I think of all the people approaching to shake hands and what not. 

‘I often get people say to me please I don’t want a picture, just let me shake your hand. And I’m like yes friend thank you. As it’s more efficient than taking a full picture. But it’s too careless. And too frequent. 

Conor's sister, Erin McGregor, also posted a picture, above, with a tribute to her aunt, writing: 'You to me are one of the strongest women I know'

Conor’s sister, Erin McGregor, also posted a picture, above, with a tribute to her aunt, writing: ‘You to me are one of the strongest women I know’

‘Touching my own hand to my face as well. Too unaware of the frequency I’d do it. Until now. I’d train my a** off, to the point of low immunity. It’s inevitable with the intensity of the training. 

‘The immune system will be tested. I would float around in this manner, and always end up catching little colds and flu’s. I feel bullet proof right now though! I’m switched on like a motherf***** now.’   

The UK’s infection rate soared by more than 200 yesterday to around 800 with 11 fatalities in total. 

In a major escalation of the crisis, ministers are preparing to introduce emergency legislation early next week to allow all mass gatherings and sports events to be banned from next weekend.

It comes after sports bodies confirmed the postponement of the Marathon, the suspension of football matches and the cancellation of the England cricket team’s Sri Lanka tour. 

Ronda Rousey advises ‘sustainable living’ to cope with emergencies like amid coronavirus outbreak


Ronda Rousey advises fans to be more prepared for emergency situations through ‘sustainable living’ amid growing coronavirus outbreak: ‘Let’s stop panicking and start preparing’

With coronavirus fears growing by the day, Ronda Rousey is offering some advise to her fans on how to be better prepared for emergency situations.

The former UFC champion and pro wrestler shared some things she and husband Travis Browne have incorporated to live ‘sustainable lifestyles’ on their Browsey Acres ranch in Riverside, California, some 50 miles from Los Angeles.

‘Our coronavirus panic shopping list is: Nonexistent,’ she began in the caption of two video clips she posted on Instagram on Thursday.

Lifestyle tips: Ronda Rousey, 33, advised people to be better prepared for emergency situations, in the wake of the coronavirus, through sustainable living

In the videos, Rousey used a little humor to talk about how people have been making ‘panic buys’ at grocery stores in recent days.

She then recited how she and Browne joked about what they need to stock up on when amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Looking into the camera, Rousey, 33, asked whether they need meat, for which she responded quickly by opening a freezer full of frozen meats and said: ‘No I don’t think we need any meat.’  

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Our coronavirus panic shopping list is: Nonexistent. It’s no secret I’ve been a proud preppier for years- but let’s all learn from this pandemic panic and be a little more self sufficient and prepared in the future. Taking steps to live sustainably takes time but ultimately saves money, permanently eliminates water and power bills, reduces our carbon footprint, and is just plain healthier. We started @browsey_acres with just a compost bin and a few boxes of @soylent, which then became just a small herb garden, then a full garden (admittedly still under construction) then a few chickens, then a few more chickens (and ducks!), then a whole steer, then a solar roof, then a water catchment system. Start small! Just start! Let’s stop panicking and start preparing! Stay safe out there and #StayRowdyMyFriends!

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Preps to avoid panic: 'Our coronavirus panic shopping list is: Nonexistent,' Rousey began in the caption of two video clips she posted on Instagram on Thursday

Preps to avoid panic: ‘Our coronavirus panic shopping list is: Nonexistent,’ Rousey began in the caption of two video clips she posted on Instagram on Thursday

Got meat stored: Rousey first joked about whether they need meat, for which she responded quickly by opening a freezer full of frozen meats

Got meat stored: Rousey first joked about whether they need meat, for which she responded quickly by opening a freezer full of frozen meats

Got vegetables: The former UFC champion also showed off her garden at her Browsey Acres ranch in Riverside, California that she shares with husband Travis Browne

Got vegetables: The former UFC champion also showed off her garden at her Browsey Acres ranch in Riverside, California that she shares with husband Travis Browne

Keeping with that same cheeky delivery, Rousey also pointed out how they are also stocked up on vegetables, fruit, water, eggs and even more frozen meat due to their sustainable lifestyle choices. 

‘How are we going to store all this meat if the power goes out?’ she asked as she  showed off their Tesla power source and answered: ‘No we’re good on power.’

She ended the clips by suggesting people could be better prepared in case there’s an emergency situation more serious than the coronavirus, to avoid panicking, all while have less of an impact on the environment.    

‘Taking steps to live sustainably takes time but ultimately saves money, permanently eliminates water and power bills, reduces our carbon footprint, and is just plain healthier,’ she wrote in the caption of the post. 

Got fruit: She also joked how the couple also have fruit growing on the ranch

Got fruit: She also joked how the couple also have fruit growing on the ranch

Got water: The pro wrestler also pointed to their storage of water

Got water: The pro wrestler also pointed to their storage of water

Got eggs: The California native also said she has plenty of eggs

Got eggs: The California native also said she has plenty of eggs

The California native mentioned how they started with just a compost bin and a few boxes of soylent. That led to a small herb garden, full garden, chicken coop, steer, a solar roof and a water catchment system.

‘Start small! Just start!’ she concluded in the post.

‘Let’s stop panicking and start preparing! Stay safe out there and #StayRowdyMyFriends!’  

Rousey and Browne, also a fixture in mixed martial arts over the years, have been married since August 2017.             

Sustainable lifestyle: The couple's ranch is just over 50 miles from Los Angeles

Sustainable lifestyle: The couple’s ranch is just over 50 miles from Los Angeles

Going strong: Rousey and Browne started dating in 2015 and were married in August 2017

Going strong: Rousey and Browne started dating in 2015 and were married in August 2017