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Phil Simmons permitted to rejoin West Indies training camp after negative coronavirus test

Phil Simmons rejoined the West Indies camp ahead of the final day of their last intra-squad match before next week’s first Test against England following his latest negative test for coronavirus.

The Windies head coach had been self-isolating in his room at the team’s on-site hotel at Emirates Old Trafford after leaving the bubble to attend his father-in-law’s funeral, returning last Friday.

He has watched the ongoing internal match from his balcony but his third negative result allowed him to interact with the rest of the touring party, and the Trinidadian led the warm-up session on day four of this practice match.

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Less than an hour of play was possible on Thursday morning because of heavy overnight rain, with Kyle Mayers’ counter-attacking 74 not out from only 56 balls ushering a Kraigg Brathwaite XI to 178 all out – having been 112 for seven overnight – in response to the 272 all out amassed by the side led by Test captain Jason Holder.

Before play, the Windies marked the passing of the great Sir Everton Weekes, who died on Wednesday aged 95, with a minute’s silence and wore black armbands when they took to the field.

Alzarri Joseph needed only three balls to claim his second wicket, trapping Marquino Mindley in front, but the fast bowler proved expensive thereafter as Mayers, resuming on 40 not out tucked into some short-pitched bowling.

He quickly went past his half-century and had no trouble rocking on the back foot and pulling Joseph, once way over deep square-leg’s head for the third six of the innings.

Keon Harding made a quick-fire 22 before being bowled by Kemar Roach while Chemar Holder slapped Shannon Gabriel for two fours, the second of which broke his bat.

The tail-end batsman received a fresh blade but it went unused as Gabriel disturbed the stumps from the very next ball to finish with four for 42 on a morning where the floodlights were once again being used.

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Richard Sherman calls Cam Newton’s contract with the Patriots ‘disgusting’

Richard Sherman has labeled Cam Newton’s reported contract with the Patriots “disgusting,” as the 2015 NFL MVP is set to earn a maximum of only $7.5 million in 2020.

Reports on Sunday claimed former Panthers quarterback had agreed to terms on a one-year, incentive-laden contract with New England, a move the free agent appeared to confirm when he wrote “‘#letsgoPats” in a message on his social media channels.

Prior to his MVP campaign in 2015, Newton signed a five-year extension worth $103.8 million with $60 million in guarantees, but his deal with New England could end up paying him the veteran minimum of $1.05 million.

Newton, 31, has battled injuries in recent seasons, but Sherman is furious that a three-time Pro Bowler with an MVP campaign on his resume is being paid so little.

Quoting a post about Newton’s deal with New England, the 49ers cornerback wrote on Twitter, “How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? (Asking for a friend.) Just ridiculous. A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting.”

Newton played in only half of Carolina’s 32 regular-season games over the past two seasons due to shoulder and foot injuries.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson earns an average of $35 million per year, the most at the position. Even $7.5 million would still only put Newton in the region of players on their rookie deals, like the Jets’ Sam Darnold and the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky.

Taysom Hill will earn more than $9 million in total cash from New Orleans in 2020 even though Drew Brees is the Saints’ starter at quarterback. Jacoby Brissett, expected to be Philip Rivers’ backup with the Colts, is set to bring home almost $16 million.

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West Indies to wear Black Lives Matter logos on shirts in England Test series

The West Indies cricket team will wear “Black Lives Matter” logos on their shirts during next month’s Test series against England in a show of solidarity with the global movement.

The tourists will follow the lead of English Premier League footballers during the three-Test series, which starts at the Ageas Bowl on July 8.

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The move comes after the death of African-American George Floyd in US police custody last month.

The logo, which has a clenched fist in place of the letter ‘A’ in the word “Black”, was designed by Watford player Troy Deeney’s partner Alisha Hosannah.

West Indies captain Jason Holder said the team remained focused on winning the series but that there were bigger issues to address.

“This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team,” he said in a statement issued by Cricket West Indies.

“We have come to England to retain the Wisden Trophy but we are very conscious of happenings around the world and the fight for justice and equality.

“We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness.”

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Holder said sportsmen and women could influence opinion and be a force for change.

“We did not take our decision lightly,” he said.

“We know what it is for people to make judgments because of the colour of our skin, so we know what it feels like, this goes beyond the boundary.

“There must be equality and there must be unity. Until we get that as people, we cannot stop.” Deeney said he and Hosannah were overwhelmed by the gesture.

“Alisha and I are immensely proud to be asked and take part in a monumental moment in world sport, this amazing decision by the West Indies cricket team to show their support for Black Lives Matter,” he said.

Player power was behind the Premier League’s move to put “Black Lives Matter” on the back of shirts for the first 12 games following the restart of the competition.

Footballers are also wearing the logo on their sleeves for the rest of the campaign.

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons is in self-isolation after leaving his team’s bio-secure location in Manchester for a short period of compassionate leave.

Cricket West Indies confirmed that Simmons had twice tested negative for the virus since returning on Friday, and would have another test on Wednesday before rejoining the squad.

The West Indies start a four-day warm-up match against England at Old Trafford on Monday.

Simmons attended the funeral of his father-in-law, who had died prior to the team’s recent assembly in Manchester, having been given permission by medical officials.

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Liverpool reclaim title of England's most successful club from Manchester United

Liverpool fans toasted winning the Premier League title for the first time last night in some style, but there was extra cause for celebration as the Reds reclaimed their position as England’s most successful ever club.

Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea confirmed Jurgen Klopp’s side as champions of England for the first time in 30 years to spark scenes of jubilation on the streets around Anfield.

Klopp’s relentless winning machine remain on course to shatter a number of records, having swept all before them and confirmed their status as champions with seven matches to spare.

The Premier League title, following on from last season’s Champions League success, has already earned Klopp legendary status and his standing with his adoring Liverpool fans is only likely to be enhanced by the fact he is the man to have knocked Manchester United off their perch.

Although they still trail their great rivals by one league title, they have now won 43 major trophies compared to United’s 42 after last night’s coronation.

Hailing a monumental triumph, an emotional Klopp said last night: ‘It’s very important to celebrate because these moments are unforgettable.

‘We have pictures from the season and now we have pictures of the celebrations and we will create pictures in the future with the parade with our supporters. Tonight we have made the best of our situation

‘There’s a sense of relief because after the three-month interruption no one knew how the season would come back. ‘This is for all of the fans. I hope they celebrate it, it’s all in our hearts and our heads, we do it all together and it’s a joy to do this for the fans.

‘I have no words. It is unbelievable, much more than I thought was possible. Becoming champions with this club is absolutely incredible. This is for Kenny, for Stevie – everyone!

‘The Manchester City game was really tense, I didn’t want to be involved. It was intense but it is an incredible from my players. What they have done over the last few years in exceptional and it’s a pure joy for me to coach them.’

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