Alex Song has admitted he left Arsenal for Barcelona

The 32-year-old spent seven seasons with the Gunners, making over 200 appearances for the north London club. Song made the switch to Barca for £15 million in the summer of 2012, but only played 65 times for the Spanish club in four years. The Cameroon international confessed that he was careless with his spending during his time at Arsenal, and when Barcelona offered him a mega-money contract, he didn’t hesitate for a second.

‘Most footballers live beyond their means. I was at Arsenal for eight years but only began to earn a good living in the last four,’ Song said in an Instagram live video with Pascal Siakam. ‘That was because my salary went up a lot – but also because I came to realise what a waster I was. ‘When I first joined them I was getting £15,000 a week. I was a young lad, and I was ecstatic. ‘I wanted to rub shoulders with the big boys. I could shop wherever I wanted and have crazy nights out.

‘I would go to training and see Thierry Henry – the King – turn up in an absolute gem of a car. I told myself I wanted the same car at all costs. ‘I went to the dealership, signed the papers and arranged to pay for it by standing order – and just like that I had the same car as The King. ‘But I swear that I had to hand the car back inside two months. All my money was going on filling it with petrol. ‘I told them, ‘Give me a Toyota – this car’s too much for me’. ‘When I next went to training Thierry asked me, ‘Where’s your car, son?’ I told him it’s on a higher level than me. ‘During my entire time at Arsenal I couldn’t even save £100,000, while people thought I must be a millionaire.

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New medical protocol could be breakthrough

Oct 12, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk (97) celebrates after tackling Michigan State Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke (14) during the third quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The new protocol was drawn up today and has been passed by the Lega Serie A to the FIGC, who in turn gave it to Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora, who has already handed it over to the CTS (scientific technical committee) for evaluation.A verdict should be received over the next few days, at which point Serie A teams can finally begin to train in groups with full contact rather than by keeping social distancing.

The 14-page document included several changes, such as allowing players to return home if they use their own mode of transport, wearing masks and gloves.If there is a positive case, that individual will be isolated immediately, then all the others in the group will isolate within a fiduciary building, for example the training ground or a hotel that is used only by them.

This is a sort of middle ground, meaning the squad is isolated, but not automatically for two weeks.More importantly, it means they will be able to continue training with each other, but are isolated from their families and other teams.

During this period, they will be swabbed every 48 hours for two weeks, as well as blood tests once every 10 days, until they are declared free from COVID-19.However, all this is just for the period of group training and other rules entirely will need to be agreed for when the Serie A matches can resume, which in theory is from June 13.

Sky Sport Italia are confident this will be the breakthrough needed, so that teams can begin contact training without fear the season will be cut short again immediately.

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Antetokounmpo isn’t ranked in the 2020 ESPN 100

A round-robin stage of four games would be followed by playoffs consisting of quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, which will determine the league champion and the important automatic berth for next season’s Euroleague, the continent’s preeminent competition.

The Euroleague has also announced tentative plans for a July 4-26 tournament without spectators to be held at a central location. It will include playing out the remaining 54 regular-season games followed by single-elimination quarterfinals, semifinals and a final. That tournament also awaits the approval of public health authorities and local governments.

The Euroleague set a deadline of May 24 to decide the fate of its season and that of the secondary EuroCup league, which would hold its own tournament July 4-17.

Hill started 25 of 30 games for the Bruins under first-year coach Mick Cronin last season, averaging 9.0 points and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds.

The NBA board of governors on Friday voted to postpone two May events set for Chicago — the draft lottery and draft combine. The league hasn’t yet voted to delay the NBA draft on June 25, but there is an increasing belief that it’s just a matter of time, sources said.

There are no imminent plans to make a decision on the calendar, and this discussion will continue, sources said.

As the uncertainty around the pandemic continues, the NBA is anticipating a number of potential obstacles to immediately returning fans to its arenas in the coming months and year.

Other European domestic competitions, such as the Spanish ACB and the Israeli Super League, have plans for similar tournaments. While some of the top competitions, such as the VTB United League, Italy, Lithuania and Greece have canceled their seasons, the outcomes of the French, Turkish and Adriatic leagues remain undecided.

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Before the season was suspended, Myers and Warriors team

All of these protocols have been developed in conjunction with public health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other infectious disease specialists, and discussed at length with owners and players.

For the foreseeable future, these workouts are voluntary. It remains to be seen how many players will take advantage.

Beyond testing concerns, among the reasons teams are reluctant to open practice facilities for voluntary workouts: Many players are unconvinced the litany of steps is worth the trouble for an hour of shooting in an empty gymnasium.

“Players are saying, ‘I can do my stuff at high school gyms, or whatever else I’ve been using right now, without having to go through all these protocols,'” one Western Conference general manager said. “And I can work out as long as I want there — not just an hour.”

Teams have long believed that younger players could use a touchstone back to organizations and facilities, but veterans are less convinced of the need to return now.

“I think a lot of guys feel it’s not safe when you have to jump through so many hoops to get a socially distanced workout in without being able to use the shower or the whirlpools or the sauna,” one Western Conference starter told ESPN.

“Some guys will stay out of market, and some guys will be in market and not go there,” the Western Conference player said. “And some will choose to use it.”

Some executives believe there would be a greater eagerness in these workouts if the league opened facilities with a step-by-step plan to proceed to a training camp. “If this was tied to a return to play, you’d see something of a different attitude,” one Western Conference GM said.

As one playoff team prepares to open its facility in the coming weeks, one of its top basketball executives cautions: “Once we have clearance, I’d be surprised if any of our players flew back into market for this.”

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