Formula One postpones three more races, including Monaco Grand Prix

PARIS — The iconic Monaco Grand Prix was added Thursday to a growing list of Formula One races to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The first seven races of the Formula One season have now been postponed, with Netherlands and Spain joining Monaco as the latest to be called off.

F1’s showcase race was scheduled for May 24 in the tiny principality on the Mediterranean coast between France and Italy.

The Dutch GP was set to return to its re-vamped Zandvoort track outside Amsterdam to host an F1 race on May 3, and for the first time since the late Niki Lauda won there in 1985. Spain was set to follow on May 10.

Because of the latest postponements, the F1 season cannot get underway until June 7 at the Azerbaijan GP.

Governing body FIA said the season will begin “as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Formula One and the FIA said they were taking these decisions “in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern.”

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.

The season-opening Australian GP in Melbourne was called off only hours before it was due to start last Friday. The Bahrain GP, scheduled to start on Friday without fans, and the inaugural Vietnam GP on April 5 were then quickly called off. The Chinese GP in Shanghai on April 19 was postponed in February.

The mid-season break has been moved from August to March and April and extended from 14 to 21 consecutive days. Teams can

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UFC confirms Khabib title fight will happen in April, no word on location

The UFC has confirmed it is going ahead with its Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Tony Ferguson title fight in April.

UFC 249 was originally scheduled for April 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The mixed martial arts promotion says the lightweight fight will be moved elsewhere in accordance with guidance issued by the New York State Athletic Commission and state restrictions on large public gatherings.

The UFC says location and venue for the 155-pound showdown will be announced later.

UFC fight cards in London, Portland, Ore., and Columbus, Ohio, have been postponed in recent days. A show in Brazil last weekend was staged behind closed doors.

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Conor McGregor ‘fully expects’ to box again

UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fighter Conor McGregor gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. McGregor announced that he will fight an undisclosed opponent with the event expected to happen in Las Vegas, USA, in January 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MANILA, Philippines—Conor McGregor had a successful return to the UFC when he knocked out Donald Cerrone in just the first round, but the former two-division World champion hasn’t ruled out a return to boxing.

According to Bleacher Report, McGregor said he’s “willing to fight anyone.”

“I look for a good scrap, and if it isn’t going to be that, I have no interest… the money is not why I do this,” said McGregor in the report. “I am a very rich man, and my children, and those that come after them will be just fine.”

McGregor has just one fight in his boxing career which resulted in a technical knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

A second fight against Mayweather was a possibility for McGregor who said in past interviews that he’d also like to fight WBA welterweight World champion Manny Pacquiao or even settle the grudge with former sparring partner Pauli Malignaggi.

“I love the fight game. I learned many things boxing in Crumlin where I grew up, and my deep love is why I do this today,” said McGregor.

“I will be in the Octagon soon and fully expect to box again. You will need to stay tuned, but trust me—the fans will enjoy. Giving them what they want and entertaining them is more important to me.”

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