Why COVID-19 could end up being the catalyst for the creation of a European Super League

At the present moment, the only priority for professional clubs is somehow finding a way to finish the current season without simultaneously completely derailing the 2020/21 campaign.

In his typically forthright style, La Liga president Javier Tebas has been more upfront than any other administrator, admitting that a failure to finish the season would come with a financial cost in the region of €1 billion. Forfeiting such a sum is not an option, and it’s clear that doing whatever it takes to get the necessary games played is the only present preoccupation for the game’s hierarchy.

When the dust settles, however, thoughts will turn to the future – and specifically towards how leagues and clubs can protect themselves against the likelihood of similar crises in the future.

One possibility is that recent events will have a levelling effect, bringing together a diverse range of interests for the greater good of the game. The four German clubs competing in this season’s Champions League, for example, have already announced they will each donate €20 million to ease the burden on other Bundesliga clubs, giving a hopeful sign that an altruistic ‘We’re all in this together’ mentality could flourish in the coming weeks.

Sadly, though, it’s unlikely that such a generous spirit will prevail for too long. Unless there is very strong leadership from the top of the game – which seems highly unlikely considering the questionable ethical practices of FIFA and UEFA – it won’t be long before we witness a return to the dominance of naked self-interest, which is in many ways inherent within the ultra-competitive environment of professional sport.

Realistically, it is unavoidable to accept that the needs and demands of Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool are very different from those of Eibar, Sassuolo, Nantes and Watford.

Those in

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LOOK: Jewel Mische gives birth to second child

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Jewel Mische has given birth to her second child with husband Alister Kurzer.

Mische announced Tuesday, April 7 that the family welcomed Emerald “Emrie” Jade Kurzer last April 3. She posted pictures on Instagram of the baby girl swaddled in a floral green blanket with her name.

Baby Emrie was born 18.5 inches, weighing 7 pounds and 10 ounces, according to Mische.

“I’m good, just sore & exhausted. #HeartisFull #SoThankful,” she said of her condition.

Mische, who was the season 4 winner of GMA’s talent search show “StarStruck”, shared last December that she was expecting a second child.

She had her first child in July 2018. Mische and Kurzer have been married since 2015.


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Roger Federer offers fans tennis tips online

Roger Federer offered stuck-at-home amateurs the ultimate online fantasy camp of sorts, a chance to get tennis tips from a guy many consider the greatest of all time.

While people all over the world are cooped up because of the new coronavirus — social distancing while trying to stay healthy and help others do the same — a bunch of athletes have been posting workouts and drills on social media with suggestions for staying in shape.

Federer did that sort of thing, too, with what he called “a helpful solo drill,” but he also took it a step further Tuesday: He encouraged folks to tweet to him their own videos mimicking the volleying exercise he displayed. And then he replied to some, even dispensing a little advice.

Not a bad instructor, eh?

The owner of a men’s-record 20 Grand Slam singles titles previously posted clips of himself hitting against a wall in the snow, including around-the-back or through-the-leg-‘tweener trick shots.

This time, the 38-year-old Federer donned an all-white outfit — perhaps a nod to Wimbledon, the grass-court tournament he’s won eight times, which was cancelled for 2020 last week? — replete with a white panama hat with black band, stood near the green wall and volleyed against it.

He tapped the ball more than 200 times during the test of reflex and form in the 59-second video.

Within six hours, Federer’s clip garnered more than 1 million views, and his post drew more than 1,300 replies.

True to his word, he answered some.

“Don’t lean back, strong in the wrist,” Federer wrote to one person. “Keep up the great work.”

To another, in which a man hit a tennis ball against an indoor wall while a dog appeared to nap underneath, Federer answered: “Love the confidence not to drop the

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