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Dublin’s Aviva Stadium “stands ready to host English football clubs’ European games next week” if Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are unable to stage their own games in the grieving country

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Dublin's Aviva Stadium "stands ready to host English football clubs' European games next week" if Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are unable to stage their own games in the grieving country

Dublin’s Aviva Stadium “stands ready to host English football clubs’ European games next week” if Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are unable to stage their own games in the grieving country

Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will reportedly host European games for English clubs next week.

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This weekend’s Premier League as well as EFL games have been postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the country is set for ten days of national mourning.

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Attention will now turn to the fate of the midweek European games. Top clubs Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City are all in the Champions League next week, while Arsenal and Manchester United are in the Europa League and West Ham United.

Premier League clubs are thought to be keen to finish in UEFA matches to avoid falling behind – even if it means being moved to a neutral venue – and the Irish Sun claims English teams can use it when they can’t host their own stadiums Aviva.

There are also concerns that police issues could affect the game if it goes as planned.

In next week’s games, Liverpool host Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday, while Rangers host Napoli in the Champions League group stage on the same night.

24 hours later, Chelsea take on Red Bull Salzburg at Stamford Bridge and Manchester City take on Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal host PSV in the Europa League at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

Rangers are still unlikely to move their games to Dublin – Finland Park is another possible option – but the Irish capital remains a favourite for English clubs because of its accessibility.

The UK government has said there is no obligation to cancel or reschedule sporting events this weekend after the Queen’s death. However, they have left the various organizations to decide whether to hold the competition.

DCMS selection committee chair Julian Knight told talkSPORT that no sporting event should take place out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II, who died peacefully in Balmoral on Thursday afternoon.

Which sporting events were affected after the Queen’s death?

  • Football

The Premier League has announced that all games this weekend have been postponed in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday at the age of 96.

The FA has confirmed that all football across the country will also be cancelled, including the EFL and the opening matches of the new WSL season, as well as the Barclays Women’s Championship, Women’s FA Cup and FA Cup.

The Nations League has also cancelled Saturday and Sunday games for Stages 1 to 6, and England’s grassroots games have been postponed to commemorate the Queen’s death.

The government has previously said no sporting events should take place this weekend or on the day of the Queen’s funeral, but left the final decision to individual organisations.

The Scottish Football Association, the Scottish Professional Football League, the Scottish Women’s Premier League and the High and Lowlands have agreed to postpone all professional football matches this weekend out of respect.

The Welsh Football Association has announced that matches from September 9 to 12 have been postponed.

Manchester United’s Europa League tie with Real Sociedad at Old Trafford and West Ham’s Europa League tie against FCSB at the London Stadium continue on Thursday night.

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced Friday night’s games between Cliftonville and Glentoran and Larne and Dungannon have been postponed.

The EFL also confirmed that Friday night’s Championship games between Burnley and Norwich and League 2 games between Tranmere and Stockport have been postponed, with a decision on Saturday’s games still to be made.

All football matches scheduled for this weekend in Northern Ireland will not go ahead, the Football Federation of Ireland has announced.

All Premier League 2 games were cancelled, as was the Championship game between Burnley and Norwich.

Tonight’s League 2 game between Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County has also been postponed.

  • Cricket

Friday’s match between England and South Africa at the Oval and all scheduled Rachel Highhoe Flint Trophy matches have been cancelled.

  • Rugby union

Northampton have announced the postponement of their Premier League Rugby Cup match against the Saracens scheduled for Thursday night.

Out of respect, the Scottish Rugby Union has postponed all competitive domestic games this weekend and Sunday’s women’s international summer test between Scotland and Spain has been cancelled.

The Bristol Bears v Bath rugby match has been postponed from Friday night to Saturday’s 5.30pm kick-off following the Premier League committee’s decision. The remainder of Saturday’s Premier League rugby matches will take place.

  • Rugby league

The RFL has postponed Friday’s Betfred Championship game between Sheffield Eagles and Duesbury Rams, but the Premier League’s first knockout game between Catalan Dragons and Leeds will be played in Perpignan, France held.

The board said further announcements on the weekend’s schedule for all levels should be made “as soon as possible”.

  • Golf

The BMW PGA Championship is suspended for the day and there will be no games on Friday.

However, organisers later revealed they were planning to restart at Wentworth this weekend and were awaiting instructions from Buckingham Palace.

  • Formula 1

Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix is ​​going as planned, with a minute’s silence scheduled before Friday’s practice and another minute’s silence expected before the race.

  • Boxing

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) has said all matches on Friday will not go ahead as planned.

The weigh-in for Saturday’s scheduled game between Savannah Marshall and Clarissa Shields will take place behind closed doors. The race at the O2 in London over the weekend has yet to be announced.

  • Athletics

The Great Northern Run, the world’s largest half-marathon, will take place on Sunday. Organizers canceled its sister 5K event on Friday.

The Richmond RUN-FEST has been delayed as its route takes runners through two sites partly owned by the historic Royal Palace and pays homage to Elizabeth at Old Deer Park in the Royal Borough.

  • Cycling

The Tour of Britain stage on Friday was immediately cancelled, and later on Thursday night, the remaining races scheduled to end on the Isle of Wight on Sunday were also completely cancelled.

  • Tennis

The U.S. Open paid tribute to the Queen in the women’s semifinal in New York on Thursday night. Britain’s Joe Salisbury and Neil Skopski appeared on both sides of the net in Friday’s men’s doubles final, with the pair expected to wear black armbands to mark the Queen’s passing.

  • Horse racing

Horse racing is a very popular hobby for the Queen. Events on Friday and Saturday have been cancelled, while evening tickets to Southwell and Chelmsford have been waived after her death was confirmed at around 6.30pm on Thursday.

Race returns on Sunday, led by St Leger, with a revised nine-race run at Doncaster Racecourse.

Sunday cards in Chepstow, Wales, also went ahead as usual, but Musselburgh in Scotland has been cancelled because the Queen’s body will be laid to rest in Edinburgh.

The Queen’s horse, King’s Lynn, did not take part in the Al Basti Equiworld at the Dubai Flying Five Stakes Championships in Curragh, Ireland on Sunday.

  • Ice Hockey

Premier League sports elite league ice hockey starts as scheduled following a board meeting. The match began with a two-minute silence for the Queen, followed by the national anthem.

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JJ Watt announces NFL retirement

JJ Watt announces NFL retirement

JJ Watt is hanging up his boots. On Tuesday (27), the Arizona Cardinals defensive end announced that he is retiring from the NFL, via a post on Twitter.

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“Koa’s (defensive end’s daughter) first NFL game, last home game of my career,” wrote the star, posing in photos alongside his daughter and wife, Chicago Red Stars forward Kealia. “My heart is filled with nothing less than love and gratitude. It has been an absolute honor and pleasure.”

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A three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Watt is a future Hall of Famer. He was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 Draft by the Houston Texans. There, he played until the end of the 2020 season, when he announced his move to Arizona.

In Texas, he played 128 games, including eight for the playoffs, adding 21 more for the Cardinals, one of them for the postseason, in last year’s Wild Card round against the Los Angeles Rams. In all, there are 149 starters on the field, 111.5 sacks, 580 tackles, 191 tackles for loss of yardage, 313 QB hits, one safety, and two interceptions.

When it comes to awards, the list is also extensive. He was three times named AP Defensive Player of the Year (2013, 2015 and 2016), once Walter Payton Man of the Year (2018), 2017 Sportsman of the Year, five times selected to the Pro Bowl (2012 to 2015 and 2018) and six times to the All-Pro team (2012 to 2015 and 2018).

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Four Flashes make the MAC First Team, and nine players are named All-Conference.

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Four Flashes make the MAC First Team, and nine players are named All-Conference.

Four Flashes make the MAC First Team, and nine players are named All-Conference.

Marquez Cooper, Marcellus Marshall, Devontez Walker, and Dante Cephas were all named to the first team for the conference.

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Cephas received his second selection to the first team of the conference in as many years. In MAC play, his figure increased to 97.8 yards per game, placing him second in the MAC with 82.7 yards per game. Cephas was one of three MAC receivers with an average of more over 15 yards per grab, along with teammate Devontez Walker. In the victory over Ohio this season, he set a Kent State record with a 246-yard performance (on 13 receptions).

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Cooper receives his first all-conference mention after compiling 1,331 yards to finish second in the MAC and 14th in the FBS, marking the sixth season with 1,300+ yards in program history. For the Flashes, Cooper’s 13 running touchdowns are among the top 10 for any season. Cooper recorded the sixth 240+ yard game in program history in the win against Ohio, and he averaged over 130 yards per game (132.7) in conference games. He and Cephas established themselves as the first duo in FBS history to have over 240 yards apiece in the same contest.

Assuming the starting offensive tackle position, Marcellus Marshall achieved first-honors for his performance. Marshall started each of the 12 games, and the offensive line helped create the best rushing attack in the MAC, averaging more than 200 yards per game and more than 2,400 yards total. The Flashes were also one of three teams in the MAC to average 400 yards of offense per game and one of two to surpass 5,000 total offense yards this season.

Walker, who this season took on a starting position, receives his first all-conference honor. With 11 touchdown catches, he established a new school record and had one of the best seasons in the MAC. That score ranked sixth in the FBS and tied for first in the MAC. His 921 yards ranked third all-time in program history and led the league. In terms of catches (58) and yards per catch, he also came in first (15.9).

Sam Allan, Nico Bolden, and Ja’Shaun Poke were named to the second team of the conference.

Allan, who started all 12 games at center for the Golden Flashes, ends his career with his first all-conference recognition. Like Marshall, Allan contributed to the offensive line’s stability and helped the unit record its fourth season of 5,000+ offensive yardage.

With 103 tackles this season, Bolden achieved a career best and was named to the all-conference team for the first time. His five games with 10+ tackles, including his final three games of the season, marked the end of his Kent State career. His 64 solo tackles were second in the MAC and was first on the squad.

Poke’s talent as a returner won him a spot on the second team. With only 15 returns, he finished sixth in overall return yardage but topped the MAC with a kickoff return average of 29.4. Poke contributed to the passing game as well, ranking third on the team in throwing yards with 362 for the year.

Zayin West and Collin Schlee were named to the third team of the league. In his first 11 games as the starting quarterback, Schlee completed 2,109 passes for 2,109 yards. His 138.0 quarterback rating, which was third-best in the MAC, was aided by the second-best MAC touchdown-to-interception ratio of 13 to 5. Schlee improved the club’s running game by contributing 492 yards, four touchdowns, and more than five yards per carry to his second-place result on the team.

In his last season, Zayin West had an all-conference campaign. With a team and career high of 11.5 tackles for loss, West placed top-10 in the MAC. That number includes 4.5 sacks, which ranks second on the team. With two sacks and three tackles for loss in the triumph, he contributed to securing the Wagon Wheel for the fourth consecutive season. West was also an important player for the Flashes’ special teams, converting a fake punt against Georgia by catching a pass, and returning a kick against Ball State for 21 yards.

The four first-team members and nine all-conference selections are Kent State’s highest totals since 1997 and 2012, respectively.

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After the final group games, Qatar World Cup last-16 fixtures have been confirmed ahead of England vs. Senegal.

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After the final group games, Qatar World Cup last-16 fixtures have been confirmed ahead of England vs. Senegal.

After the final group games, Qatar World Cup last-16 fixtures have been confirmed ahead of England vs. Senegal.

England is one of 16 teams to advance from their groups as the World Cup enters its final rounds. Tomorrow (Saturday), the round of 16 begins, with the winners of Group A facing the losers of Group B.

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The Netherlands advanced without incident as Cody Gakpo continues to impress in his maiden World Cup, leading the competition in scoring. England will play Senegal on Sunday, joining the Netherlands and the United States in the next round.

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Lionel Messi was influential for Argentina once again, as they prepare to face Australia, who qualified with France from Group D. At one point on Thursday night, Spain and Germany were both on their way out of the tournament, but it was the Germans who suffered another disappointing performance at a major tournament and joined Belgium in exiting the competition.

The World Cup will now be divided into two paths to the final, with countries prepared for knockout competition. Here is a schedule for the World Cup once all of the group stage matches have been completed:

The Netherlands won Group A with seven points from three matches and will face the United States, who placed second to England in Group B. Gakpo is the primary guy for Louis van Gaal’s team at the moment, although Christian Pulisic, Timothy Weah, Yunus Musah, and Weston McKennie are also dangers for the USA.

Lionel Messi will be trying to lead his country into the quarter-finals with a win over Australia, as the winners of the above two games will meet in the quarter-finals.

France vs. Poland and England against. Senegal on Sunday, December 4

The opposite half of the World Cup knockout bracket begins on Sunday, with France facing Poland, who finished second in Group C behind Argentina. England will try to advance to the quarter-finals with a win over Senegal, perhaps setting up a meeting with the current World Cup champions if France defeats Poland.

Monday, December 5: Japan vs. Croatia, and Brazil vs. South Korea.

Japan, who qualified out of Group E ahead of Costa Rica and Germany on the final matchday of the group stages, will face Croatia who saw out a 0-0 draw against Belgium to knock Roberto Martinez’s side out of the competition in shocking fashion. Brazil, the tournament favorites, rotated significantly for their last group stage encounter, which they lost 1-0 to Cameroon.

Neymar remains an injury worry for the remainder of the tournament, and South Korea will be a severe test after defeating Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the round of 16, qualifying ahead of both Uruguay and Ghana on goals scored.

Morocco against. Spain & Portugal vs. Switzerland on Tuesday, December 6

The last round of 16 matches get off on Tuesday, with Morocco taking on Spain and Portugal taking on Switzerland. The Swiss defeated Serbia 3-2 on the penultimate day of the group stages to secure their spot in the round of 16, while Morocco demonstrated their ability to trigger an upset by defeating Belgium in their group.

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