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US Open becomes second golf major to ban fans amid coronavirus outbreak

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The 120th US Open Championship will be played at Winged Foot Golf Club in September without fans on the course, the United States Golf Association announced Wednesday.

‘Following months of consultation and scenario planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the US Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved,’ said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA, in a news release.

‘We will miss the excitement of the fans and what their presence brings to the championship. We look forward to welcoming them again to future US Opens.’

The 120th US Open Championship will be played at Winged Foot Golf Club in September without fans on the course, the United States Golf Association announced Wednesday

The 120th US Open Championship will be played at Winged Foot Golf Club in September without fans on the course, the United States Golf Association announced Wednesday

The 120th US Open Championship will be played at Winged Foot Golf Club in September without fans on the course, the United States Golf Association announced Wednesday

Tiger Woods plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on July 19 in Dublin, Ohio

Tiger Woods plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on July 19 in Dublin, Ohio

Tiger Woods plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on July 19 in Dublin, Ohio 

The tournament will be held September 17-20, rescheduled from June, at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.

New York was ground zero for COVID-19 this spring, and the state’s governor said the tournament will signify some return to the way New York residents lived before the virus, even without spectators on site.

‘We have come a long way in the fight against COVID-19, and I am so proud of New Yorkers, who rose to the occasion and bent the curve,’ Governor Andrew Cuomo said. 

‘I am pleased to welcome the USGA for the US Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club this September, and while the tournament will look different this year with no fans and enhanced safety protocols, this event is a welcome sight for sports fans across the country and will help restore a sense of normalcy as we build back better than before.’

The US Open will be the second of golf’s major tournaments to be played without fans.

The PGA Championship (August 6-9) at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco won’t have spectators. Officials at Augusta National haven’t announced whether fans may attend the Masters Tournament (November 12-15).

The Masters was rescheduled from April and the PGA from May. The fourth major, The Open Championship, was canceled.

Winged Foot last hosted the US Open in 2006. Gary Woodland is the defending champion.

Winged Foot last hosted the US Open in 2006, when it was won by Geoff Ogilvy (left)

Winged Foot last hosted the US Open in 2006, when it was won by Geoff Ogilvy (left)

Winged Foot last hosted the US Open in 2006, when it was won by Geoff Ogilvy (left)

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‘To all the Spurs fans…I’m back!’: Gareth Bale announces his return to Tottenham

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Footballer Gareth Bale will return to Tottenham Hotspur on a season long loan from Real Madrid.

But fans will have to wait to see him in the number nine shirt after a medical uncovered a knee injury that will delay his debut until October.

The 31-year-old has agreed a deal that fits into Tottenham’s wage structure on about £200,000 a week.  

Gareth Bale, 31, announced his return to Tottenham Hotspur on Twitter. He referenced a 2013 message to his fans in which he thanked them for an 'incredible' six years with the club. He said he had always thought about returning to Tottenham and 'can't wait to get started'. But a knee injury will delay his debut until October 17's home match against West Ham.

Gareth Bale, 31, announced his return to Tottenham Hotspur on Twitter. He referenced a 2013 message to his fans in which he thanked them for an 'incredible' six years with the club. He said he had always thought about returning to Tottenham and 'can't wait to get started'. But a knee injury will delay his debut until October 17's home match against West Ham.

Gareth Bale, 31, announced his return to Tottenham Hotspur on Twitter. He referenced a 2013 message to his fans in which he thanked them for an ‘incredible’ six years with the club. He said he had always thought about returning to Tottenham and ‘can’t wait to get started’. But a knee injury will delay his debut until October 17’s home match against West Ham.

Bale announced the move on Twitter on Saturday evening: ‘To all the Spurs fans, after 7 years, I’m back!’ 

He also retweeted a 2013 message to his fans that said: ‘To all the Spurs fans, your support the last 6 years has been incredible and I’ll never forget it, thank you.’ 

He said: ‘It’s nice to be back, where I made my name. I always thought about returning. I’m hungry, I’m motivated I can’t wait to get started. I want to get some match fitness and hopefully help the team win trophies.’ 

Gareth Bale poses for a portrait as he is unveiled as a new signing for Totttenham Hotspur in Enfield, England, on Saturday. The club said he has 'a limited pre-season' after sustaining a knee injurywhilst playing for Wales on international duty earlier this month.

Gareth Bale poses for a portrait as he is unveiled as a new signing for Totttenham Hotspur in Enfield, England, on Saturday. The club said he has 'a limited pre-season' after sustaining a knee injurywhilst playing for Wales on international duty earlier this month.

Gareth Bale poses for a portrait as he is unveiled as a new signing for Totttenham Hotspur in Enfield, England, on Saturday. The club said he has ‘a limited pre-season’ after sustaining a knee injurywhilst playing for Wales on international duty earlier this month.

Gareth Bale will return to Tottenham on a season loan from Real Madrid. Here he celebrates as Real Madrid celebrates with The UEFA Champions League trophy following his sides victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Gareth Bale will return to Tottenham on a season loan from Real Madrid. Here he celebrates as Real Madrid celebrates with The UEFA Champions League trophy following his sides victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Gareth Bale will return to Tottenham on a season loan from Real Madrid. Here he celebrates as Real Madrid celebrates with The UEFA Champions League trophy following his sides victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Tottenham anticipated that Bale would need more time to prepare physically for the Premier League but the injury he sustained means he will have to wait until after the next international break.

He is looking to play his debut for Tottenham at the home fixture with West Ham on October 17.

Tottenham said: ‘Gareth sustained a knee injury whilst playing for Wales on international duty earlier this month and this, together with La Liga’s later start compared to the Premier League, means he has had a limited pre-season.

‘We currently anticipate that he will be match fit after October’s international break.’ 

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Britons sink a few drinks while making the most of 70F sun with warm weather to last until Tuesday

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Britons have flocked out to enjoy the last of the summer sunshine this weekend as rain is set to sweep across the nation next week.

Temperatures reached a pleasant 77F (25C) in some parts of the UK today, with people heading out across the UK to enjoy the last weekend of summer weather before rain is set to hit the nation next week. 

The warm and sunny weather comes on the first weekend since the Government introduced its new ‘rule of six’ rule amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But people still flocked outdoors to make the most of the last rays of sunshine before temperatures become cooler next week, with Tuesday and Wednesday bringing rain in from the north west of the UK. 

The Met Office had forecast a weekend of ‘largely dry, bright and fine’ weather, which has seen temperatures rise as high as 77F (25C) across the first day of the weekend.

The Met Office had forecast a weekend of 'largely dry, bright and fine' weather, which could see temperatures rise as high as 24C (75F). Pictured, picknickers enjoy the warm sunshine on the first weekend the 'rule of six' is in force

The Met Office had forecast a weekend of 'largely dry, bright and fine' weather, which could see temperatures rise as high as 24C (75F). Pictured, picknickers enjoy the warm sunshine on the first weekend the 'rule of six' is in force

The Met Office had forecast a weekend of ‘largely dry, bright and fine’ weather, which could see temperatures rise as high as 24C (75F). Pictured, picknickers enjoy the warm sunshine on the first weekend the ‘rule of six’ is in force

Metropolitan Police urged Londoners (above, drinkers at a pub in southwest London) to 'continue to act responsibly' amid forecasts of warm weather for the capital over the weekend

Metropolitan Police urged Londoners (above, drinkers at a pub in southwest London) to 'continue to act responsibly' amid forecasts of warm weather for the capital over the weekend

Metropolitan Police urged Londoners (above, drinkers at a pub in southwest London) to ‘continue to act responsibly’ amid forecasts of warm weather for the capital over the weekend

Ollie Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said that the warm weekend temperatures would come ahead of a more 'unsettled' week of weather. Above, people enjoy the warm weather in central London on September 19

Ollie Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said that the warm weekend temperatures would come ahead of a more 'unsettled' week of weather. Above, people enjoy the warm weather in central London on September 19

 Ollie Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said that the warm weekend temperatures would come ahead of a more ‘unsettled’ week of weather. Above, people enjoy the warm weather in central London on September 19

Britons sat outside to enjoy drinks in southwest London today as temperatures reached highs of 77F (25C) at Heathrow and are set to continue further into the weekend

Britons sat outside to enjoy drinks in southwest London today as temperatures reached highs of 77F (25C) at Heathrow and are set to continue further into the weekend

Britons sat outside to enjoy drinks in southwest London today as temperatures reached highs of 77F (25C) at Heathrow and are set to continue further into the weekend

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Highs of 77F (25C) were recorded at Heathrow across today, as temperatures are set to hit similar highs tomorrow.

Kew Gardens and St James Park in London both reached 77F, with Kin Loch Ewe in Scotland also hitting 75F (24C). 

Ollie Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said that the warm weekend temperatures would come ahead of a more ‘unsettled’ week of weather.

‘We’re in for a dry and fine evening on Saturday, with clear conditions for central parts of the UK and northern Ireland,’ he said.

‘There’s a risk of showers but temperatures will stay high.

‘But then a cold front from the north west around lunchtime on Monday will herald the arrival of cooler, more unsettled weather next week.’

The September warmth follows on from an August heatwave which saw temperatures hit 93F (34C) for six days running last month. 

Groups of kitesurfers and windsurfers made the most of the the sunny, yet blustery weather, in Portland, Weymouth, today

Groups of kitesurfers and windsurfers made the most of the the sunny, yet blustery weather, in Portland, Weymouth, today

Groups of kitesurfers and windsurfers made the most of the the sunny, yet blustery weather, in Portland, Weymouth, today

Temperatures reached a warm 77F (25C) today, with people heading out across the UK (above, people at Boscombe beach in Dorset) to enjoy the last weekend of summer weather before rain is set to hit the nation next week

Temperatures reached a warm 77F (25C) today, with people heading out across the UK (above, people at Boscombe beach in Dorset) to enjoy the last weekend of summer weather before rain is set to hit the nation next week

Temperatures reached a warm 77F (25C) today, with people heading out across the UK (above, people at Boscombe beach in Dorset) to enjoy the last weekend of summer weather before rain is set to hit the nation next week

People in southwest London made the most of the warm weather as concerns of a second coronavirus wave rise after the new 'rule of six' came into force earlier this week

People in southwest London made the most of the warm weather as concerns of a second coronavirus wave rise after the new 'rule of six' came into force earlier this week

People in southwest London made the most of the warm weather as concerns of a second coronavirus wave rise after the new ‘rule of six’ came into force earlier this week

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to indoor and outdoor settings

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to indoor and outdoor settings

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to indoor and outdoor settings

The highest temperature ever recorded in September was 96.08F (35.6C) on September 2, 1906, but they ‘don’t look like they’re going to come anywhere close to that in this current hot spell’, the forecaster said.

The warmest September day of recent years was September 13, 2016, when 93.9F (34.4C) was recorded at Gravesend, Kent – the warmest day of that year.

It comes as police forces across the UK urged people to comply with the Government’s new ‘rule of six’ during the warm and sunny weather this weekend.

Further lockdown measures were also introduced in northern parts of England, with 10pm curfews being introduced in some areas across the northeast. 

Police officers in Manchester urged people to comply with coronavirus restrictions after they were called to reports of a wedding party at a home. 

Greater Manchester Police said officers attended a property in Wythenshawe on Friday evening, having received intelligence that a wedding party was being held.

‘Police attended and found that a gazebo had been erected in the garden of a property,’ the force tweeted.

‘Officers prevented the illegal gathering before restrictions were breached.’

Police forces across the country have urged people to comply with the 'rule of six' across the sunny weekend as fears of another national lockdown increase

Police forces across the country have urged people to comply with the 'rule of six' across the sunny weekend as fears of another national lockdown increase

Police forces across the country have urged people to comply with the ‘rule of six’ across the sunny weekend as fears of another national lockdown increase

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure. Above, small groups sit outside pubs and cafes in southwest London

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure. Above, small groups sit outside pubs and cafes in southwest London

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure. Above, small groups sit outside pubs and cafes in southwest London

Highs of 77F (25C) were recorded at Heathrow across today, as temperatures are set to hit similar highs tomorrow. Pictured, groups enjoy the warm sunshine at Hyde Park in London

Highs of 77F (25C) were recorded at Heathrow across today, as temperatures are set to hit similar highs tomorrow. Pictured, groups enjoy the warm sunshine at Hyde Park in London

Highs of 77F (25C) were recorded at Heathrow across today, as temperatures are set to hit similar highs tomorrow. Pictured, groups enjoy the warm sunshine at Hyde Park in London

Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix, of Kent Police, said there would be an increased presence in ‘key areas’ around the county, as Covid-19 remains a ‘real and deadly threat’.  

The Metropolitan Police urged Londoners to ‘continue to act responsibly’ amid forecasts of warm weather for the capital over the weekend.

The force said it will continue to patrol public spaces and respond to incidents where groups of more than six are gathering, reminding the public of fines for breaching coronavirus guidelines.

Any social gathering of more than six people in England is against the law, with people facing fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure, which applies to both indoor and outdoor settings.

And forces in Dorset, where large crowds have previously flocked to the beaches to enjoy the heat, also warned that anyone flouting the new ‘rule of six’ over the weekend may be subject to fines. 

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Alexei Navalny back up and walking after treatment for nerve agent poisoning at Berlin hospital

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Russian politician Alexei Navalny is back up and walking just days after being taken off a ventilator.

Navalny, the political opponent of Russian president Vladimir Putin, shared a photo of himself walking down stairs at Berlin‘s Charité Hospital, where he is continuing his recovery from being poisoned in late August.

He has said he intends to return to Russia as western governments demand an explanation from the Kremlin. 

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is 'continuing to improve,' doctors say. He shared a photo and an update about his recovery from novichok nerve agent poisoning, writing that doctors at Berlin's Charité Hospital had transformed him from "technically alive" to someone with a chance at a real recovery. He said he still has issues pouring water and using his phone, but is up and walking after being taken off a ventilator earlier in the week.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is 'continuing to improve,' doctors say. He shared a photo and an update about his recovery from novichok nerve agent poisoning, writing that doctors at Berlin's Charité Hospital had transformed him from "technically alive" to someone with a chance at a real recovery. He said he still has issues pouring water and using his phone, but is up and walking after being taken off a ventilator earlier in the week.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is ‘continuing to improve,’ doctors say. He shared a photo and an update about his recovery from novichok nerve agent poisoning, writing that doctors at Berlin’s Charité Hospital had transformed him from “technically alive” to someone with a chance at a real recovery. He said he still has issues pouring water and using his phone, but is up and walking after being taken off a ventilator earlier in the week.

Laboratory tests confirmed Navalny, who was airlifted to Germany after falling ill in Siberia, was poisoned with a novichok nerve agent that is tightly controlled by the Russian government.

Navalny shared an update of his recovery on Instagram, posting a photo of him walking downstairs in the hospital wearing a navy blue t-shirt, sweatpants, and blue rubber gloves. 

He said: ‘This is a clear road, albeit a long one.’

Navalny wrote that he has trouble pouring himself some water and using his phone, describing it as ‘useless as a stone’.

Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) called accusations about possible Kremlin involvement in Navalny's poisoning 'unsubstantiated' in a call with French president Emmanuel Macron (left). Navalny is Putin's political rival and a vocal critic of the long-standing leader (file photo).

Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) called accusations about possible Kremlin involvement in Navalny's poisoning 'unsubstantiated' in a call with French president Emmanuel Macron (left). Navalny is Putin's political rival and a vocal critic of the long-standing leader (file photo).

Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) called accusations about possible Kremlin involvement in Navalny’s poisoning ‘unsubstantiated’ in a call with French president Emmanuel Macron (left). Navalny is Putin’s political rival and a vocal critic of the long-standing leader (file photo).

He said ‘there are so many problems still to be solved’ but that doctors had transformed him from ‘technically alive’ to someone who had a chance of living a normal life again.

Charité Hospital said on Monday that Navalny’s condition ‘continues to improve’.

‘The patient has been successfully removed from mechanical ventilation. He is currently undergoing mobilization and is able to leave his bed for short periods of time.’  

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