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Leicester City to seek government advice over home games with lockdown set to be imposed on city

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Leicester City are to seek government advice after the UK government imposed a localised lockdown on the area following a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Ten percent of recorded infections in the UK last week occurred in the city, meaning all non-essential shops must close from Tuesday, as well as most schools.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has also warned local residents to stay at home and avoid all but non-essential travel in a bid to prevent a further spike of infections.  

Leicester City are to seek government advice after the city was put into lockdown on Monday

Leicester City are to seek government advice after the city was put into lockdown on Monday

Leicester City are to seek government advice after the city was put into lockdown on Monday

A spike in COVID-19 cases mean all non-essential shops must close as well as local schools

A spike in COVID-19 cases mean all non-essential shops must close as well as local schools

A spike in COVID-19 cases mean all non-essential shops must close as well as local schools

Leicester host Crystal Palace next weekend and want to know if that game can still go ahead

Leicester host Crystal Palace next weekend and want to know if that game can still go ahead

Leicester host Crystal Palace next weekend and want to know if that game can still go ahead

Leicester are due to host Crystal Palace at the King Power stadium next Saturday and now want clarification over whether that game can go ahead as planned. 

If not, the Premier League has several other grounds on standby, but Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is still hopeful the game will be played on home turf. 

‘Nothing has changed in terms of how we have been working thus far throughout this situation,’ said Rodgers.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes the club's stadium remains a very safe environment

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes the club's stadium remains a very safe environment

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes the club’s stadium remains a very safe environment

‘I have always said we will react accordingly. We have to have agility in this period. I think in this moment in time we are in the safest place we can be in terms of our work, the stadium also. 

‘It is a very safe environment for the games to be in. We will just keep working until we are told otherwise.’ 

Rodgers was also asked if he feared his side would be at a disadvantage if they are forced to play at a neutral ground. ‘It is something I am not really thinking of. It is all hypothetical at the moment. We will just continue with our work.’ 

Prior to next weekend’s clash, Leicester travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Wednesday on the back of a 1-0 defeat by Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has also warned local residents in Leicester to stay at home

Health secretary Matt Hancock has also warned local residents in Leicester to stay at home

Health secretary Matt Hancock has also warned local residents in Leicester to stay at home

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Jack Grealish fires back at Graeme Souness after pundit’s criticism of Aston Villa captain

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Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has launched a steadfast defence of himself after Graeme Souness’ withering criticism at the weekend.

The Sky Sports pundit revealed he would have relished playing against the 24-year-old, who is now the most fouled player in the Premier League, due to his inability to read the game at a quick enough pace. 

Grealish has now fired back at the remarks on social media, and even referred to the amount of chances he has created this season to defy the typically outspoken Scot. 

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has defended himself after Graeme Souness' withering criticism

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has defended himself after Graeme Souness' withering criticism

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has defended himself after Graeme Souness’ withering criticism

The outspoken Sky Sports pundit revealed he has been left unimpressed by the 24-year-old

The outspoken Sky Sports pundit revealed he has been left unimpressed by the 24-year-old

The outspoken Sky Sports pundit revealed he has been left unimpressed by the 24-year-old

The Birmingham-born playmaker has won 150 free-kicks this season, bettering the 108 gained by Crystal Palace Wilfried Zaha.

And it appears that Grealish’s presence across the field has also led to him carving out plenty of openings for his team-mates. 

A table revealing the most creative players in the top flight shows Grealish in second spot, behind Manchester City talisman Kevin de Bruyne. The Villa skipper has fashioned 80 chances altogether for the relegation strugglers from his 2694 minutes on the pitch.

Grealish retweeted the table and retorted that you ‘Can’t please everyone’ in a clear jibe at Souness’ comments.

Grealish stated you 'can't please everyone' and also referred to the chances he has created

Grealish stated you 'can't please everyone' and also referred to the chances he has created

Grealish stated you ‘can’t please everyone’ and also referred to the chances he has created

He has been strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United this summer, but will have to scrap even harder to ensure Villa’s Premier League status in order to impress the former Liverpool boss.    

When asked whether he believes Grealish is a good player, Souness replied: ‘Not sure. 

‘If I was a player, I wouldn’t want to be the most fouled player in the league. That means I’m holding onto the ball too long. 

‘That means I’m not seeing the picture early enough, I’m taking extra touches when I don’t need to. There is no doubt about it. He has ability and he’s easy on the eye, silky on the eye. But I am yet to be convinced by him.’ 

Grealish started for Villa in their spirited defeat against newly-crowned champions Liverpool

Grealish started for Villa in their spirited defeat against newly-crowned champions Liverpool

Grealish started for Villa in their spirited defeat against newly-crowned champions Liverpool

Grealish once again led from the fore in the Midlands side’s spirited defeat against newly-crowned champions Liverpool at Anfield. 

Souness cast his mind back to his successful time on the field in order to make a comparison between Grealish and other notable midfielders – and was left distinctly unimpressed with the Villa star’s tendency to keep hold of the ball for too long.

He added: ‘I think anyone who gets tackled that much is just not seeing the picture quick enough. As an old midfield player, would I have liked to play against him? 

‘I would have loved to have played against him. He allows me to get close to him, get physical with him. I don’t want to play a (Paul) Scholes, Xavi or (Andres) Iniesta. They are too quick – they pop it off in one or two touch. I want to play against people like him.’ 

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Watch horrific moment NASCAR pit-crew is RUN OVER and makes miracles escape during dramatic crash at Brickyard 400

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A NASCAR pit-crew member was brutally run over during the Brickyard 400.

Chaos erupted as there was a huge pile-up in pit lane at the Indianapolis motor Speedway.

The pit-crew member was sandwiched between the two vehicles

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The pit-crew member was sandwiched between the two vehicles

Pit-crew member Zach Price was ploughed down as he worked on his team-mate Ryan Blaney’s No12 car.

He was sandwiched between that vehicle and another one that was heading down the pit lane.

Price fell to the ground after the incident, but he managed to drag himself out of the road.

Surprisingly, Price smiled and gave a thumbs up as he was carried away on a stretcher.

It is reported that he also informed his team he was “going to be alright” over the radio.

Zach Price was wiped out as he worked on his team-mate's car

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Zach Price was wiped out as he worked on his team-mate’s car

He was rushed away from the race course in an ambulance for further checks.

The pit-road pile-up involved Poole, Corey LaJoie, Ryan Preece, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Justin Allgaier.

In 2019, a NASCAR driver crashed into one of his own pit crew in a terrifying smash.

NASCAR drivers push black star Bubba Wallace’s car to the front of the grid in show of support as FBI probes noose left in his stall

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Jorge Masvidal slept in his gym and was taught to backyard fight by Kimbo Slice before facing Kamaru Usman at UFC 251

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IT’s official. Jorge Masvidal will fight rival Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on Fight Island on July 12.

‘Ponytail’ has stepped in just a week before Usman was due to square off against Gilbert Burns, who pulled out at the last minute after testing positive for the coronavirus.

A spectacular win would complete his incredible journey from sleeping on a gym floor to global superstar.

The fan-favourite was raised in poverty in Miami by his Peruvian mother he affectionately calls ‘Mama Dukes, while his Cuban dad spent two decades behind bars for manslaughter and drug trafficking.

 Jorge Masvidal will fight Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on July 12

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Jorge Masvidal will fight Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on July 12Credit: Getty Images

She supported the family by selling beads on the street to make ends meet, and refused to tell her son that his father was serving time between the ages of 4-13 – spinning him a yarn that he was in the army.

It caused Masvidal much confusion and pain growing up.

TROUBLED TEEN

“I got kicked out of school. … I caused a lot of turbulence throughout those years,” Masvidal told ESPN.

“All that was happening and my mom’s like, ‘You’re going to end up just like your dad.’ I go, ‘Pshh. He’s in the army.

“He’s like, some f****** general or some s***.’ And she goes, ‘He’s not in the army. He’s in [prison].'”

As soon as Masvidal learned the truth, he began visiting his dad in jail. The pair became close, and when Masvidal Sr was released in 2007 he became a mentor and someone who kept a teenage Jorge out of bother.

And it was his dad who pushed him to channel his aggression into fighting.

“I had a lot of plans, and when I told him, he was the only person who said, ‘Let’s do it,'” Masvidal revealed.

“He already knew who I was, better than anyone.”

 Masvidal grew up believing his dad was in the army when he was really in prison

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Masvidal grew up believing his dad was in the army when he was really in prisonCredit: Instagram @americantopteam
 Jorge Masvidal destroys Ben Askren within five seconds

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Jorge Masvidal destroys Ben Askren within five secondsCredit: USA TODAY Sports
 Masvidal Sr, left, spent time inside when his son was growing up

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Masvidal Sr, left, spent time inside when his son was growing upCredit: ESPN

A COACH’S PERSPECTIVE

The street-fighting legend was once so broke he slept under the ring in his gym before making his debut in 2003.

Dedicating his life to making it in the fight game meant the brawler had no time to get a job.

He instead spent his time in the gym and scrapping for the tiny purses on offer in backyard bouts and on the local Florida MMA circuit.

Masvidal’s coach at American Top Team Mike Brown told SunSport the 35-year-old has “fought his way to a better life”.

Brown explained: “He’s very authentic and real.

“It’s a guy who has literally fought for everything he’s got after coming from humble beginnings.

“He comes from a family who didn’t have a lot of money, and when you start out in the sport of MMA, there is no money, right?

“Especially at that time, there was a lot less than there is now and you kind of just do it for the love and if you want to be good you don’t have time to work 40 hours a week.

 Masvidal's coach Mike Brown, left, spoke to SunSport and revealed the fighter fought his way to the top

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Masvidal’s coach Mike Brown, left, spoke to SunSport and revealed the fighter fought his way to the topCredit: Getty
 Masvidal trains at American Top Team in Florida

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Masvidal trains at American Top Team in FloridaCredit: Primo/American Top Team
 The American made little money fighting in the local Florida MMA circuit at the start of his career

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The American made little money fighting in the local Florida MMA circuit at the start of his careerCredit: Primo/American Top Team

“So you’re not making money, you’re broke, he was spending all that time in the gym instead of working and really taking a gamble, a big risk.

“You’re really rolling the dice, but he did it, he made it. And not everyone does, it’s really very difficult.

“But he put himself all in, didn’t have a back-up plan but he hit the jackpot. He fought his way to a better life.”

HIS SAFE ZONE

Masvidal, who has two daughters and a son with his ex-girlfriend – told ESPN it did not matter where he slept, as long as he made it to his “safe zone” in the gym.

He said: “I slept in cars, in parking lots, in my gym under the ring.

“I didn’t let nothing stop me from a young age, I didn’t care if I had a house, or gear or not I just made it to the gym as it was my safe zone.

“It didn’t matter where I slept or what I was doing, as long as I could make it to the gym and space out for those three, four hours, I was like a kid all over again and I did that my whole life and it’s happened to pay off now.”

The hard work paid off when he finally made his UFC debut in 2013, beating Tim Means after a career fighting around the world with stints at rival promotions Strikeforce and Bellator.

But the American became a local star in Miami way before his mainstream MMA career for his street fights alongside the late Kimbo Slice, wagering AROUND £31 a fight.

 Masvidal made his name in Miami in backyard fighting alongside Kimbo Slice

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Masvidal made his name in Miami in backyard fighting alongside Kimbo Slice
 Masvidal, who went by the name 'Ponytail', recorded two wins against Slice’s right-hand man Ray

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Masvidal, who went by the name ‘Ponytail’, recorded two wins against Slice’s right-hand man Ray

BACKYARD BRAWLING

Masvidal recorded two wins against Slice’s right-hand man Ray in 2003, and Brown says the infamous YouTube brawls were Jorge at his purest.

He said: “Those fights were really interesting, and he gained a following in Miami from it, he was a big draw locally in Miami for 10-15 years. He’s been a big star locally forever.

“He’s this kid who’s literally been fighting for money on the streets of Miami since he was a teenager, this is a guy as game as they get.

“He’s willing to fight literally anytime, anywhere. This is his life.”

Amusingly, this was evidenced the first time he fought’s Slice’s protege.

“It was funny because when I fought Ray the first time, I was actually halfway through the McDonalds drive-thru when I got the call offering the scrap,” he said.

“I ate half my burger, then I was good to go. And I finished the other half of my burger following the fight.”

A CROWD FAVOURITE

Masvidal has a storied MMA record of 35–13, while also competing once in pro boxing and kickboxing. But it wasn’t until last year he became a favourite among the niche hardcore fans, after initally failing to break into the mainstream.

And just like Nate Diaz did with a win over Conor McGregor in 2016, Masvidal, who has been given the name ‘Street Jesus’ by fans, became an overnight sensation with a devastating knockout against Darren Till in 2019 at UFC London.

 Masvidal knocked out Darren Till in London to put his name on the map

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Masvidal knocked out Darren Till in London to put his name on the mapCredit: Getty Images

In the same night, “Gambred” got into a backstage altercation with another Brit welterweight Leon Edwards, claiming he gave the Birmingham ace “a three piece and a soda” – a now iconic line.

And after been part of Masvidal’s historic five-second knockout of Ben Askren in July – the quickest win in UFC history – Brown says he has never seen a rise in stardom in such limited time.

The trainer said: “It’s pretty incredible, and something that we knew could happen but for whatever reason hadn’t yet.

“He’s got a great combination of personality, skill and a style of fighting that people love.

“I’m so happy for him, and for all the guys it could have happened to I’m really glad it’s him. He’s put in the work and not taken any shortcuts, he’s earned it.

“The guy’s got 50 fights with world class opponents with multiple organisations all over the world, he’s the real deal.”

Masvidal left fans in disbelief at UFC 239 after his flying knee five seconds into his fight against Askren made history.

After the fight Brown shared footage of the pair practising the move in the gym days before the win – knowing this moment would set up Masvidal for a better future.

 As the bell went for the opening round former street fighter Masvidal flew across the cage connecting with a flying knee to Askren's skull

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As the bell went for the opening round former street fighter Masvidal flew across the cage connecting with a flying knee to Askren’s skull
 Askren was the unfortunate recipient of the fastest KO in UFC history at five seconds

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Askren was the unfortunate recipient of the fastest KO in UFC history at five secondsCredit: Getty Images

He said: “It shows just how controlled and accurate Jorge is. As he was doing it I filmed it for that reason, as I knew when he hits this the world’s going to go crazy.

“It played out just how we thought. It was beautiful. It really catapulted Jorge to another level of popularity and we were ecstatic – because it secured a better future for Jorge.

Masvidal had earned over £500,000 for his wins in the last year, before lockdown hit the sporting world.

The details of his purse for UFC 251 hasn’t been disclosed, but his manager Malki Kawa told Yahoo Sports that his fighter is “extremely happy” with the deal.

Should the No1 contender win the welterweight title next weekend, his star will know no bounds – with the sport crying out for a new favourite after McGregor’s retirement.

 Masvidal and his team, including ATT coach Mike Brown second on the left, celebrate beating Till

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Masvidal and his team, including ATT coach Mike Brown second on the left, celebrate beating Till
 Masvidal and Diaz clash at Madison Square Garden in the main event of UFC 244

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Masvidal and Diaz clash at Madison Square Garden in the main event of UFC 244Credit: Getty
Masvidal appears ready to step in and face Usman at UFC 251 after Burns pulls out due to positive coronavirus test

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