Covid-19 might be playing havoc with the 2020 sporting calendar for the foreseeable future but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t plenty going on.
From a Formula One shake up to misadventures in buying toothpaste, here are five sport stories you might have missed this week…
It’s All Change At Ferrari And McLaren Ahead Of 2021 F1 Season
It’s been a hectic few days in the world of F1, with a double switch between Ferrari and McLaren announced on Thursday morning in a choreographed series of announcements from both teams.
Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo is set to join McClaren from Renault in 2021, in place of Spain’s Carlos Sainz Jr., who will move to Ferrari to join up with young upstart Charles Leclerc. Ricciardo will partner Lando Norris, while Sainz is to replace four-time champion Sebastian Vettel at Scuderia Ferrari.
Vettel's departure from the Prancing Horse at the end of the 2020 season was confirmed on Tuesday, after the German driver and the famous Italian manufacturer mutually agreed not to extend his contract
Tyson Fury Maps Out His Career Plan To Former TOWIE Star Mark Wright
‘The Gypsy King’ has been keeping legions of us entertained and in top shape throughout self-isolation with his online workouts, and on Thursday night welcomed former The Only Way Is Essex Star, Mark Wright, to join in with him over Instagram Live.
During the workout, Fury mapped out his future plans to the reality TV star, claiming he wants “to take Deontay Wilder’s scalp again,” and won’t pay him to make him step aside, enabling a showdown between Fury and Anthony Joshua.
"We've got the rematch with Wilder on at some point as well, then we've got the two AJ fights.
"Well, one, and then obviously when I batter him he'll want a rematch."
When asked who he would be fighting first out of Wilder and Joshua, Fury said:
"Well Wilder's got a rematch clause. Some newspaper reported that he wanted £10million to step aside.
"I'd rather give him another battering, again. I'm gonna take him out again for a third time, hopefully end of the year, and then we're going to go into 2021 for the biggest fight in boxing history between two undefeated British heavyweights - me and AJ.
"We're going to battle it out for all the gold."
Football In Germany Returns This Weekend… For Some
The return of the Bundesliga this weekend has been the only thing keeping a lot of football fans going this week, such is the appetite for some reunion with normality on Saturday, but that won’t be the case for Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich, who will miss the season’s restart for breaking quarantine rules. His crime? Buying a tube of toothpaste.
"Even though I have followed all hygiene measures both when leaving the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo this," he said. "In this situation, I was not able to act as a role model for my team and the public.
"I will therefore be consistent and stand by my mistake. Because of this misconduct, I will not be leading the training [on Friday] and will not be in charge of the team against Wolfsburg on Saturday."
Harry Kane Teams Up With Leyton Orient For Brilliant Charity Gesture
It’s been nearly a decade since Harry Kane made 18 appearances on loan with Leyton Orient in 2011, scoring five goals, but the England and Tottenham Hotspur striker has reunited with the League One outfit by sponsoring their kits next season, with the space being donated to three charities.
The club's home strip will carry a message of thanks to frontline workers tackling the coronavirus pandemic, whilst mental health charity Mind and Haven House Children's Hospice will have their logos on the others.
Kane said: "I was born and brought up only a couple of miles from Orient's stadium and I'm really happy to have the opportunity to give back to the club that gave me my first professional start.
"It also gives me a platform to say a big thank you to the many frontline heroes and charities out there who provide care and support during these challenging times."
Six League One Teams Reiterate Desire To Finish Season
Six League One sides, ranging from third in the table to tenth, have come together to reiterate their desire to finish the season, according to Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony, who has acted as a messenger on behalf of the six clubs.
With an EFL board meeting on Friday pencilled in to discuss options for completing the season, Peterborough, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Ipswich Town, Sunderland and Fleetwood Town are all determined to play out the rest of the season.
"We have no desire for voiding the season, points-per-game scenarios or letting a computer decide our footballing fate," MacAnthony said on Twitter.
"For our fans/staff and for the integrity of our sport, we are all looking forward to completing our pending fixtures/season under guidance from the EFL at a time it is deemed safe to do so."
Also posting on Twitter, Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley said: "We are backing the completion of League One fixtures.
"Sporting integrity is of paramount importance, we cannot accept points per game or any other conclusion without giving it our best shot in a safe environment.
"Germany, Premier League, Championship and many more are completing and so should we."