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Daily sports briefs | All Blacks take a pay freeze, signs of a sporting calendar taking shape - and more!

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MANCHESTER CITY PLAYERS NEED A PEP TALK

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is said to be seriously disappointed with a contingent of his squad who are holding out on taking a pay cut. Rumours has it the dressing room is split on the issue and is causing some unrest. Pep, who lost his mother to the coronavirus, has already taken a cut is said to be supported by the likes of Kevin de Bruyne.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: I can't believe we are still having this conversation.

ALL BLACKS TAKE A PAY FREEZE; FARRELL SHOWS HIS GOOD SIDE

While overpaid English Premier League stars haggle over money, rugby players are showing how it's done. The All Blacks have agreed to a 50% pay freeze and even everybody's favourite player, Owen Farrell, has volunteered a 90% pay freeze in order to help his club Saracens through the crisis.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: We always knew rugby players had class.

NEWCASTLE TO BECOME THE NEXT SUPER CLUB?

Talks are apparently at an advanced stage regarding a takeover of Newcastle united by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Considering his family are worth £1.3 TRILLION, the news should come as good news for long suffering Newcastle fans.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: This would make Newcastle the richest club in the world by some distance. Don't be surprised to see Ronaldo switching the black and white of Juventus for the Magpies in the near future!

WHO IS THE QUICKEST OF THEM ALL?

Kylian Mbappe according to a French newspaper. Mbappe clocked a top speed of 36km/h edging out Inaki Williams (35.7km/h) in second and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (35.5km/h) in third. Other big names in the top 10 include Kyle Walker (35.21km/h) in fifth, Leroy Sane (35.04km/h) in sixth and Mohamed Salah in seventh (35km/h). For reference, wannabe footy star and sprinting legend, Usain Bolt, clocked a top speed of 44km/h in his prime!

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: We understand why Mbappe is in such high demand ... speed, skill and finishing.

EARLY SIGNS OF A SPORTS CALENDAR TAKING SHAPE

With the PGA Tour set to resume on 11 June, Premier League footy rumoured to be targeting 7 June, UFC back on 9 May, NBA teams to start practicing again mid-May, there are some early signs of promise for sports starved couch potatoes like myself.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: We will have to get used to watching games in empty stadiums but I am sure the TV broadcasters will come up with a few creative ways to spice up the atmosphere. Right now beggars can't be choosers.

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