Thiago Silva set to leave PSG

Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva will leave the French champions this summer after eight seasons with the club, according to local media reports.

The 35-year-old Brazil international will not be offered an extension to his contract beyond the end of PSG’s Champions League campaign and is said to have been informed of the decision by sporting director Leonardo.

PSG are looking to reduce their hefty wage bill with the club facing estimated losses of over 200 million euros ($226 million) after the Ligue 1 season was declared over in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Silva, who joined PSG from AC Milan in 2012, could return to former club Fluminense in his homeland. He was pictured on Sunday holding a Fluminense member’s card and team shirt with his name printed on the back.

Silva won Ligue 1 seven times with PSG in addition to four French Cups and five French League Cups.

PSG reached the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League before the competition was put on hold in March. FIFA has recommended expiring contracts be extended until the end of the current campaign.


I’ll punish you again, Mayweather tells McGregor

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Floyd Mayweather has called out Conor McGregor for a rematch even after the UFC star announced his retirement from the sport on Sunday.

The two-division Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipWorld Champion said his fighting days were over in a Twittermessage posted on his verified account, alongside a picture of the Irishman with his mother, Margaret.

He also took to his Instagram page to announce his retirement with a picture of a cake.

Commenting on McGregor’s Instagram post,  Mayweather has challenged the UFC star to return to combat sports for a rematch.

He wrote, “If I’m n, didn’t you tell Mike Tyson you could beat me if we fought a second time? Now you’re quitting! I thought you wanted to beat the best? Well, if you decide to come back, I will be waiting to punish you again.”

Mayweather and McGregor fought a landmark boxing rules contest in 2017. The American won in the 10th round, stopping a fatigued McGregor on his feet. The fight earned Mayweather his 50th straight victory.

Reacting to the news, UFC president, Dana White, said, “Nobody is pressuring anybody to fight and if Conor McGregor feels he wants to retire, you know my feelings about retirement — you should absolutely do it.

“If Conor McGregor feels he wants to retire, you know my feelings about retirement, you should absolutely do it,” White said at the post-event press conference.

“I love Conor. There’s a handful of people that have made this really fun for me, and he’s one of them.”

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COVID-19: Six latest developments globally

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.

– Pandemic ‘worsening’: WHO –

The World Health Organization says that the pandemic situation is worsening around the globe and warns against complacency.

“Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says.

As mass protests for racial justice sweep across the United States and beyond, the United Nations’ health agency urges anyone demonstrating to do so safely.

– More than 404,000 deaths –

The pandemic has killed more than 404,245 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1900 GMT on Monday, based on official sources.

More than seven million cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 110,771 deaths, followed by Britain with 40,597, Brazil with 36,455, Italy with 33,964 and France with 29,209 fatalities.


– Worst economic crisis for 150 years –

The coronavirus pandemic inflicted a “swift and massive shock” that has caused the broadest collapse of the global economy since 1870 despite unprecedented government support, the World Bank says.

It says in its latest Global Economic Prospects report that the world economy is expected to contract by 5.2 percent this year and the pandemic will drive 70-100 million people into extreme poverty.

– United States in recession –

The United States economy entered recession in February, ending 128 months of expansion amid a brutal downturn caused by the pandemic, the authority competent to make the determination says.

“The unprecedented magnitude of the decline in employment and production, and its broad reach across the entire economy, warrants the designation of this episode as a recession,” the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) says.

Meanwhile, New York City – the epicentre of America’s coronavirus outbreak – begins partially reopening its shattered economy following almost three months of lockdown.

– Moscow lockdown to end –

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announces the end on Tuesday of a strict lockdown that has been in place since the end of March in the Russian capital.

“Moscow is returning to the usual rhythm of life”, he says of the epicentre of the pandemic in Russia, with around half of the country’s 476,658 virus infections.

– Britain lowest daily toll since March –

Britain records its lowest daily death toll in more than two months, with 55 coronavirus deaths in the previous 24 hours, and Scotland now going two days without a fatality.

Figures on Mondays are usually lower due to a reporting lag from weekends.

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