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Chinese Grand Prix postponed due to coronavirus

Shanghai Grand Prix
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The Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The FIA, Formula 1's governing body, has accepted a request from Chinese organisers to postpone the Shanghai race, due to take place on 19 April.

In a statement, it added all parties would take the "appropriate amount of time" to discuss potential new dates.

The decision has been made to "ensure the health and safety" of drivers, staff and fans.

"The FIA F1 community looks forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wishes everyone in the country the best during this difficult time." the FIA said in a statement.

William Hill signs US sport betting deal with CBS

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Bookmaker William Hill has signed a major sports betting deal in the US with media group CBS Sports.

It makes the FTSE 250 firm the "Official Sports Book and Wagering Data Provider" across all CBS Sports platforms.

That includes the opportunity to advertise to the 42 million people who visit the CBS sport website each month.

Bookmakers in the UK have been under increasing pressure in recent months, with a crackdown of fixed odds betting machines, and an upcoming ban on credit card betting.

Hence the desire by British operators to gain a foothold in the US market.

CBS Sports Digital offerings include SportsLine, a dedicated subscription platform for game picks and predictions that has seen strong subscriber growth in recent years;; 24/7 streaming network CBS Sports HQ, which features the nightly SportsLine show focused on sports betting and delivered triple-digit viewership growth in 2019; CBS Sports Fantasy; CBS Sports apps; and 247Sports.

Fans to be offered shares in ?2.2m stadium

The County Ground

Swindon Town FC fans are being given the chance to own part of the club's County Ground.

The League Two club agreed tobuy the freehold for the groundfrom Swindon Borough Council in March for ?2.2m.

Shares will be offered to fans with a minimum price of ?19.69 in honour of the club's first and only League Cup Final win in 1969, against Arsenal.

Swindon chairman Lee Power said owning the stadium would allow them to redevelop the County Ground.

The ground has been Swindon Town's rented home since 1896.

The club said the freehold was "subject to the purchase costs being met by both the club and supporters" and it needed at least 2,300 supporters to "commit to purchase a community share".

Amazon breaks into Champions League

Chelsea score against Ajax in the Champions League
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Chelsea score against Ajax in the Champions League

Internet giant Amazon has signed an exclusive deal in Germany securing the rights to 16 Champions League matches a season.

This will give the firm its pick of the Tuesday night matches in the group and knockout stages for three seasons in 2021 to 2022.

Rights to Champions League matches in Germany are held by Sky Deutschland. Other than the deal with Amazon, a package of matches is sub-licenced to sports streaming service Dazn.

Amazon has taken this move to challenge the likes of BT and Sky, which hold the exclusive rights to showing Premier League matches in the UK.

Earlier this year, it streamed 10 Premier League matches on its Prime Video service, which attracted a record number of sign-ups from new subscribers.