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Why is Euro 2020 called Euro 2020 when it is being played in 2021?

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EXCITEMENT is palpable as Euro 2020 gets underway a year behind schedule.

The tournament was postponed due to Covid last summer but has retained its original name despite being played in 2021.

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Euro 2020 has retained its original name[/caption]

Why is Euro 2020 called Euro 2020?

The official name of the competition is the 2020 Uefa European Football Championship.

However, this is typically shortened to Euro 2020 for marketing purposes.

Uefa stated that this was to maintain the original vision for the tournament – to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Football Championship.

As part of this vision, the competition is being played in eleven European cities rather than being confined to one host nation.

A Uefa statement issued in April 2020 read: “Following the postponement of Uefa Euro 2020 to the summer of 2021, and after a thorough internal review as well as several discussions with partners, the Uefa Executive Committee has decided that the tournament will still be known as Uefa Euro 2020.

“This decision allows Uefa to keep the original vision of the tournament, which was set to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Football Championship (1960–2020).

“It will furthermore serve as a reminder of how the whole football family came together to respond to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, and of the difficult times that Europe, and the world, had to go through in 2020.

“This choice is in line with UEFA’s commitment to make UEFA EURO 2020 sustainable and not to generate additional amounts of waste.

“A lot of branded material had already been produced by the time of the tournament’s postponement. A name change for the event would have meant the destruction and reproduction of such items.”

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Leon Edwards will ‘smoke’ ‘tough as hell’ Nate Diaz at UFC 263 and earn Kamaru Usman rematch, says MMA legend Bisping

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LEON EDWARDS will punch his ticket to a welterweight title shot this weekend by smoking Nate Diaz, according to former middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

The pride of Birmingham, 29, will throw down with the youngest Diaz brother early on Sunday morning at UFC 263 in Glendale, Arizona

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Leon Edwards will welcome Nate Diaz back to the octagon at UFC 263 early on Sunday morning[/caption]

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Fan favourite Diaz hasn’t set foot inside the octagon since his UFC 244 clash with Jorge Masvidal[/caption]

Fan favourite Diaz enters the tasty 170lb clash on the back of a 19-month layoff following his brutal beating at the hands of Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244.

And Bisping is expecting Edwards to have similar success against the Stockton slugger, telling SunSport: “Leon Edwards, he’s going to smoke Nate Diaz. That’s a fact. Simple as that.

“Put your money on Leon all day long. Bet your house on him. He’s going to beat Nate and then he’ll probably get a title shot.”

Diaz, 36, hasn’t tasted victory in nearly two years, with his last win coming against Anthony Pettis in August 2019.

Bisping has the utmost respect for the battle-weathered Diaz but reckons the Ultimate Fighter season five winner is in way over his head against the in-form ‘Rocky’.

Britain’s first and only UFC champion added: “All respect to Nate Diaz.

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“I’m not talking bad about Nate Diaz. I think he’s a tremendous fighter and I’ve got a lot of respect for him.

“But the reality is he’s a lightweight. He’s a lightweight.

“He came up to welterweight a few years ago and it didn’t really go to plan.

“I just remember Rory MacDonald giving him a nasty beating. He was just too big for him.

“And when you look at Leon and Rory MacDonald, there’s a lot of similarities in the way they fight and the skills that they have and just how good they are.”

“Leon is tremendous. He’s had an incredible run, he’s so technical, he’s got no weak areas. Diaz, again, he’s tough as hell.

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Michael Bisping has tipped Leon Edwards to ‘smoke’ Nate Diaz[/caption]

“This being a five-round fight, I do believe it’s good for Diaz.

“Because I think the only way Diaz could win is if he waits for Leon to get tired in the later rounds and maybe take advantage of that.

“I don’t think that will happen.

“But we know Diaz is a triathlete, always [has] incredible cardio ability and he’s tough as hell.

“I’m not taking anything away from Diaz, I just think Leon is that good.

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And The Count reckons Edwards’ skill set will prove to be too much for Diaz to handle[/caption]

“He’s that explosive, that powerful, that sharp – he’s like a sniper in there.

“I fail to see how Diaz can beat him, to be honest.”

A rematch with welterweight king Kamaru Usman could be handed to Edwards should he make a statement in the Arizona desert.

But Bisping reckons the Brummie faces an uphill task to end The Nigerian Nightmare’s reign of terror in the stacked 170lb division.

He said: “The problem for him is Kamaru is incredible. It’s going to be tough.

“It’s a tough road with Kamaru at the top. And I say that with the maximum respect to Leon Edwards.”

BT Sport 1 will show UFC 263: Adesanya v Vettori 2 exclusively live on Saturday 12th June with coverage of the main card featuring Leon Edwards v Natie Diaz from 3am. For more info go to bt.com/sport/ufc

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Royal Ascot prize money: How much is Britain’s most valuable race meeting worth?

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THERE’S no meeting in the world like Royal Ascot.

It’s one of the biggest social occasions of the year, with five days of top-class racing, pageantry and tradition – plus MILLIONS in prize-money up for grabs on track.

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Racing was staged behind closed doors at Ascot last year[/caption]

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The Queen is a regular at the UK’s richest race meeting[/caption]

It’s only fitting that the meeting that attracts Royalty and some of the wealthiest people on the planet is the most expensive run in Britain all year.

The purse strings were tightened at Royal Ascot last season, with the meeting going ahead behind closed doors in mid-June during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

But the crowds are back and so are the bank notes, with this year’s meeting worth a cool £6 million, an average of £171,000 a race.

That is a jump of 66% on last year, when just £3.61 million was on offer across the 35 races, making it the most valuable meeting in the UK.

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Crowds – and better prize money – will return at Royal Ascot this year[/caption]

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Among the riches races at the meeting is the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, the first race of the week with a prize-fund of £400,000, up from £250,000.

The Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes has seen one of the biggest increases, with a whopping purse of £700,000 compared to £250,000 last year.

The Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes has received the exact same boost, while the Coronation Stakes, Commonwealth Cup and Gold Cup are among a host of races to receive an extra £100,000 cash injection.

Royal Ascot had planned on offering a staggering £8 million across the meeting in 2020 before the pandemic hit.

Royal Ascot's five richest races

Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1m2f) – £700,000

Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6f) – £700,000

Queen Anne Stakes (1m) – £400,000

Gold Cup (2m4f) – £350,000

St James’s Palace Stakes (1m) – £350,000

And racecourse chief Guy Henderson said the aim is to get back up to that figure in the near future.

He said: “In 2020 we had hoped to offer record prize money of more than £8 million at the Royal Meeting.

“In the event the pandemic made that impossible and we have now spent nearly a year racing behind closed doors with trading income down 80%. This year’s prize money represents 75% of what we had originally planned for 2020.

“With restricted attendances in 2021 and pandemic insurance cover no longer available, the business will need to absorb a significant loss this year in order to deliver our wish to support the industry with the most prize money that we can prudently afford.

“Whilst Covid-19 has knocked back our long term financial trajectory by several years, our aim is to make the largest steps we can towards getting prize money levels back on track as soon as possible.

“Without owners we would have no racing. We are very grateful for their commitment and thank them for their support.

“We look forward to being able to increase prize money further as soon as it is possible for us to do so.”

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Newcastle star Jacob Murphy wanted by Galatasaray as they join four Premier League clubs in transfer race

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GALATASARAY have joined the race for Newcastle’s Jacob Murphy.

A host of Premier League and European clubs have been keeping a close eye on Murphy’s future at St James’ Park.

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Jacob Murphy has five clubs after him over a possible summer transfer[/caption]

SunSport told you last month the winger, 26, had attracted an army of suitors including Southampton, Leeds, Burnley and Premier League new boys Watford.

While top European clubs Porto and Bayer Leverkusen also admired Murphy’s displays after an impressive end to the season.

Now Turkish giants Galatasaray have registered their interest in securing the services of Murphy.

Steve Bruce’s side are keen to nail Murphy, who has 12 months left on his deal, down to a new long-term contract.

Murphy, cost £12million from Norwich in 2017, was a key part of a much improved Newcastle side which staved off relegation and finished a respectable 12th in the table.

Murphy is among the Newcastle players expected to attract interest this summer following speculation over Allan Saint-Maximin.

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SunSport previously reported that Jose Mourinho wants to take the French winger to Italy as part of his Roma revolution.

Saint-Maximin, 24, has arguably been Newcastle’s best player since joining the club for £16.5m in 2019.

His return to fitness in the second half of the season helped Steve Bruce’s side avoid relegation, scoring three goals and providing five assists.

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