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Premier League social media wrap: Mother’s Day edition

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There’s a lot of love for Premier League wives and mothers on Sunday, even though it’s not Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom.

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Mother’s Day is a March celebration in England, while of course today is the day in the United States and many other countries in the world.

Spurs boss Toby Alderweireld hailed both his wife and mother on this Moederdag, posting a throwback photo to his wedding as well as a pic of his wife and children.

Legions of PL players are sending love back home, including Southampton center back Maya Yoshida who is on loan with Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria.

Many know that Man City forward Gabriel Jesus “phones home” to his mom in Brazil with his goal celebrations, which he incorporated into his Happy Mother’s Day message.

Brighton and Hove Albion keeper Mathew Ryan was sending love to and from Australia.

Former Manchester United and Newcastle player Giuseppe Rossi sent love to his mother.

Now with Real Salt Lake, he commiserated with his mother on her coronavirus pandemic annoyances.

Finally, one of the many mothers in the NBC family proffered well wishes for the mothers of the world.

Players at Fiorentina, Sampdoria test positive for COVID-19

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Three more Fiorentina players and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 as the Serie A club returned to training this week.

Additionally, Sampdoria announced that three staff members and one player are positive for coronavirus. The player had previously tested positive and negative before the most recent positive test.

La Viola did not announce the names of the players, who were sent home for quarantine. Sky Sports reports that the rest of the team will be tested on Friday.

Wolves loanee Patrick Cutrone and two teammates tested positive in March, and the club announced Thursday that they are now clear and testing negative.

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“After the tests undertaken in the laboratory on Wednesday afternoon, ACF Fiorentina reports that three players and three members of the healthcare-technician staff have been identified as testing positive to COVID-19,” a club statement said on Thursday.

“The club has arranged, as per the protocol, for the involved people to continue their isolation. Preparatory medicals for the rest of the group are scheduled for Friday morning ahead of the beginning of the optional activities on the pitch.”

There are still 11 days left until Serie A clubs begin team training, and the Italian government is yet to give the green light for the season’s resumption.

Manolo Gabbiadini tests positive for coronavirus

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Sampdoria and Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini has tested positive for coronavirus, the Serie A club have confirmed.

Gabbiadini, 28, previously played in the Premier League for Southampton and is the second player in Italy’s top-flight to test positive for the virus after Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.

In a statement the club located in north west Italy confirmed that Gabbiadini has tested positive and is in self-isolation.

“Sampdoria informs that the player Manolo Gabbiadini has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19. He has a fever but is doing well. The club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law.”

Gabbiadini has also released a statement on his own.

“I also tested positive for Coronavirus. I want to thank everyone who wrote me, many messages have already arrived. I still want to tell you that I’m fine, so don’t worry. Follow all the rules, stay home and everything will work out.”

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Three Serie A matches suspended due to virus deaths in Italy

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ROME — Three Serie A soccer matches scheduled for Sunday in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto were suspended late Saturday after the deaths of two people infected with the virus from China.

On orders from the Italian government, the games called off were: Inter Milan vs. Sampdoria, Atalanta vs. Sassuolo and Hellas Verona vs. Cagliari.

Three other matches in Genoa, Turin and Rome on Sunday are going ahead as scheduled.

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A dozen towns in northern Italy effectively went into lockdown on Saturday after the deaths of two people infected with the coronavirus from China, and a growing cluster of cases with no direct links to the origin of the outbreak abroad.

“The government is working on urgent measures to decisively confront and contain the cases of coronavirus contagion,” read a letter from Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora to Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago shortly before midnight local time on Saturday. “Those measures also include the sports world in order to prevent risks and to better take care of the health of those involved in the events and competition.

“Following measures taken by the cabinet for protective reasons and maximum precaution, on orders of the government I’m asking you to suspend all sports events of every level and discipline planned for the Lombardy and Veneto regions on Sunday.”

The secondary contagions prompted local authorities in the Lombardy and Veneto regions to close schools, businesses and restaurants and to cancel sporting events and Masses.

The mayor of Milan, Italy’s business capital and the regional capital of Lombardy, shuttered public offices.

A 78-year-old man infected with the virus died in Veneto. A postmortem on a 77-year-old woman in Lombardy came back positive, though it wasn’t clear if illness from the virus caused her death.

Serie A roundup: Immobile nets hat-trick, Lazio runs over Sampdoria (video)

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Lazio’s record-extending 11th straight Serie A win highlights Saturday’s Serie A action.

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Lazio 5-1 Sampdoria  

Like Lazio’s season, Ciro Immobile continues to make strides with each passing day.

The 29-year-old’s hat-trick powered Simone Inzaghi’s side past Sampdoria 5-1, extending his goal count to 23, nine more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaka.

 

Lazio, who are three points behind top-of-the-table Juventus and one behind second-place Inter Milan, were up three goals by the 20-minute mark. By the 65th minute, Immobile reached the three goal mark, converting from the spot.

“We would need too much time to count his records,” coach Simone Inzaghi said on Immobile’s magnificent run of form. “We are talking about an extraordinary team player. He has shown that so many times. Immobile has been doing extraordinary things for four years, I’m not surprised.”

Full of confidence, Lazio turn one of the most challenging corners of the season, as they take on rivals AS Roma defend the Italian Cup against Napoli.

“We’ll enjoy this 11th win but we have to already be thinking about the next matches,” Inzaghi said. “We know what a derby means but I can’t allow myself to think about Roma.

“We play Napoli on Tuesday, we know what the Italian Cup means for us, what it meant last year, we have it on our shirts and we will fight for it again.”

When it comes to Sampdoria, things are going from bad to ugly, quick.

“Tonight I’ll add salt and pepper and I’ll eat them alive,” Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri said of his players.

“Lazio was too good for us, you could clearly see the difference between the two teams, but it was without doubt the worst Samp performance since I’ve been here.”

Elsewhere

Sassuolo 2-1 Torino

Napoli 0-2 Fiorentina