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Coronavirus latest: How sports stars passed the time on Wednesday, April 8

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan was in good spirits on his 28th birthday.

Sports stars and clubs across the world continue to help their local communities – plus find new ways to amuse themselves – during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the best examples from April 8.


Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan was in good spirits on his 28th birthday.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was doing hill sprints to keep up his fitness.


With the Masters postponed, Tiger Woods was unable to host the Champions Dinner at Augusta last night. Instead, he suited up in his green jacket and had the meal with his family at home.


Heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury was again doing his bit to help the NHS.

The 31-year-old sent drinks to NHS staff that were staying at Hotel Football in Manchester.

He wrote on Instagram: "Supporting and hydrating the Manchester NHS staff with the help of @wowhydrate. Our first delivery of drinks to @hotelfootballuk who have closed to offer rooms free of charge to NHS staff.

"Providing 12 bottles for every NHS frontline employee staying at the hotel @gneville2 @philipneville18 @paulscholes @manchesterunited @davidbeckham (including Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs)"

Heavyweight Joseph Parker was dancing again, this time to 'Greased Lightning' with his partner while his daughter looked on in astonishment.


Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen was reliving his Ashes moments and, in reply to ex-Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, had a confession to make.

Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth pulled no punches during a home workout.


Olympic champion Adam Peaty overcame technical issues to complete a 100km virtual bike race and raise money for the NHS.

The 2016 gold medallist took part in the ride on virtual racing platform Go Swift, but was struck by a bug at 20km which cost him any chance of keeping up with the leading pack.

Still, he was back up and running for the second half of the race, eventually completing it with 500 other people.

He tweeted: "100Km DOWN! That was a lot harder than I thought, so sorry I had technical problems at 20km in, fixed by 57km but couldn't work my way back to the leaders!

"A huge Thankyou to everyone that was involved, it's great to see so many people (over 500) come together and raise money for the NHS."

Peaty has also decided to raffle the trunks he wore when he claimed gold in the 100m breaststroke at the Rio Games in 2016.


Fighter turned trainer. Conor McGregor was giving his fans some tips on how to perfect pull-ups.


Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor, who will renew his rivalry with Raymond Van Barneveld on Thursday night, is using lockdown to get fit.


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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States1010929
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia78419
Great BritainGreat Britain56415
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Wednesday's key events

Β· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

Β· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
Β· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
Β· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
Β· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

Β· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
Β· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

Β· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

Β· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
Β· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

Β· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

Β· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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