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Watch Leeds United lift the Championship trophy live on Sky Sports Football from 9.30pm, and also for free across our website and app.

Last Updated: 21/07/20 2:39pm

Champions Leeds will be presented with the Championship trophy on Wednesday night and you can watch it live on Sky Sports.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men were promoted back to the Premier League after a 16-year exile on Friday night, when West Brom lost 2-1 to Huddersfield, and then crowned champions on Saturday afternoon, as Brentford’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke ruled them out of the running.

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The Leeds players celebrated being crowned champions with flares and champagne after their 3-1 win at Derby

The Leeds players celebrated being crowned champions with flares and champagne after their 3-1 win at Derby

There were impassioned celebrations from the players at Elland Road after the Baggies’ result confirmed their safe passage back to the top flight, which continued at Pride Park following Sunday’s 3-1 comeback win over Derby.

But they will finally get their hands on a trophy they last won in 1991/92 – the final season before the Premier League was established – minutes after they wrap up their Championship campaign with the visit of relegation-threatened Charlton on Wednesday.

You can watch the trophy lift live on Sky Sports Football right after West Brom vs QPR on Wednesday night, and there will also be free live coverage of the occasion on skysports.com and the Sky Sports app.

Championship fixtures – final round

All matches kick off at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 22:

Birmingham vs Derby
Brentford vs Barnsley – live on Sky Sports Mix from 7pm
Bristol City vs Preston
Cardiff City vs Hull
Leeds vs Charlton
Luton vs Blackburn
Millwall vs Huddersfield
Nottingham Forest vs Stoke
Reading vs Swansea
Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough
West Brom vs QPR – live on Sky Sports Football from 7.30pm
Wigan Athletic vs Fulham

What’s left to play for?

In short, everything but the title.

West Brom, Brentford and Fulham have all secured at least a play-off spot, but remain in the hunt for the second automatic promotion spot alongside Leeds. That means fifth and sixth spot are both still up for grabs, with Nottingham Forest, Cardiff and Swansea in contention. The Swans currently sit seventh, but could force their way in should they win and either of the other two sides lose.

Meanwhile, there’s set to be chaos in the relegation battle, with no less than seven teams – Huddersfield, Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Charlton, Luton, Barnsley and Hull – still yet to secure their survival in the second tier. With the possibility of a 12-point deduction hanging over Wigan too, everything is in place for a dramatic conclusion.

Follow the Championship finale with Sky Sports

West Brom are in pole position for automatic promotion with a one-point lead over Brentford; their game at home to QPR is live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm, with kick-off at 7.30pm.

You’ll also be able to see Fulham goals as they go in as the Cottagers head to Wigan in hope of sneaking into the top two.

Brentford need the Baggies to slip up and take advantage by bettering their result against Barnsley. You can watch that one on Sky Sports Mix from 7pm, with kick-off also at 7.30pm.

Our dedicated live blog on the Sky Sports website and app will keep you posted on all the goals from around the ground as soon as they hit the net, with match highlights from all games available shortly after full-time.

And you won’t miss a thing on a crunch night with Soccer Special, live on Sky Sports News from 7pm.

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Syracuse’s Carrier Dome Turns 40 Years Old, Gets New Look | Sports News

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By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome opened 40 years ago with an overflow crowd that set an attendance record that still stands.

Pete Sala remembers when the Dome was just an idea on paper.

It was the late 1970s, he was in high school, and the university had decided to replace aging Archbold Stadium with an indoor facility on the same spot featuring an air-supported roof. Sala’s dad, John, was director of the university’s physical plant, and brought home some of the drawings of the new building.

“I remember conversations at the kitchen table, my dad saying Jim (Boeheim, the basketball coach) was going kicking and screaming,” said Sala, now in charge of the Dome as vice president and chief campus facilities officer. “We had to drag Jim down here, and now look at this place. Who would have imagined that?”

Certainly not Boeheim, who had just become the coach in 1976 and was enjoying great success inside raucous Manley Field House, which seated just under 10,000.

“I remember. I was very skeptical,” Boeheim said. “I had a meeting with (vice chancellor) Cliff Winters. He ran the university. We were winning some 50 games in a row (at home), and I said, ‘Well, I really like where we are.’ And he explained to me, ‘We have this building and we can’t just play six football games in there. We can’t afford it. We’re going to be playing (basketball) in the Dome.’ I said, ‘OK.’ That was the end of that conversation.”

The Teflon-topped structure cost $26.85 million and was named after the Carrier Corporation, which paid $2.75 million for the naming rights in perpetuity, a financial mistake the school is trying to rectify. The first football game in the Carrier Dome was Sept. 20, 1980, and the place was an instant hit. The Orange beat Miami of Ohio 36-24 before 50,564 fans, still the attendance record.

Four decades later, the Dome has a just-completed new roof that’s not supported by air, part of a renovation pegged at $118 million. The project required 4,000 tons of steel and just under 3 acres of fabric for the new roof (the old roof was 6.5 acres), which is designed to hold 7,700 tons of snow.

Also included are a center-hung scoreboard that’s more than 62 feet wide and nearly 20 feet high with four equal sides. The lighting and sound have been enhanced.

The irony of having the Dome named after a company renowned for its air-conditioning products and not having that luxury inside for four decades finally will become an old joke. Air conditioning is part of the renovation.

From early rock concerts featuring U2 and Pink Floyd in a span of days — “I think we rolled well over 100 tractor trailers through the building those two weekends. It was insane,” Sala recalled — the Dome’s impact has been significant. More than 16 million people have attended basketball games.

Since the building opened, the Orange under Boeheim have ranked first or second nationally in attendance in all but five seasons. The formation of the Big East Conference in 1979 and the arrival of the top basketball recruit in the country, Pearl Washington, four years later spurred the success at the gate.

“We thought if we could get 15,000 people in there, it would be great,” Boeheim said. “When Pearl came, we went right to 25,000. Nobody saw that coming. Nobody could ever have envisioned that, that we could average over 20,000 people a game for what, now, 30 years, with (little) parking. Our fans are second to none just because of what they have to do to get to the game.”

The first event in the renovated building is a home football game on Saturday against Georgia Tech on national TV. For Sala, whose crews over the years have kept the building in remarkable condition despite harsh upstate New York winters, it will be a bittersweet moment with no fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Yeah, it bothers me a little bit,” he said. “But we are going to simulate a game atmosphere. I think it’ll allow us to really showcase the place the way we should when we finally do open the doors, which I’m happy about.

“The thing that resonates in my mind is the footprint of the Carrier Dome actually takes up 20,000 less square feet and holds twice as many people as Archbold. That’s kind of a neat fact. It was kind of shoehorned into that location and look what it brought to the community.”

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The Latest: SEC to Use Devices to Aid With Contact Tracing | Sports News

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The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

The Southeastern Conference says it is providing its 14 schools wearable technology for football players intended to aid with COVID-19 contact tracing.

The SafeTags made by Kinexon can be worn like a wristband at team facilities or attached to equipment when used in games or practice. The conference says the devices already are being used by the NFL.

The SafeTags allow medical and athletic training staff to track how close those wearing the devices have been to each other and for how long. Current CDC guidelines, which are being used by the NCAA and Power Five conference schools, say a person who was within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus is considered to be at risk and must quarantine for 14 days.

Contact tracing and determining what is a high-risk contact is vital for stopping the spread of the virus and one of the most challenging aspects of trying to stage a football season for college programs. Several teams already have had to postpone games because of players being quarantined due to contact tracing.

Atlético Madrid says defender José María Giménez has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The club says Giménez was the only player infected after the squad underwent tests on Monday.

Atlético says Giménez was isolated at home and the club was following all COVID-19 protocols.

Players will practice individually in the team’s next training session. The morning session had already been canceled because the club had not received all test results in time.

Atlético will make its Spanish league debut on Sunday against Granada at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

The British government has put on hold plans to allow the phased return of spectators into sporting venues in England from Oct. 1 because of a rise in coronavirus cases.

Pilot test events have been held across sports venues with capacity restricted at 1,000. The government hoped stadiums would be allowed to welcome more fans from the start of next month.

Senior medical officers have recommended Britain’s COVID-19 alert level be moved from three to four, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially,” and one below lockdown.

Conservative lawmaker Michael Gove says the government will “pause” the plan of a phased return of spectators because “we need to be cautious at the moment.”

Five players have been withdrawn from the European Masters snooker tournament as a result of positive tests for the coronavirus.

Daniel Wells and Gary Wilson were positive after arriving at the venue in Milton Keynes, England. Three players who came into contact with either of the pair — Elliot Slessor, David Lilley and Michael White — were also withdrawn from the event.

All five must self-isolate.

All players and officials have been tested at snooker events since the sport resumed in June with spectators after the coronavirus outbreak. The European Masters is the first ranking event of the season.

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Sky Sports News forced to come off air after fire alarm sees presenters evacuate with Sky News also affected

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SKY Sports News came off air on Monday night after presenters had to evacuate the studios for a fire alarm.

Sister channel Sky News was also interrupted with live TV host Anna Botting forced to cut short her interview with politcal correspondent Jon Craig.

The Sky Sports studio was left empty when a fire alarm saw staff evacuate

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The Sky Sports studio was left empty when a fire alarm saw staff evacuate

The evacuation of the studios in Osterley, London, took place at around 11.15pm.

A post put out on the Sky Sports News Twitter account read: “We apologise for the loss of service on Sky Sports News.

“We’ve had an emergency evacuation of our studio and will restore our programming as soon as possible.”

The loss of service prompted some tongue-in-cheek responses from viewers.

One wrote on Twitter: “I just cancelled my subscription, I’m taking my bags to BT sport, at least they don’t have any technical issues.”

And talkSPORT producer Rufus Gordon cheekily tweeted: “Give
@talkSPORT a listen in the meantime”, before adding a link to the station.

Channels that were covering live news were forced to put out pre-recorded transmission while the issue was dealt with.

Sky News journalist James Moyse tweeted: “Coverage of #SkyNews interrupted as @annabotting says that a #fire alarm has gone off in the building that controls programming.

“Studios in #Osterley are new, with regular fire alarm checks – so hopefully nothing too serious.

“Finger crossed all colleagues are safe!”

It is not known what caused the alarms to sound at the site in West London.

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