Sport you can still watch - Mariners host Melbourne, NRL season continues

Here are five key sporting contests to watch on Friday amid the schedule problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Western Bulldogs head coach Luke Beveridge with club mascot Caesar during a Western Bulldogs AFL media opportunity at Whitten Oval on March 19, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.   -  Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic continues to leave little in the way of live action on the sporting calendar.

Most events have been put on hold or cancelled across the world due to the spread of COVID-19.

There are still some competitions going ahead on Friday, though, and here are five of the best to look forward to.

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Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City - A-League

Australia's top football division continues, albeit with a reduced schedule and games being staged behind closed doors - including both of Friday's matches.

The Mariners will be out to avoid unwanted club history as they host Melbourne City. Alen Stajcic's team are on a nine-match losing run, just one short of their previous worst streak of 10 in a row.

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The Mariners will want to keep a dubious record going when they face Melbourne City.   -  Getty Images

 

Cage Warriors 113 - MMA

Friday's blockbuster will now be held in Manchester after moving from London and is another event being held without spectators in attendance.

Darren Stewart and Bartosz Fabinski meet in the headline fight, while Mason Jones and Joe McColgan will battle it out for the vacant lightweight title.

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Darren Stewart and Bartosz Fabinski will headline CW 113.

 

Brisbane Broncos v South Sydney Rabbitohs - NRL

The NRL has introduced a self-isolation programme for its players in a desperate attempt to keep games on.

And that means plenty of focus will be on the grudge match between the Broncos and the Rabbitohs, who will both be looking to maintain winning starts to the season.

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The NRL will go on in Australia amid coronavirus concerns.   -  Getty Images

 

Western Bulldogs v Collingwood - AFL

Aussie Rules football got under way at an empty MCG on Thursday and the action continues with Western Bulldogs taking on Collingwood Magpies.

The Magpies begin their assault for a record-equalling 16th title - and a first in a decade - against their Melbourne rivals at Docklands Stadium.

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The Magpies seek their 16th AFL title.   -  Getty Images



Dundalk - horse racing

Horse racing has been suspended in the United Kingdom until the end of April, but Horse Racing Ireland has opted to carry on racing after implementing stringent controls.

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Horse racing continues in Ireland, under a lot of regulation   -  Getty Images

 

Friday's sole meeting will take place at Dundalk, where Cautious Approach, Juliet Rose and Sebs Star are all in action.