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Changes Hit Kotoko Medical Team

Asante Kotoko are set to make changes in their medical department after their painful exit from the 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup, www.ekowasmahsports.com has learned. The Porcupines failed to progress to the next phase of the Confederation Cup after 1-2 loss to Zambian side, Zesco United, yesterday at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. According to sources within

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I’m proud of the boys – Akonnor

Asante Kotoko coach Charles Akonnor says he is proud of his players, inspite of the team’s failure to make it to the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederation Cup competition. Kotoko took the lead against hosts, Zesco Utd in the last Group C match, yesterday, yet surrendered it almost immediately. Two defensive errors cost them after

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Greek derby abandoned as fans attack players!

  Police clashed with home supporters outside the OAKA Stadium and trouble spilled inside     Tear gas wafted on to the pitch, affecting players and leading to the game being abandoned     German referee Marco Fritz (pictured) abandoned the match in the 70th minute   Panathinaikos’ match at home to Olympiacos was abandoned on

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Re Errol Spence Jr: who’s the next victim?

  Saturday night’s lopsided victory for Errol Spence Jr. inside AT&T Stadium was far from a shock. For months leading up to this weight-straddling “super-fight,” the narrative was set in stone as a mismatch between a big’un and a littlen — Mikey Garcia daring to be great in leapfrogging up to the welterweight limit to

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Spence is The Truth – Mikey Garcia

Errol Spence Jr. retained his IBF Welterweight World Championship in his hometown in front of 47,525 fans with a unanimous decision over four-division world champion Mikey Garcia in the main event of the first Premier Boxing Champions, Saturday night, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. “I really appreciate the love and support of the

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Kotei’s Simba make it to the quarters

Clatous Chama scored in the final minute Saturday to snatch a CAF Champions League quarter-finals place for Simba Sports Club, the first Tanzanian side to achieve the feat. His goal gave the Dar es Salaam outfit a 2-1 home victory over V Club from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and second place in Group D

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Spence-Garcia showdown promo A B-I-G letdown!

\Errol Spence Jr’s skill-set proved too superior to the limited Garcia    Errol Spence Jr successfully defended his IBF world welterweight title for the third time, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated challenger Mikey Garcia on Saturday night. Garcia moved up two weight classes to take on Spence and took a pounding though he never went down.

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Spence hounded, pounded Garcia in every round!

Errol Spence dominated Mikey Garcia from start to finish    Errol Spence Jr had to go the distance to defend his IBF welterweight title for the third time. Still, the outcome was never in doubt for one of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers. Spence unanimously outpointed previously undefeated challenger Mikey Garcia, a skilled boxer who

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Wilder, Mayweather, watch Spence school Garcia

  Wilder had a smile plastered over his face as he took his seat ringside before the main event   Deontay Wilder and Floyd Mayweather were among a number of superstars in Texas on Saturday night as Errol Spence Jr dominated Mikey Garcia in their blockbuster welterweight showdown. Super fights lay on the horizon for Spence now

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We have all it takes to beat Zesco – Amos Frimpong

The captain for Asante Kotoko SC, Amos Frimpong, says today’s showdown with Zambia’s Zesco United in Ndola will be a difficult match but they will wrestle for victory. The last phase of 2018/19 CAF Confederation group stage matches come to an end, today, and Ghanaian giants, Asante Kotoko will play as guests of bottom-positioned Group

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How Spence Jr put Mikey Garcia in his place

Garcia takes a blow to the head from Spence during the 12th and final round of the fight   Spence, regarded as one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters, bossed the fight   Errol Spence Jr had to go the distance to defend his IBF welterweight title for the third time. Still, the outcome was

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C.K. Akonnor names Kotoko squad v. Zesco Utd

Asante Kotoko head coach, C.K. Akonnor, has handed debut starts to Ivorian Dany Zabo Teguy, and Habib Mohammed as they face Zesco United in Zambia, this afternoon. Teguy replaces suspended Songne Yacouba in Kotoko’s do-or-die final group clash in the CAF Confederation Cup competition at Zesco’s base, Ndola. This will mark the first time the

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Arreola crushes Jean Pierre Augustin in three

  Heavyweight Chris Arreola, embarking on a comeback at age 38, picked up a pretty easy win tonight at AT&T Stadium, blasting out previously unbeaten but untested Jean Pierre Augustin in the third round. Arreola (38-5-1, 33 KO) was clearly the better fighter in this one, as he was able to rather easily push Augustin

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f*** you’ – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas disses critics

  Bottas was heard over the Mercedes team radio saying: ‘To whom it may concern, f*** you’   Valtteri Bottas hit back at his critics on the track with a dominant win at the Australian Grand Prix – and had strong words for his doubters as well. Bottas overtook Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on the

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Spence is ‘The Truth’ … for real – Mikey Garcia

  Mikey Garcia wanted to be great, so the four-division titleholder took the biggest risk of his career, moving up to welterweight to face unbeaten IBF titleholder Errol Spence Jr at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. What did we learn? That Errol Spence Jr is a really good welterweight, and Mikey Garcia isn’t. Spence (25-0,

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Spence dominates, humiliates Garcia!

    In a highly anticipated showdown for the IBF welterweight title, Errol Spence (25-0, 22 KOs) dominated and beat down Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs) over twelve rounds to win a lopsided unanimous decision to retain the title. The scores were 120-107, 120-108, 120-108. Garcia, who holds the WBC lightweight title, was moving up

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Spence-Garcia: Pound-for-pound supremacy on the line

  Mikey Garcia, having already won world titles in four weight divisions and universally regarded as one of boxing’s best fighters in the world pound for pound, wanted more. Garcia wanted a title in a fifth weight division. He wanted a big seven-figure payday. And he wanted to test himself against another elite pound-for-pound fighter

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Keylor Navas has to play – Zidane

Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media after the Celta Vigo game, his first on the bench at Real Madrid since his return during the week: The game: “The first half was complicated. We have some difficult but that’s normal. The second half was difficult too but the public helped us and the players worked hard.

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Spence ‘Not Bothered …’ by Sugar Ray, Tyson diss

Errol Spence Jr. isn’t the least bit concerned with what anyone else thinks about how his fight against Mikey Garcia will unfold. Legends “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson have predicted the smaller Garcia will upset Spence in their 12-round, 147-pound title fight Saturday night at AT&T Stadium. That’s fine by the respectful Spence, the

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Rodriguez wants to leave Bayern Munich

James Rodriguez does not want to remain at Bayern Munich, despite cementing his place in the starting line-up in recent months. The Bavarians’ elimination from the Champions League at the hands ofLiverpool has marked the start of rebuilding the squad, but one that does not seem to prioritise James. Nearing the end of his two-year

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Facing Garcia a no-win situation for Spence Jr.

Errol Spence, Jr. gets to fight at AT&T Stadium in front of a big, hometown crowd in Texas, but the net result of his bout on Saturday against Mikey Garcia is a no-win scenario   The bright lights of AT&T Stadium will shine as two of the world’s best fighters square off on pay-per-view in

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Jon Rahm puts McIlroy, Fleetwood, in the shade

‘It was a great day. I didn’t miss many shots out there,’ said Jon Rahm Perhaps, given recent history, Rory McIlroy will take this position and the relative peace and quiet that comes with it. The Northern Irishman will be spared the pursuit of the Players Championship from the last group of the tournament. Spared

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For Errol Spence Jr., training is a family affair

Errol Spence Jr. trains at his gym in Dallas on March 7.   Born in Long Island, New York, and raised outside of Dallas, Errol Spence Jr. spent much of his youth on the football field before his father introduced him to boxing during his sophomore year of high school. Now 29, Spence has spent

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Beckham won’t rule out moves for Ronaldo, Messi

  David Beckham has less than a year before his new Major League Soccer team Inter Miami takes the field and is finally turning his focus to bringing in players with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on his mind. When Beckham announced he would create an MLS franchise in Miami five years ago there was

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Garcia taking one of biggest risks v. Spence

Mikey Garcia and Errol Spence  We have not seen this kind of jeopardy since Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran went up to face Marvin Hagler at middleweight. Both were naturally bigger specimens than Mikey Garcia, so you could argue he is taking one of the biggest risks in the modern era against Errol Spence.

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Wanderers Jimenez, Jota, boot Utd to book semis

  It’s not that Wolves haven’t had their moments in the past 30 years. Indeed, they even reached an FA Cup semi-final 21 years ago, where they faced Arsenal at their peak. Yet in those days defeat felt inevitable. The reality has been adversity with occasional glimmers of hope. Yet this feels quite different. At

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How Garcia has trained for Spence Jr

  With a 39-0 career record, 30 knockouts, world championships in four weight classes and a happy family with three kids, Mikey Garcia could’ve played it safe. He could’ve chosen his spots carefully over the next few years, maintaining an undefeated record by picking off the right opponents as he continued to build up his

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Wales give Gatland perfect Six Nations send-off

Alun Wyn Jones combusts with celebration as Wales are crowned Six Nations champions WALES were singing in the rain as they handed Warren Gatland a glorious third Grand Slam with this sensational victory. The result was never in doubt from the moment Wales opened the scoring after just 71 seconds – and no-one handled the

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Mauricio Pintor decisions game Diego Cruz

  Fringe lightweight contender Mauricio Pintor was able to win a hard-fought unanimous decision over Diego Cruz Friday night at the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. The Pintor-Cruz fight was a clash between Mexico City residents who were in desperate need of a win. Pintor, who had not fought since a split-decision loss

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Hamilton, Mercedes, steal march on rivals

Hamilton has now secured a joint record eighth pole position at Albert Park    Lewis Hamilton began his title defence in emphatic style by taking a wonderful pole position for the Australian Grand Prix. But another Briton, newcomer Lando Norris, also lit up Melbourne just as the five-time world champion did on his own debut

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I’m the best in the world – Mikey Garcia

Mikey Garcia is the underdog and will have deck stacked against him when he steps inside the ring at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Saturday night against IBF welterweight titleholder Errol Spence. It’s a situation he’s had to get used to his entire life growing up in the working class city of Oxnard, California. Whether

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Bale, Isco, repay Zidane’s faith

Isco celebrates with his Real Madrid team-mates after finding the breakthrough in the second half of the league encounter Isco scored, Gareth Bale scored, and Zinedine Zidane smiled on the touchline. This was how it was meant to be every week after Real Madrid lifted their third straight Champions League last season. Isco celebrates after

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The fans can’t fight for Garcia – Spence Jr

  On an unseasonably cool Friday afternoon, thousands of fans poured into AT&T Stadium to watch the fighters weigh-in for Saturday’s welterweight showdown between defending IBF beltholder Errol Spence and challenger Mikey Garcia.  After the undercard fighters weighed in, the stars of the main event made their way to the stage. Garcia, No. 7 in

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Spence-Garcia: other David v. Goliath matchups

  History, convention wisdom and just plain common sense tells us that, with all things relatively equal, the good big man more often than not prevails over the good little man in boxing. It might sound like an overused cliché, but it has proven to be a reliable rule of thumb. Mikey Garcia (39-0, 31

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United up for the Cup?

  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrives at Manchester United’s training ground on Saturday morning   Attention has been on Manchester United‘s Champions League draw with Barcelona for the quarter-finals, but attention now switches to last-eight concerns elsewhere for the Red Devils. As rain poured down in Manchester on Saturday morning, the United players arrived at the

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Tevin Farmer outslugs Jono Carroll

  The American took the wide-points win on the cards after 12 gruelling rounds in Philadelphia     Carroll put in a brave effort as but ultimately fell short of prising the title away from Farmer   Tevin Farmer defeated Ireland’s Jono Carroll with a hard-fought unanimous decision to retain his IBF super featherweight title in

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I go to therapy – Simone Biles

Simone Biles: ‘Usually the only thing stopping you is fear.’   Simone Biles, four-times world champion, winner of three individual Olympic gold medals and arguably one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, is 4ft 8in, but this is not how she appears when in flight. In the hangar-like space of the World Champions Center,

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Taylor Batters Volante To Unify Titles

  Another fight, another major titlist conquered by Katie Taylor. The two-time Olympian from Ireland – who captured a Gold medal in 2012 – has now collected her third lightweight belt following a 9th round stoppage of Brazil’s Rose Volante in their unification bout Friday evening at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Taylor had been

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United desperate to stop City quadruple

  Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has said ending the season with a trophy would put a “different” spin on a rollercoaster campaign and the chance to deny Manchester City an unprecedented quadruple is extra incentive to lift the FA Cup.   Jose Mourinho was sacked as United manager in December with the club 11

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Tanaka outduels Taguchi to retain crown

  Kosei Tanaka held on to his WBO flyweight title with an outstanding win over Ryoichi Taguchi, winning on unanimous decision scores of 117-111, 117-111, and 119-109. BLH had the fight 118-110 for Tanaka, who improves to 13-0 (7 KO) with the victory. It was a far more entertaining fight than you might suspect on

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Neymar to Real Madrid? Really?

Neymar celebrates for PSG Florentino Perez‘s admission that he would try to sign both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar this summer was very much tongue in cheek, yet the Brazilian is once again allowing rumours linking him to Real Madrid to swirl. This is not a new development either, as the former Santos prodigy allowed himself to

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MIkey Garcia is a Winner, Regardless

  Mikey Garcia has already won. I would’ve advised him not to move up in weight to challenge IBF welterweight titleholder Errol Spence, just as his family members (including brother and trainer Robert Garcia) did. Spence’s combination of size and apparent ability would seem to be too much even for a proven star like Garcia

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Uefa CL quarter-final and semi-final draws

The eight remaining 2018/19 UEFA Champions League hopefuls can now plot their paths to the final after the quarter-final and semi-final draws were held in Nyon.   MEET THE LAST EIGHT: UEFA Champions League quarter-finals 9 & 17 April Liverpool (ENG) v Porto (POR) Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) v Manchester City (ENG) 10 & 16 April

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Is Lennox Lewis broke?

  Lennox Lewis earned an impressive eighth-round knockout against Mike Tyson in 2002   Lennox Lewis has insisted he would step back into the boxing ring at the age of 53 for a rematch with Mike Tyson – if he was paid $100m (£76m). Typically, that’s the tell-tale signs of a former world champion –

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Mbappé fined €180,000 for showing up late

Kylian Mbappé has paid the price for arriving late to a team meeting along with Adrien Rabiot back in October 28 before the PSG vs Marseille game in Ligue 1. The club have fined both players for a breach of club conduct to the tune of €180,000.    The French striker is fully aware of

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Bayern can’t compete with Europe’s elite – Kovac

The Croatian manager feels that the money invested in other top clubs makes it difficult for the Bundesliga leaders to keep pace Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac has claimed that his side cannot compete financially with Europe’s elite clubs – particularly the Premier League. Bayern were knocked out in the round of 16 of

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DAVID VS. GOLIATH: A BOXING HISTORY LESSON

In boxing an old adage “A good big ‘un always beats a good little ‘un” has been substantiated countless times throughout history. However the contrary is also true. On Saturday, we’ll witness the latest in a long line of “David vs. Goliath” match-ups when Errol Spence Jr. puts his IBF welterweight title on the line

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Looking to clean out 147 – Spence Jr

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence is aiming to wipe out every top name at 147-pounds – and that includes WBO world champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford. Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) seeks to successfully defend his IBF belt, tonight, against four division world champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The next bout for Spence, should he

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Mikey Garcia’s sense of obligation

Mikey Garcia works out on the speed bag during a workout at Fortune Gym on July 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. Mikey Garcia wears a nice suit while he sits inside a largely empty AT&T Stadium. Outside, it’s cold and rainy. Inside the billion-dollar stadium, everything looks and feels perfect. Most of the people there are

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Spence vs Garcia ready to roll!

  Tonight’s showdown is set, as Errol Spence Jr, Mikey Garcia, and the rest of the fighters made weight yesterday in Arlington, Texas, ahead of tonight’s big show at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas CowBoys. Spence (24-0, 21 KO) will defend the IBF welterweight title against Garcia (39-0, 30 KO),

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McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood jump into lead

Rory McIlroy shot 65 in the second round The only disappointment is that the blue-chip Sawgrass scenario arrives a day early. Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy will take to the third round of the Players Championship tied for the lead at 12 under par in the kind of scene the PGA Tour would be delighted

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Simba can reach the quarters – James Kotei

Whenever Simba wins a match, there are praises for Meddie Kagere, John Bocco and Emmanuel Okwi for their scoring prowess. It is no surprise because goals always decide a game. However, there are some players who play crucial roles despite not finding the back of the net. They are the unsung heroes. And one of them

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United have no fear of Barca – Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will return to the scene of the best night of his career – the Camp Nou   Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said Manchester United have no fear of facing Barcelona after drawing them in the Champions League quarter-finals. United host the five-times European champions on 10 April before the return the following

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Bayern’s humiliation must lead to change

  Early exchanges at post-match press conferences are often anodyne affairs, but on Wednesday night an ashen-faced Niko Kovac was immediately confronted with the most important, most uncomfortable question his team’s 3-1 defeat had raised. “What was your idea for the game?” Kovac’s reply spoke volumes. The 47-year-old started by congratulating Liverpool for being the

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Spence Will Find Out About Mikey’s Power – Garcia

Robert Garcia, head trainer and older brother of four division champion Mikey Garcia, is not overly concerned with the fighting style of IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence. Mikey, who currently holds the WBC lightweight title, will move up by two full weight divisions to challenge Spence on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Mikey

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CL quarter-finals: tie-by-tie analysis

Clockwise from top left: Ajax face Juventus; Liverpool play Porto; Manchester City take on Tottenham; and Manchester United are up against Barcelona   Ajax v Juventus A great opportunity for Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo to take a step closer to the only title that really matters to the club now that they have won seven

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Things might be going wrong in Spence’s head – Garcia

Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KO) is set to move up in weight yet again, as the four-division titleholder challenges IBF welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr (24-0, 21 KO) this Saturday night. The fighters met up at their final presser on Wednesday, and Garcia also spoke with reporters after it was over. On “taking the fight

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We need big performance to qualify – Felix Annan

Asante Kotoko goalkeeper, Felix Annan, knows only the best performance will be good enough to see his side progress to the CAF Confed Cup quarterfinal in the last run of matches over the weekend. Kotoko must beat Zesco United in Ndola on Sunday to advance to the knockout round of the competition. The Porcupines could

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I’ll Punish Garcia – Spence Jr

  IBF welterweight world champion Errol Spence sent a very firm warning in the direction of Mikey Garcia on Wednesday. Spence and Garcia, a four-division champion Mikey Garcia went face-to-face earlier today at the final press conference. On Saturday, they will collide in the ring, in the main event of a Fox Sports Pay-Per-View from AT&T Stadium in

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Zesco battle to make honourable exit

Zesco United battle to end their campaign with honour on Sunday when they host Ghana’s Asante Kotoko in their final Group C match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. The 2017 CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinalists are bottom of Group C on four points from five games after losing 0-3 away to their Zambian compatriots and

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DAZN dangle Wilder a $100m bait!

  American Deontay Wilder has been offered a fortune to sign for streaming network DAZN   Deontay Wilder has been offered a fortune to sign for streaming network DAZN with a view to fighting Anthony Joshua this winter for the undisputed world heavyweight title. But so deep is the WBC champion’s suspicion that the multi-belted

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Mane, van Dijk bounce out Bayern!

BAYERN MUNICH 1-3 LIVERPOOL (agg 1-3): For the third time in this Champions League knockout round, the elite of the Premier League proved superior to their Bundesliga equivalents. Yet, for all of Manchester City’s ten goal aggregate and Tottenham’s home and away wins over Borussia Dortmund, this result was the pick of them all. Bayern

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It’s showtime: from Spence to Garcia

  It’s just a few days away from the biggest fight of 2019 thus far and the narrative has shifted. When it was announced that Errol Spence would defend his IBF welterweight title against IBF lightweight champion Mikey Garcia at AT&T Stadium in Texas, many worried for Garcia’s safety and wondered where his team was

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City should avoid Ronaldo’s Juve – Bernardo Silva

Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva have become well acquainted on international duty with Portugal     Bernardo Silva fears Manchester City drawing Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals because of the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo. Pep Guardiola’s team will discover on Friday whom they face and Silva hopes to avoid his international teammate. Ronaldo scored

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Slight edge to Garcia – Sugar Ray Leonard

When Sugar Ray Leonard watches IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence and challenger Mikey Garcia make their ring walks at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, he will know exactly what is going through each man’s mind. One of the greatest fighters of all time, Leonard played both the Spence and Garcia roles during

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Giants-Browns pull off Beckham blockbuster trade

Odell Beckham Jr has spent his entire career so far with the Giants  Odell Beckham Jr is bound for the Cleveland Browns as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade, according to multiple sources. The Browns are thought to be sending first- and third-round picks this year along with safety Jabrill Peppers to the New York

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Garcia To Shock Spence – Teddy Atlas

  Veteran trainer Teddy Atlas is in the minority, but he’s giving Mikey Garcia a very good shot to pull off the upset on IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence. This coming Saturday night, Garcia will challenge Spence for his world title at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Garcia is currently the WBC’s world champion at

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New York Jets sign Le’Veon Bell for $52.5m

Le’Veon Bell’s 128.9 yards from scrimmage per game is the best mark in the NFL since the 1970 merger Le’Veon Bell sat out a full season while considering where he’d make his next playmaking moves. Well-rested, motivated and armed with a new contract, the star running back is joining Sam Darnold and the New York

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Garcia Biting Off A lot – GGG trainer Abel Sanchez

  Abel Sanchez, best known as the trainer for middleweight star Gennady Golovkin, would love to see Mikey Garcia pull off the upset on Saturday night – but he’s not very confident of that outcome taking place. He expects Errol Spence to use his advantages in size and power to secure the win – but

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Messi, Barca dominate Lyon

LIONEL MESSI dazzled Lyon and sent dominant Barcelona into the Champions League quarter-finals in style with a flamboyant Panenka. The Argentine bagged two with Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele all on the scoresheet to secure Barca’s place in the last-eight for the 12th year running. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde dreaded repeating the fate

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I’ll Show Why I’m The Best – Spence Jr

  On Saturday night, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. will defend his title against unbeaten four-division world champion Mikey Garcia. For the highly-anticipated bout, broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, Garcia will move up to try and capture a title in a fifth-weight class against Spence. Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) is no

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No pressure on us – Felix Annan

Asante Kotoko goalkeeper, Felix Annan, says there is no pressure on the playing body as they face Zesco United in the last run of matches in the CAF Confed Cup group stage, this weekend. According to the shot-stopper, the playing body is aware of the fact that only a victory can ensure the team’s qualification

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Spence v. Garcia [Vol. III]: New ‘Money Vs Old ‘Pac-Man

  It’s Fight Week. I just spoke briefly with Mikey Garcia a few minutes ago and suffice it to say: He’s ready for Errol Spence Jr v Mikey Garcia. I asked him to tell me “The Truth”: “When did you first consider fighting Errol Spence Jr against the advice of your brother and father and why?” He tells me,

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Our hard work will pay off – Emmanuel Gyamfi

Asante Kotoko key midfielder, Emmanuel Gyamfi, believes all is not lost for Asante Kotoko SC as they prepare to face Zesco United in Zambia for the last hurdle of the 2018/19 CAF Confed Cup group stage, Sunday. The Porcupines left the shores of Ghana today to face the Zambian side – who lie bottom of

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Ronaldo the showman shows Atletico the door!

JUVENTUS 3-0 ATLETICO MADRID (agg 3-2): A Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass inspired Juventus into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The Italian champions overturned a two-goal deficit from the first-leg in Spain thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick on a feverish night in Turin. Ronaldo headed home in the 27th minute and then the 49th before

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Reds must be ready for a ‘big fight’ – Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool must be ready for a “big fight” when they visit Bayern Munich in theChampions League on Wednesday and are motivated to improve their recent away record in the competition, centre back Virgil van Dijk has said. The Merseyside club travel to Germany for the second leg of their last-16 tie after the sides played

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I’m going to shock the world – Anthony Crolla

Anthony Crolla has insisted he can shock the world and beat Vasyl Lomachenko on April 12   Anthony Crolla is acutely aware of Vasyl Lomachenko’s reputation as one of the best fighters on the planet but is intent on causing an almighty upset against the unified world lightweight champion. Crolla has reigned on the world stage

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Hazard determined to join Zidane’s Madrid

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is a great admirer of Zinedine Zidane, who became Real Madrid’s manager again this week  Eden Hazard’s resolve to move to Real Madrid at the end of the season has been strengthened by Zinedine Zidane’s reappointment as manager at the Bernabéu, with Real having finally formalised their pursuit of the Belgium captain.

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Spence Overpowers Garcia – Bob Arum

Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum is fully backing IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence to retain his world title on Saturday night. Spence will defend his welterweight title against four division champion Mikey Garcia at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Garcia holds the WBC world title at the lightweight limit of 135-pounds. He’s moving up by two

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The ‘line has been crossed’ – England FA

The Football Association says “a line has been crossed” after separate incidents in which fans attacked players this weekend. Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was struck on the back of the head by a Birmingham City supporter entering the pitch on Sunday, hours before Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was pushed by a fan at Arsenal. In a

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Zidane to the rescue!

  Real Madrid have confirmed the reappointment of Zinedine Zidane as manager until 2022. Zidane has made a sensational return to the club just nine months after he walked away following his third successive Champions League trophy. The club had grown increasingly frustrated by results under Santiago Solari and the unceremonious defeat by Ajax at

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Djokovic v. Federer/ Nadal in power play!

Djokovic is head of the Player Council which led a move to oust supremo Chris Kermode   Roger Federer has accused Novak Djokovic of snubbing him as further rifts open up among tennis’s top players amid increasing political turmoil in the sport. In a rare public schism the Swiss legend revealed that he and Rafael

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Golovkin returning to the ring in June

  The multi-year deal gives the Kazakh possibility of fighting Alvarez for a third time   Gennady Golovkin will return to the ring in June after signing a multi-year deal Friday with DAZN, which gives him the possibility of a third fight with Canelo Alvarez. No date or opponent was announced for the fight, which

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Joshua Clottey Returns With TKO, then retires

Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (39-5, 22 KOs) returned to the ring on Saturday night in a very low-key comeback fight at the Bukom Arena, in Accra, where he picked up a sixth round TKO win over Mfaume Mfaume (14-6-2, 6KOs). Clottey, fighting at the 157-pound-limit, appeared to be in very good shape, moved

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Madrid ‘on brink’ of reappointing Zidane!

Real Madrid are set to reappoint former manager Zinedine Zidane later this afternoon   Real Madrid are set to reappoint Zinedine Zidane later this afternoon, just nine months after his departure from the Bernabeu. Zidane left the club last summer unhappy about the planning for this season but he could be about to make a

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At the end of 12 tightly contested rounds versus Yordenis Ugas, the only thing Shawn Porter seemed concerned about was whether the judges were able to decide a winner. In the end, it was Porter whose hand was raised in a split decision victory which allowed him to retain his welterweight title. Scores of 116-112

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Former four division world champion Adrien Broner is finally paying off his $1 million jewelry debt … agreeing to give it all back in 3 installments, according a TMZ Sports report. The boxing star was hit with a lawsuit last year after he allegedly stiffed a jeweler out of more than $1 million in fine jewels. Pristine Jewelers

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I Was Robbed! – Yordenis Ugas

WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter retained his title with a close split-decision victory over Yordenis Ugas Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. “I showed tonight that I belong with the elite fighters at welterweight,” said Ugas. “All I can say is that I’m ready to fight any of the

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Racing result reversed after Sandown finish

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Solskjaer to take legal action

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DAZN snaps up Golovkin for six fights!

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Pep Guardiola has reportedly agreed to sign a four-year deal to join Serie A giants Juventus   Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has reportedly agreed to replace Massimiliano Allegri as Juventus manager. Allegri is under contract until June 2020 but may decide to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere this summer. Juve chiefs are assessing their

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  Had Errol Spence paid much attention to early whispers suggesting a physical mismatch, he wouldn’t have any reason to enter the ring versus Mikey Garcia but then, he’d also be left without any fight at all—and one which the once considerable gap in odds continues to narrow. The unbeaten welterweight titlist welcomes the challenge

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Eric Weddle is on the move. The Los Angeles Rams agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Weddle that is worth up to $12.5 million with a $10.5 million salary, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Friday. The team later confirmed the signing. Weddle had 11 offers and narrowed the list

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Asante Kotoko’s midfield enforcer, Richard Senanu, is scheduled to return from injury to face Al Hilal in their CAF Confed Cup Group C match at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Sunday. Senanu has been out since the Kotoko-Zesco match in Kumasi, three weeks, ago, when he sustained a knee injury. According to a grapevine source

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Asante Kotoko defender, Emmanuel Agyemang, says the players are ready to beat Sudan’s Al Hilal in their last 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup Group C home match at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Sunday. The Porcupine Warriors have been impregnable at home, winning both matches over two Zambian opposition, Zesco United (2-1) and Nkana FC (3-0).

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  The last time Shawn Porter came to Carson, California, to fight, he left StubHub Center without the IBF welterweight title. Kell Brook barely beat him that night in August 2014, yet that close loss cost Porter some money. The Akron, Ohio, native defeated Adrien Broner two fights later, but he waited another year thereafter

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UEFA to suspend Neymar?

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The east London-born forward is hoping he can follow in the path of Sancho and Foden     Brewster sustained an ankle injury against Manchester City and has had complications since   It is the moment when Rhian Brewster bows his head and lowers his voice that you see the toll the past 15 months

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  Mikey Garcia is convinced he is better than Errol Spence Jr. That’s why he pursued what some people consider an impossible mission. That’s why the undefeated four-division champion can’t wait to get to Dallas next week for the biggest fight of his career. Garcia gladly discussed those things when he met with reporters for

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Spence-Garcia a la Leonard-Duran, Chavez-Taylor

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is very excited about the upcoming bout between IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence and four division champion Mikey Garcia. The contest takes place on March 16th, at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Fox Sports Pay-Per-View will carry the contest. Garcia, who holds the WBC lightweight title, is moving up by

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The referee made the right call by awarding a penalty following Presnel Kimpembe’s handball   The ref simply applied the laws as UEFA wish them to be but for me it shouldn’t be a penalty   Let’s be clear, referee Damir Skomina (Slovenia) made the right decision in awarding Manchester United their late penalty following the handball by

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Rickie Fowler learned the hard way in Phoenix about the new drop from the knee rule  A major change to the Rules of Golf took place beginning Jan. 1, with making the rules simpler one of the big goals among the game’s governing bodies. And in many ways, that is the case, with the rulebook

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United rock, shock, knock out PSG in Paris!

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Giannis Antetokounmpo says he is not just “The Greek Freak.”  “The Greek Freak” can’t wait to go learn more about his roots. His roots in Lagos, Nigeria. “Obviously, a lot of people don’t know where I’m from,” Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo told The Undefeated. “A lot of people think my mom or my dad

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  As Daniel Jacobs faces middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez on May 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the most cynical observers of the sport will note that Jacobs is already down a few rounds on the scorecards. While that is certainly hyperbole, it’s difficult to overlook some favorable judging that the Mexican superstar

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The longer I think about it, the more I’m angry – Muller

  Muller endured a miserable World Cup in Russia and his struggles have continued, this season   Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has expressed his anger following Germanymanager Joachim Low‘s decision to axe both him and two of his World Cup winning team-mates from the national team. Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels were all

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WBC orders Wilder-Breazeale mandatory

At some point, the World Boxing Council (WBC) will get a desired heavyweight title fight. Barely a week after plans for an ordered rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury were officially torched, the WBC has now summoned Wilder – its heavyweight champion—to next defend versus mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale. The bout was formally ordered

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I’m always ready – Callum Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi has become one of the world’s most talked about teenagers  In the early hours of a Thursday morning, after the celebrations had settled and supporters spilled from Stamford Bridge, Callum Hudson-Odoi steps from behind a taxi’s tinted glass into the glistening shadow of the Ritz. Chelsea tracksuit swapped for a denim jacket and

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AJ hangs out with Drake after intro to America

  Thirty-two-year-old Drake is a keen boxer, having taken up the sport in an attempt to keep fit   Canadian rap star Drake popped into London‘s Luxury Boxing Gym this week and met Anthony Joshua. The famous pals posed for a photo, which Drake shared on Instagram with his 54million followers. Drake quoted London-based rapper Dave in

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Spurs dare to dream in Champions League

Harry Kane celebrates his goal against Borussia Dortmund as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals     It is a time for Tottenham to dream. The London club completed an impressive Champions League elimination of Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, winning 1-0 at Signal Iduna Park for a 4-0 aggregate triumph and now the

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Osei Mensah sounds clarion call for Kotoko

The Ashanti regional minister, Simon Osei Mensah, has called on the people of Kumasi to rally their support behind Asante Kotoko ahead of their last Group C CAF Confed Cup home match against Al Hilal of Sudan, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Sunday. The Porcupine Warriors put up a sterling performance against Zambian side,

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Daniel Jacobs cracks whip at crooked judging

IBF middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs believes his recent statements, explaining that Gennady Golovkin should have been the rightful victor in both bouts with Canelo Alvarez, have offended the Mexican superstar. Jacobs will stake his belt against Canelo, who holds the WBC, WBA middleweight belts, on May 4th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Canelo and

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Dusan Tadic ninth to receive perfect 10/10

  Dusan Tadic received a perfect score of 10 by L’Equipe for his part in Real Madrid demolition     The Serb scored one and assisted two as Ajax thrashed Real Madrid 4-1 at the Bernabeu   Dusan Tadic has joined an elite list of players to have received a perfect score of 10 in

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Stunning Ajax road-show ends road for Madrid

REAL MADRID 1-4 AJAX (agg 3-5): The bigger they come, the harder they fall. After 1011 days as Champions League holders the 13-times winners Real Madrid came crashing down out of the competition losing 4-1 on the night to Ajax and 5-3 on aggregate. It was a humiliation. Gareth Bale watched it unfold from the

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TOKYO 2020: Sierra Leone Disqualified

Due to the current suspension of the Sierra Leone Football Association by FIFA, Sierra Leone is disqualified from the qualifiers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Women’s). Following the decision, Cote d’Ivoire progresses to the next round. Meanwhile, Angola has withdrawn from the qualifiers, earning Zambia, their opponents at the First Round passage to the

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Time to make Garcia pay – Spence

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence took some time to chat with Fight Hub about his March 16 fight with Mikey Garcia. Check out some excerpts on his thoughts on the fight which is now just a couple of weeks away… Spence on how he’s feeling with the Garcia fight just around the corner: “I feel

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Low shuts door to Muller, Boateng and Hummels

Joachim Low says he needs to look at young players after informing the Bayern Munich trio   Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller (L-R) have been dropped by Germany   Germany boss Joachim Low is not planning to call up World Cup winners Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller again, effectively bringing an

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Gervonta Davis: Wanted For Alleged Assault

  According to TMZ Sports, an arrest warrant has been issued for WBA super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis. The warrant was issued in connection with Davis having an alleged altercation with another man at an ATM machine at an upscale mall in Virginia on February 17. Officers did arrive on the scene, and one witness

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My target is to keep clean sheets – Felix Annan

IMPRESSIVE Asante Kotoko goalkeeper, Felix Annan, has disclosed that it is his target to keep clean sheets for the remainder of the ‘Reds’ campaign in the 2018/19 CAF Confederation competition. The colourful goalkeeper has been the backbone of Kotoko’s compelling performances and resurging run, thus far. However, Annan has kept only two clean sheets in

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I’ll Be King of The Division – Jacobs

  Daniel Jacobs is expecting to become the king of the middleweights in two months. On May 4th, Jacobs will stake his IBF world title against Mexican superstar, Canelo Alvarez, who holds the WBC, WBA middleweight belts. The World Boxing Council will also stake in a special “Mayan belt” for the winner. The contest takes

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Anthony Joshua shakes head at Lennox Lewis

IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is shaking his head at some of the recent criticisms from former undisputed world champion Lennox Lewis. Lewis felt Joshua, and his promoter Eddie Hearn, dropped the ball when it came to making a unification deal with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. The comments by Lewis prompted Hearn to fire back

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Awed by my performance – Daniel Darkwah

ASANTE KOTOKO defender, Daniel Darkwah, says he is awed by his excellent showing in his first competitive match on his return from injury manifested against Nkana FC, in the CAF Confederation Cup group stage at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Sunday. The immaculate left-footed player, after 10 months out of competitive football due to a

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Adhoc C’ttees present reports to NC

Dr Kofi Amoah — NC President The Normalisation Committee (NC) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has received the reports of the six adhoc committees set up to make proposals to enhance the ongoing reforms in Ghana.   At the GFA Conference Room in Accra last Tuesday, the various committees took turns to make power-point

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The wind came from all directions – Klopp

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have surrendered top spot, but the German continues to believe   Jurgen Klopp blamed the wind for blowing Liverpool’s title challenge off course as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Everton. For the second successive Sunday, Liverpool struggled for fluency and they had to settle for a point in a

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Dogboe gets chance to avenge Navarrete May 11

The expected rematch between Emmanuel Navarrete and Isaac Dogboe is budgeted to be held as the co-feature to another rematch, between Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt and Francisco “Bandido” Vargas, which is taking place on May 11. According to ESPN Deportes, sources close to the organization of the event have said that both Navarrete and Dogboe have been notified of

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HILAL SINK ZESCO, GO TOP OF GROUP C

Sudanese side El Hilal beat Zesco United of Zambia 3-1 in Omdurman on Sunday to go top of Group C, and enhance their hopes of reaching the  knockout stage for the first time since 2012. The 2012 semifinalists moved to the summit on seven points, one more than Ghana’s Asante Kotoko who beat Nkana of Zambia

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Kotoko cannot d-i-e!!!

Kumasi, the famed centre of the Ashanti Kingdom, noted for its historic conquests over enemy aggression over the centuries, comes into sharp focus, this afternoon. For, its beloved Asante Kotoko, flying high the flag of Ghana during its transition from ignominy to normalcy, is thrust in a battle for survival, pressed to the ground, in

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Richard Senanu unfit for crucial Nkana tie 

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Pacquiao Honoured By Philippines’ Armed Forces

AFP Chief-of-Staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana awarded the AFP Meritorius Achievement Medal to Paquiao for his triumphant defense of the WBA “regular” welterweight world title against Broner last January 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For his latest victory over American challenger Adrien Broner and other outstanding achievements, the Armed Forces of the

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Barca show Madrid the Real difference!

NEW REAL MADRID 0-1 BARCELONA: Gareth Bale was whistled off as Real Madrid were beaten for the second time in four days by Barcelona. The league is now definitely beyond them, and the relationship between Bale and the Bernabeu may also be completely beyond repair. Four Champions League don’t save you when this crowd turn on

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  IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs believes he is fully capable of scoring a knockout victory over Canelo Alvarez, who holds the WBC, WBA middleweight straps. The two world champions will collide in a highly anticipated unification on May 4th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The DAZN streaming service will carry the fight. “This fight represents

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Michael Osei backs Akonnor to triumph

CLUB LEGEND AND FORMER COACH OF ASANTE KOTOKO, MICHAEL OSEI, HAS THROWN HIS SUPPORT BEHIND CURRENT EMBATTLED COACH, C. K. AKONNOR. The Black Meteors assistant gaffer has backed Akonnor to disprove his doubters and prove his technical ingenuity in Kotoko’s crucial CAF Confederation Cup return fixture at the Baba Yara Stadium, tomorrow. “Akonnor is a

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Could Be Short Night For You – Spence tells Garcia

  Mikey Garcia appeared genuinely offended. Seated across a table from Errol Spence Jr., an incredulous Garcia demanded an answer from his upcoming opponent. Why, Garcia wanted to know, did Spence state that March 16 could amount to “a short night” for them? It’s because, Spence explained, the strong southpaw firmly believes in his power

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The top six rematches we never got to see

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I May Be Ringside at Spence-Garcia – Pacquiao

WBA “regular” welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is very interested in the upcoming fight between IBF champion Errol Spence and four division beltholder Mikey Garcia. Spence will face Garcia on March 16th at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Pacquiao was in action back n January, when he dominated Adrien Broner over the twelve round distance. The 40-year-old Pacquiao

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Golden Boy insisted on 2nd-day weigh-in – Jacobs

Following their opening press conference, Daniel Jacobs sits down for a media scrum to discuss his May 4th fight against Canelo Alvarez and mentioned Golden Boy inserting a second-day weigh-in clause for the bout – despite the IBF previously removing that stipulation for title unification fights. “To clarify that, we did [a second-day weigh-in] in

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Olympic cross-country Hauke caught doping to the Max

  Austrian police caught cross-country skier Max Hauke in the middle of a blood transfusion   A sensational video has emerged of Austrian police walking in on Nordic skier Max Hauke while he was in the middle of a blood transfusion. Olympian Hauke was among five skiers arrested in police raids in Seefeld on Wednesday targeting an

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons continue world cup preps

Africa champions Nigeria will continue preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 at the annual Cyprus Women’s Cup tournament to be held between 27 February to and 6 March in the Southern coastal city of Larnaca. Now, in its 12th edition, the 12-nation invitational tournament would also be attended by three other France

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MoneyGame taking bite out of The Fight-Game!

Wilder and Fury shared an epic first fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 1     The heavyweight rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is off – for now at least   At its core, boxing is a simple sport – a battle between two fighters, primed after months of

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Man City agree mammoth £650m Puma kit deal!

  City’s prolific Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is already a brand ambassador for Puma   City captain Kompany, also a Puma ambassador, is seen promoting their footwear   Manchester City have signed a £650million kit deal with Puma, one of the biggest commercial contracts in football history. The partnership with Puma – first revealed by

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Shawn Porter eyeing Spence-Garcia winner

  From the moment he was being groomed as a rising welterweight, Shawn Porter has consistently called out his divisional peers. Some fights have come along, but often at the expense of the Akron, Ohio native having to grow stale on the sidelines awaiting such opportunities to materialize. Following his win over Danny Garcia—one of

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10-Pound Rehdyration Rule on Jacobs – Canelo

  Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KO’s) and Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KO’s) kicked off their mega fight press tour in New York with plenty of fans in support of both. Canelo being the most popular fighter in the sport and Jacobs being from New York. The fight will take in Las Vegas on May 4th

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Bryce Harper to sign record $330m contract

Six-time All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper is heading to Philadelphia on a record $330m contract  Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a 13-year contract worth $330m, making it the richest deal in baseball history. Harper, a 26-year-old All-Star outfielder who’s spent the entirety of his seven-year major-league career with the Washington Nationals, topped

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Real sack Alvaro Benito, hire Raul

  Real Madrid have decided to dismiss Alvaro Benito as the coach of the Juvenil Bteam after his comments on television and the radio, with club legend Raul Gonzalez replacing him. Raul returned to Madrid three years ago as he underwent his coaching badges and took charge of one of the youth sides, where he has

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Daniel Jacobs: a chance to claim greatness

  Daniel Jacobs waited patiently on the far side of the stage, awaiting his more celebrated opponent to arrive. As a Canelo Alvarez highlight reel played on the screen to start Wednesday’s press conference, Jacobs began bouncing on his toes. He’s been waiting for his moment for a true mega-fight, and now he has it.

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Solari running out of credit at Madrid

It isn’t a time for reflection but rather to collect data and make decisions quicker than they have been made in recent seasons. That is the thought at least from those in power at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after Real Madrid’s 3-0 Copa del Rey loss to Barcelona. The proximity of decisive matches, with Barcelona

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What next for Gennady Golovkin?

GENNADY GOLOVKIN could have been forgiven for despairing. His first fight with Canelo Alvarez ended in a bitterly controversial draw. He, and many observers, were adamant he deserved to win. They rematched last September, another close fight but Alvarez won a close decision. But it has not soured the 36 year old Kazakh. He will be back.

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De Gea’s extension to match Sanchez’s or no deal

David De Gea is ready to sign a new long-term contract with Manchester United, with the goalkeeper and club closer to finding an agreement on terms and breaking an impasse over agents fees. The Spaniard has been a long-time target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs – most notably Real Madrid – but Thibaut Courtois’

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Not guilty – Robert Kraft

Will the NFL punish Robert Kraft and the Patriots over prostitution allegations?   New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case, according to court documents released on Thursday. Kraft’s attorney Jack Goldberger filed the written plea with the Palm Beach County

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Fury cites ‘robbery’ for dodging Wilder rematch

  Many fans were looking forward to an anticipated rematch between heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, but we now know that won’t be happening in the short term. Although Fury’s new co-promoter Bob Arum suggests that he thinks that marinating the rematch will only make it a bigger commercial event, there are still

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City breathing down necks of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah laughs as he shuts his boot after arriving at Anfield on Wednesday lunchtime   Liverpool’s players are already at Anfield and don’t appear to be feeling the weight of expectation ahead of their huge clash with Watford on Wednesday night. Jurgen Klopp, Mohamed Salah, Alisson and defender Virgil van Dijk were all smiles as

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Freed Kwame Bonsu steering Kotoko wheel

On 6 October 2017, Ghanaians woke up to a sad story. Midfielder Kwame Bonsu has been sentenced to a two-year jail term by a court in Sweden for allegedly assaulting his partner in 2015. Then on the books of Swedish side Gefle IF, his contract was terminated. However, after 11-months behind bars, Bonsu, 24, was

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Going to shock the world – Anthony Crolla, re Loma

AFTER thrilling Big Apple audiences in his last three bouts, Vasyl Lomachenko is ready to bring his lightweight world titles to the City of Angels. Lomachenko, the pound-for-pound Picasso and the WBA and WBO lightweight world champion, will defend his titles against former lightweight world champion Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla on Friday, April 12 at

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Jacobs Must KO Canelo or forget it – BJ Saunders

  Former WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (above) does not believe Daniel Jacobs is capable of securing a twelve round decision over Canelo Alvarez.     Jacobs and Canelo will collide in a middleweight unification on May 4th, when they battle for the WBA, WBC, IBF world titles at the T-Mobile Arena in Las

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Gervonta Davis Under Investigation

According to TMZ Sports, WBA super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis is the subject of a police investigation after an alleged physical altercation with police. Davis — Floyd Mayweather’s top protege — was at an upscale mall in Virginia on February 17 when he got into it with another man at an ATM machine. One

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Nothing will stop me – Gilberto Ramirez

  Mexico’s Gilberto Ramirez (39-0, 25 KOs) is ready to make his mark at light heavyweight after making five successful defenses of his WBO world title. The native of Mazatlán, Mexico, is a 10-year pro who won the world title in April 2016 with a shutout unanimous decision over two-weight world champion Arthur Abraham. In

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Jacobs Will Be a Difficult, Complicated Fight – Canelo

  Canelo fought Golovkin to a controversial draw in 2017, and then won a close twelve round decision over him in 2018.   Canelo Alvarez does not believe that Daniel Jacobs is going to give him a fight as tough as Gennady Golovkin, but believes that by the style of his next opponent, the fight could

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  The Australian Press Council says cartoon was response to Serena Williams ‘outburst’, was not racist and did not breach media standards A Herald Sun cartoon that depicted Serena Williams jumping in the air and “spitting the dummy” after losing a match to Naomi Osaka was not racist, the Press Council has found. The News

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City have 20 more cup finals left if they are to achieve the unthinkable   In a swish hospitality bar high above the Wembley pitch, Manchester City’s party was just getting started. A victory stage had been hastily erected, the newly-wonCarabao Cup trophy was sitting on a plinth, and the club’s chief executive Ferran Soriano

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Former world champion Tyson Fury has once again verbally lashed out in the direction of his domestic rival – IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO world champion Anthony Joshua. Joshua is back in the ring on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He faces undefeated contender Jarrell Miller of Brooklyn. “I think it is

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  Raheem Sterling stepped up to smash home the decisive penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way to win the Carabao Cup   Growing up in the shadow of this stadium, Raheem Sterling no doubt dreamed of occasions like this. Not in his wildest imaginings, however, could his crowning moment have taken place in such

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Robert Garcia readily admits that Errol Spence wasn’t his first choice to be his younger brother Mikey Garcia’s next opponent. The four-division world champion has stated several times that he is taking the fight to enhance his legacy and is daring to be great. After bouncing back and forth between the lightweight and super lightweight

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Between Wilder, Fury and Joshua, Holyfield is giving Wilder the top spot in the weight class Former two division undisputed champion Evander Holyfield backs WBC world champion Deontay Wilder as the best heavyweight in the world. While he views IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua as being the most skilled fighter in the division – he can’t back

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Manchester United hit by injury crisis

Ander Herrera was first to depart after going down with what looked to be a hamstring injury   Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left cursing his Manchester United side’s luck after seeing Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard limp off injured during the first half of Sunday’s showdown with arch-rivals Liverpool. Herrera was the first to

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  Back in 2014, Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr met in a middleweight fight for the European, British, and Commonwealth titles, with Saunders building an early lead and surviving a late Eubank charge to win a very close decision. Yesterday, Eubank (28-2, 21 KO) scored a career-best win over James DeGale, and Saunders

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Arguments against trans based on prejudice?

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Initially, it flattered Klopp that Ferguson was so interested in him   Two great north-west football rivals: one in fine form, imbued by confidence inspired by a caretaker manager with historical connections. His arrival came amidst the major takeover story of the year, inheriting a defence that was unconvincing, a ground that needed redeveloping. He

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Chris Eubank Jr dominates James DeGale

Chris Eubank Jr on the attack in his victory over James DeGale Chris Eubank Jr finally emerged from his father’s suffocating cloak on Saturday night to send two-time world champion James DeGale hurtling towards retirement and setting his own career on what could be an irresistible upward curve. “There is no returning for whoever comes

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Newly crowned IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey returned to his native Ghana to a hero’s welcome, with thousands of people cramming the streets of Bukom to celebrate the homecoming of their champion. Commey dismantled game Russian Isa Chaniev within two rounds to claim the IBF world lightweight strap in Texas on 2 February and was

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3607: A test of defensive skill from Milan Vidmar v José Raúl Capablanca, San Sebastian 1911. The Cuban legend (Black, to play) needed to draw here for first prize in his elite tournament debut, but White planned to step up the pressure by Nd6 or Be4. Can you find Capablanca’s move which led to a

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From the moment Tyson Fury and promoter Frank Warren announced their alignment with Top Rank and ESPN, each passing day has suggested the troubling news of a rematch with Deontay Wilder looking less and less likely to occur in the near future. There is a silver lining to the potential fallout; at least if you’re

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  Oleksandr Gvozdyk might not yet have the superstar status being lavished on his close friends Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk, but he is now the man to conquer in the Light-Heavyweight division. ‘The Nail’ will look to hammer Frenchman Doudou Ngumbu in the first defence of his WBC 175lb Title in Philadelphia on March

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As Robert Kraft faces two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a human trafficking sting in Florida (allegations Kraft denies), a source tells PEOPLE that the New England Patriots owner has become a “very different person” since his beloved wife’s death in 2011. “Bob Kraft had a fairytale romance with his wife, and they

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TYSON FURY HAS stolen a march on his heavyweight rivals and is in prime position to crack the American market after signing his US broadcast deal with ESPN, by far the biggest sporting network Stateside. It is a landmark deal for the rejuvenated Tyson following on from his stunning resurrection against Deontay Wilder in December,

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Anthony Joshua heard Jarrell Miller call him an Uncle Tom, a drug dealer, a pothead and worse, Tuesday. By the time they went their separate ways at Madison Square Garden, the unbeaten British superstar understandably had endured enough of the loquacious contender from Brooklyn. They’ll promote their June 1 fight at The Garden through the

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ANTHONY JOSHUA has said he would opt for no “nonsense” tactics against Tyson Fury – but will deploy more strategic boxing with Deontay Wilder. Joshua missed out on the opportunity to unify his WBA, IBF and WBO world titles against WBC king Wilder after the American snubbed any fight offers. For the same reason AJ,

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Kraft ‘not the biggest name’ implicated

Jupiter, Fla., Police Chief Daniel Kerr speaks during a news conference Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Jupiter, Fla., where they announced that they have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution The NFL world was shaken on Friday by the news that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft had been charged

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Pats owner Robert Kraft charged with solicitation

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Jarrell Miller going down by R8 – Joshua

Boxer Anthony Joshua performed a freestyle rap in an interview on American radio    Anthony Joshua has predicted a brutal ending for heavyweight opponent Jarrell Miller when the duo face-off later this year during a freestyle RAP on American radio. The British heavyweight champion also addressed his opponent’s accusations, made at a heated press conference

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  Chris Eubank Jnr will have a chance to regain the prize he lost from George Groves   The International Boxing Organisation belt is the most lightly regarded world championship in boxing. Though not by Chris Eubank Jnr. When he first won that fringe super-middleweight title, after beating Renold Quinlan two years ago, Eubank paraded

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During yesterday’s kick off press conference in New York, Jarrell Miller breaks down his thoughts on Anthony Joshua’s resume, and explains why he thinks he’s more than earned his shot at this title opportunity… “[Joshua] does certain things well. He gets hit pretty well too. He has an okay jab. Right hand is pretty decent,

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I Will Be #1 By End Of Year – Spence, Jr

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence and four-division champion Mikey Garcia recently met the press in Arlington, Texas to discuss their March 16th pay-per-show down that will be distributed by FOX.  The fight takes place at Cowboys Stadium and will be the network giant’s first foray into the pay-per-view realm. Both fighters are regarded as elite

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Loma is not unbeatable – Anthony Crolla

Vasiliy Lomachenko will put his WBA and WBO lightweight titles on the line against Anthony Crolla in Los Angeles on April 12. Lomachenko – a two-time Olympic champion with a record of 12 wins and a solitary loss in an accelerated professional career – was due to face Richard Commey in a unification bout at

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Jarrell Miller hits Tyson Fury super-low

JARRELL MILLER has countered talk of Tyson Fury decking him seven times in a sparring session by suggesting he saw Fury “hump a donkey” the equivalent amount of times. This, the latest twist in the Anthony Joshua-Jarrell Miller-Tyson Fury saga, will of course be taken about as seriously as the American’s chances of dethroning Joshua on

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Ugas won’t be an easy fight – Shawn Porter

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Anxious Sarri unsure of Chelsea future

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he is ‘not sure’ about his future at the club    Sarri is under huge pressure but he says he is planning to remain manager ‘for a long time’ Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has defended his maligned tactical system and insists he has not held any talks with

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Big Baby hustles his way to $6.5m jackpot

  Turns out that Miller did quite well for himself at the negotiating table, too. Multiple sources have confirmed to BoxingScene.com that Miller’s total compensation package for fighting Joshua on June 1 is approximately $6.5 million. The unbeaten Brooklyn heavyweight will have to pay his co-promoters, Greg Cohen and Dmitriy Salita, out of that huge

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Paulo Dybala scored five times in as many games during the group stage©Getty Images On Cristiano Ronaldo… “I’ve had the chance to play alongside Lionel Messi [with Argentina] and now I’m playing with Cristiano Ronaldo; there aren’t many of us who’ve had that opportunity. It’s a positive thing because you can always learn from the

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Let’s get one champion per weight division – Marvin Hagler

FORMER middleweight king Marvin Hagler has lamented the proliferation of world titles in the modern era as he called for one champion per division. Hagler was the undisputed top dog of the 160lbs category from 1980 until 1987 when he retired after a controversial points defeat to Sugar Ray Leonard having made 12 successful defences of

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Wilder robbed me – Fury-ous Tyson

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Lomachenko-Crolla Set April 12 In Los Angeles

Vasiliy Lomachenko officially has an opponent for an April 12 date he and Top Rank were determined to keep. Ukraine’s two-time Olympic Gold medalist and three-division titlist in the pro ranks will make the second defence of at least one lightweight title versus England’s Anthony Crolla.  The bout will take place April 12 at the Staples

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Wilder, Fury, must fight again! – Sulaiman

  The prospect of Tyson Fury’s rematch with Deontay Wilder still happening has been revived     WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman insists they have a moral duty to come to terms   The prospect of Tyson Fury‘s rematch with Deontay Wilder still happening has been revived by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman insisting that they and

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Leo Santa Cruz to roll the dice

  In an entertaining fight on Saturday night, Leo Santa Cruz extended his record to 36-1-1 after a convincing points win over the overmatched Mexican Rafael Rivera. As expected when Santa Cruz enters the ring, the fight was an all-action affair with flurries of punches dominating large parts of the rounds without ever looking like

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Bayern hunting for Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Bayern Munich join the growing list of clubs monitoring Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka   Bayern Munich have joined the growing list of clubs monitoring Crystal Palace right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The impressive 21-year-old broke into the Palace team in 2016 and has gone on to feature 35 times for the Eagles in all competitions.

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Hagler Praises Golovkin, Slams Alphabet Organization

Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler, who retired with a record of 62 wins, including 52 inside the distance, two draws and three defeats, shakes his head at the amount of titles that are on offer in his former sport today compared to his heyday. “Now they have so much they throw them (titles) away like candy,”

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Loma-Crolla purse bid postponed again

  A deal may be near for a lightweight title fight between WBO/ WBA lightweight champion, Vasiliy Lomachenko, and WBA mandatory challenger, Anthony Crolla, as the purse bid has again been postponed, this time to Feb. 20. It was originally scheduled for Feb. 6, and this is the second postponement. Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KO) is

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Hearn, AJ, lack drawing power – Frank Warren

  Frank Warren has sent some verbal jabs in the direction of his promotional rival, Eddie Hearn. Warren explained that Hearn is solely to blame for several of the fallouts involving IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Joshua was initially scheduled to fight on April 13th at Wembley Stadium in London. Hearn, who

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‘Big Baby’: does he pose a threat to AJ?

Jarrell Miller is Anthony Joshua’s next opponent and the heavyweights fight on June 1   So, Jarrell Miller it is. Anthony Joshua has his next opponent but will ‘Big Baby’ be the pushover his moniker suggests? The American is unbeaten and will fight AJ on home turf at Madison Square Garden on June 1. Madison

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Boxing’s Tokyo 2020 fate hanging

Boxing chief Gafur Rakhimov says he “understands” IOC concerns over the troubled AIBA which has led to a freeze on the sport’s preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Uzbek businessman laid the blame for “an extremely serious” situation squarely at the door of previous president Wu Ching-Kuo. “The former leadership of AIBA left our

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Sulaiman To Rule On Garcia’s Title After Spence Fight

Mikey Garcia was already forced to vacate one title at lightweight in order to pursue a lucrative showdown versus unbeaten welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr. No matter what happens in their March 16 Fox Pay-Per-View headliner at the AT&T Center in Arlington (Tex.), he’ll still leave the ring with at least one belt in tow.

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IBF welterweight world champion Errol Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) is motivated to do a job on his upcoming challenger, Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs). For, it’s the most high profile fight of his career on a world scene level. Back in May of 2017, Spence made his presence felt when he travelled over to Sheffield

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Fury set to agree to £20million Wilder rematch

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are close to confirming rematch after their draw in 2018   Tyson Fury, as he turns towards New York for his world heavyweight title rematch, can feel entitled to keep a purse projected to reach three times the £7million he gave to charity after his epic first encounter with Deontay

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Scholes owes Jose emphatic win in first game

New Oldham boss Paul Scholes kicked off his managerial career with an emphatic win   Paul Scholes kicked off his managerial career with an emphatic win – thanks in part to a man named Jose. The new Oldham Athletic boss and Old Trafford legend has famously often been a critic of former United manager Jose

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Wenger defends Mourinho over Pogba saga

Arsene Wenger defended former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho   Mourinho was sacked by United in December and lost the faith of midfielder Paul Pogba   Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has jumped to the defence of Jose Mourinho and warned Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that ‘the statistics can sometimes lie’. Mourinho

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Duke Micah signs for King’s Promotions

  King’s Promotions is pleased to announce that it has entered into co-promotional agreement’s with four highly touted undefeated fighters, WBO number-three ranked bantamweight Duke Micah  undefeated welterweights Janelson Figueroa Bocachica & Poindexter Knight, Jr. and super lightweight Greg Outlaw. “I am very excited to sign these future stars in boxing and to be working

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Uefa to discipline Utd over bottle-throwing?

Di Maria went as if to drink from the bottle before handing it to an official  Manchester United could face potential disciplinary action from Uefa after a bottle was thrown at former United midfielder Angel Di Maria. The Argentina international was booed from the outset by the home support at Old Trafford, and nearly had

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Alphabet hierarchy in amateur boxing?

Amateur boxing faces a breakaway threat ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after its international federation elected a president accused of ties to organized crime. The federation, known as AIBA, says a “rogue group” led by unnamed “Kazakhstani individuals” has asked national boxing federations to write to the International Olympic Committee offering to help

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PSG divide United into two

Dani Alves rises highest as PSG players mob Kylian Mbappé after he put their team 2-0 up at Manchester United in their Champions League last-16 1st leg. For Manchester United, perhaps it was a reality check, a reminder of their imperfections and how tough it an be at the highest level of European football. This

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Osaka cuts coach two weeks after Australian Open win

Naomi Osaka won the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open under the guidance of Sascha Bajin  Naomi Osaka has split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open to secure a second consecutive grand slam title and moved to No 1 in the WTA rankings. “Hey

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Kareem Hunt to get second chance in the NFL

Kareem Hunt will play in the NFL once the league concludes its investigation Somebody was going to pick up Kareem Hunt eventually. There was only so long a 23-year-old running back who led the league in rushing as recently as 2017 was going to remain without a team. Perhaps this was the most damning aspect

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Mo Salah for Juve in stunning £175m deal?

JUVENTUS are preparing a £175million move for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, according to sensational reports. Salah, 26, left Serie A rivals Roma in 2017 to join the Anfield club and has been one of the best players in the world over the last 18 months. According to Sky News Arabia, though, Cristiano Ronaldo is backing

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Joshua ready to fight Fury in Wembley

ANTHONY JOSHUA is ready to face Tyson Fury in the biggest fight in British boxing history. Heavyweight king AJ is still looking for an opponent for his April 13 show at Wembley after failing to sign a deal with WBC champ Deontay Wilder. It is understood Hearn has offered Fury 40 per cent of a

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I can beat Lomachenko – Gervonta Davis

Gervonta Davis doesn’t intend to mention Vasiliy Lomachenko quite this much. He’s asked about boxing the WBA lightweight champion so often, though, Davis can’t quite help it. The unbeaten Baltimore native admits, too, that it gets irritating to hear and read so much praise heaped upon Lomachenko, who’s commonly considered one of the top two

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Navarrete sure to top, stop Dogboe, again

  If Isaac Dogboe wants a direct rematch, Mexico’s Emanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete has no problem with giving it to him. Navarrete believes that his chances of knocking Dogboe out will be greater than it was last December, when he dethroned him for the World Boxing Organization super bantamweight championship. Last week at a restaurant in the south of Mexico

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Rio Ferdinand lands a soldier for a lover

Detoxing: A corresponding note read: ‘Every now & then a detox is necessary. Cleanse the toxins from your body & life; that means negativity of all forms – food, people, etc’   Kate Wright has lashed out at ‘toxic people’ for ‘hating’ her Rio Ferdinand romance. In a series of cryptic messages shared on Instagram, the

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Gervonta Davis could beat Lomachenko – Leo Ellerbe

In this media scrum caught by Fight Hub TV, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe answers questions about Gervonta Davis’ most recent performance and calls for Davis to take on Vasyl Lomachenko. Check out some excerpts below…   Ellerbe on if he thinks he’ll have Davis fighting again before July: “Oh, most definitely. Yeah. Why not?”

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Israel Adesanya marks win over Anderson Silva

Israel Adesanya (left) says he grew up idolising Anderson Silva Undefeated middleweight Israel Adesanya stepped into the main event spotlight and claimed the biggest scalp of his mixed martial arts career with a unanimous decision victory over Anderson Silva at UFC 234. Nigeria-born Kiwi Adesanya, 29, and Brazilian legend Silva were originally scheduled to face

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Crolla-Lomachenko: working it to make it work

  One of Britain’s most cherished stars looks set to have his moment in the sun once again. Crolla’s unexpected rise during the past four years was well documented. The Mancunian bounced back from domestic losses earlier in his career to the likes of Gary Sykes and Derry Mathews by climbing the lightweight mountain, defeating

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Commey to rest injured hand 6-8 weeks

  A specialist has advised Richard Commey to rest his injured right hand for six to eight weeks. That’ll prevent the IBF lightweight champion from fighting Vasiliy Lomachenko on April 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Commey visited the specialist Thursday for a second opinion. Lou DiBella, Commey’s promoter, informed Lomachenko’s handlers at Top

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Teofimo Lopez: contender or conqueror-in-waiting?

Some people want to reserve judgment on Teofimo Lopez, which makes sense. He has fought only 12 times as a professional. We won’t know how good he truly is for at least two or three more fights. And he probably shouldn’t be described as a star quite yet. Again, too few outings. He might pack

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Commey-Loma April 12 showdown a no-show!

  Richard Commey won’t be able to fight on April 12, but Vasiliy Lomachenko isn’t moving off the date. The Ring’s lightweight champion will fight at Staples Center on ESPN+ with Top Rank seeking a new opponent for the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Anthony Crolla is the mandatory challenger for the WBA title

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WBA stinking up the sanctioning joint?

  Alberto Machado still hasn’t received a reasonable explanation. It’s been 9½ months since the WBA crowned Gervonta Davis its “super” world super featherweight champion. Machado doesn’t know to this day why he was in effect demoted after winning what he thought was the WBA’s “super” 130-pound championship when he came back to knock out

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Commey, Kovalev, crack The Ring’s latest rankings

Most of the “story lines” going into the Eleider Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev rematch revolved around the seeming fragile state of former unified light heavyweight champ from Russia. Fans and media put on their psychologist hats and surmised that Kovalev’s two losses to Andre Ward exposed him as a “bully,” “broke his spirit,” which ultimately set up

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Gervonta Davis is chicken! – Javier Fortuna

In this quick video interview caught by Fight Hub TV, Javier Fortuna talks about wanting to face Gervonta Davis and calls him a chicken for the type of opponents he’s facing. Check out what he has to say on the subject through his interpreter… “Hopefully that chicken [Gervonta] Davis will go up to 135. If

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Pochettino looks set to leave Spurs for Madrid

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino – a target for Real Madrid – was spotted leaving a London restaurant on Tuesday night shortly after David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane. In pictures published by The Sun, the Argentine was seen wearing a navy puffer jacket and jeans as he left, with Beckham – who also brought along his

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CANELO-JACOBS FIGHT HEADS TO VEGAS

CANELO ALVAREZ VS. DANNY JACOBS IS HEADED TO LAS VEGAS The fight to unify three of the four major middleweight titles has a home after it was announced that the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs bout on May 4 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 knockouts) is putting the

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Barthelemy-Easter Jr. on tap for April 27

Despite “Super” champion Vasiliy Lomachenko staying plenty busy, it looks as though the WBA will churn out another “regular” lightweight title, which Rances Barthelemy will fight Robert Easter Jr. for on April 27th. Barthelemy (27-1, 14 KO) will be returning to lightweight for the first time since a split decision over Mickey Bey in 2016.

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Navarrete vs Dogboe rematch all-set for May

  WBO super bantamweight titleholder Emanuel Navarrete will be facing Isaac Dogboe in a rematch this spring, with ESPN reporting that the fight is likely for May. Navarrete (26-1, 22 KO) upset Dogboe (20-1, 14 KO) to win the 122-pound title on Dec. 8 in New York on the Lomachenko-Pedraza undercard. The Mexican fighter won on

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Lomachenko Faced Smaller Guys – Gervonta Davis

Gervonta Davis has heard and read a lot of criticism about boxing a featherweight since Hugo Ruiz replaced Abner Mares as his opponent last week. Ruiz will move up four pounds, from 126 to 130, to challenge Davis for the unbeaten Baltimore southpaw’s WBA “super” world super featherweight title Saturday night in Carson, California. Mexico’s

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Teofimo Lopez in a hurry for Lomachenko

Teofimo Lopez wants to become the 135-pound world champion before invading the 140-pound division in 2020. Whether it’s April 20 at Madison Square Garden, the venue and date of his next fight, or any time of year, he’ll be ready to take the opportunity. After knocking out Diego Magdaleno last Saturday in Texas, Teófimo raised his hand

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Roman vs. TJ Doheny Unification Showdown is ON!

Four purse bid hearings scheduled for February 6 were postponed one week by the World Boxing Association. Its current load for the revised date will be at least one fight lighter. An ordered title defense between Daniel Roman and Murodjon Akhmadaliev was among the four bouts subject to a rescheduled February 13 purse bid hearing.

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Commey will be a handful for Loma – Arum

Now that Bob Arum has seen Richard Commey demolish an opponent, the 87-year-old promoter realizes just how dangerous Commey could be for Vasiliy Lomachenko. Barring something unforeseen, Commey will be Lomachenko’s opponent April 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Ghana’s Commey knocked down Russia’s Isa Chaniev three times and stopped him in the second

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Brady, Belichick, Gronk lead Patriots celebrations

Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans descended on downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title, and chanting ‘We want seven!’ and ‘Next year, right here!’ A party atmosphere engulfed the city as fans wearing Patriots shirts and scarves packed the streets in the mild weather and

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Dogboe Preps To Reclaim Title From Navarrete

Former world champion Isaac Dogboe was having a fantastic 2018 and was hoping to close out the year with a bang, but instead he was upset in December when he lost his unbeaten record, and his WBO super bantamweight world title. Dogboe lost a 12-round unanimous decision to the much bigger Emanuel Navarrete, who entered the

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Richard Commey, a terror in the lightweights!

  Richard Commey knew that a victory would not only net him his first world title, but also a lucrative meeting with Vasiliy Lomachenko. There was some consternation heading into Saturday’s title tilt that April 12 might be a quick turnaround for the victor. Commey ensured that wouldn’t be an issue — at least on

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Lomachenko, the next Commey casualty?

After Richard Commey’s performance Saturday night, Anthony Crolla probably looks like a more attractive next opponent for Vasiliy Lomachenko’s handlers. England’s Crolla is the mandatory challenger for Lomachenko’s WBA world lightweight title. The reason Richard Commey was placed on an ESPN card Saturday night at the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility, however, was to showcase the

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Commey kayos Chaniev as Ghana’s 10th world champion!

Ghana’s Richard Commey made his second crack at the vacant IBF lightweight title count, claiming his first world title with a second round stoppage of Isa Chaniev. Commey (28-2, 25 KO) tore through Chaniev (13-2, 6 KO), dropping him late in the first round on a monster right hand. As Commey went to end things

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Commey to fulfil destiny as Ghana’s 10th world champ!

The weather forecast for Frisco, Texas, today, is showers upon the residents, particularly Dallas Cowboys fans who could have used such showers of blessings during the playoffs. Still, tomorrow is another day for them to plan their world conquest, next year. Yet, for Ghana’s Richard Commey – 27-2-0 (24 KOs) – he has no such

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NAVARRETE, DOGBOE, HEADING TOWARD REMATCH

  ISAAC DOGBOE IS GOING BACK FOR HIS TITLE Emanuel Navarrete and Isaac Dogboe are closing in on a deal for a rematch of their junior featherweight title fight that took place in December, industry sources told The Ring. The fight would likely land in the second quarter of 2019 and be featured on Top

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Lomachenko-Crolla purse bid scheduled for February 6

  The WBA has scheduled four purse bids for February 6th, two for legitimate titles and two for, well, WBA titles. LEGIT: Down at lightweight, champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and #1 contender Anthony Crolla will split their bid 75-25. It was originally scheduled for February 4th, but moved for unrevealed reasons. Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KO) stopped

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Odoi commands Bayern attention!

Bayern Munich are ready to make a new £40m bid for Callum Hudson-Odoi with the Chelsea teenager set on a move to the Bundesliga champions either this week or in the summer. With RB Leipzig now also in the running, offering Chelsea £20m but crucially the opportunity of a buy-back clause, the next few days will determine the

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US senator eyebrows NFL non-call

A US senator wants the NFL to answer questions over “the most blatant and consequential blown call in NFL history” – and questioned the allegiance of the official behind it. New Orleans Saints effectively missed a place in the Super Bowl because of the non-call against the Los Angeles Rams in the National Conference final.

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CAF release list of Niger 2019 Match Officials

The Confederation of African Football has released the list of match officials for the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, dubbed Niger 2019. Twelve (12) Referees and 12 Assistant Referees have been selected for the tournament scheduled for 2-17 February 2019 in the Nigerien cities of Maradi and Niamey. For the referees, the oldest is

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Did Sala turn down Cardiff’s flight offer?

  Flags, scarves, shirts and flowers covered the floor, with new tributes arriving by the minute     Sala is missing presumed dead after the plane he was travelling in was lost over the Channel     The Piper Malibu light aircraft Sala was travelling on, similar to the model seen in the picture above,

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GFA organizes FIFA/ CAF Integrity Course for referees

Ghana’s Football Association is organising a five-day integrity course for 150 referees at the West Africa Football Academy (WAFA) complex in Sogakope from January 22 to January 26. The course forms part of the GFA Normalisation Committee’s continuing efforts to restore confidence in refereeing and avoid match manipulation at all levels in Ghana. The course,

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Joshua-Wilder-Fury: boxing’s Brexit!

Tyson Fury (L) has yet to commit to a rematch vs Deontay WIlder (C) or to fight Anthony Joshua   Deontay Wilder is telling everyone who cares to listen on both sides of the Atlantic that his rematch with Tyson Fury is happening in Las Vegas this spring. But it takes two to tango. Fury,

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KP Boateng, the new Prince of Barcelona!

EX-GHANA INTERNATIONAL: Kevin-Prince Boateng, doing BIG THINGS!   Barcelona have signed Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Sassuolo until the end of the season, the club officially announced on Monday night. The 31-year-old attacking midfielder will replace Munir El Haddadi as he brings more firepower and quality to the Blaugrana, with Boateng providing cover for Luis Suarez.

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RING Magazine’s Pound-for-Pound Honours

1 VASILIY LOMACHENKO RING, WBA, WBO LIGHTWEIGHT; WBO JR. LIGHTWEIGHT COUNTRY: UKRAINE 12-1-0 (9 KOS) WEEKS ON LIST: 138 2 TERENCE CRAWFORD WBO WELTERWEIGHT COUNTRY: U.S. 34-0-0 (25 KOS) WEEKS ON LIST: 196 3 CANELO ALVAREZ RING, WBA, WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT COUNTRY: MEXICO 51-1-2 (35 KOS) WEEKS ON LIST: 19 4 ALEKSANDR USYK RING, IBF, WBA,

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Kotoko will eliminate Coton Sport – C. K. Akonnor

THE INSPIRATION: Head Coach, C.K Akonnor, to lead Kotoko to another victory Coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor could be an instant hero for Kumasi Asante Kotoko if he successfully leads his charges to record a double victory against Coton Sport at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday and qualify for the group phase of the CAF

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Demetrius Andrade calls out Golovkin!

Demetrius Andrade successfully defended his WBO middleweight belt against Artur Akavov   Demetrius Andrade had such an easy time in the first defence of his WBO middleweight title that his opponent might have done his best fighting while shoving away the referee who had finally put a stop to it. Andrade sounds ready for something tougher.

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GFA accepts Sefa Kayi, Ntow-Fianko rejections

Naa Adofoley Nortey, member, Normalisation Committee A member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalisation Committee, Naa Odofoley Nortey, says the committee has accepted in good faith the rejection of roles by some appointees who were named last Tuesday to work on the ad-hoc committees to assist the FA caretaker to restructure Ghana football. Less

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Canelo-Jacobs put belts on the line on May 4

Canelo Alvarez will return to the ring and the middleweight division to fight Danny Jacobs Canelo Alvarez will return to the ring and the middleweight division on May 4 to fight Danny Jacobs. Alvarez will defend his WBC and WBA titles against IBF champion Jacobs in a match-up between two of the sport’s top performers.

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NC fully behind Kwasi Appiah

UNDER PRESSURE: Kwasi Appiah, the Head Coach of Ghana’s Black Stars  Ghana’s Football Normalization Committee has stated it is fully behind Kwasi Appiah, head coach of the senior men’s national football team, the Black Stars, as he prepares to lead the nation to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. In a press statement

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beIN split match-screen to showcase Mourinho!

  The broadcaster cut away from full coverage of the game to continue the chat with Mourinho   Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has claimed Pep Guardiola andJurgen Klopp were afforded more luxuries than him in the Premier League. The Portuguese highlighted the support Guardiola and Klopp have received in the transfer market since

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Normalisation Tournament to kickstart domestic football

  Ghana’s Normalisation Committee is leading the reemergence of competitive domestic football, missing from the calendar of most fans for the past seven months. Ghana football experienced a historic tsunami that drowned a number of the football hierarchy and exposed hundreds of compromised match officials. The Government of Ghana and the world governing body, Fifa,

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GFA OUTDOORS AD HOC COMMITTEES

The Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association has inaugurated six ad hoc committees to aid it execute its mandate. The committees are Domestic Leagues, Communications, National Teams, Technical and Development, Referees, Marketing and Sponsorship. Speaking during the inauguration, the President of the GFA Normalization Committee Dr Kofi Amoah, described members of the ad hoc

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KOTOKO STUN COTON SPORT IN CAMEROON

Ghana’s sole representatives on the continental stage, Asante Kotoko SC have recorded an impressive 3-2 away win over Cameroonian side Coton Sport. Emmanuel Gyamfi and Maxwell Boakye gave the Porcupine Warriors a 2-0 lead 30 minutes into the game before Kamilou Dauda pulled one back for Coton Sports before the half time break.  The Cameroonians

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Richard Commey glory-hunt: Part III

Ranked 3rd by both the IBF and the WBO, Isa Chaniev – 13-1-0 (6KOs) – presents a conceited boxer whose ego exceeds his abilities, having been through no battle, much less war. Chaniev is no elite fighter. At best, he is average, having only experienced skirmishes in the featherweight and superfeatherweight worlds in Russia, a good, mobile boxer,

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Normalization Committee supports JAK Cup

  FIFA-appointed Normalization Committee has lent a hand to organisers of the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Cup scheduled for Sunday, in honour of the ex-president. A release signed by the NC president, Dr Kofi Amoah, said that the Normalization Committee will support the organization of the JAK Cup with ¢25,000. Also, it said the NC will

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Richard Commey’s glory-hunt – 29 days to go!

Ghana’s Richard Commey, for the past three years the subject of the sport’s intrigues particularly against dangerous African fighters, is a lethal weapon. No wonder even some so-called great fighters use every trick outside the ring to avoid getting inside the ring with the Andre Rozier ward. In his first fight under the tutelage of

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Pacquiao angling for Spence Jr.-Garcia winner

Even at age 40, Manny Pacquiao is faster than most fighters competing today. During a frenetic workout with trainer Freddie Roach on New Year’s Eve at the hall of famer’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Pacquiao showed that he has plenty of energy left in the tank. Later this month, he’ll embark on his

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Richard Commey’s glory-hunt: 30 days to go!

THE PRICE IS PROPORTIONATE TO THE PRIZE, THE IMPERATIVE, THE FORCE FOR THE ATTAINMENT OF THE PURPOSE, THE FULFILMENT OF DESTINY. That is the case of Richard Commey, the Ghanaian slugger robbed of justice by ring officials, other pugilists and the International Boxing Federation, the past three years. The operating word, there, is “the past”.

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Jordan Ayew opens his Palace account

  Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew scores their first goal of the game in the 83rd minute to earn the visitors all three points Maybe Jordan Ayew’s ears were burning. With fresh news that Crystal Palace are readying a new bid for Michy Batshuayi, Ayew produced a late finish of composure not seen before this season. The

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Andy Ansah, world’s foremost football choreographer

  Ansah puts five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo through his paces   On a freezing night at Millwall, Wayne Rooney and Franck Ribery are given their final instructions before shooting a glitzy World Cup commercial. Rooney is told he should run at the Frenchman but to make sure he stops before

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We have nothing to hide – Dr. Kofi Amoah

FIFA-appointed Normalization Committee overseeing Ghana Football’s transition to normalcy has come under scrutiny over its perceived secrecy over pecuniary matters. Last week, ekowasmahsports.com managed to book an interview with the NC’s president, Dr. Kofi Amoah, to discuss sundry matters, including transparency, for its readers. Below are some excerpts: EAS: Have you received anything from Fifa?

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LaLiga players saddled with unpaid salaries

The miracle at Reus: Players will be paid and they will continue in LaLiga 123 Reus have announced that the club has found the financial resources needed to pay their players and prevent further meltdown at the club. It comes one day after the squad publicly announced that they could look to terminate their contracts due

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Who made the Champions League round of 16?

Group winners (seeded): Barcelona (ESP), Bayern München (GER), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Juventus (ITA), Manchester City (ENG), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Porto (POR), Real Madrid (ESP) Group runners-up (unseeded): Ajax (NED), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Liverpool (ENG), Lyon (FRA), Manchester United (ENG), Roma (ITA), Schalke (GER), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) Draw basics: There are two pots – one of seeded

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Nigeria wins Ghana 2018 AWCON trophy

Nigeria have successfully defended their AWCON trophy, beating South Africa 4-3 on penalties after extra time at the refurbished Accra Sports Stadium. It was a real contest for the bragging rights at the Ghana 2018 AWCON championship, a sweet vengeance for Nigeria who succumbed 0-1 to South Africa in their opening group match at Cape Coast.

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Cameroon secure France 2019 world cup berth

Cameroon qualify for second straight FIFA Women’s World Cup Friday’s 4-2 win over Mali secured their ticket to France 2019 Les Lionnes join Nigeria and South Africa in claiming Africa’s three qualification places Cameroon have claimed Africa’s third and final qualification place for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 after earning a 4-2 victory over

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Newcastle signed some players to please agents – Keegan

It was his last day at the club and he was told Newcastle would sign Gonzalez as a ‘favour’   Kevin Keegan has revealed the baffling circumstances that surrounded Newcastle signing flop Ignacio Gonzalez on loan. The former Newcastle manager eventually exited the club after a second stint in charge in 2008, with issues with

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