Tyson Fury warns Joshua about Andy Ruiz

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Tyson Fury has warned Anthony Joshua about losing muscle and changing his style for his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.After his shock defeat at Madison Square Garden on June 1, Joshua has the chance to win back his titles as he faces Ruiz in Saudi Arabia on December 7. During his press tour last week, Joshua revealed his trimmer physique and said his training so far has been more ‘boxing focussed’. But Fury is adamant that Joshua should not try to work on a new fighting style to beat Ruiz. ‘I see he’s lost a bit of weight, he’s been taking notice of people saying he’s got too muscle muscle on him,’ Fury told BT Sport. ‘But really that can be taken out of context as well. ‘You can’t change a bull into a racehorse. It doesn’t work like that. ‘A racehorse can’t tow a wagon or a heavy load. Doesn’t work. ‘So if you take that big heavy horse, strip his muscle off, and then put him in the same cart he was in trying to pull that heavy load again he’s not going to manage it. ‘So I think they are going to try to lose weight and try to move a lot. ‘But you can’t do that in one camp, that takes a lifetime practice. ‘We saw Tony Bellew try to do it against [Oleksandr] Usyk, tried copying my style but after eight rounds his legs went. ‘It works, it’s effective, I’ve been successful 29 times in a row with it. ‘You can’t learn it overnight. ‘What tends to happen with new things in new camps is when someone practises something in the gym for eight, 10, 12 weeks, and then they go in a fight and try to do it, as soon as they get clipped or get tired, they revert straight back to what they once knew. I’ve soon it many, many times. ‘As soon as he holds his feet and starts to fight back, he loses in my opinion. ‘But if he can get on the jab and box and move, which I’ve never ever seen him do, amateur or pro, for 12 rounds which for a heavyweight is a very hard thing to do, at some point he’s going to have to stand and fight. ‘And if he keeps running away from Ruiz with the jab, he’s not got the footwork to do that. ‘Work on what you’re good at, that’s what you’re good at. ‘Tighten your defence up and go forward and smash them.’Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony JoshuaMadison Square GardonSaudi Arabialast_img read more

Ronaldo: Sex better than my best goal

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed sex with model girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is superior to the best goal of his glittering football career. The Juventus star revealed that his overhead kick for Real Madrid against his current side in April 2018 is his pick for his favourite goal ever, but it does not compare to being with his current partner. Ronaldo connected with a cross from Dani Carvajal to score an incredible goal in the 2017-18 Champions League quarter-final first leg. Upon seeing the goal, the home faithful in Turin gave Ronaldo a standing ovation, despite the Portugal star scoring for the visiting team. That goal would help see Real Madrid past Juventus into the semi-finals, where they would overcome Bayern Munich before then beating Liverpool in the final for their third consecutive Champions League win. Speaking to Piers Morgan in an interview on ITV, the 34-year-old has admitted the goal against the Old Lady was his favourite, but said he didn’t rate it above his experiences with Rodriguez between the sheets. “No, not [when compared] with my Geo, no!” Ronaldo said as he laughed at the question from Morgan. “I tried to score this goal for many, many years,” Ronaldo said. “I had scored 700-odd goals but I hadn’t done this. I thought: ‘Finally I had scored a bicycle, the beautiful jumping.’ “The way I had done against [Gianluigi] Buffon, against Juventus, in the Champions League. It was a beautiful goal.” Ronaldo may not have known it at the time, but just months after scoring that goal he would be joining Juventus following a legendary nine-year run at Real Madrid. The former Manchester United forward has said that the reception he received from Juve fans after scoring that goal helped to convince him to join the Serie A club. “When the people start to applaud me in the stadium I was like: ‘Wow,’” Ronaldo told DAZN last year. “[It] surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so [it] was [an] unbelievable moment.”Tags: Champions LeagueCristiano RonaldoDani CarvajalGeorgina RodriguezLiverpoolReal Madridlast_img read more

Fabinho’s ankle injury to rule him out until January – Liverpool

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool midfielder Fabinho suffered an ankle ligament injury in Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Napoli and will be out of action until the New Year, the Premier League club said on Friday.Fabinho was injured in a collision with Napoli winger Hirving Lozano and the midfielder limped down the tunnel in the 19th minute as Klopp took off the Brazilian and replaced him with Georginio Wijnaldum.“Further assessment on the injury has discovered Fabinho will be out of action until the New Year.“The Brazilian will begin a rehabilitation programme with the Reds’ medical team at Melwood as he works his way back to full fitness,” the club said in a statement.The injury comes at a crucial time for league leaders Liverpool who are set to play eight fixtures in all competitions between now and the end of December, including a trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup.The defending European champions are also yet to seal progress to the Champions League knockout stages, with one final away game at Salzburg next month.Liverpool host Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.Tags: FabinhoHirving LozanoLiverpoollast_img read more

Real Madrid, FC Barcelona knocked out of Copa del Rey

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Real Madrid and FC Barcelona were on Thursday knocked out of the Spanish Copa del Rey, meaning for the first time since 2010 the competition’s final will feature neither of the two. Real Madrid were dumped out of the quarter-final after losing 3-4 at home to Real Sociedad in a hugely entertaining game. It saw two goals ruled out by video technology though and a late red card for the visitors. Real Sociedad’s Sweden forward Alexander Isak inspired an incredible attacking display, scoring twice in the second period. He set up the fourth goal for Mikel Merino and also had a strike ruled out for offside. Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, who is on loan from Real Madrid, had given the visitors the lead midway through the first half. He had followed up on the rebound after home goalkeeper Alphonse Areola could only parry a long-range effort from Isak. Defender Marcelo quickly pulled a goal back for the hosts after Isak’s quick-fire brace to make it 3-1. He beat goalkeeper Alex Remiro at the near post moments after receiving a volley of boos from the home fans for his haphazard display. But rampant Real Sociedad soon restored a three-goal cushion when Isak teed up Merino for a simple tap-in after 69 minutes. Real Madrid substitute Rodrygo pulled a goal back in the 81st minute to make it 4-2. This was after Brazilian team mate Vinicius Jr had a strike ruled out for offside following a VAR review. Nacho struck in added time for the hosts to set up a tense finish. Real Sociedad defender Andoni Gorosabel was sent off in stoppage time but Real Madrid, who are top of La Liga, could not find an equaliser. They thus suffered their first defeat in any competition since losing 1-0 at Real Mallorca on October 19. Also, FC Barcelona’s hopes of reaching a seventh successive Copa del Rey final ended at the same quarter-final stage with a 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao. The tight contest was decided in the third minute of stoppage time when Spanish forward Inaki Williams headed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi wasted a good late chance when he fired at the legs of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon. The two surprise results have come a day after second-tier side Mirandes defeated Villarreal 4-2. Granada, who overcame Valencia 2-1, make up the semi-final line-up. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Copa dey RelFC BarcelonaLionel MessiReal MadridReal Sociedadlast_img read more

Brazilian clubs battle for Mikel

first_imgRelatedPosts Stoke City manager salutes Mikel Global COVID-19 cases surpass 27m – Johns Hopkins Everton sign Brazil midfielder from Napoli Former Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, may seal a transfer deal with a South American side as another Brazilian club, Porto Alegre, have indicated interest in the combative midfielder. Porto Alegre, also known as Porto Alegre Futebol Clube, according to media reports, would slug it out with Botafogo for the signature of the former Chelsea star. Mikel terminated his contract with the Turkish club Trabzonspor in March amid the advance of the coronavirus pandemic. Porto Alegre, owned by former footballer and Ronaldinho’s brother, Roberto Assis, have to dislodge Botafogo with an improved offer. Botafogo offered Mikel a contract worth $2 million plus (N766 million) per 18 months. Check revealed that Porto Alegre, founded on June 10, 2003, has only Brazil nationality in their current squad. The club, founded as Lami Futebol Clube, won its first title same year of its formation.Tags: BrazilBrazillian ClubsJohn Obi Mikellast_img read more

Ex-Super Eagles defender Ajibade Babalade died at hospital gate — Shorunmu

first_imgRelatedPosts Oyo: Only 7,000 out of 67,000 applicants for teaching job scored 50% in CBT Makinde: Alternative Project Funding Approach working for Oyo State Makinde installs new Alamodu of Ago-Amodu Ike Shorunmu, a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, on Saturday said late former Super Eagles defender, Ajibade Babalade, died because medical attention was late in coming his way.Shorunmu told newsmen in Ibadan, Oyo State that Babalade died at the University College Hospital gate in Ibadan on Friday after he was denied treatment by a private hospital. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 48-year-old Babalade died after suffering from cardiac arrest.SHorunmu said: “He was denied treatment by the private hospital before he was referred to UCH.“At the first hospital he was rushed to in Ibadan, he was rejected by the doctors and referred to the UCH.“But on his arrival at the UCH premises, he gave up the ghost at the gate.“May his soul rest in peace.” The former goalkeeper said he was informed of Babalade’s death after the day’s Jumat service. Shorunmu said: “I went to the mosque for Jumat service.“So, I switched off my phone.“But immediately I put it back on, I got a message from one of his in-laws that I needed to be at his place.“So, I went with my wife, but on our arrival, the family broke the news to me.“I’m very sad as we speak now. “We last spoke on Wednesday when he celebrated his son’s birthday.”Tags: Ajibade BabaladedeathIbadanIke ShorunmuOyo StateSuper Eagleslast_img read more

Martinez on familiar footing

first_img Wigan outplayed champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday but were beaten 1-0 after a flash of brilliance from Carlos Tevez seven minutes from time. The result left the Latics, who have staged dramatic late-season recoveries in each of the past two seasons, three points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand. Martinez said: “We have been in this position before and know what to expect but that doesn’t make it easier. It is going to be a really tough ending of the season and for me it is the hardest battle we have had for a few years but we are ready for it.” Wigan manager Roberto Martinez claims his team’s past experience of relegation battles counts for little in their latest – and toughest – fight against the drop. He added: “The performance was as good as it gets but sometimes getting the three points is out of your hands and that was the case. We have got things very clear. We need to perform exactly the same as we did here. If we do that the points will come, there are no two ways about it.” Wigan had not surprisingly gone into the game with confidence after reaching the FA Cup final and a run of six wins in eight games in all competitions. With their cup final opponents City weary after draining encounters against Manchester United and Chelsea, Wigan played the more enterprising football and created the better chances. Franco di Santo forced Joe Hart into a brilliant save, Shaun Maloney had an effort cleared off the line and Arouna Kone looked odds on to score before a fine challenge by Vincent Kompany. They were made to pay when Tevez slipped two players on a typically tricky run into the box and rifled into the top corner. Martinez said: “The plan was to accept we were facing one of the best teams in the world and even being perfect, we could concede a goal. Carlos Tevez invented that opportunity. We just had to play in a manner where we scored more goals than them. “The overall performance was complete, we just couldn’t find that clinical touch to score the goal. But if you assess the performance we were the better side and that is an incredible compliment to my players. “The manner in which we stood up, the manner we kept the ball and opened Man City up, it was very pleasing to see. Tactically the boys were fantastic but it was one of those days in football when you realise you can control everything apart from the result.” Wigan have six more league games to play, starting with this weekend’s trip to West Ham, as well as the cup final. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Backroom staff join Martinez

first_img And another reunion is on the cards as Wigan chairman Dave Whelan claims Martinez is the favourite to sign striker Arouna Kone from the relegated club despite bids from two other sides. “Roberto has taken who he wants with him,” the Latics chairman told Press Association Sport. “That deal has been done and we have already filled the vacancies.” Whelan said there was no compensation involved as he regarded the settlement he received from Everton for Martinez, believed to be around £1.5million for the Spaniard’s final year of his contract, enough. “We wouldn’t even attempt to (get compensation) for staff who worked with Roberto as we got what was due to us for Roberto,” he added. Kone appears the next in line to join the migration to Goodison Park despite competition from elsewhere. “Three clubs have made offers for him – Everton is definitely one – as he had a clause in his contract that he could go if someone paid £5million,” Whelan added. “It is really up to him where he wants to go now and I think he will go to Everton.” However, Whelan is keen to hang on to his other key players – such as midfielder James McCarthy – to give Martinez’s successor Owen Coyle every chance of getting back in the Premier League. “We have always got interest in one or two lads but we have hopes of holding on to them,” said the Wigan chairman. “We have had people asking of course but we have had nothing serious on the table.” Press Association Assistant Graeme Jones, chief scout Kevin Reeves and goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara plus a member of the Latics’ medical staff have all followed the Spaniard to the Premier League club. Their arrival was made possible by the departure of Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods to Manchester United to link up again with former Toffees boss David Moyes. center_img New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been reunited with key members of his Wigan backroom staff after a deal was completed to take them to Goodison Park.last_img read more

O’Neill will be the boss – Houghton

first_imgRay Houghton insists Roy Keane is not expecting equal billing alongside Martin O’Neill when the duo take charge of Ireland. Houghton’s former Ireland team-mate Niall Quinn agrees that Keane will not become disruptive to O’Neill’s plans. “I’m not worried that he’s going to want to say different things to Martin O’Neill, I think I’m more looking forward to him getting out there, bringing his presence,” the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland striker told Sky Sports. “It’s great news for Ireland. People have had opinions about Roy and Martin for many years and we can sit back now and watch over the next couple of years and hopefully it will be a very exciting time.” Former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given also welcomed the double appointment, writing on Twitter: “Good luck to Martin O’Neill & Roy Keane in new jobs @FAIreland lots of different opinions but all that matters is we qualify for the euros” Current national team players also had their say on Twitter. Hull midfielder David Meyler wrote on his account: “Delighted Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have taken over. Exciting times ahead for Irish Football!” Sean St Ledger, the Leicester defender, wrote: “Exciting times for Irish football with the appointment of Martin o Neill and Roy Keane!” Keane’s return to the fold has given way to inevitable speculation over his likely influence on the dressing room, but Houghton, who was part of the team tasked by the FAI with searching for a new manager, has no concerns. The former Ireland midfielder spoke at length with Keane during the negotiations and told Sky Sports News: “His enthusiasm, his knowledge, what he thought the Irish team could do was hugely surprising to me. He was very, very good. “He knows what he wants, where he wants to take them alongside Martin. He knows his position: Martin will be the manager; Roy will assist Martin. So there’s no grey area there – it’s not like Roy’s going to be on a level term. “Martin will be the number one and Roy will do everything in his power to help him. “It could be a good learning curve for Roy.” Asked about Keane’s past strained relations with the FAI board, Houghton said: “I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. It took 30 seconds to put everything out the way and now it’s down to business. “We have to leave the past in the past. We can’t do anything about it. We can’t change the past, what we can change is the future. “For Irish football, it shows we’re going in the right direction. It’s exciting times. The next couple of years should be very, very good.” The Football Association of Ireland on Tuesday night confirmed O’Neill as the man to lead them into the Euro 2016 qualification campaign, with the forceful presence of Keane installed as his number two. The strong-willed Keane has been a force for both good and bad for Ireland in the past, with his infamous falling-out with the national team management at the 2002 World Cup a memory that overrides all the positive things he did on the pitch. Press Associationlast_img read more

Suarez: Football helps me escape

first_img The Uruguay striker hailed the Anfield club’s supporters as crucial to his rehabilitation after the ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. But the 26-year-old said a rhinoceros hide formed during a troubled childhood in his native Uruguay has helped him overcome a string of controversies in European football. Suarez admitted his Liverpool career would have been over had the supporters not welcomed him back into the Anfield fold. The Salto-born forward collected the 2013 Player of the Year award at Monday’s William Hill Football Supporters’ Federation Awards at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. He said: “When I was a child I had too many problems, but I could try my best on the pitch. “Once I was playing football I could try my best, because I just love to play football, I play with my heart.” Thanking the Liverpool faithful for warming to him again this season, Suarez rated “coming back to play at Anfield” as his 2013 highlight. He said: “After so many difficult moments for me I was able to win the supporters back, and that was unbelievable when I came back to play. “They helped me, and that was important for me, for my confidence, and for my family, because they are together with me in this. “It’s very special for me (the award) because my hard work on the pitch is recognised. Luis Suarez credits a thick skin hardened on the streets and football pitches of Salto and Montevideo for his Liverpool redemption. “Everybody knows about my problems and my difficult year, but after that I forgot everything and have been able to get back on the pitch. “Liverpool are starting to reach their potential and we can play our best on the pitch. “It’s very important that we stay together, we keep going, this is very important. “If Liverpool don’t have these players I cannot continue my level, because it’s too much. “They know I am important, so they try everything to stay together, that’s important for me, but it’s more important for the club.” Suarez will face a host of Liverpool team-mates when his Uruguay side take on England in World Cup 2014 in Brazil. After the World Cup draw, Suarez revealed Steven Gerrard texted joking that England were “lucky” to face Uruguay. Banter aside, Suarez knows how tough it will be to reach the knockout stages of the summer extravaganza. He said: “Before the draw I hoped we would not face England. “But when it said we would face England it was unbelievable for me. “Stevie sent a message to me saying ‘we are so lucky’, and we were laughing because it’s so funny. “But now we are concentrating on the league and Liverpool. “I think it’s more difficult at the World Cup, it will be very, very difficult. “Italy, Uruguay, England: they all have good players. “But I think in the World Cup if you want to win, then in every game you must concentrate, and you must focus against every country.” Press Associationlast_img read more