Tyson Fury: I drank four pints of beer before Wilder’s fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tyson Fury takes on Otto Wallin in Las Vegas this Saturday in what should be a fairly academic affair before he moves onto his rematch with Deontay Wilder in February 2020. Fury and Wilder fought to a draw in December 2018 in what was Fury’s first major matchup since he’d won the world titles from Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. The Gypsy King dropped a boatload of weight prior to his boxing comeback and he was still trying to regain his strength when he went the distance with the Bronze Bomber – and he’s only the second man ever to do so. Still, prior to his big comeback fight, the 31-year-old thought it was a good idea to have four pints the night before. Speaking to media out in Vegas ahead of the Wallin showdown, Seconds Out posted a video where Fury details his mindset walking into the WBC heavyweight title clash. “I drink beer while I’m in a training camp. I had four pints of beer before I fought Wilder, the night before. It didn’t do me any harm, did it? Ben, am I lying or am I not? “[Trainer Ben Davidson confirms] There you go.” Davidson then explained how he walked in on Fury having the beers and said ‘what the f*ck is this’ only for Fury to reply ‘they’re non-alcoholic!’ Two days later, Davidson found out they were indeed alcoholic pints. “I’m a man who is 30-years-old, I’ve been a professional for 11 years, I’m married with five children,” Fury said. “If I want some f*cking beers, I’ll have some. “If your body craves something, give it to it. Why deprive yourself of something because it’s fight week? Fighters of the past used to drink a bottle of whiskey before getting in the ring.”Tags: Deontay WilderLas VegasOtto WallinTyson FuryWladimir Klitschkolast_img read more

D’Tigers get new head coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Oguchi named D’Tigers player of the decade D’Tigers star distributes COVID-19 relief materials D’Tigers’ captain hints at retirement The Nigerian Basketball Federation has appointed Mike Brown as the new head coach of the men’s national basketball team, D’Tigers. Prior to his appointment, the 49-year-old coach was the associate head coach of the NBA team, Golden State Warriors. Brown expressed his delight joining the Nigerian team. He said: “I am honoured and humbled that Musa Kida and the Nigerian Basketball Federation have given me this opportunity. “The Nigerian Basketball Federation has been very professional and organised throughout the vetting process. “They want to continue to build a world-team and organisation on and off the court.” Brown will replace Coach Alex Nwora who was appointed as head in 2017 and in charge of the team during the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket, World Cup African qualifiers, and 2019 FIBA World Cup. Nwora will support Brown as an assistant. Brown’s immediate responsibility will be to put a team together and get them ready ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, which begins on July 24 in Tokyo, Japan. He said: “I have learned that the vision is to provide the team with the necessary resources to compete at the highest level. “Their commitment will enable players and coaches to focus their energy on competing at the highest possible level every time we step on the basketball court.” Brown’s record includes leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the franchise’s first NBA Finals in 2007 and winning the NBA Coach of the Year in 2009. “He was the head coach of the Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010, and also during the 2013-14 season. He coached the Lakers in 2011-12, and led the Golden State Warriors to a 11-0 record while Steve Kerr was away due to his back surgery during the 2016-17 playoffs. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be the team’s third consecutive appearance. In the two appearances so far – London 2012 and Rio 2016 – the team only won one game each and failed to advance from the group stage. Brown’s goal will be to improve on that performance.Tags: Alex NworaD’TigersGolden State WarriorsMike BrownMusa KidaNigeria Basketball Federationlast_img read more

FC Porto forward walks off pitch after racist abuse

first_imgRelatedPosts Casillas bids discreet farewell to Porto Sevilla agrees N3.2b Awaziem deal Europa League: Aribo turns attention to Porto FC Porto striker Moussa Marega left the pitch in protest at being subjected to racist insults during his side’s 2-1 win away to Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal’s Primeira Liga on Sunday. The 28-year-old Mali forward scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 60th minute. He celebrated the goal by pointing to his skin in response to a section of the home fans who had targeted him throughout the match. The player was shown a yellow card for the reaction and after the abuse continued he tried to leave the pitch, pointing his thumbs down to the crowd. But he was restrained by his teammates for a number of minutes. FC Porto coach Sergio Conceicao was eventually forced to substitute Marega in the 72nd minute. “We are completely indignant,” Conceicao told reporters. “They insulted Marega since the warm-up. We are all a family here, regardless of our nationality, skin colour, height or the colour of our hair and we all deserve respect. “What happened here is outrageous. “I know the fans here are very passionate about their club and many fans are not represented by some of the people who were in the crowd today.” Marega later posted a message on Instagram calling the supporters who targeted him as “idiots”. He added: “I’d also like to show my thanks to the referee who did not defend me and who gave me a yellow card for defending the colour of my skin. “I hope I never meet you on a football pitch ever again. You are a disgrace.” Porto’s director of communications Francisco Marques added on his own Twitter account: “Marega was fed up and left the pitch and FC Porto was forced to make a substitution due to racism.” Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported that no FC Porto players spoke to the media after the game in solidarity with Marega. Vitoria coach Ivo Vieira said he did not want to comment on the incident as he was not sure about what had happened. “I prefer not to speak about a situation without being aware of all the facts. But if the player was provoked, then he should not have been,” he said. FC Porto are second in the Portuguese top flight, trailing leaders Benfica by a point after 21 games. Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC PortoMoussa MaregaPrimeira LigaSergio ConceicaoVitoria Guimaraeslast_img read more

SWAN begs Gov. Uzodinma to save Heartland FC from extinction

first_imgRelatedPosts Primate Ayodele to Uzodinma: You’re likely to be removed as Imo Governor Uzodinma, APC allegedly plotting to violently take over Edo Assembly – Speaker Court adjourns suit seeking Uzodinma’s sack as Governor The Imo State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association has appealed to Governor Hope Uzodinma to urgently resolve the internal leadership crisis in Heartland FC of Owerri to save the club from extinction.The association made the appeal on Saturday in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Everest Ezihe, and Secretary, Tunde Liadi, in Owerri. SWAN urged the Uzodinma-led government to ensure that salaries and allowances owed the players as a result of the crisis were immediately paid them.According to the association, this will enable the players to commence preparation for the new season.It noted that the continuous silence of the governor on the leadership crises in the club and the fact that the club had yet to start preparations for the new season may lead to serious setback.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the League Management Company had set September 18 as deadline for all clubs to comply with its licencing directive.However, Heartland FC has yet to begin preparation for the new season due to internal leadership crises, which led to accumulation of unpaid salaries to both players and staff. SWAN said: “Imo SWAN appeals to Governor Hope Uzodinma to ensure the crises in the club is halted forthwith, while the government should immediately put machinery in motion which will ensure speedy payment of the emolument owed the players.“Heartland FC is the pride of the Eastern Heartland, therefore, it will be regrettable if Uzodinma whose administrative mantra is anchored on shared prosperity will out of negligence allow this most  cherished game to be destroyed by selfish interests.”Tags: Everest EziheHeartland FCHope UzodinmaImo State Chapter of the Sports Writers AssociationTunde Liadilast_img read more

Banned Tevez arrested by police

first_img The Argentinian star was banned by Manchester Magistrates in January after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to furnish information relating to incidents in which his Hummer vehicle was clocked speeding. He also admitted not having a proper UK driving licence. Tevez, who did not attend the hearing, denied through his solicitor that he was driving on two occasions when the car was caught speeding. The first offence took place in Morecambe, Lancashire, on March 28 – the night he played for City’s reserves against Morecambe reserves. The court heard the car was clocked doing 39mph in a 30mph zone and Tevez failed to respond to letters sent to him by police on April 3 and May 4. The second incident took place on May 8 when the car was seen at 66mph in a 50mph zone in Crewe, Cheshire, and he again failed to respond to letters from the police about it. The court was told he failed to respond because he did not recognise the word constabulary. His solicitor Gwyn Lewis told the hearing: “He does understand the word ‘police’, but not more complicated words. The letters are written from Cheshire Constabulary and the word police doesn’t appear on it anywhere.” Failing to provide identification carries six penalty points and under the totting up procedure he was disqualified. He was also ordered to pay a total in fines and costs of £1,540. Tevez was allegedly at the wheel of a white Porsche Cayenne when he was held by police on Thursday as a result of “information provided”. He was taken to a nearby police station for questioning before being bailed. No bail date has been released. The Manchester City striker, who was banned from driving for six months on January 16, was arrested on Thursday near his home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. He was later bailed pending further inquiries. A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: “At 5.13pm yesterday police arrested a 29-year-old man from Alderley Edge on the A538 in Macclesfield. The man was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified and has since been released on police bail.” Press Associationcenter_img Footballer Carlos Tevez has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified, police sources confirmed.last_img read more

Whelan defends McManaman

first_imgWigan chairman Dave Whelan has defended forward Callum McManaman after his horror tackle on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara in Sunday’s 2-1 victory. Press Association The 21-year-old, on his first Premier League start, escaped punishment from referee Mark Halsey for the knee-high challenge which resulted in the Magpies defender being carried off on a stretcher, but Whelan believes it was an accident. “The ball was there and McManaman got the ball as clear as a whistle, then followed through and they collided,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “The referee was 15 yards from the tackle. I don’t think his view was blocked. He had a clear view. I had a clear view in the stands. He hasn’t gone over the ball. That’s an accident. There is not one ounce of malice in (him).” center_img Whelan added: “He is an enthusiastic young boy. He has got great prospects. He was very upset by it all.” The Latics chairman had his leg broken in the 1960 FA Cup final while playing for Blackburn and the injury cut short his career. “When I broke my leg in the cup final it was exactly the same type of tackle,” he added. “We both went for the ball. It brought back memories. It ruined my career. I am not going to criticise Norman Deeley. “These things happen in football. He came over the ball but he didn’t do it with the aim of breaking my leg.” last_img read more

Tevez settles cup final rehearsal

first_img Wigan may be fortunate to catch City, who cut Manchester United’s lead at the top to 13 points, in such underwhelming form when they meet again at Wembley next month. The first half was rather low key as both sides returned to league action after their emotionally and physically-draining semi-final victories last weekend. City right-back Micah Richards, making his first appearance since October in a revamped back four in which only Vincent Kompany survived from Sunday, was welcomed back with a kick in the face from Jean Beausejour. That gave City a free-kick outside the Wigan area which Aleksandar Kolarov flashed wide. There then followed a flurry of activity as Wigan produced a sparkling move with Kone bursting forward and Maloney backheeling into the path of Di Santo. The Argentinian jinked round two defenders and open his body to shoot but Joe Hart parried low. Di Santo was then felled on the edge of the area on another counter-raid but Maloney shot at Hart. City survived a couple of scares soon after the restart as first Maloney wrongfooted Richards and beat Hart with a shot from a tight angle only for Joleon Lescott to clear off the line. Callum McManaman entered the fray in the 68th minute for Di Santo and cut inside to create an opening for himself in the box but shot tamely at Hart. Fellow substitute Edin Dzeko turned nicely inside the box from a Yaya Toure pass but Joel Robles was off his line quickly to block his shot. Wigan appeared to go close again when Paul Scharner headed against the bar from a free-kick but the flag had been raised for offside. After that near miss, heartbreak followed for Wigan as Tevez struck a typically sublime winner. The Argentinian turned away from two defenders on the edge of the area and jinked past a third before curling a shot into the top corner. Wigan’s spirit was broken, and one of their valuable games in hand had slipped away. Tevez had another opportunity from an injury-time free-kick but shot wide. Carlos Tevez struck a stunning late winner as Manchester City snatched a 1-0 victory in their FA Cup final dress rehearsal with relegation-threatened Wigan. The visitors had looked the better side for large periods of a subdued Barclays Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium but failed to take a number of chances. Tevez made them pay eight minutes from time as he weaved his way into the area and fired an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. It was his eighth goal in nine games and left Wigan in the bottom three and to rue the near misses from Franco Di Santo, Arouna Kone and Shaun Maloney which threatened an unexpected win. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Hammers rule out new Pogatetz deal

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed the club will not be extending on-loan defender Emanuel Pogatetz’s stay at the club. Press Association Austria international Pogatetz joined from German side Wolfsburg during January’s transfer window on a loan deal until the end of the season. Pogatetz has made only a handful of appearances with the Hammers though, mainly as a substitute, and Allardyce has decided he will not be looking to retain the 30-year-old. Allardyce said ahead of West Ham’s final Barclays Premier League match at home to Reading on Sunday, according to the London club’s Twitter account: “We’ve already said to Pogatetz thanks very much, he’s been a fantastic professional but it won’t be extended, and we’ll decide on the others after the game.” last_img read more

Kuchar in control

first_img On another blustery day at Muirfield Village in Ohio, Kuchar carded his second successive two-under-par round of 70 to move to eight under for the competition as he chases his second title of the year. The 34-year-old, who also finished second at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial last time out, has daylight between himself and nearest challengers Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley, who are both six under following hugely contrasting rounds. Chappell drained five birdies and dropped only one shot as he went round in 68 – the joint best score of the day along with JJ Henry – while Stanley scored 73 with five bogeys, two birdies and an eagle. England’s Justin Rose, who won the Memorial in 2010, is the leading European after following up two rounds of 70 with a 71 to lie in joint fourth spot alongside Australian Matt Jones (70) and overnight pacesetter Bill Haas on five under. Haas, who had seen his three-shot lead cut back to one when Charl Schwartzel completed his rain-affected second round, struggled badly as he picked up five bogeys and just one birdie in a round of 76 – the same as Schwartzel, who is four under overall. Those two were not the only players to find it difficult though, with world number one Woods finding himself in the limelight for unwanted reasons after a nightmare round of 79 – the joint-second highest of his career. Starting on the back nine, Woods carded double-bogeys on the 12th and 15th, a bogey on the 17th and then a treble-bogey seven on the 18th to reach the turn in an incredible eight over par, leaving him nine over for the competition and in last place overall. The 14-time major winner tried to fight back on the inward nine with three birdies in five holes but further dropped shots at the sixth and ninth – his last – left him in the bottom five heading into the final round. Of some consolation to the reigning champion is that he did at least manage to avoid his highest round of his PGA Tour career, which was the 81 he shot at the 2002 British Open. World number two Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, was also well down the leaderboard after a 75 left him six over for the tournament. The Northern Irishman had earlier completed his second round with a four-under-par 69 to survive the cut, which was made at three over. Matt Kuchar will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Memorial Tournament on a testing day of golf which saw defending champion Tiger Woods card the worst nine-hole score of his professional career.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Di Canio gets tough on players

first_imgSunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has vowed to get tough with any player who ignores his ban on bringing mobile telephones into the dressing room. “For 25 days I accepted this, because my first priority was to work on the field. However, I’ve said that from now if someone comes inside with a mobile phone, even in their bag, I’ll throw it in the North Sea. They’re banned. “I say that because it’s not acceptable. I’ve told the players that I’ve adapted to them and been lenient, but I’ve also told them what is and isn’t possible in a new environment.” Di Canio has overhauled his playing staff this summer after leading Sunderland to safety last season, and now he intends to ensure they take care of what they eat and drink, to guarantee they are at a physical peak. He added: “We need to have lectures about why we can’t have everyday things like mayonnaise, ketchup and Coke. “Even coffee can be a problem. You can have one when you get up, but not an hour before you go out training or playing. We give the players diet sheets to follow. “Obviously, you have to enjoy life. I won’t say anything if one day you like to go and have a cheeseburger. “I ban my daughter from going to places like that, but I know sometimes she goes because she enjoys it and because it’s typical of a student. It is all right, but not as a habit.” And the Italian, whose side begin their Barclays Premier League campaign against Fulham, has also warned his squad they must be wise with their diets to ensure their professionalism is not compromised. He told the Daily Telegraph: “This is a complete revolution. We’ve focused on changing the whole dressing-room environment. Imagine if for years your habit is to use the phone when you’re having a massage on the bed, even one minute before going out to train? center_img Press Associationlast_img read more