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Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones and the dangerous lure of nostalgia
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Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones and the dangerous lure of nostalgia

A Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones exhibition has been announced. But however uncompetitive it might prove to be this is still no sport for old men, writes John Dennen I have been having the most vivid dreams. Perhaps it’s been the three months of lockdown. Staying for the most part indoors has lent my days a weird veneer of unreality. So it is hard to tell how much weight to attach to Mike Tyson’s declaration on Thursday that he would fight Roy Jones. But apparently a Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones eight round ‘exhibition’ is going to be a thing. You can see how digging out two legends from the past to pit them against each other would send the Twitter-sphere into a frenzy. Tyson’s promo video has got over 800,000 views. The unseemly excitement about this event is worrying. This isn’t a comput...
Giannis: No access to basketball hoop a ruse
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Giannis: No access to basketball hoop a ruse

10:13 PM ET Eric WoodyardESPN While under quarantine with his family at home, Milwaukee Bucks swingman and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo said he didn't have access to a hoop. But apparently that wasn't the case. Antetokounmpo admitted after Tuesday's practice in Orlando, Florida, that he was just saying that to gain an edge on his peers. "Anybody out there that thought I didn't have access to a gym, they don't even know me," Antetokounmpo said, laughing. "So, I just said that to try to get a little bit ahead of the competition." 1 RelatedIn April, Antetokounmpo told reporters on a conference call: "So, I don't have access to hoop. A lot of NBA players have a court in their house or something, but now I just get home workouts. Ride the bike, treadmill, lift weights and pr...
Loeffler: WNBA’s BLM support could exclude fans
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Loeffler: WNBA’s BLM support could exclude fans

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who co-owns the Atlanta Dream franchise, said she fears that the WNBA's public support for the Black Lives Matter movement could drive some fans away. "I think a lot of people feel that they may not have a place," Loeffler said Tuesday in an interview with ESPN. "They may feel excluded from this sport and other sports that make them feel like American values aren't at the core of what we're doing here." Earlier this month, Loeffler wrote a letter to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league's promotion of Black Lives Matter -- which will be painted on the courts at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where the league will hold its season -- and instead advocating for teams to add American flags to jerseys. "The statement, 'Black lives matte...
Premier League Darts fixtures confirmed
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Premier League Darts fixtures confirmed

Chris Dobey, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Jermaine Wattimena to appear as Challengers; six successive nights to be held behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes with a 6.30pm (BST) start Last Updated: 22/07/20 2:05pm Michael van Gerwen is a five-time Premier League champion The fixtures have been confirmed for the first three nights of the Premier League's return next month and you can watch the action live on Sky Sports. Six league nights had been held d...
Leeds urge fans to stay at home
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Leeds urge fans to stay at home

Watch Leeds lift the Championship trophy live on Sky Sports Football from 9.30pm, and also for free across our website and app Last Updated: 22/07/20 2:14pm Leeds United will lift the Championship trophy tonight Leeds have urged their fans to stay at home when they lift the Championship trophy following their match with Charlton on Wednesday. The trophy lift at Elland Road will be live on Sky Sports Football from 9.30pm following the climax of the Championship seas...
Vettel: ‘Failing’ at Ferrari & his one Red Bull regret
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Vettel: ‘Failing’ at Ferrari & his one Red Bull regret

Departing Ferrari driver reflects on his time at Maranello and looks back at his decision to leave Red Bull six years ago By James Galloway Last Updated: 22/07/20 2:38pm Sebastian Vettel says he does not regret chasing his childhood dream by joining Ferrari and that he will able to process the disappointment of not winning a world title with them when he leaves at the end of the season. But Vettel has admitted he does wish he had handled the nature of his sudden departure from Red Bull differently in 2014, when he told them of his plans to leave for Ferrari on the Friday night of that year's Japanese GP. Vet...
NRL talking points
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NRL talking points

Could Sonny Bill Williams be pulling on a Roosters jersey again soon? Jenna Brooks looks at the latest big issues in the NRL, including rumours around Sonny Bill Williams, John Bateman's possible return for Canberra Raiders and the coaches moving jobs... SBW to Roosters? When the news broke on Monday Toronto Wolfpack would not be finishing the 2020 Super League season, the story was always going to generate worldwide interest because of Sonny Bill Williams. It took less than 24 hours before the dual-code international was linked with a return to the NRL. ...
From Don King to Eddie Hearn, Eric Bottjer has spent his life deep inside the boxing business
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From Don King to Eddie Hearn, Eric Bottjer has spent his life deep inside the boxing business

Eric Bottjer is currently Matchroom Boxing USA’s chief matchmaker. Before reporting to Eddie Hearn, Bottjer – once a wannabe writer – worked with some of the most influential promoters in the world. He’s seen it all, has plenty of secrets to spill, and tells all to Jack Hirsch EDDIE HEARN stood in the centre of the ring in Kansas City, between fights of a show broadcast on DAZN. As Hearn was being interviewed the promoter’s unhappiness was evident over what had transpired in the matches earlier that night. Although the Matchroom fighters had emerged victorious, the ease of their victories totally went against Hearn’s pledge to exhibit quality matchups for DAZN subscribers. Hearn was in no mood to sugarcoat things when asked about super-middleweight prospect Anthony Sims Jnr who won hi...
The next chapter for Lee Haskins
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The next chapter for Lee Haskins

Paul Wheeler speaks to former IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins, who reflects on his decorated career and looks ahead to a bright future YOU retired in February with a 36-5 (14) record after your loss to David Oliver Joyce. Were you confident going into that fight or were there any signs during camp that you were nearing the end? I’ve had a recurring problem with my knee. It first happened just before my previous fight [in October last year]. I popped my knee during training, then I did the same thing later on in camp, about two weeks before the fight. I gave it a rest for a week and then just got on with it and had the fight. During training for the Joyce fight I kept taping my knee up for support. My punching and fitness wasn’t an issue, but I couldn’t get the sparrin...
Ex-footballers less likely to suffer from mental health issues
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Ex-footballers less likely to suffer from mental health issues

By PA Media Last Updated: 22/07/20 1:31pm A new study funded by the FA and the PFA has found that former players had a higher level of neurodegenerative disease, but fewer suffered from mental health conditions. A database of 7,676 Scottish former professional footballers, born between 1900 and 1976, was used for the FIELD study and compared to 23,000 members of the general population. It found the football group had higher rates of the disease as cause of death compared to the control group. However, the former profes...