Big fight a draw

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BOX­ING: The mid­dleweight su­per­fight be­tween Gen­nady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Al­varez in Las Vegas has been de­clared a draw. The re­sult means that ‘GGG’ Golovkin re­tains his three world mid­dleweight ti­tles. Billed the fight of the year, the bat­tle lived up to the hype as both men traded blows for 12 en­thralling rounds. The 35-year-old Golovkin, mak­ing his Las Vegas de­but, kept his WBC, WBA and IBF belts. But the judges could not agree, with one award­ing it to Canelo 118-110, an­other to Golovkin 115-114 and a third mak­ing it 114-114. Both want a re­match.

Jour­ney worth it CRICKET:

West In­dies skip­per Car­los Brath­waite, 29, made a 13,000km round trip for just one game but it was worth it as he led his team to a 21-run win over Eng­land in the one-off T20 in­ter­na­tional at Durham. Brath­waite, who smashed four sixes off four balls in the fi­nal over of Ben Stokes as the Windies won the World Twenty20 fi­nal last year, did the dam­age with the ball this time, tak­ing 3-20 in 3.3 overs as the home team could only make 155 in re­ply to the vis­i­tors’ 9-176 at a chilly and rain­swept River­side.

Redknapp booted FOOT­BALL:

Vet­eran man­ager Harry Redknapp has been axed as man­ager of sec­ond-tier English club Birm­ing­ham City. Redknapp, who has man­aged Tot­ten­ham, Portsmouth and Southamp­ton and others in a lengthy ca­reer, was told of the club’s de­ci­sion af­ter a 3-1 home de­feat by Pre­ston. The 70-year-old was hailed a saviour af­ter keep­ing the team in the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son. But de­spite a num­ber of sign­ings in the trans­fer win­dow, the Blues have lost six games in a row and have just four points from eight league matches.

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