Jan­uary 12, 2019

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Tyson Fury – and not An­thony Joshua – will fight Deon­tay Wilder at a U.S. venue in the first half of 2019, pro­moter Frank War­ren has told ESPN.

Fury’s pro­moter reck­ons a Las Ve­gas venue is most likely after De­cem­ber’s con­tro­ver­sial split­de­ci­sion draw with WBC world heavy­weight cham­pion Wilder in Los An­ge­les.

Ed­die Hearn, War­ren’s ri­val British pro­moter who guides the ca­reer of WBA-IBF-WBO world heavy­weight cham­pion Joshua, and his fa­ther Barry, head of Match­room Sport, have not had any re­sponse to

Bay­ern Mu­nich for­ward Thomas Muller is sus­pended for both legs of the up­com­ing Cham­pi­ons League round-of-16 clash against Liver­pool, UEFA has con­firmed, KWESEESPN re­ports.

Muller was sent off in Bay­ern’s fi­nal group match in De­cem­ber when, in at­tempt­ing to bring down a high ball, his high boot caught Ajax de­fender Ni­co­las Tagli­afico on the back of the head.

After the match, Muller posted an apol­ogy on his Twit­ter ac­count which read, “I am very sorry for that what hap­pened yes­ter­day! Was not in­ten­tion­ally (sic). Get well soon.”

Tagli­afico went on the score a 95th-minute equaliser for Ajax

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino says Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer will have no added mo­ti­va­tion when Tot­ten­ham face Manch­ester United at Wem­b­ley on Sun­day, Sky Sports re­ports.

Sol­sk­jaer was ap­pointed as United’s care­taker man­ager in De­cem­ber, fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Jose Mour­inho, and has ad­mit­ted he would love to keep the job be­yond this sum­mer.

But Po­chet­tino con­tin­ues to be linked to the role with Sol­sk­jaer even ad­mit­ting he sees why the Ar­gen­tine emails or phone calls from Wilder’s team in their at­tempts to make a ti­tle uni­fi­ca­tion fight with Joshua.

War­ren dis­missed Hearn’s hopes and ef­forts in mak­ing Wilder-joshua and says fight fans should in­stead ex­pect a re­match this year be­tween Bri­ton Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOS) and Amer­i­can Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOS).

“We’re try­ing to make that fight at the mo­ment, ev­ery­one wants the fight and most im­por­tantly the fight­ers want it,” War­ren told ESPN.

“The venue is look­ing like the U.S., that’s where the money is. Tyson was dis­ap­pointed with the judg­ing with the last fight, as I was, to claim a 3-3 draw. Both teams had al­ready con­firmed their qual­i­fi­ca­tion from Group E be­fore the match. Bay­ern fin­ished as group win­ners, with both teams each go­ing un­beaten over their six games.

Muller, 29, has only scored four goals in 16 Bun­desliga ap­pear­ances

Las Ve­gas au­thor­i­ties have sent a war­rant to col­lect DNA from Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to dis­cover whether it matches traces found on a dress be­long­ing to Kathryn May­orga.

May­orga has said Ron­aldo raped her in a ho­tel room in 2009, KWESEESPN re­ports.

A state­ment is­sued Thurs­day by the Las Ve­gas Metropoli­tan Po­lice Depart­ment con­firmed that the war­rant has been sent to au­thor­i­ties in Italy, where the five-time Bal­lon d’or win­ner plays for league lead­ers Ju­ven­tus.

“The LVMPD is tak­ing the same steps in this case as in any other sex­ual as­sault to fa­cil­i­tate the col­lec­tion of is an at­trac­tive can­di­date for the role.

De­spite that spec­u­la­tion, Po­chet­tino does not be­lieve the Nor­we­gian, or him­self, will have any ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion when both sides meet at Wem­b­ley on Sun­day.

“The mo­ti­va­tion is al­ready go­ing to be there. When you are a man­ager or a coach, you can­not be fo­cused on all the ru­mours. The most im­por­tant thing is to have mo­ti­va­tion to do our jobs in the best way,” Po­chet­tino said.

“Of course United will come to win and for him there is mas­sive mo­ti­va­tion or chal­lenge to man­age Manch­ester United. For me it’s a so a lot of things need to be sorted but the U.S. is where they want it, prob­a­bly in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“Ve­gas would be one of the op­tions. I wouldn’t want to go back to Cal­i­for­nia, I didn’t like work­ing with the Cal­i­for­nian com­mis­sion and there were a lot of things we didn’t like there.

“Tyson is al­ready in the gym work­ing hard, tick­ing over, and I think we would get it (the fight ver­sus Wilder) be­fore June.

“He (Ed­die Hearn) says all these things, but what he says and does are two dif­fer­ent things. He (Ed­die this sea­son, and has not found the net in Europe since he scored a brace against Be­sik­tas in Fe­bru­ary last year.

Bay­ern will travel to An­field for the first leg against Liver­pool on Fe­bru­ary 19, with the Premier League lead­ers com­ing to the Al­lianz Arena on March 13. DNA ev­i­dence,” the state­ment read.

The depart­ment said it would not pro­vide any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion at this time.

Ron­aldo’s lawyer, Peter S. Chris­tiansen, is­sued a state­ment on be­half of the Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional, say­ing, “Mr. Ron­aldo has al­ways main­tained, as he does to­day, that what oc­curred in Las Ve­gas in 2009 was con­sen­sual in na­ture, so it is not sur­pris­ing that DNA would be present, nor that the po­lice would make this very stan­dard re­quest as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Po­lice in Las Ve­gas con­firmed in Oc­to­ber they had re­opened a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion at May­orga’s re­quest. mas­sive chal­lenge to be at Tot­ten­ham.

“We are so com­pet­i­tive, we are peo­ple that love to win and hate to lose. It’s al­ways about want­ing to win. The mo­ti­va­tion in the Premier League is al­ready there.”

Po­chet­tino also re­vealed how he was present at the Nou Camp for Sol­sk­jaer’s in­jury-time win­ner in the 1999 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal – even ad­mit­ting he cel­e­brated the match­win­ning goal as a neu­tral.

“I re­mem­ber when he scored after 90 min­utes at the Camp Nou. I was there with Tony Giminez, my goal­keep­ing coach, in 1999. I re­mem­ber he scored the sec­ond goal in in­jury time and how I shouted for a goal by Manch­ester United,” he added.

“We were neu­tral watch­ing a fan­tas­tic game. I have fan­tas­tic mem­o­ries of him.this type of mo­ment, I look now and we are go­ing to meet at Wem­b­ley. Twenty years ago I was shout­ing for a goal he scored for United, and now we are go­ing to play against United at Wem­b­ley.” Hearn) said he wanted the fight for Joshua with Wilder last year when there was $80m on the ta­ble, but it didn’t hap­pen.

“Joshua will fight Dil­lian Whyte (at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, Lon­don, on April 13), or Jar­rell Miller next. We all know that.”

War­ren says Fury would also be open to a pos­si­ble fight against fel­low English­man Joshua (22-0, 21 KOS) later this year, de­spite the ob­sta­cles to mak­ing the fight such as ri­val pro­mot­ers and UK tele­vi­sion com­pa­nies.

Lebron James will miss at least an­other week with a strained left groin, the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers have an­nounced, KWESEESPN re­ports.

James, who suf­fered the in­jury Christ­mas Day in the Lak­ers’ vic­tory over the Golden State War­riors, has been side­lined for two weeks so far, with the team go­ing 3-5 in his ab­sence.

The four-time MVP was eval­u­ated by L.A.’S team med­i­cal staff Thurs­day and it was de­ter­mined “the heal­ing of James’ groin in­jury is pro­gress­ing,” per the Lak­ers.

Fur­ther­more, James has been “cleared to in­crease on-court func­tional bas­ket­ball move­ments,” the team said in a state­ment.

Thus far, James has done very lit­tle bas­ket­ball ac­tiv­ity since the in­jury out­side of stand­still shoot­ing.

The Lak­ers fly to Utah on Thurs­day for a game against the Jazz on Fri­day. James will not join them. He will also miss Sun­day’s home

Bri­tain’s Andy Mur­ray says he plans to re­tire after this year’s Wim­ble­don but fears next week’s Aus­tralian Open could be the fi­nal tour­na­ment of his ca­reer, BBC Sport re­ports.

The three-time Grand Slam win­ner, who is strug­gling to re­cover from hip surgery, was in tears at a news con­fer­ence in Mel­bourne on Fri­day.

“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for an­other four or five months,” said the 31-yearold Scot.

“I want to get to Wim­ble­don and stop but I’m not cer­tain I can do that.”

How­ever, Mur­ray says he still in­tends to play his Aus­tralian Open first-round match against Span­ish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week.

The for­mer world num­ber one had surgery on his right hip last Jan­uary and has played 14 matches since re­turn­ing to the sport last June.

Mur­ray ended his 2018 sea­son in Septem­ber to spend time work­ing with re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­pert Bill Knowles but still looked short of the re­quired level when he played world num­ber one No­vak Djokovic in an open prac­tice match at Mel­bourne Park on Thurs­day.

In his news con­fer­ence – dur­ing which he left the room to com­pose him­self be­fore re­turn­ing – Mur­ray said, “I’m not feel­ing good, I’ve been strug­gling for a long time. I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done ev­ery­thing I could to try and get my hip feel­ing bet­ter and it hasn’t helped loads.

“I’m in a bet­ter place than I was six months ago but I’m still in a lot of pain. I can still play to a level, but not a level I have played at.” game against his for­mer team, the Cleve­land Cava­liers, and Tues­day’s game against the Chicago Bulls, at a min­i­mum.

The Lak­ers said they will pro­vide an­other sta­tus up­date on James next Wed­nes­day, ahead of their game next Thurs­day at Ok­la­homa City.

While James, 34, could be in line to re­turn in time for the Lak­ers’ game against the Thun­der, he will take a cau­tious ap­proach and is pre­pared to be out mul­ti­ple weeks if that’s what it takes to re­turn at 100 per­cent, a source fa­mil­iar with James’ think­ing told ESPN.

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