January 12, 2019
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.