AJ receives offer for Wilder, Fury fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua’s team have received a “huge site offer” to stage an undisputed world title clash against the winner of the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury fight in Saudi Arabia. Britain’s heavyweight star regained his world titles with a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr at the Diriyah Arena in December and promoter Eddie Hearn hopes to head back to the Middle East for a blockbuster battle at the end of 2020. Wilder defends his WBC title against Fury in Las Vegas on February 22, while Joshua plans to put his WBA, IBF and WBO belts at stake against Kubrat Pulev in London in May or June. But the Matchroom Boxing boss wants to split a massive fight purse down the middle for Joshua and the reigning WBC champion after holding recent talks with Saudi officials. “We have to try and make that happen,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Right now, the fight that Anthony Joshua wants is the winner of Wilder and Fury. “We’ve been there before. Both guys have turned down 60-40 for that fight and now we have no other option, but to offer them 50-50, because the fight will never happen, subject to the boss giving the thumbs up, which I think he knows that’s the way to make this fight. “We have a huge site offer in place for that fight to take place.” Bulgarian Pulev is next in line for Joshua at the IBF’s mandatory challenger, with a fight announcement expected in the middle of February as Hearn assesses possible venues such as The Emirates and Twickenham. “Kubrat Pulev is the frontrunner,” said Hearn. “I think we’ve established that the IBF mandatory was called before the WBO mandatory. “Pulev is the fight for me, and more importantly for the boss, AJ, he wants it here. He’s boxed now in Saudi Arabia for his last fight, he’s boxed in New York before that. “For me, it’s time to come home. The bad news is that Kubrat Pulev wants as much money as possible for this fight and he realises there’s more money in Istanbul, or Saudi Arabia, or the Congo, or Nigeria, but AJ is going to call the shots. “He may end up having to let the Pulev fight go, if he won’t fight in the places that we’d like him to fight and that is in the UK. We’re looking at dates at the end of May to the beginning of June for the Pulev fight. Everywhere is in play. Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur, The Olympic Stadium, we’ve also reached out to Twickenham as well. “The Principality Stadium has got some dates for us, so in an ideal world, AJ’s next fight will be Kubrat Pulev in London, but this is a far from an ideal world, particularly in the boxing game.” The WBO had also ordered Joshua to make a mandatory title defence Oleksandr Usyk, who is now close to agreeing an alternative fight with Derek Chisora on March 28.Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderEddie HearnSaudi Arabialast_img read more

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Hasenhuttl signs new four-year Southampton deal

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Eberechi Eze debuts for Crystal Palace as Eagles thump Southampton EPL: Palace face Saints test Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has signed a new four-year contract with the club.The 52-year-old was appointed at St Mary’s in December 2018 and has proved a popular appointment, turning around his side’s fortunes after a 9-0 home defeat to Leicester in October. Saints chief executive Martin Semmens said: “From day one, Ralph has had a positive impact on the club, everyone within it and our fans.“He joined our club at a time when strong leadership was needed to drive the club forward. This he delivered, but it was the clarity of vision that has ultimately led us to this point.”Hasenhuttl arrived at St Mary’s to replace Mark Hughes, who was dismissed in December 2018 with the club sitting 18th in the Premier League table.Despite the Leicester embarrassment, there were few calls for Hasenhuttl’s head, and the club entered the coronavirus lockdown in 14th place in the table, seven points above the relegation zone.Hasenhuttl said: “This, for me, was a simple decision. Simple because of the relationship that I have built with the club, the players and the fans, and also because of the relationship they have built with me too. “I said when I arrived at the club that we were at the beginning of a long journey, and also a journey that would bring emotion and hopefully enjoyment. We have already had some moments where we could celebrate together, and some that have been emotional and also challenging.“The way we have handled this together as a group of people has been incredible for me, and I believe we now have strong foundations here that can allow us to take the next steps in our progress as a team.“For me, this is an important step in the journey. My players, our staff, and of course the supporters must understand my commitment to this club and to what we are trying to build together.“We value the same philosophies, and this is a big part of why I want to stay here, and I hope we can share in some very successful moments moving forward.”— Tags: Martin SemmensRalph HassenhuttlSouthamptonSt. Mary’slast_img read more

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Manchester United, Chelsea seal spots in UEFA Champions League next season

first_imgLONDON: Manchester United and Chelsea have sealed their spots in the UEFA Champions League next season after both earned victories that kept them in the top four on the final day of the 2019/20 English Premier League campaign.In a direct battle for a UEFA Champions League spot at King Power Stadium on Sunday, Bruno Fernandes’s penalty and Jesse Lingard’s stoppage-time strike were enough for United to secure a 2-0 victory over Leicester City, meaning the Red Devils finish above Chelsea in third on goal difference. Leicester finished fifth after their defeat and will compete in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League. On the other hand, first-half goals by Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea the win they needed as they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Wolves’ loss meant they missed out on sixth position and a guaranteed place in the Europa League, after Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace to edge ahead of Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on goal difference. Wolves will now hope that Chelsea beat Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final so they can claim the final Europa League spot, in the second qualifying round. But they can also reach the Champions League if they win this season’s Europa League. Manchester City wrapped up their Premier League campaign with an emphatic 5-0 home victory over already-relegated Norwich City in Spanish midfielder David Silva’s final league game for last season’s champions. City’s goals came from Gabriel Jesus, a Kevin de Bruyne double, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez as they finished the season in second place with 81 points, 18 behind champions Liverpool. Norwich ended bottom of the standings on 21 points. Striker Divock Origi scored a rare goal as champions Liverpool came from behind to close out their magnificent Premier League season with a 3-1 win at Newcastle United. Liverpool ended the campaign on 99 points, 18 ahead of nearest rivals Manchester City while Newcastle finished 13th on 44 points. Liverpool went behind to the fastest goal ever scored against them in the Premier League era as Dwight Gayle latched on to Jonjo Shelvey’s free kick and slotted it past Alisson with 26 seconds on the clock. Agencies Also watch: Anti-CAA Protest in Naharkatialast_img read more

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TRACK : Rubeor looks to reach personal goal, qualify for NCAAs in heptathlon

first_imgKelsey Rubeor’s track and field career almost ended before she even had a chance to come to Syracuse.‘It’s complete devastation immediately,’ Rubeor said. ‘I was such a jock in high school, and when you have an injury like that, you think about who you are, and that’s what made me who I am today. It really puts things in perspective.’That injury came in Rubeor’s senior year of high school, when she suffered an ACL tear that sidelined her for nearly a year and a half. Four years later and completely healed, Rubeor has her sights set on qualifying for the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in June.After a top-five finish at the Big East Outdoor Championship last spring, Rubeor wants to exceed that mark as a senior. She’ll go through the season without much stress after qualifying for the Big East meet on the first weekend of the outdoor season, finishing first at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C.But qualifying wasn’t completely stress-free for Rubeor. The Asics/Winthrop Invitational may have been the only opportunity Rubeor had to qualify for the heptathlon at the Big East championship all season. Only three members of the team went down for the meet, and Syracuse scheduled a trip partly to give Rubeor a chance to qualify.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Most of the meets that we go to don’t have the heptathlon,’ SU assistant coach Dave Hegland said. ‘So you kind of have to seek them out specifically.’Rubeor does get a chance to compete in meets in other events. At some meets she may compete in hurdles, shot put and long jump, an eclectic mix that is rare to see. But competing in this mix can serve as some of the best practice for a heptathlete.‘She won’t do a multi-event really often, but she’ll go to meets pretty regularly,’ Hegland said. ‘She’s not all that unlike the other kids on the team that might be competing every week or every other week. She just won’t do an actual heptathlon outside of one or two times a season.’And the practice gained from competing is even more invaluable because of how difficult it is to balance seven events during actual practice time.A heptathlon consists of 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, a 200-meter sprint, long jump, javelin throw and an 800-meter run. Balancing training for the seven very different events can be difficult.‘You can’t train for all seven events every day,’ Rubeor said. ‘I train six days a week. You essentially pick and choose which events you want to train because there’s just not enough time in the day.’Part of what Rubeor attributes her success to in the heptathlon is her soccer background.In high school, Rubeor was a goalkeeper with Division I potential who ran track as an offseason training program.Rubeor is something of an anomaly among heptathletes in that she doesn’t have many notable strengths and weaknesses among the events. At the Asics/Winthrop Invitational, she finished first in five of the seven events. She said her balance among the events is in large part thanks to her past athletic background.‘I use the whole body — upper body, lower body — and so does a goalkeeper,’ Rubeor said. ‘I’m an exception to a lot of heptathletes. Most can’t throw, but are exceptionally fast jumpers, but I’m pretty even across the board.’Rubeor has confidence she will qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championship. And after her strong start to the season, teammates and coaches alike believe qualification is firmly within reach.‘She is persistent,’ junior Ieva Staponkute said. ‘She’s stubborn. If she wants to achieve something, she will do it. She has passion for the sport.’Rubeor wants the season to reach its conclusion. After setting such high marks in the opening weekend, she is right on the bubble of qualification. Her next chance to improve her score will be at the Big East championships more than two months from now.For now, she’ll have to wait and see if all her hard work has paid off.Said Rubeor: ‘It’s a waiting game, and I’m not a particularly patient person.’[email protected] Published on March 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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