RelatedPosts 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 Tyson Fury said he is willing to put a blockbuster fight with Anthony Joshua to one side, if the former heavyweight champion is unable to regain his belts in a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. Fury is hoping to make light work of Otto Wallin on Saturday and pave the way for his own world heavyweight rematch with Deontay Wilder, but is already thinking beyond that to a potential unification bout. After suffering his first professional defeat at the hands of Ruiz Jr in June, Joshua is confident of getting revenge when the pair meet in Saudi Arabia on December 7, but Fury is prepared to face either fighter. “If he (Anthony Joshua) goes in there and gets knocked back out by Ruiz, then fair play to Ruiz. Who cares anyway? You know, I’ll just fight Ruiz, doesn’t matter. One hundred per cent. “I’m not concerned because whatever happens in life happens and we can’t change it anyway. So, with every negative, there’s a positive.” Speaking about this weekend’s opponent Wallin, Fury added: “It’s a different challenge, different opponent, different style and styles do make fights. “This guy’s 6’6”, left-handed southpaw. It’s probably going to be a different challenge. Every fight is different, not one fight, all fights, is the same. “So, we approach every fight (with a) different game plan, but when we’re in there for the first minute or so, I’ll know exactly what to do with Otto Wallin.” Wallin is hoping to spring a surprise result and is looking to Ruiz for inspiration. “Just look at the other fights like Andy Ruiz-Joshua. Mike Tyson, he wasn’t supposed to get beat. He got beat from Buster Douglas. “We had a Swedish guy, Ingemar Johansson, sixty years ago he came over to New York and beat Floyd Patterson. He was a huge underdog and he beat him. It can happen at any time. So tune in and don’t blink.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderOtto WallinSaudi ArabiaTyson Fury
RelatedPosts No directive to constitute disciplinary committee against us — Ojudu, others ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance Odion Ighalo scored his 10th goal in the Chinese Super League this season as Shanghai Shenhua suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat at home to Jiangsu Suning.Wednesday’s result condemned the Hongkou Stadium outfit to their fourth consecutive loss in the Chinese top-flight with their last win dating back to October 20 against Dalian Yifang.Ighalo put both teams on level terms just before the interval with his goal from the penalty spot that cancelled out Ivan Santini’s opener for the visitors.His effort was not enough as Shanghai Shenhua conceded two goals after the restart of the encounter.Despite their poor run of results, the Shanghai outfit are safe from relegation and are placed 13th in the 16-team league with 30 points from 29 matches.Shanghai Shenhua will be aiming to end their Super League campaign with a win when they visit league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande for their final fixture on Sunday.
RelatedPosts Robben suffers fresh injury blow Dutch coach Koeman in hospital with heart problem Bergwijn inks Spurs five-year deal Mark van Bommel has been sacked as manager of PSV Eindhoven following a string of bad results which saw them drop to fourth in the Eredivisie table. Last season, the Dutch giants were on course to land the title in Van Bommel’s first season in charge, having led the table for most of the way. However, they missed out on the last day of the campaign, following a late resurgence from Ajax. But this term has been difficult, with PSV having been eliminated from the Champions League at the play-off round before failing to qualify from their Europa League group. “Performances and results have been far below what is expected at PSV,” General Manager Toon Gerbrands said. “Matches are measuring moments but we also keep a close eye on the progress down the road. “We always try to help and support each other at PSV and that’s what we have done the past few months. The club’s interest will always be of prime importance. Following a review of the current status in and around the first team, we have come to this painful decision. We have all tried hard to turn things around but unfortunately failed to do so.” In the league, PSV have lost four of their 17 matches so far, with Van Bommel’s final match a 3-1 defeat away to rivals Feyenoord. The result saw them drop to fourth below Willem II in the table – 10 points behind joint leaders Ajax and AZ Alkmaar – and means they have picked up just 18 points in their last 26 matches. A former PSV captain, Van Bommel spent a total of seven seasons with the club, in between spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan, and won four league titles as well as the KNVB Cup.Tags: Mark van BommelPSV Eindhoven
He added: “We have a lot of chances in every game that we are missing. This is the difference at this moment (from last season).” Mancini concedes City may need to win their remaining 10 games to have any hope of overhauling United, but he will be without midfielder Jack Rodwell for the first part of that demanding task after he suffered another setback to his long term hamstring problem at Villa Park. Mancini confirmed Rodwell will be sidelined for “three to four weeks” after being substituted during the first half. He said: “Jack was distraught in the changing room. I am very sorry because he is such a promising young player. He needs to improve but he had played very well against Chelsea in the previous game and had been playing very well at Villa.” The City chief is hopeful striker Sergio Aguero will be back available for the next league game with Everton but has ruled him out of the weekend FA Cup tie against Barnsley with a knee injury. Villa remain in the bottom three but Mancini had words of encouragement for his counterpart Paul Lambert and believes his young side are capable of staying up. He said: “I believe they are a good team. I think they can stop up. The problem they have is they have young players. But if they are able to stay in Premier League, next season I think they can enjoy a good season.” Roberto Mancini has blamed a lack of killer instinct in front of goal for Manchester City’s failure to keep pace with Manchester United this season in the Barclays Premier League title race. Press Association City reduced United’s lead to a still formidable 12 points with a 1-0 success at relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Monday night courtesy of Carlos Tevez’s first-half goal in stoppage time, but City manager Mancini acknowledges a failure to overcome other struggling opponents this season, despite carving out plenty of chances, has been a key factor in their downfall. He said: “At Southampton, we played very well and we lost (3-1). We had other games like the one at Villa – against QPR and West Ham – where we missed four or five incredible chances. Even in the Villa game, we had other chances to close out the match rather than winning 1-0. It has been our problem this year and has cost us points.”
Prosperi continued: “These are not our figures, they were published by an independent data company. “In other words, you would need 24 Superbowls to achieve the same kind of impact, and Manchester United’s season runs for 10 months. What else could give you that exposure? Formula One has a season of similar length. But is it the same? I am not so sure.” At the beginning of their partnership with United, Aon executives concluded the value of having their name on pictures that would continue to be used decades from now was almost unquantifiable. It was the Aon brand that flashed around the world when Wayne Rooney executed that staggering overhead kick against Manchester City at Old Trafford two years ago. The same when the title celebrations began at Blackburn a couple of months later. There is the promise of more to come; this season and next. It is the reason why United blitzed through the £100million barrier in commercial revenue alone two years ago and recent second-quarter results showed a further increase of 29 per cent year on year. “From our perspective, our partnership with United has exceeded expectations,” said Prosperi. “We are really excited about the opportunities it has given us so far, and those that are still to come. We wanted to strengthen our brand globally. How better to do that than align yourself with the most powerful brand in the most popular sport?” Aon is in the third season of a four-year deal which cost it an estimated £80million. Yet the eye-bulging £357million, seven-year contract with Chevrolet was confirmed in August 2012 and Aon’s status had already been undermined by the training kit deal with DHL that ensures two names are now seen on United action shots, not one. However, Aon put their name to a five-match summer tour and will continue as sponsor of the club’s charitable arm. “In 2011, the Superbowl attracted an audience of 111million in the US and 169million worldwide,” said David Prosperi, head of global public relations at Aon. “During the 2010-11 season, Manchester United’s global reach was four billion.” US insurance giant Aon is adamant its sponsorship of Manchester United has “exceeded expectations” even though it has already been confirmed Chevrolet will be the Red Devils’ shirt sponsors from 2014. Press Association
Press Association Alejandro Valverde Belmonte and Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver finished four seconds shy of their compatriot Moreno, who burst clear in the closing stages of the uphill finish to collect the 10 seconds he needed for the victory with a provisional finishing time of four hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds. Coupled with his eight-second lead over Roche, who finished fourth in Valdepenas de Jaen, the 31-year-old has moved to the top of the general classification. Moreno will be heartened by his stage win, adding to the one already secured on Wednesday, with 11 stages remaining before the final flat stage to Madrid on September 15. Irishman Nicolas Roche (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) had held the red jersey overnight but Moreno now leads by just one second following his latest win. The Team Katusha rider led home a Spanish trio at the end of the 163.7km stage, collecting his second stage win of the grand tour having already succeeded on stage four. Spaniard Daniel Moreno claimed the leader’s red jersey in the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday after he won the ninth stage between Antequera and Valdepenas de Jaen.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed Santi Cazorla is unlikely to play before the next international break because of an ankle injury. Press Association The Frenchman has concerns too over striker Olivier Giroud, who scored his side’s first goal at the Stadium of Light before limping off late on. Wenger said: “That’s my worry after the game because we are very thin at the moment. He has a knee problem.” Defender Per Mertesacker missed the trip to Wearside through illness, while midfielder Tomas Rosicky was ruled out by a thigh injury. However, Thomas Vermaelen was included in the 18 and could be involved in midweek. The 28-year-old Spain midfielder missed Saturday’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League win at Sunderland because of an ankle problem and Wenger, whose side faces Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, later admitted he will be sidelined for several weeks. Wenger said: “Cazorla has an ankle problem and he will be out for a few weeks. I don’t think he will play before the next international break.”
After an opening day victory at Arsenal Lambert’s side had lost their next three Barclays Premier League games to Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle before a goal from substitute Libor Kozak gave them a 1-0 triumph at Carrow Road – their third win in Norfolk in the last year. Lambert left Norwich under a cloud to take the reins at Villa Park and his side had to survive an early penalty miss from Canaries’ winger Robert Snodgrass and a first-half injury to Christian Benteke to secure the win. Press Association The Scot was jeered by the home fans for much of the game but afterwards he was more interested in praising his players for their response to a poor home performance against Newcastle seven days earlier. “It was disappointing last weekend against Newcastle but I am delighted we bounced back this weekend very strongly,” said Lambert. “I am pleased. The start (to the season) we had was extremely tough with three of the top sides and we ran them very close, beating one of them.” Lambert’s young side were resolute in defence as Norwich chased an equaliser, with goalkeeper Brad Guzan the stand-out player as Villa secured a first clean sheet in the league for over nine months. Five of Villa’s summer signings played some part in the win with Kozak joined by Aleksandar Tonev, Leandro Bacuna, Nicklas Helenius and Antonio Luna. Lambert has been impressed with what he has seen so far but is still expecting bigger and better things from his recent acquisitions. “The new lads will take time to adapt but so far they have been excellent for us,” he added. “Libor came on and to be fair it was at a difficult time. He popped up with the goal that has won us the game. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert secured a hat-trick of wins at former club Norwich on Saturday and declared himself pleased with the six points his side now have on the board. “He’s come here [to English football], with how fast it is, and he’s endeared himself to the crowd which is great.” Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson, who was Lambert’s penultimate signing as Canaries’ boss, felt Guzan’s heroics in the Villa goal were the difference between the two sides. “We just needed a little bit of luck, we needed one to drop for us – a tap-in or an own goal, something like that,” he said. “Sometimes you just have to say fair play to the goalkeeper, especially the save off Hooper at the end. I haven’t seen it back again but in real-time I thought ‘what a save’. He has arguably got them the three points, it just wasn’t to be.” Chris Hughton has seen his side score just once in their last four Premier League games but, with Stoke, Chelsea and Arsenal on the horizon, Howson is certain they can start to turn things around. “These things happen,” he added. “It is a long season and we will have our ups and downs, we are a good group and we will keep working hard – it won’t affect the team and we will keep giving all we have got. “We came out in the second half and gave it a real go, I think we definitely deserved something out of the game but you get games like that in football.”
“As a club, we didn’t want to impose a plan on the new manager that had come from the old manager. “I know other clubs have done that across the Premier League, where a director of football has bought players even before the new manager has arrived. “That happened very close to home. We didn’t want to do that. We have a manager who we want to give our full support to make his decisions about the players and the decisions about the academy. “He has the same power that Alex did.” Undeniably, mistakes were made. The pursuit of Cesc Fabregas went on too long, even though Woodward is unrepentant about the public pursuit of the Barcelona midfielder. “It was an approach specific to the selling club,” he said. “We had to make certain one-off decisions and messages.” And the attempt to sign Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao looked somewhat farcical, even if the truth is rather more mundane. “We should have denied all the stories on the last day about Herrera because they were rubbish,” said Woodward of a bizarre saga that included three unidentified men turning up at La Liga headquarters trying to force through a deal. “I’ve got no idea (who they were). “I had seven people call me on the last day and try to insert themselves into a deal. “I can only imagine that people who wanted to insert themselves into the deal turned up at the league’s offices. “They were nothing to do with us, nothing to do with the agent and, according to Bilbao, nothing to do with them. “Once they had said to us: ‘Only the buy clause being met will issue a release’, we knew it wasn’t going to happen.” The repeated failures led to the charge United had no intention of spending the money. It is a charge Woodward strenuously denies. “Yes,” he said, when asked if United can buy ‘top, top’ players. Former assistant-manager Mike Phelan suggested earlier this week Cristiano Ronaldo was on the hit list of potential targets had Ferguson remained. As Ronaldo has since signed a contract extension at Real Madrid, that possibility now appears remote. Woodward is not ruling it out completely though. “Who knows?” he said. “I don’t like the fact that, in the list of 25 players in the Ballon D’Or, we’ll have Robin (van Persie) and Wayne (Rooney). “I don’t like the fact there are consistently more players from Spain on that list. “We, as a club, should be aspiring to have the best players playing for us. We’ve had that in the past. “We’re in for players if the manager wants to be.” Press Association In the wake of a disastrous transfer window, it was suggested Moyes needed someone alongside him to share the load. The idea of a director of football has increasingly been in vogue, with Manchester City amongst the clubs to embrace the concept. However, Woodward insists it is not in United’s plans as the club trusts Moyes to get it right. “We don’t have a director of football because we back the manager,” Woodward told United We Stand. “We don’t want the manager to be a hired gun for the next two or three years. We want the next generation to enjoy having him there creating his own legacy. “When a scout recommends a brilliant right-back or a coach recommends one from our academy, we want the manager to weigh up what is right for the team. “He can decide. He is the football expert.” Moyes did not begin work until July 1, after United had opted against buying the Scot out of his Everton contract, reducing the time available to bring in new players. As a consequence, Marouane Fellaini, who had been available for £23.5million prior to July 31, was the only significant purchase, and costing £4million more. “It was disappointing that we didn’t sign more players but I always knew it was going to be a tough window,” said Woodward. Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has ruled out the prospect of bringing in a director of football to take some of the burden off new manager David Moyes.
“There (at Old Trafford) pressure comes as well from the crowd when they go for every ball and put the referee under pressure, and that is a bit more in the north than in the south. “You know that when you go to Sunderland the crowd plays every ball, when you go to Everton the crowd plays every ball. Then in London, the crowd is a bit more relaxed.” United head into Sunday’s clash against leaders Arsenal playing catch-up, down in eighth place after three defeats in the league already so far following the end of Ferguson’s long reign. Signs of transition under David Moyes are emerging, however, with the Champions League draw away to Real Sociedad making it eight games unbeaten in all competitions. Wenger believes the former Everton boss is soon finding out just how demanding one of the sport’s top jobs can be. “He will be under more pressure than he was at Everton to deliver, certainly,” said Wenger, who is now the longest serving manager in the Premier League. “They have been slow at the start, yes, but they have been recently more consistent. “It depends as well how the season goes, how the games go because sometimes games are more hectic, sometimes they are clean, it is never predictable – welcome to our world of pressure.” The Gunners head to Old Trafford on the back of an impressive 1-0 Champions League victory at Borussia Dortmund which put them on course for qualification from Group F, and Wenger has renewed belief the squad have what it takes to last the distance this season. “Yes, we believe we can get a result,” said Wenger, whose side beat second-placed Liverpool last weekend to move five points clear. “We go there like we go everywhere, to control the game and to win the game. “We still think the best way to win at Old Trafford is to control the game, which means take the ball, keep the ball and have more possession than they do.” Arsenal were thumped 8-2 by Manchester United in August 2011 and last tasted an away victory over the Red Devils back in September 2006, with a late goal from Emmanuel Adebayor. Wenger hopes it will be another long-overdue memorable performance this time around. “We are maybe a little less under pressure because we have a little advantage (in the league), but we have to use that in a positive way,” said Wenger, who will wait on the fitness of England midfielder Jack Wilshere following his ankle problem. “Our hunger will be tested there, it will be about how much we take advantage of this situation or do we just go there and say ‘let’s see what happens’.” Wenger admitted it will seem “strange” to head to Old Trafford and not come up against his long-time adversary as they prowl the technical area. Nevertheless, the Arsenal manager feels the Scot used his personality to exert extra pressure on the match officials, with the infamous ‘Fergie Time’ watch gestures all part of his gamesmanship. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes referees will feel less pressure at Manchester United now Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer in the dugout. Press Association To this day, Wenger continues to be troubled by the outcome of the encounter between the two sides in October 2004, which saw Arsenal’s 49-match unbeaten Premier League run end and left Ferguson covered in pizza following a furious row between staff and players from both teams after the game. Wenger remains convinced referee Mike Riley should have sent off United defender Rio Ferdinand for a trip on Freddie Ljungberg and also not awarded a late penalty to Wayne Rooney. When asked what it might be like to play at Old Trafford without the presence of Ferguson, Wenger responded: “That is a question you shouldn’t ask me, but the referees. “Every year there is a company who makes the table reasoned without the referees’ mistakes, so check that.” Wenger joked: “I think the referees were absolutely relaxed and happy to go there.” Michael Oliver will be the man in the middle on Sunday, with Wenger adding that it was up to officials to get things right. “I expect the referees to make the right decisions,” he said. “I never have preconceived ideas. “It is down to the referee to make the right decisions, to protect the players and to give the free-kicks you deserve.