Tyson Fury knocks out Deontay Wilder to win an epic world heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas

The British heavyweight star was on the brink of defeat when he was floored twice in the fourth round, but Fury staged a sensational recovery and dropped Wilder in the 10th before inflicting a crushing knockout to retain his WBC belt. Wilder had been blasted to the canvas in the third round, but the American nearly pulled off a stunning fightback in the fourth, before Fury quickly regained command and eventually broke the resistance of his exhausted challenger. Wilder had been blasted to the canvas in the third round, but the American nearly pulled off a stunning fightback in the fourth, before Fury quickly regained command and eventually broke the resistance of his exhausted challenger.

In a tense opening round, Wilder tried to enforce his aggressive tactics as he forced Fury onto the back foot with stinging body shots and clubbing right hands.

But Fury began to find the range with his hurtful straight right hand in the second, then unloaded it perfectly in the third to daze Wilder, who was cuffed to the canvas. With Wilder badly hurt, Fury went for the finish in the fourth, but he wilted to the canvas after a huge right hand from the Alabama man.

A right hand from Fury sent Wilder crumpling to the canvas in the 10th, and still he threw back, briefly buzzing the Brit with crude shots.

But Fury finally concluded their saga in the 11th as a huge right hand sent Wilder crashing spectacularly to the canvas.

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France beat Spain to win Nations League

France came from behind once again to win the European Nations League at the expense of Spain in Milan.

Mikel Oyarzabal put Spain ahead on Sunday at the San Siro before Karim Benzema struck back moments later.

Kylian Mbappe completed a second comeback at these finals for Les Blues, who secured their place in this final by coming from two down against Belgium.

After a tactical, nervy and tight contest for more than an hour, the game burst into life. A frustrated Paul Pogba, looking wound up after being booked for a stamp on Sergio Busquets, drove through midfield and eventually the ball found Theo Hernandez who cracked the ball against the bar.

Spain raced up the other end and took the lead with a fine show of strength from Oyarzabal before a brilliant low finish into the far corner past Hugo Lloris.

Benzema had barely had a sniff since the opening five minutes, when he had rounded Unai Simon in goal but saw his cut-back cleared, until he struck while Spanish fans were still celebrating the opener.

The Real Madrid striker collected the ball on the left and, cutting inside at the corner of the box, bent a wonderful strike into the far corner, with Simon getting a touch but unable to prevent it finding the back of the net.

Mbappe was also having a quiet night but was alert when he needed to be, racing onto a ball from Theo Hernandez to put him one-on-one with Simon. Mbappe showed wonderful composure to delay, throw in a step-over and finish past Simon.

VAR checked Mbappe’s goal for offside but it was allowed to stand despite the striker being in an offside position due to the slightest of touches from Spanish defender Eric Garcia.

Lloris made two fine late saves to deny Spain a leveller, stopping from Oyarzabal and Yeremi Pino.…

NFF backs Super Eagles to revitalise World Cup campaign

The Nigeria Football Federation believes the much-adored Nigerian Spirit will come to the fore and ginger the Super Eagles to solidify their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying campaign when they take on the Les Fauves of Central African Republic in Douala on Sunday.

The President of the NFF and FIFA Council Member, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said this on Thursday night.

Pinnick said the Eagles have the character to bounce back from the shock home defeat by the Central Africans and still fly very high above other contenders in Group C of the African race by taking the maximum points in Douala on Sunday.

He said: “This result has been a huge shock, especially after the NFF provided everything necessary to make the team comfortable and focused on the task at hand, even going the extra mile in a number of areas. The Federation wishes to appreciate the Federal Government, the Lagos State Government and our partners and sponsors for their support to enable us provide the necessary comfort and conducive environment for the team to succeed.

This is a setback, which can be quickly reversed, and the Nigerian Spirit is what we will take to Cameroon.

“The NFF is backing the team to retain a strong hold on the group and qualify to the knockout phase.

“At the halfway mark of this phase, our Super Eagles still top the group.

“I am in touch with even the players that are injured like Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi.

“They are all very sad with the result.

“The players who featured in today’s match are all very sober and sad.

“They know what is important now is their reaction to the situation when they take to the pitch in Douala on Sunday.

“We believe they will deliver against the same team.”

Pinnick said the NFF was taking responsibility for the defeat and urged Nigerians from far and near to get behind the team at this period.

He said: “Everyone is stunned, but we do not have to be emotional …

Tyson Fury warned about Deontay Wilder by Top Rank’s Todd duBoef: ‘He had better be careful!’

Fury will defend his WBC title against Wilder this Saturday in Las Vegas, a trilogy fight between two bitter heavyweight rivals. Fury ended Wilder’s title reign with a scintillating stoppage in their second fight, after their first bout ended in a dramatic draw, and has now been warned to be wary in the third clash.

“My gut says that Tyson will do what Tyson does best in a continuation of the second fight,” said duBoef, president at Top Rank, Fury’s American promotional team.

“But he had better be careful. “On October 9 it will give us the chance to put an absolute conclusion to the trilogy.

Joshua and Fury had been in negotiations for an undisputed title fight earlier this year, but to no avail.

DuBoef said: “I can say that when Fury vs Wilder II ended, I looked to my wife and said: ‘This may have been the most wonderful event in my 20 years that I have ever put on’.

“It had energy, it had competition between passionate fans in America and the UK, it had a definitive ending and it was a spectacle.

“I’ve been involved in big fights that didn’t have a definitive ending, like Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad.

“Then Covid-19 hit and I wondered: ‘Will I ever revisit that unbelievable moment again?…

‘I want to live’: Oleksandr Usyk ready for time off after biggest fight

Heavyweight champion said his corner helped him execute his plan, while a pensive Anthony Joshua will analyze mistakes. The new champion walked in first, just after one in the morning, with his face bearing the brutal realities of heavyweight boxing. Despite his dominant defeat of Anthony Joshua on Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Oleksandr Usyk wore the marks of battle. A jagged cut ran above his right brow while his bruised skin had turned a shade of burst violet below that same eye. The swollen mouse beneath his left eye was even more prominent and a reminder that Usyk had fought 12 rounds against a world champion who weighed 19 pounds more than him.

Usyk is not a small man but he also gave away four inches in reach and three inches in height. Yet in the final moments of the last round the usually imposing figure of Joshua, who is 6ft 6in, had sagged against the ropes as Usyk came close to winning by stoppage.

A singular character, who is as intelligent as he is amusing, Usyk was nonchalant as he sat down to address his stunning rise in boxing’s premier division to become the new IBF, WBA and WBO world champion in only his third fight as a heavyweight. When someone asked him to break down his fight strategy, for this had been a dazzling display, he spoke in Ukrainian. His fellow countrymen and women laughed before the translator tried to inject some of that comedy into English.

“The plan was just to walk in, to see, to start. So we went in, we saw, we started and then in the 12th round they said speed up and so I did and then they said: ‘….and the new [heavyweight champion of the world].’ So that was the plan.”

Usyk continued in more serious vein. “I tried a few times [for the stoppage]. I put my speed into it. I punched him a couple of times but then I was losing rhythm. I went back to my …

Boxer Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine president in 2022

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president of the Philippines next year after railing against corruption in government and what he calls President Rodrigo Duterte’s cosy relationship with China.

Pacquiao, currently a senator, was nominated on Sunday by his PDP-Laban party allies during the group’s national assembly, days after a rival faction nominated Duterte as its choice for vice president and his longtime aide, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, as the party’s presidential candidate.

Pacquiao, 42, presents a potential obstacle to Duterte’s succession plans as the race for the top post takes shape.

“I’m a fighter and will always be a fighter, inside and outside of the ring,” Pacquiao said at the event. “All my life, I haven’t backed down from any fight. Nothing is impossible if it’s ordained by God.”

Threat to Duterte

Pacquiao’s presidential bid is seen by analysts as a threat to Duterte’s candidate in 2022, as the boxer could split the vote in the southern island that both come from, opening the door for opposition figures.

Go declined the nomination, but the rift between the Pacquiao and Duterte factions has escalated. The senator ranked fifth among 15 possible presidential candidates in a June survey by PulseAsia.

Pacquiao’s faction has not expressed support for Duterte’s vice presidential bid. Duterte is prohibited by the constitution from running for a second six-year term as president.

The eight-division world boxing champion and beloved national hero made the announcement weeks after losing what could be his last professional fight against Cuban Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao was among the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2019, according to Forbes.

The Filipino boxer has been a senator since 2016 and also served as a congressman. He was once a loyal ally to Duterte, defending the president’s deadly drug war and death penalty push.

Recently, however, Pacquiao has criticised the administration for alleged corruption and its South China Sea stance amid a split in the governing party.

“We need progress, we need to win against poverty, we need government to serve our …

EPL Updates

West Ham 1-2 Manchester United – De Gea saves late penalty!

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Sunday (14:00 BST) as they face West Ham United at the London Stadium. The Red Devils suffered a disappointing last minute defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday, and will be hoping to bounce back against the Hammers.

Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger sink Spurs

Played out in the shadow of a legend, who illuminated not only Tottenham and Chelsea but English football in its entirety, bitter rivals were brought together on a day of grief but also in celebration of the great Jimmy Greaves, whose passing on Sunday morning shone more glory on this fixture than 90 minutes could ever dictate on the pitch below.…

NFL Updates

Buccaneers vs. Falcons: Brady, late defensive magic key in 48-25 win

Fresh off of their sloppy-but-thrilling 31-29 win over the Cowboys in the 2021 NFL season opener, the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers returned to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday afternoon for an NFC South matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Ravens vs. Chiefs score, takeaways: Lamar Jackson ends losing skid vs. Mahomes in wild shootout victory

The Baltimore Ravens overcame a slow start and ended the night with their first victory over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, evening their record at 1-1 thanks to a thrilling 36-35 comeback victory in front of the home crowd at M&T Bank Stadium.

Stafford leads Rams to late scores in 27-24 win over Colts

Stafford led the Rams on two late scoring drives, Matt Gay made a tiebreaking 38-yard field goal with 2:23 to play and the injured Wentz watched Indianapolis’ final two possessions helplessly from the bench as the Rams held on for a 27-24 victory over the Colts.

Mayfield shakes off injury, leads Browns past Texans 31-21

Baker Mayfield wasn’t missing a snap. So once his left shoulder got popped back into its socket, there was no stopping him. Just like another tough-as-nails quarterback. “He’s like Brett Favre 2.0,” Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett said with smile. “Less picks, though.…

UEL Updates

Napoli fight back to deny Leicester City

Striker Victor Osimhen scored a second-half brace as Napoli fought back to earn a 2-2 draw at Leicester City in a pulsating Europa League draw.

West Ham sink Dinamo on Antonio, Rice goals

West Ham began their Europa League campaign with a 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb in Group H action.

Lyon see off Rangers in Europa League to spoil landmark for Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard’s 50th European tie as Rangers boss ended in disappointment, as Lyon earned a 2-0 victory at Ibrox in their Europa League Group A opener.

Makeshift Celtic fell to defeat against Real Betis in a Europa League thriller

The visitors – back in Seville 18 years on from Uefa Cup final defeat – roared ahead with an Albian Ajeti finish and Josip Juranovic penalty, with Jota missing a golden chance for a third.

FIFA: Majority of fans back more frequent World Cup finals

FIFA says it has fan backing for the much-criticized plan to shift to a biennial World Cup after releasing a summary of the results of an opinion survey of supporters.

The proposals were outlined by FIFA’s head of Global Football Development, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

But they have been met with widespread opposition from within the game.

FIFA’s congress in May voted by a large majority to conduct a feasibility study into the potential of holding the World Cup every two years instead of every four years. FIFA said it used polling company YouGov and that the 15,000 respondents “were identified as expressing an interest in football and the FIFA World Cup, from a broader market research survey involving 23,000 people in 23 countries, across the organization’s six confederations.”

It said the majority of fans would like to see a more frequent men’s World Cup and of those respondents, a majority preferred a biennial competition.

FIFA said in a statement that “there are considerable differences between the so-called traditional markets and the developing football markets” and said that younger fans were more open to change.

The organization said it would publish full details of the survey and added that an expanded survey involving 100,000 people in more than 100 countries was currently underway.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has threatened a European boycott of the World Cup should the plans go ahead against his organization’s wishes.

South American confederation CONMEBOL has also come out against the plan along with the World Leagues Forum which represents the major national leagues.

Players union FIFPRO has said it has concerns about expanded workloads and a lack of consultation.

However, the Asian Football Confederation said it welcomes the consultation process.

CONCACAF, which organizes the game in North and Central America and the Caribbean, says it is studying the plans.

Wenger says that the status quo causes too much disruption and forces players to make too many long trips around the world for qualifiers and friendly matches.

He says his system would streamline the process …

Burna Boy attends Man United’s game at Old Trafford, brings out Paul Pogba at his set at Parklife festival

Nigerian music superstar Burna Boy had a busy day on Saturday, September 11, attending a Manchester United game and performing at a festival.

Burna Boy was at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United beat Newcastle United 4-1 in a Premier League game.

The music star got the treatment as he sat in Paul Pogba’s box and was gifted Manchester United’s home and away jerseys with his name on them.

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He had his visit on video, which he shared on social media; “Couldn’t come to Manchester without supporting my brother @paulpogba,” he wrote.

The 30-year-old is seen in the video celebrating one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals at the stadium and meeting a host of Pogba’s family.

He also met UK rapper Stormzy at the game.

After the game, he headed straight to the Parklife festival, where he performed.

He made his set even more memorable by bringing on his friend Pogba on stage.

 

Anthony Joshua Wants To ‘Outskill’ Oleksandr Usyk – Says Eddie Hearn

Anthony Joshua wants to beat challenger Oleksandr Usyk with his technical skills rather than relying on his superior size when they meet in the headliner this month on September 25th at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in London, England.

Joshua’s technical skills must be up to par for his fight with Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) because the Ukrainian fighter is too talented for AJ to run over like a truck using his size alone to win. It may prove to be difficult for Joshua to ‘out-skill’ Usyk the way that Hearn wants him to because he’s always been technically flawed.

We’ve seen in the past that Joshua struggle with cardio issues when he’s tried for knockouts. He got away with gassing out against Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin.

In Joshua’s loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in their first fight in June 2019, he was exhausted after hurting the American. Ruiz Jr. took advantage of it and dropped him.

Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) is leaning down slightly, but not as much as some boxing fans think.

According to Hearn, Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) will weigh close to the same amount he did for his second fight with Andy Ruiz Jr. in December 2019 and his last title defense against Kubrat Pulev in 2021.

Usyk Best-Skilled Fighter Joshua Has Faced

“Skill wise, he’s definitely the best fighter he’s faced,” said Eddie Hearn to about Usyk being the best technical fighter Joshua will have faced.

“I mean, he’s a pound-for-pound top five fighter. Powerwise in the division, he’s [Joshua] fought some big punchers. Dillian Whyte, Klitschko, Andy Ruiz as well and many others.

“[Kubrat] Pulev can punch as well. I don’t think Usyk carries the power of those guys, but he still carries power. It can be awkward this fight. It can be tricky.

“I don’t think Joshua buys into the ‘Too big, too strong.’ He doesn’t want to rely on his size in this fight. He wants to not only out-skill Usyk, but he wants to be able to compete with …

World Cup qualifier: Brazil, Argentina clash halted

Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina has been suspended after the Brazilian health authorities and police entered the field of play to detain four Argentinian players who failed to quarantine after entering the country.

In utterly surreal scenes, the game was halted on Sunday after 10 minutes following the incident.

Prior to kick off, Premier League quartet: Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendia, were investigated by the Brazilian authorities for a breach of coronavirus regulations.

It was alleged that they failed to declare that they had been in England prior to arriving in Brazil.

Following an investigation it seemed that the foursome were in the clear with Lo Celso and Romero both starting the game, while Martinez and Buendia were named on the bench.

However, in the opening exchanges, Brazilian health officials stormed the pitch in an attempt to detain the players.

Following close to an hour of stalemate, CONMEBOL finally released a statement on the matter, which read: “By decision of the match referee, the match organized by FIFA between Brazil and Argentina for the World Cup Qualifiers is suspended.

“The referee and the match commissioner will submit a report to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, which will determine the steps to be followed. These procedures strictly adhere to current regulations.

“The World Cup Qualifiers is a FIFA competition. All decisions concerning its organization and development are the exclusive power of that institution.”

Soon after this press release was penned, Claudio Tapia, the president of the Argentine Football Association, issued his own statement.

“You cannot talk about any lie here because there is health legislation under which all South American tournaments are played. The health authorities of each country approved a protocol that we have been fully complying with,” it read.

“What happened today is unfortunate for football, it is a very bad image. Four people entered to interrupt the game to make a notification and CONMEBOL asked the players to go to the locker room.”

Head coach Lionel Scaloni added: “It should have been a …

SAUL NIGUEZ MOVES TO CHELSEA ON LOAN

On switching to London, Saul said: ‘I am very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea. Blues fans, I am one of you now and I can’t wait to wear the shirt, start training and see all of you. See you soon!’

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We welcome Saul to the Club and believe he completes our squad as we compete for honors in five different competitions this season. He is a proven winner, a player with huge experience and we know he will be very well-suited to the challenges that face us on all fronts in the coming year.’

The 26-year-old midfielder has up until now spent his entire club career in Madrid in his native Spain, having begun his youth career at Real Madrid before switching to Atletico, with one loan spell at another capital city club Rayo Vallecano.

During his time with Atleti, where he has played 447 matches and scored 53 goals, Saul has won the Europa League twice, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish and UEFA Super Cups, and as recently as last season, the league title in his homeland.

He played 33 of the 38 La Liga games in 2020/21 and scored twice as Diego Simeone’s side beat Real to the title by two points.

They were less successful in the Champions League however, with Saul starting both games of the round of 16 tie against Chelsea which the Blues won 3-0 on aggregate.

The previous time the two clubs were drawn together in the competition, in the group stage in 2017/18, Saul was also involved and indeed he opened the scoring with a header in our meeting at Stamford Bridge before an own-goal ensured the match ended in a draw.

Chelsea went on to play Barcelona in the knockout stages that season while the Spaniards dropped into the Europa League although they went on to lift that trophy. Saul scored a further three European goals in the campaign, against FC Copenhagen and home and away against Lokomotiv Moscow. Arsenal were defeated …

Transfer deadline day: Done deals as summer 2021 window closes

Check out all the deals agreed on transfer deadline day.

Premier League

23:45 Saul Niguez [Atletico Madrid – Chelsea] Loan

23:00 Salomon Rondon [Dalian Professional – Everton] Free

22:54 Takehiro Tomiyasu [Bologna – Arsenal] Undisclosed

21:50 Odsonne Edouard [Celtic – Crystal Palace] £14m

20:30 Alex Kral [Spartak Moscow – West Ham] Loan

18:30 Emerson Royal [Barcelona – Tottenham] £25.8m

18:10 Ademola Lookman [RB Leipzig – Leicester] Loan

17:30 Abdallah Sima [Slavia Prague – Brighton] Undisclosed (then loaned to Stoke)

16:15 Daniel James [Manchester United – Leeds United] £25m

16:00 Santiago Munoz [Santos Laguna – Newcastle] Loan

13:50 Connor Roberts [Swansea – Burnley] Undisclosed

11:58 Marc Cucurella [Getafe – Brighton] £15.4m

09:39 Cristiano Ronaldo [Juventus – Manchester United] £12.85m + possible £6.85m

09:00 Nikola Vlasic [CSKA Moscow – West Ham] Undisclosed

International

00:25 Antoine Griezmann [Barcelona – Atletico Madrid] Loan

00:05 Helder Costa [Leeds – Valencia] Loan

22:59 Philippe Sandler [Man City – Troyes] Loan

22:59Patrick Robert [Man City – Troyes] Loan

22:15 Hector Bellerin [Arsenal – Real Betis] Loan

20:45 Alex Runarsson [Arsenal – OH Leuven] Loan

19:32 Jaime Alvarado [Watford – Racing de Ferrol] Loan

19:30 Yangel Herrera [Manchester City – Espanyol] Loan

19:30 Nikola Katic [Rangers – Hajduk Split] Loan

19:06 Mungo Bridge [Aston Villa – Annecy] Loan

19:00 Tommy Doyle [Manchester City – Hamburg] Loan

19:00 Frederic Guilbert [Aston Villa – Strasbourg] Loan

18:49 Jack Hendry [Oostende – Club Bruges] Undisclosed

18:40 Ethan Ampadu [Chelsea – Venezia] Loan

18:37 Niels Nkounkou [Everton – Standard Liege] Loan

17:30 Eduardo Camavinga [Rennes – Real Madrid] Undisclosed

17:30 Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa [Fulham – Napoli] Loan

17:01 Dennis Praet [Leicester – Torino] Loan

16:35 Reiss Nelson [Arsenal – Feyenoord] Loan

15:02 Cedric Itten [Rangers – Greuther Furth] Loan

08:12 Moise Kean [Everton – Juventus] Loan

Cristiano Ronaldo re-signs for Manchester United from Juventus

Man Utd announced they had reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday; Premier League club will pay €15m (£12.9m) plus a further €8m (£6.9m) in add-ons for the Portugal captain, who completed a medical in Lisbon over the weekend.

United announced they had reached an agreement with Juventus for the 36-year-old forward to return to Old Trafford on Friday.

The Premier League club will pay €15m (£12.9m) plus a further €8m (£6.9m) in add-ons for the Portugal captain, who completed a medical in Lisbon over the weekend.

Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games for United between 2003 and 2009, winning three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the FA Cup and two League Cups.

“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday,” Ronaldo said.

“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who played with Ronaldo during his previous spell at United, added: “You run out of words to describe Cristiano.…

UCL draw: Lionel Messi, PSG to face Man City in group stage; Bayern vs. Barcelona

Manchester City have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in group stages of the 2021-22 Champions League, setting up a possible showdown between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sources have told ESPN that Man City are closing in on a deal for Ronaldo, while Messi will be embarking on his first Champions League campaign away from Barcelona after joining PSG earlier this month.

Man City beat PSG 4-1 on aggregate to reach last season’s final, which they lost 1-0 to Chelsea at the Estadio do Dragao in Portugal. RB Leipzig and Club Brugge were also drawn in Group A.

Meanwhile, Barcelona will face Bayern Munich in Group E. It will be their first meeting since Bayern smashed Barca 8-2 in the semifinals in August 2020.

Holders Chelsea will play Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg and Malmo in Group H, which will see striker Romelu Lukaku make an early return to Italy having made a summer switch to Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United were drawn against Villarreal in Group F in a rematch of last season’s Europa League final, which Unai Emery’s side won on penalties.

Liverpool will return to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium to face Atletico Madrid in Group B, the site where the English side won the Champions League in 2019. Atletico knocked Liverpool out in the round of 16 the following season.

AC Milan, the second-most successful team in the history of the competition with seven wins, will also play in Group B as they make their return to the Champions League for the first time since 2014.

This season’s final will take place at the Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, on May 28.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho won the best male player of the year award ahead of teammate N’Golo Kante and Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne. Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas beat out teammates Jennifer Hermoso and Lieke Martens to win the women’s award.…

Manny Pacquiao on Josh Taylor: ‘I have no problem to fight’ the undisputed champion from Scotland

The legendary Pacquiao returns to the ring against Yordenis Ugas with the WBA ‘super’ welterweight title at stake from 2am on Sunday morning. Taylor idolises the Filipino star, even naming his dog ‘Pacman’, and his breakthrough as undisputed super-lightweight champion has caught his hero’s attention.

When asked about the prospect of facing Taylor, Pacquiao said: “I have no problem to fight anybody, as long as it is 147lbs [at welterweight].

“As long as I am still in boxing, I can fight anybody.

“This is why I chose Errol Spence Jr [his original opponent who withdrew injured and was replaced by Ugas], because I want to fight the best.

“Anytime, I can fight anybody.”

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach previously said: “That fight can happen, for sure.”

Taylor, who is promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank, previously said: “How many people can say they shared a ring with their hero and beat them? Not many.

“He’s funny, he sings, he puts on a Scottish accent, he’s a people’s champion, a really nice person, he gives money to feed people.

“He’s an absolute gentleman and his fighting style is ferocious – a southpaw with fast hands who can fight like hell.”

Taylor is first expected to defend his titles in a homecoming fight in Scotland later this year against Jack Catterall.

Pacquiao, who famously knocked out Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas, he wants to fight in the UK.

“I hope that one day I could have a fight there,” he said.

He revealed that he “almost” finalized a deal to face Amir Khan, his former sparring partner.

“Fighting in the ring, inside the ring is different than training,” said Pacquiao. “Different than sparring or anything. Big difference.”…

Nigeria grabs first gold medal at World U20 Championship, sets new record

• Godson Brume, Praise Ofoku in 100m final
Team Nigeria became the center of attraction at the Kasarani Stadium, venue of the ongoing World U20 Championship in Nairobi yesterday, as the country’s 4x400m mixed relay team grabbed the first gold medal at the event. They also set Championship record twice.

After Nnamani Johnson, Opeyemi Oke, Ajayi Bamidele and Imaobong Nse Uko dazzled the spectators with a new record of 3:21.66 on their way to the final, the athletes increased their pace in the final race to shock the entire crowd with their spectacular display of talent, which earned Team Nigeria, the gold medal with another Championship record of 3; 19.70. The first time in a long while, Nigeria’s flag was held by the athletes running round the entire stadium with cheers from the spectators.

In the women’s 100m semifinal event, Praise Ofoku gave the spectators a tip of what to expect in today’s final as she powered past all contestants to anchor at a time of 11.57 seconds. She came from behind to win the ticket to the final.

Nigeria’s hope of having two women runners in today’s 100m final was aborted when God bless Tima ran a slow race of 11.61 second to finish in the 8th position.

Tima had earlier in the day run 11.59sec to raise the hope of Nigerians.

One of Nigeria’s best male junior sprinters, Godson Brume lived up to the expectations of the people yesterday, as he raced to the men’s 100m final in 10.24 seconds.

Brume, who is the younger brother of Tokyo Olympics medalist Ese Brume, had run 10.35 second earlier in the day to win the heat.

Team Nigeria now has two contestants in today’s 100m event, one each in male and female categories.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Tonobok Okowa was full of praises for the athletes and their coaches. He stated that the gold medal was a good beginning for the current AFN board.

Also, former AFN President Solomon Ogba commended the …

Harry Kane trains with team-mates for first time this season after exiting isolation

Harry Kane had not trained with his Tottenham team-mates until Tuesday morning; striker was forced to isolate after returning from holiday and trained individually on Monday; 28-year-old missed Spurs’ 1-0 win against Manchester City – who are interested in signing him – on Sunday.

Kane had been staying at Spurs’ training ground hotel, The Lodge, after coming back to the UK from his holiday in the Bahamas, via Florida. The England captain was required to isolate upon his return, meaning he was unable to join his Spurs team-mates as they prepared to face Manchester City in their Premier League opener on Sunday.…