UFC Vegas 37: Anthony Smith submits Ryan Spann in R1, calls out Aleksandar Rakic

Anthony Smith punches Ryan Spann in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 18, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Former light-heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith earned another R1 win, as he stormed Ryan Spann (#11). Immediately post-fight, the 33-year-old agreed a December rematch with Aleksandar Rakic (#3) as he plots a return to the top table at 205lbs. Elsewhere, there were big finishes for lightweight contender Arman Tsarukyan, middleweight Joaquin Buckley and others. Continue reading

Tsitsipas opens up on his struggles, Medvedev backed to avoid Thiem’s slump

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece is congratulated by Daniil Medvedev of Russia after their mens singles quarter final match during day ten of the 2021...

Roland Garros finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas has revealed he – like many others – wasn’t in the best mental state competing during the COVID-19 pandemic this year. However, he’s optimistic about 2022 and beyond, for his tennis and the life lessons he’s ultimately learned. Elsewhere, new US Open champion Daniil Medvedev has been backed to avoid the same drastic slump Dominic Thiem suffered after winning Flushing Meadows last year, by his coach Gilles Cervara. Continue reading

Boxing round-up: Benn’s new deal, Usyk confident, Parker-Chisora 2 booked

Conor Benn celebrates victory as Adrian Granados reacts after the WBA Continental Welterweight Title fight between Conor Benn and Adrian Granados at...

Fresh from his ten-round decision win over Adrian Granados, unbeaten welterweight Conor Benn (19-0, 12 KOs) has agreed a new multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing. Elsewhere, there’s praise for Oleksandr Usyk ahead of his heavyweight title fight against Anthony Joshua next weekend while Joseph Parker vs. Dereck Chisora II has been confirmed for December 19. Continue reading

Ashleigh Barty is exhausted and needs extended rest, per coach Craig Tyzzer

Ashleigh Barty of Australia walks off the court after a loss to Shelby Rogers of the United States during her Women’s Singles third round match on...

World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty is exhausted and needs a long rest after more than six months playing away from home, according to her coach Craig Tyzzer. He also criticised the decision to move this year’s WTA Finals to Guadalajara while hinting the Wimbledon champion may skip that event, scheduled in early November, to avoid quarantine restrictions upon going home.
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Liverpool 3-2 Milan: Henderson’s half-volley settles shaky Champions League opener

Jordan Henderson captain of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Liverpool FC and...

It wasn’t perfect, but Liverpool got their Group B campaign underway with a narrow victory. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson’s thunderous half-volley helped the Reds recover from an abrupt 2-1 half-time deficit, squeezing past Milan’s best efforts as the Italians acquitted themselves well on their Champions League return after a seven-year absence.
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No rush: UFC heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall happy for gradual growth

Tom Aspinall of England has his hands wrapped prior to his fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas,...

After earning fast finishes against Jake Collier, Alan Baudot, former champion Andrei Arlovski and most recently Sergey Spivak in his first four UFC appearances since debuting last July, there’s a clamour from many to witness Britain’s Tom Aspinall face much tougher opposition in a division lacking true prospects. Currently ranked #11, he doesn’t see the need to rush. Continue reading