Friday Fight Night: Bentley batters Morrison in title defence, Zorro passes Spelman gutcheck and more

Denzel Bentley punches Marcus Morrison during the British Middleweight Title fight between Denzel Bentley and Marcus Morrison at York Hall on...

Denzel Bentley retained his British middleweight title with a fourth-round TKO win over Marcus Morrison to cap Frank Warren’s latest Queensberry card, one featuring multiple finishes. Super-featherweight prospect Royston Barney Smith was among them, after Brayan Mairena inflicted Frank Arnold’s first career defeat. Dec Spelman put unbeaten cruiserweight Ellis Zorro through a firefight, while there was an aftershow update on the state of play atop light-heavyweight.
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Jorginho: Chelsea players to blame for Tuchel’s sacking; Campos linked with sporting director role

Jorginho of Chelsea during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League group E match against FC Salzburg at Stamford Bridge on September...

As they prepare to host Red Bull Salzburg in their first game of the post-Thomas Tuchel era tonight in Champions League action, Chelsea vice-captain and Italy international midfielder Jorginho told reporters in the pre-match press conference while the 47-year-old’s dismissal was a surprise last week, the players were ultimately responsible for the German’s abrupt sacking. Continue reading

Wacky, weird and wild: Unpacking UFC 279 as Nate Diaz and villain Khamzat Chimaev win big

Nate Diaz punches Tony Ferguson in a welterweight fight during the UFC 279 event at T-Mobile Arena on September 10, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

They were originally scheduled to face one another in a serious mismatch, but instead Nate Diaz ended his existing UFC deal with a memorable win over a fellow legendary veteran while Khamzat Chimaev leaned into a villainous role – one he carved out for himself after a massive weight miss – easing to another emphatic first-round victory during the night’s co-main event. Continue reading

Chet Holmgren injury: OKC Thunder GM Sam Presti stresses team won’t tank after Lisfranc diagnosis

Chet Holmgren stands on the court during the CrawsOver Pro-Am game at Seattle Pacific University on August 20, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.

Disaster has already struck for OKC after news today confirmed their no. 2 draft pick, Chet Holmgren, will miss his entire rookie season with a Linsfranc injury to his right foot suffered in last week’s CrawsOver Pro-Am event. OKC’s GM Sam Presti told reporters this unwelcome blow will not impact the team’s competitiveness this coming season. But how does he know?
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Confirmed: Aston Villa’s Diego Carlos out until 2023, ruptured Achilles on home debut vs. Everton

Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa checks on the injured Diego Carlos during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton FC at Villa Park on...

Just six weeks into his spell in England, disaster has struck for Aston Villa’s £26m summer signing Diego Carlos in the form of a long-term Achilles injury sustained during their 2-1 home win over Frank Lampard’s Everton on Saturday afternoon. Set to be sidelined for six months or more, this news means he misses the chance to crack the Brazil squad for the Qatar World Cup. Continue reading

Real Madrid 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Alaba, Benzema ensure Los Blancos seize UEFA Super Cup title

David Alaba of Real Madrid celebrates 1-0 with Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, Carlos Henrique Casemiro of Real Madrid, Toni Kroos of Real Madrid...

Goals from David Alaba and Karim Benzema in either half helped Champions League winners Real Madrid claim their first piece of silverware before their La Liga curtain-raiser on Sunday, beating Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in Helsinki to clinch this year’s UEFA Super Cup – now tied with Milan and rivals Barcelona for the most in competition history. Continue reading

Man Utd’s pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frankie de Jong drags on, with other options linked

Frenkie de Jong of the Netherlands during the UEFA Nations League A Group 4 match between the Netherlands and Wales at the Stadion Feyenoord on June...

Manchester United have informed Barcelona they want to conclude a deal to sign Dutch international Frenkie de Jong by Friday, per reports today. Paul Pogba’s Juventus return on a free is among their summer departures, with Wolves’ Ruben Neves and Leicester’s wantaway star Youri Tielemans linked as possible alternatives should they fail to sign the 25-year-old. Continue reading

Report: PSG agree €10m (£8.5m) fee for Nice’s Christophe Galtier as Pochettino successor

Christophe GALTIER during the Ligue 1 match between Reims and Nice at Stade Auguste Delaune on May 21, 2022 in Reims, France. - Photo by Icon sport

Although he’s technically under contract for another year, reports claim Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain will replace Mauricio Pochettino with Nice’s Christophe Galtier next week, as the 55-year-old has been deemed a priority choice as their new head coach by another fresh acquisition, new football advisor Luis Campos – who he worked with for three years at Lille.
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French Open 2022: Swiatek, Nadal, Djokovic all progress; Krejcikova, Kontaveit ousted

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates her victory over Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in the first round of the women's singles at Roland Garros on May 23,...

There were routine R1 wins for the sport’s two world no. 1s, sandwiched between a welcome return for the King of Clay. Elsewhere, the women’s defending titlist was stunned by a determined Frenchwoman on home soil, before two Major winners almost 15 years apart in age both showed steely resilience, recovering from precarious situations to seal their R2 berths. Continue reading