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Alexander Kacaniklic recalled from loan spell at Burnley

Fulham recall Swedish international winger Kacaniklic from loan spell at Burnley

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

14:41 GMT, 18 April 2013

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UPDATED:

14:41 GMT, 18 April 2013

Fulham have recalled winger Alexander Kacaniklic from a loan spell at Burnley.

The 21-year-old has made six appearances for the npower Championship outfit since joining them at the start of March.

Back at the Cottage: Kacaniklic has scored three goals for Fulham this season

Back at the Cottage: Kacaniklic has scored three goals for Fulham this season

However, Kacaniklic has now been recalled by Martin Jol and could be involved in this weekend's home clash with Arsenal.

The Sweden international has already appeared for Fulham 19 times this season, netting three goals.

Amir Khan hopes to "laugh in Kell Brook"s face" by proving he has more fans in Sheffield

Khan hopes to 'laugh in Kell Brook's face' by proving he has more fans than his rival does in his home town of Sheffield

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

00:49 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:11 GMT, 6 March 2013

Amir Khan has revealed he cannot wait to fight in Sheffield – because he wants to ‘laugh in Kell Brook’s face’ about having more fans than Brook does in his home town.

The former world champion is to fight Mexican Julio Diaz in Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on April 27 at a catchweight of 143lbs, and though he is adamant he will return to 140lbs to avenge defeats against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, he couldn’t resist a dig at welterweight Brook, his long-time rival.

'We’ll show him how we sell tickets,' said Khan, whose fight against Diaz is his first in the UK for two years.

Last laugh: Amir Khan believes he will sell out the Motorpoint Arena because he has more Sheffield-based fans than Kell Brook

Last laugh: Amir Khan believes he will sell out the Motorpoint Arena because he has more Sheffield-based fans than Kell Brook

'It’ll show that I probably have more
fans than him in his home town. That’s a laugh in his face, really. But I
don’t think about fighting him yet – he has to prove himself.'

Brook is to fight Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title in May and, if victorious, interest in a fight between he and Khan is certain to grow, something the latter says he will welcome once he has achieved his ambitions as a light welterweight and moved up to the 147lb division.

'I have nothing against Kell Brook,' says Khan. 'I don't care about him or think about him. He has to prove himself. At the moment he's not on my radar or anything.

'Spectacular': Julio Diaz was impressed with Khan's performance against Carlos Molina

'Spectacular': Julio Diaz was impressed with Khan's performance against Carlos Molina

'If I move up to 147 then definitely I would fight him, but it's six to nine months before I do move up. When I do, I'm not someone who says no and I would take that fight.

'I still want to fight at 140 and win titles at that weight and then move up to 147 as a world champion.

'There are still two fights out there at 140 against Petersen and Garcia – they are fights I want and that are there for me, so I don't see why I should move up.'

Battle of Britain Interest in Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan continues to grow

Battle of Britain Interest in Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan continues to grow

Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley were among those mentioned as potential opponents for Khan, with Peterson and Vyacheslav Senchenko, who retired Ricky Hatton in November, understood to have rejected official offers to fight him. As a consequence Diaz has been viewed as an underwhelming opponent, but he is one Khan is adamant will not be easy.

'We got the fight I wanted,' he said. 'Not many would take this fight on so I have a lot of respect for Diaz for taking it.

'People will turn us down because they know this is a tough fight, even though last year wasn't our best. We tried with some and it didn't happen, which is why I left England for a training camp without doing any press as I didn't have a secure opponent.'

Back on form: Khan followed two straight losses with a 10th-round stoppage of Molina

Back on form: Khan followed two straight losses with a 10th-round stoppage of Molina

For Diaz, the next fight represents the biggest of his career after his last was a draw against Shawn Porter on the undercard of Khan's 10th-round stoppage victory over Carlos Molina, the 2004 Olympian's first with trainer Virgil Hunter, and one in which the Mexican felt Khan simply could not be criticised.

'I have to say he was spectacular,' Diaz said. 'He looked a whole different fighter. Virgil has done a very good job with him, but I have a very good team and, when I get in the ring in Sheffield, it will be a very proud moment.

'Amir has been a superstar since he started and has been treated like one. I’ve struggled to get attention by winning performances and knockouts, but it’s just made me work harder.'

Tickets for Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz can be purchased from www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or by calling 0114 256 5656.

Rangers extend Scott Gallacher"s contract as Ally McCoist hopes to strengthen his keeper options

Rangers extend Gallacher contract as McCoist hopes to strengthen keeper options

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

20:58 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:58 GMT, 18 February 2013

Rangers have signed second-choice goalkeeper Scott Gallacher on a two-year contract extension.

The 23-year-old has not made a first-team appearance but has played for Cowdenbeath and Forfar on loan.

Gallacher told the club's official website: 'It's really good to sign another contract. This is a great club to be at and I grew up supporting Rangers so I'm delighted to be staying on once again.

Bidding: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist is hoping to sign several keeper soon

Bidding: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist is hoping to sign several keeper soon

'I've been here for seven years now and I'm still waiting for my chance but hopefully it can come soon.

'”We're not far from winning the league so hopefully we can do that and then I can get to play in one of the remaining games after that.

'It's down to the gaffer and (goalkeeping coach) Jim Stewart to decide whether that happens or not but I would love an opportunity to show what I can do.'

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is hoping to sign Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell on a pre-contract agreement and also trying to extend Neil Alexander's contract, stating he would send Gallacher on loan if both deals come off.

Gallacher added: 'I'm glad the management have the trust in me to offer me an extended stay and I'm looking to repay them for that.

'There has been a bit of speculation about goalkeepers lately and Rangers are a massive club so you're always going to have that.

'That's something you get used to and accept. You take it as it comes but all I can do is do my best and hope things work in my favour.'

Kell Brook v Devon Alexander: Sheffield fighter not fazed by underdog status

Brook unfazed by underdog tag ahead of maiden world title shot against Alexander

By
Phil Barnett, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:19 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:03 GMT, 15 January 2013

Kell Brook knows he will be the underdog for the first time in his career when he travels to Detroit charged with dethroning IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander next month.

The unbeaten Sheffield star puts his perfect 29-0 (with 19 knockouts) record on the line when he goes to America for his maiden world title tilt.

Some bookmakers see the fight as even but many experts predict the younger but more established American Alexander will have too much for the British challenger.

Underdog: Kell Brook, flanked by promoter Eddie Hearn and his coaching team, knows he faces a tough task against Devon Alexander

Underdog: Kell Brook, flanked by promoter Eddie Hearn and his coaching team, knows he faces a tough task against Devon Alexander

Brook, however, is undaunted by the idea.

'It's the first time in my career I've been the underdog but it doesn't matter to me,' said the 26-year-old.

'He's the champion and people are expecting him to keep the title but we know differently. I'm going to show him – and the world – why people call me the Special One.

'I'll go out there and won't be denied.'

The pair were scheduled to fight this weekend until an ankle injury suffered by Brook forced a five-week postponement to February 23.

He insists he is fully recovered and has been on a training camp in the Canaries as part of his intense preparation.

'The ankle is fantastic now, I'm fully prepared and fully healed,' he said.

'It's helped me because it's given me more time to get prepared and everything's fallen into place with my new team who are helping with my conditioning and making me into even more of a monster.

Fists of fury: IBF king Devon Alexander (left) stands in the way of Brook's first world title

Fists of fury: IBF king Devon Alexander (left) stands in the way of Brook's first world title

'My dietician Dave Stache has even moved in with me to oversee everything. That's a real sacrifice but this is a world title fight so it's well worth it.

'I want to make sure that when the bell rings I'm in the best shape physically and mentally I can be.

'If he has to live with me, so be it. Anything to get the job done and believe you me, the job will be getting done.'

Brook added: 'I'm going over to his backyard but I wouldn't want it any other way.

'Going to the champion's country and taking his title off him on his own patch is going to feel so good. It's going to be the icing on the cake going there to do the business.

'I've got to do whatever it takes to win, whether that's make it a dogfight or a technical fight. Whatever happens in that ring, the job will get done.

'I'm getting more confident by the day and by February 23 I'll be a man on a mission.'

Fulham keen on Alexander Madlung and Derek Boateng

Fulham keen on defender Madlung and midfielder Boateng in January window

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 30 December 2012

Fulham are hoping to conclude a deal for Wolfsburg defender Alexander Madlung.

The 30-year-old former Germany man is out of contract in the summer and has failed to agree new terms.

Target: Fulham are keen to sign Alexander Madlung from Wolfsburg

Target: Fulham are keen to sign Alexander Madlung from Wolfsburg

Fulham are also hopeful of agreeing terms with Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng, 29.

Reading are keen on Nancy winger Lossemy Karaboue. The 24-year-old has also attracted interest from Aston Villa.

League One round-up: Tranmere go top after Sheffield United slip-up

League One round-up: Tranmere go top after Blades slip-up

PUBLISHED:

21:30 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 29 December 2012

Tranmere went top of npower League One by a point as they claimed a 1-0 victory over struggling Scunthorpe.

Cole Stockton grabbed the only goal of the game just before the hour mark at Prenton Park as Rovers took advantage of a slip-up by Sheffield United.

The Blades lost 3-2 at home to bottom club Hartlepool, who picked up just their second win of the season.

Top dogs: Tranmere beat Scunthorpe 1-0 to leapfrog Sheffield United

Top dogs: Tranmere beat Scunthorpe 1-0 to leapfrog Sheffield United

Steve Howard put the visitors ahead only for Michael Doyle to level.

But a Ritchie Humphreys strike and Howard's second put Hartlepool clear, and Harry Maguire's late effort was not enough for United.

Doncaster are now level on points with their second-placed Yorkshire rivals after a 3-0 win at Preston.

David Syers opened the scoring inside the first minute, with David Cotterill and a Billy Paynter penalty completing the scoring.

Surprise: Harry Maguire's injury-time goal wasn't enough for Sheffield United as they lost to bottom club Hartlepool

Surprise: Harry Maguire's injury-time goal wasn't enough for Sheffield United as they lost to bottom club Hartlepool

Brentford dropped to fourth after a goalless draw at Shrewsbury while Bournemouth were 3-0 victors over Crawley thanks to a Gary Alexander own goal and further strikes from Brett Pitman and Eunan O'Kane.

Portsmouth remain in the bottom four after a 2-1 home defeat against Yeovil.

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Comeback: Coventry came from behind twice to beat MK Dons

Daniel Powell and Ryan Lowe netted for the Dons but Franck Moussa and Stephen Elliott pegged them back before the Irish striker bagged the winner.

Moses Odubajo struck three minutes from time to help Leyton Orient beat Walsall 2-1.

David Mooney put Orient ahead only for Sam Mantom to level for the visitors. But Odubajo popped up the claim the points for his side.
Two early goals were enough to give Carlisle a 2-1 win over Bury.

A Lee Miller penalty and a Matty Robson effort put Carlisle in control with Stephen Schumacher getting one back for the visitors.

The games between Colchester and Swindon and Stevenage and Notts County were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Rangers 3 Clyde 0 – Match report

Rangers 3 Clyde 0: Templeton inspires McCoist's men to ninth win in a row

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UPDATED:

18:33 GMT, 26 December 2012

David Templeton stole the show as Rangers secured a comfortable win over Clyde in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

The winger set up Lee Wallace for the opener, before grabbing a lovely goal of his own.

Substitute Dean Shiels then put the gloss on the Glasgow giants' ninth win in a row, as they moved 12 points clear at the top of the table.

Man of the moment: David Templeton (second right) is congratulated by his team mates after scoring the second goal for Rangers

Man of the moment: David Templeton (second right) is congratulated by his team mates after scoring the second goal for Rangers

Match facts

Rangers: Alexander, Hegarty, Perry, Emilson Cribari (Cole 78), Wallace, Little (Shiels 26), Hutton, Macleod, McKay, Templeton (Crawford 83), McCulloch.

Subs not used: Currie, Sandaza.

Goals: Wallace 21, Templeton 38, Shiels 76.

Clyde: Barclay, John Kane, Gray, Lanie, Brown, Fitzharris (Sweeney 71), Hay (Neill 81), Scullion, McColm, Gilfillan (McCluskey 88), Watt.

Subs not used: Rajovic, Oliver.

Booked: Hay, Scullion, Neill.

Attendance: 47,463

Referee: Crawford Allan

Rangers made one change from the side who defeated Elgin City at the weekend, with Ross Perry drafted into the starting line-up and Anestis Argyriou missing out with a knock.

Clyde tried their luck early on when Kevin Watt surged into the box from the left before unleashing a shot that fell well over the crossbar and did little to trouble Neil Alexander.

At the other end, Bully Wee goalkeeper Jamie Barclay was called into action to make a decent save from a thunderous Lee McCulloch strike.

Wallace then slotted into the path of Lewis Macleod, who cut across the face of goal for Andy Little but he connected awkwardly and the chance was lost.

Rangers continued to press for the opener and a McCulloch cut-back found Templeton but his powerful strike from distance was straight at Barclay and easily smothered.
However, the Clyde goalkeeper was unable to prevent the home side from opening the scoring with 21 minutes gone.

Wallace raced on to a Templeton pass before bearing down on goal and slotting between the legs of Barclay and into the back of the net.

Easy does it: Lee Wallace opens the scoring for Rangers

Easy does it: Lee Wallace opens the scoring for Rangers

Rangers manager Ally McCoist was forced to make a change seven minutes later when Little limped out of the action and was replaced by Shiels, who missed the last two games through injury.

Rangers went in search of a second goal and a sequence of neat passes ended with Kyle Hutton's 25-yard effort fizzing inches past the upright.

Hutton had to settle for being the provider instead as the Light Blues doubled their lead in style after 38 minutes.

In the goals: Dean Shiels makes it 3-0 during the second half

In the goals: Dean Shiels makes it 3-0 during the second half

Templeton collected from the midfielder and demonstrated excellent control to skip past his marker before curling past the grasp of Barclay with a superb finish.

McCulloch had the net bulging two minutes later after dinking over the keeper but he was denied a goal of his own by the offside flag.

Rangers continued to dominate after the restart and Barrie McKay set up Hutton for a shot that squeezed past several bodies in the box before Barclay gathered.

All smiles: Rangers manager Ally McCoist enjoys the win

All smiles: Rangers manager Ally McCoist enjoys the win

McKay then teed up a shot for Templeton but he failed to add to his tally with a strike that cannoned off the body of Gavin Brown and out for a corner.

Hopes of a Clyde comeback were shattered when Rangers claimed their third of the day after 76 minutes.

McKay delivered the pass to the feet of Shiels, who turned and dispatched a low drive into the far bottom corner to secure the points.

Amir Khan will fight twice in 2013 after Showtime deal

Khan will fight twice in 2013 with first bout in April after striking Showtime deal

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UPDATED:

20:29 GMT, 18 December 2012

Amir Khan will return to the ring in April – and fight just twice next year – after signing a deal with Showtime in the United States.

The 26-year-old ended a run of two successive defeats by stopping Carlos Molina last Saturday and could target rematches with Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson in 2013.

Molina was retired by his corner after the tenth round having suffered a nasty cut around his left eye during the fight in Los Angeles.

Signed up: Amir Khan (left) will fight twice in 2013 after deal with Showtime

Signed up: Amir Khan (left) will fight twice in 2013 after deal with Showtime

‘It was offered to us and to Amir, and we liked the terms and decided to do it,’ Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN. ‘We want to do big fights with Amir and so does Showtime.

‘There could be a rematch with Danny Garcia, but there are also other big names.

‘Maybe a rematch with Lamont Peterson, maybe a Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander or Andre Berto, when Amir moves up to welterweight.’

Khan’s schedule has been designed to fit around his wedding in April and to allow him to observe Ramadan.

Timetables: Khan's schedule operates around his wedding and Ramadan

Timetables: Khan's schedule operates around his wedding and Ramadan

Schaefer also confirmed that Khan’s hands were not fractured following his emphatic victory.

‘He got his hands checked out because they were swollen, but nothing seems to be broken,’ he added.

‘He is excited about the deal and we discussed some of the different possibilities for him next year.’

Kell Brook world title fight with Devon Alexander pencilled in for February or March

Brook world title fight back on: Alexander showdown pencilled in for February or March

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UPDATED:

22:08 GMT, 13 December 2012

Rising British star Kell Brook has been given a provisional New Year date for a big world title fight in America.

Golden Boy promotions are pencilling in either February 23 or March 2 as the rescheduled date for the injured Brook’s challenge to welterweight champion Devon Alexander in Los Angeles.

Date with destiny: The Sheffield boxer will get his world title shot in February or March

Date with destiny: The Sheffield boxer will get his world title shot in February or March

Unbeaten: Brook has won all 29 of his professional fights with 19 knockouts

Unbeaten: Brook has won all 29 of his professional fights with 19 knockouts

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn told BBC 5 Live: ‘Kell could have fought as planned next month but would only have been about 60 per cent fit after injury his ankle and missing road running.

'He is a little down in the dumps but in order to do himself justice, he can't fight on that day.

'I didn't want hundreds or thousands of Brits booking their flights to America and losing out.

'There's no way after all the work we've done, we can let a 60 per cent Kell Brook go into what is a 50/50 fight.

'It's not a terrible injury; he
turned it in Fuerteventura and he can't exert himself as well as the
strength and science guys want him to.'

Hearn continued: ‘We would prefer March 2 to give him more time to be 100 per cent for a fight as tough and important as this one.

'If it was up to Kell Brook, he'd fight but I have to intervene and listen to the experts.You cannot go out to America if you have any doubts in your mind.

'New York comes back into play and they're also talking about Detroit. We don't mind where we go but what does matter is that Kell is ready for the biggest fight of his life.'

Joey Barton should be football"s gay hero – Martin Samuel

Gay hero Surely there's only one man to herald football's watershed moment… step forward Joey Barton

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UPDATED:

09:41 GMT, 5 December 2012

Could just one footballer please come out and be gay, so everybody can be really cool about it and the sport can get on with its life Just one, it’s not much to ask surely

Football is beginning to sound a little desperate with its pleading. Rugby, cricket, they’ve all had their gay watershed moment.

Man of the moment: Joey Barton

Sensitive soul: Joey Barton in his Marseille tracksuit

Man of the moment: Joey Barton is a sensitive soul who adds a French twist to his English words

And until football does, too, it will
continue to be presumed that the sport has not evolved enough to handle
male homosexuality.

(Hope Powell, the manager of England’s women, has been openly gay for years, without comment, yet that does not seem to count.)

The gay pressure group, Stonewall, has called again for football to tackle its ‘culture of fear’, while Anders Lindegaard, the Manchester United goalkeeper, has said that football needs a ‘gay hero’.

So here’s a thought. Joey Barton continues his quest for intellectual and social respectability. Why not come out as gay

Outspoken: Barton has often found himself at the centre of attention

Outspoken: Barton has often found himself at the centre of attention

Instant credibility, instant respect, untouchable by the Football Association or future employers. His past misdeeds mentally reprocessed and explained.

‘Well, of course he put his cigar out in that bloke’s face, Gary. He was a tortured soul, forced to live a lie.’

And imagine the new material. A never-ending treasure trove for Barton’s Twitter feed: Alexander the Great, Leonardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde, Lady Bunny.

And, let’s face it, with that new accent, he’s probably halfway there.

Watch Barton's hilarious French accent below… and read Martin Samuel's column here

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