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Leeds anxious as buyers Gulf Finance House Capital fail to pay: Charles Sale

Leeds anxious as GFH Capital fail to pay on time

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UPDATED:

01:33 GMT, 12 December 2012

Doubts about the proposed takeover of
Leeds United by Bahrain-based bank Gulf Finance House Capital — due to
be completed four days before Christmas — will grow after a scheduled payment date was missed.

The Middle East investors, whose
fit-and-proper-persons test by the Football League for club owners and
directors is ‘ongoing’, failed to transfer a tranche of money to Leeds
last week.

Up for grabs: But who will own Elland Road later this month

Up for grabs: But who will own Elland Road later this month

This will only add to supporters’
concern about the lack of transparency concerning the purchase of the 49
per cent shareholding of 81-year-old owner Ken Bates, who is due to
stay on as chairman until the end of the season before becoming club
president.

However, Leeds are still confident
that the reported 52million sale will be finalised on December 21
without any more hiccups. It is understood they have been reassured by
GFH Capital that the money is in their lawyer’s client account and
Bahrain banking regulations meant the payment schedule had to be
altered.

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Tough start for C4

A festive atmosphere might be lacking
today at Corrigan’s restaurant in London’s Mayfair where Channel 4,
whose monopoly coverage of racing on terrestrial TV begins on January 1,
will outline their broadcasting vision to a sceptical racing Press.

C4’s plans to ensure they always get the first interviews after races in
front of their branded backdrop includes ending racing’s traditional
media huddle around winning connections.

Lewis branches out

Tottenham’s billionaire owner Joe Lewis has become an influential figure in the racing world after taking control of Timeweave, who own 50 per cent of betting shop broadcasters Turf TV. Bahamas-based Lewis has yet to attend a Spurs game this season and his investment in Timeweave is for business reasons rather than any great love of racing.

The start of the transfer window is not
the best time to take over as a football club chief executive. But at
least Sam Rush, who joins Derby on January 1, has the advantage of being
an agent in his previous job, running Wasserman Media Group’s football
division. Derby have one of the Championship’s hottest properties in
central midfielder Will Hughes, 17, but Rush says he will not be leaving
Pride Park.

Yet to attend a game this season: Joe Lewis (left) chats with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy

Yet to attend a game this season: Joe Lewis (left) chats with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy

It’s gong for a Burton

The last thing the sports industry needs is another awards ceremony, with the big stars increasingly reluctant to turn up to such functions. But at least the FA have ensured that the national team will attend their inaugural FA England awards.

The bash, with its overblown 11 honours for 2012, is being held on February 3 at St George’s Park — the day the players gather in Burton to prepare for the Wembley friendly against Brazil three days later.

The sports honours committee, due to decide their recommendations for 2012 gongs at one sitting, ended up having two separate summits, with one dedicated to discussing Olympic and Paralympic achievements. This points to every gold medal winner — at least — being recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Destiny is in Boris' hands

The buck over the Olympic Stadium renovation debacle now stops with Boris Johnson, chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation, after the Government ceded full control to the London Mayor.

The construction delay until autumn 2013 could be highly embarrassing for the LLDC since preferred bidders West Ham may now not move in until the 2016-17 season, whereas Tottenham, who had wanted to knock down the Stratford venue and start again, could move into their redeveloped ground a year earlier.

There could be fireworks: What does the future hold for the uninhabited Olympic Stadium

There could be fireworks: What does the immediate future hold for the uninhabited Olympic Stadium

Meanwhile, since taking over as Culture Secretary in September, Maria Miller has had so much in her in-tray that she is happy to allow Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson to take the lead in his field of expertise.

This is in contrast to the toxic relationship that existed between Robertson and Miller’s predecessor, Jeremy Hunt. Miller is not known for her sporting knowledge but did work on England’s one-day cricket sponsorship when a marketing manager at Texaco four years ago.

Charles Sale: Diamond League meeting could be held at Olympic Stadium

Diamond League can add some sparkle to Stratford before the bulldozers move in

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 6 December 2012

The Olympic Stadium could stage top-class athletics for the first time since the London Games on the anniversary of the spectacular Opening Ceremony.

The evocative opportunity to host London’s Diamond League meeting on July 26 and 27 next year has arisen because the 150million construction work required to transform the arena into a multi-sports venue is not due to start until next autumn.

And Boris Johnson’s London Legacy Development Corporation want to take as much financial advantage as possible in 2013 by putting on concerts as well as athletics events.

Summer sparkle: The Olympic Stadium could hold a Diamond League meeting

Summer sparkle: The Olympic Stadium could hold a Diamond League meeting

Promoters Live Nation are already trying to organise big-name music attractions to come to the Olympic Park before the bulldozers arrive.

The two-day Diamond League meeting is scheduled to be held at Crystal Palace and tickets are already being sold. But UK Athletics are very interested in a possible switch to Stratford, made more likely by both venues being under Johnson’s aegis via the Greater London Authority and the LLDC.

Urgent talks are going to take place between UKA and the legacy company to work out whether a change of venue would be feasible, with sound systems and scoreboards needing to be re-installed in the Olympic Stadium.

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29/11/12

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27/11/12

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Brazil, OK

FIFA have given the go-ahead for England’s showcase friendly against Brazil on June 2 in Rio de Janeiro to take place at the newly renovated Maracana Stadium — the holy ground, as Roy Hodgson describes it — provided the building work is finished.

Such an iconic setting probably makes it worthwhile for England to travel to South America for one match at the end of a season, although some Premier League managers will disagree.

Life in the fast lane

Suzi Perry is understood to head a list of three candidates to replace the BT Sport-bound Jake Humphrey as BBC’s Formula One presenter.

The other two are Lee McKenzie, who has stood in for Humphrey during the last two F1 seasons, and all-round broadcaster Mark Pougatch.

Middle ground

The Middle East is the one area where the Premier League’s extraordinary global rights tender is proving tricky.

Instead of the multiple price increases quickly agreed almost everywhere else for the next three seasons, negotiations with Al Jazeera, Abu Dhabi Media and agencies have dragged on for months and might not be resolved until the new year.

Ryder stars' no-show

Neither triumphant Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal nor a single member of his 12-strong team was present to receive the Sports Journalists’ Association’s team-of-the- year award at the Tower of London yesterday.

Made the effort: Anna Watkins, Jonny Marray, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jessica Ennis, George O'Grady and Sarah Storey all attended the SJA 2012 British Sports Awards

Made the effort: Anna Watkins, Jonny Marray, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jessica Ennis, George O'Grady and Sarah Storey all attended the SJA 2012 British Sports Awards

The European Tour blamed the absences on tournaments this week and players living abroad.

Sportsman of the Year Bradley Wiggins didn’t show, either, though Jessica Ennis collected her top sportswoman honour.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Michael Vaughan made a fleeting appearance but fox-trotted off before lunch for another engagement. Arsenal’s eloquent 19-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned up after training to receive his award.

Test of character

Legal letters are being exchanged between the FA and board member Sir Dave Richards over the continuing spat about Richards providing a character reference for John Terry in his racism case brought by the FA.

Premier League chairman Richards is understood to strongly dispute the Wembley view that, as an FA director, he should not have become involved. Yet such is the way the FA operate, the contentious issue wasn’t brought up at last week’s board meeting.

Spend it wisely

The astonishing 6.8million spent on agents by Queens Park Rangers over the last two transfer windows has not prevented them being bottom of the Premier League.

But at least it is recognised as a big enough issue inside the club for a summit to be taking place with the owners to ensure payments to middle men don’t spiral out of control again during the January transfer window.

Tyson Fury faces David Price comments rap from British Boxing Board of Control

Fury faces punishment for vile comments aimed at heavyweight rival Price

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UPDATED:

16:01 GMT, 15 October 2012

Tyson Fury could be punished by the British Boxing Board of Control after making a succession of inflammatory comments about David Price.

Two days after using a TV interview and his Twitter account to belittle his heavyweight rival, Fury this afternoon tweeted a new expletive-filled insult directed at the British and Commonwealth champion.

The 24-year-old, who claims to be a born-again Christian, was responding to Price's first-round demolition of Audley Harrison at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday night.

War of words: Tyson Fury launched a series of embarrassing tirades against David Price

War of words: Tyson Fury launched a series of embarrassing tirades against David Price

'I'm gonna smash your face in u ****house scouse **** I look in your eyes and c fear! Ill take your sole and give it the devil,' read the tweet.

General secretary Robert Smith revealed Fury's comments are being discussed by the BBBofC.

'I'm very disappointed by this. I've already spoken to the chairman (Charles Giles) about it this morning,' Smith said.

'I'm seeing him at an event tonight and we'll discuss it again then.'

Fury could be issued with a fine and/or a suspension if the BBBofC decide he should be sanctioned.

In the aftermath of Saturday night, the Mancunian was offered 500,000 by promoter Frank Maloney to renew his rivalry with Price, to whom he lost as an amateur.

Gone 82 seconds: Price was brutally blew Audley Harrison away inside the first round at the weekend

Gone 82 seconds: Price was brutally blew Audley Harrison away inside the first round at the weekend

In an initial televised outburst, Fury lambasted Price and Maloney and bizarrely suggested fellow Liverpudlian and British light-heavyweight champion Tony Bellew was the 29-year-old's 'gay lover'.

Fury then posted a video on his Twitter page where he told the 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medalist: 'I'm going to put you in intensive care'.

Price is to defend his titles against veteran Matt Skelton on December 8, but outside of the Klitschko brothers or David Haye, Fury is the opponent the boxing public would like to see him face next.

That encounter may be harder to make after the 29-year-old took just 82 seconds to batter Harrison in a highly-impressive performance that indicates he is a genuine heavyweight contender.

However, given the interest and money to be made from such a highly-anticipated domestic showdown, it is certain to happen at some point.

Nathan Cleverly won"t leave Frank Warren

World champion Cleverly won't join Warren exodus despite frustrating year

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UPDATED:

10:22 GMT, 21 September 2012

Nathan Cleverly has declared his loyalty to Frank Warren and trusts his promoter will deliver him a ‘mega fight’ in 2013.

European super-middleweight champion James DeGale this week joined Hennessy Sports after leaving Warren’s stable, while Commonwealth light-heavyweight king Tony Bellew split acrimoniously from the veteran promoter in May.

However, Cleverly, who hold the WBO portion of the world light-heavyweight title, insists he will not be following them, despite a frustrating year in which his hopes for a unification fight have not materialised.

Staying put: Nathan Cleverly (centre) remains loyal to Frank Warren (right)

Staying put: Nathan Cleverly (centre) remains loyal to Frank Warren (right)

‘It has been annoying not getting the big names,’ said Cleverly, who defends his title against Vyacheslav Uzelkov on October 27 in Cardiff.

He told Sportsmail: ‘Frank has worked really hard for me, trying to make fights with Beibut Shumenov and Bernard Hopkins. With Shumenov, he didn’t want to come to the UK but couldn’t get a TV deal in the States and with Hopkins we actually had a verbal agreement, despite what he says about not being interested in a fight.

‘A lot has been going on, but it has fallen through for no fault of our own. That is frustrating and I can sense the fans getting inpatient for me to fight a big name, and I want to fight the big names, but I feel this year has been the calm before the storm in some ways because when that big, mega fight comes in 2013 there will be a succession of them. It is a case of getting through these early days as a world champion before the superfights.

Reigning champion: Cleverly defends his world title in Wales on October 27

Reigning champion: Cleverly defends his world title in Wales on October 27

‘Frank and I have spoken about it and he feels next year will be a big year for me.’

Cleverly added: ‘There has never been any doubt about me staying with Frank. He’s the best in the business. I have been very loyal to Frank since I turned professional and I have been under his promotional banner for years.

‘He has been good, given me tough fights, built me up. I owe him a lot. He took me to a world title very quickly. For me, he’s been great. I have stayed loyal to him since day one and he has stayed loyal to me. It is a good working relationship.

‘I think some fighters can get ahead of themselves and think they are superstars before they actually are.’

Carl Froch-Nathan Cleverly fight won"t happen – Eddie Hearn

Froch-Cleverly fight won't happen, says Hearn as promoter blasts offer as 'publicity stunt'

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Sportsmail Reporter

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16:47 GMT, 6 September 2012

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UPDATED:

16:53 GMT, 6 September 2012

Carl Froch will never face Nathan Cleverly with the IBF super-middleweight champion's promoter Eddie Hearn describing an offer for them to meet as a publicity stunt.

Promoter Frank Warren contacted Hearn, boss of Matchroom, stating he was willing to pay Froch 1million to challenge for Cleverly's WBO light-heavyweight title in Cardiff.

While Hearn admits the figure is accurate, he insists even a sum several times that amount would fail to persuade Froch to leave a high-quality division full of big names.

Off the agenda: Froch won't fight Cleverly, according to Hearn

Off the agenda: Froch won't fight Cleverly, according to Hearn

Once the 35-year-old from Nottingham has negotiated his title defence against Yusaf Mack in November, he is being lined up for rematches against Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler.

'We must have stated a dozen times it would be impossible for Carl Froch to move up to light-heavyweight,' Hearn said.

'He starts camp at 12stones 4lbs. He'd be fighting blokes at 190lbs in the ring.

'He's world super-middleweight champion and will be defending his super-middleweight title against Yusaf Mack.

Forget about Froch: Hearn's advice to the Welsh boxer

Forget about Froch: Hearn's advice to the Welsh boxer

'Then it's Bute and Kessler, after that he may hang up his gloves.

'They could offer 10million, the fight isn't going to happen. The money's irrelevant.

'Anyway, the offer they made us was probably half of what I'd pay Carl for the same fight. 'I told Carl about it last night and he laughed. Carl feels sorry for Nathan and thinks he's a good young fighter.

'My advice to Cleverly would be forget about Froch, he's a legend. You're not even at the races with him. Focus on Tony Bellew.

Not at the races: Hearn claims Cleverly isn't in the same league as Froch

Not at the races: Hearn claims Cleverly isn't in the same league as Froch

'By sending the email, they can say they made us a huge offer. It gets people talking about their fighters.

'When you don't have a major broadcaster behind you, you need some cheap free publicity and that's what this is…a publicity stunt.

'I might email Sugar Ray Leonard at the weekend to see if he wants to come out of retirement to fight Froch and tell everyone that Sugar Ray turned down a massive offer.'

Cleverly has faced criticism for the quality of his opponents since being crowned WBO champion. Victory over unknown American Tommy Karpency has hardly enhanced his reputation and next month's showdown with Ukrainian former world title challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov is equally uninspiring.

'I feel sorry for Nathan Cleverly, he's a nice kid. But look at the opponents he keeps facing, they're horrific,' Hearn said.

'You can't talk about Bernard Hopkins and Froch when you're fighting guys like Tommy Karpency and Vyacheslav Uzelkov.'

Warren's efforts to tempt Froch, Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler and Beibut Shumenov into fighting Cleverly have been frustrated.

'Froch, Hopkins and Shumenov are the three big names we really tried to get something sorted out with but unfortunately it was not to be,'

Warren said. 'Hopefully we can resurrect them in the new year if Nathan comes through against Vyacheslav Uzelkov.'

Hearn was speaking at the head to head press conference for Tony Bellew's clash with Edison Miranda at Alexandra Palace on Saturday night.

Hearn stated that contrary to claims by Warren, Bellew had not been offered a rematch of his entertaining domestic match against Cleverly last October.

Edison Miranda targets Carl Froch after issuing Tony Bellew warning

Miranda vows to destroy light-heavyweight rival Bellew and move on to Froch

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UPDATED:

13:57 GMT, 4 September 2012

Edison Miranda has sent out a chilling warning to Tony Bellew ahead of their eagerly-anticipated light-heavyweight clash on Saturday.

The hard-hitting Colombian is a two-time world title challenger with 30 of his 35 wins coming by way of knockout.

And Miranda has promised to leave Bellew flat on the canvas at London’s Alexandra Palace.

‘Put your kids to bed early on Saturday,’ he said. ‘I don’t want them to be frightened by seeing what I do to Bellew. It is going to be ugly.

Warning: Tony Bellew takes on Edison Miranda at Alexandra Palace on Saturday

Warning: Tony Bellew takes on Edison Miranda at Alexandra Palace on Saturday

‘I have had an excellent camp. I moved to Las Vegas and trained for the past six weeks with Chad Dawson. We worked very well together and had some great sparring sessions. He is a great champion. I am ready for anyone now.’

Miranda has shared the ring with several world-class fighters including Andre Ward, Lucian Bute, Arthur Abraham and Kelly Pavlik and he doubts Bellew has the punching power to trouble him.

Powerful puncher: Edison Miranda

Powerful puncher: Edison Miranda

‘We are both known as powerful punchers’ he added. ‘Maybe I need to watch more Tony Bellew fights. Who calls him a powerful puncher His girlfriend The reason the fight will not go the distance is because Edison Miranda is a powerful puncher.

‘I am not putting this decision in the hands of the judges. You can save money and keep the judges at home. There will be two men standing at the end of this fight, Edison Miranda and the ref.

‘My experience won’t make the difference in this fight; Tony will not make it to the later rounds. My right hand breaking his face will be the difference in this fight. I will pound him everywhere and when he drops his hands I am going to take him out early.

‘He has chosen to fight during the wrong time in my career. I am coming to London to make a big impression and win over the fans. ‘

Miranda returns to London for the second time after beating Joey Vegas at York Hall in March 2009 and has set his sights on coming back to these shores for a third time.

‘I really enjoy fighting in the UK – the fans here are great boxing fans,’ he said. ‘Being shown across European TV is great exposure and I have gained many fans all over the world from my fights in Europe.

‘I would love to come back to the UK and fight the best fighter England can throw my way. Carl Froch would be No 1 on my radar. He is a great fighter who fights with the same love of the sport as I do. We could put on a great show.

‘I want to fight the best fighters. That has always been my way. If Froch has other plans then Nathan Cleverly would be a good fight so I can take his belt away and show the world what a true world champion looks like.’

Nathan Cleverly to fight Tommy Karpency

Cleverly to fight unheralded American Karpency in homecoming title defence

Nathan Cleverly will fight American Tommy Karpency in his homecoming bout on February 25.

The WBO champion made a successful defence of his light heavyweight title against Tony Bellew in October and had set his sights set on a unification fight.

But instead the Welshman will take on surprise challenger Karpency at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

Champion: Nathan Cleverly holds the WBO light heavyweight belt

Champion: Nathan Cleverly holds the WBO light heavyweight belt

‘This is my first fight in Cardiff for a long time, and I'm looking forward to putting on a good show for my fans against Karpency,’ Cleverly told EPSN. ‘My return has created a big interest in Wales and it's going to be a fantastic welcome home.

‘I've trained over Christmas and I'm in great shape already, and we're still over seven weeks away from the fight, so I'll be spot on come fight night.’

Karpency, 25, has never beaten a top opponent and was convincingly dismissed by Karo Murat who was subsequently knocked out by Cleverly.

But the champion still expects a difficult night next month.

Challenger: Tommy Karpency (right) has yet to prove himself at the top level

Challenger: Tommy Karpency (right) has yet to prove himself at the top level

‘Karpency looks like a tough fighter and he took Murat the distance last year, and Murat gave me a hard fight,’ Cleverly said. ‘I've got big plans for this year that I hope will include a unification fight, so I've got to keep busy and beat Karpency in style.’

Cleverly’s promoter Frank Warren revealed an offer was made to WBA champion Beibut Shumenov but the Kazakh claimed he would not be fully prepared in time.

But a bout with either Shumenov or WBC belt holder Bernard Hopkins could yet happen in a summer showcase event at the Millennium Stadium.