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Mike Tyson: Just who was brave enough to eat one of ex-heavyweight champ"s pigeons?

Just who was brave enough to eat one of ex-heavyweight champ Tyson's pigeons

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Mike Dawes

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11:33 GMT, 26 April 2013

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19:08 GMT, 26 April 2013

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He's famous as a fearsome fighter, but Mike Tyson has a surprising soft spot for his beloved pigeons.

And now the former heavy weight champion has revealed he was traumatised after an unnamed ex-girlfriend cooked and ate one of his birds in front of him.

The 46-year-old, who has called pigeon racing his 'first love' and at one pointed owned up to 350 birds, recalled the incident during a interview on US sports talk-radio show Boomer & Carton.

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Pretty bird: Mike Tyson with one of his many beloved pigeons

Pretty bird: Mike Tyson with one of his many beloved pigeons

When asked if he had ever eaten one
of his animals, he said: 'I tried. I was dating this young lady and she
said, “I don’t know why you’re flying those damn birds, you should be
eating them.”

'She happened to grab one and — and she cooked one and proceeded to eat it. And I just couldn’t do it.'

'You loved that pigeon so much,' host Craig Carton responded.

'Well, ‘cause he’s got a relationship with the pigeons,' co-host Boomer Esiason interjected.

'It just wasn’t the right thing to do,' Tyson added. 'That’s why she’s not my woman anymore.'

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Highs and lows: Tyson twice beat Frank Bruno but suffered defeat to Evander Holyfield.. and bit his ear

Highs and lows: Tyson twice beat Frank Bruno but suffered defeat to Evander Holyfield.. and bit his ear

Challenger Evander Holyfield lands a left to the face of Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield

Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield

When
asked why he even allowed the ex-girlfriend to eat the bird in the
first place, Tyson responded: 'It was her house and we were living off
of her dime, so she could do [it].'

The Hangover star, who infamously bit Evander Holyfield ear in a 1997 fight, has previously said he adored birds since he nine.

'They were my escape,' he said. 'I was fat and ugly. Kids teased me all the time. The only joy I had was pigeons.'

Current love: The former heavyweight boxer with third wife Lakiha Spicer at the Scary Movie 5 LA premiere

Current love: The former heavyweight boxer with third wife Lakiha Spicer at the Scary Movie 5 LA premiere

Mike Tyson and Monica Turner

Mike Tyson and Luz Whitney

Days gone by: Tyson with ex-girlfriends Monica Turner (left) and Luz Whitney

Rory McIlroy says he can win with any club

World No 1 McIlroy dismisses Faldo's fear, saying: I can win with any club

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UPDATED:

22:37 GMT, 20 November 2012

Rory McIlroy laughed in the face of danger; well, he did if you believe Sir Nick Faldo’s opinion that ditching his Titleist clubs is a ‘dangerous’ move.

Here at the season-ending Dubai World Championship, which marks the first time all the winning Ryder Cup team have been in the same place since Medinah, McIlroy will have a last outing with the only brand he has used since he was a teenager.

Speaking for the first time about his impending switch to Nike, the 23-year-old feels sure that there will be no teething problems.

Out in front: Rory McIlroy will end the year as World No 1

Out in front: Rory McIlroy will end the year as World No 1

Play with any club: McIlroy has opted to ditch Titleist clubs in favour of Nike

Play with any club: McIlroy has opted to ditch Titleist clubs in favour of Nike

He breezily dismissed Faldo’s belief it will take time to adjust. Six-time major champ Sir Nick had said: ‘I’d call it a dangerous move because we get a split-second with the ball on the club and you get used to how a ball feels and sounds.’

Final event: McIlroy is playing in the pro-am event prior to the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates

Final event: McIlroy is playing in the pro-am event prior to the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates

Not so, countered Rory. ‘I think all of the manufacturers make great equipment these days and it is all very similar. A lot of the manufacturers get their clubs made at the same factories.’

With the Race to Dubai wrapped up alongside the American money list and a record-breaking win at the US PGA, McIlroy has had a ‘phenomenal’ year.

‘The highlight was, of course, winning my second major,’ he said. ‘Up to then, it had been a good year but nothing more than that —when you win a major, it changes everything.

The biggest disappointment was the stretch in the middle where I did not play so well and missed the cut in two big tournaments in the PGA at Wentworth and my defence of the US Open.

‘As for my best shot, I will go for my final putt at the PGA at Kiawah to seal the record win. It summed up how the week had gone, and it is a putt I will think about for a long time.’

McIlroy ends the year with almost the same demands on his time as Tiger Woods had when he was in his prime. He knows he will have to be selfish and say no a lot more than he says yes.

He began so yesterday with a none-too-subtle rebuke to Arnold Palmer, of all people. The King joked recently he would break McIlroy’s arm if he gave the Arnold Palmer Invitational a miss next March.

‘My first thought when I read it was that I’d have to play the Masters next year with one arm,’ said McIlroy.

Perhaps his best answer came when he was asked what motivates him now he is, by a long way, the world’s best golfer.

‘Winning, and trying to become the best golfer I can be,’ he said. ‘Trying to win majors. Those are the really big things for me — winning tournaments and trying to win as many majors as possible. That is the benchmark.’

Wladimir Klitschko appoints Johnathon Banks as trainer

Heavyweight champ Klitschko appoints Banks as full-time trainer after death of Steward

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UPDATED:

23:54 GMT, 7 November 2012

World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed the appointment of Johnathon Banks as his new full-time trainer following the death of Emanuel Steward last month.

Klitschko, who is preparing to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against unbeaten Pole Mariusz Wach in Hamburg on Saturday, had been training with Steward's former assistant Banks since Steward was taken ill in September.

There had been much speculation over Klitschko's move to replace Steward given that Banks, 30, is six years Klitschko's junior and is still an active heavyweight fighter himself.

New man in: Wladimir Klitschko (left) has appointed a new trainer after the death of Emmanuel Steward

New man in: Wladimir Klitschko (left) has appointed a new trainer after the death of Emmanuel Steward

Klitschko said: 'I knew from the beginning it was going to be Johnathon Banks. He is a man who has learned a lot from Emanuel and whom I met on the same day as I first met Emanuel nine years ago.

'Of course he is not Emanuel Steward but he is Johnathon Banks, and everyone has their own way of doing things. Considering everything, this camp has gone very well.

'We are all missing Emanuel, who was a great friend and one of the geniuses of the sport. But his spirit is with us and I know he is around us and looking forward to this fight.'

Banks, who has won 30 of his 32 professional contests and is due to fight in Atlantic City on November 17 against Seth Mitchell, said he is keen to make the most of a unique situation.

Banks said: 'It's an amazing situation on both sides but I don't feel any extra pressure. It's not like I'm training a guy for a golf tournament. I'm with a fighter who has a fight, and I have a fight coming up too.'

You're up: Klitschko poses head to head with Mariusz Wach ahead of their bout

You're up: Klitschko poses head to head with Mariusz Wach ahead of their bout

Moving on: Steward died, aged 68, last month

Moving on: Steward died, aged 68, last month

Judd Trump, Peter Ebdon, Neil Roberton and Shaun Murphy in Chengdu semis

Trump and Ebdon to face off in Chengdu semis, with Robertson and Murphy in the other

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UPDATED:

19:12 GMT, 1 November 2012

Judd Trump booked a semi-final against Peter Ebdon after edging out Mark Allen in a thrilling 6-5 victory at the International Championship in Chengdu.

Trump was on the brink of victory at 5-3 up before Allen hit back to level at 5-5 forcing the world No 2 to compose himself and see out the final frame.

Ebdon, in contrast, had a far more straightforward passage into the final with a 6-0 win over Ricky Walden.

Trump has not won a ranking title since York last December but he is now just two matches away from the 125,000 top prize but it was Allen who won the first frame with a break of 83.

Marching on: Judd Trump will play Peter Ebdon in the Chengdu semi-finals

Marching on: Judd Trump will play Peter Ebdon in the Chengdu semi-finals

Trump levelled with a 70 and then moved 2-1 ahead. Allen's run of 98 saw him make it 2-2 but breaks of 75 and 107 put Trump 4-2 ahead.

Allen pulled one back with 121 but Trump took a 5-3 lead to move to within sight of victory.

A run of 104 from Allen closed the gap and he came from 41-0 down in the next to make it 5-5. Trump made 60 before failing to land on a red when splitting the pack.

Allen was 61 points down but still had five reds left, but after Trump played a snooker behind the black, Allen left a red to a centre pocket and his opponent potted it to seal victory.

'It was a good game, we both played well,' Trump told www.worldsnooker.com. 'I had a good lead then I was just trying to finish it off. I kept going into the pack and landing on nothing so I was getting frustrated. But I just had to try to stay patient and wait for a chance.

'It will be a different challenge against Peter tomorrow. I'll just have to play my own game, try to get in front and try to dominate the match.'

Ebdon's match, although seemingly straightforward, took 50 minutes longer than Trump's match with a top break of 81 helping China Open champion Ebdon stay on course for his second ranking title in China in 2012.

Ebdon said: 'It was a scrappy match, one for the connoisseur. But I'm really looking forward to the semi-final against Judd and playing a best-of-17 match in our joint-second most important ranking event.

'Every match is different so you have to play it as it comes.'

Neil Robertson will tackle his fellow former world champion Shaun Murphy in the other semi-final.

Australian left-handed cueman Robertson put a halt to 14-year-old Chinese potter Lu Haotian's run, recovering from 2-1 behind to win through 6-2 against a player who knocked out Dominic Dale in the second round.

'It was strange playing someone so young,' said 30-year-old Robertson, Crucible champion in 2010. 'It made me feel really old.

'I had to use all of my experience, especially in the close frames. I won two on the black otherwise it could have been different. Lu has got a tremendous future.'

Murphy, world champion in 2005, was 3-1 behind against Marco Fu, but won through 6-4 with a best break of 129. The Englishman halted his Hong Kong opponent, but refused to get carried away about being in the last four.

'Stephen Hendry used to say that when he got to the semi-finals he was only halfway there, so there's still a long way to go,' Murphy said. 'Neil and I have had some great matches in the past and we'll have more in the future.'

Tiger Woods insists golf is too honest for Lance Armstrong-style controversy

Scandalous! Tiger sticks the boot in as 14-time major champ insists golf is too honest for Armstrong-style controversy

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UPDATED:

15:07 GMT, 24 October 2012

Tiger Woods knows just how far there is to tumble when a top sportsman falls from grace – but the American is convinced golf will never be hit by a Lance Armstrong-style scandal.

Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life for his part in a doping conspiracy which rocked the sport.

Cycling's reputation has been left in tatters but Woods insists, due to the culture of honesty within his own sport, there is no need to worry about golf going the same way.

Safe: Tiger Woods insists golf will never suffer a Lance Armstrong-style scandal

Safe: Tiger Woods insists golf will never suffer a Lance Armstrong-style scandal

'We just implemented testing probably three years ago I think it is,' said Woods. 'I know we don't do any blood work like some of the other sports do.

'Right now it's just urine samples, but that's certainly a positive step in the right direction to try and validate our sport.'

He added: 'This is a sport where we turn ourselves in on mistakes. A ball moves in the trees, guys call penalties on themselves. Golf is a different sport.

'I think that's one of the neat things about our great game, and I think with the testing, it's only enhanced that respectability throughout all of sport.'

Woods, a 14-time major winner, also made
headlines for all the wrong reasons but it was over his behaviour away
from the course when it was revealed in 2009 that he had a string of
affairs.

His wife Erin filed for divorce and Tiger lost several of his sponsors before undertaking a therapy programme.

High circles: Tiger played with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during the pro-am ahead of this week's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur

High circles: Tiger played with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during the pro-am ahead of this week's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur

Nike stayed with Woods despite the sex scandal but the American sports giant dropped Armstrong on the back of the drug revelations.

Rory McIlroy looks set to replace Woods as the main man with the company amid rumours of a 156million 10-year deal for the young Northern Irishman.

Woods never managed to get his hands on one of this year's majors and failed to win a match at the Ryder Cup but, with three PGA Tour wins to his name, he insists he is happy with 2012.

Speaking ahead of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, he added: 'It's a really good year, no doubt, but winning a major championship just makes it a great year.

'The majors are such a different animal and different breed and we place so much emphasis on them.'

Disgraced: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France wins

Disgraced: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France wins

Happy with the progress he has made on the course and optimistic about what the future holds, it is off the course that still matters to him the most.

He trails the great Jack Nicklaus by four majors and, on 74 PGA Tour wins, is eight short of Sam Snead.

'Golf has always been a high priority in my life but family has been No 1, so that hasn't changed,' he said.

'I certainly want to break Jack's record and catch Snead's record, but being the best father I can possibly be to my two great kids, that is certainly number one in my life.'

Carl Frampton wants win over Steve Molitor

I can cut it at the top! Frampton wants win over Molitor to earn chance at world title shot

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UPDATED:

21:59 GMT, 20 September 2012

Carl Frampton believes victory over Canadian Steve Molitor on Saturday will put him in line for a world title shot.

The 25-year-old returns to Belfast to face the former two-time world champion in what both men have billed as a make-or-break fight.

And Frampton, who defends his Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles, plans to make a statement of intent.

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Ready to step up: Carl Frampton is hoping to earn a world title shot

Ready to step up: Carl Frampton is hoping to earn a world title shot

'He’s been where I want to get to but he’s had his time at the top, now it’s my turn,' he said. 'Beating a world class fighter like Steve Molitor puts me high in the rankings and in the running for a world title shot.

'This is a massive fight for me, I know that I am leaping up the levels to face Molitor but I believe I have more than enough to cope with him and this is the right time for me to prove I can cut it at the top.

'You want big names on your slate and he is definitely a big name. It’s going to be a lot better beating a guy like him than it was beating Prosper Ankrah.

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

'It’s going to make people stand up and take notice. This is a 50-50 fight. People forget I’ve only had 15 fights.'

Meanwhile, Molitor, 32, admitted he will consider hanging up his gloves if he tastes defeat for a third time in his career.

'If I want to be a three-time world champion then I have to beat this kid,' he said. 'I have been out of the ring enjoying my life for ten months or so and on Saturday night you will see a new hungry Steve Molitor.

'If I cannot beat Carl then I will have to think about hanging them up as I will be saying that I cannot compete at world level now and as a two-time world champ I am used to that.'

Nice motto: Frampton his hoping is strict training regime will carry him through his fight on Saturday

Nice motto: Frampton his hoping is strict training regime will carry him through his fight on Saturday

VIDEO: Carl Frampton – Betfair's Judgment Day

David Haye hits out at Vitali Klitschko"s latest heavyweight title defence

'He wouldn't last six rounds' – Haye hits out at Vitali Klitschko after Ukrainian's 'terrible' defence of heavyweight title

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08:37 GMT, 10 September 2012

David Haye has slammed Vitali Klitschko's 'terrible' defence of his world heavyweight title on Saturday and claimed the Ukrainian wouldn't last six rounds with him.

Klitschko beat Manuel Charr in the fourth round at Moscow's Olympic Indoor Arena after the challenger was forced to stop with blood pouring from a nasty cut above his eye.

The champion has been linked with a fight with Haye but only if he fails to win an election to enter Ukraine's parliament next month. The 41-year-old's party are currently third in the polls.

David Haye before his bout with Dereck Chisora

WBC World Heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko

Fight me! David Haye (left) has called on world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko to keep to his promise and fight him, claiming that he would knock out the Ukrainian in six rounds

Klitschko floored Charr, 27, in the second round with a glancing shot to the top of the head and dominated throughout in his 11th successive title defence.

And the next one could come against Haye, 31, who has been forgiven for his brawl with Dereck Chisora at a press conference following Chisora's points defeat to Vitali in February.

Londoner Haye, who was beaten by Vitali's brother Wladimir last year, was distinctly unimpressed with Saturday night's performance.

Bloodied and beaten: Manuel Charr, of Germany, was no match for Klitschko on Saturday night and was stopped after blood poured from a cut above his right eye

Bloodied and beaten: Manuel Charr, of Germany, was no match for Klitschko on Saturday night and was stopped after blood poured from a cut above his right eye

The champ: Vitali Klitschko's win in Moscow was his 11th successive defence of his WBC Heavyweight title

The champ: Vitali Klitschko's win in Moscow was his 11th successive defence of his WBC Heavyweight title

He said: 'I was very disappointed with Vitali's performance and I would love to get in with him and knock his out.

'I saw so many holes in his defence. He would not last six rounds with me.

'I would throw clusters of punches. Vitali is a warrior but his chin is not better than my punch.

'His performance was terrible. He should be ashamed of himself.'

On the chin: Charr gets a punch through Klitschko's defences in Saturday night's fight

On the chin: Charr gets a punch through Klitschko's defences in Saturday night's fight

Who's Next Klitschko could fight Haye if he fails in his bid to run for the Ukrainian Parliament

Who's Next Klitschko could fight Haye if he fails in his bid to run for the Ukrainian Parliament

He went on, claiming any fight between him and Vitali would be one of the biggest in the history of boxing and that he had earned a shot at the champion after stopping Chisora in July.

'Bernd Boente, the Klitschkos' manager, said after Vitali's fight with Chisora that we should fight each other and the winner then fights Vitali.

'I've done my part and I hope Vitali is a man of his word and fights me. It will be the biggest fight in Germany and one of the biggest in boxing history.

'It would be a huge fight and I want it desperately.'

Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard: Live leaderboard

Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

The FedEx Cup play-offs continue this week with the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

Webb Simpson took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Defending champ: Webb Simpson won last year's Deutsche Bank Championship

Defending champ: Webb Simpson won last year's Deutsche Bank Championship

London 2012 Olympics: Tim Brabants outclassed in sprint final

Brabants outclassed in canoe sprint final as defending champ trails in last

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08:50 GMT, 8 August 2012

Tim Brabants failed to defend his 1,000m canoe sprint title at Eton Dorney.

Brabants admitted before the race that it would be a struggle to make the podium and he trailed in last of the eight finalists.

Norwegian Eirik Veras Larsen took the gold, pushing early leader Adam van Koeverden into second place with Max Hoff third.

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Tough test: Tim Brabants could not live with the leaders in the kayak sprint

Tough test: Tim Brabants could not live with the leaders in the kayak sprint

Ernie Els upsets old management – Charles Sale

Has Ernie another steal on his mind

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UPDATED:

23:36 GMT, 22 July 2012

Open champion Ernie Els is causing upset at his former management company, who fear he is trying to recruit some of their best players for his new agency.

Els left Chubby Chandler’s ISM a year ago to join the Florida-based ProsInc and he has kept close links with his South African compatriots at ISM — George Coetzee, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel — including offering them travel to tournaments in his private jet.

Open champ: Ernie Els may have another prize on his mind

Open champ: Ernie Els may have another prize on his mind

ISM also have conflict-of-interest concerns about Els working for ProsInc in such a way when still a leading player, and Chandler intends to have talks with his former client to clarify his intentions.

Chandler has responded to the threat of losing the South African quartet by devoting more resources to them.

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Meanwhile, commission claims made by another American golf agency, Gaylord, against ISM have been resolved. The claims related to ISM’s Oakley sunglasses sponsorship deal for Rory McIlroy set up before he switched to the Horizon agency.

The unhealthy stranglehold event agents IMG enjoy at Wimbledon and The Open was even more evident at Lytham than at SW19. The IMG-run online TV operation @the Open Live featured plenty of footage plugging the R&A’s seven patron partners, whose 1.4million-a-year sponsorship deals were set up in some cases — including Ralph Lauren Polo’s latest — by the omnipresent IMG.

Toilet surprise

The biggest surprise of The Open for Royal Lytham’s lady captain, Wendy Barnsley, was not anything that happened on the course but what confronted her in the women’s toilets in the clubhouse. Wendy walked in during the second day of the championship to find a man in a state of undress using the facility to change clothes. When asked what he was doing there, the intruder said he could change where he liked following the Equalities Act. Neither the club nor the R&A would comment yesterday.

Faldo switch

Sir Nick Faldo, who has changed wives and management at regular intervals, now has his American partner LeslieAnne Wade represent him through her company Wade Media Management. LeslieAnne is a former communications chief at CBS Sports for whom Faldo works as the lead golf pundit. As well as commentating for the BBC at The Open, Faldo will also be part of the Beeb’s Ryder Cup highlights coverage.

When work and home life meet: Nick Faldo

When work and home life meet: Nick Faldo

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal famously lost his cool in the press conference after the American victory in 2008 against the Faldo-led Europeans. Olazabal, a vice-captain then, was defending Faldo’s heavily criticised leadership. How Olazabal handles the media will be an issue in Chicago. Faldo, for one, believes he will cope fine, saying the spat with the press four years ago was due to the Spaniard’s comments being ‘lost in translation’. Olazabal speaks perfect English.

Win double for Owen

Not only did his Manor House stables send out three winners at Haydock Park on Saturday but Michael Owen’s encounter there with golf agent and keen gambler Chubby Chandler led to a promise he would buy a horse off the footballer.

The next day Owen had a chance to sell his football wares when the out-of-contract striker had breakfast as a guest of Chandler with Bolton chairman Phil Gartside.

Winner: Michael Owen had some luck with the horses

Winner: Michael Owen had some luck with the horses

Well done Alliss

Credit to Peter Alliss — four words that don’t often appear in Sports Agenda — for his comment that the price of food and drink at The Open was ‘borderline disgraceful’. The R&A’s explanation for the rip-off is that a greenfield site means catering has to be brought in, adding to the cost.

Turkey shorts plan

The Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals in October, part of Istanbul’s 2020 Olympic bid, will have the eight-strong field wearing shorts, which is not allowed on the pro tour. Turkey wants to improve standards enough to have a player competing when golf joins the Olympics in 2016. World No 1 Luke Donald has withdrawn from the event because of his schedule.