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Boxer Steve Collins returns to the ring aged 48 for Roy Jones Jr fight

Former world champion Collins to come out of retirement to settle grudge with legend Jones

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

00:34 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:40 GMT, 16 January 2013

Ireland's former WBO middleweight and super middleweight champion Steve Collins has announced plans to make a return to the ring at the age of 48.

Collins, who last fought in 1997 and includes Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank among the fighters he has beaten, claims he will take on Roy Jones Jr, 43, the American he was frustrated never to fight during his heyday.

Collins told talkSPORT: 'It's not a comeback as such, at my age I'm too old for that, but it will be the end of a 15-year grudge.

Don't call it a comeback: Steve Collins will return for one fight only

Don't call it a comeback: Steve Collins will return for one fight only

'It's a fight Roy Jones needs. He claims to be one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters around but he refused to fight me.

'I was very happy with my career, but the one fight I wanted was Roy Jones, and when that didn't happen I retired.

'To me he was afraid of me. I don't think he's a coward, but at the time he was!

On the deck: Collins standing over Chris Eubank after beating him in 1995

On the deck: Collins standing over Chris Eubank after beating him in 1995

'But now it's happening. I spoke to Roy and we're going to get it on. He wants one more fight before he retires and this is the one he wants.

'If we get a good offer we'll split it down the middle and get it on.'

Collins, who says he will only fight if doctors pass him fit to do so, added: 'I wouldn't even consider fighting a guy 15 or 20 years younger than me, because that's not a match.

Grudge: Collins never had the chance to fight Roy Jones Jnr before he retired

Grudge: Collins never had the chance to fight Roy Jones Jnr before he retired

'But we're the same age and this is a fair match. It won't be any different to how it would have been 15 years ago.

'I'd love the fight to be in the UK but there is interest from Dubai, Russia, China.

'Dubai looks the favourite, but we'll have to see where the offers come from.'

Arsenal three-year-old fan taunts Robin van Persie in video – comment

Kids like little Kye have no chance when vile chants are treated like nursery rhymes

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13:00 GMT, 6 November 2012

An angelic-looking three-year-old in an Arsenal shirt gleefully sings a vile song about rape, delightedly repeating the word ‘c***’ without prompting, as if it were a nursery rhyme.

This fills me with a powerful sense of sadness. Football has just taken another step into the pit of prejudice and bitterness that is bubbling away in its underbelly and threatening to engulf it. Little Kye, in his 40 shirt with a chain round his neck, has got no chance.

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Young Arsenal fan signing a song about Robin Van Persie

Robin van Persie

Shocking: The young Arsenal fan filmed by his dad singing about Robin van Persie (right)

Then I start to feel anger; an
equally powerful sense of a frustration. What is happening to this game
Our game I don’t want to be part of something like this.

What could ever induce you to teach your son an expletive-ridden song accusing a footballer of such a heinous crime, then film him and post it on the internet I genuinely do not understand.

Can this mindless idiot, a sewer rat posing as a father and a football fan, really feel so much hatred towards Robin Van Persie that he manipulates his child like this

On target: Van Persie scored against his former club Arsenal in Manchester United's win on Saturday

On target: Van Persie scored against his former club Arsenal in Manchester United's win on Saturday

Or, even more worryingly, does he just feel it is casual abuse; something perfectly acceptable when your former captain exercises his right to move to another club

With horror I realise it is the latter: this misguided idiot will not see he has done anything wrong. He clearly thinks the whole episode is one big joke.

The man behind this video is also a coward, after all. He stays out of shot while Kye fidgets in his chair and sings along, his young mouth barely able to form the words. It’s not the child’s fault. He is just trying to please his dad. Poor Kye does not even know what he is singing.

Target: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was also subjected to abuse at Old Trafford

Target: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was also subjected to abuse at Old Trafford

But is that what football is about now Not the excitement of taking your son to his first game or seeing him in his first kit, but sitting at home and laughing while the innocent sings songs full of venom and spite

I truly hope not, but that hope has just taken yet another sizeable knock.

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Kids like Kye chanting abuse at Robin van Persie have no chance – Laura Williamson

Kids like little Kye have no chance when vile chants are treated like nursery rhymes

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UPDATED:

11:13 GMT, 6 November 2012

An angelic-looking three-year-old in an Arsenal shirt gleefully sings a vile song about rape, delightedly repeating the word ‘c***’ without prompting, as if it were a nursery rhyme.

This fills me with a powerful sense of sadness. Football has just taken another step into the pit of prejudice and bitterness that is bubbling away in its underbelly and threatening to engulf it. Little Kye, in his 40 shirt with a chain round his neck, has got no chance.

Scroll down to watch the video

Young Arsenal fan signing a song about Robin Van Persie

Robin van Persie

Shocking: The young Arsenal fan filmed by his dad singing about Robin van Persie (right)

Then I start to feel anger; an
equally powerful sense of a frustration. What is happening to this game
Our game I don’t want to be part of something like this.

What could ever induce you to teach your son an expletive-ridden song accusing a footballer of such a heinous crime, then film him and post it on the internet I genuinely do not understand.

Can this mindless idiot, a sewer rat posing as a father and a football fan, really feel so much hatred towards Robin Van Persie that he manipulates his child like this

On target: Van Persie scored against his former club Arsenal in Manchester United's win on Saturday

On target: Van Persie scored against his former club Arsenal in Manchester United's win on Saturday

Or, even more worryingly, does he just feel it is casual abuse; something perfectly acceptable when your former captain exercises his right to move to another club

With horror I realise it is the latter: this misguided idiot will not see he has done anything wrong. He clearly thinks the whole episode is one big joke.

The man behind this video is also a coward, after all. He stays out of shot while Kye fidgets in his chair and sings along, his young mouth barely able to form the words. It’s not the child’s fault. He is just trying to please his dad. Poor Kye does not even know what he is singing.

Target: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was also subjected to abuse at Old Trafford

Target: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was also subjected to abuse at Old Trafford

But is that what football is about now Not the excitement of taking your son to his first game or seeing him in his first kit, but sitting at home and laughing while the innocent sings songs full of venom and spite

I truly hope not, but that hope has just taken yet another sizeable knock.

*Do you know the father involved Call the MailOnline newsdesk on 0203 615 0000 or email [email protected]

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Fabricio Coloccini did not try to hurt Luis Suarez, insists Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

Coloccini did not try to hurt Suarez, insists Newcastle boss Pardew

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UPDATED:

00:06 GMT, 5 November 2012

Alan Pardew launched an
impassioned defence of
Fabricio Coloccini as he
insisted Newcastle's captain
did not attempt to
deliberately injure
Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

Coloccini was sent off eight
minutes from the end of
Sunday's 1-1 draw at
Anfield for an attempted
tackle on Suarez that Wales
manager Chris Coleman described on Sky Sports as
a 'coward's challenge'.

Controversy: Fabricio Coloccini (R) fouls Liverpool's Luis Suarez to earn a red card

Controversy: Fabricio Coloccini fouls Liverpool's Luis Suarez to earn a red card

Colocinni sent off for dangerous tackle on Suarez

Pardew was visibly taken aback when informed of Coleman's comments.

The Newcastle manager tersely said he had 'no reaction' to them. He did, though, maintain that Coloccini was not 'that type of player' and will decide on Monday whether to launch an appeal to get the Argentine defender off a three-match ban.

'Looking at it on the video, it doesn't look too good from one angle,' admitted Pardew.

'But from another angle, he is putting his foot down to stop himself.

'Knowing Colo as I do, there is no malicious intent there.

'We might have to accept (the ban) but I will discuss it further with my secretary.

Harsh: Alan Pardew thought the red card was unfair

Harsh: Alan Pardew thought the red card was unfair

'Part of me knows there is no intent with Colo. But the other part of me feels that we have got nowhere to go.

'My feeling is that we won't (appeal)
but I want to sit down with my secretary and other people at the club
to have a look at it a few more times.'

That Newcastle only had a point to
show for their efforts after taking the lead with a superb Yohan Cabaye
goal was down to the persistence and class of Suarez, who dragged
Liverpool back into the game with a magnificent strike of his own.

Pardew's Newcastle had looked
comfortable but injuries to midfielder James Perch, who is expected to
be out for a month with a thigh strain, Cabaye and striker Demba Ba
disrupted their play and Liverpool, who have now won only three of their
15 league games at Anfield in 2012, finished the stronger.

'It was a tough day,' said Pardew.

'I thought if we scored the first goal, we would win the game.

Get off: Coloccini is ordered from the field by referee Anthony Taylor

Off you go: Coloccini is shown red card by ref Anthony Taylor

'We conceded a bad goal.

'Perch is a bad one, I should have taken Demba off at half-time and Cabaye has got a slight strain.

'I don't want to make a big issue of the referee because morale for them must be really low.

'I had no problems with his
performance – I thought that was spot on. It was a tough game to manage.
It was two teams going desperately for the win.'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was
effusive in his praise of Suarez, who scored his 11th goal of the
campaign.

Rodgers said: 'He was unbelievable. Suarez is so bright, so
clever, he's a world-class striker. On that form he really frustrates
and provokes defenders.

'Fabio Coloccini is a top defender but he was frustrated by Luis's performance.

'He is world class. I thought our performance was terrific.

'Suarez is so bright, so clever, he's a world-class striker. On that form today he really frustrates and provokes defenders.

'He has a hunger for the game, he has a hunger for goals.'

The only downside to the performance was that, once again, Liverpool could not finish off their numerous opportunities.

'It's five draws in 10 league games and of those draws we should have won at least three of them,' admitted Rodgers.

'That is the margins we are working to at the moment.

'I thought our performance was outstanding. We were terrific.

'First-half our possession and intensity was relentless but we switched off just before half-time.'

Gareth Bale will keep lid on Charlie Adam feud, says Joe Allen

Allen backs Wales team-mate Bale to keep a lid on feud with Scot star Adam

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 9 October 2012

Joe Allen has promised Wales will not allow a feud between Gareth Bale and Charlie Adam to spill into their World Cup qualifying clash with Scotland.

Welshman Bale, who missed three months in 2011 after Adam’s tackle snapped his ankle ligaments, branded the Scot a ‘coward’ when they clashed again in a pre-season friendly between Tottenham and Liverpool.

Backing: Joe Allen has backed Gareth Bale to let his football go the talking when he comes up against Charlie Adam, with whom he has had a long-running spat after a couple of nasty tackles

Backing: Joe Allen has backed Gareth Bale to let his football go the talking when he comes up against Charlie Adam, with whom he has had a long-running spat after a couple of nasty tackles

Taken down: Adam has twice forced Bale off early in matches, one of which came in a friendly earlier this year

Taken down: Adam has twice forced Bale off early in matches, one of which came in a friendly earlier this year

Friday’s Group H encounter at Cardiff
City Stadium will be the first time they have faced each other since. It
will add spice to a match both countries must win to keep alive hopes
of going to Brazil 2014.

But Liverpool’s 15m signing Allen said: ‘I don’t think it will be more feisty than any other game. There is that element of rivalry, but any game at international level is approached the same way and that is purely to try to win.’

Adam, now at Stoke, has insisted he did say sorry to Bale at the time. He said: ‘I apologised to him during the game after a corner. I said to him I was sorry and thought everything was all right.

'I also apologised to the Tottenham manager at half time. Then all of a sudden I was being called a coward. That’s football and it won’t stop me tackling. I hope it is done and dusted now.’

Allen, whose arrival at Anfield forced Adam to move, believes Bale will put the matter to one side. He said: ‘Will there be any extra motivation for him Not from that point of view.

'He performs every time he goes out on a pitch and I am sure the Scots will be pretty scared about facing a player of his calibre.'

Joey Barton invites Ousmane Dabo for dinner after being branded a coward

Let's settle this! Barton invites Dabo for dinner after being branded a coward

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08:56 GMT, 4 September 2012

Joey Barton wants to meet Ousmane Dabo in Marseille so they can discuss the violent confrontation of five years ago which left the French midfielder in hospital.

The pair were involved in a bust up at Manchester City's training ground, Dabo suffered a detached retina and Barton was given a four-month suspended jail sentence for his involvement.

The controversial midfielder has now moved to the South of France to join Marseille and reacted on Twitter to claims he deserved his bad boy image.

Allez! Barton is looking for a new start after moving to France with Marseille

Allez! Barton is looking for a new start after moving to France with Marseille

Barton said: 'I see Dabo is yet to move on, I feel for him. What happened was unfortunate. Next time he should think twice about throwing his weight about.

'If Ousmane wants to come to a Marseille game, have dinner and discuss it like adults, he's more than welcome anytime. For me now, its over!'

But Dabo believes the 12-match ban Barton received after his meltdown at the Etihad Stadium on the last day of last season is proof enough that he hasn't changed.

Dabo told French newspaper L'Equipe:
'Barton is lying about what happened on the training pitch at Manchester
City. It is unbelievable. I am shocked.

Battered and bruised: Dabo after his confrontation with Barton

Battered and bruised: Dabo after his confrontation with Barton

'There was a trial, he pleaded guilty, and got a four-months suspended prison sentence. When he is talking, he denies it, he stated I have started it all. It is fake. All my team-mates that were present during the attack gave evidence for me during the trial.

'He tackled me, I replied by tackling him too. We found ourselves face-to-face. I had no intention to fight. I jostled him, but I didn’t hit him. So I turned back and then he struck me to the side of the head.

'I lost consciousness and, being on the ground, he jumped at me and went on hitting me in the face about 10 times.

'He says he is a man, a bad boy, but he is just a coward. I don’t want to give my truth, but the truth. Once again there was a trial.'

Dabo added: 'He is nasty, a traitor. Sometimes I feel people roll out the red carpet for him. So I talk to remind people Joey Barton is a very violent player, far away from the image he tries to give since he joined Marseille.

'It wears me out to talk again about that story five years later.'

Reunion: Barton has invited Dabo for dinner, six years after their court showdown

Reunion: Barton has invited Dabo for dinner, six years after their court showdown

Meet Barton has invited Dabo for dinner, four years after their court showdown

London 2012 Olympics: Bradley Wiggins rides into history

Simply the best! Just a blur of perfection as Wiggins rides into history on day of glory

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22:50 GMT, 1 August 2012

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It was beautiful, so beautiful. It
was brilliant, quite, quite brilliant. And it was British. Uniquely,
insanely, just joyously British.

There are points of reference in our
sporting history — Steve Redgrave in a boat, Sebastian Coe on the
track, but being a home Olympics, somehow this had more.

Do you know the film The Italian Job It was like that.

Glittering career: Bradley Wiggins shows off his gold medal with Tony Martin (left) and Chris Froome

Glittering career: Bradley Wiggins shows off his gold medal with Tony Martin (left) and Chris Froome

What a feeling: Bradley Wiggins powers towards the finish line at the individual time trial

What a feeling: Bradley Wiggins powers towards the finish line at the individual time trial

There is a perfect moment when the heist has come off and the news has reached home shores. Its criminal mastermind, Mr Bridger, played with impeccable bearing by Noel Coward, walks from the plushly appointed cell to the acclaim of his fellow prison inmates. As one, they bang their metal mugs on the balcony, in a showing of national pride. Rat-tat, rat-tat-tat, rat-tat-tat-tat: England.

The same rhythm, the same sentiment echoed around the grounds of Hampton Court Palace yesterday, except this time it was all for one man. The crowd beat their tattoo on the boards lining the last leg of his route. Rat-tat, rat-tat-tat, rat-tat-tat-tat: Wiggins.

Bradley Wiggins had brought home, not the first gold medal for Great Britain at these Games, but almost certainly the most memorable. Whatever happens from here it will be hard to top this.

And he's off: Bradley Wiggins starts his bid for time trial glory at Hampton Court Palace

And he's off: Bradley Wiggins starts his bid for time trial glory at Hampton Court Palace

What a setting: The time trial started and finished at Hampton Court Palace

What a setting: The time trial started and finished at Hampton Court Palace

Home support: British fans lined the streets to cheer on Bradley Wiggins in the time trial

Home support: British fans lined the streets to cheer on Bradley Wiggins in the time trial

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Here was a stunning display of strength,
speed and endurance, a performance of pure domination, Wiggins the
winner by a street, quite literally considering this was a road race. He
would not look out of place in The Italian Job, either. Not with those
sideburns.

He threw his head back on the podium and raised his arms in the air. His
medal total now makes him the most decorated Olympian in British
history.

We have already had one debate this summer about whether
Wiggins is the greatest sportsman this country has produced; now there
is sure to be another. This time, however, he has the facts to make the
case, as much as individual opinions.

This was Wiggins’s fourth Olympic gold medal, to add to a silver and two
bronze. No British athlete has won seven. Redgrave claimed six. The
greatest Increasingly, the tag is irresistible.

Fittingly, the medallists at Hampton Court Palace were given seats on
purple and gold thrones. They were supposed to imply majesty, but looked
more like a reminder of David Beckham’s wedding. They did not seem
quite Wiggins’s style. Instead of resting, he set off back down the
course to find his wife, Cath, and his family, passing the rows of
spectators who had cheered him home. He had a lot of thank-yous to say.

Team spirit: Bradley Wiggins' fellow British rider Chris Froome

Team spirit: Bradley Wiggins' fellow British rider Chris Froome

That's my boy: Bradley Wiggins gets a hug from his wife Cath after winning the time trial

That's my boy: Bradley Wiggins gets a hug from his wife Cath after winning the time trial

Peace: Wiggins celebrates his time-trial triumph

Peace: Wiggins celebrates his time-trial triumph

Wiggins adores cycling, possesses a passion for it that has endured
since childhood. To see his sport, so long at the margins, now at the
heart of British life must fill his heart with joy. The feeling is
mutual.

After so many near misses this week, so many stumbles and frustrations,
yesterday’s gold medals were emphatic. This time Great Britain’s coach
did not end up dangling over a cliff, the gold tantalisingly out of
reach. It was not like the ending of that film at all.

Rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover had triumphed in fine style at
Eton Dorney in the morning, and Wiggins won his 27.3-mile race by a
quite incredible 42 seconds.

Time it. Look at your watch and let that hand tick past. Imagine if the
riders had started together and you were standing at the finishing line
waiting for silver medallist Tony Martin of Germany to come through.
Some delay, isn’t it

Banished are the thoughts that this could be an anti-climatic Olympics
for Great Britain. If it is believed that one success inspires another,
then Wiggins is the nation’s catalyst. Already a hero as the first
winner of the Tour de France, his presence and better weather than
predicted brought out some people who risked considerably more than a
sportsman’s injury for the best vantage point on Hampton Court Road.

They clambered on to roofs and small balconies to cheer him down the
final straight and he did not disappoint. It had already been announced
to roars that Wiggins had closed the physical gap on Martin — not his
time differential, which was already well inside — to 800 metres and he
was fast approaching.

Sealed with a kiss: Bradley Wiggins celebrates his triumph

Sealed with a kiss: Bradley Wiggins celebrates his triumph

Feelgood factor: Fans watching on screens at the Olympic park celebrate as Bradley Wiggins wins

Feelgood factor: Fans watching on screens at the Olympic park celebrate as Bradley Wiggins wins

Martin came through, better than Chris Froome’s time to take silver, at
worst. Then, almost immediately, Wiggins arrived. Legs pumping, body
perfectly still, a slim frame on a slim frame.

Impossibly fast, given
the screaming resistance a time-trialist will feel from every muscle by
this stage in the race, he was a blur of Olympic perfection.

If the Queen has time to go parachuting with James Bond, she could have
done worse than to drop in here at that moment, sword at the ready.
Arise Sir Bradley Why even wait How comfortably that inevitability
will sit with a chap who was more thrilled to get a congratulatory text
from Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr than a royal blessing when he won the
Tour de France, it is hard to say.

Wiggins still goes out with a target on the front of his cycling helmet,
a nod to his status as King of the Mods. It is part of his charm, a
British fixation that few beyond these shores will understand. How to
explain to a European disciple of road cycling that your other bike is a
Vespa Not that he could go much faster on one, mind you.

Watching him, it is possible to forget that only last Saturday he
remained at the front of a strength-sapping peloton to try to get his
team-mate Mark Cavendish a medal in the road race, or that he had spent
his summer traversing France as Europe’s most successful cyclist.

Flying the flag: Bradley Wiggins

‘We’ve not seen the best of him yet,’ said Sean Yates, one of his
coaches, but how can that be What can he do to out-strip the pure
emotion of yesterday Even Wiggins seemed confused.

‘I don’t think my sporting career will ever top this now,’ he said.
‘That’s it. It will never, ever get better. Incredible. It had to be
gold today or nothing. What’s the point of seven medals if they’re not
the right colour So, mainly it’s about the four golds.’ And then,
without missing a beat: ‘Now I have to go to Rio and go for five.’

That is what it is like, being Britain’s greatest Olympian, that is what
drives a man: an insatiable thirst, a quite incomprehensible desire to
achieve, and keep achieving, no matter how much it hurts.

For never forget that it hurts. It hurts a lot. It may look like fun, it
may be a moment we think we all share, but only one of us has broken
the pain barrier to cross that line. And do it again. And again. And one
more time. And then some more. And keep doing it until he has flown
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Get snapping: Bradley Wiggins gives photographers a winning shot

Arise Sir Bradley Olympic and Tour de France hero Wiggins is now a 1/2 shot to be knighted

Mechanical failure: Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez Gil needed a new bike just yards from the start

Mechanical failure: Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez Gil needed a new bike just yards from the start

Gareth Bale delivers fresh Charlie Adam snub

Bale delivers fresh snub to arch-foe Adam after striking Spurs to victory in New York

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09:39 GMT, 1 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale was keen to move on from the Charlie Adam tackle that left him on crutches over the weekend after returning to action in Spurs' 2-1 friendly victory over the New York Red Bulls.

Bale was left nursing an ankle injury following a bad tackle by Liverpool midfielder Adam during the pre-season clash between the Barclays Premier League rivals in Baltimore on Saturday.

The Wales international labelled Adam a coward straight after the incident, which came just over a year after another crude challenge from the Scot had sidelined him for three months.

Moving on: Gareth Bale is looking forward after saying that Charlie Adam was 'not worth commenting on'.

Moving on: Gareth Bale is looking forward after saying that Charlie Adam was 'not worth commenting on'.

Bale has received no apology, while his criticism was labelled 'outrageous' by Adam's agent.

Asked whether he held a grudge against Adam, Bale said on Sky Sports News: 'People like that are not worth commenting on, to be honest. He knows what he's done wrong himself, so we'll just leave it.'

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said: 'The question is, at what point can you arrive in a friendly to let the ball go past you and go into a professional's ankle the way Charlie did

'We responded the way we felt was appropriate, bearing in mind the fact there was no apology from Charlie to the challenge, no response from Liverpool – we don't expect any response, neither are we going to pressure them in any way.'

Moving on: bale played against the New York Red Bulls in Tottenham's pre-season friendly

Moving on: bale played against the New York Red Bulls in Tottenham's pre-season friendly

Moving on: bale played against the New York Red Bulls in Tottenham's pre-season friendly

Scans showed the problem was not as bad as first feared and Bale started against the Red Bulls, heading home a 58th-minute equaliser to cancel out Kenny Cooper's early penalty for the hosts before new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson curled in a superb winner.

Bale was delighted to have made such a swift recovery.

'I only trained this morning,' the 23-year-old said. 'I knew I wanted to be fit for this game – there's not too many games left in pre-season and it's important to get some minutes on the pitch.

Out and about: Charlie Adam and Bale have clashed before

Out and about: Charlie Adam and Bale have clashed before

Can I go now Luka Modric is hoping for a move to Real Madrid

Can I go now Luka Modric is hoping for a move to Real Madrid

'I was a bit concerned going out before the game, but then again I wanted to get my fitness up quicker and get ready for the Premier League season.'

Villas-Boas, meanwhile, said the club will make a decision on the future of wantaway Croatia playmaker Luka Modric when the team return to England from the United States.

The Portuguese said: 'Luka is now doing double sessions on his own in London. When we get back to London we'll give the players some time off. When we return to sessions we will decide what is best for Luka to do.

'He's a Tottenham player, obviously. He has to be in good mental condition to return to our training because his colleagues are at one level up in terms of preparation and fitness, so we'll have step on a programme for him which gradually brings him to the team, and gradually brings him to fitness level and eventually see what happens.'

Bale was awarded the man of the match award against the Red Bulls on Tuesday

Bale labelled Adam a 'coward' after a tough tackle

Bale won the man of the match award against New York (left) and labelled Adam a 'coward' for a heavy tackle

Gareth Bale calls Charlie Adam a coward after tackle

Bale's anger! Winger will refuse any apology from 'coward' Adam

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UPDATED:

23:01 GMT, 29 July 2012

Incident: Charlie Adam injured Gareth Bale

Incident: Charlie Adam injured Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale will flatly refuse any apology from Charlie Adam on principle after he branded the Liverpool midfielder a coward.

The Tottenham winger is at the centre of a fresh injury scare and will undergo a scan in New York to determine the extent of the damage he suffered to his left ankle, which is currently in a protective boot. It is feared he could miss the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was enraged by what he perceived to be recklessness on Adam’s behalf and Bale was infuriated that the 19th minute challenge during a 0-0 draw in Baltimore was committed by the Scotland international.

He and Adam have been involved controversy before – Bale, 23, was sidelined for three months in May 2011 with ankle ligament damage following a tackle by the then Blackpool midfielder – and the Wales international claimed he was maliciously targeted by Adam.

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‘I was surprised to see a challenge like that in a friendly,’ said Bale. ‘We are over here to build up our fitness and get a good workout. But what he did was over the top. Some people are like that and it’s just wrong.

‘There are pictures on the internet of what he did before when he snapped all my ankle ligaments. I was out for three months that time and one player told me he went out to do the same thing to me again. From what I’ve seen of him on pitch, I think he’s a bit of a coward.

‘I haven’t had an apology from him or anything like that,’ said Bale. ‘But I don’t really want one from him, to be honest. That’s what kind of person he is like. He’s done it before. I’m not going to accept his apology.’

Andre Villas-Boas was so angered by Adam’s actions that he demanded an apology. He also followed him down the tunnel at half-time – when Bale was forced to be substituted – to confront him. When Liverpool’s No 26 was asked by Sportsmail for a reaction, Adam brusquely declined

‘The player is gone and he comes in from behind on Gareth’s ankle,’ fumed Villas-Boas. 'It is a very nasty challenge.’

Livid: Bale said Adam was a coward

Livid: Bale said Adam was a coward

Despite protestations from the Tottenham bench, local referee Jose Carlos Rivero never booked Adam, who dramatically improved his disciplinary record last season, lowering his bookings tally from 11 in 2010/11 to five last season. He was, though, sent off at White Hart Lane last September.

‘I haven’t ever done anything to him,’ Bale continued. ‘All I want to do is play my game and play it in the right way. He’s obviously come for me twice now – and he’s got me twice.’

His obvious disgust was reflected in an appraisal from Kyle Walker, who seemed to back up Bale’s claim that the challenge was calculated.

‘It was a bit poor from (Adam),’ said the England right-back. ‘He did him once before at White Hart Lane. It just keeps coming up that he doesn’t really like him. Gareth is a very good player. He needs protection. Players shouldn’t hate him. They should appreciate playing against a player like him.

‘They can actually learn from him rather kick him. It’s simple. He (Adam) is jealous, as Gareth is such a good player. I was off the pitch at the time so I don’t know what the lads said to him at the time. From what we have seen, and from looking at the replays, it is a poor tackle.

Hack: Adam previously fouled Bale badly while at Blackpool

Hack: Adam previously fouled Bale badly while at Blackpool

‘You come here to give the American fans something to see about English football. We don’t want to be portrayed as what we are about in England, which looks like it is kicking people off the ball.’

Given he has only recently been embroiled in a storm over following his withdrawal from Team GB’s Olympic squad due to a back problem, another fitness issue was the last thing Bale, who actually created his side’s best chance with a right-footed cross to Aaron Lennon, needed to contend with.

‘I suppose It’s flattering (in a way) when players (pay that much attention and) try to take you out in a game but, when it threatens your career, it becomes more serious than that,’ said Bale, who required lengthy treatment and often told his team-mates not to pass him as he was in such pain.

‘I would have understood had it been a slightly mis-timed tackle, even though it was just a friendly. But the ball was 10 yards past him and was nowhere near him when he came through my ankle. ‘My ankle is very, very sore. We’ll have to wait and see how it goes.

‘It’s unsportsmanlike and I don’t think any player should be like that. He didn’t say anything to me afterwards. I’ve had no apology. When someone makes a very bad tackle on you in a game you expect him to come up and apologise.’

Floyd Mayweather: I"m no coward but Manny Pacquiao could ruin my life

I'm no coward but cheating PacMan could ruin my life, says Mayweather

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 4 May 2012

The fight the world wants to see is disappearing into the shadowy and menacing recesses of Floyd Mayweather's brutally deprived childhood.

Behind the flashy facade and the wads of $100 bills thrown like confetti to grovelling night-clubbers here in party city, the boxer so rich that he calls himself Money is haunted by nightmares of an upbringing so impoverished that he lived his days in hunger and his nights in darkness.

That boy has grown into a man so paranoid about safeguarding his health that he sees no reason to risk confronting Manny Pacquiao to resolve once and for all which of them is the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on Earth.

Holding court: Mayweather has revealed details of his tough upbringing

Holding court: Mayweather has revealed details of his tough upbringing

The explanation is his familiar accusation that Pacquiao could not have grown into a world champion in an unprecedented eight weight divisions without chemical assistance.

The reality is that he fears being sucked back into the ghetto from which he so narrowly escaped.

Mayweather bared his soul after putting the finishing touches to his preparations for Saturday night's fight with Miguel Cotto, a ferociously tough proposition for any normal champion but not one to disturb the sleep of one of the most masterful technicians in the annals of the ring.

It is his memories which do that.

Mayweather's extraordinary confessional veered between painful recollections and a rant against Pacquiao dripping with foul-mouthed venom.

Floyd Jnr, as he was known until he decided to shrug off the yoke of the father who beat him, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and remembers: 'There was no stable home. I was moved between our place and other family members, between Michigan and New Jersey.

'Basically I raised myself. One lady relative had nine kids but still she made me her tenth child. When I was at home, my elder sister would try her best to get us up for school and my father would sometimes drop off a few dollars.

Title bout: Mayweather faces Cotto on Saturday night

Title bout: Mayweather faces Cotto on Saturday night

Title bout: Mayweather faces Cotto on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

'From a young kid, I never had no curfew. I never got in before midnight, often 3am even though the sound of gunshots on the streets was something we heard all the time. I plain didn't want to go home.

'Worst of all it was dark there when I got in. There was no electricity. Too dark. I used to lay in bed with my flashlight and look up at the pictures of famous boxers I had stuck to the ceiling. I couldn't wait to go to the gym. That was the best thing in my life.

'If my father was at home he would beat me. Mostly I hadn't done anything wrong but he beat me just the same. Then when I was 16 my father left my life, to go to prison.'

Uncannily, that fate now awaits Floyd the younger. His three-month term for assaulting the mother of his own children was delayed so he could go through with his appointment with Cotto, the Puerto Rican folk hero. But report to the county jail here he must, on June 1.

It will be harder for him to leave his kids than it was to depart what masqueraded as his first family home: 'Some of the boys who got the call to the bigger training camps got homesick. Not me. I was given food and looked after. I could see they thought they had found something in me. They put me in hotels.'

Once, though, it was in a dingy motel and its lack of light became a recurring and disturbing theme in his life: 'The room was dirty but worst of all it was dark. So dark. I was back to laying in bed in the dark,'

Waiting game: There's still no sign of the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight taking place any time soon

Waiting game: There's still no sign of the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight taking place any time soon

Waiting game: There's still no sign of the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight taking place any time soon

Waiting game: There's still no sign of the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight taking place any time soon

Not for long – but long enough for him to say to himself: 'Something good is going to happen to me and when it does I will make sure my family never have to go where I have been.'

Now it angers him that so many of his countrymen are disaffected by his public arrogance, his sharp tongue, his bling, his insistence on calling himself the greatest: 'I give back to America (his generosity runs from major charities to paying for the funerals of great old fighters who die poor like Smokin' ) yet I get more love in the UK than in my homeland.'

Suddenly the mood begins to turn. He has talked of admiring the epic rivalry between Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran but ask him why boxing is still awaiting his defining fight against Pacquiao and the 35-year-old snaps: 'Do you do what you want or what other people want you to do Why should I do something which could damage my health in order to please the media If I end up unable to see my watch you mother-f****** will just move on to someone else.'

But can Mr Money turn his back on a cool $100million from the richest fight of all time 'I've made a pile of money already but I tell you I’d rather give it all back than wind up trying to find my cane.'

But if he's so sure he can whip the PacMan, why is the risk so great He is facing a libel action from Paquiao for insinuating that he uses drugs but he says: 'S*** man can't you see. Come on. He was nowhere back in the day but he's grown through eight divisions. Come on. Even his head got bigger. Ray Charles could see it.'

But hasn't Pacquiao agreed to his demand for Olympic standard blood testing 'Bulls***. Bob Arum (PacMan's promoter) says it but Arum is a f***** liar. Go ahead, call me a coward. But if so I'm a rich coward. And you all know I ain't scared.'

Belt up: Mayweather and Cotto go head-to-head on Saturday night

Belt up: Mayweather and Cotto go head-to-head on Saturday night

Mayweather-Cotto is live on Box Nation Saturday night via Sky Ch. 456, Virgin Ch. 546.