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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.

Danny Graham to join Sunderland for 5.5m despite Newcastle links

Sunderland's 5.5m deal for Graham almost done… but will he want to join them after last night's abuse from the fans

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

11:02 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:32 GMT, 30 January 2013

Danny Graham will today complete his 5.5m transfer from Swansea to Sunderland after refusing to be deterred by the vicious abuse aimed at him from the Wearside club's fans during last night's 0-0 draw between the two sides.

Manager Martin O'Neill has targeted the Newcastle-supporting frontman to ease the goalscoring burden on Steven Fletcher after being replaced at Swansea by Michu.

But Sunderland's fans, still angry about his dismissal of the club during his time at Watford, booed him throughout, labelling him “scum” and “a w****r” and ensuring he can continue to expect such hostility even after his signing is confirmed.

Hostile: Graham was abused by Sunderland's fans last night, even though he will sign for them today

Hostile: Graham was abused by Sunderland's fans last night, even though he will sign for them today

'Put it this way. I would stay as far away from Sunderland as I could', Graham once responded when asked who he would support if Newcastle no longer existed. 'It would probably have to be Gateshead.'

It is this for which the striker, who wasted an injury-time chance to win the game for Swansea, has not been forgiven. Though the rivalry that exists between Newcastle and Sunderland has always been fierce, for a new signing to be so unwelcome is regardless unusual.

Frustrated: Danny Graham

Unwelcome: Danny Graham

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Newcastle fan Lee Clark enjoyed a successful period at Sunderland after signing from their rivals – albeit before an acrimonious exit – but Graham's reception in many ways mirrors that experienced by Rafa Benitez at Chelsea.

Unwanted: Chelsea fans still do not accept Benitez

Unwanted: Chelsea fans still do not accept Benitez

The Spaniard was intensely booed upon his unveiling as Chelsea manager and has still not been accepted by the club's fans who continue to show their support for his predecessor Roberto Di Matteo, effectively making his job consistently more difficult.

Sunderland hope to seal Danny Graham deal while Paul Scharner could sign

Sunderland hoping to seal 5.5m Graham deal as Scharner closes in on Stadium of Light switch

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:32 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:15 GMT, 28 January 2013

Sunderland still hope to finalise a 5.5million move for Swansea’s Danny Graham and are closing on a move for former Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner – claims his agent.

Scharner, 32, quit West Brom on a free transfer to join Bundesliga side Hamburg in the summer. But injury and suspension has meant he has seen little action for the strugglers.

Deal broker Valentine Hobel said: ‘Paul wants to show next season what he can do for HSV but for that he needs match practice and that would probably be at Sunderland.’

Seeing the Light: Scharner is close to a move to Sunderland, according to his agent

Seeing the Light: Scharner is close to a move to Sunderland, according to his agent

Graham, meanwhile, has been the
subject of intense speculation throughout January, with Norwich also
among those interested in the former Watford man.

The
striker struggled to earn much playing time early in the season under
Michael Laudrup, with summer signing Michu proving undroppable.

However, Graham has hit a good run of goalscoring form since the Spaniard picked up a knock over Christmas.

Close: Sunderland hope to push through the move for Danny Graham

Close: Sunderland hope to push through the move for Danny Graham

Danny Graham latest: Newcastle supporting striker made anti-Sunderland comment in old interview

Black Cats target Graham: I would stay as far away from Sunderland as I could!

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

20:23 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:55 GMT, 17 January 2013

Danny Graham is close to a 5million move to Sunderland but if he signs for the Wearside club it will be a controversial move to say the least.

The Gateshead-born striker supports Newcastle and in an interview conducted during his time at Watford was asked who he would support if his club ceased to exist.

Graham replied: 'Put it this way. I would stay as far away from Sunderland as I could. It would probably have to be Gateshead.'

Controversial switch: Danny Graham is close to moving to Sunderland... but he is a renowned Newcastle fan

Controversial switch: Danny Graham is close to moving to Sunderland… but he is a renowned Newcastle fan

History: Graham answered the bottom question provocatively while at Watford

History: Graham answered the bottom question provocatively while at Watford

Many Black Cats fans were already upset about the move for the 27-year-old attacker and the old interview snippet being dug up and posted on Twitter will not go down well at the Stadium of Light.

One Sunderland supporter posted on a fans forum: 'Danny Graham is a born and bred Mag and he really doesn't like us. If he signed he would just take the p*** like all the others have.

'This, like ALL other craa [slang for Newcastle supporter] supporting players we have had in recent history, will end in tears.'

Another added: 'I just think Danny Graham is a disaster waiting to happen.'

Sunderland need to bring in a new forward to ease the burden on Steven Fletcher. The former Wolves hitman has the lion's share of their goals this season, with eight goals out of the club's 30.

Sunderland expect Danny Graham to sign once Swansea agree deal for Kenwyne Jones

Graham set to join Sunderland for 4m once Swansea agree deal for Stoke striker Jones

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

16:51 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:24 GMT, 9 January 2013

Sunderland are confident of seeing off a late challenge from QPR for Danny Graham and believe they would have signed him by now but for a snag over Kenwyne Jones’ proposed move to Swansea.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed last Friday that Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill had launched a bid to take the 27-year-old Swansea striker back to his native North East.

QPR have now joined Norwich, Reading and Aston Villa as the other challengers for his signature, but Sunderland still firmly believe they will win the race.

Out of favour: Graham could be set to leave Swansea

Out of favour: Graham could be set to leave Swansea

O’Neill is convinced Graham would have been preparing for his debut by now but for Swansea and Stoke failing to reach an agreement over Jones.

Stoke rejected a Swansea request to take Jones on loan with a view to a permanent deal. They are now waiting for Liberty Stadium bosses to come back with an offer that meets their valuation.

Once Swansea have secured a replacement for Graham – and they remain hopeful it will be Jones – the former Watford star will be allowed to leave for around 4million, with the Stadium of Light his likely destination.

Heading to Swansea: Jones (left) is set to swap Stoke for the Liberty Stadium

Heading to Swansea: Jones (left) is set to swap Stoke for the Liberty Stadium

Sunderland close in on Danny Graham

Sunderland close in on 4m swoop for Graham

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:41 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 7 January 2013

Sunderland are closing in on a 4milllion-plus move for Swansea striker Danny Graham, as exclusively revealed in Sportsmail last week.

A deal could have been completed over the weekend but for Swansea being held up in their efforts to sign Kenwyne Jones as replacement.

Swansea still hope to reach an agreement with Stoke for Jones.

High five: Graham could be on his way to Sunderland

High five: Graham could be on his way to Sunderland

Newcastle and Millwell set for fight against Nigeria over Africa Cup of Nations player block

Newcastle and Millwall set for fight against angry Nigeria after block on players travelling to Africa Cup of Nations

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UPDATED:

10:43 GMT, 27 December 2012

Newcastle and Millwall have been threatened by the Nigeria Football Federation with one player at each club set to refuse to travel to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Alan Pardew says Shola Ameobi will not be appearing in the tournament for the Super Eagles while Millwall expect Danny Shittu also to turn down any call up.

Not going: Alan Pardew wants Shola Ameobi (left) to stay with the Toon

Not going: Alan Pardew wants Shola Ameobi (left) to stay with the Toon

FIFA rules dictate that unless a country and club are in agreement, any player who does not report for international duty can be made ineligible for the period of their call up – and an extra five days.

Nigeria Football Federation board member Chris Green told the BBC: 'These clubs are not only disrespecting Nigeria but Fifa and [African governing body] Caf as well.

'The rules are clear on international games approved by Fifa so we consider these comments as not only ridiculous but totally disrespectful.

No go: Danny Shittu is also expected to refuse a call up

No go: Danny Shittu is also expected to refuse a call up

He continued: 'We know the rules. Fifa has made it clear that these clubs will not be able to use these players for the duration of the Nations Cup plus an additional five days.

'We will further push for additional sanctions – we understand these clubs employ our players but they are also international footballers.

'Rules are rules. Newcastle and Millwall must understand why they exist.'

UEFA appeal against own punishment for Serbia for racism against England

Embarrassed UEFA appeals against its OWN sanctions on Serbia for racism in England U21 match

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UPDATED:

14:03 GMT, 26 December 2012

UEFA have appealed against the sanctions its control and disciplinary body imposed on Serbia following the incidents in the U21 Euro 2013 play-off match against England in Krusevac on October 16.

Michel Platini, president of the European football governing body, was embarrassed by the leniency shown towards Serbia who were only fined 65,900 for the racist behaviour of their supporters.

In addition to the fine issued on December 13, the Serbian U21 side was ordered to play their next match behind closed doors.

Appeal: Michel Platini was embarrassed by the leniency of UEFA's sanctions

Appeal: Michel Platini was embarrassed by the leniency of UEFA's sanctions

Four players were given suspensions between two and four games and two coaches were also banned.

Danny Rose, who was dismissed after the
final whistle for kicking the ball away in anger, complained he had been
subjected to monkey chants throughout the match and as he left the
pitch.

Astonishingly, England players Steven Caulker and Tom Ince were also hit with suspensions by the Control and Disciplinary Body.

An official statement by UEFA read: 'As per the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, the UEFA disciplinary inspector has the right to open disciplinary investigations and to lodge appeals against decisions taken by the Control and Disciplinary Body.

'Having reviewed the motivated decisions for the sanctions imposed in this specific case, which have also been provided to all parties, the UEFA disciplinary inspector felt it necessary to immediately confirm his intention to appeal on UEFA's behalf.'

Shocking: England players including Danny Rose (left) were racially abused

Shocking: England players including Danny Rose (left) were racially abused

In what could prove to be a ridiculous twist, the UEFA disciplinary inspector could appeal against UEFA's appeal.

Tuesday January 8 is the date which the inspector must appeal by, and is also the same deadline which the FA must adhere to if they are to appeal against the sanctions against the England players.

Although issuing a larger fine may well be the outcome of the appeal, a more stringent and effective punishment could be the docking of points for future qualification campaigns.

After the initial punishment was issued PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: ‘This is a totally inadequate fine which sends a very poor message out to the football world.

‘I intend to write to Michel Platini
expressing our dissatisfaction and will be asking UEFA to exercise its
powers to appeal against the wholly disproportionate punishments imposed
against Serbia.

‘In addition, we will strongly support the FA in their appeal against the decision to suspend Steven Caulker and Thomas Ince.’

Angry: Rose squares up to Serbia player Milos Ninkovic

Angry: Rose squares up to Serbia player Milos Ninkovic

FA general secretary Alex Horne had condemned the sanctions, which he deemed to be too lenient given the nature of the incident.

'We are disappointed with the sanctions levied by UEFA with regards to the racist behaviour displayed towards England's players,' Horne said earlier this month.

'Let's be clear, racism is unacceptable in any form and should play no part in football.

'The scenes were deplorable and we do not believe the sanction sends a strong enough message.'

Serbia have a history of similar incidents. In 2007, when they met England at this level at the finals in Holland, Nedum Onuoha was subjected to racial abuse.

Their players also brawled with England at the final whistle, charging at England’s bench after Matt Derbyshire made it 2-0.

UEFA fined them around 16,000 at the time, but then after an appeal, doubled it.

List of punishments issued for events during the game
The Serbia Under 21 nation team ordered to play their next UEFA competition home match behind closed doors.
The Football Association of Serbia was fined 80,000 euros.Serbia fitness coach Andreja Milunovic was suspended from all football-related activities for two years, the second of which is suspended for a probationary period of three years.
Serbia assistant coach Predrag Katic was suspended from all football-related activities for two years, the final six months of which are suspended for a probationary period of three years.
Serbia's Goran Causic suspended for four UEFA national team competition matches.
Serbia's Ognjen Mudrinski suspended for three UEFA national team competition matches.
Serbia's Filip Malbasic was suspended for three UEFA national team competition matches.
Serbia's Nikola Ninkovic was suspended for two UEFA national team competition matches.
The disciplinary proceedings opened against Serbia player Aleksandar Pantic were dismissed.
The FA has received a warning for improper conduct by its team (more than five cautions).
England's Steven Caulker suspended for two UEFA national team competition matches.
England's Thomas Ince suspended for one UEFA national team competition match.

India beat England in first Twenty20 International at Pune

Yuvraj sinks England despite Hales half-century as India triumph in first T20 at Pune

PUBLISHED:

16:40 GMT, 20 December 2012

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UPDATED:

16:57 GMT, 20 December 2012

England faltered against Yuvraj Singh's spin, after a blistering half-century from Alex Hales, and then had no answer themselves to India's strokemakers in a five-wicket Twenty20 defeat.

Yuvraj, the last of seven bowlers used by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, took three wickets for 19 runs to rudely interrupt England's fun at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium after opener Hales (56) and Luke Wright had put them in an encouraging mid-innings position.

Eoin Morgan's team lost their last five wickets for 68 runs in 10 overs to finish on 157 for six on a good batting surface.

Yuvraj himself then did some of the early steering as India coasted home with more than two overs to spare, to gain the most minor revenge in this first of two Twenty20s for England's historic Test series victory here.

It did not help the tourists' cause when new-ball pair Jade Dernbach and Tim Bresnan both started with wides, the first of 10 England would bowl.

Dernbach was guilty of three, in fact, in his first over – before Ajinkya Rahane hoisted both him and Bresnan over long-on for sixes.

After a 42-run stand, Bresnan hit back with the wickets of both openers in the same over – his first successes in international cricket on this near two-month tour.

Back in form: Yuvraj Singh took three wickets and was India's top scorer

Back in form: Yuvraj Singh took three wickets and was India's top scorer

Gautam Gambhir pulled him high and hard but picked out Hales, the tallest man on the pitch, who held on to the catch above his head at deep square-leg.

Bresnan should then have had two in two, Rahane badly dropped at short fine-leg by Stuart Meaker. But the missed chance cost only one run, because Rahane mistimed his next ball to be well-caught at mid-on by Samit Patel.

Yuvraj dominated a partnership of 49 for the third wicket, hitting Danny Briggs for six, four, six high over the leg-side in the young spinner's only over.

But Meaker then kept his cool under another high one off Wright at deep square-leg when the left-hander fell just short of another six and had to go.

India were already on course for victory by then.

Virat Kohli was bowled off an under-edge, however, trying to pull the slippery pace of Meaker – and Morgan missed one more golden chance to pull his team back into the match.

Finished the job: India captain MS Dhoni

Finished the job: India captain MS Dhoni

When Dhoni fell over and was stranded mid-pitch, having set off for a single, his opposite number produced another wild aim on England's night of wides as the run-out opportunity went begging with more than 40 runs still needed. Hales had been almost single-handedly responsible for getting England's innings off to such a promising start.

He dispatched Ashok Dinda for successive pulled fours in the first over – and after Michael Lumb was then unable to stop Ravichandran Ashwin beginning with a maiden, Hales took a heavy toll of first-change debutant Parvinder Awana and then Ravindra Jadeja.

He hit Jadeja for six over long-on, and repeated the dose off Ashwin too to take the score to 51 for one after the six-over powerplay.

Hales raced to his 50 from just 26 balls, with seven fours and those two sixes – and he and Wright took the score to 89 for one at the 10-over mark, in a stand of 68.

But Wright got underneath an attempted big hit at Yuvraj and holed out at long-off, a dismissal which kick-started the loss of three wickets for 11 runs in 16 balls – all to the slow left-armer.

Yuvraj had Morgan dropped by wicketkeeper Dhoni on four, but bowled Hales who missed a drive at the very next ball – and then got the England captain for good measure in the same over, via another mistimed shot high to long-on.

Piyush Chawla's first over had cost 15 runs, but Dhoni took his chance to recall the leg-spinner – who bowled his next two for nine as Patel and Jos Buttler tried to rebuild.

They progressed exclusively in ones, between the dots, for the next 16 balls – until Buttler clubbed the returning Ashwin over midwicket for six.

Patel's attempt at a maximum, however, resulted only in a third catch in the deep for Rahane off Dinda.

England had lost telling momentum – and despite the best efforts of the innovative Buttler in a career-best 33 not out, including successive sixes in Awana's 20th over, they could not redress the balance.

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Amir Khan suffers fractured hands in Carlos Molina win

Khan's plan for world domination could be derailed by fractured hands

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UPDATED:

10:56 GMT, 17 December 2012

Amir Khan faces an anxious wait to discover when he can return to action after fracturing both hands during his comprehensive stoppage of Carlos Molina on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Brit took the first step towards rebuilding his career following successive world title defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia.

Molina was pulled out by his corner at the end of the 10th round having suffered a nasty cut during a lop-sided contest.

Demolition: Amir Khan eased to a comprehensive victory over Carlos Molina

Demolition: Amir Khan eased to a comprehensive victory over Carlos Molina

Khan had his hands checked by a doctor last night and will visit hospital today for a further update.

A common injury among boxers, the rehabilitation period can be up to five months depending on whether surgery is required.

That could rule Khan out until next summer, upsetting his plans to fight Josesito Lopez in the spring before rematches with Garcia and Peterson later in the year.

Costly: Khan fractured both hands during his victory in Los Angeles on Saturday

Costly: Khan fractured both hands during his victory in Los Angeles on Saturday

A picture of the light-welterweight's damaged hands was posted on Twitter yesterday, which followed a revelation from his former trainer Freddie Roach who said last week that Khan was wary of throwing his right hand after hurting his wrist.

Khan is now working with Virgil Hunter, who also trains super-middleweight world champion Andre Ward, and was delighted with his return to the ring.

'I thought I stuck to my gameplan and
was keeping faith in my jab,' he said. 'Carlos took some really good
shots but was still coming forward, so I thought to myself I'd better
stick to this gameplan.

Back on track: Khan hopes to fight for a world title next year after his victory

Back on track: Khan hopes to fight for a world title next year after his victory

'Virgil
Hunter, my new coach, is a great trainer and I'm getting better at
boxing, being a complete fighter. He's teaching me things, like speed,
patience, picking the right shots and when to throw them.

'Sometimes I'm too brave for my own good but now I know it is better to stick to a gameplan.'