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Audley Harrison knocked out by Deontay Wilder

Harrison ready to hang up his gloves after being knocked out in just 70 seconds by American powerhouse Wilder

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

20:35 GMT, 27 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:08 GMT, 27 April 2013

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Audley Harrison admitted the end may finally be nigh after he was stopped by knockout artist Deontay Wilder inside 70 seconds in Sheffield on Saturday night.

The London heavyweight's latest comeback ended in farcical scenes reminiscent of his defeat to David Price last year.

The 41-year-old accepted that his world title dream is over and it could be time to hang up his gloves.

Furious: American Deontay Wilder gave Audley Harrison a barage of punches

Furious: American Deontay Wilder gave Audley Harrison a barage of punches

Flurry: Once Harrison was down there was no stopping Wilder who kept coming

Flurry: Once Harrison was down there was no stopping Wilder who kept coming

Harrison said: 'I think this time it is probably the end.

'There are only so many times I go knocking on doors. I've smashed those doors down in the past and shown tremendous fortitude.

'But this comeback took everything I had and I've been knocked out in the first round again.

'I will go away and think about it and talk to my family, but I don't
know if I can put myself through it, or put my family through it.

'I have to accept that age the age of 41 I'm not going to get many more
chances, but if it is the end I can be proud of what I've done, winning
the Olympic title and the European title.

'I always said if I prepared right and came in for a fight fully focused
and I was beaten then that would be it. I fought a guy with 27 knockout
wins and I became number 28.

'I will go away and think about it but I think it is probably the end.'

Finished: Harrison didn't understand the decision to stop the fight so soon

Finished: Harrison didn't understand the decision to stop the fight so soon

Harrison looked to be heading for
retirement when he was blasted out in just 82 seconds by Price last
October but returned to the ring in February to win his second
Prizefighter tournament at London's York Hall.

His opponents that night – Derric
Rossy, Martin Rogan and Claus Bertino – looked a long way short of world
class but Harrison insisted that even at his advanced age, he could
still reach the pinnacle of the sport.

Having
won gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, he was crowned European
champion three years ago but has consistently fallen short at the
highest level and lost to David Haye in a world title challenge in 2010
having barely thrown a punch.

Wilder meanwhile had raced to a record 27 stoppage victories from as many contests since turning professional on the back of a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The 27-year-old from Alabama has been criticised for his apparently padded record but only eight of his previous opponents had losing records.

His victory over Harrison will have done little to alter that perception as he plots a route to the top of the division.

Up and down: The careers of Wilder and Harrison are set to go in completely different directions

Up and down: The careers of Wilder and Harrison are set to go in completely different directions

The American was given a hostile reception by the crowd as he entered the ring but had won them over just a few minutes later.

After a slow start in which neither fighter made an impact, Wilder looked to let go with his right hand and as if on cue, Harrison slumped down by the corner.

He struggled to get up as the count sounded and the contest was waved off by the referee.

'I got up, I beat the count. I wanted to continue – 100 per cent,' Harrison said. 'I had my senses about me and I was still in the fight.

'It's looking like the end.'

England stars Thomas Ince and Steven Caulker banned in racism row… and Serbia fined 65k (15k less than Nicolas Bendtner got for showing his pants)

England stars Ince and Caulker banned by UEFA after racism row… and Serbia fined 65k (15k less than Bendtner got for showing his pants)

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UPDATED:

17:49 GMT, 13 December 2012

Steven Caulker has been banned for two matches and Thomas Ince for one for their behaviour at the end of England Under-21's European Championship qualifier against Serbia in October.

Proceedings against the Football Association have been dismissed.

Serbia's Under-21s have been ordered to play their next match behind closed doors and the Serbian Football Association fined 80,000 euros (65,000) following the 'improper conduct of their supporters' during and at the end of the European Championship qualifier against England in October.

More to follow

Abuse: Danny Rose claims to have been subjected to monkey chants

Abuse: Danny Rose claimed to have been subjected to monkey chants

Ugly: The end of England U21's win over Serbia was marred by clashes

Ugly: The end of England U21's win over Serbia was marred by clashes

Michael Owen return delayed by Stoke boss Tony Pulis

Hold your horses, Michael! Pulis tells fit-again Owen he needs more time off before return

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UPDATED:

11:14 GMT, 13 December 2012

Michael Owen's hopes of receiving a welcome birthday present from Stoke manager Tony Pulis have been put on hold.

Owen declared himself 'raring to go' after coming through 70 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday in a bid to step up his fitness after struggling with groin and hamstring niggles.

Practice makes perfect: Michael Owen needs more training before his returns, according to Pulis

Practice makes perfect: Michael Owen needs more training before his returns, according to Pulis

Ahead of Saturday’s visit of Everton to
the Britannia Stadium, there was the prospect of Owen making his first
appearance for Stoke since October 27, the last of his four substitute
outings since joining the club at the start of September.

But ahead of the former England striker’s 33rd birthday on Friday, Pulis says Owen still needs at least another week of fitness work and another reserve outing before he can be thrown into the first team.

Pulis said: 'Michael did smashing on Tuesday, came through 70 minutes, but he needs more work on the training ground, a bit more strength

'He needs another couple of weeks of full training, another game or two first before we chuck him back in.

'That’s because every time we’ve tried to get him in there he has broken

Raring to go: Owen is desperate to play again for Stoke

Raring to go: Owen is desperate to play again for Stoke

Joey Barton plays for Marseille behind closed doors

Barton blasts 'farmer's field' after Marseille beat Bastia behind closed doors

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UPDATED:

00:13 GMT, 13 December 2012

Joey Barton helped Marseille to a 2-1 win against Bastia last night – but there was no-one in the stands to see it.

Bastia were forced to play the match behind closed doors after their clash with Ajaccio in October descended into chaos.

The Corsican derby was stopped for five minutes after fans of both teams started fighting and threw fireworks following a mass brawl on the pitch.

Helping hand: Joey Barton's Marseille beat Bastia to continue to keep in touch with the league leaders

Helping hand: Joey Barton's Marseille beat Bastia to continue to keep in touch with the league leaders

Mathieu Valbuena deservedly put Marseille ahead with a
superb volley from just inside the box in the 15th minute.

Andre Ayew doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 70
minutes after goalkeeper Landry Bonnefoi had fouled his younger brother Jordan.

Empty: Bastia were forced to play behind closed doors after trouble in their match with Ajaccio

Empty: Bastia were forced to play behind closed doors after trouble in their match with Ajaccio

Locked out: Fans were forced to watch the match on a big screen outside the ground

Locked out: Fans were forced to watch the match on a big screen outside the ground

Anthony Modeste scored a late goal but Bastia did not go on
to worry the visitors, who clinched their sixth away league win and also
welcomed back striker Andre-Pierre Gignac six weeks after he suffered a broken
foot.

Barton later tweeted: 'Great 3 points on that farmers field. No fans in the stadium but loads outside throwing fireworks. Freezing cold showers as well.'

Marseille are third in Ligue One, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain.

Taking aim: Wahbi Khazri of Bastia (left) lines up a shot during his side's defeat

Taking aim: Wahbi Khazri of Bastia (left) lines up a shot during his side's defeat

Arsene Wenger says England"s need for Jack Wilshere is mad

Wenger tells England not to go 'bonkers' at Wilshere's return from injury

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 19 October 2012

Roy Hodgson has received a major boost after Jack Wilshere was given the green light to make his return to competitive action.

But Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger labelled the hype over Wilshere being heralded England’s saviour as ‘bonkers’.

The midfielder, 20, has told Wenger he is ready to make his comeback — 17 months after his last competitive action — after completing 90 minutes of a midweek friendly against Chelsea behind closed doors.

Warning: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce not to get ahead of himself over the return of Jack Wilshere

Warning: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce not to get ahead of himself over the return of Jack Wilshere

Wilshere’s return to the first-team fold after a string of ankle, foot and knee problems was confirmed yesterday when he was named in the Arsenal squad for Saturday’s visit to Norwich.

But Wenger warned: ‘The fate of the country is never to turn to one player. You have to have many good players. If you have to wait until one player comes back that means something is wrong.

On the mend: Wenger hopes to start midfielder Wilshere in the Gunners' Capital One Cup clash against Reading later this month

On the mend: Wenger hopes to start midfielder Wilshere in the Gunners' Capital One Cup clash against Reading later this month

‘If Spain are world and European champions it’s because they are spoilt for choice. Even a player like Mikel Arteta doesn’t get called up and once you have a problem like that in England, you will not need to go bonkers for anybody.’

Jack Wilshere to play Arsenal friendly

Wilshere ready for next step as Arsenal arrange behind-closed-doors friendly

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UPDATED:

23:27 GMT, 9 October 2012

Arsenal will arrange a behind-closed-doors friendly during the international break to help Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna recover from long-term injury.

Wilshere has not played a first-team match since July 31, 2011, owing to ankle, foot and knee problems, while Sagna has not featured since breaking a leg against Norwich in May.

Comeback kid: Jack Wilshere is nearing optimum fitness after 14 months out

Comeback kid: Jack Wilshere is nearing optimum fitness after 14 months out

Both played for the Under 21s against Reading on Monday night and the Gunners are trying to schedule a training-ground friendly.

After the Reading game, Sagna said: ‘I’ve been waiting for this for five months. When you have such a big injury once, you take it, but twice is hard.

'I was sad, but the next day I was ready for the challenge, which was to come back stronger. I don’t have any target date — my only aim is to be ready and bring what I can to my team.’

Ryder Cup 2012: Ian Poulter shows bulldog spirit: But Europe face huge task to defeat USA

Pumped-up Poulter shows bulldog spirit… but Europe face huge task to defeat USA

By
Malcolm Folley

PUBLISHED:

00:20 GMT, 30 September 2012

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UPDATED:

00:39 GMT, 30 September 2012

Ian Poulter, a fist-pumping, snarling, bulldog of a golfer, offered the European team outside hope of defending the Ryder Cup here.

Poulter holed a 12-foot putt on the 18th green to defeat Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson with his fifth consecutive birdie. On the side of the green, the European team celebrated as one while Rory McIlroy embraced his playing partner.

It was a one-man show of defiance from Poulter. ‘It’s going to be bloody hard tomorrow, but we’ve got to take it to them,’ he said.

Fist of fury: Ian Poulter celebrates after keeping his nerve to win a point for Europe in the final match

Fist of fury: Ian Poulter celebrates
after keeping his nerve to win a point for Europe in the final match

Poulter and McIlroy’s victory came
minutes after Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia had defeated Tiger Woods and
Steve Stricker by one hole as Europe at least reminded the Americans
they remain in a fight. As a result of the late European heroics, the
Americans will begin the final day 10-6 ahead.

‘Poulter was awesome,’ said McIlroy. ‘When he gets that look in his eye he can do anything.’

At last the American crowd was made
to feel nervous; at last this Ryder Cup had become a contest rather than
a ceremonial procession for those representing Uncle Sam. Finally, the
tension was palpable.

Grim viewing: Jose Maria Olazabal cannot bear to watch

Grim viewing: Jose Maria Olazabal cannot bear to watch

Jose Maria Olazabal has been a
low-profile captain, at times appearing invisible. Yet, behind closed
doors after a ragged, unprofitable first day for the stars of the
European game, he voiced his displeasure in a speech of controlled
anger.

‘We got the hair dryer treatment,’
said Graeme McDowell. And McIlroy, a fervent Manchester United fan,
added: ‘It was a roasting, real Sir Alex Ferguson stuff.’

Olazabal failed to generate the
response he had hoped for until the end of a momentous day. Yet Davis
Love III’s men need just 4 more points to reclaim the trophy.

Olazabal’s captaincy of the European
team is unlikely to be regaled in tales of wonder. For when the story of
the 39th Ryder Cup is retold, we will think of Americans Keegan
Bradley, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson and the ageless Phil
Mickelson burying the reputations of the finest golfers from the other
side of the Atlantic beneath the first fall of leaves at the Medinah
Country Club.

We will struggle to understand how
Olazabal had been unable to galvanise such renowned players as McIlroy,
Donald, Lee Westwood, McDowell, Garcia and Justin Rose into offering
greater resistance.

‘It’s a crisis now,’ said Colin
Montgomerie, who proved a shrewd captain of Europe at Celtic Manor two
years ago. ‘Our players haven’t performed to their ability and that’s
why the gap has widened all the time.’

Defining moment: Dustin Johnson (centre) celebrates sinking a birdie putt to win the 17th hole

Defining moment: Dustin Johnson (centre) celebrates sinking a birdie putt to win the 17th hole

In Wales, Monty had been a general
buzzing around the course from match to match, like Seve Ballesteros had
done so memorably at Valderrama in 1997.

Once Olazabal had worked in magical
tandem with his late friend in the Ryder Cup, yet his desire to emulate
Ballesteros’s triumph as captain was fading faster than the sun setting
over Chicago.

‘The difference has been mainly
around the greens,’ said Olazabal. ‘Our boys are not making the putts.
And, it’s true, some of them haven’t performed to their expectations.’

Fighting against the tide: Sergio Garcia (right) congratulates Luke Donald after winning the eighth hole

Fighting against the tide: Sergio Garcia (right) congratulates Luke Donald after winning the eighth hole

Only an exceptional performance from
every man in the European team in the 12 single matches can deny the
Americans from reclaiming Sam Ryder’s old trophy. That seems unlikely.
On what we know, all that is to be determined is the scale of the
American victory.

Inside the European team there is an
air of despondency that is too late to be dispersed. Each putt that
failed to go in — and Nicolas Colsaearts was a victim of some cruel
near-misses — brought closer the reality of defeat.

Donald tried to make sense of the
manner in which Bradley has placed the Ryder Cup under his spell.
Bradley, 26, from Woodstock, has made sweet music in harmony with Phil
Mickelson to the unbridled joy of the home crowd.

‘Keegan’s been like a rock star this week,’ said Donald.

US yay: Keegan Bradley shows his delight as the Americans stamp their authority on the morning foursomes, to the delight of the home crowd

US yay: Keegan Bradley shows his delight as the Americans stamp their
authority on the morning foursomes, to the delight of the home crowd

Bradley and Mickelson won their third
point by defeating Donald and Westwood 7&6 in the morning
foursomes. It was perhaps as much humiliation as a man can experience
with his clothes on and equalled the worst-ever Ryder Cup beating, when
Nick Faldo and David Gilford were flattened by Paul Azinger and Mark
O’Meara at Kiawah Island 21 years ago. If that 1991 Ryder Cup became
known as the War on the Shore, there is a distinct possibility this
might become the Mismatch at Medinah.

By lunchtime, the United States had
stretched their lead to 8-4, having won the foursomes 3-1. Everywhere
you looked American golfers were pumping fists as a pall of glumness
descended over the Europeans.

It was unimaginable to suppose
Westwood, a man with a record of distinction in seven previous Ryder
Cups, could play so disappointingly. Yet too many European players have
been far from their best.

It would be inexcusable if credit was
not paid to the Americans, so expertly managed by Love. When the
moment arises, Olazabal will accept defeat with dignity and a warm
handshake but his swansong in the Ryder Cup was not supposed to end like
this.

Nile Ranger arrested for criminal damage at ex-girlfriend"s flat

Newcastle star Ranger to appear in court following arrest for criminal damage at ex-girlfriend's flat

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UPDATED:

08:55 GMT, 24 September 2012

Newcastle striker Nile Ranger has been charged with criminal damage after a bust-up at his former girlfriend’s flat on Sunday.

Police were alerted to reports of a row at around 5.30am.

They found the front door in Enfield, North London, had been smashed off its hinges.

Court date: Nile Ranger is set to be in court for criminal damage

Court date: Nile Ranger is set to be in court for criminal damage

The 21-year-old striker was arrested at the scene.

His black Range Rover, which has his nickname, Power Ranger, on the doors, is believed to have been parked nearby.

A source told The Sun: 'The front door was smashed down. It was flat on the floor. A man was heard shouting ‘I love you’.

'Police found a girl in the flat who was very scared.'

Police said Ranger would appear at Enfield Magistrates Court on Monday.

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas hails Luka Modric

Luka who's talking! Madrid captain Casillas hails Spurs star as transfer edges closer

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UPDATED:

09:20 GMT, 30 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Iker Casillas has no fear Luka Modric will be a valuable addition to the Real Madrid ranks IF he completes his move from Tottenham.

The Croatia star is desperate to jump ship from White Hart Lane with Spain his preferred destination. Paris St Germain are also keen.

Madrid are yet to meet Spurs' valuation of more than double the 15million they paid Dinamo Zagreb for Modric in 2008.

However that hasn't stopped Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas hailing his potential future team-mate.

Waiting for a move: Luka Modric continues to fight to get out of Tottenham

Waiting for a move: Luka Modric continues to fight to get out of Tottenham

Come in, Luka: Iker Casillas is sure Modric would shine at Real Madrid if he joined

Come in, Luka: Iker Casillas is sure Modric would shine at Real Madrid if he joined

'I know him,' the Spain skipper told AS
newspaper. 'He has been a great player ever since he signed for
Tottenham. I faced him in the Euros and he had a very good season.

'If the manager thinks he ought to be then I am sure he will be at the level of this squad. It is not our responsibility to say anything more.

'The club and the manager are those that decide what is best for the team to move a step forward.'

Casillas was discussing Madrid's expectations for the new season, during which they hope to keep ahead of rivals Barcelona, whom they beat into second place for the first time in three years last season.

He added: 'Our goals are similar to those last year. We are hoping to move a step forward like we have in the other seasons since Mourinho has been with us.

'We want to win the league again, the Super Cup and then after two years of arriving at the doors of the Champions League final, we want to reach the final of Europe’s main competition.

'I think we have extraordinary fans, a magnificent stadium and an incredible squad. With all of this it is clear that this team deserves a European Cup, but there are many teams fighting for this title.'

Wayne Rooney horse Yourartisonfire wins at Haydock

Yourartisonfire lands Rooney first triumph as racehorse owner… but he missed it!

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UPDATED:

15:21 GMT, 5 July 2012

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney enjoyed his first taste of victory as a racehorse owner as Yourartisonfire scored at Haydock.

Rooney – away on holiday in Los Angeles – owns the Elaine Burke-trained two-year-old in partnership with Sunderland defender John O'Shea, among others.

First past the post: Yourartisonfire (Yellow), ridden by Michael Metcalfe, triumphed at Haydock to score Rooney's first win as a racehorse owner

First past the post: Yourartisonfire (Yellow), ridden by Michael Metcalfe, triumphed at Haydock to score Rooney's first win as a racehorse owner

Sent off the 6-4 favourite in the Distinction Doors EBF Maiden Stakes, the
Dutch Art colt built on his debut fourth at Nottingham, staying on strongly
throughout the final furlong to win going away by two and a quarter lengths from Mayaasem.

Winning jockey Michael Metcalfe told Racing UK: 'They went quite steady – you can sit and wait but I thought I would get him rolling and I always thought he would pick them up in the end.

Missing out: Rooney was not at the meeting as he is on holiday in Los Angeles

Missing out: Rooney was not at the meeting as he is on holiday in Los Angeles

'When I got him wide he picked up nicely and he'd probably even get an extra furlong the way he settled.

'He's very professional.'