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Chris Eubank Jnr beats Ruslans Pojonisevs 80-72

Eubank Jnr continues good start to pro career with comfortable victory over Pojonisevs



22:41 GMT, 13 October 2012

Chris Eubank Jnr won every round against Latvian journeyman Ruslans Pojonisevs to maintain his unbeaten start to his fledgling career.

The 23-year-old middleweight's unblemished record now reads seven without defeat after his latest victory at Bluewater in Kent.

After making his trademark entrance to the ring by jumping the ropes, Eubank Jnr dominated from the first bell as Pojonisevs, 29, barely through a punch in the opening round.

Winning start: Chris Eubank Jr maintained his unbeaten start to his professional career with a win over Ruslans Pojonisevs

Winning start: Chris Eubank Jr maintained his unbeaten start to his professional career with a win over Ruslans Pojonisevs

The Latvian attempted to pose himself in the second stanza but he faced an uphill battle against a taller and rangier opponent.

Eubank Jnr, never afraid to take a punch in order to land his own, looked calm and assured as he stalked his adversary round the ring.

Fighting over eight rounds for the first time, Eubank Jnr stepped on the gas at the start of the fourth round as he landed with a flurry of combinations. The durable Pojonisevs withstood the pressure however but his own wild shots never looked like connecting.

In control: Eubank looked good against Pojonisevs

In control: Eubank looked good against Pojonisevs

The subsequent session followed a similar pattern with Eubank Jnr pinning the older man to the ropes but again he was unable to finish the job.

Pojonisevs had lost nine of his last ten fights but hasn't been stopped in almost two years and that looked set to remain the case as the fight entered the penultimate round. Indeed, the final six minutes were largely uneventful as the visiting fighter took the best Eubank Jnr had to offer.

After a final flurry from the young star, he was awarded the victory by 80 points to 72.

Paul Ince in line for Coventry job

Ince has chance of becoming Coventry's new manager



20:52 GMT, 15 September 2012

Former England captain Paul Ince and original Fergie fledgling Mark Robins are the leading contenders to take over at League One Coventry City.

Ince, who has been out of work for nearly 18 months since leaving Notts County, is on a three-name shortlist.

Sky Blues thinking: Paul Ince is in line for Coventry job

Sky Blues thinking: Paul Ince is in line for Coventry job

Robins, who saved Sir Alex Ferguson's job with an FA Cup winner for Manchester United against Nottingham Forest in 1990, impressed in his interview and has previous lower league managerial experience with Barnsley, whom he left last year.

The third candidate is believed to be ex-Hull boss Phil Brown.

Aaron Ramsey has more to give Arsenal and Wales

Team GB star Ramsey believes he has more to offer club and country



23:15 GMT, 21 July 2012

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Aaron Ramsey is convinced there is much more to come from him despite a dazzling start to his fledgling career.

The Arsenal midfielder could add another entry to his already impressive curriculum vitae next week if he steps out on to the pitch with Team GB to taste Olympic Games action for the first, and perhaps only, time.

More to come: Aaron Ramsey believes he can improve

More to come: Aaron Ramsey believes he can improve

That would cap a remarkable rise which has seen him break into the first team at Cardiff as a teenager before winning a 5million move to Arsenal, where he has established himself as a genuine first team player on both the domestic and European stages.

He has also excelled at senior
international level, where the late Gary Speed appointed him captain of
his country at the age of just 20, in the process making him the
youngest man to hold the office.

for all his success, Ramsey has also had to contend with the misery of a
lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an horrific double leg
fracture in a challenge by Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross in February
2010, which it was feared at one point might drastically truncate a
promising career.

He said:
'I have certainly done a lot so far in my short career, but I am
delighted with how it's gone so far, apart from my injury.

'I missed about 10 months, which stalled my progress and obviously it takes a bit of time to get over that as well afterwards.

'I have been pleased with what I have done so far, but I still think there is a lot more to come from me, and I am working hard and wanting to learn more every day to become the best player I can possibly become.'

Ramsey's right leg still bears the scar of his misfortune, but a man with a bright future ahead of him prefers to look forward rather than back.

He said: 'I'd rather it not be there, but I am delighted with the way I recovered from it, and the medical staff and the surgeons and everything, I am just thankful for what they have done to me.

'It's amazing what they can do these days. I was back up on my feet a couple of days after the operation trying to walk on it again, and it's just incredible what they can do.'

Aim: Ramsey could make history at the Games

Aim: Ramsey could make history at the Games

Ramsey is one of five Welshman in the 18-strong GB squad along with skipper Ryan Giggs, experienced striker Craig Bellamy, midfielder Joe Allen and full-back Neil Taylor.

There was a measure of disquiet among the home nations when the prospect of a Great Britain team was mooted, although having been given permission by his country – and indeed, club boss Arsene Wenger – to make up his own mind, the Arsenal man admitted the opportunity was simply too enticing to turn down.

He said: 'It was down to us whether we wanted to play or not and we chose to play.

'Ryan and Bellers haven't had a chance to play in a tournament unfortunately, so they wanted to play at the highest level in something like the Olympics.

'For me, it's a unique thing and there's going to be some great countries with great players involved, so it's great to test yourself against them and we are looking forward to it.

'We are all proud to be Welsh and we are representing our country as well as Great Britain.'

Compatriot: Ramsey says he and Craig Bellamy are proud to be Welsh - and British

Compatriot: Ramsey says he and Craig Bellamy are proud to be Welsh – and British

Ramsey and his colleagues are part of a British team numbering in excess of 500 competitors across the full range of disciplines.

He was himself a talented athlete in his youth, competing in the 800 metres and in the pentathlon, at which he won a national schools title.

He said: 'The 800m was my strongest [event]. I was second coming up to the last event and I managed to beat the guy by a few seconds, so I had a decent points tally at the end.'

However, although he showed promise in track and field, there was never any doubt about which way Ramsey's career was heading.

He said: 'It was always going to be football.'

Team GB, who lost 2-0 to gold medal favourites Brazil in their final warm-up game in Middlesbrough on Friday night, open their Group A campaign at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, the first time Ramsey will have been back to the home of Manchester United since the Gunners were hammered 8-2 there in August last year.

He said: 'We don't want to be reminded of that day, it was so disappointing.

'It will be good to go back there – but it will be nice to be there, hopefully, as a winning team.'

Andy Murray out of Barcelona Open after defeat to Milos Raonic

Murray suffers shock exit after big-serving Raonic sends Brit packing in Barcelona



13:28 GMT, 27 April 2012

Disaster: Andy Murray crashed out in straight sets

Disaster: Andy Murray crashed out in straight sets

Andy Murray suffered a surprise exit at the Barcelona Open losing in straight sets to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

The 6ft 5in 21-year-old from Ontario, who crushed sixth seed Nicolas Almagro in the last round, headed into the match having never beaten a top-eight player but rarely looked overawed en route to a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) triumph.

He endured a minor blip when serving for the second set, allowing second seed Murray his first break of the match, before breezing through the tie-break to clinch the biggest win of his fledgling career in one hour 44 minutes.

Raonic, known as 'The Missile', will face third seed David Ferrer or seventh seed Feliciano Lopez in the semi-finals, the Spanish duo meeting in the second quarter-final in Catalonia.

Murray had little difficulty in the last round against Santiago Giraldo, but knew he was in for a battle from the outset today.

Raonic's fierce forehands helped him bring up a break point in the opening game. Murray survived, but two aces from the world number 25 swiftly levelled things up.

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The first set followed a similar pattern – Murray tested on serve and Raonic holding with ease – until game seven, when a loose drop shot from the Scot resulted in a second break point for the youngster, and this time he capitalised to go 4-3 up.

Raonic comfortably held again to move within a game of the set and then, after Murray had dug out the hold with the help of an ace, the Canadian brought up three set points with his ninth ace and duly took the first with a forehand winner.

Having managed only four points on the Raonic serve in the first set, Murray looked brighter at the start of the second set, but continued to struggle to make inroads against the serve.

The Scot served out to love in game three himself, though, and then took Raonic to deuce in game four before the Canadian pulled through with another huge serve.

Frustration: Murray grimaces during his defeat

Frustration: Murray grimaces during his defeat

Turfed out: Murray needs to improve his clay game

Turfed out: Murray needs to improve his clay game

A superb cross-court winner edged Murray ahead again and again he then troubled the Raonic serve, but could not force the break.

Just when the second set looked to be following the same format as the first, Raonic too passed up two break-point opportunities in game seven as Murray squeezed 4-3 ahead.

But, after powering through another strong service game, Raonic broke Murray to give himself the chance to serve for the match and claim the biggest scalp of his career.

Murray showed his battling qualities by breaking back, though, before two clinical service games took the match into a tie-break.

However, if the Scot thought nerves were getting to Raonic, he was sadly mistaken.

He cruised into a 5-1 lead and, although Murray engineered a chink of light by taking his two points on serve, there was no way back.