Tag Archives: footsteps

Kell Brook to fight Devon Alexander for IBF welterweight title in January 2013

Brook to fight IBF king Alexander for shot at world welterweight crown

|

UPDATED:

10:59 GMT, 11 November 2012


Title shot: Kell Brook

Title shot: Kell Brook

Kell Brook has been offered a shot at Devon Alexander’s IBF welterweight world title in January.

The 26-year-old from Sheffield earned a crack at the belt when he stopped Argentinian Hector Saldivia inside three rounds last month in the final eliminator.

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed a deal has been proposed for a title fight on January 19 – either in Las Vegas or New York – and indicated an agreement is likely to be reached this week.

Hearn said: 'We have received an offer to fight Devon for the IBF world title on January 19. In principle we are happy with the terms and will now work to try and get this made this week.

Champion: Brook will look to win Devon Alexander's IBF welterweight title in January

Champion: Brook will look to win Devon Alexander's IBF welterweight title in January

'The venue looks like NYC or Vegas but definitely not St Louis (where Alexander is based).'

Brook is undefeated after 29 professional fights and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Wincobank Gym graduates Naseem Hamed and Johnny Nelson in winning a world title.

Tottenham and Newcastle want Tom Ince

Race for Blackpool starlet Ince hots up as Spurs and Newcastle rival United

|

UPDATED:

07:46 GMT, 9 November 2012

Tottenham and Newcastle are the latest clubs to be linked with a move for Blackpool's Tom Ince.

The 20-year-old midfielder has attracted attention from a number of Premier League sides after a string of impressive displays.

And with Ince's contract set to expire next summer, Andre Villas-Boas and Alan Pardew want the England Under 21 star to bolster their respective squads.

In demand: Tom Ince is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs

In demand: Tom Ince is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs

Manchester United have emerged as favourites for his signature after dad Paul met his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson has ordered his
scouts to keep tabs on the midfielder, who could follow in his dad's footsteps and join the Old Trafford side.

The England Under 21 international has been a revelation at Blackpool since joining from Liverpool last year.

In the market: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas (right) could move for Ince

In the market: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas (right) could move for Ince

The 20-year-old was wanted by Swansea in the summer transfer window but opted to remain with the Tangerines.

Meanwhile, Pardew has also identified Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko as a transfer target.

St Louis Rams cheerleaders visit Abbey Road

Abbey days as NFL cheerleaders Come Together to visit famous Beatles landmark

|

UPDATED:

14:07 GMT, 24 October 2012

Anyone walking down the world-famous Abbey Road on Wednesday morning would have been left in no doubt that the NFL is back in town.

The glamorous St Louis Rams cheerleaders were spotted, like many a good tourist before them, walking in the footsteps of The Beatles across that iconic zebra crossing.

The Rams and the Patriots will go head to head at Wembley on Sunday in a regular-season game – the fifth time two American Football sides have crossed the Atlantic to do battle in London.

Look familiar The St Louis Rams mascot and cheerleaders cross Abbey Road on Wednesday

Look familiar The St Louis Rams mascot and cheerleaders cross Abbey Road on Wednesday

World famous: The iconic album cover for the Beatles' 1969 album, Abbey Road

World famous: The iconic album cover for the Beatles' 1969 album, Abbey Road

To celebrate their arrival on these
shores the Rams' cheerleaders were pictured aping the front cover of one
of the most celebrated albums of all time.

It was a fine way to Come Together
with their British cousins but were the girls heard exclaiming 'Here
Comes the Sun' In these grey October skies there's as much chance of
that as spotting an octopus in a garden.

Mystery tour: The St Louis Rams cheerleaders follow in the Beatles' footsteps

Mystery tour: The St Louis Rams cheerleaders follow in the Beatles' footsteps

Look familiar The St Louis Rams mascot and cheerleaders cross Abbey Road on Wednesday

Meanwhile, the Rams' players were
spotted further north stepping up their preparations for the big game at
Arsenal's London Colney training base.

And they had one particularly
interested spectator overlooking their training in the form of Arsenal
and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Since 2007, nine teams have played in London since the first annual game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants.

And if the early signs are anything to go
by, London's NFL fans are guaranteed to enjoy a Fab Four quarters' worth
of rough and tumble, American style, on Sunday.

Star man: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (second right) talks tactics with his team-mates

Star man: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (second right) talks tactics with his team-mates

Catch it if you can: Running back Terrance Ganaway in action during training at London Colney

Catch it if you can: Running back Terrance Ganaway in action during training at London Colney

Interested observer: Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) watches the NFL stars train

Interested observer: Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) watches the NFL stars train

Jonny Brownlee wins triathlon world championship

Jonny continues Brownlee triathlon domination by winning world championship

|

UPDATED:

07:43 GMT, 21 October 2012

Relief: Brownlee reacts after crossing the line

Relief: Brownlee reacts after crossing the line

Olympic bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee has followed in the footsteps of his brother Alistair by being crowned world champion in New Zealand.

The 22-year-old from Leeds headed into the World Triathlon Series Grand Final with a 180-point lead over Spain's Javier Gomez and needing just a podium finish to secure the overall title.

And that was what transpired on a wet day in Auckland as Olympic silver medallist Gomez got the better of Brownlee in a sprint finish.

'It was a tough day today,' said Brownlee, who won races in San Diego, Madrid and Stockholm this season.

'The bike was really really hard and the first bit of the run everyone was tired. The first two laps were nice and easy and then Javier attacked and it came to a sprint at the end and my tactics were shocking; I led him out into the wind and he just came past me.

'I am pleased the season's over, it's been a long year and I'm tired now.'
Gomez said: 'I felt quite good on the run, I tried a couple of times (to break clear) but Jonathan was so strong today so I stayed behind and focused on the sprint.

'With 150 metres to go I said let's just go as hard as I can and see what happens and I am really happy for the victory.

Golden moment: Brownlee is presented with his trophy after winning the world championship

Golden moment: Brownlee is presented with his trophy after winning the world championship

Golden moment: Brownlee is presented with his trophy after winning the world championship

'I knew it was almost impossible to be world champion here, Jonathan is a well-deserved champion. He had a really good season, pretty consistent and I did my job today; it's a good way to finish the season so I'm quite happy.'

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee had hoped to race in Auckland to support Jonny but has been forced to rest after having his appendix removed last month, heading off to Brazil on holiday instead.

Oh brother: Jonny won in the absence of Alastair, who is recovering from having his appendix removed

Oh brother: Jonny won in the absence of Alastair, who is recovering from having his appendix removed

Oh brother: Jonny won in the absence of Alastair, who is recovering from having his appendix removed

Gomez crossed the line in two hours and 29 seconds, with Brownlee two seconds behind and Switzerland's Sven Riederer another 47 seconds adrift in third.

Britain's David McNamee was 10th with compatriots Aaron Harris and Mark Buckingham 28th and 29th respectively and Adam Bowden 33rd.

In the under-23 race, Britain's Tom Bishop claimed his second consecutive bronze medal, but last year's champion Matt Sharp missed out on the lead group on the bike leg and had to settle for sixth.

Close call: Brownlee pushed Javier Gomez all the way

Close call: Brownlee pushed Javier Gomez all the way

Close call: Brownlee pushed Javier Gomez all the way

'The bike course is awesome, I wish more races were like that,' Bishop said of the hilly course.

'I tried my hardest to hurt the legs of the guys and take the kick out of them but I didn't quite do it and I got third again, but I tried my hardest and I'm content with that.

'Getting a medal at a world championships is pretty good.'

Jonny Brownlee bidding to become world champion this weekend

Younger Brownlee hoping to follow in his brother's footsteps by becoming world champion

|

UPDATED:

11:46 GMT, 17 October 2012

Jonny Brownlee will hope to cap a brilliant year for his family by following in the footsteps of brother Alistair and being crowned world champion in New Zealand this weekend.

The pair became the first British athletes to win Olympic medals in the sport in Hyde Park this summer when Alistair took gold and his brother bronze.

Alistair has dominated the sport over the past three years, including holding off the challenge of Jonny to win his second world title 12 months ago.

Brotherly love: Alistair Brownlee (left) took triathlon gold at the Olympics, but his sibling Jonny can become world champion this weekend

Brotherly love: Alistair Brownlee (left) took triathlon gold at the Olympics, but his sibling Jonny can become world champion this weekend

But his hopes of defending his title were ended by an Achilles injury suffered earlier this year and instead it is Jonny who has taken over the mantle.

The 22-year-old from Leeds heads into the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Auckland with a 180-point lead over Spain's Javier Gomez, the Olympic silver medallist, and knowing a podium finish will be enough to secure the title.

World Champion: Jonathan Brownlee, seen here winning the ITU Triathlon in Madrid in May, can secure his world crown in New Zealand this weekend

World Champion: Jonathan Brownlee, seen here winning the ITU Triathlon in Madrid in May, can secure his world crown in New Zealand this weekend

The hilly bike course should suit Jonny, who has won races in San Diego, Madrid and Stockholm this season, but he knows he will have to be on top of his game.

The Yorkshireman said: 'It's an honour to be thought of as the favourite for the title, but there is a job to be done this weekend and I am not underestimating the competition or the conditions.

'This is going to be a tough race on a challenging course against athletes who all want to end their seasons on a high.

'Whatever happens on Sunday I have had a fantastic year. To finish it off with the world title would really be something special, but I know I have to stay focused in the lead-up and get everything right if that is going to happen.'

Jonny's trio of victories has given him the confidence to race without Alistair, and he hopes that will stand him in good stead this weekend.

He said: 'To win the world title would be incredible, especially to follow Alistair as the champion. It's been a long season and the Olympics was my major focus this year, but I now have a big opportunity this weekend and I hope to make the most of it.

'Alistair wanted to be here but we've both been so busy since the Olympics, it's been crazy and he needed a break. The World Series races in San Diego and Madrid were two of my best ever, so I've shown I can race without him, but it does change things.'

Alistair had hoped to race in Auckland to support Jonny but instead has been forced to rest after having his appendix removed last month, and has headed off to Brazil on holiday instead.

The 24-year-old will be backing his brother from afar, though, and said: 'I knew early in the year that I wouldn't have enough points to defend the world title.

Out of action: Alistair Brownlee, seen here winning Olympic gold, will miss the season finale after having his appendix removed

Out of action: Alistair Brownlee, seen here winning Olympic gold, will miss the season finale after having his appendix removed

'I wanted to be there to help Jonny at the Grand Final but it didn't work out. He's had a fantastic year and I hope he can win this one.'

Adam Bowden, David McNamee, Aaron Harris and Mark Buckingham will also contest the men's senior race, while Jodie Stimpson is Britain's sole representative in the women's race on Saturday.

Last year's champion, Wales' Helen Jenkins, has not competed since finishing fifth at the Olympics, where she was hampered by a knee injury, while fellow Olympian Vicky Holland also ended her season early.

The third member of the team, 20-year-old Lucy Hall, will compete in the under-23 race along with Non Stanford and Lois Rosindale. Last year's champion Matt Sharp and bronze medallist Tom Bishop contest the men's under-23 race.

Wigan close to signing Roger Espinoza

Martinez nears deal for Espinoza as Wigan's Ecuadorian connection continues

|

UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 15 October 2012

Wigan are close to signing Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza.

The 25-year-old Sporting Kansas City star has agreed to sign for Wigan once the MLS season ends next month and he becomes a free agent.

Espinoza will follow in the footsteps of Antonio Valencia and Maynor Figueroa.

Incoming: Roger Espinoza is on the brink of moving to Wigan from the MLS

Incoming: Roger Espinoza is on the brink of moving to Wigan from the MLS

Lewis Hamilton could return to McLaren after Mercedes stint – Martin Whitmarsh

Hamilton could return to McLaren after Mercedes stint, insists boss Whitmarsh

|

UPDATED:

13:31 GMT, 5 October 2012

Martin Whitmarsh has not ruled out the possibility of Lewis Hamilton returning to McLaren one day.

Hamilton leaves the Woking-based team at the end of the season having spent 14 years with them since signing as a 13-year-old.

He will join Mercedes on a three-year deal, where he will replace Michael Schumacher, who announced he is to retire at the end of the season.

The long goodbye: Lewis Hamilton (centre) is chasing the title with McLaren before he jumps ship

The long goodbye: Lewis Hamilton (centre) is chasing the title with McLaren before he jumps ship

McLaren had been privately confident of retaining Hamilton's services, and the team have been left very disappointed by his decision to turn his back on them for a new challenge.

In McLaren's 46-year history as a constructor only one driver has ever left the team for another Formula One team, only to return later.

That man was four-time world champion Alain Prost. The Frenchman spent his rookie season with McLaren in 1980 but left for Renault, only to return in 1984 and go on to win three titles.

Hamilton had said earlier this week he would be prepared to drive for McLaren again one day and team principal Whitmarsh would not rule out the possibility of 2008 world champion Hamilton following in Prost's footsteps, although he acknowledges such a scenario is a long way off.

Speaking after watching Hamilton record the second-fastest time in practice for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, he said: 'Yes, certainly, I think it is a possibility. But he is joining a strong team in Mercedes.

'I don't think he will be coming back any time soon, I am sure they have a good contract and they will want to work with him.

In gear: Hamilton in action during practice at Suzuka ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix

In gear: Hamilton in action during practice at Suzuka ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix

'I don't think Lewis' intention is to hop from team to team on an annual basis and I am sure that is not Ross (Brawn's) intention either, but never say never, as they say, and let's see what happens in the future.

'I think people want to talk about it a lot obviously and we are trying to focus on doing the job we are here to do.

'The relationship between the team and Lewis is a good one, it is a respectful relationship between McLaren and Mercedes as we are competing and we don't have a problem with anything that has happened with Lewis' decision or anything else.

'In the future – and I don't think it will be in the short term – who knows'

Even though Hamilton is leaving for pastures new, he and McLaren still have title glory to strive for this season. The Briton lies 52 points adrift of championship leader Fernando Alonso with six races remaining, including this weekend's race at Suzuka.

Whitmarsh insists the team are fully focused on delivering Hamilton a second title before he departs, and does not fear the 27-year-old taking any technical secrets with him to Mercedes.

On the move: Hamilton will join Nico Rosberg at Mercedes at the end of the season

On the move: Hamilton will join Nico Rosberg at Mercedes at the end of the season

'I think Lewis has been part of the team for a long time. I think he knows the people and what we are trying to do but I don't think there's any great secret in that, so I don't think it's a concern,' he said.

'I think if I was pursuing intellectual property from other teams, I'd probably be going for engineers not drivers.

'Lewis is respectful of the team and what it's doing, and I think he knows we're going to do everything we can in the remaining six races to try and win some championships and I think the best way to do that is to work together, be open and carry on as you ordinarily would.'

Hamilton enjoyed a positive day at Suzuka, taking the runner-up spot in both sessions, but is concerned at the pace shown by the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, who were first and third during the afternoon running.

'It looks very close but I am feeling comfortable in the car,' said Hamilton. 'The Red Bulls seem quite quick, I think I could have matched Mark's time, but if Vettel can do that time in qualifying it's going to be very close between them, and their long runs were very strong.

'But this is the best car I have had here for a few years.'

Manchester United want Tom Ince

United want Blackpool star Ince to follow in father's footsteps in 6m deal

|

UPDATED:

09:17 GMT, 30 September 2012

Manchester United are reportedly close to agreeing a 6million swoop for Blackpool starlet Thomas Ince.

Sir Alex Ferguson wants the midfielder to follow in his dad Paul's footsteps and join the Old Trafford side.

Ince moved to Blackpool last year from Liverpool and has shone for the Championship club.

Star: Thomas Ince (left) has shone since joining Blackpool last year

Star: Thomas Ince (left) has shone since joining Blackpool last year

The 20-year-old was wanted by Swansea in the summer transfer window but opted to remain with the Tangerines, who lost 3-0 at Cardiff on Saturday.

United, however, are set to have more joy as they look to tie up a deal, according to the Sunday Express.

He said last month: 'It was flattering that there was interest, as it shows you are doing something well.

No joy: Blackpool were soundly beaten by Cardiff on Saturday

No joy: Blackpool were soundly beaten by Cardiff on Saturday

'But it was only right I put my faith in Blackpool because they had put their faith in me.

'They have helped me become the player I am.'

Manchester City youngster Angus Gunn is made to measure

Goalkeeping the Gunn family trade as Angus looks made to measure for Manchester City

|

UPDATED:

11:38 GMT, 11 September 2012


Up-and-coming talent: England Under-17 goalkeeper Angus Gunn

Up-and-coming talent: England Under-17 goalkeeper Angus Gunn

When your dad is a goalkeeping legend who made over 400 league appearances and was capped for his country, you have some pretty big shoes – and gloves – to fill.

But 16-year-old Angus Gunn has no need to worry about that. The up-and-coming Manchester City keeper is already 6ft 5ins and more than 12 stone – and he's still growing.

He's the son of Norwich City stalwart Bryan Gunn, who made 390 league appearances for the Canaries between 1986 and 1998, as well as winning six caps for Scotland.

And it looks as though the Gunn goalkeeping genes are strong, as Angus has already been called up to the England Under-17 squad as well as playing for Manchester City's youth sides.

The Manchester Evening News featured the young Gunn getting fitted up with a bespoke suit after he found all the High Street stores didn't stock his size.

The teenager is still two inches shorter that his dad though and Bryan was on hand to offer his sartorial advice.

Angus said: 'It has been difficult for me in the past to find clothes that are the right length with the right fit as I am tall but slim. So this was a really nice experience for me.'

Gunn Jr was initially following in his father's footsteps at Norwich and made his first start for their Under-18 side in February 2011. A call-up to the England Under-16 team swiftly followed.

There was some controversy when the family relocated to the North West in May 2011 as Man City paid only a fraction of Norwich's asking price for the young player.

The Manchester club paid 250,000, about a quarter of his valuation. But City would have to pay the Canaries some additional royalties should Gunn replace Joe Hart in the first team.

Bryan Gunn, 48, spent much of his professional career at Carrow Road and was part of the team that beat Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup in 1993.

Father's footsteps: Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn in action in 1996

Father's footsteps: Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn in action in 1996

He was twice named the club's Player of the Year and was an inaugural inductee to the club's Hall of Fame.

He was manager of Norwich for eight months in 2009, but the side was relegated below the second tier of English football for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Following a 7-1 home defeat to Colchester United on the opening day of the 2009-2010 League One season, Gunn was sacked as manager.

He now works as a director of talent recruitment at a sports agency with a brief, appropriately enough considering his son's talent, of recruiting promising young footballers.

Joey Barton wants French success like Joe Cole and Chris Waddle

Barton hoping to follow in footsteps of Cole and Waddle by being a hit in France with Marseille

|

UPDATED:

12:25 GMT, 4 September 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Joey Barton is hoping to follow in the footsteps of other British players to have enjoyed success in France, having completed his move to Marseille.

The out-of-favour QPR midfielder switched nations on Friday on a season-long loan deal, and was introduced to the fans at the weekend.

Never short of a word, Barton has already been fulfilling a number of media duties and today expressed his desire to be the latest Brit to do well across the channel.

Hit or miss Joey Barton is hoping to be a success in France, like Joe Cole and Chris Waddle were

Hit or miss Joey Barton is hoping to be a success in France, like Joe Cole and Chris Waddle were

Joe Cole had a successful season with Lille last year, while going back further, the likes of Chris Waddle, Trevor Steven and the colourful Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino have all been big hits in Ligue 1.

Speaking to the division's official website, the 30-year-old said: 'English players have done well in France.

'Cole, Cascarino, Waddle, Steven.. French football is top-level football. There is the problem with the cultural differences and the languages and I will have to adapt.'

All smiles: Barton joined French side Marseille on Friday

All smiles: Barton joined French side Marseille on Friday

All smiles: Barton joined French side Marseille on Friday

All smiles: Barton joined French side Marseille on Friday

The former Newcastle man believes that will be easy, though, owing to the football-mad nature of his new home.

'Everybody supports the club in this city,' he added.

'OM (Olmypique Marseille) has an English feel to it in some ways, with the supporters and the atmosphere.

'OM could be an English club. The club and the city are intrinsically linked. It's not like London or Paris. Football is integral to the city. When the team wins, the whole city is happy.'