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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

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Martin Domin

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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.'

Felipe Melo saves penalty for Galatasaray

Beyond the call of duty! Brazil MIDFIELDER Melo steps up and saves penalty to secure victory for Galatasaray after keeper sees red

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UPDATED:

20:28 GMT, 24 November 2012

'Are you sure you know what you’re doing, mate' Could be the question posed to Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo as he proceeded to put on goalkeeping gloves in the 90th minute.

His side were 1-0 up when Fernando Muslera was given his marching orders after giving away a penalty to opponents Elazigspor, handing them the opportunity to snatch a draw at the death.

Fearful the Turkish side would give up the two points, Melo pulled on the departing keeper’s jersey and gloves.

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What a stop: Felipe Melo saved a penalty to keep Galatasaray's noses in front

What a stop: Felipe Melo saved a penalty to keep Galatasaray's noses in front

As Goksu Turkdogan took his run up, the 29-year-old Brazil midfielder shuffled tentatively to his left before changing his mind and diving to the right.

The outfield player parried the penalty – rather unconventionally – away from goal, sparing his goalkeeper’s blushes and sealing victory for his team in the process.

After Melo palmed Turkdogan’s shot to safety, rather than getting to his feet, he crawled along the floor, pulling a silly face to celebrate as his team-mates rushed to congratulate him.

Who could blame him for this strange display though After all, he had just gone beyond the call of duty and saved a penalty kick – despite being a defensive midfielder.

Unorthodox: Melo crawled along the floor after keeping the penalty out

Unorthodox: Melo crawled along the floor after keeping the penalty out

After stepping up and pulling off an incredible act of heroics for his side, Melo might have replied: 'Did you just see that Of course I know what I’m doing!'

Melo's team's 1-0 win over Elazigspor was their second in succession. Galatasaray beat the visiting Manchester United in Istanbul in the Champions League in midweek.

VIDEO: WATCH FELIPE MELO'S PENALTY SAVE

Vitali Klitschko"s fight with David Haye hangs in the balance after Ukrainian elections

Haye's showdown with Klitschko in the balance after Vitali's party come third in Ukraine elections

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09:09 GMT, 29 October 2012

David Haye's hopes of fighting Vitali Klitschko hang in the balance after the heavyweight champion’s political party came third in the Ukrainian election on Sunday.

Klitschko’s UDAR (Punch) party was forecast to have won 15 per cent of the vote which should be enough to send the 41-year-old into parliament – and possibly retirement.

But while Haye faces a wait to see if he will tackle the elder brother, the WBO are considering naming him as the mandatory challenger to Wladimir, who beat the Brit over 12 lop-sided rounds in 2011.

The future is unknown: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

The future is unknown: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

Vitali, who was disappointed with his party’s performance, must now attempt to form an opposition coalition after the ruling Regions Party looked set to retain its parliamentary majority.

‘I had said that we had tremendous potential,’ he said. ‘We must still analyse everything: why we could have won more votes but failed to do so.’

Confusion continues to reign meanwhile about whether the long-reigning champion will hang up his gloves for a second time.

Casting his vote: Klitschko goes into the polling booth

Casting his vote: Klitschko goes into the polling booth

Before stopping Manuel Charr last month he said: ‘First of all, I have to win the parliament election. Step by step by step. After that, I can give you an answer.

‘Right now, there are many discussions about [retirement]. I’m not ready to announce about my retirement. Maybe one fight, maybe two fights more. And after that, I am retired. I am active in politics.’

But his manager Bernd Boente believes electoral success would mean the end of his tenure in the ring.

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

‘If Vitali gets a role after the elections where he can make a difference, I suppose that would be the end of his career,' he told Sport Bild.

‘As a friend and manager, that’s what I would advise. The fight for democracy and against corruption is more important than a fight against David Haye.’

But the Londoner insists a contract has already been agreed for the 10million superfight to take place next year.

Full of hope: Klitschko was keen to be elected into the Ukrainian parliament

Full of hope: Klitschko was keen to be elected into the Ukrainian parliament

‘The fight has already been agreed, the contract’s done – the money, the split, everything. We don’t need a new contract,’ he claimed.

Should the veteran choose to concentrate on his political career, Haye may instead seek revenge on his 36-year-old sibling.

Wladimir holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts which he will defend against Mariusz Wach on November 10 in Hamburg.

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko in 2013

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko in 2013

He eased to a unanimous points victory over Haye in the same city and the 31-year-old was later ridiculed for blaming defeat on a broken toe.

But the WBO are set to name either Haye, Denis Boytsov or Seth Mitchell as the mandatory challenger for their title.

Russian Boystov is undefeated, and largely untested, after 31 professional fights while American hope Mitchell hopes to extend his unbeaten run to 27 when he faces Johnathon Banks in New Jersey next month.

Audley Harrison will fight on after David Price defeat

One more shot at glory! Deluded Harrison will fight on after embarrassing Price defeat

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UPDATED:

11:38 GMT, 25 October 2012

Audley Harrison has announced his intention to carry on boxing.

The 40-year-old, who won Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000, lasted just 82 seconds against British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price in a humiliating defeat on October 13.

And afterwards he admitted he would give serious consideration to hanging up his gloves.

Message from above: Harrison will return to the ring

Message from above: Harrison will return to the ring

But he has now opted to fight on, saying on Twitter: 'It's official… I've decided to carry on. One more shot at glory. 'It could be over; next fight will tell me. See u in a ring real soon.

'A decision has come from above. He told me son “lace up your gloves” your time as a boxer is not quite done, so go out there & have some fun.

'Despite the haters …I've had a good journey, truly am grateful for my blessing & give all praise to jah, god, universe. Rolling the dice!'

Paying the price: Harrison was sent to the canvas after just 82 seconds

Paying the price: Harrison was sent to the canvas after just 82 seconds

While Price was magnificent, the loss appeared certain to end the career of Harrison, who has become a figure of ridicule in boxing.

Writing in his boxing column earlier this month, Sportsmail's Jeff Powell had urged Harrison to call it a day.

'Audley Harrison, in a statement which gives full credit to David Price for Saturday’s knock out, says he is still thinking about whether to retire,' Powell said.

'For your own sake – at coming up 41 and coming out of hospital – don’t think about it for too long, Audley.'

Kell Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona"s Hand of God

Hand of Kell! Brook ready to punish Argentine Saldivia in final eliminator

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10:57 GMT, 16 October 2012

Kell Brook has promised to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal against England in 1986 by punishing Argentina's Hector Saldivia in Sheffield on Saturday.

The 26-year-old hopes to take the final step towards a world title fight when he faces Saldivia in the IBF welterweight final eliminator.

And Brook has called on the Steel City to give him a helping hand during what he expects to be his toughest fight to date.

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Payback: Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal

Payback: Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal

Brook said: 'This is going to be the toughest fight of my career. Saldivia is a dangerous opponent and I really need my fans to get behind me. Their support can spur me on to that title shot.

'There’s a strong sporting rivalry between England and Argentina, and I’m going to do my bit to settle an old score. I hope the nation gets behind me this weekend.'

Brook will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to 29 fights against Saldivia who boasts a record of 41 wins from 43 bouts, including 32 knockouts.

Raring to go: Kell Brook (left) takes on Hector Saldivia on Saturday

Raring to go: Kell Brook (left) takes on Hector Saldivia on Saturday

And the Sheffield man is calling on his supporters to send messages of support via Twitter using the hashtag #HandOfKell.

The most inspirational ones will be printed onto a limited edition set of gloves which will be awarded to the person who tweets the most inspirational message.

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Lewis Hamilton focus switches from Mercedes to Japanese Grand Prix

The gloves are off! Hamilton ready for first race since turning back on McLaren

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UPDATED:

08:49 GMT, 3 October 2012

In his first race since choosing to quit McLaren to join Mercedes next season, Lewis Hamilton must get his focus back on the Formula One championship fight at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

Mercedes announced last Friday that Hamilton will replace seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher in a major shake-up that also sees Sergio Perez going to McLaren.

Hamilton has two wins and three non-finishes from his past five races, with that inconsistency leaving him in fourth place in the standings, 52 points behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with six races to go. He led the previous race in Singapore until he suffered a gearbox failure on lap 23 of 59 and had to retire.

End of an era: Lewis Hamilton will leave McLaren for Mercedes next year

End of an era: Lewis Hamilton will leave McLaren for Mercedes next year

'In terms of the championship, there's nothing to be really gained by analysing the points tables,' Hamilton said. 'From now on it's simply gloves-off. As in Singapore, I'll come out fighting, I'll just be hoping for a better result.'

Hamilton has spent his entire F1 career with McLaren – the team he first began an association with at the age of 13 – and won the 2008 title, but the team was unwilling to match a lucrative offer from Mercedes.

For Schumacher, Hamilton's move could mark the end of the most decorated career the sport has seen – and a three-year comeback that has seen him fail to replicate the success of his prime – although there is speculation the 43-year-old German could replace Perez at Sauber next season.

Despite the distractions, Schumacher said he was looking forward to the Japanese GP, a race he has won six times.

'My motivation is still very high after the news from last week, especially as Suzuka very clearly is one of the highlights in the calendar for me,' Schumacher said.

But Schumacher will be faced with a 10-place grid penalty at Suzuka for causing a spectacular crash with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne during the Singapore GP.

Off track: Former world champion Michael Schumacher's time in F1 could be up

Off track: Former world champion Michael Schumacher's time in F1 could be up

Like Hamilton and Schumacher, Perez will be eager to get the focus back on the track after a disappointing result at Marina Bay where he finished 10th.

'After underperforming in Singapore, in Japan I am expecting our car to again be as good as it used to be and we should be strong in the high-speed corners,' the Mexican driver said.

Hamilton's McLaren team-mate Jenson Button won here last year and kept a pulse in his faint title hopes by taking second place in Singapore but will drop five places on the grid due to changing a gearbox.

It's the same gearbox problem that forced Hamilton to retire in Singapore. Hamilton will also get a new selector but escapes any penalty because he did not finish in Singapore.

Defending champion Sebastian Vettel won in Singapore, a result that allowed the German to replace Hamilton in second place in the standings, where he trails Alonso by 29 points.

The Red Bull driver has done well at Suzuka over the years, taking the checkered flag in 2009 and 2010 and finishing third last year to claim his second straight drivers' championship.

Pepe Reina must prove he"s safe hands

Reina must prove he's safe hands as Liverpool stopper's form begins to raise questions

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21:30 GMT, 21 September 2012

For a man who is a creature of habit and exceptionally superstitious, the demolished petrol station on the road to Anfield will be troubling Pepe Reina.

Liverpool's goalkeeper follows a bizarre pre-match routine that involves him stopping at the same garage before every home game, regardless of whether he needs one litre or a couple of gallons, to ensure his tank is full to the brim.

This summer, though, the forecourt that has been as vital psychologically to Reina's preparations as any warm-up drill has disappeared.

Questionable: Pepe Reina's form has been erratic in recent weeks

Questionable: Pepe Reina's form has been erratic in recent weeks

Sadly for the Spaniard, so has his form. Mistakes against Hearts and Arsenal have highlighted the problem, but he would be the first to recognise that standards have slipped in the last two years.

Given Reina's iconic standing among Liverpool supporters and the outstanding reputation he holds within the game, that appraisal may seem harsh but just consider this self-assessment he gave during an interview with Sportsmail in December 2010.

'I'm not happy at all,' he said. 'I can be better in many ways. I'm disappointed because you always want to be really consistent and helping the team. I want to improve.'

Managers have changed since then but were you to ask him for a synopsis of how he has started this campaign, the answer would be the same.

As much as Liverpool need to beat Manchester United on Sunday, Reina needs a big performance in a big game.

Only a couple of years ago Reina,
whom Rafa Benitez signed from Villarreal for 6.5million in 2005,
smashed a club record for keeping 100 clean sheets in less than 200
appearances and crowned his first three campaigns by winning the Golden
Gloves.

So what has gone amiss There are a
number of theories.

The first is that there is a lack of competition for
a starting place as Reina's deputies Brad Jones and Peter Gulacsi are
not up to playing regularly in the top flight.

Come on! Some believe the frequent changes of coaching staff at Liverpool could be a factor

Come on! Some believe the frequent changes of coaching staff at Liverpool could be a factor

Secondly, there is a perception that he has become frustrated by Liverpool's inability to compete.

Perhaps the most significant point, though, centres on the coaching he is receiving.

Reina had a close bond with Jose Ochotorena when he first arrived and the rapport continued with Xavi Valero.

Any chance Although first choice at Liverpool, Reina is behind Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes in the Spain pecking order

Any chance Although first choice at Liverpool, Reina is behind Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes in the Spain pecking order

Since then he has worked with Mike Kelly – Roy Hodgson's long-time ally – and, currently, the former Tranmere keeper John Achterberg.

Many wonder whether the changes are impacting on Reina. There have been stories that the 30-year-old will be moved on but he has no desire to leave.

Just as importantly, Brendan Rodgers wants him to stay. 'I've never had a problem with Pepe,' said Rodgers. 'He's a key member of the squad.'

But until he recaptures his top form, questions will keep being asked. What better place to start answering them than in the biggest game of all.

Carl Frampton wants win over Steve Molitor

I can cut it at the top! Frampton wants win over Molitor to earn chance at world title shot

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UPDATED:

21:59 GMT, 20 September 2012

Carl Frampton believes victory over Canadian Steve Molitor on Saturday will put him in line for a world title shot.

The 25-year-old returns to Belfast to face the former two-time world champion in what both men have billed as a make-or-break fight.

And Frampton, who defends his Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles, plans to make a statement of intent.

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Ready to step up: Carl Frampton is hoping to earn a world title shot

Ready to step up: Carl Frampton is hoping to earn a world title shot

'He’s been where I want to get to but he’s had his time at the top, now it’s my turn,' he said. 'Beating a world class fighter like Steve Molitor puts me high in the rankings and in the running for a world title shot.

'This is a massive fight for me, I know that I am leaping up the levels to face Molitor but I believe I have more than enough to cope with him and this is the right time for me to prove I can cut it at the top.

'You want big names on your slate and he is definitely a big name. It’s going to be a lot better beating a guy like him than it was beating Prosper Ankrah.

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

Fighting fit: Frampton believes he is ready to step up a level

'It’s going to make people stand up and take notice. This is a 50-50 fight. People forget I’ve only had 15 fights.'

Meanwhile, Molitor, 32, admitted he will consider hanging up his gloves if he tastes defeat for a third time in his career.

'If I want to be a three-time world champion then I have to beat this kid,' he said. 'I have been out of the ring enjoying my life for ten months or so and on Saturday night you will see a new hungry Steve Molitor.

'If I cannot beat Carl then I will have to think about hanging them up as I will be saying that I cannot compete at world level now and as a two-time world champ I am used to that.'

Nice motto: Frampton his hoping is strict training regime will carry him through his fight on Saturday

Nice motto: Frampton his hoping is strict training regime will carry him through his fight on Saturday

VIDEO: Carl Frampton – Betfair's Judgment Day

Manchester City youngster Angus Gunn is made to measure

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

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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.

Vitali Klitschko beats Manuel Charr

Time to make Haye Klitschko dominates Charr but could yet retire from boxing

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UPDATED:

10:18 GMT, 9 September 2012

Vitali Klitschko ended Manuel Charr's perfect record with a clinical defence of his WBC heavyweight title in Moscow.

In what could prove to be the Ukrainian's last-ever bout before embarking on a career in politics, a cut over Charr's right eye brought proceedings to an end with 56 seconds remaining in the fourth round.

It was a one-sided contest from the off, with Klitschko stalking the ring behind his jab and landing a couple of early shorts.

Furious: Manuel Charr was disgusted that the fight was ended early

Furious: Manuel Charr was disgusted that the fight was ended early

He put the former kickboxer down in the second round, landing a left hook which saw Charr counted to eight. And, when a similar shot wounded Charr in the fourth, the referee stepped in.

Charr was disgruntled with the call, kicking the ropes, but the amount of blood he was losing meant it was impossible for him to carry on.

Dominant: Vitali Klitschko (right) made light work of his unbeaten opponent

Dominant: Vitali Klitschko (right) made light work of his unbeaten opponent

Klitschko will now turn his attention the Ukrainian parliamentary elections on October 28 and refused to be comment on a future fight with David Haye.

The British heavyweight was recently welcomed back into the WBC, seemingly paving way fro a 10million superfight with Vitali.

Still champion: Klitschko defended his WBC heavyweight title

Still champion: Klitschko defended his WBC heavyweight title

'I'm facing major tasks and not only in sports,' Klitschko said. 'I'll
fly to Kiev in the morning and will be fully occupied with preparations
for the parliamentary elections [in October] as the leader of the party.

'I'm 41 and I'm still boxing, but one cannot trick nature – I will have to hang my gloves on a nail soon.'