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Amir Khan will fight in Britain for first time in two years against Julio Diaz

Khan will fight on British soil for first time in two years when he takes on Diaz

Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo and Khan's brother Haroon making their professional debuts on the undercard.

Tom Stalker becomes second London 2012 British boxer to turn pro after signing with Matchroom

Stalker becomes second London 2012 British boxer to turn pro after signing with Matchroom

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Martin Domin

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13:17 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

Thomas Stalker has become the second British Olympic boxer to turn professional.

The 28-year-old has signed with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom outfit and follows London team-mate Anthony Ogogo into the paid ranks.

The Sportsmail columnist will make his debut in February and will also be on the undercard of Tony Bellew's world title eliminator against Isaac Chilemba at Liverpool's Echo Arena on March 30.

Turning pro: Stalker has signed with Matchroom

Turning pro: Stalker has signed with Matchroom

Stalker is a former European and
Commonwealth gold medalist and was controversially beaten in the
quarter-finals at the London Games.

'I feel I am going to be exciting to
watch as a professional boxer,' Stalker said. 'I felt it was time for me
to turn professional now and see how far I can go. I have done
everything I could possibly do as an amateur, bar winning an Olympic
medal.

'Even though I didn’t medal myself,
as a team I have captained the most successful amateur boxing team we
have ever had and that was a big thing for me.

Leader: Tom StalLeader: Tom Stalker (second right) was Team GB's captainker was Team GB's captain

Leader: Tom Stalker (second right) was Team GB's captain

Stalker is a former European and
Commonwealth gold medalist and was controversially beaten in the
quarter-finals at the London Games.

'I feel I am going to be exciting to
watch as a professional boxer,' Stalker said. 'I felt it was time for me
to turn professional now and see how far I can go. I have done
everything I could possibly do as an amateur, bar winning an Olympic
medal.

'Even though I didn’t medal myself,
as a team I have captained the most successful amateur boxing team we
have ever had and that was a big thing for me.

Dedicated: Stalker hard at work

Dedicated: Stalker hard at work

'It wasn’t just a three-week
tournament it had been four years of trying to qualify to win those
medals so to see all the lads and women do so well and win medals was
amazing and I am very honoured to have captained that team.

'Winning the Commonwealth Games gold
medal was obviously a highlight for me in the amateurs but I would say
qualifying for the Olympics was a big moment after all the hard work it
took to qualify.

'Since the Olympics I haven’t had a
goal and I have been a bit depressed, especially seeing the other lads
doing all sorts of stuff but now I have that hunger back and to get in
that ring and fight is going to be amazing. The one for me is going to
be March, boxing a homecoming in Liverpool. It is going to be amazing
for me to be boxing in front of all my friends and family in Liverpool
and that is when I will really feel like a professional.

First: Anthony Ogogo had already turned pro

First: Anthony Ogogo had already turned pro

'I think a lot of Eddie Hearn and I
think a lot of the fighters he has; Carl Froch, Kell Brook and of course
the Liverpool fighters he has got, Tony Bellew, Rocky Fielding and
Callum Smith. I thought it made sense to go with Matchroom because Eddie
is doing really well for his fighters at the moment.

'Kal Yafai, Scotty Cardle and Martin
J. Ward were all really good friends in the GB squad and I see them
doing really well now with Matchroom. When I was watching Scott Cardle’s
last fight I was picturing myself against the opponent he was fighting
because he is about the same weight as me.'

Stalker will be trained by Paul and
Mick Stevenson at Everton Red Triangle boxing club alongside British
flyweight champion Kevin Satchell.

Guide: Eddie Hearn will promote Stalker

Guide: Eddie Hearn will promote Stalker

Rob McCracken, GB Boxing performance
director, said: 'It has been very good working with Tom over the last
three years, when he has shown himself to be a fine boxer with the
ability to win medals at major tournaments.

'It is disappointing for us that Tom
has decided his future lies away from the GB Boxing squad but he departs
with our best regards and we wish him every success in his future
career.'

Sebastian Coe to be given

Coe to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award following successful Olympics

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00:01 GMT, 16 December 2012

Sebastian Coe is to be honoured for his achievements on and off the track by being given the Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The broadcaster say Lord Coe's recognition comes not only for his efforts in leading the bid to bring, and subsequent successful delivery of, the Olympic and Paralympic Games to London, but also for his career as a middle-distance runner before that.

The 56-year-old, who was last month appointed as the new chairman of the British Olympic Association, won 1500m golds at successive Games in 1980 and 1984.

Starring role: Lord Coe was instrumental in bringing the Olympics to London

Starring role: Lord Coe was instrumental in bringing the Olympics to London

Coe took on the position of chairman of the London 2012 bid team in 2004 and played a key role in securing the vote ahead of a bid from Paris.

A 12-time world record-holder, he retired from the track in 1990 and became a conservative MP for Falmouth and Camborne. In 2002 he was made a Peer, Lord Coe of Ranmore, and was knighted in 2006.

Previous winners of the lifetime achievement award include David Beckham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Robson and most recently Sir Steve Redgrave.

Iconic: Coe won gold in the 1500m at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow

Iconic: Coe won gold in the 1500m at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow

This year`s ceremony is one of the most eagerly anticipated in history, coming at the end of a memorable year for British sport.

Nicola Adams, Ben Ainslie, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Katherine Grainger, Sir Chris Hoy, Rory McIlroy, Andy Murray, Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey, David Weir and Bradley Wiggins are in the running for the award.

Wiggins, the Tour de France and Olympic time-trial gold medalist, is the current favourite.

Oscar Pistorius to race horse

Pistorius aims to end memorable 2012 with another win… but this time he's racing a horse!

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13:37 GMT, 12 December 2012

Oscar Pistorius made history at London 2012 when he became the first double amputee to compete at the Olympic Games before claiming two gold medals at the Paralympics.

But just when you thought the South African’s trail blazing antics were done, the 26-year-old sprinter has given himself one final challenge to see out an incredible 2012.

Not content with defeating athletes on two legs, Pistorius has raised the bar again by doubling his troubles in taking on an Arabian horse!

Blade runner: Pistorius won two gold medals at London 2012

Blade runner: Pistorius won two gold medals at London 2012

The ‘run like the wind challenge’ is set to take place at Qatar’s Aspire Zone outdoor circuit in Doha on Wednesday night and is an event that the world record holder in the T44 200m and 400m is looking forward to.

Pistorius said on Twitter: ‘Racing An Arab Horse on Wednesday night for the #runlikethewind Campaign in Doha. @DohaGOALS going to be INSANE!’

The six time Paralympic gold medalist also added in a press conference how he would prepare for the race.

‘I am going to do great deal of stretching, Pistorius said. ‘I will make sure I have enough protein in my system. Arabian horses [are] an iconic thing of the region. It is just a very special kind of thing to do. I think it is going to be an amazing spectacle.’

The competition: Pistorius will be taking on an Arabian horse

The competition: Pistorius will be taking on an Arabian horse

The race is in aid of promoting the Definitely Able campaign in Qatar, which supported by energy and chemical company Sasol, aims to raise awareness and contributions of those with disabilities in the community.

Pistorius, who reached the semi-finals at the Olympics, may have his work cut out to win this event though judging by stars that have tried to race different animals before him.

Fellow countryman Bryan Habana attempted to take on a cheetah five years ago in an attempt to raise awareness over the species’ dwindling numbers.

But despite being given a 35-yard head start, the 2007 Rugby Union World Cup winner still failed to get the better of the feline. Oscar, you have been warned.

Kauto Star leaves Paul Nicholls" stables to begin new career in dressage

Nicholls saddened after Kauto Star leaves his stables to begin new career in dressage

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18:47 GMT, 11 December 2012

Paul Nicholls admitted his 'sadness' after Kauto Star's time at his Ditcheat yard came to an abrupt end on Tuesday.

The winner of five King Georges and two Cheltenham Gold Cups had been officially retired in late October and was expected to remain at Manor Farm Stables in Somerset until Boxing Day, when he was due to parade at Kempton.

Owner Clive Smith had announced on Monday that the 12-year-old would be moving away to be prepared by European bronze medalist eventing rider Laura Collett and long-time Great Britain manager and coach Yogi Breisner for a new career in the world of dressage – a decision not popular with Nicholls and his staff.

Leap of faith: Kauto Star has left Nicholls' stables for the final time

Leap of faith: Kauto Star has left Nicholls' stables for the final time

The winner of 19 races for the champion trainer, including four Betfair Chases and two Tingle Creeks, Kauto Star had been with Nicholls for eight years and was invariably ridden by his head lad Clifford Baker.

'It is with great sadness that I have to report that Kauto Star has left the yard for the last time,' Nicholls told his Betfair column.

'It has been no secret that Kauto's future has been a great source of debate since we announced his retirement.

'And, to be brutally honest, this morning I felt the time had finally come for me to take control of the situation, and to start making the decisions.

'Now, I am fully aware that Kauto is Clive's horse and he can do as he wishes, even though I would personally have loved Clifford to have looked after him for the rest of his years.

'But what upset me and my team here is
when Clive announced that he had spoken to experts about the horse's
future – but failed to consult and listen properly to the team that had
looked after him here for the past nine years. That really upset us.'

Crowd favourite: Kauto Star is set to begin a new life in dressage

Crowd favourite: Kauto Star is set to begin a new life in dressage

Nicholls went on: 'So we had a team meeting here this morning. And after listening to everybody involved – there were about six of us in the meeting – I rang up Clive, said I don't want to fall out, but we think it is in the best interests of everybody concerned to take Kauto to Yogi Breisner's this afternoon so that he could start his new career in the dressage field as soon as possible.

'Which we did with the saddest of hearts. But I like to think with a lot of dignity, too. And, yes, there were plenty of tears too. He was a member of the family here at Ditcheat, and we will all miss him so much.

'I would just to like say that it was a privilege for us here at Ditcheat to train the horse. Good luck, old boy. You were the best – and deserve the best.'

Collett, 22, who is an aspiring Olympian based at the Membury Estate in Wiltshire, will be helped by Breisner to assess the gelding's suitability for the discipline in the coming weeks.

She tweeted: 'I feel very privileged and extremely honoured to have been asked to ride Kauto Star. I will be working closely with Yogi to give Kauto Star the best chance of a second career in dressage.'

Members of the Ditcheat team expressed their sadness at the horse's departure, with Nicholls' travelling head girl Donna Blake, tweeting:

'Farewell to our dear Kauto Star, sad day that he is leaving those who genuinely care and respect him. Undeserved.'

Smith is currently abroad, but at a lunch to promote the William Hill King George VI Chase in London on Monday, he had said: 'A lot of very good chasers have gone on to do very well at dressage, like Garrison Savannah and Neptune Collonges and I wanted him to have an interest – he's just too good to be a hack or to be out in a field.

'I wanted him to do something else and he's going to be down at the other side of Lambourn and Laura Collett and Yogi will be working with him. We'll know in a very short time (if it is a possible option).'

Usain Bolt"s secret to success: running up stairs

Sprint king Bolt reveals secret to success… steps! Not the cheesy pop group, staircases

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21:53 GMT, 15 November 2012

The fastest man in the world has revealed his best-kept training secret — running up stairs.

Usain Bolt, who became the first man in history to defend his gold medals in both the men's 100m and 200m at the London Olympics, has tweeted pictures of him running up and down the stairs at his training stadium in his native Jamaica.

With the pictures, tweeted by Bolt to his 2.3million followers, the sprinter said: 'Another element of my training.. Steps'

One step at a time: Usain has revealed the secret to his sprint success

One step at a time: Usain has revealed the secret to his sprint success

One step at a time: Usain has revealed the secret to his sprint success

He then posted the video of his final sprint up hill with the words: 'Paparazzi run in on my training.. Lol'

Earlier this week Bolt was nominated for the World Athlete of the Year award by the International Association of Athletics Federation for the fourth year running. Aries Meritt and David Rudisha were also nominated.

Previously named ‘Athlete of the Year’ by the IAAF in 2008, 2009 and 2011, there was no surprise that the London triple-gold medalist was one of the nominees.

Bolt retained his title as the fastest man on earth by winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold medals during the London Olympics.

Bolt from the blue: The double Olympic champion during training in Jamaica

Bolt from the blue: The double Olympic champion during training in Jamaica

Bolt from the blue: The treble Olympic gold medallist at the London Games trains in Jamaica

He set a new Olympic record for the 100m with a time of 9.63 seconds and became the first man to defend both the 100m and 200m Olympic Sprint titles.

This year’s winner will be announced live at the World Athlete of the Year Awards, on stage in Barcelona, during a Special Awards Ceremony as part of the IAAF Centenary Celebrations.

Great Britain keep place open for Anthony Joshua in World Series of Boxing

Great Britain leave door open for Joshua after naming 19-man squad for World Series

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UPDATED:

11:58 GMT, 7 November 2012

Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua has been given extra time to decide whether to join the first Great Britain team in the World Series of Boxing.

The British Lionhearts features a
number of amateur boxers looking to be part of Team GB for the Rio
Olympics in 2016 with middleweight Fred Evans, who won a silver medal at
the London Olympics this summer, arugably the biggest name in the
squad.

Offer: Anthony Joshua (left)

Offer: Anthony Joshua (left)

He is joined by fellow Olympian Andrew Selby who will compete in the bantamweight division with Charlie Edwards and Gamal Yafai.

Heavyweight Frank Clarke and light-heavyweight Lawrence Osueke have also been signed up alongside lightweight trio Joe Cordina, Josh Taylor and Sam Maxwell and Antony Fowler in the welterweight division.

What is the world series of boxing

For the first time boxers will represent countries rather than cities. Professional boxers can compete if they have had fewer than 15 bouts but they can't continue to box professionally.

Each team have a squad of up to 20 boxers, split between the weights. Boxers cannot box on consecutive nights and injured fighters can be replaced.

All boxers are under contract and there is a prize money available. An Olympic medal-winner could earn about 150,000 per season.

Each bout is five three-minute rounds, held at bantamweight, lightweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight.

Judges score the winner of each round rather than merely count punches as in amateur boxing.

The team that wins the most number of bouts wins the meet.

From two groups of six, the top four teams qualify for the quarter-finals, where they fight home and away.

The winners progress to the semi-finals (home and away) and then the finals (neutral venue) in May 2013

Neither Joshua or Luke Campbell, both gold medals winners at the London Games, have signed up to the team.

The British stars will face up against teams from Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the USA in Group B with contests consisting of five fights, at five different weights. There are home and away legs before the top two sides from the two pools featuring in the grand final.

If the Lionhearts manage to reach the final at the first time of asking they could face Argentina, Azerbaijan, India, Mexico, Poland or Russia, the nations who make up Group A.

Fights will consist of five three-minute rounds and, despite being an amateur tournament, no vests or headguards are worn.

The new season begins for the Lionhearts on November 15 when they take on the USA in California.

Despite the new tournament starting in under two weeks, the WSB have just appointed a new chief operating officer in Karim Bouzidi.

Formerly the general manager of French franchise Paris United, Bouzidi is looking forward to moving the series forward. 'I am extremely honored to have been offered this exciting challenge,' he said.

'With new franchises, dozens of London Olympians on board and pro boxers now allowed, I am convinced that this third season will be the most successful to date.

'We want to show the world that WSB is the place to be when it comes to top quality boxing.'

Carl Froch thinks Tony Bellew sparring sessions could be tougher than Yusaf Mack

Froch says heavy sparring sessions with Bellew could be harder than Mack title fight

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20:50 GMT, 6 November 2012

Carl Froch believes his explosive sparring sessions with fellow Englishman Tony Bellew ahead of next week's IBF title defence against Yusaf Mack could prove to be tougher than the fight itself.

The Nottingham super-middleweight regularly trades blows with his fiery compatriot in training and despite their friendship, the pair are unashamedly spiteful inside the ring.

Froch, 35, also benefits from his connections with the Team GB set-up due to trainer Rob McCracken's role as performance director in Sheffield and regularly spars with the cream of the country's amateur talent.

Hard work: Carl Froch has been involved in some heavy sparring sessions with Tony Bellew

Hard work: Carl Froch has been involved in some heavy sparring sessions with Tony Bellew

Fierce: Bellew does not take it easy in training

Fierce: Bellew does not take it easy in training

Ahead of his November 17 defence against Mack in Nottingham he has worked with two former amateur stars – Commonwealth Games gold medalist Courtney Fry and ex-Olympic hopeful Callum Smith – as well as Liverpudlian hardman Bellew.

All three are natural light-heavyweights and should prepare Froch well for his meeting with Philadelphian Mack, who is dropping down from that division to attempt to spring a massive upset.

'Sometimes sparring is tougher than the actual fight,” Froch said. 'It's very intense, especially with Tony Bellew because we don't pull any punches in there.

'We train and spar like we're fighting because that's how you need to be. You need to get that mindset and let your big shots go, because what you do in sparring and training, you do on fight night too.

'It can be very tough, but it's all part and parcel of it.'

Froch added: 'Courtney Fry is a
light-heavyweight, Tony Bellew is a very strong light-heavyweight and
Callum Smith is going to fight at super-middleweight as a professional
but had stepped up to light-heavyweight as an amateur before turning
pro.

'They are all big lads, tall and rangy and strong. It's a big advantage to get great sparring. It's is one of the most important aspects of your training camp and sometimes you struggle to get the sparring. You fly them in from America and they don't want to be here, you get them from Europe and stay a week before going home.

'But we've got serious fighters here who are serious about the sport and want to do well.

Serious: Froch says sparring can give you a big advantage

Serious: Froch says sparring can give you a big advantage

'Tony Bellew is on the fringes of fighting for a world title. Callum is eager, he's just turned pro and wants to show he's a contender.

'We've never used Courtney Fry for sparring before but he's tall and rangy and throws a lot of straight punches like Mack and he's bigger and heavier than me.

'So it's been brilliant to have good, all-round sparring this camp.'

Froch defends the belt he won in May – with a five-round bludgeoning of Lucian Bute – at the Trent FM Arena in his native Nottingham a week on Saturday.

On the defensive: Froch is fighting for the belt he beat Lucian Bute to win

On the defensive: Froch is fighting for the belt he beat Lucian Bute to win

He does so with a slight injury inflicted by Fry in one of their recent sessions.

'I got elbowed on the nose on Friday but it's nothing serious,' said 'The Cobra'.

'It's nothing serious, I got some butterfly stitches put on as a precautionary measure, more than anything else, because I didn't want it to get any worse.

'It happened in round one of the sparring session and I did a 12-round spar that day, we just patched it up and went again. It's fine and it's healed up.'

British trio to join Honda"s Dream Team Professional Cycling

Sky's the limit as British cycling trio join women's Honda team hoping to emulate men

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20:10 GMT, 5 November 2012

Olympic champions Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King will be part of an elite road cycling team who will try to match the achievements of Team Sky in the men’s sport.

The trio, who won the team pursuit at London 2012, are joining Honda’s Dream Team Professional Cycling and will race against the top riders in 2013. The team will be led by Italy’s double world champion Giorgia Bronzini.

Meanwhile, Britain's former world champion and Olympic medalist Emma Pooley has joined Swiss team Bigla Cycling for the 2013 season.

Wheely bright future: Laura Trott, Danielle King and Joanna Rowsell will be part of Honda's Dream Team Professional Cycling

Wheely bright future: Laura Trott, Danielle King and Joanna Rowsell will be part of Honda's Dream Team Professional Cycling

Pooley won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was the 2010 time-trial world champion, while at this summer's London Olympics she helped Great Britain team-mate Lizzie Armitstead to silver in the road race.

With her former team AA Drink-leontien.nl set to disband at the end of the season due to a lack of financial backing, Pooley had contemplated taking an extended break from the sport to focus to finishing her PhD in geotechnical engineering.

However, the 30-year-old is now relishing the chance to link up with Bigla as well as continuing with her studies over the winter.

She told British Cycling: 'I'm looking forward to this new challenge and I'll do my best to help the young riders on the Bigla team to make the step up.

'I've raced against a lot of them in local races in Switzerland and I can see how talented they are. We will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013.'

David Price v Matt Skelton at Aintree on November 30

Price to jump back into action with Aintree title defence against 45-year-old Skelton

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09:42 GMT, 22 October 2012

David Price will make a quick return to action when he defends his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against veteran Matt Skelton at Aintree racecourse on November 30.

The giant Liverpudlian made short work of Audley Harrison earlier this month, stopping the Olympic gold medalist in his tracks with a devastating knockout after just 82 seconds.

On the line: David Price will defend his British and Commonwealth heavyweight championships against Matt Skelton at Aintree

On the line: David Price will defend his British and Commonwealth heavyweight championships against Matt Skelton at Aintree

Former British, Commonwealth and European champion Skelton boxed on the same bill in Liverpool, stopping Croatian Jakov Gospic in two rounds.

Price, 29, will expect to extend his unbeaten record against Skelton as he eyes fights with the Klitschko brothers and bitter rival Tyson Fury in the future.

‘Matt was on stand-by in case Audley pulled out,’ he said.

‘He went through with his part of the deal so we’ll go through with ours.

Veteran: 45-year-old Skelton will provide Price with his latest test in November

Veteran: 45-year-old Skelton will provide Price with his latest test in November

‘I am aware he is 45, but he has won major championships and challenged for the world title.

‘I have only boxed 14 times as a professional and still learning and Matt will bring something new for me.’