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Carl Froch Kos Yusuf Mack in third round in Nottingham to retain IBF super-middleweight title

Froch destroys Mack with third round KO to retain IBF super-middleweight title

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UPDATED:

01:28 GMT, 18 November 2012

Carl Froch, British boxing’s standard bearer, furthered his quest to be rated in the top five pound-for-pound boxers in the world by defending his IBF super-middleweight title in devastating style.

Froch knocked out the American Yusaf Mack after two minutes and 30 seconds of the third round at the Capital FM Arena in his home city of Nottingham before 10,000 raucous, adoring supporters. It was a vicious brace of left-handed punches to body and head that had Mack gasping for breath and beaten.

Froch was clearly raring to go — riled by Mack’s pre-fight description of him as a ‘fake Joe Calzaghe’ — and had the Pennsylvanian on the canvas in the first round with a flurry of punishing punches. Home hopes of a finish there and then were dashed, if not for long.

Milking the crowd: Carl Froch was in top form against Yusaf Mack

Milking the crowd: Carl Froch was in top form against Yusaf Mack

Sealed with a kiss: Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley celebrate victory

Sealed with a kiss: Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley celebrate victory

Having grown up on the mean streets
of Philadelphia Mack — who has nine children at the age of 32 —has
survived plenty of violence, including the death of a brother and a
group of friends in a gangland killing.

This was more about technique,
however. Mack was stepping down a weight from his favoured light-heavy
but stepping up in class and it showed as he was painfully outboxed.

He survived round two through sheer
cussedness but in the third was hit by a vicious shot to the ribs from
Froch, who followed it up with a left to the head that produced a
delayed reaction in Mack. He fell in installments, never to beat the
count of 10.

Froch said: ‘As soon as the doors
opened to the arena and the crowd erupted, I was ready to go.’ He had
barely broken sweat. ‘The crowd in Nottingham is unbelievable. I was a
bit cautious at first but I soon found my range. There’s always a chance
in a two-horse race but Mack never had much chance. I am a level up.’

Brutal: A Froch attack leaves Mack on the ropes

Brutal: A Froch attack leaves Mack on the ropes

Calling it a day: The referee ends proceedings in Nottingham with Mack prostrate

Calling it a day: Referee Phil Edwards ends proceedings in Nottingham with Mack on the canvas

It was the 35-year-old Froch’s 30th
win of his 32-fight career and he will now honour an obligation for a
rematch with Canada-based Romanian Lucian Bute in Montreal. Froch
regained his title by beating Bute here in May and defending it away
from home before 20,000 Canadians will be tough.
Froch, though, is in the form and shape of his life and is on a mission.

After Bute, he wants to fight the only two men to have beaten him — Dane Mikkel Kessler and American Andre Ward.

Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn will
seek to lure Kessler to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground with the offer
of a pay-per-view night, before promising Ward another big pay day.

So fearless a warrior is Froch,
indeed, that he would even be willing to go to America to fight Ward,
who is rated one of the world’s top-five fighters.

On top: Froch put Mack on the deck several times

On top: Froch put Mack on the deck several times

Smelling blood: Froch was relentless

Smelling blood: Froch was relentless

Earlier, classy Liverpool
light-heavyweight Tony Bellew overcame a wicked cut above his right eye
to outpoint Argentinian Roberto Bolonti, whom he twice dropped to the
canvas.

Bellew, who lost to new WBO champion Nathan Cleverly last year, will now have strong claims to a lucrative rematch.

Another Liverpudlian, Callum Smith,
recorded a win on his professional debut. Smith looked convincing enough
in brushing aside Dan Blackwell of Trowbridge at super-middleweight.
Maybe there is a successor to Froch at the weight some way down the
line.

Sheffield’s Kell Brook will fight
American Devon Alexander for the IBF Welterweight title in Las Vegas or
New York on January 19.

Show of power: Froch attacks once more

Show of power: Froch attacks once more

Home support: Froch was cheered on by a partisan crowd

Home support: Froch was cheered on by a partisan crowd

Carl Froch could box into his 40s

Cobra will be deadly in his 40s as Froch considers extending phenomenal career

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 16 November 2012

As Carl Froch goes into his ninth successive world title fight the motivation for him to do a number on an American with nine kids has been intensified by the prospect of dominating British boxing deep into his 40s.

Nine more years From the age of 35 The new Bernard Hopkins Not impossible says the trainer who has helped develop Froch into the indisputable pound-for-pound king of the British ring.

Rob McCracken, who also coached the UK boxing team to its glittering medal haul at the London Olympics, believes Froch has honed himself into the ultimate fighting machine. He expects him to demonstrate as much in Nottingham this evening against American challenger Yusaf Mack, who is little known here but is a tough product of the mean streets of Philadelphia.

Into battle: Carl Froch (left) takes on Yusaf Mack in Nottingham

Into battle: Carl Froch (left) takes on Yusaf Mack in Nottingham

McCracken says: ‘Carl has reached the stage where he is up there now with the best British fighters of all time. Look at who he’s fought (Jean Pascal, Jermaine Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler, Glen Johnson, Andre Ward, Lucian Bute) one after the other. He’s beaten most of them and he’s a three-time world champion.’

Even the two losses have played their part in creating a super-middleweight now being described as ‘a beast’ in the ring. Kessler had home-town advantage in a close decision. Andre Ward, in the fight which established him as third in the world pound-for-pound rankings behind Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, reminded Froch never again to go into a fight with his mind on anything other than the hard job at hand.

‘Carl has promised me that from now on he will always be 100 per cent focused every time he gets into the ring,’ says McCracken. ‘He wasn’t right against Ward but you saw the real Cobra when he destroyed Bute to win his third world belt.’

Demolition job: Froch beat Lucian Bute to win the world title

Demolition job: Froch beat Lucian Bute to win the world title

A repeat of that performance — in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,000 and a live Sky TV audience — will make Mack pay for this pre-fight jibe: ‘Froch is just a fake Joe Calzaghe.’

Very few believe that any longer and Mike Tyson, no other, now calls Froch ‘a great fighter who I love to watch and who can beat anyone in the world if he just tightens up his defence a little.’ Ward included Tyson believes so.

As does McCracken and the possibility of proving them right is driving Froch through tonight’s encounter with Mack and on towards re-matches with Bute and Kessler which should lead to a chance of avenging that one clear loss.

And then through the 40 barrier ‘Rob wants me to do it,’ says Froch. ‘I’m the one who has to do the fighting. But why not Age is a number. I live right. No smoking, no drinking, no putting on weight. I feel great. A lot of my recent fights looked like wars but I haven’t taken too much punishment.

Made it: Froch weighs in as he bids to defend his super middleweight title

Made it: Froch weighs in as he bids to defend his super middleweight title

'I was a late starter in the pros and I’m fresh. As long as I’m loving it I’ll keep doing it. And right now I’m loving it.’ There are echoes there of Hopkins, who will be 48 when he has what is being advertised as his farewell fight in New York next March.

McCracken says: ‘Carl is a natural born fighter who keeps himself in such tremendous shape that there’s no sign yet of any limit on his time in boxing.’

Mack is about to discover as much and I expect Froch to negotiate some technically awkward early rounds, then inflict a stoppage around the eighth.

Froch-Mach is live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 8 pm tonight.

Carl Froch

St Louis Rams feel at home training at Arsenal base ahead of NFL Wembley clash

Rams made to feel at home training at Arsenal's base ahead of big Wembley clash

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14:42 GMT, 25 October 2012

The St Louis Rams are making only a fleeting visit to Wembley this weekend, having backed out of a deal to play multiple games here over the next few years, but the team has quickly managed to feel at home.

The Rams will take on the New England Patriots at Wembley on Sunday.

It was originally supposed to be the first of three visits over the next three years after the Rams signed up to be the first NFL team to try and make itself a regular 'home' presence in London and corner the market of local fans seeking a team to root for.

But earlier this year, they backed out of the deal in order to pursue stadium redevelopment back home in St Louis, not wanting to give up a precious home game more than once.

Good hustle: St. Louis Rams in training ahead of their match against New England Patriots at Wembley

Good hustle: St. Louis Rams in training ahead of their match against New England Patriots at Wembley

They had seemed like obvious candidates for the Wembley arrangement when it was first made, with team owner Stan Kroenke able to combine his two major investments, the Rams and Arsenal.

Unlike the Patriots, the Rams chose to arrive in London early and spend the week here practicing, able to take advantage of Arsenal's Colney facilities as they settle in.

'We are actually very fortunate that we get to train at the Arsenal facility,' coach Jeff Fisher said as several of his players fawned over the facilities.

Welcome to London: Wide receivers Danny Amendola (right) Austin Pettis (centre) and tight end Lance Kendricks

Welcome to London: Wide receivers Danny Amendola (right) Austin Pettis (centre) and tight end Lance Kendricks

Fisher has been to London before, albeit not for 20 years. He was part of the Philadelphia Eagles organisation that visited for a pre-season game in the 1980s, and then returned with the San Francisco 49ers in 1992.

'I haven't been back since 1992 but on both those trips, the fans were very excited about football here,' he said.

The Rams will be the 'home' team on Sunday, although Fisher accepts the Wembley crowd might be more excited about seeing New England's Tom Brady in action.

Eye on the ball: Wide receiver Austin Pettis (right) takes part in catching practice on Thursday

Eye on the ball: Wide receiver Austin Pettis (right) takes part in catching practice on Thursday

He does not expect that to prove a distraction to his team.

'We had a lot of Green Bay Packers fans our stadium last weekend and that didn't bother us a bit,' he said, even though they lost 30-20. 'It didn't have an impact on the outcome of the game.'

One of the defensive stars on Fisher's team is linebacker James Laurinaitis, son of former professional wrestler Joe Laurinaitis, better known as 'Road Warrior Animal', who wrestled at Wembley during his career.

Warming up: : St. Louis Rams' wide receiver Danny Amendola stretches during training at London Colney

Warming up: : St. Louis Rams' wide receiver Danny Amendola stretches during training at London Colney

Laurinatis remembers growing up watching the video of his dad in action here.

'To be able to be in that stadium, and with the Olympics just being here and everything, it's going to be pretty cool,' he said.

Chicago Fire 0 Aston Villa 1: Agbonlahor injury scare after scoring tour winner

Chicago Fire 0 Aston Villa 1: Agbonlahor injury scare after scoring tour winner

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UPDATED:

08:45 GMT, 22 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winner for Aston Villa in their pre-season friendly against the Chicago Fire on Saturday night before being forced off with an ankle injury.

The 25-year-old forward headed home Chris Herd's cross in the 29th minute to secure the Barclays Premier League club a second straight 1-0 success on their United States tour.

Villan of the piece: Agbonlahor scored the winner, but was later removed after an injury scare

Villan of the piece: Agbonlahor scored the winner, but was later removed after an injury scare

Villan of the piece: Agbonlahor scored the winner, but was later removed after an injury scare

He departed in the second half after taking a knock, but Villa swiftly allayed concerns over the severity of the problem by posting on Twitter: 'Gabby Agbonlahor injury not as bad as first feared. Out for two weeks.'

Darren Bent played no part due to a slight thigh strain. Paul Lambert's side, who beat the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, now head to Portland for a game on Tuesday.

On Fire! Victory over Chicago was Villa's second tour victory after they defeated Philadelphia Union

On Fire! Victory over Chicago was Villa's second tour victory after they defeated Philadelphia Union

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Proper Charlie: N'Zogbia was in action as Villa beat Chicago

Proper Charlie: N'Zogbia was in action as Villa beat Chicago

Chelsea announce Delta Air Line partnership ahead of USA pre-season tour

High-flying Chelsea seal airline deal with Delta ahead of tour to America

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UPDATED:

14:56 GMT, 25 June 2012

Chelsea have announced Delta Air Lines as the Barclays Premier League club's new official global airline partner.

The European champions have agreed a two-year tie-up with Delta and will join Chelsea on their pre-season tour of the United States.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said: 'It is a fantastic opportunity for Chelsea Football Club to partner ourselves with Delta Air Lines, an industry leader in aviation.

Air miles: Chelsea have announced a partnership with Delta Air Lines

Air miles: Chelsea have announced a partnership with Delta Air Lines

'Delta's passion for innovation and first-class service around the world make them a perfect match for us and we look forward to working together as we continue to develop the Chelsea name across the globe.

'It further demonstrates our commitment to growing our activities in America, highlighted by our 2012 summer tour that will take in Seattle, New York, Philadelphia and Miami.'

Delta's senior vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa Perry Cantarutti added: 'Partnering with a leading club in the Premier League is an exciting way to strengthen our brand both in the UK and around the world.'

Chelsea reveal new "Marseille" away kit

Sure you want to leave, Didier Chelsea unveil away kit that borrows Marseille colours

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10:45 GMT, 7 June 2012

After Chelsea revealed a gold trim home kit to inspire Roberto Di Matteo’s side to Champions League glory, you don’t have to look far to see their inspiration for the new away kit.

As talks with Didier Drogba to extend his stay broke down to the point of the striker leaving, it seems the Champions League winners' last desperate attempt to keep the veteran was to offer him a playing kit that resembled his former club Marseille!

All change: Chelsea's new away strip features a diagonal blue stripe

All change: Chelsea's new away strip features a diagonal blue stripe

The Ivorian has quoted in the past he would have liked to end his career at the Ligue 1 club who he left to join Chelsea for 24million in 2004.

Top Drog: Didier Drogba enjoyed a successful season at Marseille in 2003/04

Top Drog: Didier Drogba enjoyed a successful season at Marseille in 2003/04

And although the strip borrows a template from Argentine side River Plate, the colours look remarkably similar to that of the southern France side.

But all jokes aside, the new strip is laced with adidas’s TechFit technology (proven to enhance performance) and the colours are meant to be synonymous with the success the club have achieved over the years.

Fans can see the strip for the first time when it will be worn during a pre-season tour of the USA when Chelsea face the MLS Allstars on July 25 in Philadelphia.

London 2012 Olympics: 4 x 400m women finish fourth

British women suffer relay bad result as Olympic preparations suffer blow

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20:50 GMT, 29 April 2012

Britain’s women’s 4 x 400 metres relay team came down to earth with a bump in their first outing together since winning the World Indoor title last month.

They finished fourth at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia with the same quartet of Shana Cox, Nicola Sanders, Christine Ohuruogu and Perri Shakes-Drayton who won the gold medal.

Worryingly for the four women, they were eclipsed by more than seven seconds by the victorious team from the United States.

Not this time: Britain's women were unable to repeat their world success

Not this time: Britain's women were unable to repeat their world success

NFL Draft 2012: Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III headline picks

Quarterbacks Luck and Griffin III headline 2012 NFL Draft

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UPDATED:

10:45 GMT, 27 April 2012

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III headlined the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday as expected but after that a flurry of wheeling and dealing marked the first-round of the prime-time event.

The Indianapolis Colts kicked off the annual draft party that filled three balconies at the venerable Manhattan theater with fans decked out in their team colors by taking Luck, the celebrated Stanford quarterback, with the No 1 pick.

After the Washington Redskins followed, as expected, by selecting Griffin, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Baylor, a string of four trades shook up the first half of the proceedings as teams jockeyed into position to nab the players they coveted.

Pick up: Indianapolis Colts nabbed Andrew Luck

Pick up: Indianapolis Colts nabbed Andrew Luck

NFL FIRST DRAFT PICKS

1 Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford

2 Washington Redskins (from Rams) – Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor

3 Cleveland Browns (from Vikings) – Trent Richardson, running back, Alabama

4 Minnesota Vikings (from Browns) – Matt Kalil, offensive tackle, Southern California

5 Jacksonville Jaguars (from Buccaneers) – Justin Blackmon, wide receiver, Oklahoma State

6 Dallas Cowboys (from Redskins via Rams) – Morris Claiborne, defensive back, Louisiana State

7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Jaguars) – Mark Barron, defensive back, Alabama

8 Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Texas A&M

9 Carolina Panthers – Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Boston College

10 Buffalo Bills – Stephon Gilmore, defensive back, South Carolina

11 Kansas City Chiefs – Dontari Poe, nose tackle, Memphis

12 Philadelphia Eagles (from Seahawks) – Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State

13 Arizona Cardinals – Michael Floyd, wide receiver, Notre Dame

14 St. Louis Rams (from Cowboys) – Michael Brockers, defensive tackle, Louisiana State

15 Seattle Seahawks (from Eagles) – Bruce Irvin, defensive end, West Virginia

16 New York Jets – Quinton Coples, defensive end, North Carolina

Four more trades, including two made by the New England Patriots to move up, highlighted the second half of the draft, which is the lifeblood by which NFL teams restock their teams and address weaknesses.

The top of the draft offered no suspense as Luck and Griffin went one-two as undisputed top of the 2012 draft class.

Luck, considered one of the most polished quarterback prospects in recent years, will be taking over the reins of the Colts’ offense from four-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning.

'Yeah, Peyton Manning, arguably the greatest ever,' Luck said about the 11-time Pro Bowler, who signed a five-year, $96million (59m) deal to play with the Denver Broncos after the Colts decided to embark on a rebuilding plan.

'He was my football hero growing up. I realize you don’t really replace a guy like that. Those shoes to fill are huge.

'If one day I can be mentioned alongside Peyton in quarterback history, it would be a football dream come true.'

Luck was handed a No 12 Indianapolis jersey, to match the uniform number he wore at Stanford.

'That’s the number I’m wearing this year and hopefully for many years to come,' said Luck, a drop-back passer who completed 67 percent of his passes at Stanford, throwing for 82 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in compiling a 31-7 record as a starter.

Griffin, popularly known as RG3, is a running threat as well as a strong-armed passer and edged out Luck as winner of the Heisman in December as the top US college player.

We want you: Robert Griffin III, left, is joined by his father Robert Griffin Jr. after being selected by the Washington Redskins

We want you: Robert Griffin III, left, is joined by his father Robert Griffin Jr. after being selected by the Washington Redskins

NFL FIRST DRAFT PICKS

17 Cincinnati Bengals (from Raiders) – Dre Kirkpatrick, defensive back, Alabama

18 San Diego Chargers – Melvin Ingram, linebacker, South Carolina

19 Chicago Bears – Shea McClellin, defensive end, Boise State

20 Tennessee Titans – Kendall Wright, wide receiver, Baylor

21 New England (from Bengals) – Chandler Jones, defensive end, Syracuse

22 Cleveland Browns (from Falcons) – Brandon Weeden, quarterback, Oklahoma State

23 Detroit Lions – Riley Reiff, offensive tackle, Iowa

24 Pittsburgh Steelers – David DeCastro, guard, Stanford

25 New England (from Broncos) – Dont'a Hightower, linebacker, Alabama

26 Houston Texans – Whitney Mercilus, linebacker, Illinois

27 Cincinnati (from Saints via Patriots) – Kevin Zeitler, guard, Wisconsin

28 Green Bay Packers – Nick Perry, linebacker, Southern California

29 Minnesota Vikings (from Ravens) – Harrison Smith, defensive back, Notre Dame

30 San Francisco 49ers – A.J. Jenkins, wide receiver, Illinois

31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Patriots via Broncos) – Doug Martin, running back, Boise State

32 New York Giants – David Wilson, running back, Virginia Tech

The Redskins so coveted Griffin, they traded their No 6 overall pick along with a second-rounder this season and No. 1 picks in 2013 and 2014 to the St. Louis Rams in order to move up to No 2 in the draft so they could claim him.

'I don’t look at it as any added pressure,' Griffin said. 'If anything, it makes me want to go out and get to work even sooner. They believe in me.'

After the selection of those two blue chip quarterbacks, who will be linked as quarterbacking headliners of the 2012 draft, a flurry of trades followed.

The Cleveland Browns swapped picks with the Minnesota Vikings to take Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the third pick.

Minnesota, enriched by added picks in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds, took offensive tackle Matt Kalil of Southern California.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded the fifth pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

The Dallas Cowboys jumped to the sixth spot after a trade with St. Louis and took Louisiana State defensive back Morris Claiborne.

Moving up three places after a swap with the Seattle Seahawks, the Philadelphia Eagles took Fletcher Cox, a defensive tackle from Mississippi State, with the 12th pick.

Capping off the three-hour-long opening round with teams picking in reverse order of their 2011 records, the Super Bowl champion New York Giants took running back David Wilson of Virginia Tech.

The second and third rounds of the draft will be held on Friday, with rounds four through seven conducted on Saturday.

Hired: Trent Richardson was snapped up by the Cleveland Browns

Hired: Trent Richardson was snapped up by the Cleveland Browns

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Australia paceman Brett Lee jumps for joy after dismissing India's Virender Sehwag during their Twenty20 match in Sydney

Australia paceman Brett Lee jumps for joy after dismissing India's Virender Sehwag during their Twenty20 match in Sydney

Winnipeg Jets winger Chris Thorburn (22) and Tom Sestito of the Philadelphia Flyers get to grips with each other in their NHL encounter

Winnipeg Jets winger Chris Thorburn (22) and Tom Sestito of the Philadelphia Flyers get to grips with each other in their NHL encounter

Stadium staff remove snow from the pitch ahead of Parma's match against Juventus at Stadio Ennio Tardini

Stadium staff remove snow from the pitch ahead of Parma's match against Juventus at Stadio Ennio Tardini

Spectators watch the Super Bowl media day with the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis

Spectators watch the Super Bowl media day with the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis

Runners and riders race down the back straight on a cold day at Taunton

Runners and riders race down the back straight on a cold day at Taunton

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Two New York Knicks fans in Spiderman costumes cheer on their team during the 91-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden

Two New York Knicks fans in Spiderman costumes cheer on their team during the 91-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban watches his players celebrate beating the LSU Tigers in the NCAA BCS National Championship game in New Orleans

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban watches his players celebrate beating the LSU Tigers in the NCAA BCS National Championship game in New Orleans

Bruno Bony of France and Eric Palante of Belgium ride along a valley floor during stage eight of the Dakar Rally - Copiapo to Antofagasta in Chile

Bruno Bony of France and Eric Palante of Belgium ride along a valley floor during stage eight of the Dakar Rally – Copiapo to Antofagasta in Chile

Will Kennedy on Made In Time (No 6) on the way to victory in the tauntonracecourse.co.uk Novices' Limited Handicap Steeplechase

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Half the players on court get tangled up chasing a rebound during the Philadelphia 76ers' 96-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers

Half the players on court get tangled up chasing a rebound during the Philadelphia 76ers' 96-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers