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Ricky Burns versus Miguel Vazquez rescheduled

Burns' title clash with Vazquez rescheduled for April after Mexican eats dodgy seafood

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

01:10 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:05 GMT, 4 March 2013

Ricky Burns' world title unification fight against Miguel Vazquez has been rescheduled for April 20.

The Scot was due to tackle the IBF lightweight champion at Wembley Arena on March 16 but the Mexican has been suffering from a severe viral infection after contracting food poisoning from seafood.

Nathan Cleverly's mandatory world light-heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi has also been moved to the later date.

Disappointed: Ricky Burns' fight with Miguel Vazquez has been rescheduled for April 20 at Wembley Arena

Disappointed: Ricky Burns' fight with Miguel Vazquez has been rescheduled for April 20 at Wembley Arena

A doctor's report dated February 25, seen by Sportsmail, revealed that Vazquez presented with a temperature of 40C along with sickness and a fast heart rate. He was advised to rest for at least 10 days.

Promoter Frank Warren said: 'It’s very unfortunate that Vazquez has had to withdraw so close to the fight, but it is on medical grounds, which is beyond my control, due to his viral infection, and we have his doctor’s certificate confirming this.

'Therefore I have had to postpone the fight, not canceled as stated in some media reports, to Saturday April 20 at Wembley Arena. Everybody is disappointed by this postponement, but we have worked hard to ensure that Ricky’s unification fight still goes ahead.'

Burns, who holds the WBO belt, had earlier revealed his disappointment at the news.

He tweeted: 'Absolutely gutted this fight ain't happening, another training camp n it's fell through! Not only that, feel sorry for the fans, my friends and family who have now booked tickets, flights and hotels for 2 fights for it to fall through. Sorry every1!'

Switch: George Groves will announce his move to rival promoter Matchroom

Switch: George Groves will announce his move to rival promoter Matchroom

The 29-year-old had been due to fight first Liam Walsh and then Jose Ocampo last December but both pulled out at short notice.

His fight with Vazquez was announced in January but last month the Mexican cast doubt over whether it would go ahead.

'There
is nothing concrete,' he said. 'I am waiting on the response from the
promoters. If they come to an agreement, there will be a fight.'

The announcement follows the shock defection of George Groves to rival promoter Eddie Hearn which is expected to be confirmed on Monday.

The super-middleweight was also due
to fight on the London card but will instead fight a week earlier at the
same venue on Matchroom's 'London's Finest' bill.

Last man standing: Nathan Cleverly's title defence against Robin Krasniqi has also been rescheduled

Last man standing: Nathan Cleverly's title defence against Robin Krasniqi has also been rescheduled

A statement from Warren Promotions
confirmed: 'George Groves has withdrawn from the Wembley Arena show
promoted by Frank Warren on Saturday March 16.

'Groves was due to challenge for the vacant European super-middleweight title against Mohamed Ali Ndiaye that Mr. Warren won the purse bid for on January 11.

'Groves has stated that he is not interested in boxing for the EBU title at this moment and would like to take his choice of fights in another direction.

'Mr Warren would like to wish George all the best with his career and looks forward to working again with him in the near future.'

Cleverly is also reported to have been suffering from a virus which left him unable to train for five days while Dereck Chisora remains hopeful of returning to the ring next month but has yet to have his hearing with the British Boxing Board of Control after his license was revoked last year.

Karim Benzema ruled out of France v Spain clash after speeding offence

Spain judiciary hand national team a boost after summoning Benzema over 134mph speeding offence… on day of France clash

By
Pete Jenson

PUBLISHED:

13:59 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:07 GMT, 1 March 2013

Offence: Karim Benzema was caught speeding at 134mph

Offence: Karim Benzema was caught speeding at 134mph earlier this year

The Spanish judiciary has done the nation's football team a favour by telling speeding Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema he must appear in court on March 26 – the same day France play Spain in Paris in a vital World Cup qualifier.

Benzema was caught doing 134 mph on Madrid's M40 ring road in the early hours of February 3 – twice the speed limit.

He was meant to appear last Tuesday but asked for a postponement because he was in Real Madrid's squad to play Barcelona in the Cup.

Spanish boost: The Real Madrid striker will miss his country's qualifier

Spanish boost: The Real Madrid striker will miss France's World Cup qualifier

Now he will need to explain to France
boss Didier Deschamps that instead of being at Stade de France in Paris
he will be answering to his fourth traffic misdemeanor in the
three-and-a-half seasons he has been at Real Madrid.

He was fined for dangerous driving in Ibiza in 2011, involved in a Lamborghini accident on Reunion Island in 2009, and he drove into a tree on the way home from his first clasico in 2009.

The player could face between three and six months prison sentence although a hefty fine and a driving ban of between one and four years is more likely.

Kell Brook v Devon Alexander: Sheffield fighter not fazed by underdog status

Brook unfazed by underdog tag ahead of maiden world title shot against Alexander

By
Phil Barnett, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:19 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:03 GMT, 15 January 2013

Kell Brook knows he will be the underdog for the first time in his career when he travels to Detroit charged with dethroning IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander next month.

The unbeaten Sheffield star puts his perfect 29-0 (with 19 knockouts) record on the line when he goes to America for his maiden world title tilt.

Some bookmakers see the fight as even but many experts predict the younger but more established American Alexander will have too much for the British challenger.

Underdog: Kell Brook, flanked by promoter Eddie Hearn and his coaching team, knows he faces a tough task against Devon Alexander

Underdog: Kell Brook, flanked by promoter Eddie Hearn and his coaching team, knows he faces a tough task against Devon Alexander

Brook, however, is undaunted by the idea.

'It's the first time in my career I've been the underdog but it doesn't matter to me,' said the 26-year-old.

'He's the champion and people are expecting him to keep the title but we know differently. I'm going to show him – and the world – why people call me the Special One.

'I'll go out there and won't be denied.'

The pair were scheduled to fight this weekend until an ankle injury suffered by Brook forced a five-week postponement to February 23.

He insists he is fully recovered and has been on a training camp in the Canaries as part of his intense preparation.

'The ankle is fantastic now, I'm fully prepared and fully healed,' he said.

'It's helped me because it's given me more time to get prepared and everything's fallen into place with my new team who are helping with my conditioning and making me into even more of a monster.

Fists of fury: IBF king Devon Alexander (left) stands in the way of Brook's first world title

Fists of fury: IBF king Devon Alexander (left) stands in the way of Brook's first world title

'My dietician Dave Stache has even moved in with me to oversee everything. That's a real sacrifice but this is a world title fight so it's well worth it.

'I want to make sure that when the bell rings I'm in the best shape physically and mentally I can be.

'If he has to live with me, so be it. Anything to get the job done and believe you me, the job will be getting done.'

Brook added: 'I'm going over to his backyard but I wouldn't want it any other way.

'Going to the champion's country and taking his title off him on his own patch is going to feel so good. It's going to be the icing on the cake going there to do the business.

'I've got to do whatever it takes to win, whether that's make it a dogfight or a technical fight. Whatever happens in that ring, the job will get done.

'I'm getting more confident by the day and by February 23 I'll be a man on a mission.'

Leyton Orient first match called off as weather wreaks havoc with sport

More frustration for Orient as they're first to fall foul off the wet weather across England

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UPDATED:

19:07 GMT, 25 December 2012

Leyton Orient led the way with the first weather postponement of the Boxing Day fixture programme as the forecast of more heavy rain threatened further disruption.

The League One side called off their home clash with Swindon at lunchtime on Christmas Day after downpours in London overnight.

Raining on our parade: The sports calendar has been affected by the weather

Raining on our parade: The sports calendar has been affected by the weather

It has been a frustrating week for Orient boss Russell Slade, who took his team to Notts County last weekend only to have the game controversially called off, even though both managers and the players felt the pitch was playable.

That match was one of 13 League fixtures which fell foul of heavy rain and clubs will be hoping there is no repeat at a time of the year which is traditionally lucrative in terms of attracting fans.

There was also a major casualty in racing, with Thursday's Welsh Grand National at Chepstow succumbing after six inches of rain fell in the area.

The race, which was due to be the BBC’s farewell, has been re-arranged for January 5 and will be screened by Channel 4.

Arsene Wenger surprised Arsenal are third in Premier League

Arsenal, third I don't believe it! Wenger shocked at Gunners rise up the table

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11:44 GMT, 23 December 2012

Arsene Wenger did his best Victor Meldrew impression after seeing his Arsenal side rise to third in the table by saying 'I don't believe it'.

Earlier this month the knives were out for the Frenchman after the club were knocked out of the Capital One Cup to League Two Bradford and they slipped to 10th in the Premier League.

But three league wins in a row and the Gunners are back in the Champions League positions and with a rest over Christmas after their Boxing Day clash with West Ham was called off due to the Tube strike.

Raising a smile: Arsene Wenger will enjoy Christmas after watching his side rise to third in the League

Raising a smile: Arsene Wenger will enjoy Christmas after watching his side rise to third in the League

Despite things looking better for Wenger's men, he still wants more.

Speaking after the 1-0 win over Wigan, he said: 'It's good but it's not enough, you want more.

'I hope that gives us a bit more belief and confidence. We have a week to prepare for the next game and hopefully at home we can continue to win our games. It's an important part of the season now.

Miserable: Actor Richard Wilson pictured as Victor Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave

Miserable: Actor Richard Wilson pictured as Victor Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave

'Away from home, our record is quite good. We’ve only lost at Manchester United and Norwich since the beginning of the season.

Speaking of the Boxing Day postponement, he said: 'I would have preferred to play. When the team is on a roll, you want them to go out and play, you know.'

Jumping for joy: Mikel Arteta celebrates scoring Arsenal's winner from the penalty spot

Jumping for joy: Mikel Arteta celebrates scoring Arsenal's winner from the penalty spot

Theo Walcott was again given his chance up front after impressing in the role against Reading, and Wenger gave the England man qualified praise.

He said: 'I wouldn't like to judge him on one game but he has the ingredients to play there. He didn't have much service today, he was a bit isolated but he can always be decisive. Today again he made the decision and he got the penalty.'

Looking good: Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott celebrate Arsenal's win

Looking good: Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott celebrate Arsenal's win

London Tube strike: Arsenal v West Ham Boxing Day game could be off

Arsenal in talks with Premier League to postpone West Ham game until 2013 as Tube drivers announce Boxing Day strike

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UPDATED:

15:38 GMT, 18 December 2012

Arsenal are locked in talks with the Premier League over postponing their Christmas clash with West Ham after Tube workers announced they would strike on Boxing Day.

A club statement issued today read: 'Arsenal Football Club is currently in discussions with the Premier League, West Ham United, police and relevant authorities over the possible postponement of the Boxing Day fixture at Emirates Stadium, following the announcement that London Underground drivers plan industrial action on that day.

'The match is in doubt due to the difficulties of getting 60,000 supporters, plus matchday staff and employees to the stadium safely in the advent of disruption to public transport on a public holiday.

Calling it off Arsenal may have to wait until the New Year to take on West Ham

Calling it off Arsenal may have to wait until the New Year to take on West Ham

Under threat: The Gunners clash with West Ham might be rescheduled

Under threat: The Gunners clash with West Ham might be rescheduled

'The Club will make a further announcement as soon as a final decision is made.'

Although Arsenal have not made a
final decision on whether to call off proceedings, it seems likely that
Sam Allardyce will have to wait until the New Year to take his side to the Emirates.

Arsenal's 60,000-seater ground is
five minutes' walk from Holloway Road station in north London, with
Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park also close by.

Many fans use the service to get to games so a suspension would cause chaos if the match went ahead.

A strike by Tube drivers last year
forced Arsenal to delay their Boxing Day match with Wolves by 24 hours
but they cannot do the same this year as they have a game against
Newcastle on December 29.

Twelve months ago the club cited the 'duty of
care' they had to both sets of supporters and staff.

A midweek evening in January seems the likeliest date for re-staging but neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and the FA Cup are also factors to be considered.

QPR's match with West Brom will kick off at 3pm as planned after the club held a meeting this afternoon to discuss the matter.

Loftus Road is close to three Tube stations and fans are often reliant on the service but a statement on Ranger's website read: 'Supporters are advised to allow extra time for their journeys to and from Loftus Road.

'Buses will be running on the usual Sunday/Bank Holiday service on the day of the fixture, whilst parking in the borough will be free.

Christmas cheer Arsenal are facing a tricky festive period

Christmas cheer Arsenal are facing a tricky festive period

'Supporters who are unable to attend the fixture owing to the Tube strikes will be entitled to a full refund.'

Fulham will wait for official confirmation of the Tube strike before deciding if any action needs to be taken over their Boxing Day match with Southampton at Craven Cottage.

A club spokesman said: 'We are monitoring situation and putting contingency in place but remain fully committed to the game going ahead as scheduled.'

Fulham play Swansea three days later.

Charlton are the only Championship side hosting a Boxing Day fixture in the capital but it is understood their match with Ipswich should not be too badly disrupted and will go ahead. Most home fans travel in from Kent rather than central London.

Derailed: Fans will have find it difficult to get across the capital

Derailed: Fans will have find it difficult to get across the capital

The announcement by Aslef means
London Underground drivers are on course to walk out on Boxing Day, as
well as January 18 and 25 in a row over bank holiday pay. It will be the
third successive Christmas walkout by Tube drivers.

The
move was announced after Aslef members voted by 9-1 in favour of
strikes. A spokesman said: 'The ballot result shows the strength of
feeling that remains on this issue.'

Sir Alex Ferguson plays down sleeping pills issue

Fergie tired of talking about sleeping pills as Manchester United boss plays down issue

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UPDATED:

09:24 GMT, 20 October 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that some Manchester United players do take sleeping pills, but that he leaves such matters for the team doctor to deal with.

The issue of what players take to get to sleep has become a discussion point after Glen Johnson revealed some players had taken Pro Plus tablets on Tuesday ahead of England's World Cup qualifier with Poland in Warsaw.

Not a big deal: Sir Alex Ferguson is aware some players take sleeping pills

Not a big deal: Sir Alex Ferguson is aware some players take sleeping pills

Another England player admitted some then took sleeping pills to counteract the effect and allow them to get to sleep following the game's postponement due to a waterlogged pitch.

Both Phil Neville and Rio Ferdinand went on Twitter to confirm it was nothing new and that neither sleeping pills nor caffeine tablets had an adverse effect on player performance.

'I think some players do take sleeping tablets at night,' Ferguson said. 'I don't know which ones. There are all different types and some very mild ones. I leave it to the doctor.'

Ferguson clearly does not believe it is an issue, judging by the jovial way he responded to a further query about whether his players take caffeine tablets.

'I don't think so,' he said. 'It's me that's needing them. I wish I had taken a sleeping tablet before this press conference. It would have made it a bit easier.'

Not at the races: England did not impress as they drew in Poland

Not at the races: England did not impress as they drew in Poland

Roberto Mancini says Joe Hart needs to be cocky

Mancini insists Hart needs to be cocky if he is to continue ascent

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UPDATED:

23:42 GMT, 19 October 2012

Roberto Mancini accepts that Joe Hart can be ‘cocky’ but insists it has helped the Manchester City goalkeeper become one of the best in Europe.

The accusation was levelled at Hart by television pundit Roy Keane after the 25-year-old keeper held up his hands to the error that led to Poland’s equaliser against England on Wednesday.

It came two weeks after Hart earned rave reviews for a world-class display for City against Borussia Dortmund, and Mancini was quick to defend his player.

Cocky: Joe Hart needs to retain his attitude according to Roberto Mancini

Cocky: Joe Hart needs to retain his attitude according to Roberto Mancini

‘If you want to be a good keeper, you should be cocky,’ said the City manager. ‘Every keeper is like this. It is important because it’s different to another position.

‘Last week, Wayne Rooney said on Twitter that Joe is the best keeper in the world but today he is cocky.

‘It is my opinion that Joe is the best keeper in England and one of the best in Europe.

‘He is strong enough for this. He knows he is one of the best but he wants to continue to work hard.

‘Usually Joe saves everything but anyone can make a mistake. It is impossible to be perfect. Only Mario (Balotelli) is perfect every day!’

Mancini was already frustrated that the international break arrived just when his team’s form was showing signs of improvement.

The 24-hour postponement of England’s World Cup qualifier in Warsaw has given him another headache as City face a difficult trip to the Hawthorns on Saturday where West Bromwich Albion have won all four of their Premier League games this season.

It meant that Hart, James Milner and Joleon Lescott only returned to training with their teammates at Carrington on Friday, and the Italian believes the fixture could have been switched to Sunday.

‘The game after the international
break is always difficult,’ said Mancini. ‘I think that sometimes in
this situation we can move our game from Saturday to Sunday. It’s easy
because we are not on television and we play at three o’clock on
Saturday.

‘I am worried because for Joe, Joleon and James Milner it is the first day they can train and tomorrow we play.’

Nearly there: Mancini says Hart is the best keeper in England

Nearly there: Mancini says Hart is the best keeper in England

The World Cup qualifiers dealt City another blow with David Silva returning to the club nursing the hamstring injury he suffered in the early stages of Spain’s draw with France on Tuesday night.

However scans have showed that it is not as serious as first feared.

Bounce back: Hart made an error for England against Poland

Bounce back: Hart made an error for England against Poland

Andy Hazell fancy lengthy ban

Hazell facing lengthy ban after being summoned by citing officers for punching spree

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UPDATED:

22:52 GMT, 15 October 2012

Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell faces a lengthy ban after being summoned to appear before a disciplinary hearing following his red card during the Amlin Challenge Cup match against Mont-de-Marsan last Thursday.

Former England player Hazell was red carded in the 55th minute by referee Neil Hennessy for punching Sebastien Ormaechea while video footage also showed Hazell aiming his knee at the player's head during Gloucester's 11-6 win at Stade Guy Boniface.

No holding back: Andy Hazell lands several blows on an opponent

No holding back: Andy Hazell lands several blows on an opponent

VIDEO

Click here to watch Andy Hazell's attack

This is a contravention of Law 10.4 (a) which refers to the striking of another player with the hand, arm, fist or knee.

For the use of the hand, arm or fist, the penalties vary from two weeks
at the very least through a mid-range suspension of five weeks and a
maximum of eight to 52 weeks.

If the knee has been used, the lower end ban is three weeks in duration,
through an eight-week mid-range ban with 12 to 52 weeks the highest end
of the scale.

Reaction Hazell claims he was provoked into lashing out

Reaction Hazell claims he was provoked into lashing out

Roger Morris has been appointed as the independent Judicial Officer for
the hearing which has been set for October 26 after Gloucester requested
a postponement although Hazell will be ineligible to play until the
completion of the disciplinary process.

Following the game the English side referred a number of incidents to
the citing commissioner John West but he determined there was no
evidence to support any citings.

Amir Khan splits from Freddie Roach

Khan set to announce new trainer after confirming split with Roach

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UPDATED:

06:48 GMT, 15 September 2012

Amir Khan has said he will immediately appoint a new trainer after confirming his split from Freddie Roach.

There had been rumblings the Bolton boxer and Roach would go their separate ways after the former suffered a stunning fourth-round stoppage loss to Danny Garcia for the WBC and WBA light-welterweight titles in July.

And Khan wrote on his Twitter account: 'Officially iv left freddie roach. Just spoke to his and had a good professional chat and maybe in the future we work together.

End of the road: Amir Khan (left) will no longer work with Freddie Roach

End of the road: Amir Khan (left) will no longer work with Freddie Roach

'Freddie understood why I'm looking at other trainers and wished me all the best for the future. Who do. My followers think I should go with'

And while Khan, who is looking to fight again this year, was intent on naming his new trainer immediately after the announcement, he was persuaded otherwise.

'Rt this I'm going to announce my new trainer in 10 minutes….,' he added.

'I'm sorry @saj23x just give me so much s***. He said I have to announce it tomorrow morning.'

Defeat against Garcia was Khan's second consecutive loss.

He was beaten via a split decision in December last year against Lamont Peterson, who later failed a drugs test which forced the postponement of a scheduled re-match.

Khan said in the aftermath of his defeat to Garcia that he was keen on remaining loyal to Roach, who took charge of the 25-year-old after his knockout loss to Breidis Prescott in September 2008 and led him to two world titles in the 140lb division.

However, Khan wanted guarantees Roach – who also looks after Manny Pacquiao – would be fully focused on the Brit for the duration of pre-fight camps.

And while the two seem to have been unable to come to a resolution, Khan's statement suggests his split from the owner of the famous Wild Card boxing gym has been an amicable one.

Hall of Fame trainer Roach is currently in Las Vegas with another one of his charges – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who defends his WBC middleweight title against Sergio Martinez of Argentina on Saturday night.

Roach admitted he had spoken to Khan on Friday to discuss the end of their four-year partnership.

The 52-year-old told ESPN.com: 'He said, 'I know you're busy with your other fighters and I'm going to go in a different direction'.

'He said, 'No hard feelings, maybe we'll get back together someday'. He was being nice. I wished him luck. I've been fired before.'