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Amir Khan hopes to "laugh in Kell Brook"s face" by proving he has more fans in Sheffield

Khan hopes to 'laugh in Kell Brook's face' by proving he has more fans than his rival does in his home town of Sheffield

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Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

00:49 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:11 GMT, 6 March 2013

Amir Khan has revealed he cannot wait to fight in Sheffield – because he wants to ‘laugh in Kell Brook’s face’ about having more fans than Brook does in his home town.

The former world champion is to fight Mexican Julio Diaz in Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on April 27 at a catchweight of 143lbs, and though he is adamant he will return to 140lbs to avenge defeats against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, he couldn’t resist a dig at welterweight Brook, his long-time rival.

'We’ll show him how we sell tickets,' said Khan, whose fight against Diaz is his first in the UK for two years.

Last laugh: Amir Khan believes he will sell out the Motorpoint Arena because he has more Sheffield-based fans than Kell Brook

Last laugh: Amir Khan believes he will sell out the Motorpoint Arena because he has more Sheffield-based fans than Kell Brook

'It’ll show that I probably have more
fans than him in his home town. That’s a laugh in his face, really. But I
don’t think about fighting him yet – he has to prove himself.'

Brook is to fight Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title in May and, if victorious, interest in a fight between he and Khan is certain to grow, something the latter says he will welcome once he has achieved his ambitions as a light welterweight and moved up to the 147lb division.

'I have nothing against Kell Brook,' says Khan. 'I don't care about him or think about him. He has to prove himself. At the moment he's not on my radar or anything.

'Spectacular': Julio Diaz was impressed with Khan's performance against Carlos Molina

'Spectacular': Julio Diaz was impressed with Khan's performance against Carlos Molina

'If I move up to 147 then definitely I would fight him, but it's six to nine months before I do move up. When I do, I'm not someone who says no and I would take that fight.

'I still want to fight at 140 and win titles at that weight and then move up to 147 as a world champion.

'There are still two fights out there at 140 against Petersen and Garcia – they are fights I want and that are there for me, so I don't see why I should move up.'

Battle of Britain Interest in Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan continues to grow

Battle of Britain Interest in Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan continues to grow

Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley were among those mentioned as potential opponents for Khan, with Peterson and Vyacheslav Senchenko, who retired Ricky Hatton in November, understood to have rejected official offers to fight him. As a consequence Diaz has been viewed as an underwhelming opponent, but he is one Khan is adamant will not be easy.

'We got the fight I wanted,' he said. 'Not many would take this fight on so I have a lot of respect for Diaz for taking it.

'People will turn us down because they know this is a tough fight, even though last year wasn't our best. We tried with some and it didn't happen, which is why I left England for a training camp without doing any press as I didn't have a secure opponent.'

Back on form: Khan followed two straight losses with a 10th-round stoppage of Molina

Back on form: Khan followed two straight losses with a 10th-round stoppage of Molina

For Diaz, the next fight represents the biggest of his career after his last was a draw against Shawn Porter on the undercard of Khan's 10th-round stoppage victory over Carlos Molina, the 2004 Olympian's first with trainer Virgil Hunter, and one in which the Mexican felt Khan simply could not be criticised.

'I have to say he was spectacular,' Diaz said. 'He looked a whole different fighter. Virgil has done a very good job with him, but I have a very good team and, when I get in the ring in Sheffield, it will be a very proud moment.

'Amir has been a superstar since he started and has been treated like one. I’ve struggled to get attention by winning performances and knockouts, but it’s just made me work harder.'

Tickets for Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz can be purchased from www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or by calling 0114 256 5656.

Phil Taylor hints he could quit darts after world championship final

Is the Power going out Tired Taylor hints he could be ready to take his final bow on the oche

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22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012

They may have been the words of a tired and cold-ridden man, but Phil Taylor threatened that he could be playing the final match of a darts career without equal at Alexandra Palace.

The Power, who takes on Holland’s new wonderkid Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Championship, was disgusted by his behaviour after semi-final victory over Raymond van Barneveld on Sunday night.

An emotional Taylor mistook a Van Barneveld handshake for a provocative gesture and acted aggressively towards his friend and long-time rival in a sour finale to a thrilling match.

Shout bout: Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld clash on Sunday

Shout bout: Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld clash on Sunday

Ashamed: Taylor has apologised for his behaviour

Ashamed: Taylor has apologised for his behaviour

Disagreement: Taylor and Van Barneveld exchanged words as they left the stage

Disagreement: Taylor and Van Barneveld exchanged words as they left the stage

Tale of the tape

Taylor said: ‘I’m ashamed of myself and I feel terrible. I’ve texted Raymond and spoken to him and there is nothing else I can do, only apologise for it. It will never happen again.

‘I don’t care about darts at the minute. I know I’m in the final but I don’t feel excited or chuffed about it. I feel very down. I could just walk away tomorrow night and retire — go out on top. I’m a bit disillusioned about everything. Obviously I’m not feeling very well and I need a break.

‘To put the record straight, Raymond is a very strong lad and when he shook my hand and pulled me he hurt me a little bit. That was all it was and I reacted disgracefully.

Whatever the PDC decide, chuck the book at me, they can do whatever they want. I’m ashamed because I really like Raymond. It’s upset me.’

Is this the end Taylor was pushed all the way by Van Barneveld and says he needs a break

Is this the end Taylor was pushed all the way by Van Barneveld and says he needs a break

Winning feeling: Taylor shows his emotion after winning the semi-final

Winning feeling: Taylor shows his emotion after winning the semi-final

Whether or not Taylor is serious about retirement, he is not underestimating the task facing him if he is to claim a 16th world title tonight. Van Gerwen has been the star of this World Championship, bullying his opponents into submission with a scoring ability only Taylor has ever attained on a consistent basis.

Taylor added: ‘I’ve not seen a dart player like Michael in all my career. Only myself really. I think he’s the next one. His scoring, passion, his will to win, his aggression, Michael’s got the full package.

‘He’s phenomenal. He’s different to all the players I’ve seen and I’ve seen nearly four generations of players. Pretender to my crown He’s no pretender. For me to beat him is going to take a lot of concentration and a lot of effort. I can do it but it’s going to take a lot. I had a 109 average and lost to him the other week, but I can get him.’

The man of the moment: Michael van Gerwen is a player in form

The man of the moment: Michael van Gerwen is a player in form

Champion in waiting Van Gerwen beat two time champion Adrian Lewis and James Wade on the way to the final

Champion in waiting Van Gerwen beat two time champion Adrian Lewis and James Wade on the way to the final

Van Gerwen was just nine months old when Taylor claimed his first world title in 1990. Remarkably, he didn’t pick up a set of darts until he was 13, playing with friends at their homes in Boxtel, a small town near Eindhoven in southern Holland.

He turned professional four years later in 2006, recording a televised nine-dart finish and winning the World Masters at the age of 17. He has never been a respecter of reputations.

Van Gerwen said: ‘I don’t like watching darts. Even now, most of the times I don’t bother. I played Phil for the first time when I was 17. I knew nothing about him before that. It would be great if I could become world champion 10 years after playing for the first time.’

Fans in Cyprus throw flare at injured player

Fans in Cyprus throw firecracker at injured player during heated clash with rivals

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UPDATED:

16:39 GMT, 22 October 2012

Fans of a Cypriot club have been blasted after they threw a firecracker at a rival team's player while he was receiving treatment for an injury.

Anorthosis Famagusta's Ricardo Laborde was stricken on the field when the flare was thrown during the match with AC Omonia.

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Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

Video footage shows trainers who were tending to injured player, as well as the Colombian forward himself, writhing on the
ground after the firecracker exploded just inches from their faces but no-one was injured in the attack.

Anorthosis have urged police
to carry out more thorough checks of fans entering stadium grounds.
Police said investigators are pouring over CCTV footage to track down
the culprit.

Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

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Gabriel Agbonlahor happy at Villa

Agbonlahor happy at Villa and has sights set on Midlands derby glory over West Brom

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 29 September 2012

Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor insists he has no desire to leave Aston Villa and set his sights on experiencing more derby joy in Sunday's home clash with West Brom.

Erdington-born Agbonlahor has an impressive scoring record in clashes with Villa's local rivals since making his debut six years ago.

He has seen other big name players such as Gareth Barry, James Milner, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing quit Villa in recent seasons.

Happy: Gabriel Agbonlahor is content at Aston Villa

Happy: Gabriel Agbonlahor is content at Aston Villa

But Agbonlahor, who scored twice in the midweek Capital One Cup success over Manchester City, is content with life under Paul Lambert.

Agbonlahor said: 'Will I ever leave You can never say never, but as long as the club want me here – I've got two years and an option for another year – then I will stay.

'If the club wants to keep me and I'm happy, I will stay at the club for the rest of my career.

'You can say I haven't had a move, I haven't had this or that, but I'm happy to be at Aston Villa.

'If those players (Milner, Young, Barry, Downing) had been homegrown players, you never know what their choice would have been.

'For me even if a big club had come in for me, they would have known that I wanted to stay here. It's different for me.'

Agbonlahor is often the target for rival fans in derby clashes but admits it spurs him on.

He said: 'As you know, I get a lot of stick from the fans with the songs that they sing, but that doesn't bother me.

In-form: Agbonlahor (centre right) was on fire as Villa beat Manchester City in midweek

In-form: Agbonlahor (centre right) was on fire as Villa beat Manchester City in midweek

Moving on: Agbonlahor has seen the likes of Gareth Barry leave Villa Park in recent years

Moving on: Agbonlahor has seen the likes of Gareth Barry leave Villa Park in recent years

'I think when you hear the fans giving you some stick, you just want to shut them up.

'You hear a lot when you're playing, you hear fans saying that he's not the same player that he used to be.

'But, for me, that just urges me on and hopefully the performance against Manchester City will shut a few people up.'

Agbonlahor has no doubts that the group of foreign players brought in by Villa this summer will appreciate the significance of the derby.

He said: 'People ask whether derbies mean more to a homegrown player and you could say that.

'But, before the game, it is drilled into the players what a derby is like.

'They will have played derbies in the past for other teams so they know what it is like and what to expect.'

Passionate: Agbonlahor likened Paul Lambert (left) to former Villa boss Martin O'Neill

Passionate: Agbonlahor likened Paul Lambert (left) to former Villa boss Martin O'Neill

Agbonlahor can see similarities between former Villa boss Martin O'Neill and Lambert who regards the Irishman as his mentor.

The Villa striker said: 'I think you can see a lot of similarities, especially as he (Lambert) had a spell with Martin so he's obviously picked up a few things.

'You can tell what he is like on the touchline, similar to what Martin was like when he was here, jumping up and down.

'I think he is passionate about the game like Martin was. It can help, if you get that encouragement from the side especially with a lot of the younger lads.

'There are also similarities between now and the start of Martin's time at Villa. We had signings then that were young like we have made now.'

Roberto Di Matteo confident Ashley Cole will sign contract extension

Di Matteo confident Cole will sign contract extension at Stamford Bridge

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 23 September 2012

Roberto Di Matteo is 'very optimistic' Ashley Cole will sign a new contract at Chelsea before the the transfer window opens after the left-back's first goal for 28 months kept them top of the Barclays Premier League.

Blues boss Di Matteo has no fears the man he hailed as a Stamford Bridge 'legend' would reach January in a position to be able to pen a pre-contract agreement with a rival club.

'I'm very optimistic that it will be dealt with before that,' Di Matteo said after watching Cole net a vital late winner in the European champions' 1-0 victory over Stoke on Saturday.

Winner: Cole celebrates his strike on Saturday

Winner: Cole celebrates his strike on Saturday

Di Matteo confirmed he had recommended to the Chelsea board that they keep Cole 'as long as they can' before waxing lyrical about the 31-year-old, who controversially joined the club from Arsenal six years ago.

'He has become a legend – he is now Chelsea through and through,' said Di Matteo.

'But I wouldn't say it's just happened recently. He's been here many years and has contributed a lot to this club.'

Hailing Cole as an ideal example for Chelsea's new players to follow, he added: 'He's a fantastic pro, which I'm not sure whether you know.

Key man: Cole is among the best left-backs in the world

Key man: Cole is among the best left-backs in the world

'Somebody that's the first one out in training, one of the first into the building with JT [John Terry], trains every day like a professional, reliable, somebody that you could go to war with.

'And he's a very quiet guy as well. He's very private at his own stuff.

'He's one of the best left-backs in the world.'

It is said that Cole suffers from a persistent ankle problem that can limit his ability to train but Di Matteo said: 'He's physically very good, very strong, has the ability to recover very quickly from game to game. Offers us a lot on that left hand side.'

Cole does not offer many goals but asked whether he would urge Cole to get forward more often, Di Matteo said: 'He'll have to buy me dinner. That's what I'm going to ask him.

'For two years, he hasn't scored and now he has, so he should buy me dinner.'

Michael Laudrup forced to back down over match-fixing claims

Swansea boss Laudrup caught in a muddle over his match-fixing claims

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 21 September 2012

Michael Laudrup was forced to climb down on Friday after saying there was nothing wrong with clubs paying rival sides to win games.

The Swansea manager, when asked for his feelings on match-fixing, condemned the problems that have ravaged Italian football.

Back down: Michael Laudrup had to retract his comments

Back down: Michael Laudrup had to retract his comments

But the Dane claimed he did not ‘see
anything bad’ in a third-party club offering a win bonus to a side
playing in a separate fixture — a scenario that would go against both
Football Association and Premier League rules.

But he was later forced to release a statement saying: ‘The point I was trying to make was that the term “match-fixing” needs to be defined because there are different levels.

'If two teams both needed a draw and the scores are level with 20 minutes to go, then I wouldn’t expect either team to throw men forward looking for the winner. That to me is not match-fixing.’

Riots break out ahead of PAOK"s Europa League win over Rapid Vienna

Fans clash in Greece as riots break out ahead of PAOK's victory over Rapid Vienna

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UPDATED:

17:31 GMT, 24 August 2012

PAOK's Europa League victory over Rapid Vienna was marred by violence after fighting broken out between rival fans.

Two sets of flares were fired before kick-off which led to police responding with tear gas.

The home fans then descended on to the pitch and threw missiles into the strands, delaying the start of the match.

When it finally got underway, goals from Stefanos Athanasiadis and Giorgos Katsikas earned the hosts a 2-1 first-leg win.

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Violence: Fans of Rapid Wien are repelled by riot police after clashes with supporters of PAOK

Violence: Fans of Rapid Wien are repelled by riot police after clashes with supporters of PAOK


Fighting back: Greek riot police fire tear gas at PAOK and Rapid Vienna fans

Fighting back: Greek riot police fire tear gas at PAOK and Rapid Vienna fans

Delay: The home fans spilled on to the pitch, forcing kick-off to be put back

Delay: The home fans spilled on to the pitch, forcing kick-off to be put back

Delay: The home fans spilled on to the pitch, forcing kick-off to be put back

Supporters of PAOK FC enter the playing field before the UEFA Europa League play-off first leg soccer match between PAOK FC and SK Rapid Vienna

Portsmouth "could be liquidated" today, August 10

D-Day for Pompey with cash-strapped club set to be liquidated

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UPDATED:

06:47 GMT, 10 August 2012

Portsmouth could be liquidated today after 114 years as a football club – although administrator Trevor Birch remains 'cautiously optimistic' they will survive.

Birch set the deadline of August 10 to clear all the senior players off the wage bill or he would have to close the club down.

A major obstacle was removed on Thursday when defender Tal Ben Haim – on a reported 36,000 a week – reached a compromise agreement and left Fratton Park.

The end Portsmouth could be put out of business after 114 years

The end Portsmouth could be put out of business after 114 years

Midfielder Liam Lawrence is therefore the only senior player left on Pompey's books and Birch hopes to make an announcement on his future soon, while talks are ongoing with former striker Kanu after he left with a year remaining on his contract.

Therefore, negotiations with former owner Balram Chainrai's company Portpin over their takeover should take place over the next few days.

'We expect to make an announcement on Liam Lawrence's future later and, whilst the situation with Kanu has not yet been resolved, we are cautiously optimistic about our prospects,' said Birch.

Contract dispute: Kanu

Contract dispute: Kanu

'The progress we have made over the past 24 hours means there is now a much better prospect of meeting the conditions of the CVA (company voluntary agreement), completing the sale of the club and avoiding liquidation.

'As a result, we will now push on with our negotiations with Portpin, with a view to finalising a deal in the next few days.

'There is still more to do, and the club's future is not yet guaranteed, but we're in a stronger position and will now take some additional time to try to conclude matters.'

It also emerged that Portsmouth Council have agreed to loan rival bidders, the Pompey Supporters' Trust, 1.45million towards their proposal to buy the club.

If they still exist, Portsmouth will begin the npower League One campaign next weekend on minus 10 points and are due to start their season with a Capital One Cup clash against Plymouth on Tuesday.

Usain Bolt one step close to legend – COMMENT

Bolt moves one step closer to legend with Olympic record-breaking run

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00:03 GMT, 6 August 2012

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If only he could start. If only he did not party until 5am. If only he was not 95 per cent fit. If only he did not guzzle chicken nuggets.

Just think how good Usain Bolt could be.

But, really, what a performance we witnessed as the world’s most elusive man returned to being the world’s fastest man.

The questions had assailed him across the year and across the globe. He pulled out of competitions, he was in a car crash, he visited his doctor in Germany for magic potions to soothe his back-related injuries, he did not race his training partner and chief rival Yohan Blake other than when he had to — at the Jamaican trials — where he lost.

Close call: Usain Bolt did not run away with the race as he had done four years ago in Beijing, with Blake, Gatlin and Gay all running super quick times

Close call: Usain Bolt did not run away with the race as he had done four years ago in Beijing, with Blake, Gatlin and Gay all running super quick times

Close call: Usain Bolt did not run away with the race as he had done four years ago in Beijing, with Blake, Gatlin and Gay all running super quick times

Here he was back to something approaching his best. His time of 9.63sec was faster than he ran in Beijing four years ago (9.69sec), when his superiority was so great that he launched a mid-race chest-thumping celebration that beguiled the world, if not the IOC president, who thought it disrespectful.

On Sunday he pushed all the way. Yes, he had strolled to the final. But once he got to the start of the big one — 9.50pm London time — he left nothing to chance.

His start was not brilliant but his technique held together. His face told of total application and, given all Bolt’s natural long-striding gifts, it was enough.

‘You guys doubted me and I’ve shown the world that I am the greatest,’ he said. ‘The last 50 metres is where I shine, so I just did that.

‘I’m not concerned by what people
have said. I’ve said it from the start: people can talk. All they can do
is talk. When it comes to the championships, it’s all about business to
me — and I brought it home.’

Bolt’s victory was precisely the
result that athletics needed. He is the star turn, the cavorting
highwire act who reaches out to all ages and colours.

Simply the best: Bolt still crossed the line with daylight between him and the rest

Simply the best: Bolt still crossed the line with daylight between him and the rest

With respect to Blake, the silver medallist, he does not possess the magnetism of Bolt.

As for Justin Gatlin, the bronze
medallist, a victory for him would have represented a desperately low
point in these celebratory Games given his drug-taking habits.

As everyone left the stadium
yesterday — other than us scribblers and a group who hung on to cheer
Bolt’s name — our great former decathlete Daley Thompson’s voice spoke
out, encouraging parents to help their kids take up sport.

It is that near-exhausted word
‘legacy’ that Thompson was addressing. What happens in this stadium will
beget the next generation of our athletes. And no single foot racer
can do more worldwide towards that ideal than the gallivanting hero of
last night.

Yes, it will take schools and clubs
to make themselves available to accommodate newcomers to their ranks,
but the first requirement is for kids to be inspired by Bolt and his
ilk.

We all cherish our Olympic memories
from childhood and are thankful for the nourishment, health-wise and
culturally, that they have given us.

The one hope, which Bolt has
addressed, is that athletics would wither if he fell under suspicion of
drug-taking. He has never failed a test and until he does, should it
ever come, we must celebrate him as a beacon of hope for sport.

Trademark: Bolt strikes his usual pose for the cameras after winning the 100m final in London

Trademark: Bolt strikes his usual pose for the cameras after winning the 100m final in London

Mummy's boy: The sprinter's mother Jennifer and silver medallist Blake join the celebrations

Mummy's boy: The sprinter's mother Jennifer and silver medallist Blake join the celebrations

That sentiment chimes with the
feelgood mood of these Games. You go on to a Tube and people speak to
each other. Yes, on the London Underground with its tradition of blank
faces and averted stares. The stadium roar registers high on the decibel
scale.

It reached its zenith on Saturday
night with the cacophony that cheered on Mo Farah to his 10,000m win,
just after Greg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis had started the athletics
gold rush.

In terms of electrifying capacity,
last night’s race may not have equalled Ben Johnson’s epoch-making run
in Seoul in 1988, before the race was discredited as the most infamously
dirty track deed of all time, or of Bolt’s Beijing pyrotechnics.

It was though, still the fastest race
ever, Olympic or otherwise. Seven of the finalists went under 10sec,
with only Asafa Powell, who pulled up, spoiling the single-figure
neatness.

‘It was wonderful,’ said Bolt of the
atmosphere. ‘I knew it was going to be like this. There wasn’t a doubt
in my mind that it was going to be loud and it was going to be great.
You can feel that energy, so I feel extremely good and I’m happy.

‘This win means I’m one step closer to being a legend. I have the 200m to go.’

As everyone in the stadium
recognised, his status as the presiding genius of the sprinting world
is not in doubt. He just had to show up and prove the point in the blink
of an eye.

London 2012 Olympics: Gold or not, Ainslie is ready to sail into Olympic sunset after final round push

Gold or not, Ainslie is ready to sail into Olympic sunset after final round push

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21:28 GMT, 4 August 2012

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Ben Ainslie looks set to end a stellar Olympic career, whether or not he wins a record fourth successive gold at Weymouth.

The 35-year-old is bidding to win his
third successive Finn Class gold which, with a silver and gold in the
Laser in 1996 and 2000, would make him the greatest sailor in Olympic
history.

Despite lying second, Ainslie needs
simply to beat his arch rival, Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen, in
today's medal race and keep an eye on third-placed Pieter-Jan Postma
from Holland, to retain his Olympic Finn title.

Surging forward: Ben Ainslie is primed for another gold after winning race 10 in the men's finn class

Surging forward: Ben Ainslie is primed for another gold after winning race 10 in the men's finn class

Few would bet against him but, win or
lose, I understand he has decided to turn his back on the physically
gruelling Finn Class – for which he has to bulk up considerably to match
his rivals – after today and probably the Olympics in general before
Rio in 2016.

Ainslie will shortly announce a new
sponsor for his own sailing team which he plans to head up as a British
America's Cup yacht for the 2015 series.

In the meantime, he will sail
alongside four-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts on BMW Oracle,
bidding to retain the cup next year.

Having achieved so much in Olympic
history Ainslie's other longcherished dream is to win the America's Cup
with a British team. Giles Scott is almost the equal of Ainslie now in
the Finn Class and could step out of his shadow.

Mighty Finn: Ben Ainslie in action

Mighty Finn: Ben Ainslie in action

World champion Scott, at 24, has time
on his side and is likely to deal with the physical challenge greater
than the older Ainslie in future.

Sources close to Ainslie say there is
a slim chance he could turn to the two-man Star Class for 2016, which
could pit him against great friend Iain Percy, who is set to win a third
Olympic gold today in the class. Team Manager Stephen Park believes
Ainslie will prevail today.

'It will be a fierce battle at the
start and then basic match-racing. With Ben's greater experience, you'd
have to go with him.'

Oops: Overnight leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen stumbled in race 10 after capsizing

Oops: Overnight leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen stumbled in race 10 after capsizing

A fourth Olympic gold for Ainslie will almost certainly result in a knighthood. Already with an MBE, OBE and CBE, four gold medals and a silver would place him alongside the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Sir Matthew Pinsent and just one gold behind his hero, Sir Steve Redgrave, and Sir Chris Hoy.

The Weymouth Crowd sitting on the hill dubbed 'Ben's Nevis' will be in for a treat today if Ainslie can pull it off. However, Paul Goodison and Ali Young saw their medal hopes ended yesterday.

Reigning Laser champion Goodison, who suffered a back injury early last week, was ninth and eighth yesterday to be sixth overall.

Olympic debutant Young, third in the Laser Radial Class midway through the regatta, was also sixth after being disqualified in the first race before finishing fourth in the last fleet race.