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Bolivia 0 Brazil 4 – match report: Neymar scores two goals in friendly

Bolivia 0 Brazil 4: Scolari off the mark as Neymar double leads rout in friendly

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

23:19 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:19 GMT, 6 April 2013

Neymar scored two goals as Brazil beat Bolovia 4-0 in a friendly to give Luiz Felipe Scolari his first win since returning as national team manager.

Brazil fielded a strong team captained by Ronaldinho and Bolivia were no match for them in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Leandro Damio opened the scoring as early as the third minute after getting on the end of a cross from Jean.

Double: Neymar scored two goals as Brazil beat Bolivia 4-0

Double: Neymar scored two goals as Brazil beat Bolivia 4-0

Off the mark: Luiz Felipe Scolari earned his first win since returning to manage the national team

Off the mark: Luiz Felipe Scolari earned his first win since returning to manage the national team

Neymar then got in on the act as he found the target twice to extend Brazil's lead to 3-0 before half-time.

Former Milan striker Alexandre Pato came off the bench in the second half and Brazil competed their rout when Leandro scored his second goal in injury time.

Brazil's last round of fixtures saw them draw 2-2 against Italy before being held to a 1-1 draw by Russia at Stamford Bridge.

Leader: Ronaldinho captained a strong Brazilian team for the friendly in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Leader: Ronaldinho captained a strong Brazilian team for the friendly in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Leader: Ronaldinho captained a strong Brazilian team for the friendly in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Miguel Angel Jimenez breaks leg and be out for at least three months

Jimenez breaks leg in accident and will miss at least three months of new golfing year

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UPDATED:

17:12 GMT, 30 December 2012

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez will be out of action for at least three months after a skiing accident during the festive season.

The 48-year-old, who became the oldest winner in European Tour history when he won in Hong Kong last month, was skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountain region yesterday when he broke his right leg in a fall.

Blow: Jimenez will be out for at least three months

Blow: Jimenez will be out for at least three months

Jimenez, one of Jose Maria Olazabal's vice-captains at the Ryder Cup in Medinah, was taken to the mountain medical centre for an X-ray before being transferred to a hospital in nearby Malaga, where he was operated on that evening.

'I was going down a hill and lost control briefly and when I fell it was very sore,” Jimenez was quoted as saying on the European Tour's website. 'I knew immediately I had broken something.

Victorious: Jimenez won the Hong Kong Open in November

Victorious: Jimenez won the Hong Kong Open in November

'The medical staff at Sierra Nevada took me for an X-ray straight away and I am very thankful to them, as well as all of the staff at the hospital, for their quick and professional response.

'I was playing very well at the end of the season so it is obviously not a good time for me to get injured. When I took up skiing I knew the risks that I was taking but I love it so much I could not stop.'

George Groves confident of stopping Glencoffe Johnson

I'm going to knock him out! Groves confident of stopping Johnson for only second time in his career

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UPDATED:

18:22 GMT, 14 December 2012

George Groves hopes to sound a warning to the super-middleweight division by becoming only the second fighter to stop Glencoffe Johnson at London’s ExCel Arena tomorrow night.

Groves headlines the bill after Ricky Burns’ WBO world lightweight title defence against Jose Ocampo was abandoned for contractual reasons.

It will be the unbeaten 24-year-old’s second outing of a year interrupted by back and nose injuries and the significant cut sustained during his six-round stoppage of Francisco Sierra in July.

Tough: Johnson pushed Froch all the way when they met in 2011, losing by majority decision

Tough: Johnson pushed Froch all the way when they met in 2011, losing by majority decision

Johnson is a 43-year-old veteran of 70 fights and while he has lost 17 times, he only failed to last the distance against Bernard Hopkins in 1997, providing Groves with a target for the fourth defence of his Commonwealth belt.

'I’m ranked highly with all the four major sanctioning bodies so now I’ve arrived in world class I want to build on those rankings,' he said.

'I want to keep my options open with all the organisations so that if any door opens, against any of the champions, I can jump straight in. We’re already knocking loudly.

'Clearly Glencoffe knows how to survive and stopping him would make a huge statement. I do expect to stop him but don’t expect him to just fall over.'

Groves will defend his Commonwealth title against the veteran Jamaican on Saturday

Groves will defend his Commonwealth title against the veteran Jamaican on Saturday

Groves has victories over James DeGale and Paul Smith on his 15-fight record, but Johnson is indifferent in his assessment of his opponent.

'From what I’ve seen I’m not impressed as such, but I respect George as an unbeaten prospect with a lot of potential,' the Jamaican said.

'The way I look at it, the fight isn’t about George Groves. Right now, I feel good about what I can still do. If I fight smart I’m the better fighter. It’ll be up to the judges to do their jobs correctly.'

Groves's biggest win came against rival James DeGale at The O2 Arena in May 2011

Groves's biggest win came against rival James DeGale at The O2 Arena in May 2011

Prospect: Beijing 2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders is also on the bill

Prospect: Beijing 2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders is also on the bill

Billy Joe Saunders defends his Commonwealth middleweight title and fights for the vacant British belt when he meets former unlicensed boxer Nick Blackwell.

The 23-year-old 2008 Olympian turned professional at the same time as DeGale and Frankie Gavin, but is viewed by many as the most promising of the trio.

'I didn’t really get pro boxing at first. I thought that as long as I stayed hydrated and ate fresh food, I’d be okay. But now I really live the life, take all the right vitamins and supplements,' he said.

He added: 'I’ve not really shown what I’m about in the ring but people at our gym have seen a big improvement.

'Hopefully Blackwell will hang around long enough for me to really show my classy boxing.'

Floro Flores posts skiing picture on Twitter after telling Granada he was injured

Taking the piste! Granada striker Flores posts skiing pictures after telling club he was injured

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 4 December 2012

Off piste! Flores posted this picture of himself going skiing when he told his club he was injured

Off piste! Flores posted this picture of himself going skiing when he told his club he was injured

Note to self: don't post photographs of myself skiing on Twitter, when my team are playing an important league game and I'm supposed to be out injured.

La Liga striker Floro Flores told his club Granada he was too injured to play in their home game with Espanyol on Sunday.

He then went skiing in the nearby Sierra Nevada and after posing for snaps posted the photos, of him grinning broadly ready for an afternoon on the piste, on the social networking site.

The Italian striker is now training
in solitary and the club have told him they will move him on in the
January transfer window.

The
former Napoli forward arrived on a season's loan from Udinese in the
summer but has only scored one goal in ten appearances.

It is understood that the 29-year-old striker has failed to settle in Granada, though he does enjoy the nearby mountains.

Kenny Anderson faces robin Reid for British super-middleweight title

Anderson faces Reid for British super-middleweight title after Groves stripped of title

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UPDATED:

23:21 GMT, 13 September 2012

George Groves has been stripped of his
British super-middleweight title – paving the way for Kenny Anderson to
finally get his shot at winning the belt.

The 24-year-old from London has been
hampered by injury this year, fighting just once since last November
when he stopped Francisco Sierra inside six rounds in July.

Title shot: Kenny Anderson (left)

Title shot: Kenny Anderson (left)

But the British Boxing Board of Control have now vacated the domestic strap and Anderson will face Robin Reid on the undercard of Kell Brook's world title eliminator against Hector Saldivia on October 20 in Sheffield.

Groves was due to defend his title against Anderson this month but suffered a cut against Sierra which postponed their rematch for a second time. It was also called off in March when Groves hurt his back during sparring.

The first fight between the two in 2010 lasted six rounds before Anderson was stopped but not before he had his younger opponent on the canvas for the first time in his career.

The 29-year-old Scot has won his five fights since that defeat, four within the distance, and is delighted to finally be awarded the title fight.

'It is my time, I'll make sure of that,' he tweeted. 'Robin Reid is a serious opponent, no one is in my mind but him.'

Reid, now 41, is a former world champion at the weight, but retired five years ago after suffering defeat to Carl Froch for the British belt. He returned last year and has won three of his four fights since.

'I'm delighted that Kenny has been given this opportunity,' promoter Eddie Hearn said.

'It's been a frustrating period waiting for the Groves fight but Kenny has remained focused and is ready to challenge for the title on October 20. People may write Robin off but he is coming off two impressive wins and is bang up for this.'

George Groves cut sees Kenny Anderson clash scrapped

Groves Wembley showdown with Brit rival Anderson scrapped after cut

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UPDATED:

14:18 GMT, 2 August 2012

George Groves has been forced to withdraw from his proposed domestic showdown with Kenny Anderson on September 14 because of a cut.

Groves suffered the damage above his right eye in the third round of his stoppage victory over Mexican Francisco Sierra in San Jose, California in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 24-year-old dispatched Sierra in the sixth round, but the cut will prevent him from defending his British and Commonwealth titles against Anderson at Wembley Arena.

Stopped in his tracks: George Groves suffered a cut during his victory over Francisco Sierra in San Jose

Stopped in his tracks: George Groves suffered a cut during his victory over Francisco Sierra in San Jose

It is the latest injury setback for Groves, who until Sunday had been inactive since November because of back and nose injuries.

Following Groves' withdrawal the September 14 event, promoted by Frank Warren, will now take place at York Hall

Billy Joe Saunders has been promoted to the top of the bill with a mandatory defence of his Commonwealth middleweight tile Championship against unbeaten Australian Jarrod Fletcher.

George Groves ready for Francisco Sierra

Groves ready to take frustration out on Sierra as Brit makes long-awaited comeback

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UPDATED:

14:04 GMT, 27 July 2012

George Groves is ready to take his eight-month injury hell out on Francisco Sierra when he faces the Mexican in California in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Groves was forced to abandon a world title shot against WBO super-middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz on May 5 because of nose damage.

It was the second time since December the 24-year-old had been forced to withdraw from a fight, with his rematch against Kenny Anderson falling through due to a back problem.

Brit pack: George Groves makes his comeback after a spell on the sidelines

Brit pack: George Groves makes his comeback after a spell on the sidelines

Eager to return to the ring for a first outing since hammering Paul Smith in two rounds last November, Groves insists he has emerged from a 'dark place'.

'It's been very frustrating, I was supposed to be fighting before Christmas, March and then May…it felt never ending,' the British and Commonwealth champion said.

'When I was out in Cyprus I couldn't spar any more because my nose was busted.

'I was waiting on doctors and I was told to come to terms with the fact I might not be boxing for the world title.

'I tried desperately not to think about what it would be like to be a world champion, but you can't help yourself.

Stateside: Groves takes on Francisco Sierra in San Jose early on Sunday

Stateside: Groves takes on Francisco Sierra in San Jose early on Sunday

'I was in a dark place – sitting in a dark room in a villa in Cyprus wanting to cry. It all came crashing down really quickly

'We tried really hard to get a fight – any fight – as soon as possible and tomorrow was the best date.

'I'm really excited and it will feel like a relief when I step into the ring. I'll be up for it because I have to be.'

Little-known Sierra, also 24, has lost five of his 31 fights and should provide Groves with his second victory on American soil.

If Groves delivers the expected victory, he is being lined up to face Anderson at Wembley Arena on September 14 after climbing off the canvas to stop the Scot in the sixth in 2010.

George
Groves v Francisco Sierra will be live on Box Nation on Sunday morning
(ring walk 2am) on Sky channel 437 and Virgin channel 546

George Groves expecting tough fight against Francisco Sierra

Groves preparing for toughest fight yet as Brit takes on Sierra in San Jose

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UPDATED:

15:42 GMT, 25 July 2012

George Groves is expecting the toughest fight of his career when he faces Mexican Francisco Sierra in San Jose on Saturday.

The unbeaten super middleweight has been out of the ring since his punishing knockout win over Paul Smith last November.

But Groves is confident he will be sharp enough to deal with the hard-hitting 24-year-old.

Back in action: George Groves has been out of the ring since November

Back in action: George Groves has been out of the ring since November

‘I identified Sierra as a real threat and he could the best I’ve faced yet,’ the Londoner said.

‘He has a really good record and he’s been in with some really good fighters and he’s only lost a couple of times.

‘He usually goes the distance so I hope to wear him down but he’s got 22 knockouts from 25 fights so he’ll be looking for the KO.

‘When he looks to land the big shots, I can show my skills.

Stateside: Groves is in San Jose ahead of his fight with Francisco Sierra

Stateside: Groves is in San Jose ahead of his fight with Francisco Sierra

‘Having time out of the ring is normal; I won’t have more than two or three fights a year. You’ll see a new side to me. I’ll show more variety and a more fluid style. ‘

Groves is expected to face Scot Kenny Anderson for this British title at Wembley Arena on September 14 subject to purse bids.

The pair first fought almost two years ago when Groves was dropped for the first time in his career before recovering to stop Anderson in the sixth round.

George Groves v Francisco Sierra will be live on Box Nation on Sunday morning (ring walk 2am) on Sky channel 437 and Virgin channel 546

Foday Nabay: Manchester City make massive offer

Nabay hits jackpot! City offer 13-year-old best package ever to ward off United interest

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UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 19 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Manchester City are willing to offer Foday Nabay the most attractive package for a 13-year-old ever in British football as they bid to gazump their bitter city rivals to the wonderkid.

Nabay's representatives held talks with Manchester United chiefs on Tuesday – as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail.

However, City made their pitch to the teenager's advisors on Wednesday – and while regulations prevent the Etihad Stadium side from paying Nabay directly until his 17th birthday – the Barclays Premier League champions are willing to blow United's offer out of the water with a deal understood to eclipse anything of its kind in British football history.

Boy wonder: Nabay was playing for Birmingham City

Boy wonder: Nabay was playing for Birmingham City

The fact City are willing to pull out all the stops to land Nabay – who recently left Birmingham – underlines his status as one of the hottest prospects in England.

In addition to City and United, Nabay has also held discussions with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Aston Villa.

City's offer makes them serious contenders to land Sierra Leone-born Nabay – but the teenager is understood to be keeping an open mind as to where he will move this summer.

Sportsmail understands the youngster is keen to join a club he feels will offer him first-team football at the earliest opportunity.

Big winners: Nabay would be joining the champions, if City's bid is successfu

Big winners: Nabay would be joining the champions, if City's bid is successful

Given his contractual ties with Birmingham have been severed, the Premier League's elite are free to discuss a move with Nabay's representatives.

However, the Blues would be due a compensation fee, but it is understood the youngster could cost as little as 65,000.

Chelsea join race for Foday Nabay

Chelsea hoping to bring 13-year-old Birmingham starlet Nabay to Stamford Bridge

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UPDATED:

08:49 GMT, 24 May 2012

Chelsea have joined the race to sign Birmingham kid Foday Nabay.

The youngster is in high demand, with both Manchester United and Man City after the 13-year-old.

However it is Arsene Wenger's Arsenal that remain the most likely candidates to grab the youngster.

Join us: Foday Nabay could join the European champions Chelsea

Join us: Foday Nabay could join the European champions Chelsea

The Sierra Leone-born midfielder Nabay played for England U21s last summer.

Chelsea have previously signed plenty of teenagers but few have managed for force their way into the first team.

One success story is Ryan Bertrand, the former Gillingham youngster who they signed in 2005 aged 16.

He was farmed out on loan to several clubs, but impressed at each, and finally broke into the Chelsea first team squad under Roberto Di Matteo this season.

Bertrand made his Champions League debut in the final against Bayern Munich on May 19, which Chelsea won.

Andre Villas-Boas signed 15-year-old centre-back Andreas Christensen from Brondby on a free transfer in February.

The defender will move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.