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Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy level UK Championship final

Selby fights back to level UK Championship final against Murphy in York

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UPDATED:

18:57 GMT, 9 December 2012

Mark Selby took the final two frames of the afternoon session to draw level with Shaun Murphy in a williamhill.com UK Championship final that looked set to run close and late this evening.

The pair were tied at 4-4, with a possible 11 frames to come in an evening session due to begin shortly after 8pm.

It was no surprise the final was proving keenly fought, with both men having relied on battling tendencies to last the distance at York's Barbican Centre.

Showdown: Mark Selby (left) and Shaun Murphy ahead of the final

Showdown: Mark Selby (left) and Shaun Murphy ahead of the final

Selby came from 4-0 behind to beat Neil Robertson 6-4 in the quarter-finals, while Murphy produced the tournament's most remarkable fightback to stun Ali Carter in their semi-final, recovering from 8-4 down to win 9-8.

The final was a best-of-19 tussle, with the close friends proving evenly matched on the baize.

Murphy edged ahead after a wretched attempted escape by Selby from a safety presented an early chance to put points on the board.

Murphy then led 49-0 in the second, but he was unfortunate to pot the cue ball as well as a long red and Selby fired in a frame-clinching 54 break, which he followed with a 66 to take the next.

Fine breaks of 83 and 98 either side of the mid-session interval allowed Murphy to move 3-2 in front, and it was 4-2 after the Sale-based 30-year-old edged a scrappy sixth frame that lasted 52 minutes.

All square: Selby fought back to level the afternoon session

All square: Selby fought back to level the afternoon session

Selby trimmed Murphy's lead with a 70 break, and by taking the last of the session he ensured there would be nothing between the players when play resumed later.

There was plenty riding on the match, with Murphy seeking his first ranking title for over 18 months and Selby bidding to win his maiden UK Championship.

Selby, who will reclaim the world No 1 ranking from Judd Trump tomorrow due to his run in York, has a disappointing return of just two ranking titles in his career.

Although he has also lifted the Masters trophy twice, Selby's haul does his ability little justice, and the same could be said of Murphy's total of four ranking titles.

One of them would boost their total tonight, but the early evidence pointed only to a close finish rather than which man would come out on top.

Tony Bellew edges towards second world title shot by beating Miranda Edison

Bellew moves towards second world title shot by beating Miranda

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UPDATED:

22:35 GMT, 8 September 2012

Tony Bellew stopped Edison Miranda in
the ninth round to win the WBC International light-heavyweight title at
Alexandra Palace in London.

The 29-year-old from Liverpool had to
battle hard in the opening stages but his class told in the end with a
left to the body ultimately doing the damage.

On the attack: Tony Bellew (left)

On the attack: Tony Bellew (left) had the upper hand

Bellew sank to the canvas in celebration as he continued on his path towards a second world title shot.

'Bomber' edged a cagey first round with both men wary of their opponent's undoubted power.

The fight came to life in the second stanza as Miranda landed a telling right and came out on top duringthe ensuing exchanges. Bellew finished the round strongly with a left-right combination as Miranda exhibited his customary show boating tendencies.

Bellew attempted to lead with the jab in the third and forth rounds but Miranda landed the more conclusive blows with the home fighter relying on late flurries to catch the judges' attention.

Miranda's game plan appeared obvious as the Colombian threw his right with increased abundance in search of the knockout punch. Bellew improved in the middle rounds as his left hand slipped into gear.

Powerful: Edison Miranda

Powerful: Edison Miranda made a strong start (right)

And the home fighter began to stamp his authority on the bout in the eighth, seemingly finally having worked out his tricky, if slightly crude opponent.

The ninth session was delayed as Miranda's corner took an age to wipe the wet canvas but once underway, Bellew continued to have the upper hand. After several sustained attacks, Miranda fell to a well-placed left which was followed by a straight right. Despite rising before 10, the referee waved the fight off.

On the undercard, Erick Ochieng stopped Ryan Toms in the fifth round to retain his English light-middleweight title. The 25-year-old was tested in the opening stages but delivered the goods when it mattered, first with a left hook to the body which floored the Northolt man before a similar shot with his right completed the job.

Lee Purdy dominated Argentina's Gumersindo Carrasco to lift the IBF International welterweight title. The Colchester man had his opponent down in the first and continued to look for the stoppage. Carrasco was down twice in the fourth and although he beat the count on both occasions, the referee soon called a halt to proceedings.

There were also early wins for Ryan Taylor, Wadi Camacho, John Ryder and Kal Yafai while Martin Ward took the decision on his pro debut.

Dave Richards speaks out after FIFA rant and hotel pool fall

I'm a Yorkshireman! Richards admits he was 'a little broad' after rant at FIFA was followed by splash into hotel pool

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UPDATED:

11:20 GMT, 15 March 2012

Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards has apologised again for claiming that FIFA and UEFA had 'stolen' football from England – and admitted sometimes he is a 'little bit broad'.

Richards embarrassed the Football
Association and Premier League on Wednesday by accusing FIFA and UEFA of
stealing the game from the English — and then falling face first into a
fountain pool in his suit.

The incident at a sports conference
in Doha leaves the Premier League chairman and FA vice-chairman
completely isolated, with both governing bodies quickly distancing
themselves from his astonishing Little Englander rant.

Richards issued a statement apologising, and followed that up on Thursday morning with more contrition, although he also tried to blame his background for his outspoken tendencies.

He told Sky Sports News: 'I'd like to clarify something – I am a Yorkshireman and I am quite broad and if I say something it can be taken out of a little bit of context.

VIDEO: Click here to see Premier League chairman Richards' embarrassing fall into the pool

Making a splash: Sir Dave Richards was filmed falling into the pool

Making a splash: Sir Dave Richards was filmed falling into the pool

Rant: Premier League Chairman Sir Dave Richards (third from left) claimed FIFA and UEFA had stolen football from England

Rant: Premier League Chairman Sir Dave Richards (third from left) claimed FIFA and UEFA had stolen football from England

'I was asked about the heritage of
the game, I would never want to offend FIFA or UEFA. I used a word which
was, looking back, probably inappropriate but it is the way I am.

'I put out a statement last night and
I have sent a private email to the president of FIFA and the president
of UEFA saying I apologise because I never intended to cause any stir at
all.

'I have also phoned (FIFA general
secretary) Jerome Valcke this morning and apologised to the president
because it wasn't the kind of comment to cause any problem at all.

'What I was talking about is the
heritage of the game, that England has given the legacy to the world. We
were talking about heritage and legacy and England has given a
wonderful legacy to the total world.

'It gave them the game and I am
tremendously proud of that but I also recognise that UEFA and FIFA have
done a magnificent job over the years in changing things and it has got
to be changed and I recognise that.

Blatter

Platini

Theft: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are the heads of FIFA and UEFA, the organisations Richards has accused of stealing football from England

'I just want to say I apologise, it
was a comment that probably another person would not have made but I am a
little bit broad and I accept that.'

Richards' embarrassment heightened
following the fall in which he hurt a leg. He had it looked at before
being released from hospital.

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, who
was with Richards at the time, told BBC Sport: 'I was on the way to
dinner with Sir Dave at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. We were
walking across to our table in a dark courtyard area. There were three
fountain areas nearby, no pool.

'They had switched off the lights. He
thought he was stepping on to flat marble, but his foot went down into
the water, he fell over and hurt his leg quite badly. Any suggestions he
had a drink is nonsense. It's a dry place.'

Officials said it was unlikely there
would be calls for Richards, 68, to resign, as he is due to stand down
from his hugely influential roles at the end of next season anyway.

Not our view: The Premier League has distanced itself from Richards' comments

Not our view: The Premier League has distanced itself from Richards' comments

Speaking at a sports and security
conference, with FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan
and International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat looking
on, Richards repeatedly reminded his audience the world had England to
thank for football. He said: ‘England gave the world football. It gave
the best legacy anyone could give. We gave them the game. For 50 years
we owned the game. We were the governance of the game.

‘We
wrote the rules, designed the pitches and everything else. Then, 50
years later, some guy came along and said you’re liars and they actually
stole it. It was called FIFA. Fifty years later, another gang came
along called UEFA and stole a bit more.’

Hussein
then reminded Richards there remains a debate over whether the Chinese
or the English invented the game, but Richards replied with another
rant. With his voice rising, the former Sheffield Wednesday chairman
said: ‘It started in Sheffield 150 years ago. We started the game and
wrote the rules and took it to the world. The Chinese may say they own
it but the British own it and we gave it to the rest of the world.’

Waste of money Richards believes the FA could have saved 19m by not bidding for 2022 World Cup

Waste of money Richards believes the FA could have saved 19m by not bidding for 2022 World Cup

Waste of money Richards believes the FA could have saved 19m by not bidding for 2022 World Cup

Privately embarrassed, the Premier
League issued a statement. ‘Sir Dave is attending the conference in a
private and personal capacity and his comments in no way reflect the
views of the Premier League,’ it said, even though Richards was
presented to the conference as ‘chairman of the Premier League’.

The
FA were also wincing at the news. They said in a statement: ‘Sir Dave
Richards is not representing the FA at this conference and his personal
views are in no way shared or endorsed by the FA.’

Prior
to his fall, Richards warned the Qataris that fans may boycott their
World Cup in 2022 if beer is not made freely available. The sale of
alcohol is severely restricted in the Middle Eastern country. Richards
said: ‘In our country and in Germany, we have a culture. We call it, “We
would like to go for a pint”, and that pint is a pint of beer.’