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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL DRAW: Bayern Munich v Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid

Wembley Clasico on the cards after Barca draw Bayern and Real Madrid to take on Dortmund in Champions League semi-final

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John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:33 GMT, 12 April 2013

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UPDATED:

10:59 GMT, 12 April 2013

There is the chance of a Clasico in the Wembley final of the Champions League as Real Madrid and Barcelona were kept apart in this morning's semi-final draw.

Jose Mourinho's Real were drawn against Borussia Dortmund whereas Barcelona are set to take on Bayern Munich, meaning if both teams dispatch their German opponents they will meet in the final at Wembley on May 25.

Dortmund are the only unbeaten team remaining in the competition, and will be pitted against Real for the second time in this season's tournament. The Bundesliga holders won a tough group which included Real, Manchester City and Ajax.

On course: Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid could take the Champions League crown at Wembley

On course: Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid could take the Champions League crown at Wembley

SEMI-FINAL DRAW

Bayern Munich v Barcelona

Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid

Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern
Munich are in sensational form in the competition, having beaten
Juventus in the quarter-finals.

Dortmund scraped their way into the semi-finals, after two stoppage-time goals against Malaga at the Westfalenstadion.

Pep Guardiola's loyalties will be split when Barca take on Bayern with both sides hoping to win their fifth European Cup.

He led the Catalan giants to two Champions League trophies during his remarkably successful tenure in Barcelona.

But he will be hoping for future glories with Bayern Munich, who he will take charge of next season when Jupp Heynckes leaves his post.

Veterans: Bayern Munich beat Juventus over two legs to reach the semi-final

Veterans: Bayern Munich beat Juventus over two legs to reach the semi-final

Overjoyed: Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller (left) celebrates after a dramatic win over Malaga

Overjoyed: Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller (left) celebrates after a dramatic win over Malaga

Like Guardiola, Mourinho has a taste
for success in the Champions League and could become the first ever
manager to win the competition with three different clubs.

Having won the tournament with Porto and Inter Milan, he is looking to guide Real to the trophy for the first time since 2002.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy drew the teams in Nyon, and was glad of the outcome.

History boy: Jose Mourinho wants to become the only manager to win the Champions League with three clubs

History boy: Jose Mourinho wants to become the only manager to win the Champions League with three clubs

On the Dortmund and Real Madrid tie,
the Dutchman told Sky Sports : 'I think over two games [with] the
quality of Real Madrid they should beat Borussia Dortmund. But this is
football and anything can happen… you can never trust these things.'

When asked to compare his former
team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, he added: 'Messi, you
can't knock him but at this moment in time Cristiano has just got the
edge.'

The
first legs of the semi-finals will be played on April 23 and April 24,
with the second legs taking place on April 30 and May 1.

Top of the charts: Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice against Galatasaray in the second leg

Top of the charts: Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice against Galatasaray in the second leg

Just about: Lionel Messi came off the bench to help Barcelona progress on away goals over PSG

Just about: Lionel Messi came off the bench to help Barcelona progress on away goals over PSG

Pakistan beat India in Chennai thanks to Nasir Jamshed century

Dhoni heroics not enough as Jamshed ton gives Pakistan lead over India in one-day series

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14:33 GMT, 30 December 2012

Man-of-the-match: Jamshed

Man-of-the-match: Jamshed

Nasir Jamshed struck an unbeaten century as Pakistan claimed a six-wicket win over India in Chennai to take a 1-0 lead in the one-day series.

The 23-year-old opener hit 101 from 132 balls as Pakistan reached their target of 228 for the loss of four wickets and with 11 balls to spare.

Younis Khan made 58, putting on a third-wicket stand of 112 with Jamshed, while Shoaib Malik contributed an unbeaten 34, sealing victory with a four.

India, playing their first match since the one-day retirement of Sachin Tendulkar, made 228 for six and the 'Little Master' proved a predictably tough act to follow.

The top five scored a combined 18 and only a magnificent 113 not out from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made their total remotely competitive.
Junaid Khan did most of the damage to the top order and finished with four wickets for 43.

Pakistan's chase got off to the worst possible start though as they lost the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez first ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's delivery taking out the off stump as the batsman failed to offer a shot.

Azhar Ali became Kumar's second victim when he had him caught by Rohit Sharma at square leg for just nine as Pakistan reached 21 for two.

Jamshed stood firm throughout a tricky period, though, and, with Younis getting comfortable at the other end, brought up his half-century with a flicked single.

Younis reached his 50 in more spectacular style, hitting Suresh Raina for six.

India finally made a breakthrough when they removed Younis, the dismissal confirmed by the third umpire.

Defiant knock: Dhoni rescued India's innings

Defiant knock: Dhoni rescued India's innings

Ashok Dinda delivered a low full toss and Ashwin took a low catch, replays showing he had got his hands under the ball in the nick of time.

With Younis gone for 58 off 60, Pakistan were 133 for three, but Jamshed remained a consistent presence at the other end.

Misbah-ul-Haq was beaten by a slower delivery from Ishant Sharma for 16, but India were dealt a blow when Virat Kohli appeared to hurt his knee in a fall when his back foot slipped as he came into bowl and he had to limp from the field.

And, with the victory target in sight, Jamshed and Malik guided the visitors home.

Earlier, India had a captain's innings from Dhoni to thank for rescuing them from a desperate position.

Khan ripped through the top order to leave the hosts on 29 for five in the 10th over.

Virender Sehwag (four) misjudged an attempted a push to cover to become Junaid's first victim, bowled between bat and pads.

Fellow opener Gautam Gambhir fared little better as he went for eight in the next over, this time Mohammad Irfan taking out the batsman's middle stump.

Out of nick: Sehwag went for just four

Out of nick: Sehwag went for just four

Junaid took two more scalps in quick succession, deceiving Virat Kohli, bowled off an inside edge, with a fuller-length delivery for nought and then dismissing Yuvraj Singh for two.

The onslaught continued in the 10th over, Rohit Sharma (four) expertly snapped up by Hafeez at third slip, again off the bowling of Junaid.

That brought Dhoni to join Raina in the middle, and the pair steadied the ship with a stand of 73.

Dhoni survived a scare on 17 when he punched a Hafeez delivery straight to Misbah at mid-wicket, but the Pakistan skipper could only palm the straightforward chance over his head.

The pair dug in stubbornly, but with only the second ball of the batting powerplay Raina (43) was removed by Hafeez, bowled off the pads, as Pakistan made another breakthrough.

Dhoni then brought up the 200 with a boundary off Irfan and from the next delivery another four saw him pass 7000 runs in one-day internationals.

Irfan took some late punishment as Dhoni lofted him over cover for six to bring up his century, while at the other end Ashwin finished unbeaten on 31.

Boxing review of 2012, by Jeff Powell, with Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao and more

Jeff Powell's review of 2012, with Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao and more

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 24 December 2012

'Tis the season to put on a few pounds, let the stitches heal the wounds, to soothe the swollen hands, take the weight off the feet without every second counting… and confer the annual awards.

Anno Domni 2012 began with Muhammad Ali further defying Parkinson’s by reaching his landmark 70th birthday. It ended with Manny Pacquiao being knocked flat out of contention as pound-for-pound king by the anatomically reconstructed 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez.

Between those ring-posts, history was made…

BOXER OF THE YEAR

Sergio Martinez achieved, at last, the recognition and the world title of which he had been deprived for too long.

The Argentine matinee idol, having begun his year by knocking out our own Matthew Macklin, went on to beat Son of Chavez and thus overcome the boxing politics in which he had been unfairly entangled.

He did so with a master-class for 11 rounds of dazzling style against Julio Cesar Jnr, capped off by his courageous recovery from a 12th round knock-down. The classic middleweight division found its latest successor to Sugar Ray Robinson.

Champ: Sergio Martinez recovered from a late knockdown to claim victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

Champ: Sergio Martinez recovered from a late knockdown to claim victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

BRITISH BOXER OF THE YEAR

Carl Froch, the outstanding fighter of his UK generation, gritted his teeth to come back from last year.s disappointing Super Six Final defeat by the accomplished Andre Ward.

He did so in commanding fashion, putting an end to the fancied Lucien Bute's unbeaten record to regain a world super-middleweight title.

A similar stoppage blitzing of Yusaf Mack not only gave the Nottingham Cobra a rousing homecoming but served notice on Ward and Mikkel Kessler that he intends, in 2013, to avenge the only two defeats of his warrior career.

Pride of Britain: Carl Froch was back to his brilliant best in 2012, especially against Yusaf Mack

Pride of Britain: Carl Froch was back to his brilliant best in 2012, especially against Yusaf Mack

WOMAN BOXER OF THE YEAR

Nicola Adams took her indelible place in the record books by becoming the first female to win Olympic gold in the boxing ring.

The wee lass from Leeds lit up London 2012 with her sunshine smile and lifted the roof off the cacophonous ExCel Arena by decking Chinese legend Can Can Ren en route to winning her historic final.

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez*.

The asterix is there because the veteran Mexican idol had turned to a self-confessed former Olympics steroid provider to build him up physically in his desperation to secure a result against the legendary PacMan at the fourth attempt.

Marquez consistently denied using drugs to turn himself into a mini Arnold Schwarzenagger. So while there is no boxer of the year accolade from me, there is no denying that the Las Vegas night in its own right, with both men floored before Marquez landed his Hail Mary punch as Pacquiao appeared to be on the point of sixth round victory, was the thriller of 2012.

A broken man: Juan Manuel Marquez finally got the better of his old foe Manny Pacquiao

A broken man: Juan Manuel Marquez finally got the better of his old foe Manny Pacquiao

TRAINER OF THE YEAR

Rob McCracken not only brought Froch back from the professional brink to a third world title but also guided Team GB’s boxers to a rich medal haul at London 2012.

The first part of that double act has set up Britain's top prize-fighter for block-busting world super-middleweight title re-matches against Kessler and Ward in the coming 12 months.

The second part delivered not only Olympic glory but increased funding for this country’s amateur boxers.

SWANSONG OF THE YEAR

Ricky Hatton returned to the stage of pain for one last hurrah… and hurrah it was even though he over-matched himself after more than three years' absence by taking on an immediate past world champion.

We still love you: Ricky Hatton gave his fans once last chance to see him action, but was defeated

We still love you: Ricky Hatton gave his fans once last chance to see him action, but was defeated

The Hitman paid the price in the form of a crippling blow to that part of his body rendered most vulnerable by his past life of hard-boozing, his liver.

But he was ahead on the score-cards at the time and remains dear to the hearts of his army of fans, a sell-out 20,000 of whom sang him out of the ring for the last time and into a future as a trainer and promoter.

The sound of bells ringing in the ears – rather than the church steeples at this time of year – has stopped for the moment, but the memories linger on. Happy Christmas.

Sandro thinks Tottenham can win the title

Sandro believes Spurs can pip City and United to title despite being 13 points off the pace

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11:28 GMT, 15 December 2012

Tottenham midfielder Sandro believes his side have a chance of winning the Premier League this season – despite having lost six of their 16 games so far.

The Brazil international’s team currently sit in fifth in the division and are already 13 points off the league leaders Manchester United.

But Sandro thinks that if they work hard enough and other teams slip up, Andre Villas-Boas’ side can prise the title away from either United or champions Manchester City.

Focused: Sandro thinks Spurs could win the Premier League

Focused: Sandro thinks Spurs could win the Premier League

Spurs defeated United at Old Trafford earlier in the season, and were beaten by a late Edin Dzeko goal at City, but both sides still have to travel to White Hart Lane later in the season.

‘It’s very open,’ he told the Daily Mirror. ‘Every team has weaknesses. Every team loses. Manchester City have lost their unbeaten record, we’ve gone up to United and won there.’

He added: ‘Both Manchester teams can come to Tottenham and lose here. I’ll fight for the title while there is a possibility of winning. My ambition, every player’s ambition, is to live for success, for trophies.’

‘While we can still catch the teams above us we are going to play for the title. It’s an ambition, a dream. We just have to fight for it.’

Man on a mission: Andre-Villas Boas was sacked by Chelsea last season

Man on a mission: Andre-Villas Boas was sacked by Chelsea last season

Star man: Gareth Bale has been in top form this season

Star man: Gareth Bale has been in top form this season

Manchester City aren"t the "unit" they were last season, says Gael Clichy

We're not playing like champions, admits Clichy as Man City struggle to gel in title defence

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07:55 GMT, 14 December 2012

Gael Clichy believes Manchester City's shortcomings this season can be put down to failing to gel as a team.

Last weekend the defending champions lost the Manchester derby to title rivals United, suffering their first Barclays Premier League defeat of the season and first at home for almost two years.

It handed the Red Devils a six-point advantage at the top of the table but Clichy knows that is not insurmountable.

Who wants me Gael Clichy says he and his team aren't working as a unit

Who wants me Gael Clichy says he and his team aren't working as a unit

'For me the problem this year is that we are not playing as well as a unit as we did last year and that's what we have to work on,' he said.

'I am very confident though because we have the quality and I am sure we are going to be there at the end of the season. I personally believe and feel that we have a mission and its aim is to become champions again.

'The feeling within the team is great at the moment and I hope that the fans are behind us because we will need them to go all the way.'

Clichy, whose mistake led to the free-kick from which United scored the 90th-minute winner, insists they can take positives from the United defeat.

And he hopes the trip to Newcastle will spark them back into life tomorrow although they will have to do it without key defensive midfielder Gareth Barry as he serves a one-match ban after accepting an FA charge of using abusive and/or insulting words to an official in an incident after the United defeat.

'We hadn't lost a game for a long time at the Etihad but it's done now and the only thing we can do is focus on the positive things that happened during that game,' said the Frenchman.

Record breakers: Man City lost their proud unbeaten record to rivals unit

Record breakers: Man City lost their proud unbeaten record to rivals unit

'We went 2-0 down and again we showed great team spirit in getting it back to 2-2 – apart from the last 20 minutes of the first half, I don't think they were on top of us.

'When you lose a game in the last minute it's always difficult – but we can't feel sorry for ourselves.

'We know what we did well and what we didn't do so well and we have to try to avoid those bad points.'

Rugby Autumn Internationals immortalised in Lego

Now you can never Lego of history! Ashton and Tuilagi brilliance immortalised as toys

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17:35 GMT, 13 December 2012

England rugby kit sponsors Canterbury have teamed up with talented filmmaker and animator Graham Love to create a brilliant Lego film which tells the story of the autumn internationals.

The innovative clip lasts one minute and 18 seconds and begins with Tim Visser scoring Scotland’s first try against New Zealand for an incredible seven years, though the Scots were beaten 51-22 by the All Blacks, who maintained their 107-year long unbeaten record against the Tartan Army.

The next international star to be immortalised into Lego is the Samoan George Pisi as he storms to a try in their shock 19-26 victory against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

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Ash Splash! England's unforgettable win over New Zealand in the Autumn Internationals has been immortalised in Lego by filmmaker Graham Love

Ash Splash! England's unforgettable win over New Zealand in the Autumn Internationals has been immortalised in Lego by filmmaker Graham Love

The clip progresses with Manu Tuilagi’s controversial try as England fell to a defeat against South Africa and cheekily pokes fun at England’s rugby purple kit, displaying a tweet from Graham Love that says: 'Stick to white. #Englandisall.'

There is even space to make reference to the resignation of Andy Robinson, Scotland’s head coach, after Tonga defeated Scotland 15-21 at Pittodrie on November 24, with a mocked-up newspaper front page called The Scotsboy declaring: “You’ve been Tongaed”.

Silverware: The film features great moments from the Autumn matches involving all the Home Nations

Silverware: The film features great moments from the Autumn matches involving all the Home Nations

The film, however, ends on a triumphant note as Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi score tries as England defeat New Zealand at Twickenham to bring an end to the All-Blacks 20 match run of games undefeated.

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David Price and Tyson Fury negotiations stall

Price and Fury still miles apart as negotiations between Britain's heavyweights stall

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15:02 GMT, 3 December 2012

The latest round of negotiations to make a fight between David Price and Tyson Fury has reached a standstill.

The heavyweight pair both maintained their unbeaten records with straightforward wins at the weekend and hopes are high for a domestic blockbuster in the new year.

But a 650,000 offer from Frank Maloney, Price’s manager, was today laughed off by Mick Hennessy, who promotes Fury.

Unbeaten: Tyson Fury won on a unanimous points decision against Kevin Johnson

Unbeaten: Tyson Fury won on a unanimous points decision against Kevin Johnson

‘If David Price doesn’t step up to the plate on our terms, the fight won’t happen,’ Hennessy told the Daily Star. ‘I don’t think it will happen soon because he doesn’t want any of Tyson Fury really. Without Tyson there’s no story with David Price.

‘He’s just trying to get publicity by calling out Tyson. If Price and Maloney are going to put out offers, they need to make the offers serious.’

Fury has come under fire recently for a series of foul-mouthed rants and tweets about British and Commonwealth champion Price, while earlier this year Maloney enraged Fury’s camp by branding the 24-year-old a ‘coward’ after separate talks to make a fight failed.

Winning in style: David Price beat Matt Skelton with a second round knock out on Friday night

Winning in style: David Price beat Matt Skelton with a second round knock out on Friday night

Both men have moved towards a world title shot in the past year, with Fury in line for a crack at Vitali Klitschko’s WBC belt after winning an eliminator against Kevin Johnson on Saturday.

Price, meanwhile, maintained his unbeaten record on Friday by demolishing Matt Skelton on Friday.

Row: Price's promoter Frank Maloney called Fury a 'coward'

Row: Price's promoter Frank Maloney called Fury a 'coward'

Hennessy added: ‘Tyson has said he will do the fight but he doesn’t want anything to do with Frank Maloney after he called him a coward.

‘If the fight is to happen, Price needs to accept it will not be 50-50 because Tyson has a much higher ranking and profile.’

Watford 4 Barnsley 1: match report

Watford 4 Barnsley 1: Terriers trounced in latest Troy story

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17:33 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 1 December 2012

Striker Troy Deeney celebrated his 100th appearance for play-off hopefuls Watford with a pair of goals against struggling Barnsley.

Deeney headed in after just 10 minutes, and after midfielder Mark Yeates had produced a slide-rule finish from a tight angle just before the hour mark, Deeney struck again seven minutes later to take his season's goal tally to eight.

Going close: Watford's Fernando Forestieri takes a pop at the Barnsley goal

Going close: Watford's Fernando Forestieri takes a pop at the Barnsley goal

Match facts

WATFORD: Almunia, Hall, Hoban, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Yeates, Hogg, Chalobah (Battocchio 71), Pudil, Deeney (Geijo 81), Forestieri (Vydra 66). Subs not used: Bonham, Dickinson, Murray, Mujangi Bia.

Goals: Deeney 10, 66, Yeates 59, Vydra 83 (pen)

BARNSLEY: Steele, Cranie, Foster, McNulty, Golbourne, Mellis (dawson 32), Greening (O'Brien 81), Buzsaky, Davies, Sinclair (Noble-Lazarus 70), Tudgay. Subs not used: Alnwick, Wiseman, Cywka, Stones.

Goals: Tudgay 90+4

Referee: Fred Graham

Att: 11,335

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Substitute Matej Vydra rounded off a
one-sided second half by converting an 83rd-minute penalty after he had
been hacked down from behind by Jimmy McNulty.

On-loan striker Marcus Tudgay did manage to notch a consolation goal for the visitors in stoppage-time.

The win saw the in-form Hornets extend their unbeaten record to seven matches and move into the top six on goal difference.

But Barnsley face a winter of
discontent, having now gone nine matches without a victory and being
dragged ever closer towards the bottom three.

Deeney had come off the substitutes'
bench to score against Barnsley's South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield
Wednesday in midweek and having been restored by manager Gianfranco Zola
to the starting line-up he wasted little time putting the in-form
Hornets in the driving seat.

He got away from his marker far too easily and stooped to head in Marco Cassetti's excellent 10th-minute corner.

It was the fourth time in three matches that Barnsley had conceded a goal from a set-piece.

The visitors twice came close to levelling matters from two Akos Buzsaky corners.

The first one saw leading scorer
Craig Davies produce a superb 15-yard header that Watford skipper Manuel
Almunia managed to claw away, with the ball grazing the post on its way
behind.

Then from Buzsaky's second delivery,
ex-Arsenal stopper Almunia produced an equally fine save to keep out
Tudgay's close-range header.

Luke Steele prevented Watford from
increasing their lead in the 24th minute, going full-stretch to push
away a fierce 25-yard right-footer from Fernando Forestieri.

Sinclair should have brought Barnsley level in the 39th minute when he was sent clear by Buzsaky.

Sinclair's touch was rather heavy as
he rounded Almunia and from a tight angle he saw his shot brilliantly
blocked on the line by the covering Tommie Hoban.

While the opening 45 minutes had been
very even, Watford dominated the second half – as Barnsley endured a
defensive horror show.

Yeates brilliantly found the bottom
corner from a tight angle in the 59th minute, before Forestieri teed up
fellow forward Deeney for a 16-yard finish in the 66th minute.

And Vydra, having replaced Forestieri, beat goalkeeper Steele from the spot seven minutes from time.

Tudgay notched his second goal in as
many matches with a smart finish for Barnsley in stoppage-time, but it
was no more than a consolation.

David Price knocks out Matt Skelton to retain British heavyweight title

The Price is right as rapid-fire knockout keeps David on course for world title shot

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22:28 GMT, 30 November 2012

David Price took the next step on the road that could lead to a shot at the world title with a two-round demolition of Matt Skelton.

This has been a year to remember for the towering Liverpudlian and he finished it in the best possible fashion, taking his unbeaten record to a perfect 15-0 and giving himself the platform for a crack at the European crown.

Back at Aintree racecourse, where he had brushed Sam Sexton aside in May to win the vacant British and Commonwealth belts, Price produced his most accomplished display of 2012, pulverising Skelton with a flurry of unstoppable blows.

Too strong: David Price knocks out Matt Skelton (below) and celebrates his victory (above)

Too strong: David Price knocks out Matt Skelton (below) and celebrates his victory (above)

Too strong: David Price knocks out Matt Skelton (below) and celebrates his victory (above)

First to the punch: Price rains blows on Skelton

First to the punch: Price rains blows on Skelton

Though Skelton tried to grapple and impose himself on Price to make this a war of attrition from the outset, Price landed the first telling blows – a right jab and a right hook to rattle his 45-year-old opponent – and he never looked like losing.

This was expected to be a significantly sterner test for Price than one he faced when dispossessing of Audley Harrison in the blink of an eye six weeks ago. Gnarled, experienced and a former World title challenger, he had the tools to take any advantage of any chinks in Price’s armour.

But Skelton simply had no answer to the bombardment that came his way in the second round. A left jab followed by a right-hook was enough to get a partisan crowd on its feet early on and set the alarm bells ringing in Skelton’s corner.

Sensing the opportunity to finish things quickly, Price unleashed a barrage of body shots to pole-axe Skleton, with a short left-hook into his midriff enough to send him crashing to the canvas and prompt the towel to be hurled in after two minutes and 56 seconds.

It was the heaviest defeat Skelton has ever suffered and now Price can start thinking about world dominance. First, however, there maybe a clash with Tyson Fury.

Dodge this: Price aims an uppercut at the Bedford Bear

Dodge this: Price aims an uppercut at the Bedford Bear

Down for the count: Skelton goes to the canvas after a heavy barrage of body blows

Down for the count: Skelton goes to the canvas after a heavy barrage of body blows

Cakewalk: Price (right) turns back to his corner as Skelton is counted out at Aintree Equestrian Centre

Cakewalk: Price (right) turns back to his corner as Skelton is counted out at Aintree Equestrian Centre

Wasps 14 Leicester 12: Match report

Wasps 14 Leicester 12: Deadly Varndell and Thomas put Tigers to sword

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UPDATED:

17:19 GMT, 25 November 2012

Lee Thomas came off the bench at half-time to kick two penalties which secured Wasps a narrow victory over Leicester.

Tom Varndell, the Aviva Premiership's leading tryscorer, struck with his eighth of the season against his former club after only three minutes, with fly-half Nick Robinson landing a first half penalty for Wasps.

Wasps were awarded for their bold attacking approach as they maintained their unbeaten record in all competitions at Adams Park this season.

One that got away: Christian Wade evades a tackle

One that got away: Christian Wade evades a tackle

Fly-half George Ford replied with
four penalties for the Tigers, who stay fifth in the table after going
into the match needing an 11-point win to go top and depose leaders
Harlequins.

Varndell finished a slick
threequarter passing move by taking a pass from centre Elliot Daly and
bursting through Mathew Tait's tackle to dive over in the left-hand
corner.

Only a last-ditch tackle by winger
Niall Morris denied Wasps' other winger Christian Wade – second in the
Premiership try-scoring list – his sixth league try of the season.

The 21-year-old hot prospect showed
tremendous footwork, racing past six players on a brilliant run from the
halfway line before being hauled down a metre from the line.

The early pressure paid off with
Leicester conceding a penalty, kicked by Robinson who had failed to
convert Varndell's try from the touchline.

Down: Tom Varndell scores Wasps' first try

Down: Tom Varndell scores Wasps' first try

No way through: Nick Robinson is tackled by Leicester's Sam Harrison and George Ford

No way through: Nick Robinson is tackled by Leicester's Sam Harrison and George Ford

But it was cancelled out by Ford, who opened Leicester's account with a 40-metre penalty five minutes later.

Leicester worked their way back into
the match after the early onslaught but former England hooker George
Chuter twice squandered attacking momentum by throwing long at the
lineout and gifting Wasps possession.

Daly, the home side's long-range
kicking option, attempted a penalty from five metres inside his own
half. He made the distance but was just wide of the post.

A scrum infringement by Tigers presented Wasps with a 40-metre penalty but Robinson's effort rebounded from the post.

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No chance: Billy Vunipola powers his way through

Varndell crossed again in the 48th
minute but was denied a second try when the final pass from full-back
Hugo Southwell was ruled forward by the TMO following an excellent
build-up by Robinson and Daly.

Thomas, a half-time replacement for
Chris Bell in the centre, took over the kicking duties to land the 52nd
minute penalty which put Wasps back in front after Leicester were caught
offside 30 metres out.

Seven minutes later Thomas increased
the lead with his second penalty from 40 metres but it was cancelled out
within two minutes by Ford's fourth penalty, which reduced the gap to
two points.

Ford missed the chance to edge
Leicester ahead eight minutes from time when his penalty from wide out
of the left flew just wide of the near post.

At the other end, Thomas was wide for
Wasps from a similar position but they kept Leicester out of their half
in the closing minutes.