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Evander Holyfield to auction prized boxing possessions

Holyfield to auction prized boxing possessions in bid to cut 10m debt

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08:53 GMT, 12 October 2012

Five-time heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield is selling some of his most prized possessions in a desperate bid to slash his 10million debt.

The American, who celebrates his 50th birthday next week, has frittered away his 350m fortune earned during a career that has so far spanned 28 years.

But while Holyfield still retains hope of fighting one of the Klitschko brothers in one final bumper pay day, more pressingly he must come to terms with the problems in his personal life.

Sale: Evander Holyfield (right) will auction off his boxing memorabilia

Sale: Evander Holyfield (right) will auction off his boxing memorabilia

Much of his money is spent on maintenance for the 11 children he has to five different mothers.

His lavish 109-room, 17-bathroom mansion on the outskirts of Atlanta has had to
be sold for 5m to ensure its not repossessed.

And in what has been touted as one of the greatest sales of sporting memorabilia in history, Holyfield will part with 20 pairs of gloves, the robes, trunks and boots he wore in his major fights.

Still going: Holyfield hopes to fight one of the Klitschko brothers

Still going: Holyfield hopes to fight one of the Klitschko brothers

Also up for grabs will be gold and diamond watches, WBC, WBA and IBF championship belts plus several luxury vehicles including his vintage 1962 red Chevrolet Corvette.

'These days right now are the most difficult, dealing with all the mothers of my kids,' he said.

Craig Bellamy ruled out of Wales v Scotland

Wales star Bellamy ruled out of World Cup qualifier against Scotland

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22:19 GMT, 7 October 2012

Craig Bellamy is out of Wales’ crunch World Cup qualifier with Scotland on Friday night.

Wales boss Chris Coleman had left a space available for Cardiff striker Bellamy in the hope he could join up with his 21-man squad. But Bellamy, who missed Cardiff’s 2-1 win at Ipswich on Saturday, will not link up with his country following a knee injury.

A Wales source said on Sunday night: 'Craig is injured.'

Ruled out: Bellamy watches Wales Under-16s against Scotland at Pittodrie on Friday night

Ruled out: Bellamy watches Wales Under-16s against Scotland at Pittodrie on Friday night

Only 24 hours earlier, Cardiff manager Malky Mackay confirmed following the victory at Portman Road that Bellamy, 33, had a badly bruised knee. Injury also ruled Bellamy out of Wales’ opening Group A defeats to Belgium and Serbia last month.

Now question marks will remain over his Bellamy’s international future as Coleman had wanted the ex-Liverpool and Manchester City forward to make a decision on his long-term commitment to the Dragons.

Jonathan Trott says he is not a mercenary

Trott: I'm no mercenary: South African-born star gets homesick for Birmingham

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22:09 GMT, 6 July 2012

Jonathan Trott has slammed critics who see him as a South African mercenary using England and says that he gets homesick for Birmingham whenever he is in Cape Town.

Trott chose the day South Africa arrive for a three-Test series that will decide the world’s best team to emphasise his commitment to England.

He also rubbished suggestions that he celebrated with Graeme Smith’s team when they clinched their last series here at Edgbaston four years ago.

Hitting out: Trott denies celebrating South Africas last series win in England

Hitting out: Trott denies celebrating South Africas last series win in England

The presence of a number of South African-born dual-nationals in the England team remains a contentious topic in cricket but Trott, like Kevin Pietersen, has an English parent and has made his life in Warwickshire after marrying a local girl.

‘I feel completely British,’ said Trott. ‘I went back to South Africa for my brother’s wedding last year and I didn’t enjoy it at all. Every time I’ve been back to Cape Town I’ve always changed my flight so that I can come home earlier.

‘It’s nothing to do with crime or political reasons. I just didn’t enjoy being away from home. And home is Birmingham.’

Looking to the skies: Jonathan Trott watches as the rain comes down at Edgbaston ending England's chances of a whitewash over Australia

Looking to the skies: Jonathan Trott watches as the rain comes down at Edgbaston ending England's chances of a whitewash over Australia

It was Michael Vaughan, then the England captain, who accused Trott of celebrating with the South Africans when they won in 2008.

‘That’s complete rubbish. I don’t know where that came from,’ said Trott in an interview with espncricinfo.

‘Do those who doubt me see me putting my money in a South African bank account Do they see me buying property outside England Or planning a future elsewhere

Forced indoors: England captain Alastair Cook and the rest of the squad train indoors due to the rain

Forced indoors: England captain Alastair Cook and the rest of the squad train indoors due to the rain

‘No. I’m thinking about which school my daughter is going to go to here. It’s quite evident when someone is a mercenary. People can sniff it a mile away.’

The Test series is now less than two weeks away but before then England — 2-0 up — must complete their NatWest series against Australia in Durham today and at Old Trafford on Tuesday, if the weather allows.

The chance of going to the top of the world one-day rankings with a 5-0 series triumph has now gone thanks to the wash-out at Edgbaston on Wednesday, but England still have a series to clinch.

English summer: Groundstaff mop up the outfield following rain ahead of the fourth ODI at Chester-le-Street

English summer: Groundstaff mop up the outfield following rain ahead of the fourth ODI at Chester-le-Street

Chester-le-Street was soaked on Friday, but the forecast for Saturday’s fourth one-day international is significantly better and Durham’s ground is a quick-drying one.

DURHAM LINE-UPS

England: Cook (capt), Bell, Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Kieswetter (wkt), Patel, Bresnan, Broad, Finn, Anderson.

Australia: Watson, Warner, Forrest, Clarke (capt), Bailey, Hussey, Wade (wkt), Lee, McKay, Hilfenhaus, Doherty.

Umpires: M Erasmus (SA) and N Llong (Eng).

Third umpire: A Dar (Pak).

Match referee: J Srinath (Ind).

TV: Sky Sports 1 from 10.30am.

Jimmy Anderson looks certain to be fit to try to claim the one wicket he needs to reach 500 in international cricket for England, second only to Sir Ian Botham. The home side must decide between Samit Patel and James Tredwell for the place which has been made vacant by an injury to Graeme Swann.

Tredwell, whose five one-day appearances for England have come in five different countries, knows that if he gets the nod he will be stepping into some big shoes.

‘You look on as a spinner and you see Graeme as the best in the world,’ said Kent off-spinner Tredwell, who has been preferred by England this summer to young spinners like Scott Borthwick and Danny Briggs.

‘I have to try to do all I can to try to stay in the England set-up. Once you have had a taste of international cricket you want more.’

Black Caviar in fine form for Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Black Caviar on course to claim glory at Royal Ascot, insists race manager O'Conner

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14:34 GMT, 14 June 2012

Unbeaten Australian sprinter Black Caviar has racked up far more impressive times during training than she has ever had to done compiling her formidable unbeaten 21 race sequence.

The ominous warning was sounded by Jeff O’Connor, racing manager to trainer Peter Moody, as the Australian wondermare closes in on her challenge for Royal Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes a week on Saturday.

Black Caviar, who did light exercise at her Newmarket base on Thursday, is 1-3 favourite for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Her rivals could include Roger Charlton’s Bated Breath, Freddie Head’s Moonlight Cloud and last year’s Diamond Jubilee winner, the James Fanshawe-trained Society Rock.

Diamond form: Black Caviar's hopes of Royal Ascot success have been talked up

Diamond form: Black Caviar's hopes of Royal Ascot success have been talked up

But O'Connor is adamant the mare, judged second only to Frankel in world ratings, is head and shoulders above her rivals in terms of ability.

He said: 'It's hard to say she can improve on her racetrack performances – she can only go so fast – but her track work performances are like nothing you have ever seen.

‘She runs times that have you scratching your head. A couple of times early on we thought our watches were playing up so we used different ones.’

O’Connor does not feel there is a rival lurking who can push the six-year-old to new heights but said putting her unbeaten record on the line half way around the world from her home is a risk.

He added: ‘We’d have to find a horse to put it to her. Are we going to see one at Ascot – possibly not and I don’t think we will able to find one in the time frame that we still have to race her in.

Aussie rules: Black Caviar

Aussie rules: Black Caviar

‘There is nothing she can achieve (at Royal Ascot) on top of her record – she can only come out of this negatively. It is a gamble with an unbeaten horse. If she is beaten, I don’t think (jockey) Luke Nolen will come back to the unsaddling enclosure, I think he will keep going and find a little barn near Windsor to hide.’

Previously, Moody has brought two other sprinters to the royal meeting.

Magnus was third to another Aussie, Miss Andretti, in the 2007 King’s Stand Stakes while Hinchinbrook had to be scratched when injured before the meeting a year ago.

O’Connor said: ‘Last year, we could not have been more confident with Hitchinbrook and unfortunately he was injured. We know Black Caviar is a better sprinter than him.’

O’Connor said fears that Black Caviar could be unsuited by unseasonally soft ground at the royal meeting after heavy rainfall this month were unfounded, pointing to the mare’s good work outs on heavy going in ‘Barrier Trial’ races used in the training regime Down Under.

Australian sprinters have quickly earned the respect of the British racing fans since Choisir blazed a trail winning the 2003 King’s Stand Stakes in 2003.

Miss Andretti, Scenic Blast and Takeover Target have followed him in the five-furlong dash to give the Aussie’s four wins from 14 runners in the race.

A modicum of hope is offered to the home-trained runners in less successful Down Under raids on the six-furlong Diamond Jubilee Stakes which they have won only once, also with Choisir in 2003, from 10 runners.

Martin O"Neill worried as Sunderland lost to Wolves

Defeat at Wolves in December had me worried, admits Sunderland boss O'Neill

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22:00 GMT, 13 April 2012

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has admitted he feared the worst when he first took over the club after defeat at Wolves in December.

The Wearside club came away from Molineux three points worse off than the club who are now sitting firmly at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League after Mick McCarthy had secured his fourth successive victory over his former club.

O’Neill did appear in the Sunderland dressing room that Sunday, having met his new players in Sunderland for the first time the previous day. Former coach Eric Black took charge of the side while O’Neill sat with Steve Walford and Seamus McDonagh in the stands.

Fearing the worst: O'Neill watches from the Molineux stands in December

Fearing the worst: O'Neill watches from the Molineux stands in December

As he prepared for Saturday’s re-match with Terry Connor’s Wolves at the Stadium of Light, O’Neill admitted he left the Midlands with a heavy heart that day. He could not have envisaged he would win 31 points from 57 compared to Wolves’ eight.

O’Neill said: 'I was prepared for a relegation scrap. My first target was to think about getting a point per game and if that had been achieved after 30 game I'd have been delighted.

'The lack of confidence was my biggest worry. I wouldn't pretend I knew everything about the players' ability or about the strength in depth here but confidence was the main thing and after losing a game like that, it was severely dented.

'When you're in a real relegation struggle you look at your real experience players to help you out. We did the opposite with James McClean who gave us an enormous lift and has carried that through and then you have a player with the ability of Sess which gives you a bit of heart.'

Thumping: Sunderland were thrashed 4-0 at Everton

Thumping: Sunderland were thrashed 4-0 at Everton

O’Neill actually saw McClean the following day, his first in charge, when he starred in a reserves game against Manchester United. O’Neill threw him in for his debut against Blackburn later that week and the young Irishman and Sunderland have not looked back since, although his players have tried his patience on one or two occasions, including after the defeat at Everton earlier in the week.

The Sunderland boss added: 'I genuinely don’t know if the players have seen me angry yet. Steve Walford says I've mellowed a great deal over the years and I hope he's not right. It’s pretty pointless to do the job if you're mellowing.

'You get upset about results and that will never change throughout your career. The game's changed so you have to make adjustments, mainly in terms of how you deal with players, but you deal with defeat in the same manner.'

Andy Murray: How Ivan Lendl gets me over bad times

Murray: How new coach Lendl gets me over the bad times

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22:15 GMT, 24 March 2012

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UPDATED:

22:26 GMT, 24 March 2012

Andy Murray has credited his new coach Ivan Lendl with helping him get over defeat quicker and forget his bad matches.

The 24-year-old has suffered long slumps in the early part of the past two years after defeats in the Australian Open.

Future's bright: Lendl (right) watches Murray in action at the Sony Ericsson Open

Future's bright: Lendl (right) watches Murray in action at the Sony Ericsson Open

In his last event, in Indian Wells, Murray lost his opener and he admitted such a defeat might have proved difficult to shrug off in the past.

'Now I'm able to deal with a bad loss a lot better,' said Murray, who plays in-form world No 26 Milos Raonic on Sunday in Miami.

'Having Ivan around helps; he's been through many of those experiences.'

A year or two ago there would be a problem or I'd play a bad match and, rather than getting the issue sorted out, it would drag on for a little while and affect my practice.

'As you get more mature you have to deal with it and Ivan knows the right advice to give.

'I obviously ask him questions about what he would have done and how he would deal with certain situations.

Mind games: Murray is better for Lendl's input

Mind games: Murray is better for Lendl's input

'He's asked for advice from other coaches because he's never coached before, and that was something very refreshing: for such a great player to ask for help.'

Murray also revealed the lengths Lendl, an eight-time Grand Slam winner, went to in order to gain an edge on his opponents.

'He used to practise with John McEnroe's and Jimmy Connors' racquets to see how they felt and see what things they could and couldn't do and maybe change some tactics because of that,' said Murray.

'He had a lot of quirks and he was great because of that.'

Guus Hiddink wanted by Chelsea stars

We need you, Guus! Chelsea stars want Hiddink to come in and rescue their season

Senior Chelsea players want Guus Hiddink to return as manager and save their troubled season.

With current boss Andre Villas-Boas struggling at the moment, the Dutchman is seen as the ideal man to come in and rescue the campaign.

Hiddink replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari during the 2008-09 season, and helped Chelsea to win the FA Cup and come within a whisker of reaching the European Cup final.

Success: Guus Hiddink with celebrating Chelsea players after victory over Everton in the 2009 FA Cup final

Success: Guus Hiddink with celebrating Chelsea players after victory over Everton in the 2009 FA Cup final

The Blues, who won the title under Carlo Ancelotti two seasons ago, and finished runners-up last term, slipped down to fifth in the Premier League after last weekend's defeat at Everton.

It is believed that Villas-Boas's tactics were questioned during a meeting at the training ground on Sunday, which was also attended by the club's owner Roman Abramovich.

And the Standard report that some players want Hiddink in now, especially with the club still in with a chance of winning silverware.

The Blues face Birmingham in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend, and after that take on Napoli in the first knockout stage of the European Cup.

Under pressure: Villas-Boas watches his Chelsea team play Everton last weekend

Under pressure: Villas-Boas watches his Chelsea team play Everton last weekend

Hiddink is currently available, having resigned as Turkey coach in November, but he 65-year-old is reportedly keen on a permanent job. Among the other clubs linked with him are Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala and PSV Eindhoven, where he has twice managed before.

His representative Cees van Nieuwenhuizen recently refused to confirm whether Hiddink would be keen on returning to London.

He said: 'I know they are not doing too well at the moment but Guus never puts himself in a position that he says he is interested in whatever job if there is still a coach who is doing the job.

'For him, that’s not the way to treat your colleagues.'

Manchester United players not told of Paul Scholes return

United players were in dark over Scholes return, says Rooney

Wayne Rooney revealed that even the Manchester United players did not know Paul Scholes was making a comeback until he arrived in the away dressing room at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Scholes played for 35 minutes after badgering United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to allow him to come out of retirement until the end of the season.

The 37-year-old had been involved in some first-team training sessions in recent weeks but his team-mates presumed he was only there — along with members of the club’s youth squad — to make up the numbers.

Giving it away: Sergio Aguero beats Paul Scholes to the ball

Giving it away: Sergio Aguero beats Paul Scholes to the ball

Back in the game: Aguero scores having beaten Scholes to the ball

Back in the game: Aguero scores having beaten Scholes to the ball

So, that's what happens when you give the ball away…

Paul Scholes’s passing is usually perfect, so it is no surprise he looked on confused after a misplaced ball led to Sergio Aguero netting City’s second goal (above). His tackling was better though as he later beat the striker to the ball

United striker Rooney said: ‘It was a bit of a shock to be honest. We didn’t know until we were in the dressing room. It’s great. It’ll give everyone a lift. Everyone knows what a fantastic player he is and I thought he showed his quality when he came on.’

Scholes’s return started inauspiciously yesterday as he gave the ball away in the build-up to City’s second goal, scored by Sergio Aguero.

But he went on to play a key role in United’s second-half rearguard action. Afterwards Ferguson said he was delighted to have the midfielder back in his side.

Back in running: Scholes warms up with team-mates

Back in running: Scholes warms up with team-mates

Biding his time: Midfielder watches from the bench

Biding his time: Midfielder watches from the bench

‘He came to see me and said he wanted to come back, he was missing it too much. There were no negatives as far as I’m concerned.

‘The players were fantastic about it, the fans I’m sure will be happy and I’m happy. Everyone knows he’s one of the greatest players in Manchester United’s history.

And he's on: Replacing Nani in the second half

And he's on: Replacing Nani in the second half

‘He’s a fantastic footballer and there’s no loss to his real fitness which is important.

He’s sometimes missed three or four months with injuries, so it’s more or less the same kind of scenario.’