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Deontay Wilder said during the build up to his second fight with Bermane Stiverne that things weren't going to be the same as the first fight. Stiverne -- the only man to go the distance with the WBC heavyweight champ -- didn't even last a full three minutes against Wilder on Saturday night when he was crumpled after a furious flurry of punches that sent him to the canvas.

Wilder, who remains undefeated with 38 knockouts, has been almost begging for his shot at unified heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua and he went after him again after the win at the Barclays Center on Saturday night.

 

"I've been waiting on that fight for a long time now," Wilder said. "I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge? I've been waiting for a long time. I know I'm the champion. I know I'm the best. Are you up for the test?

 

"A king doesn't chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he doesn't give me the fight we have other plans. The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more excuses. Make the date, don't wait."

 

Joshua is coming off an impressive TKO victory himself, stopping Carlos Takam in the 10th round last weekend in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua and his camp have hinted at potential fights with former heavyweight champ Tyson Fury and even Dillian Whyte before a possible unification bout.

 

"Stop with this Dillian Whyte s---," DiBella said ESPN. "Who the f--- is Dillian Whyte? Come on, Eddie, let's play. You want to do [Joshua-Wilder] at a soccer stadium in the U.K., let's do it. Deontay Wilder will put Anthony Joshua to sleep the same way he just put Stiverne to sleep. Nobody has that kind of power. Deontay Wilder is Anthony Joshua's worst nightmare. The winner of Joshua- Wilder is the real heavyweight champion. That fight has to happen. The boxing fans deserve it. We don't want to wait."

 

While it remains to be seen if the two parties will reach a deal to make the fight happen, the potential matchup might be the best fight to make in the sport outside of the expected rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. Now begins the waiting game, but the matching is teeming with crazy potential. 

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A leading football club in Nigeria, Rangers International FC, is about completing the process of being floated as a public company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The Nigerian Football Club would be the frist to achieve such feat in Africa.

This move is part of recommendations to Enugu State Government by the Administrative Commission of Inquiry on the football club. The commission was set up by the state government to assess the viability of the business as government investments.

The club would be first to achieve such feat in the continent.

Rangers International is a seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions. The club won the 2015/16 football season, 32 years after winning the title.

A member of the commission, Mr Norbert Okolie, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, that placing the club’s shares on the NSE was part of the major recommendations made by the commission.

Norbert said the move is to relief the state government of the burden of sponsoring the club's activities.

“This can only be, by lifting the burden of sponsorship from the state government," said Norbert. Thirty-five percent of the shares will be reserved for the Enugu State Government, while 32 percent will be for the four states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo at 8 percent each. Twenty-five percent will be for the general public, six percent for the Amalgamated Traders Association, one percent for Rangers Supporters’ Club and one percent for Ohaneze Ndigbo.”

“This is what was suggested by the commission headed by Professor Gab Agu,’’ he said.

Football clubs listing on Stock Exchanges is common in Europe, where the football is run as a business. At present, there are about 22 clubs on different exchanges across Europe.

 

 

 

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Hall-of-Fame commentator Jim Lampley has accused Floyd Mayweather of throwing several rounds during the most expensive boxing match in history against Conor McGregor.

Lampley, who has been a commentator for over 30 years, called Mayweather a “scam artist” who did the unspeakable just so he could set up a rematch by preying on “suckers.”

In a brief meeting with TMZ Sports, Lampley said he’s CONVINCED Mayweather intentionally tanked at least 3 rounds in the Conor fight and then carried McGregor to the 10th round for show.

He also added that Mayweather isn’t going to retire anytime soon after making over 200 million dollars from such an obvious scam.

“Why should he retire? He created a marvelous scam with this whole thing,” Lampley said.

“He allowed Conor to quote ‘win’ 3 rounds so that the whole global MMA wish community could have something to latch on to. I think there’s a decent chance there’s enough suckers out there Floyd could maybe make another $150 million, why not?”

“It’s all a set up.”

 

 

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Thomas Tuchel has not ruled himself out of the running to become Everton's next boss.

Tuchel has been out of work since leaving Borussia Dortmund in May, , just days after winning the German Cup final, and has stated publicly that he would like to work in the Premier League.Until now, Tuchel has been reluctant to consider any club not playing in the Champions League, but Sky Sports News has been told he would be open to an approach from Everton.

Everton sacked Ronald Koeman on Monday afternoon and are yet to draw up a shortlist for the role, although Tuchel's odds have been slashed since the bookmakers opened their market on his replacement.

Tuchel is competing with Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Everton's own U23 manager David Unsworth for Everton's hot sit.

Unsworth has been placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs and will be in the dugout when Everton take on Chelsea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.


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Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris took the plaudits for keeping out Real's glut of chances in either half while Madrid stopper Keylor Navas was also in inspired form in a highly entertaining game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Borussia Dortmund's surprise 1-1 draw at Group H minnows APOEL Nicosia means Spurs and Real are six points clear of the Germans and within touching distance of sealing their place in the last 16.

That marks a huge contrast for Pochettino's side from their early exit from the competition last season.

"This was an opportunity to show we can compete and this game is fundamental to us on a mental level," Pochettino said.

"We are a team that is still under construction. Last year we took seven points from six group games now we have seven from three. Last year was very sad as we couldn't continue in a competition that really excited us but we've made a huge step forward. We are developing this club's potential for the future, which is enormous.

"The result is the least important thing, the objective was to be able to compete against Real Madrid and that we managed to do that makes me more than happy."



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Spurs face their biggest test in years when heading to Madrid on Tuesday night, and Neville believes it could be an overwhelming experience for a number of Mauricio Pochettino's players when they walk out at the Bernabeu.

I don't think it is mission impossible at the Bernabeu but I do think it will give us a barometer of how good this Spurs side are. Are they capable of playing at the top level of European football?

I think when you go there for the first time it does blow you away, when you come up those steps from the dressing room and you see this cauldron you're about to play in. It's also the history of the football club and I think Tottenham will find this fixture really difficult.

We talked a lot recently about Anfield being a good barometer for Manchester United players over the years and I think the Bernabeu and Nou Camp are stadiums and occasions where it really tests you mentally and physically.

Playing at the Bernabeu is a special, special experience. Something that most Tottenham players probably haven't done in their careers and it will be interesting to see how they do, and whether this young side play with the same determination and quality as they do in the Premier League.

It's a stage that Harry Kane believes, and probably Dele Alli believes, he wants to be playing on.

I remember when we first got into the European competitions and we came up against Rivaldo at Barcelona, Ronaldo at Inter Milan or Juventus when they had Zinedine Zidane and Alessandro Del Piero, you thought to yourself these are players we used to watch on television, the top players in world football, and I've got to test myself against the best.

Kane is playing on the biggest stage against Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, two of the best central defenders in world football, and it will be a test to see whether he can perform at that level.

I think Kane has answered every question that has been levelled at him so far and this is just another question he has got to answer.

Is he now at a higher level that Gareth Bale? I don't think so because Bale has won the Champions League and other titles.

He's a fantastic striker and he's getting up to world-class level, but Bale is at a world-class level. He's made the move for massive, massive money, he's proved to the world he can do it in European tournaments, Champions League finals.

He's done it on the biggest stage and it's not just doing it one game, Bale has done it over a period of a time. If you can play for three or four years for a team like Manchester United or Real Madrid then that's when you can talk about being in the greats of European game. Bale has done that.



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Choirul Huda was playing for Persela FC on Sunday against Semen Padang in Liga 1, the top division of Indonesian football, when the incident happened just before half-time.

Huda, who was 38, was rushed to Dr Soegiri Lamongan hospital, but passed away after failing to respond to treatment.

Dr Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, an anesthesia specialist at the hospital, said that the collision caused Huda to "stop breathing" and suffer "cardiac arrest".

He said "initial analysis" suggested that "impact on the chest and lower jaw" led to the "possibility of chest trauma, head trauma and neck trauma".

Huda had made over 500 appearances for Persela, who are based in Lamongan. They were the only club that he represented during his career.In an Instagram message dedicated to Huda, Persela said: "Thanks for the endless dedication and inspiration for Persela, Lamongan and Indonesian football."

The club added that Huda was "the real legend of Persela", and that thousands of fans had lit candles in his honour.

The match continued following Huda's injury, and Persela went on to beat Semen Padang 2-0.

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Charly Musonda’s brother has weighed in on the Chelsea man’s social media outburst and said the club wouldn’t know if they had Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo coming out of their academy.

The Belgian winger last night caused some controversy with an Instagram post that appeared to criticise his lack of opportunities in Antonio Conte’s squad.

He wrote about giving everything, but failing to get what he deserved and that he was ‘done’ as a result of it.

Usually, you see players lose it on social media before then realising the situation and deleting whatever they have posted.

But Musonda’s post is still live on his Instagram page – and his brother Lamisha, who was once contracted to Chelsea’s academy, added to it.

He wrote in a comment that has now been deleted:


Musonda’s brother obviously couldn’t stand by that message as he’s now deleted it.

But he has followed it up with a lot more on Twitter, defending his brother’s work ethic and quality while saying Chelsea would be robbed of good football if Musonda was to leave in the future.

 

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Adam Lallana has been sent by Liverpool to the Aspire clinic in Qatar to aid his rehabilitation from a thigh injury.

Lallana had been stepping up his recovery at Liverpool's Melwood training ground, but the Reds have now decided to send him to the Middle East as he nears a return to first-team football.

The midfielder suffered the injury in a pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid in August. As a result, he's yet to play a single minute of competitive football for club or country this season.

Speaking last month about his recovery, Lallana said: "I'm getting on well - slowly but surely in the background. It's going as well as it can. I'm obviously looking forward to getting back."

Jurgen Klopp said at the time that Lallana would likely be out "for a couple of months", but no exact timescale has been put on the player's return.

He is unlikely to be available for Liverpool's match with Manchester United, live on Sky Sports Main Event HD from 11:30am on Saturday 14 October.

Gareth Southgate recently bemoaned the loss of Lallana, and described him as a key "link player" for England.

He said: "In my year in charge, Adam Lallana has been our best player and we've not had him for the last three matches."

The Aspire clinic describes itself as the "world's leading specialised orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, staffed by some of the world's leading medicine practitioners and researchers."

They have previously treated players including John Obi Mikel and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Jack Butland also spent time at the Aspire clinic when he was recovering from the ankle injury that kept him out of action until the end of last season.

 

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Thomas Muller has aimed criticism at former head coach Carlo Ancelotti by saying Bayern Munich "will have good training again" following the return of Jupp Heynckes.

Ancelotti was sacked 24 hours after Bayern were beaten 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, with former boss Heynckes announced as his replacement until the end of the season after Willy Sagnol had initially been put in temporary charge.

President Uli Hoeness claimed Ancelotti lost the support of five senior players at the club and there have been reports in Germany that his laid-back training sessions had begun to frustrate some of the squad.

Arjen Robben was said to have criticised the sessions but vehemently denied the claims, while Mats Hummels has also dismissed suggestions he was among those to turn against the Italian.

But Muller, who struggled for form for much of Ancelotti's year in charge, has welcomed the return of treble-winning coach Heynckes and admitted he hopes for an improvement in Bayern's preparations.

"We will have a good training again," he was quoted as saying by Welt after Germany's 5-1 World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan.

"Heynckes is the right man because he can inspire the team to have the ability to suffer more, to have more commitment and a better defensive set-up.

"Heynckes will work with interest and passion. There are several screws that need to be turned. The team have some responsibilities to carry out."

Bayern - who sit second behind leaders Borussia Dortmund - resume Bundesliga action against Freiburg on Saturday.

 

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