Tyson Fury reveals how Deontay Wilder could beat him in their rematch

Tyson Fury admits he will get beaten by Deontay Wilder in their third fight if he does not keep a ‘strict’ lifestyle in the build-up to the rematch.

Fury beat Wilder in seven rounds to win the WBC heavyweight title in February but the Bronze Bomber has already indicated that he wants to activate his rematch clause, which gives him an opportunity to get the belt back.

Fury dominated Wilder during their second fight in Las Vegas, with the Gypsy King adopting a far more aggressive strategy with his new trainer Javan ‘Sugar Hill’ Steward.

But Fury concedes that he risks being knocked out by Wilder if he fails to take the rematch seriously.

‘What happens if I get knocked spark out by Wilder in the rematch?’ Fury told iFL TV.

‘If the lockdown finishes and the coronavirus gets a vaccine and the world goes back to normal, then I can see two fights with Joshua next year, for sure. Providing I get past Deontay Wilder this year, which is not a given considering when you’ve been beat for the first time in your life it can do two things to you. It can make you break, as we’ve seen many, many times, the bubble bursts, or it can give you that bit between your teeth where you want to get back and smash the guy’s face who beat you.

‘So if I don’t prepare like I did last time for Deontay Wilder, like a trojan warrior, with no diet cokes, no distractions, big Shane [Fury] there, not doing any interviews or nothing, you know how strict it was, then I can’t see myself winning again if I don’t do that strict attitude and strict lifestyle.

‘If I go into this camp taking it Wilder, thinking I’ve already knocked him out, it’s an easy fight, Deontay Wilder will most probably knock me into next week.

‘I’ve got to approach this fight as if I’m still the lineal champion, as if I didn’t beat him the first time or the second time and I’m still very, very hungry. And I’ve got to put on a fantastic display because at this level now there’s no room for error. One mistake could cost you big time.’

Asked if Wilder could do anything differently to beat him in the third fight, Fury replied: ‘I’ve already told Wilder, I’ve told Joshua, I’ve told Ortiz, D Whyte, Klit, I’ve told everybody from my era, the only way to beat the Gypsy King is flatten him so he can’t get back up.

‘What Brendan Ingle said in about 2009, ‘to beat this f****** kid you’ve got to nail the b****** to the canvas and if you don’t do that he’s going to get back up and knock you out’.

‘And that’s how you beat me. It’s very, very simple – land on the chin and keep me down… not so easy.’

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Kante Chelsea training fears explained after "bad time of it" in quarantine

N'Golo Kante has the full respect of the Chelsea squad over his decision not to return to training, according to Blues goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

France World Cup winner Kante has opted not to link up with the Blues squad as they go through the first phase of training at their Cobham base ahead of the Premier League restart.

With clubs due to approve the second phase this week, there are suggestions that Kante may end up not playing for the Blues again this season over his fears of catching coronavirus.

The former Leicester City star lost his brother to a heart attack shortly before the 2018 World Cup, while his father passed away when he was 11. Kante also fainted in a training session two years ago.

He did take part in a small session at the club last week, before informing manager Frank Lampard that he wished to stay away.

"It’s very understandable," veteran goalkeeper Caballero told TNT Sports in an Instagram Live chat, via Metro Sport.

"He tested negative for COVID-19 but he had a bad time of it during quarantine with symptoms of the virus that gave him that fear.

"We respect him and we’ll wait until he feels comfortable because the truth is that to do what we’re doing you have to feel okay and feel confidence and after we start again, we have to all go forward together.


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Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich live stream: How to watch Der Klassiker for FREE

The Bundesliga drama continues tonight as second-placed Borussia Dortmund face league-leaders Bayern Munich at home at the Signal Iduna Park. The clash will see Erling Braut Haaland and Robert Lewandowski line up on opposing sides for the first time in the German league.

Tonight’s Der Klassiker could prove to be a title decider for the 2019-20 season.

Haaland’s 10 goals in as many Bundesliga games have placed Die Schwarzgelben in a good position, breathing Bayern down the neck.

Dortmund are on a roll, with an eight game-winning sequence, with no goals conceded in their two matches since returning to the pitch.

Marco Reus said ahead of the match: “Every club, and ourselves included, are to blame for not consistently picking up points against the big teams.

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“Continuity is the key word [but] it’s difficult when there are injuries to important players and changes to the squad during the season.

“I think everyone in Germany wants the title race to be a bit more exciting.”

He added: ”It’s difficult when there are injuries to important players and changes to the squad during the season. Some clubs can’t compensate for that in the same way that Bayern can, for example. They are so strong in every position.

However, the Black and Yellows will face a tough game tonight, with the league’s top scorer Lewandowski on good form.

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The Bundesliga clash kicks off at 5.30 pm BST (6.30pm GMT +2).

How to watch Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

Rights to the Bundesliga are held by BT Sport in the UK, and fans can tune into BT Sport 1 for tonight’s Der Klassiker.

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Existing customers will be able to stream the action via the BT Sport app.

Additional streaming is available on the BT Sport website.

If you’re already a BT Broadband customer, you can add it to your existing contract for an additional £10.00 per month.

For new customers, broadband and BT TV packages start at £39.99 per month or you can pick up a non-contract BT Sport monthly pass for £25.

There is also a way to watch the games for free.

EE mobile customers can get BT Sport coverage for three months at no cost, thanks to a subscription plan announced by the network.

The company said: “To say thanks for being with us, here’s a special sporting treat for our pay monthly mobile and tablet customers: three months’ free BT Sport on your EE phone and connected tablet. Just text SPORT to 150, register for a BT ID then download the BT Sport app and get watching!”

Some UK bookmakers will also be showing selected matches live on their platforms.

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Jadon Sancho ‘ready to play for Liverpool or Man Utd’ but Real Madrid warning revealed

Jadon Sancho is “ready to play” for the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, according to former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Steffen Freund. Sancho is linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs after another fine season for Dortmund in the Bundesliga. His assist against Wolfsburg on Saturday made it 16 assists to go with his 14 goals this term.

Sancho is a top target for United heading into the next transfer window.

And Freund says statistics the winger has racked up prove he has what it takes for a big move.

“Jadon is ready to play for Liverpool or Man United, no question, because his stats are unbelievable,” Freund told talkSPORT.

“That shows that he can take the next step.

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“In the Borussia Dortmund side with [Erling] Haaland, [Julian] Brandt improving, with Emre Can signing, with changing to a back-three that suits Sancho.”

However, Freund reckons it would be wise for Sancho to play for Dortmund for another season.

The former Germany international believes there is no rush for Sancho to make the move to another top club yet.

Freund has warned the 20-year-old could turn out like Luka Jovic, who left Eintracht Frankfurt for Real Madrid last summer and has struggled for game time at the Bernabeu.

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“It would be good for him to play for Borussia Dortmund now and next year so that he will have more match time,” Freund added.

“He’s only 20, so why not play for Borussia Dortmund? We’re not talking about Freiburg or Paderborn, we’re talking about Borussia Dortmund, one of the top 20 clubs in Europe.

“Remember Jovic, who moved to Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt, he’s not playing. If you have an offer from Real Madrid you think, ‘I have to go’.

“No, you don’t have to go because the salaries in the Bundesliga are on a good level, too, not as much as Real Madrid or the Premier League, though.

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“But you can earn good money and improve and not make too much of a big step at once.

“So for Jadon to move to Man United with that pressure, they are struggling to qualify for the Champions League, so maybe it’s better to stay another year in Dortmund.”

Sancho is yet to start for Dortmund since the break due to a calf injury.

But Jan Age Fjortoft expects him to start the top-of-the-table clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday (5.30pm).

“They will play [Sancho], 100 per cent, he will be in there,” Fjortoft told ESPN FC.

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Audio captures Michael Jordan saying he wouldn’t play if Isiah Thomas was on the Dream Team

One of the more interesting talking points to emerge from “The Last Dance” documentary was whether Michael Jordan was the reason why Isiah Thomas didn’t make it on the 1992 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team.

Jordan denied it in the documentary, but recent audio seems to suggest otherwise. The audio, pulled from Jack McCallum’s podcast “The Dream Team Tapes,” captures a conversation Jordan had with the veteran reporter. McCallum says the audio came from a conversation he had with Jordan when he was writing his Dream Team book in 2011. 

“Rod Thorn called me,” Jordan says in the audio. “I said, ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.’ He assured me. He said, ‘You know what? Chuck doesn’t want Isiah. So, Isiah is not going to be part of the team.'”



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Rod Thorn is the former Olympic Committee chairman and played a major role in the selection process for the Dream Team. He was also the Bulls GM when the team drafted Jordan in 1984. Jordan confirmed that he had a phone call with Thorn in “The Last Dance” but didn’t go so far in the documentary as to say he called Thomas out by name.

“Before the ’92 Olympics, Rod Thorn calls me and says, ‘We would love for you to be on the Dream Team.’ I say, ‘Who’s all playing?’ He says, ‘What does that mean?’ I say, ‘Who’s all playing?’ He says, ‘Well, the guy you’re talking about or you’re thinking about, he’s not going to be playing,'” Jordan says in the documentary. “I respect Isiah Thomas’ talent. To me, the best point guard of all time is Magic Johnson and right behind him is Isiah Thomas. No matter how much I hate him, I respect his game. Now, it was insinuated that I was asking about him, but I never threw his name in there.”

Jordan would add his parting statement, “If you want to attribute it to me, go ahead, and be my guest. But it wasn’t me.”

Thorn, in an interview with “Golic and Wingo,” also denied Thomas’ name coming up in the phone call.

“There was never anything in my conversation with [Jordan] that had to do with Isiah Thomas, period,” Thorn said. “He said, ‘I’ll do it.’ … Isiah’s name never came up during that conversation. He never backtracked and said he didn’t want to do it from that time on, to those of us in the NBA office.”

As for Thomas, he simply added in the documentary, “I don’t know what went into that process. I met the criteria to be selected, but I wasn’t.”

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Arsenal to listen to transfer offers for three defenders but David Luiz not one of them

Mikel Arteta is willing to offload three defenders in the summer transfer window, with the Arsenal manager needing to raise funds if he is to make signings of his own.

The Spaniard’s budget is minimal with the club’s huge spend in recent summers, added to the lack of Champions League football and the coronavirus pandemic, having hit the north London outfit in the pocket.

And it appears it is in central defence where he will look to most significantly trim his squad, with that the area most bloated.

As it stands, Arsenal will have seven central defenders on their books at the start of next season, and likely even eight with Pablo Mari expected to sign permanently.

According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, speaking on the Ornstein and Chapman Podcast, Arsenal have picked out three players they are open to selling.

They could listen to offers for all of Rob Holding, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.

Holding, 24, has only played for nine minutes in the league under Arteta as he continues to get back to his best from a long-term injury.

But the Bolton academy graduate could now be surplus to requirements, with minutes likely to be limited even if he does stay at the Emirates.

The ageing Sokratis is meanwhile out of contract in 2021 and is not likely to be handed an extension.

Signed for £18million in July 2018, Arsenal may have to settle for closer to a third of that to get him off the wage bill.

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Mustafi is the most valuable of the expendable trio, at still just 28 years old. He has improved under Arteta but like Sokratis sees his deal expire in a year’s time.

The German, who cost £35m four years ago, has admitted he is enjoying playing under the ex-Arsenal midfielder but he may fall by the wayside next season if Mari rejoins.

Mari and Luiz look likely to start off as Arteta’s first-choice centre-back partnership, with William Saliba and David Luiz the most likely duo to rotate.

But Ornstein added that the unpredictability of the post-COVID-19 transfer market means it is unsure whether or not Arsenal will be able to conduct the business they want to do.

The Gunners are highly likely to have to drop their valuations of some players with clubs across Europe set to be far more stringent with their money this summer.

But offloading Holding, Sokratis and Mustafi would shed over £200,000 a week off the £230m-a-year wage bill, which Arsenal are desperate to cut down on.

That would leave Luiz as the team’s most experienced centre-half, while 26-year-old Mari is likely to be brought in on a permanent basis to give Arteta a left-footed central defender.

The Spaniard has made just two appearances on loan from Flamengo so far but is the kind of composed ball-playing defender who is ideal for the manager.

In addition to the pair, who played together and kept clean sheets in both of Arsenal’s final two matches before the coronavirus-enforced break, Saliba will join up with the first-team squad at the end of the season.

Signed for £27million last summer, Saliba has spent the current campaign on loan at Saint-Etienne and despite being a teenager is expected to play a significant role next term.

The versatile Calum Chambers, who can also play at right-back or in defensive midfield, will then seemingly be a fourth-choice option. He could be out injured until the New Year.

It is not known what will happen with Konstantinos Mavropanos, currently on loan in the German second division with Nurnberg.

The Greek, 22, impressed in several outings for Nurnberg but has only featured seven times in the league – yet he could be given a chance to impress once he returns to Arsenal.

Arteta then has an abundance of promising young defenders such as Zech Medley, Daniel Ballard, Harry Clarke and Joseph Olowu who could make a permanent step-up to the senior squad in the coming years.

And as such it is clear to see why Arteta is willing to cut down on the numbers at centre-back.

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Harry Redknapp 'lined up to take over as Nigeria manager'

Harry Redknapp ‘lined up to take over as Nigeria manager by country’s sports ministry’ but nation’s football chiefs would prefer ‘to re-sign current boss Gernot Rohr to a new contract’

  • Harry Redknapp has been out of management since leaving Birmingham in 2017
  • He could be making a shock return in the international game with Nigeria
  • Gernot Rohr’s current deal with the African country is set to expire next month 

Harry Redknapp has been lined up for a shock return to management with Nigeria.

It has been three years since the former Tottenham boss was last in the dugout after leaving Birmingham in 2017.

But at 73 he could be set for his second foray into international management with the country’s national ministry hoping to install him in charge of the Super Eagles, according to ESPN.

Harry Redknapp has been lined up for a shock return to management with Nigeria

Gernot Rohr could leave his post at Nigeria with his contract set to expire next month

The Nigerian Football Federation are hoping to persuade coach Gernot Rohr to extend his current deal.

But Redknapp is the favoured candidate of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the government department which oversees the NFF.

Rohr’s contract is due to expire in June and the NFF have been delaying over agreeing a new deal since late last year.

He told ESPN: ‘Everything is fine. We all continue together.’

Redknapp has been out of the dugout since leaving his last post with Birmingham in 2017

The NFF released a statement last week saying: ‘The Executive Committee mandated the General Secretary to liaise with the Super Eagles’ technical adviser, Mr. Gernot Rohr, with a view to concluding all matters around Mr. Rohr’s new contract within the next one week.

Rohr has been in charge of Nigeria since 2016 and led them to glory at last year’s AFCON. 

Former Portsmouth and Southampton manager Redknapp has also been linked to the managerial job in the African country, which would be his second in the international game after a short-lived stint in charge of Jordan in 2016. 




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Livingston let fans vote on Twitter poll over goalkeeper's future

Livingston let fans decide whether goalkeeper Gary Maley deserves a new contract with a TWITTER POLL giving them the chance to ‘get him out’ – but voters are backing him to stay!

  • Third choice goalkeeper Gary Maley’s Livingston contract expires next month
  • The 37-year-old is the only part-time player in the Scottish Premiership
  • He has not played for the club’s first-team in over two years
  • Yet fans are backing him to stay, with over 150,000 voting in the Twitter poll 

Livingston have left the fate of one of their player’s future at the club down to supporters after putting up a poll of whether he should stay or go on Twitter.

Goalkeeper Gary Maley is out of contract next month, but in deciding whether to retain him or not the Scottish Premiership side have asked fans whether the club should ‘offer him a new contract’ or ‘get him out’.

The club said: ‘Quite possibly a football first but we’re giving you the chance to decide on the future of goalkeeper Gary Maley. 

Gary Maley’s Livingston future is down to fans to decide with his contract up in the summer

‘With his contract expiring next month, we’re leaving it in the hands of the fans as to whether or not we offer “Stretch” an extension. Stay or go – you decide!’

The 37-year-old joined the club when they were languishing down in Scotland’s third tier in 2016 and he is currently the third choice stopper.

He has featured just nine times for the club since joining and not has played a first-team game for over two years. 

Over 150,000 supporters have already voted in the online poll, many backing him to stay 

But it’s good news for the keeper as the poll, which has has over 150,000 votes, is currently backing him to stay with a day left to vote, even if the Twitter post appears to be ‘tongue in cheek’.

Despite being the only player in the top flight on a part-time contract he was won praise from his manager Gary Holt.

‘Big Stretch has been great for us with helping the boys out with different movements and where to finish and stuff like that during training,’ Holt said in December.

‘I have to give the big man some plaudits. He does get a lot of stick but there’s nothing happier sometimes than when you see people sitting in the stand smiling who have played their part. 

Maley’s team-mate Marvin Bartley could not resist the urge to play along with the poll

‘He certainly takes a fair bit from everyone but it’s also pleasing to see that something you work on comes off and he plays a big role in that.’

However Maley can count himself lucky his team-mates do not have more of a say in his future, with Marvin Bartley failing to resist the urge to play along with the poll.

‘100% he goes can’t push forward as a club with ‘players’ like him! Bye big man, look after yourself,’ he tweeted.




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Lee Bowyer confident Charlton can avoid relegation if Championship season resumes

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer is confident his side can battle their way out of relegation trouble, if the Championship resumes as hoped next month.

Players at Championship clubs were allowed to return to training on Monday, in the first step towards a potential resumption of the season, which was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Players trained in small groups and took part in non-contact sessions.

Charlton are currently in the bottom three but are only three points off 17th place in the table.

Bowyer is adamant the English Football League (EFL) need to find a way to ensure the season is concluded and he is optimistic about Charlton’s prospects if it does resume.

“Everybody signed up to a 46-game season. To finish it now would be wrong, especially now when we are back training,” Bowyer told Sky Sports News.

“Now that we are testing and everyone is spending this money, that will play a big part in it because otherwise it would all be a waste.

“The EFL have said that they want to finish the season. It is important that we do that and hopefully we will manage to finish.

“We have proven when we have got a full squad that we can compete with all the teams in this division.

“We were in a bad place at one stage but was just purely down to the numbers of injuries we had. Once we started to get a few back then we started to pick up results again.

“So we will be ready and, like I said, I believe in the squad that we have got to get us out of this.”

Former Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is attempting to buy Charlton but revealed to Sky Sports News earlier this week his takeover bid “hangs in the balance” after his exclusivity period expired.

Five weeks of discussions with Charlton were concluded in the middle of last week when a provisional deal was struck to buy the club for £1m.

However, a 48-hour period for him to complete the deal has expired, and Jenkins is aware of three or four other interested parties who are in discussions with owner Tahnoon Nimer.

Despite the uncertainty, Bowyer insists he and his squad will remain focused on helping the club avoid relegation.

“Obviously it is a difficult situation but it is something that we cannot control,” Bowyer said.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has Philippe Coutinho transfer back-ups if Barcelona bid fails

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has alternatives to Philippe Coutinho if he cannot sign the Barcelona playmaker. The Gunners have been linked with a swoop to bring the Brazilian back to the Premier League.

But CaughtOffside insist Arsenal could only sign Coutinho if the Barcelona No 10, currently on loan at Bayern Munich, if it was a temporary deal.

The north London outfit cannot afford the fee Barca would want for them to recruit his talents on a full-time basis.

The Catalan giants are said to be keen to recoup around £70million for the player they paid over £140m to sign from Liverpool in January 2018.

Barca are said to have offered Coutinho to several of Arsenal’s Premier League rivals including Chelsea and Tottenham.

And Arsenal’s only hope of landing the 27-year-old, who was one of the best players in the league for Liverpool, is if a loan deal where Barca pay a significant chunk of his wages can be agreed.

Coutinho earns around £250,000 a week from the La Liga heavyweights – which would make him Arsenal’s second-highest paid player.

The Gunners are known to want to cut down their wage budget, with a lack of Champions League football in recent seasons – added to the coronavirus pandemic – having hit their finances.

But CaughtOffside add that if Arsenal miss out on Coutinho, Arteta has back-up options for that area of the pitch.

The Spanish coach is reportedly aware he must identify a long-term replacement for Mesut Ozil, who will leave the Emirates at the end of his contract in 2021.

It is not mentioned who Arteta’s alternatives are although Arsenal have been strongly linked with £23million Feyenoord creator Orkun Kokcu and Gent’s Jonathan David, who would cost around £20m, among others.

Out-of-contract wingers Willian and Ryan Fraser, of Chelsea and Bournemouth, are also both capable of playing in the No 10 role.

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American-born Canadian Davis has however made it clear where he sees his future, after having produced 23 goals and 10 assists in Belgium aged just 20 this term.

He told Sky Sports: “I never knew big clubs would be interested in me so early.

“It’s overwhelming, but I think I can make the next step.

“It’s time for me to move and go somewhere where I can keep developing and get to the potential that I have. The league that would suit me the most right now is the Bundesliga.

“It’s similar to the Belgian league in terms of the tempo and the physicality, but obviously the quality is higher in Germany and there is more competition.”

But former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam, who managed Kokcu at Feyenoord, thinks the 19-year-old has a bright future.

The Turkey under-21 international produced three goals and six assists this season before the Dutch league was cancelled due to COVID-19.

“He would need to adjust because the step to Arsenal and the Premier League is totally different when you compare it to Holland,” Stam told Goal.

“The pace of the game, the quality, the intensity is a lot higher.

“But he has the ability. He is a player who has the personality to want to improve, he always wants to do better.

“He’s never happy with himself, he’s disappointed if he doesn’t score, or his passes aren’t good enough.

“When I joined Feyenoord, he hadn’t played a lot because everyone said he was too young.

“I put him in the first team and let him play most of the games, I trusted him and saw a lot of ability in him.

“Now he’s proving himself in Holland and is one of the best midfield players in the country.

“He’s certainly got the ability to make that step to the Premier League.”

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