Water breaks needed if Premier League returns says Brighton chief

Brighton chief Paul Barber calls for regular water breaks if Premier League football returns during the summer

  • Brighton chief Paul Barber has called for water breaks if Premier League returns
  • Clubs are growing confident that the league will return next month in June
  • Barber said the Premier League need to think about players’ ‘wellbeing’ 

Regular water breaks may be needed in Premier League games if football returns during summer, according to Brighton chief executive Paul Barber.

Clubs are growing increasingly confident of a return to action next month, but playing football in warmer conditions and on harder pitches could heighten the risk of injury and dehydration.

Barber said: ‘We’ll certainly be looking at all the physiological challenges and demands players are going to be under by playing in warmer months. I’d imagine drinks breaks will be a regular feature of matches, for instance.

Brighton chief Paul Barber says measures needed if football returns in warmer conditions

‘A lot of the players in the Premier League are full internationals and have played in tournaments in summer before.

‘But clearly other players won’t be used to that. That’s when we’ll need to use the experts around them and to think about their wellbeing.’

The Premier League is nearing a return during June as clubs and shareholders frantically plan to get action back after the coronavirus pandemic.  

Barber has called for regular water breaks to be implemented if games return during summer

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Osaka breaks Sharapova record to become highest-paid female athlete in history

Naomi Osaka has become the highest paid female athlete over a 12-month period in history, toppling Maria Sharapova’s previous record.

Osaka, the 22-year-old world No. 10 tennis player from Japan, has earned $37.4million (£30.7m) in the past year from prize money and endorsements, setting a new record.

Sharapova, who retired from tennis earlier this year, held the previous record after earning $29.7m (£24.4m) in 2015.

Osaka ranks at No. 29 in the top-100 highest-paid athletes in 2020, with Serena Williams – who earned $36m (£29.5m) over the same period – the only other sportswoman in the top-100.

It’s the first time since 2016 that two female athletes have been ranked in Forbes’ top-100 best-paid athletes list. Williams had been the highest-paid female athlete throughout that period.

Osaka shot to prominence by beating Williams in the controversial 2018 US Open final – a match that was overshadowed by Williams’ infamous row with umpire Carlos Ramos – before winning a second consecutive major at the Australian Open at the start of 2019.

Her form has dipped significantly since, failing to reach the quarter-finals in any tournament following her triumph in Melbourne.

However, her stock has continued to rise. She now has 15 partners, including brands such as Nike, Nissan, Shiseido and Yonex.

Tennis continues to be the dominant force in women’s sport. Since 1990, only tennis players have topped Forbes’ female list.

The full list of the top-100 highest paid athletes will be released next week.

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Steve Bruce breaks silence on £300m Newcastle United takeover

Steve Bruce says he would be ‘delighted’ if Newcastle United’s takeover was to go ahead.

A £300m bid to buy the club from Mike Ashley, led by Amanda Staveley and backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and the Reuben brothers, is currently being considered by the Premier League.

Reports have claimed that Bruce’s job is under threat as Mauricio Pochettino is favoured by the prospective new owners.

But Bruce insists he is fully focused on pushing Newcastle forward.

‘We all aspire in management, we all aspire to be Pep [Guardiola], Jurgen [Klopp]… these great managers who’ve been a breath of fresh air to football. Jurgen Klopp coming into this country, you just have to applaud him for his tactics and the way Liverpool play,’ Bruce told Sky Sports.

‘If it’s good for Newcastle, and the club are going to try to compete with these teams, to be part of it would be great. I would love to see it and I’d love to be part of it.

‘I hope it’s where it goes, but in the meantime I’ll just crack on, wait, roll my sleeves up and get on with trying to get some results to try and get the club going forward.

‘If that happens for Newcastle in the future, then great – I’d be delighted. You do get labelled in the game, and that’s why I enjoyed my time managing in the Championship. I’d back myself against most people in that division.

‘But to be in a position where you’re actually challenging, and you have a good enough team as Newcastle did in 1995 and under Sir Bobby Robson as well, then it would be wonderful. I’d back myself, of course I would.

‘Management, whether you’re managing in the lower division or you’re right at the top, it’s about getting the best out of what you’ve got. And if you can do that, I’d back myself to have a crack at it. I’d be confident that I’d be able to do it.

‘Whether that’s ever going to be the case, who knows?’

Bruce also said he is ‘in the dark’ over how close Newcastle’s takeover is to being completed.

‘I have a wonderful working relationship with Lee Charnley and he told me, ‘when there’s something to tell you, Steve, I’ll tell you’,’ said Bruce.

‘We’ve left it at that and gone back to work.

‘I’m in the dark like most other people, and for that, I’m glad, really, because I can’t comment on it.

‘It’s not worth talking about it as I really don’t know.’

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Mike Tyson breaks down how he'd attack Tyson Fury in a fight

‘I’d be aggressive’: Mike Tyson breaks down how he’d ‘attack’ Tyson Fury if the pair could fight at the peak of their powers while Brit insists: ‘I’d beat any man born from their mother… I’m the greatest from any generation’

  • Mike Tyson and Tyson Fury have discussed how a fight would go between them
  • Former world champion Tyson is viewed as one of the best heavyweights ever
  • Fury is the current No 1 and insisted he’d beat any fighter from any generation 

Mike Tyson has explained how he’d approach a dream fight against Tyson Fury if the pair came head to head at the peak of their powers.

Tyson was a fearsome destroyer in his early days and captured the imagination of millions around the world during his rollercoaster career before bowing out in 2005.

He remains the youngest man to ever become a heavyweight champion to this day and is still revered as one of the most explosive punchers to ever lace up a pair of gloves.

Mike Tyson’s explained how he’d ‘attack’ Tyson Fury if they fought at the peak of their powers

Fury is current No 1 and spoke together with Tyson how a fight between them would pan out

Tyson Fury, meanwhile, is writing his own legacy after becoming a two-time world champion earlier this year by demolishing Deontay Wilder.

But what would happen if the two giants of the sport were to collide? Tyson explained how he’d aggressively attack Fury as the pair discussed how a super-fight between them would pan out.

Speaking to Ring Magazine, Tyson said: ‘Against someone of Tyson Fury’s size, you’ve got to be aggressive, move your head and be elusive because if you stand still against a man that size, you’re an easy target.

Tyson is revered as one of the hardest hitting heavyweights ever to lace up a pair of gloves



Fights: 56

Wins: 50

KOs: 44

Defeats: 6

Draws: 0

Stance: Orthodox

Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm

Reach: 71″ / 180cm


Fights: 31

Wins: 30

KOs: 21

Defeats: 0

Draws: 1

Stance Orthodox/ Switch Hitter

Height: 6′ 9″ / 206cm

Reach: 85″ / 216cm

‘You need to attack, use angles and stay away from his punching distance. You need to be close, but you can’t stay at a distance that allows the bigger fighter to get off.’ 

Tyson was trained to harness the power of his mind by Cus D’Amato and gave an insight into how he would have handled going up against someone like Fury, who is over a foot taller than him.

He added: ‘A lot of people don’t understand that size and style isn’t the most important thing in the ring; it’s the morale of a fighter that leads to victory,’ he adds. ‘His determination, his will to win, his desire is what makes him a champion.

‘But at my best, I thought I was the greatest fighter from Achilles, through the Art of War, since the beginning of God, since the beginning of time – I was invincible.

Fury insisted he doesn’t think any fighter from any generation would be able to beat him

‘And if there are other fighters out there that don’t think that way, then they have a problem.’

When Fury was asked how a blockbuster showdown between the pair would go down, he said: ‘I don’t like to pit myself against boxing heroes in a virtual reality fight, because I find it disrespectful.

‘But my answer is that I’ll beat any man born from his mother. I just wouldn’t say that directly about any of the heroes from the past. But, deep down, I don’t believe that any fighter from the past can beat me.

‘I think I’m the greatest fighter that’s ever lived – from any generation.’  

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