Women’s Super League 2019/20: Spurs and Arsenal to go head-to-head in first-ever north London derby in November

10 Jul

The first-ever north London derby in the Women’s Super League will be held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in November.

The reigning WSL champions will face their promoted neighbours on November 17, with the rest of the fixtures for the 2019/20 WSL reason also released on Wednesday morning.

Arsenal have won 15 league titles, three of which have come in the WSL era
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Spurs were promoted from the Championship last season along with champions Manchester United, and they start their first ever top flight campaign away at neighbours Man City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Red Devils’ tough start continues over the following matchdays by hosting the Gunners a week later before a visit from Liverpool.

Other fixtures could yet be relocated but it appears there will be no WSL and Premier League double-headers, with the north London derby in November taking place over an international weekend in the men’s game.

Last season’s top two clash at Meadow Park on October 27 as Arsenal host Manchester City, with the return game pencilled in for February 2 at City’s Academy Stadium.

The second Manchester derby of the season will take place on March 29 at Leigh Sports Village.

If the title race goes until the last day of the season, two of the 2018/19 top three are at home – Arsenal hosting Everton and Chelsea facing Liverpool, while City are away at Brighton.

Manchester United news: Simon Jordan rubbishes claims Paul Pogba has been ‘respectful’ and says Solskjaer is wrong to defend him

10 Jul

Simon Jordan has laughed at claims that Paul Pogba has been ‘professional’ and ‘respectful’ towards Manchester United.

The Frenchman’s name has been plastered over the back pages for months regarding his uncertain future at Old Trafford.

And he hit the headlines again this week for an alleged bust-up with Jesse Lingard that appeared to be caught on camera by the club’s own social media team and posted online.

Pogba was held back by Lindelof apparently after a heated discussion with Lingard
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responded to the media storm surrounding the video during his first pre-season press conference in Australia, saying Pogba is ‘a great, great professional, never been any problems and has a heart of gold’.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive statement released to talkSPORT, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola insisted the midfielder has ‘been respectful and professional in every way’ towards the Red Devils.

That is despite the 26-year-old publicly saying in June that he was open to leaving the club ‘for a new challenge’.

And Jordan believes Solskjaer was wrong to defend the midfielder, who he says has clearly shown no respect whatsoever to his club.

The former Crystal Palace owner told Jim White on Wednesday: “If he’s being so respectful of Manchester United, how come they’ve known for so long about his views about wanting to leave?

“That doesn’t sound to me like someone who is respectful of the obligations he has.

“If he signed a four-year contract with this club, and he signed it of free, sane body and mind, isn’t it his job to please his employers rather than tell them how unsatisfied he has been for a significant period of time?

“Is that respectful? No!

“It’s all about Paul Pogba, and what Paul Pogba wants. Because Paul Pogba does what Paul Pogba wants to do.

Pogba is taking part in pre-season training, but is keen to leave Man United
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“We’ve sat here forever and a day debating the manner in which he operates, about when he opens his mouth and constantly talks to the media and makes opportune comments about his future – it’s been going on for two years!

“You wouldn’t mind, you’d accept it, if he was really pulling up trees.

“We can give stats about him being the best of a bad bunch, but it he was really pulling up trees for Manchester United we wouldn’t be sat here saying, ‘actually Pogba hasn’t done what we think Pogba should do’.”

Listen back to Simon Jordan’s verdict on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence of Paul Pogba IN FULL above

Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman RESULT: Dubois KNOCKS out rival to WIN British heavyweight title

10 Jul

Heavy Duty: Results

Daniel Dubois def. Nathan Gorman via KO RD2 (vacant BBBofC British heavyweight title) 

Joe Joyce def. Bryant Jennings via unanimous decision (heavyweight)

Liam Williams def. Karim Achour via KO RD2 (vacant WBC silver middleweight title)

Archie Sharp def. Jordan McCorry via unanimous decision (super featherweight)

Sunny Edwards def. Hiram Gallardo via unanimous decision (super flyweight)

Willy Hutchinson def. Josip Perkovic via unanimous decision (light heavyweight)

Denn McCann def. Jerson Larios via unanimous decision (bantamweight)

Florian Marku def Tommy Broadbent via TKO RD4 (welterweight)

Jonathan Palata def. Ferenc Zsalek via KO RD1 (heavyweight) 

Hamzah Sheeraz def. Scott James via KO RD1 (middleweight)

Micky Burke (debut) def. Michael Williams via unanimous decision (welterweight)

Mark Chamberlain def Youssef Al Hamidi via unanimous decision (lightweight)

Jake Pettitt def. Elvis Guillen via unanimous decision (super featherweight)

 

Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings live stream: UK start time, TV channel and full undercard for heavyweight clash

10 Jul

Exciting British heavyweight Joe Joyce returns to the ring tonight as he looks to continue his rise up the ranks.

Joyce has claimed impressive wins over Bermane Stiverne and Alexander Ustinov already this year and is now set to face Philadelphia veteran Bryant Jennings.

Joe Joyce will face Bryant Jennings on the undercard for Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman
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Joyce, a 33-year-old Londoner, only turned pro in October 2017 after his stellar amateur career and has won his nine fights to date.

He believes he’s good enough for a world title shot in the near future but first he’ll have to deal with Jennings in his toughest test yet.

Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings: Date and start time

The heavyweight clash will take place on Saturday, July 13 and will be held at The O2 Arena in London.

It is on the undercard for Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman, meaning Joyce should be in action at around 9pm.

Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings: TV channel and live stream

You can catch all the action live from the capital on BT Sport with coverage beginning at 7.30pm on BT Sport 1.

If you want to stream the fight online, download the BT Sport app on your mobile, tablet, games console or PC.

Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings: What has been said?

Joe Joyce told talkSPORT: “I know about Bryant Jennings. I’m still looking at his stuff, but he’s only lost to Luis Ortiz, Wladimir Klitschko and Oscar Rivas, the latter of which was a close one.

“So there all good names and it’s going to be a close one, just depends who is the better man on the night.”

“I want to get to a world title. Hopefully, before the end of this year or the beginning of the next year, I’ll hold a version of a world title. That’s my aim.

“Facing the winner of Gorman and Dubois is an option, it’s a big option. If the money is right I would definitely consider it. It’s a big fight. But, being mandatory for the European title and WBA (regular) belt, those are the titles that I want. I’ve got good options.”

Joe Joyce is 9-0 (9 KOs) and a rising star of the heavyweight division after a stellar amateur career
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Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings: Full ‘Heavy Duty’ fight card

Daniel Dubois vs Nathan Gorman (vacant British heavyweight title)

Joe Joyce vs Bryant Jennings (heavyweight)

Liam Williams vs Karim Achour (vacant WBC sulver middleweight title)

Archie Sharp vs Jordan McCorry (super featherweight)

Sunny Edwards vs Hiram Gallardo (super flyweight)

Hamzah Sheeraz vs Scott James (middleweight)

Willy Hutchinson vs Josip Perkovic (light heavyweight)

Denn McCann vs Jerson Larios (bantamweight)

Florian Marku vs Tommy Broadbent (welterweight)

Jonathan Palata vs Ferenc Zsalek (heavyweight)

Jake Pettitt vs Elvis Guillen (super featherweight)

Mark Chamberlain vs Youssef Al Hamidi (lightweight)

Micky Burke (debut) vs Michael Williams (welterweight)

Amir Khan EXCLUSIVE: Brit believes Manny Pacquiao fight is closer than ever, calls on him to ‘sign that dotted line’

10 Jul

Amir Khan thinks a Manny Pacquiao fight is now closer than ever before, though he must first get past Billy Dib this Friday night, live on talkSPORT.

The former unified world champion is having a bout in Saudi Arabia to get himself back on track following his defeat to Terence Crawford in April, and will then look to bigger things.

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Rumours have swirled in recent weeks, suggesting that the Saudi backers who are supporting Khan’s fight with Dib are also in talks to host a Pacquiao showdown.

The Filipino legend has a major fight of his own scheduled – against Keith Thurman on July 20 – and Amir is insistent that they can meet if both victorious.

When asked whether a bout with ‘Pac Man’ will ever come to fruition, Khan explained to Jim White on talkSPORT: “I had to get back in the ring again after the Crawford fight. I just couldn’t get over the way that fight ended.

“Obviously I’m moving on quickly, get a Billy Dib fight, hopefully get a good win this weekend and then go on to the bigger fights.

Manny Pacquiao takes on Keith Thurman next Saturday
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“Now Pacquiao, there’s always been talk about the Pacquiao fight, but it’s never materialised, I think this is the closest we’ve ever got to it.

“If I was to take the Manny Pacquiao fight, I wanna have one or two fights before that to make sure that I’m gonna be back in the game again.

“I’d love that fight, but it’s up to Manny’s team to sign that dotted line.”

Another option on the table for Khan is a long-overdue clash with British rival Kell Brook.

He revealed last month that talks are underway for the domestic showdown to finally take place later this year, though is hesitant to commit while the Pacquiao option remains in his mind.

Khan continued: “That fight with Kell Brook will be there…

“What do I do? Do I do the Manny Pacquiao fight or do I go back home and take the fight with Kell Brook?

“I really believe that Kell Brook will always be there in the UK as we are the same age, whereas Manny might not be around for too long.”

Don’t miss talkSPORT’s Fight Night Special this Friday from 9pm with Adam Catterall & Gareth A. Davies as we bring you live commentary of Amir Khan vs Billy Dib and Hughie Fury vs Samuel Peter

Manchester United need to sign players like Tottenham’s Harry Kane, ex-Red Devil Jonathan Spector claims

10 Jul

Harry Kane is just the type of player Manchester United need to sign, the club’s former defender Jonathan Spector believes.

Romelu Lukaku is wanted by Inter Milan and will reportedly be allowed to leave for £75million having fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season to throw his Old Trafford future into doubt.

Lukaku is expected to depart Old Trafford this summer after two years with the Red Devils
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Marcus Rashford, meanwhile, has signed a new four-year contract to stay at Old Trafford until 2023, with the option of a fifth year, and he’s set to earn up to £300,000-a-week as he stakes his claim to become the Red Devils’ first-choice centre-forward.

But Spector, who spent three years on United’s books, does not believe the young England international is good enough to lead the line on his own right now.

Rashford will hope to impress during pre-season so he begins the new campaign ahead of Lukaku in the pecking order
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While he is an admirer of Rashford, who scored 13 goals in all competitions last season, the former United States international feels United would benefit from owning a player like Kane, the prolific Tottenham and England forward.

Spector, speaking exclusively to AmericanGambler.com, said: “I think it would be great if Rashford was able to step up and take that role but I don’t know that he is a finished product yet.

“It’s a young team that they’ve got and I think they need to find the right balance between youth and experience, and I’d love to see them bring in a proven goal scorer. More like a [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy.

“Which every club wants, someone you know who is going to get you a number of goals.

“Harry Kane is a perfect example, I’d love to see them bring in someone like that, but also I don’t know how much money is being made available for that position!”

Spector claims Kane is the kind of player United need to bring in
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Though Kane has been linked with the Red Devils in previous years, there is no real interest in the England skipper this summer.

United are instead said to be targeting Inter’s Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala of Juventus as potential replacements for Lukaku.

Despite the Belgium international’s desire to leave Old Trafford this summer, Lukaku has still travelled to Australia for United’s pre-season tour, and he’ll be competing with Rashford and Mason Greenwood, the young academy prospect, for game time at centre-forward down under.

Bohemians vs Chelsea live stream: Frank Lampard’s first game as Blues boss – TV channel, kick off time, and team news

10 Jul

Frank Lampard will begin his Chelsea reign with a friendly match against Irish side Bohemians tonight as the Blues kick off their pre-season campaign.

Club legend Lampard took over at Stamford Bridge earlier this month and is now set to take to the managerial hot-seat for the first time.

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All eyes will be on his starting eleven as the former Derby boss begins to mould his plans for the new Premier League season.

Bohemians are currently third in the League of Ireland Premier Division, which runs from February to October, and drew 0-0 at Cork City in their last outing.

Chelsea also take on St Patrick’s Athletic during their time in Ireland before they jet off to Japan next week.

Bohemians vs Chelsea: Kick-off time

The friendly will be held on the Wednesday, July 10 and the game will get under way at 7:45pm.

It is being held at Bohemians’ home ground, the 4,200-capacity Dalymount Park, north of the River Liffey in Dublin.


Chelsea pre-season fixtures: Frank Lampard to start new job with showpiece friendly against Barcelona – games, dates, times and venues


Bohemians vs Chelsea: TV channel and live stream

The match will not be broadcast on television in the UK.

But fans will be able to catch it live on chelseafc.com and on the clubs’s official app, ‘The 5th stand’.

Pedro could start for Chelsea against Bohemians
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Bohemians vs Chelsea: Team news

As this is Chelsea’s first pre-season game, a host of young players and returning loanees are set to feature.

But Lampard has included several more established names in his squad.

The likes of Kurt Zouma, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Billy Gilmour and Conor Gallagher are expected to start alongside Willy Caballero, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro.

Matteo Kovacic, who completed a £40million move from Real Madrid this month, could feature but £58m January signing Christian Pulisic will miss out due to his recent international involvement.

David de Gea contract: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confident Manchester United goalkeeper will commit future to Premier League club

10 Jul

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised David de Gea and is positive the goalkeeper will sign a new Manchester United contract.

De Gea, who joined from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has just one year left on his current deal, which is worth £200,000-a-week, and United have been trying to tie him down to a new one for months.

David de Gea is close to signing a new deal with United
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It is understood talks had dragged because he wanted parity with the club’s best-paid player – Alexis Sanchez, who earns a reported £500,000-a-week.

The Spaniard has been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, while links to Real Madrid are never far from the surface after going so close to moving to the Bernabeu in 2015.

According to the Sunday Mirror, the Red Devils will pay the 28-year-old £350,000-a-week to make him the world’s highest-paid goalkeeper and fend off any interest elsewhere.

“David has had a summer where he’s been negotiating and we hope we’re going to get it sorted,” Solskjaer said at Man United’s pre-season training camp in Australia.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) wants to add more players but will not overpay
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“I’m positive. Of course, with David I’ve said many times how lucky I am and happy we are to have him in goal.”

Solskjaer also said the club remain on the look out for new players, but will not be held to ransom when it comes to negotiating any potential signing.

“We’re still in the market and looking to do some business,” Solskjaer said.

“We’re patient and we’re Man United, we don’t have to sell and we don’t have to overpay either. You want the right players for the right price.”

The manager was speaking a day after Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola told talkSPORT he hoped his client’s future was resolved soon.

Pogba is keen to embark on a new challenge and has been linked, like De Gea, to both Juve and Real.



 

WWE fans praise Kevin Owens ‘pipe bomb’ promo on SmackDown as the best since CM Punk’s in 2011

10 Jul

Kevin Owens has long been underutilised in the WWE and a large section of the hardcore fanbase has remained adamant he deserves better.

Despite not fitting the prototypical body type Vince McMahon is famed to adore, Owens is one of the best wrestlers and talkers the company has.

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On SmackDown Live this week, KO opened up the show with a scintillating pipebomb that has got the whole wrestling world talking.

Owens addressed Shane McMahon’s TV time and why certain stars like Apollo Crews, the Kabuki Warriors and others haven’t had TV time instead.

McMahon would come out and cut his mic, but Owens made a mark that set the crowd on fire. Watch below:

It looks like Owens is next in line to feud with McMahon once Roman Reigns and The Undertaker deal with them at Extreme Rules on Sunday.

CM Punk is famous for delivering the best pipe bomb of all-time back in 2011, but a lot of fans feel this was a worthy second.

Of course, Owens and McMahon have history and competed in a Hell in a Cell match back in 2017 that saw McMahon crash from the top and Sami Zayn save KO, turning heel in the process.

Now, Owens has turned babyface and the crowd have greeted him like it is about time.

Mazda recalls nearly 8K CX-9 crossovers for faulty wiring

10 Jul
2018 Mazda CX-9Mazda will recall certain 2018 CX-9 crossovers for faulty airbag wiring that may keep the passenger-side airbags from deploying in a crash, the company said last month. The recall affects 7,854 crossovers. Mazda said in a statement that weak retention connectors in wiring harnesses could keep the airbags from inflating, make turn signals...