England starting XV named for Rugby World Cup opener: George Ford at fly-half, captain Owen Farrell at inside centre against Tonga

20 Sep

Eddie Jones has selected his strongest available side for England’s Rugby World Cup opener against Tonga.

The England head coach has reverted almost entirely to the XV that sent Ireland spinning to a record defeat at Twickenham last month, with only Joe Cokanasiga and George Kruis missing from that team.

Jones will lead England out against Tonga in Sapporo

The midfield that engineered a 57-15 victory that day is back with George Ford chose at fly-half and playing inside a centre duo of captain Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi.
Cokanasiga has been struggling with a knee injury and despite being passed fit by the England management, is unable to even win a place on the bench for Sunday’s clash with Tonga at the Sapporo Dome, which kicks off at 11.15am UK time.

Instead, Anthony Watson has been given the chance to continue his strong form of the warm-up Tests by starting on the right wing, with Jonny May and Elliot Daly completing the back three.

Providing three-quarter cover on the bench is Jonathan Joseph and Henry Slade, both of whom have overcome knee injuries to take part.

Slade was unable to play a single minute of the four warm-up Tests but the Exeter playmaker is finally ready for his comeback as England look to launch the tournament with a statement performance.

Mako Vunipola is close to returning from a hamstring injury, so his deputy Joe Marler is preferred at loosehead prop and the only surprise pick up-front is Courtney Lawes’s presence at lock, with Kruis settling for a place on the bench.

Making a 10th successive appearance at number eight is Billy Vunipola. Either side of the big Saracen of Tongan heritage are flankers Tom Curry and Sam Underhill. Both are natural opensides but it is Curry who starts at six.

“The focus this week has been about getting right for Tonga. We have had a good seven days in Japan where we have acclimatised really well,” Jones said.

“Our sleep patterns are good and the physical conditioning of the players is outstanding. We have been able to add a bit more on our team togetherness and cohesion too.

Six Nations 2018: Owen Farrell to captain England against France as Dylan Hartley misses out
Captain Farrell will play at inside centre for England
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“Now it is about putting in a game plan against Tonga and it is important to be tactically right. We know they are going to be ferocious and full of pride and passion.

“They are a side that if they get a bit of momentum they can be very dangerous and are well-coached by Toutai Kefu.

“They have a great World Cup record and we will need to be at our best on Sunday.

“I don’t think there is anyone who isn’t excited about getting out there on Sunday and there is a good feeling around the place.

“We are delighted to be up here in Sapporo and to play at the stadium will be a unique experience for us and something the team is looking forward to.”


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England team to play Tonga:

E Daly (Saracens); A Watson (Bath), M Tuilagi (Leicester), O Farrell (Saracens, capt), J May (Leicester); G Ford (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester); J Marler (Harlequins), J George (Saracens), K Sinckler (Harlequins), C Lawes (Northampton); M Itoje (Saracens), T Curry (Sale), S Underhill (Bath), B Vunipola (Saracens).

Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), E Genge (Leicester), D Cole (Leicester), G Kruis (Saracens), L Ludlam (Northampton), W Heinz (Gloucester), H Slade (Exeter), J Joseph (Bath).

Four possible replacements for Hugo Lloris, including English wonderkid, as Tottenham star admits his future lays elsewhere

19 Sep

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has said that he will not finish his playing career at the club, citing a desire to play in the MLS before he hangs up his gloves.

Although his time in North London has been trophy-less so far, the French shot-stopper, 32, has played a huge part in the club’s recent good fortune, including their 2018/19 Champions League campaign where they finished as runners up.

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Signed from Lyon by Andre Villas-Boas in 2012, Lloris quickly established himself as first-choice between the sticks.

Following the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino in 2014, Lloris signed a five-year contract extension and twelve months later was made club skipper after the departure of Younes Kaboul.

Four years down the line and Lloris still wears the armband, has 245 appearances for the club – and counting – and has lifted the FIFA World Cup as captain.

Last season the Frenchman showed just how vital he can be, coming back from a tough start to the campaign on and off the pitch to save three consecutive penalties, from Jamie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Sergio Aguero.

The stops effectively seal a top four finish in the Premier League and put Tottenham in the Champions League semi-finals.

But all good things must come to an end and he’s admitted he will not end his career in north London.

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“I do not think I’m going to finish [my career] at Tottenham,” Lloris told France Football.

“I still have a few years ahead of me. In any case, I will do everything to make the most of it. You also have to know when to say stop at the right time, but I’m not against the idea of ​​discovering something new.”

It’ll be a sad day for Tottenham fans around the world when Lloris leaves, but the question on everyone’s mind will be – who will replace him? talkSPORT.com take a look below.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)

When he made his senior debut for the Italian national side in 2016, Gianluigi Donnarumma became the youngest to do so at the age of 17 years and 189 days, and is often regarded to as the heir to Buffon.

Three years later and he has a total of 145 appearances for Milan and is still only 20.

During his first four seasons as Milan’s first choice keeper they finished between fifth and seventh in the league.

In the same four-season period, Tottenham have established themselves as Champions League regulars, finishing in the top four in each, including a second place finish behind Chelsea in the 2016-17 campaign.

If fortunes for both sides carry on in the same way, it would be hard for Donnarumma to turn down the opportunity to play in Europe’s elite tournament.

Donnarumma is already a top experienced goalkeeper at a young age
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Nick Pope (Burnley)

Sean Dyche’s No.1 took the long way to the top.

He signed for Charlton Athletic in 2011 having come through the ranks at Ipswich Town and spent a three year spell at non-league club Bury Town but then spent several loan spells away from the club.

Eventually he broke into the team and soon he was on his way to Burnley where he became No.1 after Tom Heaton sustained a lengthy injury in September 2017.

For the remainder of the season Pope continued to impress between the sticks for the clarets and was selected by Gareth Southgate to represent England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

An injury saw Pope’s season stall last year but now, following the departure of Heaton to Aston Villa, Pope has started the current campaign as Burnley’s No.1 and was selected by Gareth Southgate for the September internationals.

Five years Lloris’ junior, Pope could have the perfect amount of experience to make the leap from Burnley to north London.

Can Pope work miracles for Spurs and replace Lloris?
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Freddie Woodman – (Newcastle – on loan at Swansea)

The 22-year-old went through the ranks at Crystal Palace, before switching to Tyneside in 2013.

So far, Woodman only has four first-team appearances to his name in a Newcastle shirt, all of which came in the FA Cup, and has spent much of his time out on loan.

The English shot-stopper’s finest achievements so far have come in an England shirt. First, in the 2014 Under-17’s European Championship, where he saved a penalty in the final as England beat Holland, and three years later at the Under-20’s World Cup in 2017, where he once again saved a penalty in the final as England saw off Venezuela to win the tournament.

Currently on loan at Swansea City for the 2019/20 season, Woodman has started every league match so far, keeping three clean sheets in the opening seven games, including one against title favourites Leeds United.

A young English talent between the sticks could tick all the boxes for Mauricio Pochettino and could ensure he has a new number one for many years to come.

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Paulo Gazzaniga (27) – Tottenham

How about a man already in the building?

Gazzaniga joined from Southampton in summer 2017 as cover for Lloris, the Argentinian made great first-team impressions in cup competitions both domestic and on the European stage, penalty shootout heroics against Watford in the Carabao Cup and helping Tottenham to a 2-1  home win over PSV in November 2018.

His performances earned him a first ever call-up to the Argentina squad and he made his debut against Mexico where he kept a clean sheet.

With a handful of impressive performances under his name in a Tottenham shirt the Argentinian will be fully aware of how fellow Argentinian Pochettino likes his team to play.

So, maybe the man Tottenham need to fill in for Lloris’ big gloves is already in right in front of them.

Can Gazzaniga take over the reins from Lloris?
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Former Burton Albion player Kelvin Maynard shot and killed in Amsterdam

19 Sep

Former Burton Albion defender Kelvin Maynard has been shot dead in Amsterdam.

The 32-year-old was fatally attacked by two men riding a motorbike while he was driving his car in the Langbroekdreef region of the Dutch capital.

Maynard made nine appearances for Burton during his spell in England
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Maynard attempted to escape the attack by driving towards a nearby fire station, according to De Telegraaf, but his vehicle hit the front of the building and he later died of his injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses as they search for the two suspects.

“We can confirm that the fatal victim of the shooting incident on Langbroekdreef last night was 32-year-old Kelvin Maynard,” read a statement from Dutch police. “The investigation into his death is in full swing.”

Maynard played for Burton Albion from 2014-2016, having been signed by fellow countryman and then manager Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink from Antwerp.

The right-back helped Burton to win the League Two title during his first season at the club but injury ruled him out of action the following season.

Maynard returned to Holland in 2016 with SV Spakenburg and recently played for non-league Dutch club Alphense Boys.

First start for Eden Hazard? How injury and suspension stricken Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid could line-up in the Champions League

18 Sep

It’s a case of business as usual domestically for Paris Saint-Germain as they sit top of Ligue 1 following a run of four wins in five games – but it’s on the European stage where their problems lie.

In each of the last three seasons the Ligue 1 title winners have failed to make it past the last-16 of the Champions League.

And in the last two seasons they were on the wrong end of two of Europe’s great comebacks when they lost to Barcelona and Manchester United.

Marcus Rashford’s dramatic late penalty sent PSG out in the last sixteen for the third season in a row
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There will be problems on the field from the first whistle as Paris will be without their front three due to injuries to Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, while Neymar misses out through suspension.

Forward Julian Draxler and defenders Thilo Kehrer and Colin Dagba are also ruled out with injury.

However, it’s the absence of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani that will undoubtedly be Paris’ biggest loss, with the trio scoring 85 goals last season as well as contributing four of Paris’ eleven so far this campaign – including Neymar’s last-gasp winner against Strasbourg.

Mauro Icardi is expected to lead the line with former Real Madrid ace Angel di Maria, offering support with Pablo Sarabia completing the front-three.

Real Madrid have started the season undefeated, sitting third in LaLiga, registering two wins and two draws in their opening four games under Zinedine Zidane, following his reappointment in March.

The Champions League is a tournament Zidane knows very well, both as a player, where he picked up a 2002 winners’ medal, and as a manager, where he coached Real to three wins in three seasons.

Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid boss after guiding them to three consecutive Champions League titles.
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Real Madrid are also without a number of players ahead of tonight’s Champions League opener in Paris. Marcelo, Isco, Federico Valverde and Brahim Diaz are all sidelined with injury while Nacho misses out through suspension.

Other notable absentees are club captain Sergio Ramos, who joins defensive partner Nacho on the suspension list, and 2018 Ballon d’or winner, Luka Modric, who has picked up a knock.

Having made his Real Madrid debut against Levante following his summer move from Chelsea, Eden Hazard could be handed his first start in a tournament he failed to win during his five seasons at the west London club.

The Belgian is expected to feature alongside former Tottenham star and four-time Champions League winner Gareth Bale in a front three completed by striker Karim Benzema.

Hazard is yet to start a game for Real Madrid after picking up an injury in pre-season.
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Recent history between the two clubs favours Real Madrid, with the Spanish side picking up four wins in their previous eight meetings. PSG have picked up two wins with the remaining clashes ended honours even.

Considering the large injury and suspension lists plaguing both sides – anything can happen.

With that in mind, here’s how talkSPORT.com expects both sides to line-up in the French capital.

How Paris Saint-Germain could look

How Real Madrid could look

Jurgen Klopp EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool boss on talkSPORT teaching him English, Salah and Mane’s friendship, and how nobody liked 2015 side

14 Sep

We love Jurgen Klopp here at talkSPORT – and it turns out the feeling’s mutual.

Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT, with live commentary across all three time slots, and Liverpool get us started when they host Newcastle at lunch time.

So we sat down with their manager for a wide-ranging, exclusive interview where he reveals we actually helped him learn English.

He also told us about the relationship between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane following their mini-bust-up against Burnley, and explained why the Reds are sort of like a top-level surgeon.

You can read the best bits below or listen to the full 16 minutes above!

Klopp joined talkSPORT for an exclusive interview
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On talkSPORT teaching him English

“talkSPORT? My English teacher!

“talkSPORT could talk about things I had no clue about, like physics or medicine, but I would still listen to it because the dialects are pretty strange from the people working there.

“But I listened because of that. You know how English people are, they’re very kind, so they speak to me very slow.

“But if people are talking to each other, I can’t follow the conversation unless they talk to me, and I wanted to improve that as well. That’s why I listen to it.

“Even when I only agree with 30 per cent of what the guys are talking about, it’s still interesting because I get the language.

“They talk quick, they don’t think about me understanding, they just talk naturally.

“That really helped me a lot to understand. My English speaking didn’t improve because of that, but understanding – a lot.”

Salah and Mane like each other, honest!

“There’s nothing left. It’s something we left immediately after the game.

“There was a little talk. It was Monday when we met first after our international break and everything was fine. Training was brilliant, the boys are fine with each other, they like each other! That’s how it is and that’s how it was before.

“Football is high emotions and the only problem that we have is that all of our emotions are shown in public – and I like that.”

Mane had to be calmed down by his team-mates
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Not even the team liked the team in 2015 – now it’s so much much better

“When I arrived in 2015, nobody likes this team, not even the team likes this team.

“Now it’s completely different. Everybody likes the team, and the team loves the team.

“That’s a massive difference because the boys feel like they have the right partners.”

Liverpool fans love the current crop of players
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What can Liverpool do differently to win the title?

“We don’t have to be different. We can’t invent a new game, we have to build on things, change things, be more flexible in moments, and be more consistent in moments. There are a lot of things to do.

“In most other jobs in life, if you are a surgeon at the highest level for example, you cannot say, ‘From now on, I will be even better’. Everyone’s still happy that you’re saving lives. That’s exactly how it is with us. It’s already difficult enough to keep the high level.

“With football, with the emotions and the influence outside involved, it’s really dealing with these things always. How can you achieve your own targets? That’s what we did better last year.

“The boys want to be consistent and on the highest level of their career for many years to come, and for me it’s the same.”

The Premier League trophy went to Man City last season
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s selection headache with Shaw, Pogba, Wan-Bissaka and Martial missing – Manchester United vs Leicester predicted teams

13 Sep

Manchester United are on the hunt for their first victory since the opening weekend of the Premier League season when they host Leicester City on Saturday.

The Red Devils have not registered three points since their 4-0 victory over Chelsea on August 11, but they will face a stiff test in the shape of Brendan Rodgers’ men – who currently occupy third in the table.

Daniel James has scored three goals in his first four games for Manchester United following his summer move to Swansea
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United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without left-back Luke Shaw for Saturday’s clash. The left-back had just started to consolidate his place in the first-team before being withdrawn from their shock 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace last month.

Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are also unavailable through injury. The French duo are both expected to be return to fitness by the end of the month.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a doubt for the Old Trafford clash after suffering a lower back injury. The former Crystal Palace full-back may not be risked by his manager to prevent further injury.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka moved to Manchester United for £50million this summer after a stunning season for Crystal Palace
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Therefore, Solskjaer has a difficult decision to make regarding his team selection in what is United’s first game since the completion of the international break.

Ashley Young is likely to come in for Wan-Bissaka at right-back and captain the side, while Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and former Leicester man Harry Maguire are expected to make up the rest of the backline.

Nemanja Matic will come in for Paul Pogba, while Scott McTominay is expected to line up alongside him. Andreas Pereira should start on the right, with Daniel James hoping to continue his impressive form on the left-flank. Juan Mata should get things ticking for United as he takes up the no. 10 role.

Marcus Rashford is set to play in the lone striker role once more in the absence of Anthony Martial, with Mason Greenwood poised to make an impact from the bench.

=12. Marcus Rashord - Has scored 12 Premier League goals as a teenager.
There have been some question marks about Rashford’s ability to play as a traditional no. 9

Predicted Manchester United line-up

 

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There is no such injury crisis for Saturday’s visitors though, with Rodgers having a near fully fit squad at his disposal to choose from.

The back-four should remain largely the same as it has been so far this season, with Caglar Soiyuncu partnering former Man United centre-back Jonny Evans in defence.

Jonny Evans was Maguire’s team-mate at Leicester
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Ayoze Perez could feature against on the right-wing after missing out on Leicester’s last game against Bournemouth, while Harvey Barnes will have his eye on giving make-shift right-back Young his fair share of problems.

The pair should be joined Wilfried Ndidi, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans in a five-man midfield.

The Foxes are expected to line-up with Jamie Vardy as a lone-striker. The experienced striker has three goals to his name so far this campaign.

Predicted Leicester line-up:

Match stats

  • In the Premier League, Man United have played Leicester 26 times, winning 17 of those games, drawing seven and losing just two
  • Leicester will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run so far this season. ]
  • Since being beaten by Leicester in 1998, United have lost just one of their last 23 home games against The Foxes in all competitions
  • Man United have won six of their last seven games against Leicester in all competitions, including doing the double over them last season
  • Jamie Vardy has has scored 31 Premier League goals against the ‘top six’ since the start of the 2014/15 season, more than any other player.
  • Since Brendan Rodger’s first game as Leicester manager, only Manchester City and Liverpool have picked up more points than The Foxes.
  • Man United defender Harry Maguire scored a 90th-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw between the sides in December 2017, the last time The Red Devils dropped points to Leicester.
  • Man United haven’t lost a game immediately after the international break since September 2016 (2-1 v Manchester City)
  • Leicester have lost 17 Premier League games against Manchester United, more than against any other team
  • Leicester have been unable to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League fixtures away from the King Power Stadium.

Is Raheem Sterling on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s level? Man City star’s stats compared to world’s best players

13 Sep

Former England international Trevor Sinclair believes Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling is on a par with Barcelona and Juventus superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sinclair joined talkSPORT earlier this week to heap praise on the forward after he scored twice for England over the recent international break, saying he is an invaluable part of Pep Guardiola’s Man City squad,

Sterling netted in both of England’s recent wins, against Bulgaria and Kosovo
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“Raheem Sterling is right at the top of the tree,” said Sinclair. “If he’s not worth £200million now, I’d be surprised.

“He’s the best player playing for England and he’s the first player on the team sheet for Pep Guardiola.

“The big question now is where do you put him with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo? I would put him right amongst them. He’s there now.”

But does Sterling deserve to be rated alongside the two legends of the game, who for over a decade have played at an elite level perhaps never seen before in the world of football?

The England forward has been in sensational form for Man City over the past few years, coinciding with Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad.

Since the start of the 2016/17 season, when Guardiola was appointed City manager, Sterling has scored 64 goals in all competitions, adding a further 55 assists. This means Sterling is providing a direct goal contribution ever 1.25 matches – a stunning ratio for a player who was criticised in his early career for supposedly lacking an end product.

While Sterling is a fantastic player, Sinclair’s bold claim was that he is up there with Ronaldo and Messi, two of the world’s best players.

Last season, Messi scored 36 goals and assisted a further 13 in 34 LaLiga games. The Argentine managed a remarkable 1.44 goal contributions per game during this campaign, leaving Sterling’s excellent 0.79 contributions per game paling in comparison. In all competitions, Messi scored 51 goals, in 50 appearances.

Lionel Messi has scored 603 goals for Barcelona throughout his storied career
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On the other hand, Ronaldo had a fairly poor debut season with Juventus compared to his usual elite standards.

Nonetheless, his numbers are still better than most other players, scoring 21 times and adding eight assists in 31 Serie A games. He also netted another seven times in cup competitions.

Ronaldo’s 0.94 goal contributions per game means he also, like Messi, fared better than Sterling last term apropos his impact in the final third.

Not too shabby from a bloke who turns 35 later this season.

Sterling vs Ronaldo and Messi since start of 2018/19 season

Raheem Sterling – 56 appearances, 31 goals (in all competitions)

Lionel Messi – 50 appearances, 51 goals

Cristiano Ronaldo – 45 appearances, 29 goals

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently in his second season with Serie A side Juventus following his big money move from Real Madrid
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Turning back the clock to evaluate a 24-year-old Ronaldo also makes for stunning reading, as he is so far ahead of Sterling, who enjoyed his 24th birthday last December.

During the 2009/10 season, the Portugal winger scored a staggering 33 goals in 35 games for Real Madrid, also registering 12 assists for a remarkable 1.29 goal contributions per game.

All things considered, Ronaldo and Messi are not only two of the best players in the world right now, but also two of the greatest players to ever step onto a football pitch.

To claim Sterling is not at their elite level is not a knock on the Englishman, but just further proof that Messi and Ronaldo are once in a generation talents.

Sterling is undeniably a supremely talented player, and his five goals in four games so far this season prove he is set for another impressive campaign.

He will be hoping his goals lead City to their third consecutive Premier League title, to further fill his trophy cabinet and stake a serious claim for future Ballon d’Or success.

However, Sinclair may have been looking through slightly rose-tinted glasses when placing Sterling on the same level as two of the greatest to ever play the game.

Sterling, Ronaldo and Messi's careers so far

Raheem Sterling

Age: 24

Club appearances: 325

Club goals: 98

International appearances (England): 53

International goals: 10

Lionel Messi

Age: 32

Club appearances: 687

Club goals: 603

International appearances: 136

International goals (Argentina): 68

Cristiano Ronaldo

Age: 34

Club appearances: 808

Club goals: 602

International appearances: 160

International goals (Portugal): 93

WWE and AEW news: DX match advertised, Stephanie McMahon wins award, Pete Dunne leaving NXT UK?

13 Sep

talkSPORT.com round up all the biggest rumours and latest gossip in the wrestling world…

Pete Dunne done with NXT UK

Former WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne is reportedly done with NXT UK.

PWInsider is reporting that Dunne is currently in the process of moving to the US from the UK and will be making more appearances on America’s NXT moving forward.

Dunne challenged Velveteen Dream for the NXT North American Championship at NXT TakeOver: Toronto last month in a triple threat match that also featured Roderick Strong


WWE advertises The Rock, Shane McMahon & Kane vs. D-Generation X

According to WrestleTalk, WWE is advertising an Attitude Era main event match for Smackdown pitting Kane, Shane McMahon and The Rock against legendary stable D-Generation X.

The promotion that was sent out to TV companies is obviously a mistake, however, with the match being one who could have seen in 1999 instead of 2019.

Nonetheless, this certainly makes for amusing reading.


Stephanie wins award at Worldz Conference

Stephanie McMahon won the Titan Award at the Worldz Conference last night for changing the way women are perceived in sports.

At the conference, Stephanie held a panel with current female wrestlers Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.

Stephanie was honoured at the Worldz Conference
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Gennady Golovkin next fight: When is GGG in action again? Who is he fighting? Where is it being held?

13 Sep

After knocking out Steve Ralls in the fourth round in June, Gennady Golovkin is now firmly focused on picking up the IBF World Middleweight title.

This comes after Golovkin lost his belts to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in September of last year.

Golovkin has lost just once in his career and is a former unified middleweight world champion
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Golovkin has had a storied history with the Mexican boxer, and many were hoping for a third fight between the pair.

However, GGG will instead be facing an entirely different opponent in the near future.

The 37-year-old has only failed to win two of his 39 professional fights so far, winning a staggering 90% of his bouts by knockout.

Gennady Golovkin: When is he returning and who is he facing?

Golovkin will return to the ring on Saturday, October 5 to take on Ukraine’s Serhiy Derevyanchenko.

The fight will be for the vacant IBF World Middleweight Championship and will take place at the historic Madison Square Garden in New York.

Golovkin said: “Everyone knows that I consider Madison Square Garden as my home away from home, and there is nothing better than fighting there again. It is old school

“On Oct. 5, it’s going to be a good fight. Every time I enter the ring I try to give my fans the fight they want to see, the show they deserve. This will be such a fight.

“We will bring back ‘Big Drama Show’ to the ring of the Garden and to DAZN. Don’t miss it. You will see everything you love in the sport of boxing. See you in New York.”

Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko: Tale of the Tape

Golovkin – Derevyanchenko

Age: 37 – 33

Height: 5’10 – 5’9

Reach: 70′ – 67′

Wins: 39 – 13

By KO: 35 – 10

KO%: 90% – 77%

Losses: 1-1

Stopped: 0-0

Draws: 1-0

Debut: 2006 – 2014

Kieran Tierney surprises 15-year-old Arsenal fan with signed shirt after ‘bullies burn his kit with cigarettes’

13 Sep

Kieran Tierney has surprised a young supporter with a signed Arsenal shirt after his original strip was allegedly ruined by bullies.

Jack Staniard, a 15-year-old from Lanarkshire, had his £75 Gunners strip burned by cigarettes, The Scottish Sun report.

And after his mother and sister got in touch with Tierney’s own sibling, Natalie, a new, signed jersey was delivered to the Staniard household.

Tierney has been praised for his fantastic gesture
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Tierney, the former Celtic star who joined Arsenal for £25million earlier this year, also sent a letter to Jack to offer the teen his and Arsenal’s ‘best wishes’.

“I think Kieran is amazing,” said Jack to The Scottish Sun. “I had no idea until my mum sent me a picture of him with the top.

Tierney posed with the signed shirt before sending it
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“I didn’t believe her at first and then it later arrived with the letter.

“I’d like to thank him very much for what he did for me. I’m a fan of both Arsenal and Tierney.

“I’ve known who he is since he started playing for Celtic.

“I know where he’s from and some of my mates have met him and said he’s a really nice guy.”

Tierney’s letter read: “Dear Jack, I understand that you have been through a tough time recently and experienced things most people don’t.

Tierney sent a supportive letter to Jack, along with the signed shirt
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“That must have been very upsetting for you and on behalf of everyone at Arsenal Football Club I send you our very best wishes.

“It’s sad to hear that you’ve been through what you have, and I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and suffering you have endured.

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“I hope you make a full recovery physically and mentally and please keep me updated on your progress.

“I heard you’re a big Arsenal fan which we truly appreciate and thank you for your support.”

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Police confirmed a 15-year-old boy was charged in connection with the attack on Jack, which occurred last month.

Tierney has not yet played for Arsenal since his summer move down south, though Gooners may see him in action before too long.

The left-back has been struggling with injury since he signed for the club, though Arsenal shared pictures of Tierney in training earlier this week to suggest he is close to making his long-awaited debut for the north Londoners.