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Deontay Wilder: Anthony Joshua’s team are ‘begging’ for fight, says WBC champion

The WBC has sanctioned direct a rematch between Wilder and Fury after their controversial draw in Los Angeles Anthony Joshua’s team are “begging” for a world heavyweight unification bout, says WBC champion Deontay Wilder. The American, 33, controversially drew with Britain’s Tyson Fury in Los Angeles earlier this month. The WBC has since sanctioned a direct rematch after a “unanimous agreement” in a meeting of the board of governors. “They’re definitely begging now. He’s trying to reach out all of a sudden,” Wilder told Joe Rogan’s podcast on Monday. “His…

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Huawei: The rapid growth of a Chinese champion in five charts

Image copyright Reuters Huawei is the poster child for China’s dynamic tech sector. It has grown phenomenally in recent years, from a small manufacturer of telephone exchange switches, to become a global leader in the tech industry. While the brand is familiar to many from its mobile phone handsets, Huawei has its finger in many other pies – from cloud services to artificial intelligence. And despite increasing controversy around whether using Huawei telecoms equipment poses a security risk, the block on its business deals in some countries, and most recently,…

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Fresh blow for Bulgaria as youth champion banned for life over doping

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian weightlifting suffered another blow on Friday when European youth champion Dayana Dimitrova was banned for life after a second doping offense since April 2017, the Balkan country’s federation said on Friday. The life ban for the 18-year-old, who won the European women’s title in the 48-kg category in Poland last month, comes as Bulgaria struggles to restore its reputation in a sport already under fire over widespread doping offences. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has threatened to remove weightlifting from the Paris 2024 Games if it…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v world champion boxer Josh Warrington

Leaders Manchester City might have been knocked off the top of the table by the time they play Chelsea at tea-time on Saturday in the pick of the weekend fixtures. But BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson thinks they will get a win at Stamford Bridge that will put them back on the Premier League summit. “Chelsea have lost their past two away games, at Tottenham and Wolves, and there are one or two cracks starting to appear,” Lawro explained. “Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has changed his team around…

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Adam Peaty: Olympic champion says swimming is ‘stuck in 1970’

Adam Peaty is the world record holder in 50m and 100m breaststroke Swimming’s international governing body must modernise and embrace new events or risk “constant battles” with the sport’s top competitors, says Olympic champion Adam Peaty. The Briton is among a host of leading swimmers to have criticised Fina’s governance over the past year. They have been particularly frustrated by their lack of involvement in key decision-making. “It feels like we’re still in 1970,” Peaty, 23, told BBC Sport. “[Fina] need to listen to the athletes and hear what they…

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Paul Sherwen: Former British road race champion & TV commentator dies

Sherwen became a respected TV commentator on the sport Former British road race champion Paul Sherwen has died at the age of 62. Sherwen competed in seven editions of the Tour de France and was the national circuit race champion in 1986, plus road race champion the following year. In recent years, he was a well-regarded TV commentator on the Tour and other major races around the world. British Cycling said on Twitter that it was “truly saddened” by the news and described Sherwen as “a great voice of our…

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Wilder v Fury: Tyson Fury says ‘world knows who real champion is’ after draw

Tyson Fury says “the world knows who the real WBC champion is” and believes his draw with Deontay Wilder was “a gift decision” for the American. Fury, 30, shared a thrilling battle in Los Angeles, with many former professionals saying he won the bout. Promoter Frank Warren said he and the British Boxing Board of Control will write to the WBC demanding a rematch. Speaking the day after the bout, Fury said: “To be honest, I’ve never seen a worse decision in my life.” The Briton added: “I don’t know…

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Motor racing: Formula E champion Vergne backs Sarajevo 2020 race plan

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Formula E champion Jean Eric Vergne and the president of his Techeetah team have thrown their weight behind Sarajevo’s bid to host a race in the all-electric series in 2020. Formula E cars are on display in support of Sarajevo’s bid to host a Formula E race in 2020, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina November 29, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic “I think it would be amazing to drive here,” Vergne, who was crowned Formula E’s fourth champion in July, told a news conference in the Bosnian capital on…

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Lewis Hamilton: Abu Dhabi pole for British world champion

Lewis Hamilton has ended the season in which he won a fifth world championship with his 11th pole of the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was 0.162 seconds ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and 0.331secs ahead of erstwhile title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen locked out the second row for Ferrari, ahead of the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. “It was emotional because it is the last time in this car,” Hamilton said. “The emotional roller-coaster I have been through…

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Tony Bellew: Britain’s former world cruiserweight champion retires from boxing

Tony Bellew was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk at the Manchester Arena on 10 November in his final fight Former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has confirmed his retirement from boxing, 12 days after his defeat by Oleksandr Usyk. In the aftermath of the eighth-round loss to the Ukrainian, the Briton said his career in the ring was “over”. Everton fan Bellew said his greatest achievement was beating Ilunga Makabu at his beloved Goodison Park in 2016 to win the WBC cruiserweight title. “There will be no more fighting from me,”…

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