Posted: 28 April, 2016

Tyson Fury Teases Klitschko At Press Conference Ahead Of Rematch

"Shame on you, you let a fat man beat you"

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Tyson Fury removed his T-shirt, turned to Wladimir Klitschko, pointed to his flabby belly and blurted out: "Shame on you, you let a fat man beat you."

It was just one of the many lively moments in an expletive-laden, at-times-shocking news conference at the Manchester Arena on Wednesday between two fighters vying to become world heavyweight champion on July 9.

Fury was the star of the show, as always. It started with him waltzing into the event backed by music and cheerleaders, and dancing in front of Klitschko.

It ended with Fury ranting about how he hates boxing, how he'd rather be sitting on his sofa eating chocolate, and calling himself a "joke."

 

Klitschko often sat motionless, sometimes shaking his head at what he was hearing.

The Ukrainian still cannot believe his nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion ended at the hands of Fury in a unanimous decision in Germany in November. Not because he doesn't think Fury is a bad boxer, but because he doesn't respect him as a person.

Fury is outspoken with his views. He has criticised abortion, openly disagrees with homosexuality, made sexist comments like "a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back," and said doping should be legalised in all sports to make it "fully fair."

Klitschko said he is "embarrassed" that he has given a "stage" to Fury by losing to him.

"I'm not OK with what comes out of Fury's mouth, his statements," Klitschko said Wednesday. "For example, that all homosexual men and women and paedophiles belong in the same place, in jail basically. That all women belong in the kitchen and on their back. So that is basically where he sees Elton John and the Queen."

Klitschko added that he wants to win the rematch "not just for myself but for the people ... and the better reputation of the heavyweight champion."

Fury, it seems, isn't ready to change. Holding one of the most prestigious titles in all sports hasn't made him more of a role model. He says what he thinks and continues to offend people with his controversial views and language.

"I'm like a performing monkey, aren't I?" he said in one of his rants during the news conference. "Silent music and Tyson Fury performs. I am really a joke, aren't I, when you tell the truth?"

Klitschko attended the Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid on Tuesday, and said 80 per cent of the people that came up to him wanted him to beat Fury.

"I met so many people saying, 'Dude, knock him out please. I can't stand him,"' he said. "This is revenge for me, not a rematch."

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Posted: 27 April, 2016

Australian Medal Predictions For Rio

Hopefully more gold than London

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The Australia Olympic Committee have conducted an internal study to predict how many medals we'll bring home from Rio - and we're looking up.

Thirteen golds have been earmarked for the team heading to Brazil in a few months time, which is up from the disappointing seven brought home in 2012.

The study was calculated using world rankings and other international benchmarks, as reported by Fox Sports.

2016 Olympics - Australian Medal Predictions

GOLD

  • Anna Meares (Cycling, Keirin)
  • Annette Edmondson (Cycling, Omnuim)
  • Women’s Team Pursuit (Cycling)
  • Men’s Hockey Team
  • Kim Crow (Rowing, women’s single sculls)
  • Mathew Belcher and Ryan Will (Sailing, 470)
  • Mitch Larkin (Swimming, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke)
  • Bronte Campbell (Swimming 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle)
  • Emily Seebohm (Swimming 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke)
  • Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (Swimming)

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SILVER

  • Fabrice Lapierre (Athletic, long jump)
  • Jared Tallent (Athletics, 50km walk)
  • Kenith Wallace and Lachlan Tame (Canoe/Kayak, K2 1000m)
  • Caroline Buchanan (Cycling, women’s BMX)
  • Michael Mathews (Cycling, road race)
  • Glenn O’Shea (Cycling, Omnium)
  • Men’s Four (rowing)
  • Men’s Quadruple Sculls (rowing)
  • Women’s Rugby Sevens Team
  • Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (Sailing, Nacra 17)
  • Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (Sailing, 49er)
  • Men’s 4x100 Medley Relay (Swimming)
  • Cameron McEvoy (Swimming, 100m freestyle)
  • Madison Wilson (Swimming, 100m backstroke)
  • Casey Dellacqua (Tennis, women’s doubles)
  • John Peers (Tennis, Men’s doubles)

BRONZE

  • Women’s Basketball Team
  • Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch (Cycling, team sprint)
  • Men’s Team Pursuit (Cycling)
  • Samantha Mills and Esther Qin (Diving, 3m synchronised springboard)
  • Tom Burton (Sailing, laser)
  • Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (Swimming)
  • Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay (Swimming)
  • Cate Campbell (Swimming, 100m freestyle)
  • Jessica Ashwood (Swimming, 400m freestyle)
  • Tom Burton (Sailing, laser)
  • Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (Swimming)
  • Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay (Swimming)
  • Cate Campbell (Swimming, 100m freestyle)
  • Jessica Ashwood (Swimming, 400m freestyle)

These hypothetical results would give us a tally of 13 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze - which is a prediction that would put us into 7th place.

Here are our last five Olympic tallies as a comparison:

1996 Atlanta: 9G, 9S, 23B - 7th

2000 Sydney: 16G, 25S, 17B - 4th

2004 Athens: 17G, 16S, 17B - 4th

2008 Beijing: 14G, 15S, 17B - 6th

2012 London: 7G, 16S, 12B - 10th

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Posted: 25 April, 2016

Conor McGregor Is BACK For UFC 200

The Irishman appears to have confirmed he will fight on Twitter

After a bizarre week where he’s first claimed to be retired then denied it, Irishman Conor McGregor appears to have confirmed on Twitter that he will fight in UFC 200.

McGregor tweeted today that he’ll be back and thanked UFC president Dana White and chairman Lorenzo Fertitta for their help.

The saga began last Tuesday when McGregor tweeted that he’d decided to “retire young”.

UFC president Dana White responded by saying that he’d removed McGregor from the UFC 200 card, and then McGregor muddied the waters further by saying that he was “still ready to go for UFC 200” and the is “NOT RETIRED” in an emotional Facebook post (explicit language).

McGregor also spoke about being burnt out on having to advertise the fights and that it cuts into his preparation time.

UFC 200 is set to take place in Las Vegas on the 9th of July.

 

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Posted: 21 April, 2016

30 Year Old Poses As A Teenager To Play High School Basketball In Canada

He's 206cm tall but no one figured out that he's actually an adult.

Photo : Nick Brancaccio / Windsor Star

A South-Sudanese man has been arrested in Ontario, Canada after posing as a 17-year-old to play high school basketball, according to local paper the Windsor Star.

Jonathon Nicola, who is believed to be thirty (30!) years old, has played for Catholic Central High School in Windsor for the last six months.

The 206cm Nicola caught the eye with his performances for the team and was touted as a future prospect for the elite level - probably because he was a gigantic adult playing against teenagers.

Nicola - who is in Canada on a student visa and claimed to be in the 11th grade - has been arrested by the Canada Border Services Agency and detained at the South West Detention Center.

It is alleged Nicola has contravened the Immigration Refugee Protection Act, although the Canadian authorities have yet to release what charges he is facing.

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Posted: 21 April, 2016

NFL Clubs Circling Emerging Melbourne Punter Tom Hackett

The best punter in College Football

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It's very rare that a punter is taken early in the NFL draft - only a handful in history have ever been taken in the first two rounds, and last year only one was taken in the draft at all.

However, Melbourne-born Tom Hackett is set to picked up after an outstanding season at the University of Utah.

Hackett has collected two Ray Guy Awards during his tenure at college - the award given to the best punter in the system.

He has also collected two Consensus All-American nods and a place on the Pac-12 All Century Team.

The 23-year-old spoke to Fox Sports about his upcoming draft chances.

“I had the Jets special teams coach and the assistant special teams coach at my pro day,” Hackett said.

“I had a ripper work out with the Jets and then I was fortunate enough for the Chargers to come in about a week later and give me a work out too which worked out really well.”

The draft takes place in Chicago next week and Hackett is hopeful his name will be called.

“I spoke with my agent yesterday and he said as of right now 5th-7th round is the most likely.

“But at the end of the day I’m not going into the draft expecting to get drafted.

“I guess the main positive that comes out of the draft is a pretty little pay cheque.”

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Posted: 20 April, 2016

The Backstory Behind Conor McGregor's Bizarre 'Retirement'

Some truth is coming out

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After the UFC's biggest name, Conor McGregor, sensationally 'retired' this morning via Twitter it appears the reasoning is starting to become clearer.

UFC boss Dana White reacted to the announcement by pulling McGregor from the card for UFC 200 - essentially confirming the news to the world that his tweet was more than just a joke.

There has been nothing but silence and scepticism throughout the day, but now it appears we have some reasoning behind the story:

McGregor was required to attend a press conference this week in Las Vegas ahead of UFC 200.

However, he wasn't copping bar of it - the Irishman claimed it would affect his training program taking place in Iceland.

“Conor did not want to come to Las Vegas and film the commercial or be a part of any of the marketing we have,” Dana White has said.

“He didn’t want to. He’s in Iceland training and he felt leaving right now would hurt his training and getting ready for this fight. But every other fighter on the card is coming.

“I get accused of coddling Conor all the time, but at the end of the day I respect Conor. Conor is a guy who has stepped up and taken fights on short notice and literally saved the show at times but it doesn’t make you exempt ... We spend a lot of money on this stuff and you have to do it, it’s mandatory.

“Obviously — as far as I’m concerned — we still have a good relationship with Conor. I respect Conor as a fighter and I like him as a person. But you can’t decide not to show up to these things. You have to do it.

“We were in constant communication back and forth between his manager and myself. I said, ‘Listen, I’m flying out of here at 2 o’clock. You have until 2 o’clock. We’re booking the flight for you and you have to say you’re accepting the fight and you’re going to show up.”

But why would McGregor choose not to go to a standard press conference?

Last week, the champion was sitting ringside in Dublin for the traumatic death of Portugese fighter Joao Carvalho.

MMA reporter Ariel Helwani believes that witnessing such a tragedy in real-life has taken its toll on McGregor.

“I don’t think we can just brush that aside,” Helwani has since said.

“Based on the discussions I’ve had, and knowing Conor like I do, the idea of going to Las Vegas and promoting a fight and just pretending that all is well in the fight game after witnessing something like that firsthand, is a tough thing for a young man to swallow — at least one in his shoes.

“I believe that’s perhaps one of the reasons why he wasn’t willing to go to Las Vegas to promote this event ... I think that’s part of the picture from Conor’s end."

For now, a lot is unclear: Will he commit to the retirement? What happens to his title? Who faces who at UFC 200?

I guess time will tell.

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Posted: 20 April, 2016

BREAKING | McGregor Pulled From UFC 200

'Thanks for the cheese'

UFC President Dana White has announced that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has been pulled from his UFC 200 main event against Nate Diaz on July 9.

The news follows a tweet from McGregor which says he is retiring early. 

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Posted: 20 April, 2016

Conor McGregor Decides To Retire

"Thanks for the cheese."

Conor McGregor has shocked the UFC world, calling it quits.

“I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya's later,” McGregor tweeted.

Last month, there were reports McGregor and Nate Diaz would face each other again at UFC 200 in a much-anticipated rematch.

UFC Tonight announced that the fight would be at 170 pounds - despite rumours McGregor would move back to featherweight.

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Posted: 17 April, 2016

Melbourne City Through To The A-League Semi Finals

Bruno Fornaroli's first goal has to be seen to be believed!

Melbourne City have won the second A-League elimination final tonight, beating Perth Glory 2-0 at AAMI Park.

Both goals were scored by City’s prolific striker Bruno Fornaroli, with the first an absolutely outrageous overhead kick.

Watch Bruno Fornaroli’s first goal here:

It’s only the second final City have won in their history (including the Melbourne Heart days), after a win away to Wellington Phoenix last year.

They will play Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Friday night for a chance to play in the grand final.

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Posted: 15 April, 2016

DDP: "Stupid" Hulk Hogan Vindicated Over Sex Tape

Diamond Dallas Page says Hulk Hogan deserves another chance

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Former WCW and WWE superstar Diamond Dallas Page has defended wrestling icon Hulk Hogan following his leaked sex video controversy. 

A video of the Hulkster having sex with his friend’s wife was published by New York-based blog Gawker in 2012. 

And the embarrassment was only compounded for the Hall Of Famer last year when a section of the sex tape where he could be heard making numerous racial slurs, including using the N-word, was also leaked. 

That revelation cost the Hulkster, whose real name is Terry Bollea, his promotional job with WWE. 

However, Bollea scored a huge victory in the courts this year when Gawker was ordered to pay him $115 million in damages for publishing the video. 

Page backed Bollea’s eventual return to the WWE. 

“I think eventually he’ll be back in the WWE because at some point you’ve got to forgive everybody,” Page told Triple M's Weekend Breakfast with Seb Costello. 

“He made some stupid decisions. When they played the sex tape that they did that Gawker put out there, there are certain things that maybe as a human being you shouldn’t be doing. 

“So I’m glad that he was vindicated, so to speak ... I’m just glad for him that he is on the other side of that. 

“He’ll get another chance. Everyone deserves a second chance.” 

Page talks wrestling and life this week on Triple M's Weekend Breakfast with Seb Costello. 

The full interview airs on Saturday from 7am.

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Tags: WWE, Diamond Dallas Page, Hulk Hogan

Posted: 14 April, 2016

Kobe Bryant Just Played The Greatest Farewell Game Of All-Time

Remarkable!

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Kobe Bryant just ended his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the most remarkable fashion.

Dare we say, the most incredible farewell of all-time.

The Lakers have been out of the playoffs picture for a while this season and came into today's final game against the Utah Jazz as underdogs.

In front of a raucous home crowd, LA trailed by as far as 14 points in the third quarter.

But 'The Black Mamba' single-handedly turned around the fortunes of the Lakers - the club who picked him up on draft day.

Bryant hit 60 points (of the team's 101), including a jumper with 31 seconds remaining to give his side the lead.

The retiring legend added two more free-throws with 14.8 seconds remaining to seal the remarkable victory.

For perspective, no other Hall of Famer in NBA history had ever scored 30 points in their farewell game.

Kobe Bryant doubled that feat.

And it is now a record that is unlikely to ever be beaten.

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Posted: 13 April, 2016

New Boxing World Heavyweight Champion's Career Was Almost Ruined By A FIFA Addiction

This could have been devastating

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Anthony Joshua became the new IBF world heavyweight champion last Saturday - but it all could have gone very differently if he didn't manage to kick a bad habit.

The Watford fighter is an avid FIFA player.

He featured as a guest at the London launch of the new EA FIFA title last year, and according to an interview in The Sun, he says his addiction to the game was unhealthy. 

“I had to stop playing [FIFA] because it affected my sleep and recovery," Joshua said.

"I could stay up till five in the morning playing it, get up at seven and train," he added.

"That’s how mad it was, it wasn’t healthy – even then it was always sports.”

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