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15 Jun

A quite unbelievable fight

Mairis Briedis knocked out Krzysztof Glowacki in ludicrous circumstances on Saturday night in his hometown of Riga, Latvia.

The cruiserweights clashed in the World Boxing Super Series tournament semi-final with the WBO world title also at stake.

After an uneventful opening round, all hell broke loose when Glowacki landed a punch behind the back of Briedis’ head.

The Latvian responded by brutally elbowing his opponent who subsequently collapsed to the canvas.

Rather than show sympathy, referee Robert Byrd told Glowacki to get up off the deck and allowed the bout to continue.

The clearly dazed Pole was then blitzed and knocked down moments after the fight resumed, but made it back to his feet.

Then, the bell went to end the second session, however Byrd could not hear it amid the raucous Riga crowd.

Briedis continued to pursue Glowacki and knocked him down again, though he somehow arose for a second time and made it back to his corner.

The end came in the opening seconds of the third round, as Briedis floored Glowacki for a third time and Byrd waved off the contest.

He will now meet Yunier Dorticos in the WBSS final after the Cuban brutally KOd Andrew Tabiti in the other semi earlier in the night.

You can watch the video of the incidents above.

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15 Jun
frank talks

The Chelsea hierarchy have identified Lampard as their top choice to replace Sarri, who has reportedly agreed terms with Juventus to become manager of the Turin club

Derby have entered talks with Frank Lampard about extending his current deal, according to reports.

The 40-year-old looks set to be formally approached by Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri departs to take over at Juventus.


Derby have opened up talks to extend Frank Lampard’s contract

Lampard still has two years left on his current contract, but according to Sky Sports, Derby had always planned to discuss a new deal with him at the end of the season.

There has been no formal approach from Chelsea yet to discuss a move to take him to Stamford Bridge and the Rams are pushing ahead with their plans to build a structure around him.

The Chelsea hierarchy have identified Lampard as their top choice to replace Sarri, who has reportedly agreed terms with Juventus to become manager of the Turin club.

However, Sarri will not be confirmed as manager of Juventus until Chelsea have finalised plans to bring in Lampard.

It is believed there is a clause in Lampard’s exisiting deal with the Rams that allows him to move – but the Championship side are demanding £4m in compensation.

Lampard is said to be very interested in the role but he is also respectful of Derby’s fans and the club’s owner, Mel Morris, who gave him his first chance as a manager.

Sky report that any club wishing to take him is required to pay £3.5m in compensation and the figure rises to £4m if the buying club is playing Champions League football.

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14 Jun

Niall Horan has joked about Sam Allardyce replacing Frank Lampard at Derby this summer.

The Chelsea legend has been heavily linked with the Stamford Bridge job as Maurizio Sarri looks set to join Juventus.


Frank Lampard is believed to be on Chelsea’s radar

Lampard is hugely popular at Derby after guiding them to the Championship play-off final in his debut managerial season.

When asked who the boyhood Rams fan and former One Direction singer would want to replace Lampard, Horan told talkSPORT: “Big Sam’s free, I wouldn’t mind that! He could get us out of a bit of trouble.

“I don’t know. You want someone young again, we’ve got a young squad with a good mix of young and old [players].

Sam Allardyce has a reputation of getting clubs out of trouble


Sam Allardyce has a reputation of getting clubs out of trouble

“It would be a shame to see it go to waste, but I’d like to see someone young be given a go again.”

Allardyce has been out of work since being sacked by Everton last May.

The former England manager has won promotion to the Premier League with Bolton and West Ham in the past.

Reports have linked Charlton manager Lee Bowyer with the Derby job if Lampard leaves for Chelsea.

The 42-year-old’s reputation is growing after ending the Addicks’ three-year exile from the Championship in his first full season as a manager.

Niall Horan will be playing in Soccer Aid for Unicef, which will be broadcast live on ITV on Sunday June 16, starting at 6.30pm. To donate to Unicef, visit

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14 Jun

After a terrible match in Saudi Arabia, Undertaker was visibly upset with how the match had gone. However, did things escalate between the two legends?

Goldberg and Undertaker’s first-ever bout has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons.

The two legends met at WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia and it has been reported that Goldberg was paid $2 million to make a return after seemingly retiring after WrestleMania 33.


The Undertaker’s battle with Goldberg failed to live up to expectations

The match went horribly wrong when Goldberg hit his head flush on the ring post, suffered a concussion and split himself wide open.

From there on in it was a botchfest that has received plenty of criticism and The Undertaker looked furious after the bell, despite being the victor.

Brad Shephard and Slice Wrestling – two inconsistent sources at best – had reported that things got heated between the Undertaker and Goldberg once they got backstage.

However, videos have also emerged of Goldberg collapsing at ringside on his way to the back and several outlets are reporting via their sources the altercation, in fact, did not happen.

talkSPORT can confirm our sources indicate that Undertaker was concerned at Goldberg’s condition, quite the opposite of the other reports.

Mike Johnson of PW Insider seems to corroborate our story with the longtime wrestling insider saying the rumours are false as various WWE officials have denied them and even said that Goldberg was in no shape to fight or argue with anyone due to his weak condition.

Johnson said: “I have not heard one person with any legitimacy claim this as being true.

“In fact, when I asked about that rumor, it was quickly shot down by those who were actually in Saudi Arabia, so I tend to think that story is 100% fiction.

“Goldberg was not in any position to be fighting with anyone after their match.

“My belief is that he was checked out by WWE’s medical staff and if there was interaction after, it was likely Undertaker checking on his well being.”

Considering the main event featured two men who do not compete regularly at a combined age of 105, hopefully the WWE will learn their lesson.

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14 Jun

The 25-year-old played in just two Premier League games after joining on a temporary deal from the LaLiga giants in January

Denis Suarez has opened up about his terrible loan spell with Arsenal and how the last year has been one ‘to forget’.

Suarez played just two Premier League games after joining in January from Barcelona.


Denis Suárez played just two Premier League games for Arsenal

The 25-year-old admitted he was never fully fit at the Gunners and did not live up to his billing.

Unai Emery worked with the midfielder at Sevilla and brought him to the Emirates, but a groin injury held him back.

Suarez told Spanish Radio station Cadena SER: “I’m still recovering from the injury, I’m practically fully recovered.

Denis Suarez joined Arsenal on loan from Barcelona in January


Denis Suarez joined Arsenal on loan from Barcelona in January

“On the 16th day of arriving at Arsenal I was not even 50 per cent, it was a year to forget but also to learn.

“I have been in Barcelona for two months recovering from the injury and nobody from Barca has told me anything.”

Suarez signed a new contract with Barcelona before heading to Arsenal in a temporary switch.

David Seaman complains about Arsenal’s lack of ambition

The LaLiga club did not want him to leave on loan and then come back in the summer with just a year left on his deal as it would drop his market value.

His current deal does not end until June 2021, but he wants to go somewhere where he can play.

Suarez added: “I have two years left at Barcelona. I renewed my contact before I left. What I want is to play.


“At Barcelona I think I’m not going to have the opportunity to participate regularly and what I want is to leave and to play.

“Where? I don’t know. Wherever is best for me. I have to look at everything. My idea is to stay in the Spanish League, to be near home and compete in La Liga.

“The experience of the Premier League, which is a league I love, didn’t go well because of the injury and I prefer to continue my career in Spain if I can.”

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13 Jun

There were two games played in France on Thursday, take a look at’s round-up of the action

The 2019 Women’s World Cup is now in full flow and there were two games played on Thursday.

Below you can read about the best of the action in France.


Australia came from behind to stun Brazil in a five-goal thriller on Thursday evening

Australia 3-2 Brazil

Australia came from two goals down to stun Brazil 3-2 in their Women’s World Cup clash in Montpellier.

Brazil had looked firmly in control when a penalty from returning striker Marta and header from Cristiane gave them a 2-0 lead.

Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter celebrate Australia’s stunning victory

Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter celebrate Australia’s stunning victory

But Caitlin Foord’s strike just before the break offered Australia hope and Chloe Logarzo’s cross-shot and an own goal from Monica completed a stunning turnaround.

Brazil failed to create any clear-cut chances as they went in search of an equaliser and Australia comfortably held on.

South Africa 0-1 China

China kept their hopes of qualification from Group B alive with a 1-0 win over South Africa in the Women’s World Cup.

Banyana Banyana’s first finals appearance is unlikely to go further than the group stage after Li Ying’s first-half goal all but ended their chances of progression.

Li Ying wheels away in celebration after scoring China’s winner against South Africa


Li Ying wheels away in celebration after scoring China’s winner against South Africa

China, who were beaten by Germany in their opening game, took the lead five minutes before half-time when a superb ball over the top from Zhang Rui came off the knee of a stretching Ying and past the goalkeeper.

Both sides struggled to create chances in the second half, but China finished the game strongly.

A late header from Han Peng brought a decent save from Kaylin Swart, while Yang Li had plenty of time to pick her spot at the death but fired straight at the goalkeeper.

You can listen to every single England and Scotland game LIVE across the talkSPORT network.

Our coverage in France will be led by Natalie Sawyer – presenter of talkSPORT’s Kick Off show and The Times’ The Game podcast.

There will be further coverage of the tournament, including both semi-finals, and the final too.


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13 Jun
second best

The Coach Reputation Ranking have named the top 10 coaches from their latest study

Pep Guardiola has been named the world’s best manager by a recent study.

The Manchester City boss claimed an unprecedented domestic treble last season to cement his side’s status as one of the top European teams.

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Pep Guardiola won the domestic treble with Manchester City this season

City won the Premier League with 98 points following their 100-point success the previous campaign.

Their consistency at the top level has seen him recognised as the most highly reputed coach in football by Coach Reputation Ranking.

Pep Guardiola was named as the best manager in the world

Coach Reputation Ranking

Pep Guardiola was named as the best manager in the world

Here’s how the opening weekend of the Premier League will get under way for the 2019/20 season

Like the title race, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp finished runner up to Guardiola, but his Champions League success would no doubt have boosted his credentials.

Zinedine Zidane, last year’s number one, is in at three despite not managing for half of last season.

Jurgen Klopp finally delivered silverware for Liverpool


Jurgen Klopp finally delivered silverware for Liverpool

Premier League managers Mauricio Pochettino, Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri were fifth, eighth and 10th respectively.

The top 10 is completed by Massimiliano Allegri (4th), Diego Simeone (6th),  Ernesto Valverde (7th) and Carlo Ancelotti (9th).

Mario Gurrionero, who was involved in compiling statistics for the study, said: “Despite the disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League and the increasing competitiveness in the English game, Guardiola has managed to hold onto his place in the top five.

“Manchester City’s consistency and his great influence in the world of football are two of the factors which have enabled him to end the season as the most highly reputed coach right now.”

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