Bizarre Fury video doesn’t faze Klitschko

Tyson Fury has fired a warning to world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, showing his brute force by crushing a watermelon on his head. Fury, who faces the Ukrainian in Dusseldorf on November 28, appeared in a comical video posted on his Twitter.

The 27-year-old roars towards the camera before splitting the ‘funny sized’ fruit with a headbutt. Fury takes a bite out of the watermelon and captioned the video – “This is for u wlad @klitschko I’m coming for you!”

The undefeated Brit appears full of confidence despite the task at hand in Germany.

“It’s quite shocking the state of @Klitschko mind set,” Fury tweeted. I’ve never come across a weaker minded person in all my days, I’ll play with the champ.”

Klitschko seems unfazed by Fury’s antics, saying he believes Fury will be predictable in the ring.

“I’ve been checking his record and the opponents are not very impressive,” said Klitschko. “I’ve also been watching him a lot and although he is unpredictable in some ways, I’ve worked out all that he does and he will be predictable in the fight to me.

“He is unbeaten which gives a big ego but he is losing the ground under his feet.”

The multiple world heavyweight champion has his own warning for Fury: “Sometimes a fighter can be quiet but then be dangerous on the night – sometimes they talk a lot but then do nothing in the fight,” he said.

Fury recently made several bizarre and unfounded allegations about Klitschko in an interview with a British newspaper, expressing some controversial views.

“Goliath was a champion, a monster who had never been beaten, and then this young guy, David, came forward, a child who believed in God and did it,” said Fury.

“God gave him the power. What was right will always prevail over wrong. Good will always prevail over evil. I see that in me versus Klitschko.

“To be honest with you, I know Klitschko is a devil-worshipper. They are involved in bigger circles and stuff like that and they do magic tricks and whatever. You can go on YouTube and watch them playing with magic.”

Fury’s extraordinary outburst continued: “It ain’t going to happen. He can’t beat me now. Now I know what he is ó a devil-worshipper ó I know he has no chance of beating me. God will not let him defeat me, not at all. I am almost a thousand per cent certain that he cannot beat me.”

Klitschko was shocked by Fury’s behaviour: “He is bipolar. He has mental issues for sure. Some comments that come out of his mouth do not work well with me. I’m not commenting on some of them. I will answer those with my fists in the ring, the way I have done many times before.

“I have stopped being surprised by Tyson Fury. He is bizarre.”

De Loya taunts ‘boring’ Mayweather in farewell letter

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya has mocked Floyd Mayweather in a farewell letter that describes the unbeaten fighter as ‘boring’ and ‘afraid’. The letter from De La Hoya will appear in the December issue of Playboy magazine and heavily criticises Mayweather, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

“Dear Floyd,” the letter begins. “You did it. You made it to the 49ñ0 mark, a milestone that you like to say only the great Rocky Marciano reached but that was actually achieved by others, including my idol Julio CÈsar Ch·vez ñ but who’s counting? And now you’re retiring. Again.

“This time you say it’s for real. You’re serious about hanging up the gloves. On to bigger and better things. So I’m writing to you today to wish you a fond farewell.

“Truth be told, I’m not unhappy to see you retire. Neither are a lot of boxing fans. Scratch that. MOST boxing fans. Why? Because the fight game will be a better one without you in it.”

De La Hoya continues to ridicule Mayweather throughout the letter, calling him ‘boring’ before blasting his performance in his final bout – a 12-round decision against Andre Berto.

“How to describe it,” De La Hoya wrote. “A bust? A disaster? A snooze fest? An affair so one-sided that on one judge’s card Berto didn’t win a single round? Everyone in boxing knew Berto didn’t have a chance.

“I think more people watched Family Guy reruns that night than tuned in to that pay-per-view bout. But I didn’t mind shelling out $75 for the HD broadcast.

“In fact it’s been a great investment. When my kids have trouble falling asleep, I don’t have to read to them anymore. I just play them your Berto fight. They don’t make it past round three.”

De La Hoya, who considered a return to the ring earlier this year before deciding against it, goes on to accuse Mayweather of being ‘afraid of taking risks’, highlighting his failure to fight Manny Pacquiao until their May meeting in Las Vegas.

He added: “Another reason boxing is better off without you: you were afraid. Afraid of taking chances. Afraid of risk.

“A perfect example is your greatest ‘triumph,’ the long-awaited record-breaking fight between you and Manny Pacquiao. Nearly 4.5m buys! More than $400 million in revenue! Headlines worldwide! How can that be bad for boxing? Because you lied.

“You promised action and entertainment and a battle for the ages, and you delivered none of the above. The problem is, that’s precisely how you want it. You should have fought Pacquiao five years ago, not five months ago. That, however, would have been too dangerous. Too risky.”

De La Hoya went on to praise many of today’s top fighters, including Gennady Golovkin, Roman Gonzalez and Sergey Kovalev, along with rising stars Terence Crawford, Vasyl Lomachenko and Keith Thurman.

“You’re moving on to a new phase of life now, a second act – but I’m wondering what you’re going to do?” wrote De La Hoya.

“Maybe you’ll put your true skills to work and open a used-car dealership or run a circus. Or maybe you’ll wind up back on ‘Dancing With the Stars’. It’s a job that’s safe, pays well and lets you run around on stage. Something you’ve been doing for most of your career.”

MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo burns leg while celebrating title

New MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo burned his leg as he celebrated winning his third title at an airport near Palma, Majorca. Surrounded by excited, shouting fans, he revved up the replica Yamaha R1, but the radiator hose blew and scalded him.

Lorenzo had arrived back in Majorca to fanfare, with crowds lined up to welcome him back. The plan was for him to ride into the city centre with hundreds of other riders, but after the burn this didn’t happen. Lorenzo was taken to hospital for treatment, but later reappeared out of his overalls and in normal clothes, with his leg bandaged up. He continued his celebrations, but instead of riding in he was taken into Palma in a car, later going up on a balcony to show his trophy off.

Lorenzo’s season was hard fought, with team-mate and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi fighting him all the way, as well as fellow Spaniard and 2014 world champion Marc Marquez battling it out. After Marquez crashed into Rossi in Malaysia, Rossi was awarded three penalty points and ordered to start at the back of the grid at the final race in Valencia.

Lorenzo won this final race, as well as taking pole position and the fastest lap, giving him the championship with a margin of five points from Rossi, who finished fourth in Valencia. Lorenzo won seven of the 18 races this year, compared to Rossi’s four and Marquez’s five.

However, Rossi was more consistent than either of them, managing to finish on the podium 12 times over the course of the season, which enabled him to take the championship right down to the wire.

The 2016 MotoGP world championship starts in Qatar on March 20th. Key players will include world champion Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

NBA: Curry hits a shot-of-the-season, Mavericks get payback on Jordan

Stephen Curry can hit pretty much anything and get it in the net, while the Mavericks can rest easy knowing their revenge on DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers was fruitful.

Stephen Curry has been on top form this year, apart from that blip against the Detroit Pistons on Monday. So far this year, he’s averaged .522 on Field Goals, better than any year previously, and .454 on triple pointers percentage, which is only .001 worse than his percentage in the 2011-12 season.

So, he’s doing pretty well then. Now, the Warriors were up against the Memphis Grizzlies for the second time this season. The Warriors won the game 100-84, extending their winning run either further, but neither of them were the talking points after the game. Stephen Curry was, once again, the focus of the post-game chat between fans and pundits alike.

His shot came in the third quarter, as the score lay at 62-58 to the Warriors. He intercepted a play from Grizzlies reserve JaMychal Green, then took it to the center court logo. Under pressure from the Grizzlies, he threw a ball that looked like it was destined for nowhere…until it went straight into the net for a three-pointer. Somehow.

The team are so used to this occurring now, then even have a hashtag for it:

Mavericks get payback on DeAndre Jordan, beat the Clippers

The Dallas Mavericks are a vengeful bunch, or so it seems. When they got the chance to take it to DeAndre Jordan, who went back on a four-year, $80 million contract free agent deal to move to the Mavericks in the summer, they took it with both hands open. While the Los Angeles Clippers (and Jordan) were in Dallas for the game, the Mavericks will be focusing less on Jordan’s betrayal and more on how well they played.

The game went right down to the wire, but ultimately the Mavericks took it 118-108. As late as 3 minutes to go, they were down 106-104, but managed to bring it back thanks to Dirk Nowitzki 3-pointer with just over a minute to go. This made Nowitzki the oldest player in NBA history to score 30 points in a single game.

Jordan was heckled and booed throughout the game, but was surprised by how little effort the Mavericks fans put into this, saying, “‘They’re obviously going to boo and heckle a little bit, but I thought it was going to be a lot worse.'” However, he didn’t play well, with just 9 points to his name.

All in all, a win for the Mavericks and a loss to rue for the Clippers.

Ronda Rousey v Holly Holm: UFC 193 Preview (Video)

Ronda Rousey fever has gripped Australia as she stepped up preparations for her latest defence of the women’s world bantamweight title at UFC 193 against Holly Holm.

Screaming fans greeted Rousey at Federation Square, Melbourne, for open workouts ahead of her clash with Holly Holm in the main event at Etihad Stadium.

Rousey went through an intense workout – grappling, hitting mitts and some gymnastics, during what is officially supposed to be a rest week for her.

“This is one of my easy days,” said Rousey. “I don’t go up there just for show. I’m really training when I’m up there. I’m not just going up there doing as little as possible for the fans.

“That’s why I’m better than all of these girls. Whatever Holly thinks working hard means, I work 10 times harder than that.”

Holm also wowed the fans, showing no sign of nerves before the biggest mixed martial arts fight of her career.

The challenger looked to have more fun than anyone else during the session, going through some obligatory shadow boxing before dancing on stage, and was smiling throughout her session.

The former professional boxer said embracing this part of the job is something she picked up before her UFC debut in Los Angeles in February.

“This is for the fans, not me,” she said. “I mean, it’s for me in the sense that you get that energy and it’s amazing.

“But I went in there and just shadow boxed and jumped rope, and fans were calling out moves and I was able to do it. If they’re going to come out here and watch an open workout, I want to be involved with them.”

Rousey said she cried looking at judo mats recently, thinking about how much love she has for the years of work that brought her an Olympic medal and subsequent fame and fortune in the UFC.

“That’s why I’m going to win,” she said. “You think Holly Holm ever looks at a boxing ring and cries because she loved it so much? No.”

There is a strategic element to the open workout sessions, with fighters analysing their opponents to see if they can find any clues that will help them during the fight.

Rousey confessed to using this to her advantage: “Whenever I do these, I throw out a couple decoys,” she said. “Things I’m not really planning on doing, but I show it anyway.

“It’s up to my opponent and their interpretation, but they could watch every one of my training sessions and they could have known me since I was five and I’m still going to beat them. It doesn’t matter.”

Puskas Award: Lionel Messi vs David Ball for ‘most beautiful goal award’

As the international break descends upon us, the 2015 shortlist for the prestigious FIFA Puskas award has been released, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Fleetwood Town’s David Ball among the 10 candidates up for goal of the year.

While the Argentinian captain is no stranger to the limelight, a nomination for one of football’s most illustrious awards will be quite a shock for Fleetwood Town striker David Ball. Plying his trade in the third tier of English football, Ball was a youth player at Manchester City once upon a time – with his extraordinary chip against Preston North End in March besting anything even the Premier League had to offer this year.

“I couldn’t really grasp it at first,” he told Press Association Sport. “It’s just a crazy, crazy thing. You don’t expect, at my level, to be considered for such a prestigious award.”
His entry is certainly gathering momentum, with Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy one to show his support on Twitter.

Ball finds himself pitted against the likes of Carlos Tevez, Philippe Mexes and one Leo Messi, whose stunning solo goal against Athletic Bilbao adds his name to the annual shortlist for the fourth time since the award’s inception in 2009.

The other former City player on the list, the more recognised Tevez, scored a similarly slaloming solo goal, taking on the entire Parma defence before slotting home. Now at Boca Juniors, the 31-year-old is one of four South American players on the shortlist.

Esteban Ramírez of Costa Rica is the Central American representative, with his juggle and volley sure to run the other candidates close for top spot.

AC Milan defender Mexes, known for his acrobatics in front of goal, makes the cut with an outrageous volley straight from a corner against fierce rivals Inter. His strange celebration won’t see him win too many accolades though!

The USA are represented by Carli Lloyd of the women’s national team, with her long range effort in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final against Japan completing a stunning 16-minute hat-trick and helping her side become world champions for a third time.

Serie A: Rome beat Lazio as fans boycott derby

Thousands of fans boycotted the latest instalment of the Rome derby between fierce rivals Lazio and Roma over the increased security measures introduced at the clubs’ shared ground, the Stadio Olimpico.

Having left thousands of seats at home games empty over recent weeks, fans of both Lazio and Roma united to ensure one of Europe’s most hotly contested derby days was played out in front of a sparse crowd on the weekend, with the Stadio Olimpico barely half full for Sunday’s clash.

Roma ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko and Gervinho, but with just 35,000 fans present in a 72,000 capacity stadium, the biggest talking point comes from the stands.

“I hope this situation is resolved soon and I hope the derby can become a celebration again,” Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi said after the match.

Both sets of fans’ rare show of unity concerns the new security measures that were put in place by the Italian civil defence service this season, with plexi-glass now partitioning the Curve Nord and Sud areas in the stadium. This was due an ongoing fear of overcapacity during home matches, with stairs becoming seats, threatening the safety and security of fans present.

With the Stadio Olimpico the only ground subjected to these measures, fans are feeling frustrated, with the Roma’s infamous ‘Ultras’ particularly furious at the lack of response from their club. The feeling that civil defence director Franco Gabrielli is trying to make an example of Rome with these measures also has real traction.

Those boycotting the match on Sunday attended the final training sessions in their numbers, then after following the players from the respective team hotels to the stadium, watched the game unfold in elsewhere in the city.

“I hope they (the fans boycotting matches) think again, in my heart I hope that these guys and girls show that they’re better than that,” said Giovanni Malago, president of the Italian National Olympic Committee and lifelong Roma fan.

“Obviously I can’t go against the rulings of those who are responsible for public safety. I really, really hope the fans change their minds. It pains me to death to see the stadium with empty or half-empty ‘curve’, without the organized support, the strongest part of the fanbase.”

NFL: Manning falls short, Panthers stay unbeaten

The weekend’s NFL action saw the Denver Broncos beaten by a resurgent Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers keeping their unbeaten streak. The Green Bay Packers, however, continued on their disappointing run of results.

The Colts, coming off the back of a 3-game losing streak, won with a late Adam Vinatieri 55-yard field goal with just over 6 minutes to play. Andrew Luck, meanwhile, out-played Peyton Manning, going 21 of 36 for 252 yards, with Manning only 21-36 over 281 yards. Luck achieved a vital touchdown when the teams were locked at 17-17, while he was the one to set up Vinatieri. The win keeps Indianapolis at the top of AFC South, despite the fact they’ve lost 5 and won 4, a percentage of .444. The Broncos, meanwhile, are 7-1, with their .875 topping AFC West.

The Panthers were playing the Packers, who lost 29-37 to an almost perfect Panthers team. Green Bay have been seen as the best team in the NFC for the past few years, being the conference Super Bowl champions twice in two years. While the Packers Aaron Rodgers scored 4 touchdowns and passed for 379 yards, the Packers fell to a low of 23 points, with the game standing at 27-7 going into halftime.

They did manage to claw back to within touching distance of tying the game with two minutes remaining, but Thomas Davis made sure that didn’t happen, intercepting a Rodgers at the Carolina 3-yard line.
Does this make Carolina the best team in the NFC? They certainly have a claim to it now.

In other news, Minnesota Vikings managed to get 6-2 and tie for first in NFC North, as they overcame the St Louis Rams 21-18. Incidentally, they are now joint-first with the Packers, with both teams on .750. The Vikings win was, however, marred by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater getting elbowed by Lamarcus Joyner with 13-and-a-half minutes to play. Bridgewater was taken off to be evaluated for concussion.

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 33-27, making the Cowboys losing streak six games long and counting. The San Francisco 49ers won out against a struggling Atlanta Falcons 17-16, while the Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the New York Jets 23-28, compounding the Jaguars’ poor season, with a winning percentage of just .250, leaving them drawing with the Tennessee Titans for third in AFC South, who incidentally beat the new New Orleans Saints 34-28.

The Cincinnati Bengals were another team to stay unbeaten, taking the Cleveland Browns 31-10 in what was a reasonably easy game. The other team keeping up their winning run was the New England Patriots, defeating the Washington Redskins 27-10. The Buffalo Bills, meanwhile, saw a 33-17 win against the Miami Dolphins, taking them to third in AFC East.

The final two games saw the New York Giants win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18 in a close game despite the scoreline, while the Pittsburgh Steelers took out the Oakland Raiders 38-35 in a game where Ben Roethlisberger succumbed to a foot injury.

WADA says Russia should be banned from athletics

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published a report on Monday that called for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to suspend Russia from competition.

It said the London 2012 Olympics were “sabotaged” by the “widespread inaction” against Russian athletes with suspicious doping profiles by the the world athletics governing body and the Russian federation.

The investigation by Dick Pound, the former WADA president, has also recommended that five athletes and five coaches be given lifetime doping bans. The report says that Moscow’s anti-doping lab should lose its accreditation.

Pound, who has spent 11 months looking into claims of cheating and cover-up within Russian athletics and the sport’s governing body, has identified “intentional and malicious destruction of more than 1,400 samples by Moscow laboratory officials.”

The report also says there was “sufficient corroborated evidence to conclude that a second laboratory was assisting in the cover-up of positive doping results by way of the destruction of samples.”

Pound said it was probable the doping of athletes had been state-supported: “I don’t see how you could call it anything else,” he said.

“Our conclusion was this couldn’t happen without the knowledge or consent of state authorities. Even though they weren’t running sport, they could not have been unaware.”

“We don’t think Russia is the only country with a doping problem and we don’t think that athletics is the only sport with a doping problem ñ this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

The results were released at the same time that the International Olympic Committee said that the former president of the IAAF Lamine Diack should be provisionally suspended as an honorary member of the IOC.

Diack was arrested last week along with IAAF legal adviser Habib CissÈ and Gabriel DollÈ, the former longstanding head of the IAAF’s anti-doping unit. Prosecutors said they would have arrested Diack’s son and former IAAF marketing consultant, Papa Massata Diack, if he had been in France at the time.

Diack, the IAAF president for 16 years, is accused by French police of accepting more than Ä1m in exchange for covering up positive drug tests.

Pound said he was holding back parts of the report pending the French investigation into IAAF officials but hoped to release more details by the end of the year.

WADA’s recommendations have put the ball back into the court of the IAAF and IOC over what action to take.

German television station ARD had implicated officials in Russia’s athletics federation, anti-doping agency (Rusada) and a WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow in acts of bribery to hush up positive doping tests, falsify tests and supply banned drugs.

The IAAF’s own independent ethics committee, which has been looking into the Russian claims since the spring of 2014, will conduct hearings in December against Papa Massata Diack, DollÈ, the former IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov, the former Russian long-distance head coach.

Interpol has also announced it is to coordinate a global investigation led by France into an alleged international corruption scam involving sports officials as well as athletes suspected of a doping cover-up.

Pound said the report’s findings were a serious bodyblow to the public perception of sport: “The difficulty for all of us is that it doesn’t stop there. The public view will move towards believing all sport is corrupt.

“If you can’t believe results then there is a serious credibility problem. I hope all sports will look at their governance and their anti-doping systems because their existence may be at risk.”

Djokovic crushes Murray to claim Paris crown

Novak Djokovic continued his recent dominance over Andy Murray to secure the Paris Masters title for the third time in a row. It took the Serbian just 90 minutes to seal a 6-2, 6-4 win to claim a record fourth title in Paris.

The result marked the world number one’s 10th success against Murray from their last 11 meetings, also earned Djokovic a 10th title of the season plus a new record six Masters titles in one calendar year.

He now has 22 straight wins having not lost since the final in Cincinnati in August and has played in 14 consecutive finals – another new record.

Murray made too many unforced errors against an in-form Djokovic, who has now beaten him in six of their seven encounters this year.

The British number one competed better than their last meeting in Shanghai in October when he was demolished 6-1 6-3 in the semi-finals, but he was still unable to break the hold the Serb currently has over him.

Djokovic, who has lost only five matches this year, dominated from the outset, breaking in the third and seventh games, to claim the first set after just 42 minutes.

Murray put up more of a fight in the second despite being broken in the third game. He broke back to love to level at 2-2, but Djokovic punished the Scot’s dip in intensity in the seventh game to secure the crucial break.

Djokovic said: “It was a tough match and I wish Andy all the best for the rest of the season, both in London and the Davis Cup Final. I know he wants to do well.”

Murray hit twice as many winners as Djokovic, but 34 unforced errors were simply too many and he did not serve well enough to apply any meaningful pressure on his opponent.

“It’s progress,” said Murray of reaching his first Paris Masters Final. “We’ll try next year to go one better. Congratulations to Novak for another fantastic week. He fully deserves the number one spot. Hopefully I can get a bit closer next year.”

Djokovic is now the hot favourite to successfully defend his title at the ATP World Tour Finals in London starting next week.