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Deontay Wilder says bleeding ear did not affect him in Tyson Fury fight

Deontay Wilder claims the damage to his ear had no effect on his performance during his world heavyweight title defeat to Tyson Fury on Sunday. Fury floored the formerly unbeaten WBC champion twice before his corner threw the towel in in the seventh round at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The first knockdown, sustained in the third round, saw Wilder bleed profusely from his left → Read More

Napoli vs Barcelona Champions League player ratings: Dries Mertens outshines Lionel Messi in draw

Napoli held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in Italy on Tuesday night that leaves their Champions League Round of 16 tie finely poised. The Serie A side made a defensive start to the game but took the lead against the run of play when Dries Mertens curled home a sensational finish past Marc-André ter Stegen. But Barcelona dominated possession throughout and levelled the score through → Read More

Tyson Fury has turned boxing on its head – now Anthony Joshua awaits

As recently as early December, the United States of America ruled the heavyweight division. Deontay Wilder held the emerald green WBC belt. And Andy Ruiz Jr had the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts. Both men fight under the Premier Boxing Champions banner and, for the first time in years, Great Britain’s heavyweights found themselves left out in the cold. → Read More

Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder to become world heavyweight champion for second time

It is testament to the sheer amount of entertaining nonsense that Tyson Fury has garbled down the years that, when he began breathlessly proselytising he was going to stop Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas, precious few people believed him. How silly we all look now. On an utterly unforgettable night of boxing Fury was true to his word and then some, producing the most skilfully → Read More

Tyson Fury next fight: Dillian Whyte unhappy as Eddie Hearn pushes unification bout with Anthony Joshua

Eddie Hearn has urged WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to avoid a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder and instead face Anthony Joshua in a mouth-watering unification bout – only to be immediately rebuked by Dillian Whyte, who also boxes under the Matchroom banner. → Read More

Coronavirus: Three Serie A matches suspended over fears of deadly virus outbreak

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has postponed three Serie A matches including Inter Milan vs Sampdoria following a deadly coronavirus outbreak. In an unprecedented move, it was on Saturday night announced that all sporting events in the Lombardy and Veneto regions have been suspended. → Read More

Three minutes, two punches, one moment: Remembering when Tyson Fury got back to his feet

The bell rings for the start of the twelfth round and everybody — everybody — knows the score. Deontay Wilder needs a knockout. Tyson Fury, on the other hand, needs to continue twisting, turning, twitching, feinting and generally doing all the things a 6ft 9in heavyweight should not be able to do. If he can stay out of Wilder’s boomerang reach for three more minutes, he’s won. → Read More

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 LIVE press conference: Watch video as rivals clash ahead of rematch

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury reignite their rivalry in the early hours of Sunday morning in the biggest fight of the modern heavyweight era. It’s been over a year since the pair’s first bout ended in spectacular and then controversial fashion as Fury somehow rose from the canvas in the 12th round only for the fight to be judged a draw on the scorecards. → Read More

Joseph Parker preparing for busy 2020 as he plots route back to top of heavyweight division

Former heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker has promised fight fans that he is gearing up for a “busy year” of boxing, which will start on 29 February when he takes on Shawndell Winters in Texas. Parker held the WBO heavyweight title for 16 months, winning it when he outpointed future unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr in New Zealand in December 2016. → Read More

Indy Football Podcast: Is the beautiful game broken – and what can we do about it?

This week on The Indy Football Podcast the team ask whether the growing financial disparity between Europe’s superclubs and the rest has irreparably broken football. Host Luke Brown is joined by Chief Football Writer Miguel Delaney, Feature Writer Vithushan Ehantharajah and Sports Editor Ben Burrows to discuss the future of the club game and ask what comes next. → Read More

Ajax considering summer approach for out-of-contract Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen

Ajax are considering a summer approach for Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen. The 32-year-old Belgium international is out of contract at the end of the current season and has yet to be offered a new deal by Spurs. Vertonghen, who joined the club from Ajax for €12m in 2012, has struggled for form in recent weeks and appeared to cry when he was withdrawn in the → Read More

Michael Essien, Milan Baros and Eric Djemba-Djemba: 42 footballers you didn’t know were still playing

It is now universally accepted that there is simply too much football. With Premier League matches taking place every night of the week, numerous cup competitions and the return of European football, it can be difficult to keep up to speed with everything going on. → Read More

Chelsea, Ajax, RB Salzburg and more: Ranking the top 20 best clubs in transfer net spend

Chelsea made the biggest net profit of any club in the world in the last two transfer windows, it has been revealed. The London club, who served a transfer ban last summer after breaching Fifa rules on the recruitment of young players, spent just £38million on Mateo Kovacic but recouped £173.7m. → Read More

How Jorge Molina’s unlikely Indian summer has lifted Getafe to dizzying new heights

Player of the weekend: The 37-year-old scored one of the goals of the season as Getafe continued their fine run of form. He is our pick from across Europe’s top five leagues this weekend → Read More

Everton vs Crystal Palace player ratings: Richarlison goal sees Brazilian top our Premier League rankings

Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Goodison Park to move up to seventh in the Premier League table. After a desperately poor start to the season Everton now sit just outside the European places, above both Manchester United and Arsenal and just five points behind Chelsea in fourth. They started the game well and soon took the lead when Bernard powerfully → Read More

Kaka nutmegged by warehouse worker after filling in for London 6-a-side team

Brazil football legend Kaka won the Champions League, World Cup and Ballon d’Or during a glittering 13-year professional career. But those plaudits counted for nothing when the man once considered the best player on the planet attempted to tackle bleary-eyed warehouse worker Jamil Farid in a six-a-side match in Hackney, east London. → Read More

Guillermo Rigondeaux fights Liborio Solis having first been ignored then forgotten

Guillermo Rigondeaux’s greatest nights have been and gone. Too few people noticed them. → Read More

Indy Football Podcast: Does Pep Guardiola need to win the Champions League to be a Man City success?

This week on The Indy Football Podcast the team delve into the latest goings-on at Manchester City. Host Luke Brown is joined by Sports Editor of The Independent Ben Burrows, Chief Football Writer Miguel Delaney and football reporter Jack Rathborn to dissect City’s madcap 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur. Should City be worried about the result? Or is it utterly impossible to → Read More

Neymar shines again for PSG ahead of Champions League return – he is a player to be celebrated

The match: Paris Saint-Germain 5-0 Montpellier The player: Neymar On Sunday night, Neymar celebrated his impending 28th birthday at a Parisian nightclub so wildly ostentatious it would make Jay Gatsby blush. And so it made sense that, the evening before in a Ligue 1 match against Montpellier, the Brazilian arrived at the Parc des Princes ready to party. He even died his hair → Read More

Leicester vs Chelsea player ratings: Antonio Rudiger goals see him beat Ben Chilwell to top spot

Chelsea battled back to hold Leicester City to a draw in an entertaining battle at the King Power Stadium. After a tense first-half, Antonio Rüdiger broke the deadlock at the start of the second when he headed powerfully beyond Kasper Schmeichel. → Read More