By Sonia RANDEV
FA Cup Fourth Round
Liverpool 2 West Brom 3
A first half full of plenty of action which most won’t forget in a hurry. Roberto Firmino missed a penalty for the reds and due to VAR there was a delay in awarding the Baggies a third goal. Concerns were raised with the new technology splitting the opinions of football fans across the country.
West Brom Manager Alan Pardew spoke to BBC Sport regarding the issue:
"In the stadium, it was bizarre, because we got no evidence of what happened.”
Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup and West Brom is through to the fifth round.
Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0
The Blues ease through to the fifth round after defeating Newcastle at Stamford Bridge earlier today
Cardiff City 0 Man city 2
Man City has now booked a place in the fifth round.
Reading Women hold Arsenal Women to a goalless draw in their FA WSL 1 clash today at Adams Park.
Man City Women maintained their two point lead at the top of the table by beating Sunderland away.
Chelsea Ladies beat Everton Ladies to keep the pressure on Man City Women.
Birmingham City Ladies moved into the top half of the league by seeing of Yeovil Town at home, scoring three goals.
Liverpool Ladies get two pass Bristol City with newly appointed England Women’s head coach Phil Neville watching from the stands.
Delhi Senior Women’s Cricket team win T20 elite super league
Delhi emerged as winners of the tournament with a nine wicket win over Goa who failed to win a single game in the four team super league.
India Cricket Team retain ICC Test Mace
Captain Virat Kohli will be presented with the the mace, which is a symbol of excellence and a recognition of a side’s outstanding performance in the Test format. Source and photo credit: BCCI
Saturday 3rd October will see the highly anticipated domestic bout between Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain. North London and South London will collide as the two cruiserweights will battle it out in a sold out O2 arena. The fight is co promoted by Matchroom boxing and Anthony Joshua who manages the former Olympian Okolie.
Frank warren made an announcement last week stating that the 10th February boxing event at the Copper Box arena has been cancelled due to injuries.
The show was to feature up and coming talent from across the UK with British Asian welterweight boxer Hamzah Sheeraz set to fight in his second professional bout since turning pro last year.
The show has now been moved to the 24th February at the iconic York Hall where Sheeraz is likely to feature on the card.
By Sonia RANDEV
U-19 India Cricket team storm into semi-final showdown against Pakistan
India made a statement by beating Bangladesh by 131 runs to land a tantalising semi-final against arch enemies Pakistan.
The three times Under-19 World Cup champions put on a fine display with Captain Prithvi Shaw winning the toss and opting to bat first. Vice-captain Shubnam Gill was once again in the thick of the runs scoring his third consecutive fifty.
Bangladesh put on a brave fight with Qazi Onik eventually taking Gill out. As they took to the batting field it was only Pinak Ghosh who top scored with 43 for Bangladesh.
As one of the tournament favourites, India just proved too much and will now face Pakistan on Tuesday in Christchurch.
England lose by three wickets to Australia bringing their lead in the ODI series to 3-1
FA Cup Fourth Round: Friday
Sheffield Wednesday 3 Reading 1
Yeovil Town faced Manchester United last night with Alexis Sanchez putting on a fine display in his debut for the Reds. The score ended 4-0 to Manchester United.
FA Cup Fourth Round Results:Today
Leicester 5 Peterborough 1
Southampton 1 Watford 0
Coventry 1 MK dons 0
Hull City 2 Nottm Forest 1
Millwall 2 Rochdale 2
Sheff United 1 Preston 0
Middlesbrough 0 Brighton 1
Huddersfield 1 Birmingham 1
Notts County 1 Swansea 1
Wigan Athletic 2 West Ham 0
Newport County 1 Tottenham 1
Liverpool v West Brom kick off at 19.45pm tonight
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By Sonia RANDEV
This week Matchroom boxing announced the highly anticipated world title unification bout between WBO world heavy weight champion Joseph Parker and WBA, IBF and IBO world heavy weight champion Anthony Joshua.
The fight is set to take place on March 31st at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff where the two men will battle it out, putting all belts on the line.
At a press conference earlier this week, Anthony Joshua expressed his desire to a packed media room that adding the WBO title to his collection will pave the way for a showdown with WBC World Heavy Weight Champion Deontay Wilder.
“It’s good to be back, doing what I enjoy. Last time I was out was in Cardiff. It was a great night. I took my time cause I knew I really wanted to set up for a big 2018.I didn’t do nothing spectacular but I made sure I got the win and that was the most important thing. Now we are here and as I said it’s kind of about making history now and we’ve always been moving in that direction so it’s an honour to be up here with another World Champ.”
With Joseph Parker's Promoter causing a stir in the build up to securing this fight, his comments were not taken too lightly by Anthony Joshua’s Promoter Eddie Hearn who questioned David Higgins remarks:
“You can’t say what you’ve been saying and then when you are five feet away from him, let your bum deceive you. You just said that he might have some mental weaknesses but you actually said he is mentally weaker. You don’t do what he has been doing if you are mentally weak. You don’t walk out in front of your home city and win gold at the Olympics. You don’t walk out in front of 80’000, empty your tank, get up of the floor and stop Wladimir Klitschko if you are mentally weak. You also said he has a glass chin, we are going to break his glass chin, don’t tell me, tell him, he’s sat right here.”
Joseph Parker last fought on UK soil in Manchester, defending his belt against Hughie Fury whom many thought had done enough to beat the man from New Zealand.
Speaking to the press,Parker said he is going to train extremely hard for this fight as he has a big challenge in front of him:
“This is going to be the hardest in terms of training and putting the most work in as I have a big challenge in front of me.Joshua, i’ve watched him for a long time and he’s watched me. I know his strengths, mind and weaknesses. Hopefully I’ll catch him on the chin and knock him out.”
Anthony Joshua believes this fight will bring fireworks and be a great fight for the spectators.
“We’ll bring fireworks. It’s going to be good. It will take more than a human to stop me from where I’m destined to be.”
Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker live on Sky Sports Box Office, March 31st at the Principality Stadium – Cardiff.
Expect a big drama show and quite possibly one of Joshua’s hardest battles to overcome on his journey to world heavy weight domination.
By Sonia RANDEV
On Wednesday 10th January in front of a packed press conference, Amir Khan announced his much anticipated return to the world of boxing.
After posting across his social media channels that a big announcement was going to be made in London, rumours began to circulate suggesting that he had signed with either Eddie Hearn or Frank Warren.
The wait was finally over and it was official. Amir had signed a three fight promotional deal for 2018 with Matchroom Boxing.
Ironic to most as Eddie Hearn and Amir Khan are known to have been involved in a fair few public spats over the years but it was back to business for the former unified light welterweight world champion and Olympic Silver medallist.
Speaking to Sky Sports of the news of his decision to sign to Matchroom boxing:
“I said to my father before I left for the jungle to have a word with Eddie and let’s see if we can get this deal done. As soon as I left, my dad said it’s looking good and I think that we could have a deal on the table. So as soon as I got back the deal was made, me and Eddie shook hands and signed the contract. We’ve done a three fight deal together and I am really looking forward to it. I mean me and Eddie have had our ups and downs in the previous years but look this is business and I think working with Eddie who is probably the best boxing promoter in the UK definitely makes sense for me.”
Eddie Hearn, Managing director of Matchroom Sport spoke of his delight of adding yet another talented star to his ever growing stable of boxers.
“ It’s a press conference I never thought I would see, but it’s one I am hugely excited about. Amir Khan has signed a three fight promotional deal with Matchroom boxing and will be returning to the ring on April 21st at the Liverpool Echo Arena.This is an exciting time for British boxing."
Khan’s absence from the ring left most to wonder whether the former world champion had anything left in the tank after his defeat to Canelo Alvarez in 2015.It has also been five years since Amir has fought in the UK.
When it was announced that he would be participating in I’m a celebrity.. Get me out of here; many thought that this could be a seriously bad PR move after a turbulent year filled with personal issues surrounding his family and wife.
However the stint proved to be a very clever marketing move, winning over the UK public with his cheeky antics and made perfect sense to act upon the back off it's success and get his boxing career on the right track.
His opponent is likely to be announced at the full press conference in Liverpool next week.King Khan has certainly announced his return to boxing with a bang.Read more
By SONIA RANDEV
Premier League Highlights:
Chelsea stutter to a third successive goalless draw against Leicester
Arsenal’s form takes another major slump after losing 2-1 to Bournemouth. Sanchez move could be confirmed anytime soon as Manchester United look favourites in signing him ahead of their rivals Manchester City
Tottenham put on a fine display beating West Ham 4-0.Harry Kane reaches a new milestone by breaking Teddy Sheringham’s record of 97 premier league goals for Tottenham. The 24 year old striker scored twice against West Ham to bring his tally up to 98 league goals in 135 appearances.
Liverpool were on fire against Manchester City scoring 3 goals in the space of 9 minutes with City trailing 4-1.Silva and Gundogan grabbed two goals back but the end score was Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3.Liverpool move into third place on the Premier League table.
FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Semi-Final
Arsenal Women v Reading Women
Arsenal Women have booked their place in the FA Continental Tyres Cup Final with a late winner scored by Jordan Nobbs.
Defending Champions Man City Women beat Chelsea Ladies 1-0 which was scored in the 18th minute by Nadia Nadim.
Arsenal Women now face Man City Women in the final.
This week saw Amir King Khan announce his return to the world of Boxing to a packed press conference in London on Wednesday.
In a surprise turn of events, fans and industry professionals were shocked to hear that Khan had decided to sign a promotional fight deal with Match room Boxing and Eddie Hearn after previous spats. Amir Khan has signed a 3 fight deal for 2018 with his comeback fight taking place on UK soil at the Liverpool Echo Arena on April 21.
Full feature and highlights from the press conference where our sports correspondent Sonia Randev was present will be out this week. Opponent to be announced this week.
Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker world title unification fight was officially announced today. The WBO, WBA and IBF belts will be on the line as the heavy weight rivals come face to face at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31 live on Sky Sports box office. This is the first time two reigning heavy weight champions have fought in Britain.
Full press conference and feature will follow next week.
Thursday 11 January saw NBA hit the UK at London’s o2 arena where the Philadelphia 76ers took on the Boston Celtics. The Celtics beat the 76ers 114-103.Full feature out this week where Sonia Randev was live reporting from the packed arena.Read more