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Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury II: Are Vegas media commitments sapping fighters?

Wilder and Fury did a 50-minute news conference on Wednesday”That don’t half wear you out”.Those were the words of Tyson Fury after the latest interview huddle conducted in the build-up to Saturday’s rematch with WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.There was a lengthy news conference moments later and he was quick to exit before any…

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Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury II: Are Vegas media commitments sapping fighters?

Wilder and Fury did a 50-minute news conference on Wednesday”That don’t half wear you out”.Those were the words of Tyson Fury after the latest interview huddle conducted in the build-up to Saturday’s rematch with WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.There was a lengthy news conference moments later and he was quick to exit before any more media could call on him, although dozens of radio interviews could form part of his task within 24 hours.The Briton has been conducting media duties since 6 January and there is a concern within his team that he is simply “doing too much”.After Wednesday’s news conference BBC Radio 5 Live’s Mike Costello concluded both fighters were “at the end of their tether”, while his colleague Steve Bunce said Fury’s mental sharpness on fight night would consequently have to “suffer”.I rehabilitated Fury’s career – Wilder’An assault on the senses – my 25 years of watching Vegas fight nights’Fury team concernIt is hard to describe just how much media work Fury and Wilder are doing in Las Vegas in fightweek but they are speaking to written press, radio stations, television broadcasters and YouTube channels, as well as cutting promos for fight night, meeting fans and engaging in pressured news conferences.Some are already asking if Fury is run down, given what looked like a sore was visible on his lip and he also kept his hood up and sunglasses on throughout the news conference.On Thursday, the pair are slated to work through ‘Radio Row’ at the MGM Grand – a gathering of stations from various parts of the world all hunting an interview. There are around 40 stations listed on a poster in the hotel’s media room.Bunce said the prospect of each fighter taking part was “absurd’ and the event – which Fury may now not attend given how much he has already done – is at risk.It would follow Wednesday’s 50-minute news conference, which in turn came after Fury had conducted one-on-one interviews for around two hours. Both men conducted interviews on Tuesday around a ‘hectic grand arrival’ ceremony and Fury spent several hours with media on Monday.”When Ricky Hatton fought Floyd Mayweather one of the last pieces he did before the fight was for BBC Radio 4 and he came and sat at our table and his voice was hoarse by then, after a week of questions day in, day out,” added Costello.”What I got from the news conference on Wednesday was Fury and Wilder were both deflated.”They were absolutely exhausted. They are at the end of their tether. They have no more words left in their heads. The danger is if they are not sharp mentally, what effect does it have? Especially Fury, the mental part of his game, the thinking part, is so important to what he does.”Bunce replied: “It has to suffer. I looked at Andy Lee on Fury’s team and asked is everything OK and he said ‘not really, he is doing too much press.'”‘It was a shambles’

Fury kept his hood up and sunglasses on throughout Wednesday’s news conferenceRequests for time with each fighter are filtered through their teams.Wilder’s team were notably edgy over media access and interview lengths on Tuesday – a stopwatch was deployed. They privately say they learned lessons from the first meeting between the pair and have sought to group media days together, so the fighter speaks to a mass of reporters rather than dealing with each individually. Typically in fight week, an itinerary for the next day is sent to one of Fury’s closest friends late at night and the fighter is often commended for repeatedly saying yes to requests.The 31-year-old did however turn down the chance to push the fight at the Super Bowl in Miami earlier this month because of the travelling required, so Wilder turned out given it was staged closer to his training base. After over six weeks of hyping the contest, Wednesday’s news conference saw the pair engage in what appeared a rather forced face-off. By the end of it, Fury appeared fed up and he later said he would be doing no more media before leaving.”I have been around a long time and I have never seen what I saw on that stage,” added Bunce. “What happened there was a shambles.”When I walked in today at 11.30, Fury was doing Fox TV. So three hours later he was still on the stage doing a televised news conference.”When they sat down their voices were sharp, focused and good. “When they left it was like a marathon 24-hour radio session – they could barely talk. There was no emotion in either of their voices, no humour, no love, no passion – it had all gone.”There is obviously some solace for two men who earned around $10m each for their first fight and are expected to pocket substantially more this time around.But after Friday’s weigh-in, when they finally walk to the ring at around 05:30 GMT on Sunday morning, they may well be relieved to hear the first bell sound to confirm all of the talking – and there has been a lot – is done.

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‘At this point nothing surprises me’

Suarez has left Barcelona after six yearsLionel Messi says Luis Suarez deserved a better send-off from Barcelona but that he is “no longer surprised” by the club’s behaviour.Earlier this month, Messi said he would stay at Barca despite wanting to leave because he felt he had no option.He added that he felt he had been…

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Suarez has left Barcelona after six yearsLionel Messi says Luis Suarez deserved a better send-off from Barcelona but that he is “no longer surprised” by the club’s behaviour.Earlier this month, Messi said he would stay at Barca despite wanting to leave because he felt he had no option.He added that he felt he had been deceived by the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.In a post on Instagramexternal-link, Messi paid tribute to Suarez, saying it will be “strange” to see him “with another shirt and much more to face you”.”You deserved a send-off matching who you are – one of the most important players in the club’s history, achieving important things both as a group and individually. “Not to get thrown out like you have been. But the truth is at this point nothing surprises me.”Uruguayan Suarez scored 198 goals in 283 games to become the third highest goalscorer in Barcelona’s history.The 33-year-old won four La Liga titles, four Copa del Reys, the Champions League and Club World Cup after joining the Catalan giants for £74m from Liverpool in 2014.He has agreed terms on a two-year deal at Atletico with a reduced salary. Atletico will pay a nominal fee of no more than 6m euros for Suarez, which will be based on variables such as Champions League qualification.
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Manchester United will table a final £90m bid for Jadon Sancho next week in an attempt to prise the England winger, 20, from Borussia Dortmund. (Mirror)external-linkLucas Torreira is on the verge of leaving Arsenal, with both Atletico Madrid and Torino expressing interest in the Uruguay midfielder, 24. (Independent)external-linkAtletico Madrid are confident of a loan deal…

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Manchester United will table a final £90m bid for Jadon Sancho next week in an attempt to prise the England winger, 20, from Borussia Dortmund. (Mirror)external-linkLucas Torreira is on the verge of leaving Arsenal, with both Atletico Madrid and Torino expressing interest in the Uruguay midfielder, 24. (Independent)external-linkAtletico Madrid are confident of a loan deal for Torreira, which could allow Arsenal to sign the Spanish side’s Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 27. (Sky Sports)external-linkAlex Telles believes Porto’s asking price to Manchester United of about 20m euros (£18.3m) is unrealistic because the Brazil left-back, 27, would be a free agent next summer. (Guardian)external-linkManchester City have said that claims they made a £78m bid for Atletico Madrid’s Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez, 25, are not true. (Goal)external-linkMonaco have registered their interest in signing Tottenham’s England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, (90min)external-linkParis St-Germain are preparing to pull out of negotiations to sign Alli on a season-long loan. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-linkChelsea and England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19, is pushing for a loan move away from Stamford Bridge. (Talksport)external-linkBarcelona and Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 28, could make a loan move to Arsenal before the transfer window closes. (Star)external-linkRB Leipzig are close to signing a central defender which could facilitate defender Dayot Upamecano leaving the club. Manchester United have been heavily linked with 21-year-old France international. (Star)external-linkNapoli striker Arkadiusz Milik has been offered to Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, but the Italian is lukewarm on a reunion with the 26-year-old Poland international. (Corriere della Sera – via Inside Futbol)external-linkSheffield United head the queue to sign Liverpool’s English forward Rhian Brewster, 20, with Aston Villa, Brighton and Crystal Palace also interested. (Independent)external-linkWest Ham and Aston Villa are among several clubs interested in signing Chelsea’s England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 24, on a season’s loan. (Guardian)external-linkSouthampton are also among the clubs interested in Loftus-Cheek, 24. (Mail)external-linkSouthampton are also looking at a deal for Toulouse’s Ivory Coast midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, 22. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-linkEverton and Fulham are interested in signing Cameroon defender Jerome Onguene, 23, from RB Salzburg. (Sportslens)external-linkWest Brom could sign former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 36, if they cannot secure another striker before the end of the transfer window. (Sun)external-linkSt Etienne defender Wesley Fofana could move to Leicester City but as part of any deal the French club want the 19-year-old to stay with them on loan for the season. (L’Equipe – via Leicester Mercury)external-linkSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants three signings before the close of the transfer window. (Daily Echo)external-linkBayern Munich will not allow French midfielder Michael Cuisance to leave on loan, despite Leeds United and Marseille reportedly being interested in the 21-year-old. (Sport Bild – in German)external-linkThursday’s gossip column Daily Mirror back page
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Uefa Super Cup: Bayern Munich v Sevilla

Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryEuropa League holders Sevilla lead Champions League winners Bayern MunichSevilla’s sixth Super Cup outing since 2006 – have lost each of past four appearances20,000 fans expected in stadium as test eventLive…

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Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummaryEuropa League holders Sevilla lead Champions League winners Bayern MunichSevilla’s sixth Super Cup outing since 2006 – have lost each of past four appearances20,000 fans expected in stadium as test eventLive Reporting Alex BysouthAll times stated are UKPost updateBayern Munich 0-1 SevillaWell, well, well… who saw that coming?!GOAL – Bayern Munich 0-1 SevillaLucas Ocampos (12 mins)The Sevilla fans can’t watch…Lucas Ocampos takes a huge run-up, stutters slightly and slots calmly past Manuel Neuer.A no-look penalty, cheeky!David Alaba is booked for knocking over Ivan Rakitic to give away the spot kick.Sevilla lead…PENALTYBayern Munich 0-0 SevillaIvan Rakitic is bundled over in the box. Anthony Taylor points straight to the spot!Post updateBayern Munich 0-0 SevillaNeat little link up down Sevilla’s right between Suso and Jesus Navas, with the former Manchester City man looking to delve into the Bayern half.The Spanish side have settled since that flying Bayern start.Post updateBayern Munich 0-0 SevillaFoul by Serge Gnabry on Lucas Ocampos, and that will give Sevilla a chance to deliver from the left of the Bayern penalty area. Suso looks to whip it in but there are plenty of red shirts in the way to clear.Decent start to this one. Post updateBayern Munich 0-0 SevillaBayern have flown out the blocks…Serge Gnabry wriggles down the right and tries to squeeze a ball into Robert Lewandowski’s path, but Sevilla stopper Yassine Bounou can collect.Post updateBayern Munich 0-0 SevillaEarly touch for Leroy Sane, who you would imagine must love playing in this Bayern Munich side.The winger cuts it back across the top of the box but it allows Sevilla to regroup.KICK-OFFBayern Munich 0-0 SevillaRight then, whose record will slip tonight? Treble winners Bayern are unbeaten in 31 matches, while Sevilla have not suffered defeat in 21. Something’s got to give…Time to find out.Can Bayern make it two?Bayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)It might surprise you, it did me at least, to learn that Bayern Munich have only won the European Super Cup once, in 2013. Recent fixtures have been dominated by Spanish sides, who have won nine of the last 11 contests – only Bayern seven years ago and Liverpool in 2019 have interrupted that run.The Champions League/European Cup winner has tended to come out on top in this clash though, winning the trophy on 25 occasions.Post updateBayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)It actually feels a little strange to see and hear fans in the stadium, has it really been that long?!How’s tat…Bayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)Sevilla’s Nemanja Gudelj has the Europa League trophy his side won tattooed on his leg, will he be evening things up with a Super Cup on his left shin after tonight’s match?Tempted to get one myself when we win the Lancashire & Cheshire Division Two Cup…Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPost updateBayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)There is English interest in Budapest tonight… referee Anthony Taylor is the man in the middle.Sane & Rakitic on showBayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)Leroy Sane netted on his Bayern debut against Schalke last week, while Ivan Rakitic makes his first start since returning to Sevilla – both have a chance to grab some silverware with their new clubs tonight.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesThe fan debate – safe or ‘experimental rabbits’?The Hungarian government insists it is “safe” for fans to attend today’s game, despite opposition saying they will be “experimental rabbits”.Both Bayern and Sevilla have been allocated 3,000 tickets for the match but far fewer of their fans will attend, with the majority of the 15,500 tickets sold coming from Hungary.European football’s governing body Uefa say fans will be instructed to keep a distance of 1.5m from each other, wear masks and wash and disinfect their hands wherever possible.They also have to undergo body temperature checks at the stadium and anyone over 37.8C will be refused entry.Those supporters arriving from abroad will have to present a ticket and proof of a negative Covid-19 test which must have been conducted in the previous three days and they can only stay in the country for up to 72 hours.The chief of staff for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the match will be “safer than almost any other gathering” with the measures that are in place but others are not convinced.”This experiment is unacceptable,” said opposition Socialist deputy Ildiko Borbely.”They use 14,000 compatriots as experimental rabbits to see how the coronavirus spreads at mass gatherings. We reject exposing Hungary to such danger.”Post updateBayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)There’s just about time for a quiz before tonight’s Super Cup kicks off. To mark the occasion, we are testing your knowledge of the competition by asking you to name the 24 sides to have won it since it began in 1973.Click here to get quizzical. Post updateBayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi likes winning, and cake…Post updateBayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)Bayern Munich’s warm-up session at their team hotel has the feel of one of those football adverts for sports brands in the late 90s/early 00s…Ronaldo and his Brazil team-mates pegging it around an airport, anyone?Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesFans return to watch actionBayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)Uefa has sold 15,500 tickets for tonight’s game in Budapest, as part of a trial to get fans back into grounds. Match organisers will be broadcasting public announcements on giant screens and TV monitors, reminding fans to put safety first.Uefa said last month up to 30% of the 67,000-seater Puskas Arena would be allowed to be used, though fewer tickets have been sold.Safety precautions include wearing face masks when social distance cannot be respected, queuing lanes marked out at turnstiles and thermal cameras to measure body temperature at entrances.Super six for SevillaBayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)I know, it feels like Sevilla feature in the Super Cup every year – in fact, the Spanish side are only the fifth team to
contest the tie at least six times, after Barcelona (9), AC Milan
(7), Real Madrid (7) and Liverpool (6).However, they’ve only won the trophy on one of those appearances, against Barcelona in 2006.Win tonight and Sevilla will claim an eighth European trophy, a run that began with the 2005-06 Uefa Cup – only Barcelona (7) and
Real Madrid (7) have won as many continental titles in that time.Post updateBayern Munich v Sevilla (20:00 BST)Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesSay what?!Image caption: Say what?!Can anyone stop Bayern?The German giants are on an incredible 22-match winning run and are 31 games undefeated in all competitions, a spell that has seen them wrap up the Bundesliga title, clinch the German Cup and win the Champions League.They then kicked off the new season with an 8-0 thumping of Schalke, just in case anyone thought Hansi Flick’s men might be about to let up…Sevilla, who beat Inter Milan in the Europa League final, kicked their domestic campaign off with a 3-2 win against Levante.to-topLatest PostMatch StatsHome TeamBayern MunichAway TeamSevillaPossessionHome60%Away40%ShotsHome0Away1Shots on TargetHome0Away1CornersHome0Away0FoulsHome2Away2Line-upsBayern Munich1Neuer5Pavard4Süle27AlabaBooked at 12mins21Hernández18Goretzka6Kimmich7Gnabry25Müller10Sané9LewandowskiSubstitutes8Martínez Aguinaga11Cuisance14Zirkzee17Boateng19Davies24Tolisso26Ulreich30Fein35Nübel40Tillman41Richards42MusialaSevilla13Bono16Navas12Koundé20Santos Silva18Escudero8Jordán25Reges10Rakitic7Fernández Saez9de Jong5OcamposSubstitutes1Vaclik3Gómez6Gudelj11El Haddadi14Rodríguez15En-Nesyri19Acuña21Torres22Vázquez24Fernández29Gil31DíazScoresFilter by section. Currently selected: Super CupThursday 24th September 2020
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