AJ, Fury agree two-world-title fights

first_imgAnthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have agreed to face each other not once, but twice, after talks between both camps, promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed.Discussions over a mouthwatering Battle of Britain, which would see all four major world heavyweight titles on the line, have been ongoing for months. And now Hearn, who represents Joshua, has confirmed that the financial elements of a mega-money two-fight deal have finally been agreed.“We’re making great progress,” Joshua’s promoter Hearn told Sky Sports News. “There is still a lot to overcome. We are looking at venues and dates.“We have the Dillian Whyte mandatory which is due before this fight.“It’s fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms of the fight.“We’ve been talking to [Fury’s management team] MTK, giving them the assurances from Joshua’s side that all the details on the structure of the deal is approved from our side. And it is from Fury’s side, as well. “We’re in a good place. It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.“A lot to overcome in the meantime. We’re moving in the right direction. I’m confident that both guys have giving their blessing for the fight to go ahead.“The point of Fury, Joshua and the teams agreeing to the structure of the deal? The first fight could happen next summer. It will be 2021.“There is a big period of time where Whyte should get his shot at the title. That’s important to us.“The main positive news is that Joshua and Fury have agreed to a two-fight deal, in essence. “The most difficult part of any deal is the financial element. I believe we’re in a great place where both guys have agreed to what that should be.“We have not signed contracts because there are still things to be worked out.“We’re pushing towards a place where they can be drafted, for 2021.“Both guys are in agreement. The structure of the deal has been put forward, and agreed to by both parties.RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight “There is a model in place that both parties are happy with.“It’s the biggest fight ever in British boxing. It doesn’t get bigger, and there will never be a bigger fight in our generation.“Two guys, very different, who fight differently, have experienced different things and have come back from adversity.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaBattle of BritainEddie HearnTyson Furylast_img read more

Softball: Badgers go 4-1 in final non-conference tournament of season

first_imgThe No. 23 University of Wisconsin softball team (21-3) continued to make positive waves in the collegiate softball world after posting a 4–1 record at the University of South Florida Invitational Tournament.The Badgers held onto their No. 23 ranking after the tournament and added another Big Ten Player of the Week Award to their resume.Junior Kayla Konwent was honored with the award after dominating the competition.Wisconsin began the weekend with a matchup versus the University of Massachusetts.The Badgers picked up their eighth win by run rule this season, defeating UMass 8–0 Friday morning.Konwent kicked off her dominant performance by giving the Badgers the lead in her leadoff at-bat by sending a home run over the fence.She would go a perfect four-for-four in the game including a two-run RBI single in the second and another home run in the fifth.Haley Hestekin would pick up the win in the circle for the Badgers, striking out six in four innings and improving her record to 9-1 on the season.Women’s hockey: Why the women’s hockey team deserves more cloutThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is undoubtedly one of the most successful athletic programs on campus. With four Read…Wisconsin’s next matchup, this time against the University of South Florida, would prove more challenging. The Badgers would fall 7-1 on USF’s home field, dropping only their third game of the season.The Badgers were shut down by USF pitcher Georgina Corrick. Corrick held the Badgers to just two hits, which came from Ally Miklesh and Taylor Johnson.Defensively, the Badger pitching staff struggled to contain USF’s powerful lineup.Though the Badgers only trailed by two runs in the sixth inning, USF turned on the jets and powered in four more runs to seal the game.Following the loss, Wisconsin looked to get back on track against Central Michigan Saturday. They were able to overcome the USF loss and beat the Chippewas 2–0.While the rest of the Badgers struggled again offensively, Konwent was in characteristic form, scoring again in the first at-bat of the game.The second run came off a Melanie Cross single to score Tyra Turner.Scoring aside, the story of the game was junior pitcher Kaitlyn Menz’s seven-inning outing. Menz pitched a shutout while only allowing seven hits and striking out three, giving her a 6-1 record this season.The Badgers faced Furman University in their second game Saturday.Leading the way offensively for the Badges was Jordan Little, who went two-for-three with one RBI and a triple for Wisconsin.Football: A closer look at Alex Hornibrook’s record as he departs WisconsinAlex Hornibrook’s 26-6 record is the best for any quarterback in program history, yet his performance often contradicted his team’s Read…Hestekin took her second win of the weekend, pitching all seven innings and recording seven strikeouts to help give Wisconsin a 4–1 win.The Badgers finished the weekend with another run-rule win over Villanova, 13–1.A thirteen run, dominant performance was highlighted by another spectacular performance by Konwent.Konwent went three-for-three with three RBIs to cap off her spectacular weekend, improving her application for Big Ten Player of the Week.Last week’s Big Ten Player of the week — Wisconsin’s Caroline Hedgcock — also shined against Villanova with three RBIs on two hits including a three-run home run in the first inning.Stephanie Lombardo and Little followed suit by knocking home runs of their own in the third inning.A commanding offensive performance capped off a successful weekend for the Badgers before they start their Big Ten schedule after spring break.The Badgers will face Illinois in the Big Ten opening series Friday, March 22 in Champaign, Illinois. The game is available on BTN+ or follow live stats at uwbadgers.com.last_img read more

LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant won’t get day off against Miami, Orlando

first_imgNEW YORK >> It seemed safe to rule out Kobe Bryant playing a full 82-game NBA season in his 20th and perhaps final year with the Lakers.Who knows what plans Father Time has in store for the 37-year-old Bryant after suffering three season-ending injuries in consecutive years. Amid the Lakers’ quest to preserve Bryant, it appeared likely he would sit out some if not all of the team’s 17 sets of back-to-back games.But Lakers coach Byron Scott revealed a slight change of plans following the Lakers’ 99-95 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.“‘This might be my last year. If possible, I’d like to play every game,’” Scott recalled Bryant telling him recently. “I’m with that and we’ll see how it plays out.” “I don’t think they were used to someone as direct as me,” said World Peace, who posted eight points on 3-of-4 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench in Sunday’s loss against the Knicks. “I do it to help. A lot of people walk on eggshells. I don’t walk on eggshells. I eat eggs.”World Peace reported feeling confident he would return to the NBA during overseas stints last year in China and Italy. He described himself with a straight face as “one of the best small forwards in the world.” The Lakers would not go that far, though they liked World Peace’s leadership and hustle enough to retain him on the roster on a non-guaranteed deal worth $1.5 million. “I didn’t think I’d ever come back,” said World Peace who noted he could try to play for two or three more years. “But I earned my way back. I worked hard.”Memory laneBryant’s physical skills may have eroded. But his mind has not.He still remembered vividly scoring his first point off a foul shot on Nov. 5, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in what marked his second career NBA game. “When I got in the game, I felt like how it was when there were VHS tapes,” Bryant said. “You hit the forward button and the TV is moving really fast.”Both Scott and Knicks coach and former Lakers teammate Derek Fisher both cited faulty memory despite being in attendance. But Scott noted, “it brought a smile to my face that I was at least there” after recently watching a highlight of that game.What’s your number?It did not take long for Fisher to earn Scott’s respect during his rookie season. But it happened well before Fisher showed off his work ethic or talent. Fisher planned to wear the No. 4 only to switch to No. 2 for one specific reason. Scott returned to the Lakers and had once worn No. 4 during the ‘Showtime Era’ when he won three NBA titles. Fisher joked the gesture “changed the course of history for me” before eventually winning five NBA titles as a role player in two separate stints with the Lakers (1996-2004, 2007-2012). “He did the right thing,” Scott said, chuckling. “He was young and a rookie, and I was a vet.” Scott plans to start Bryant when the Lakers (1-5) play in Miami on Tuesday and in Orlando on Wednesday. But Scott said he has not determined whether Bryant will play fewer minutes than the 29 minutes per game he has averaged through six contests. “I know there’s going to be some games he’s not going to play, but that’s not his mindset,” Scott said of Bryant. “Right now this early in the season, we’ll go with the flow.” Say it like it isEven as he played near his hometown in Queensbridge, New York, Metta World Peace never felt at home.The New York Knicks acquired him in the 2013 offseason after the Lakers waived him. But he averaged 4.8 points in only 13.8 minutes through 29 games before both sides negotiated a buyout. World Peace argued his short stint had little to do with injuries or a decline in play. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more