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Author Archive for Kevin Mitchell

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Andy Ruiz Jr snatches ‘golden ticket’ to challenge Anthony Joshua for four titles

• Four titles at stake on 1 June at Madison Square Garden• Ruiz faces Anthony Joshua after Jarrell Miller defectionAnthony Joshua never imagined his American debut at Madison Square Garden on 1 June would be like this: defending his four world heavywei…

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Andy Murray faces 18 June deadline to seek Wimbledon wildcard

• Murray likely to be given some leeway if still undecided• Wimbledon unveils No 1 court roof and prize-money riseAndy Murray, still moving cautiously in his comeback from hip surgery, has until 18 June to ask for a wild card to play at Wimbledon this …

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Justin Gimelstob’s battery charge puts onus on ATP to find moral fibre | Kevin Mitchell

He won two grand slam doubles titles but ‘violent, unprovoked’ incident must curb his ambitions in the running of the gameJustin Gimelstob grew up alongside a few hundred very rich people in a hamlet that Forbes magazine once listed among the 25 most e…

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Amir Khan’s painful display of self-preservation is the end nobody wanted

Undignified exit will hurt Amir Khan almost as much as Terence Crawford’s crunching blows that left the challenger unable to finish the fightTwo instincts burn most deeply in every boxer’s soul: a will to win and self-preservation. At Madison Square Ga…

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Amir Khan’s painful display of self-preservation is the end nobody wanted

Undignified exit will hurt Amir Khan almost as much as Terence Crawford’s crunching blows that left the challenger unable to finish the fightTwo instincts burn most deeply in every boxer’s soul: a will to win and self-preservation. At Madison Square Ga…

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Invincible Vasiliy Lomachenko shows why he is the best world’s best fighter | Kevin Mitchell

Ukrainian lightweight produced a display of punching perfection in his demolition of Manchester’s Anthony Crolla to underline his credentials to wear the pound-for-pound crownVasiliy Lomachenko is making a rock-solid case to be regarded as the best box…

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Tara Moore says astonishing tennis comeback is ‘enormous boost’ to career

• Moore pulled off one of greatest comebacks in history• British No 9 beats Jessika Ponchet again in a doubles matchTara Moore, who pulled off one of the great comebacks in tennis history in a £25,000 tournament in Sunderland this week, said the experi…

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England’s cricketers can rise above 2005, Brexit and lack of free-to-air | Kevin Mitchell

Former captain Alec Stewart sees talents on the rise, a rattled Australia side on the way and a home World Cup to enjoyThis summer could be the greatest in the history of English cricket, we’re told on an almost daily basis, when the World Cup and the …

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‘I’ve played my last game for England’: Alastair Cook relishing county life

• Essex opener made 150 against Cambridge University last week • ‘I’ve had my time. I’ve had an amazing journey’It might be a stretch to see Alastair Cook as the Billy Bonds of cricket, although the England and now exclusively Essex hero shares with th…

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Gareth Southgate the statesman can inspire golfers and politicians alike | Kevin Mitchell

The England manager leads and supports his players with few words and integrity – virtues that are lacking elsewhere, from the golf course to WestminsterEveryone loves Matt “Kooch” Kuchar, right? The American golfer has cherry?cheeked and boy-smiled hi…

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Nick Kyrgios’s underarm serving a rebellious act with echoes of Lenglen | Kevin Mitchell

Maverick Australian’s underarm serving has caused a stir in Miami but 100 years ago Suzanne Lenglen was attracting similar gasps for serving overarmWhen Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the Miami Open in the fourth round overnight, strapping holding his rig…

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Joshua, Fury, Wilder – big cats kept apart while accountants rule jungle | Kevin Mitchell

Heavyweight stars cash in with little risk but fight fans are missing out on the spectacle they wantRomeo and Juliet had an easier time getting together than Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have experienced lately. The courting of the voluble Gypsy King …

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No more heroes? Alun Wyn Jones stands tall even in these cynical times | Kevin Mitchell

Wales captain’s act of kindness on Saturday did not go unnoticed and there is plenty of evidence to suggest sometimes it’s still OK to meet your idolsAn image that will linger from the final round of the Six Nations was not a dazzling run or shuddering…

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Tennis’s attention should be on Andreescu’s exploits, not boardroom coups | Kevin Mitchell

There have been some remarkable results at Indian Wells – not least Bianca Andreescu’s continuing meteoric rise – but upsets in the boardroom are less edifyingTennis continues to rock in the Californian desert. At the Indian Wells Open (which would lik…

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Why a Joshua-Wilder unification fight in 2019 has moved a step closer | Kevin Mitchell

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom has connections with the streaming site DAZN and if the latter signs up Deontay Wilder then a heavyweight unifying bout could be on the tableEddie Hearn’s assertion that there is a “brilliant chance” Anthony Joshua will fight De…

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Tennis the loser in feud between Novak Djokovic and Chris Kermode | Kevin Mitchell

The ousting of the ATP chairman will leave a vacuum at the top of the sport at a time when strong leadership is requiredThis is the story of a pointless coup. Engineered by Novak Djokovic and facilitated by a small group in the ATP players’ council, it…

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Andy Murray pain free after operation but cautious over playing prospects

• Andy Murray provides fitness update after hip operation• ‘I want to play. The issue is I don’t know whether it’s possible’Andy Murray kept the door open on his tennis future on Wednesday, although he made no commitment to returning at Wimbledon this …

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Roger Federer 100 not out but still hungry for elusive Olympic gold | Kevin Mitchell

Dream of becoming the Olympic tennis champion six days before his 39th birthday is what keeps the Swiss great goingRoger Federer did more than win his 100th Tour-level tournament when he handed the Greek prodigy Stefanos Tsitsipas (his conqueror in the…

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Anthony Joshua laughs off Jarrell Miller’s accusation of drug use

• ‘Jarrell has been banned, maybe that’s why he’s saying it’’• Pair due to meet at Madison Square Garden on 1 JuneJarrell “Big Baby” Miller, a likeable American giant whose mouth matches his waistband, claimed on Monday, with no evidence, that the worl…

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Chris Eubank Jr now has younger and more dangerous opponents in his sights

Liverpudlian Callum Smith could be next for ‘Junior’, but the 29-year-old should try and free himself of his father’s influenceThe time will surely come when Chris Eubank Jr can shed the appellation to establish his own identity at the higher levels of…