Billy Vunipola has been on the road for at least four months because England No. 8 is racing against the race to tour Japan after suffering the fourth broken arm
- Billy Vunipola suffered the fourth broken arm of his weekend career
- He will miss the Six Nations and is expected to be out for at least four months
- Saracens boss Mark McCall has given Ben Earl support to fill the back void
England No. 8 Billy Vunipola is not expected to play for more than four months after receiving the full diagnosis on his broken arm.
Vunipola suffered the break – the fourth time he sustained such an injury – during Saracens & # 39; Champions Cup victory over Racing 92 on Sunday.
It leaves him with a race against time to appear in front of his club for the summer tour of England through Japan in July.
Director of rugby Mark McCall said: & # 39; It varies from 16 weeks to much longer than that. & # 39;
However, McCall has supported the role of England back-row Ben Earl to fill the void
& # 39; Ben has a phenomenal season, & # 39; he said. & # 39; He just came through at the right time this year. He is exceptional. & # 39;
England & Billy Vunipola is OUT of the Six Nations after breaking his forearm in Saracens Champions Cup competition
Billy Vunipola has a BROKEN ARM and will probably miss the Six Nations in huge blow to the hope of England
- England number eight Billy Vunipola seems to miss the 2020 Six Nations
- The Saracens injured his arm in the first minutes against Racing 92
- Head coach Eddie Jones must name his team for the tournament on Monday
With the team tomorrow morning, the number eight seems to be missing after he had injured his forearm in the opening minutes of Saracens & # 39; match against Racing 92 on Sunday in the European Champions Cup.
Vunipola was replaced after seven minutes, and Saracens coach Alex Sanderson believes the 27-year-old has broken his arm.
The verdict comes after the European champions were punished for breaking the salary limit rules and despite the fact that they have already docked 35 points and fined £ 5.3 million, the outage of the scandal means the reaction of other clubs that Premiership Rugby has run out the toughest punishment.
Saracens were told they should immediately cut £ 2 million from their payroll, return their trophies, and give auditors full access to their accounts or accept relegation.
With their destiny now in stone, the club has issued a crawling status nt apologized for their actions and promised & # 39; trust and trust & # 39; to rebuild in the club.
& # 39; Our goal is to build trust and confidence & # 39 ;, the statement said. "The first step was to appoint a new independent chairman who took the lead in governance reform so that past mistakes are not replicated in the future."
It continued: "Further, after independent and candid discussions with PRL, the unprecedented degree of automatic degradation of the Premiership at the end of the 2019-2020 season have accepted. & # 39;
Meanwhile, players such as English captain Owen Farrell concentrates on field affairs because the team seemed to qualify for the knockout phase in the Champions Cup.
To have any chance to claim the best second, Sarries must Racing defeat who has already sealed the first place in Group 4 and is on his way to a home quarter final.
Alvarez Cinnamon & # 39; sets his sights on the summer confrontation with Billy Joe Saunders & # 39; with negotiations to advance this week for a super middleweight title fight in Las Vegas
- Cinnamon Alvarez focuses on the Las Vegas confrontation with Billy Joe Saunders
- The Mexican reportedly chose the Briton as his next opponent this summer
- He also considered Callum Smith but Saunders & WBO belt is more attractive
- Alvarez will fall back to super middleweight to fight against Saunders in May
- It is up to Billy Sharp to decide whether he leaves in January, says Chris Wilder
- He has just made a start for the Blades and has mainly been seen outside the bank
- A number of Championship teams have inquired done to the top
- Wilder said he wants to stay sharp because he has a big influence in the dressing room
- Billy Joe Saunders was unable to spit out the class that is usually seen when fighting
- The 30-year-old was involved in a tough match with Marcelo Coceres
- Saunders left it until the 11th round to close the challenger with a top cut
- The Brit called Cinnamon Alvarez to take a chance after a bad show
- Tyson Fury surprised Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to become world champion
- But he later suffered from depression, weight gain and had his titles removed
- Fellow boxer Billy Joe Saunders used his family to convince him of suicide
- Fury has since returned to the ring and also won his debut fight in the WWE
- Amir Khan grabbed the WBC international welterweight title by defeating Billy Dib
- Khan laid Dib in the second round with a left hook to take advantage early
- The contest was stopped in the fourth round when towel came from the corner of Dib
The Mexican star currently has the WBA super middleweight world title and wants to add Saunders & # 39; WBO belt for his collection.
According to the Athletic Alvarez also considered colleague Brit Callum Smith a potential opponent, but the title of Saunders was a more attractive proposition.
Negotiations between the two hunters are set to continue and should the fight come to fruition, Alvarez would fall back to super middleweight after his step-up two weight classes to Sergey Kovalev defeat.
The win saw the 29-year-old become a four-weight champion but he quickly left the light-heavyweight title to unite the super-middleweight division.
Saunders & # 39; last fight came on the undercard of KSI & # 39; s rematch with Logan Paul at the Staples Center in November.
The 30-year-old British managed to beat Marceloa Esteban Coceres in the penultimate round to pick up the win.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, who represents Saunders, would like to put his husband against Alvarez, who has a mega-10 combat agreement with streaming site DAZN.
Alvarez regularly fights on party weekend May 5, with Daniel Jacobs his most recent victim in which the Mexican beat him on points last year.
Saunders is currently undefeated after 29 fights and has once successfully defended his belt.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder lets Captain Billy Sharp decide to leave the club for the first team football in January
Sheffield United Boss Chris Wilder Will Billy Allow Sharp to make his own decision about whether or not to leave the club this month.
A handful of championship members have asked about the availability of the Blades captain, who has only started one Premier League competition this season.
Sharp was informed of the interest but did not ask to go, but chose to stay on Bramall Lane and fight for a place in the team.
& I spoke to him about three weeks ago about this, knowing what would happen in January & # 39 ;, Wilder said.
& # 39; And rightly so. If I was in the championship and needed someone to give us a boost in January and make us a number of goals between now and the end of the season and see that Billy Sharp didn't play at Sheffield United, I would ask set.
& # 39; The decision is always with Billy. Of course Billy is disappointed from an individual point of view that he is not playing. The decision lies with him and if he comes to me and tells me to play, I will respect that. & # 39;
BILLY SHARP AT SHEFFIELD UNITED
Spells : 2004-2006, 2007 -2010, 2015-present
Performances : 251
Targets : 103
Performance : League One champions 16-17, Championship promotion 18-19
W ilder admits that he wants Sharp to stay, a expresses its importance outside the field and is also another option at the front.
& # 39; He has an important role to play – and has played an important role with the pressure he has attracted the strikers, & # 39; Wilder said.
& # 39; Young strikers too. How good is it for people like Callum Robinson, Lys (Mousset) and Oli (McBurnie) to let Billy learn?
& # 39; From my point of view, the example he has given and sets, and the influence he has on those young players is huge.
& # 39; We also need it here between now and the end of the season, so our need is just big, if not bigger, those clubs in the Championship. & # 39;
Sharp hopes to be involved when the Blades Friday West Ham on Bramall Lane organize night
The hammers seem rejuvenated under new manager David Moyes after back-to-back victories against Bournemouth and Gillingham in the first two games
Asked if they will be another proposal to the team with which the Blades were confronted in October when Manuel Pellegrini manager wa s, Wilder replied: "I think so,
" It will be a different kind of game than that in London. There is another manager, another message goes to the players. They had a fantastic performance and resulted in their first competition and then won away in the FA Cup.
Looking at the manager's resume and what he did, David Moyes is a very respected figure in the game. His record from Preston to Everton for all those years was incredible – Everton was consistently in the top 6.
& # 39; He has been successful for most of his career. With the attributes he will bring to a talented group of players, I would not bet that they will stay.
& # 39; We play a West Ham team that has designs to climb the table and I am sure they will do so under David Moyes. & # 39;
From Ardrossan Harbor to Stamford Bridge, from the mini-kickers in Ayrshire to the Champions League in London from Grado to Grady to get the grade, Billy Gilmour has already produced a remarkable storyline at just 18.
The study of a teenage star produces an understandable response. There is the natural feeling of those who love him to protect him from the distracting fumes of hype.
There is also a commendable attitude from those who helped him along the way to avoid any perception they recognize as he is the player about the hard yards of kickabouts in the yard to a place in the Chelsea first team.
There is also that Scottish contraction that insists he has not made it yet. No, he has not fully achieved his potential, but he has played in a midfield alongside Jorginho, the £ 50 million and rising Brazilian, and Mateo Kovacic.
He went up the ladder as if he was being chased by a wolverine from a diet.
The most important thing is that Gilmour has no aptitude for complacency.
& # 39; I want to be the best player in the world & # 39 ;, he said in one of his rare appearances in front of the camera. He may fail in this lofty ambition, but it will not be a lack of effort that he fails.
His rise is marked with three elements: ability, attitude, and help. The latter comes in the help provided by a supportive family and a path that is inhabited by excellent, impressed coaches.
The first testimony comes from an unusual source. & # 39; He is a digger, & # 39; says Grado, the wrestler and star of Two Doors Down and Scot Squad.
& # 39; But his father too. They are a good family. Billy senior comes from the bottom of Stevenston and was himself a junior player with Ardrossan Winton Rovers. He must be respected for how he helped his son make the big decisions. & # 39;
Grado's improbable role in the story of a prodigy comes from sharing a hometown with Billy senior, but also because he persuaded the Gilmours, father and son to play on his Football Daft in the summer. podcast to appear.
The ease with which Billy Junior received an 18th birthday gift from a bottle of Buckfast and a pair of & # 39; dubious & # 39; Accepting items, indicates a personality that is open to the rigors of Scottish humor while retaining the ability to be troubled by the unexpected.
I was shivering before he came & said Grado. & # 39; His father is a good friend of my brother's and I didn't want him or his son to be ashamed or nervous. But the way Billy junior treated himself surprised me. His calmness and openness was amazing. & # 39;
The bare bones of Gilmour & # 39; s career were exposed: the first steps with the mini-kickers at the age of four when People already said he was a talent, his graduation from Tass Thistle, where he was coached by his father, and his decision to play eight hours for Rangers when he also trained at Celtic. His father, a fan of Hoops, said it was a family decision.
He told the podcast that family, including wife Carrie and younger son Harvey, summed up the pros and cons of competing teams. Rangers won the prize because it was easier to travel from Ardrossan to Auchenhowie and especially because Billy senior appreciated the way the minor teams from the Ibrox side played the third part of the field.
The move to Chelsea was more difficult. But again, it was in line with the player's philosophy. He wanted to play in the Premier League, he wanted to compete against the best in training. It was inevitable that he would go. But not for an education in Scotland.
The telephone gives a text message. & # 39; The message is always the same & # 39 ;, says James Grady, who coached with Andy Goldie Gilmour at the Grange Academy performance school, Kilmarnock. & # 39; It says: & # 39; Can I come in to train? & # 39; & # 39;
Grady, who played in a nice career for Dundee, Ayr United and Partick Thistle, adds: & # 39; There is a word that makes that text. Can. He doesn't say he's coming to school. He assumes nothing. He asks. He always sends it when he runs out. He comes by and trains and will talk to the boys. His message is clear. He says: "I enjoy hard work. I have now signed for Chelsea and I must try to become the best player in the world." He shows that in what he does.
& # 39; I have played with a lot of good players and you see in the training how they got to that level. Take Derek McInnes. I played with him on the way up in Paisley and he always wanted to play in the Premier League. I thought he was a good player and then I trained with him. Derek was the best trainer every day. Billy's like that. He places so many demands on himself. If he thinks someone is training harder than he is, he will go again. & # 39;
Grady first saw Gilmour in S3, but said: & # 39; A lot has been said about him because he just stood out. & # 39; He is enthusiastic about the qualities of Gilmour. & # 39; He recognized very early that the three-meter pass is sometimes the right one. He knew he didn't have to make things too complicated. That is football intelligence, problem solving. & # 39; Gilmour has always been a small figure, but that should never be regarded as weakness.
& # 39; If you are built like Billy, you must deal with the physicality without engaging in a physical battle and you then use your brain, move the ball, recognize when to take it or pass it. Billy uses his head, he always has & # 39 ;, says Grady.
Gilmour also has the controlled aggression needed to survive. & # 39; He has a persistent side. Another week against Manchester United, he left one behind on Harry Maguire just because he could. & # 39; Gilmour also played at a minor level against Leicester City, where Andy King, the Welsh international, returned from an injury.
& # 39; I gave him a push, & # 39; Gilmour known naughty to Grado on the podcast.
& # 39; He has no fear & # 39 ;, Grady confirms. & # 39; That's how he was with Grange and that's how he is now. I saw him make demands on Kovacic and Jorginho the other week. & # 39; The mix of humility outside the field and tungsten-tough self-confidence intrigues Grady.
& # 39; It certainly has to do with how it was brought up. His parents are good people. But if I could distil what he has, I would bottle it and hand it out to every young person I coach. & # 39;
Grady would only speak about the player under one condition. & # 39; There is a danger that people may think you are looking for a pat on the back or from the large & # 39; I am & # 39; coming. I'm talking about Billy because he's already an example. We as a coach play a small role. It's up to Billy.
& # 39; He is now at the stage where Frank Lampard, one of England's greatest midfielders, trusts him. But when I think of Billy, I always think of the image of this little boy from the Three Toons who said to himself: & I want to be a soccer player. I need to become a footballer & # 39 ;. & # 39; The training center of Rangers seems to be in total darkness. But Craig Mulholland sees a light in a corner as he prepares to go home after a long day.
& # 39; There was Graeme Murty with Billy Gilmour. both bent over a laptop that watched clips & # 39 ;, says the head of the academy in Rangers.
& # 39; Billy was an outlier in the sense that he always signed up for extra sessions. Steven Gerrard says that big players must be obsessed. Well, Billy is obsessed in a good way. I first met him when he was about eight and he already had that attitude. & # 39;
Mulholland adds: & # 39; His attributes can be briefly summarized as football intelligence. They help you through it. He moves it quickly. & # 39; His progress was also fast, with a match under 20 just 15.
& # 39; It was a big decision to play him & # 39 ;, Mulholland says.
& # 39; You must decide whether the environment is safe or whether you are doing the best for the player. It was a match against Dundee when James McPake made a comeback after an injury, so there were good players in the opposition. But Billy's development was such that we felt he had to look up a stage to see how it went. It went very well. & # 39;
And Billy too, on his way to Chelsea at only 16. & # 39; There are no hard feelings about it & & # 39 ;, Mulholland says.
& # 39; We have boys who have eaten the other way. It is important that he had his way. Every young player has his own way. We all wish him the best. & # 39;
The Gilmour trademark for playing outside of its age group has easily spread in the international arena. Scot Gemmill, manager of the Scotland Under-21 team, made a similar decision to Mulholland prior to the Toulon tournament in 2018.
We played against some teams that had fewer than 23 players & # 39 , says Gemmill from his under-21 squad. & # 39; We have a duty of care for every player, but we have come to the decision to play him based on his past experiences. He has rewarded us with adult shows. & # 39;
Gilmour was named as Revelation of the tournament when Scotland reached the semi-final. Gemmill was satisfied but not surprised by his performances. & # 39; I assume I first met him when he was about 12, & # 39; he said. & # 39; You hear coaches and employees talking about him. Word is spreading quickly that a top-level player is coming through & he says.
& # 39; The technical level was noticed very early. In my opinion there is a window to develop that and beyond a certain age – and it is not an exact science – you will find it difficult to improve it considerably. So when you see a player with a high technical level, you are immediately enthusiastic and you think of good things. & # 39; Gilmour played through the age groups for Scotland, with an increase in Steve Clarke's team advocated by many in the game.
However, he is currently on Gemmill & # 39; s team and will perform in the Under-21 match against Greece at Tynecastle on Friday. & # 39; He responds very well with fellow players and staff & # 39 ;, says the coach.
& # 39; He is very educational and willing to learn. But he really has good emotional intelligence as well as game intelligence. The way he interacts with his teammates and employees is reflected in his education level. & # 39;
Gemmill is very aware of the increasing participation of Gilmour in the first team of Chelsea. The boy from Ardrossan will head north freshly after coming to the side of Lampard in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, alongside William, Kovacic and N & # 39; Golo Kante.
His story goes one step further in Edinburgh. He is a boy who has set his sights on the heights but never loses his focus on the present. But if he looks over his shoulder, he can rest his eyes on another up-and-coming talent from Ardrossan. Harvey Gilmour, his 13-year-old brother, attends both Grange High Performance School and Kilmarnock.
& # 39; He is also a player & # 39 ;, says an experienced coach. And he is someone who does not have to look far or inspiration, for example.
& # 39; Cinnamon … take me while you think I am out! & # 39 ;: Billy Joe Saunders leaves it late to keep WBO Super middleweight belt while Brit eliminates stubborn Marcelo Coceres in American debut
& # 39; I had to put his children in the equation because of fame, money and boxing meant nothing & # 39 ;: Billy Joe Saunders admitted talking to Tyson Fury from a suicide attempt when he was 28 years old and suffering from depression
Billy Joe Saunders has admitted to convince Tyson Fury not to commit suicide when the heavyweight star went through a dark spell while inactive after boxing.
Fury shocked the world after he was clear Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg in 2015 to claim any heavyweight tire and put an end to the rule of Ukrainian power.
But the superstarhood that resulted from the astonishing victory took its toll on Fury, leading to weight gain, depression and drug use.
The & # 39; Gypsy King & # 39; said he had finished boxing a number of times and was frank about his mental health issues, later suspended his boxing license after positive testing for cocaine.
And super-middleweight boxer Saunders, a good friend of Fury & # 39; s, lifted the lid of the pain of the hunter and said that after two weeks in Marbella in 2016 the couple had heart and heart and introduced him a new trainer in Ben Davison.
& # 39; I called him on a Thursday and told him that I would book him his ticket and that he would be with us on Saturday & he said. "But then he called on Friday and tried to apologize for withdrawing.
" He was walking through the airport arrivals and I thought: "" F ****** hell, I didn't even know recognize him. That night we sat down and talked for about two hours. He was talking about suicide and I said, "Why are you talking about suicide?"
& # 39; I said, "If you are suicide now commits, who will take care of you and your daughters and wife? "& # 39;
Saunders said he knew that Fury & # 39; s family meant much more to him than the wealth and spotlights associated with boxing, and that it was a key factor to change his mind.
& I asked him how his sounds would feel if his father were a world champion who committed suicide and how he would feel if he knew that one of his sounds would do it.
& # 39; I had to put his children in the equation because I knew that that was all he cared about. Fame, money and boxing meant nothing to him. & # 39;
He added that starting his training with Davison was crucial after they entered into a partnership, with the trainer acting as & # 39; a family member & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He stayed for two weeks, got on very well with Ben and that was it, and immediately set off with Ben and they clicked. Ben eventually became a family member and a minor. & # 39;
Saunders who will fight Esteban Coceres on the KSI against Logan Paul undercard on Saturday night, he talked about his friendship with Fury and revealed the poor state of mind of the 31-year-old, and he was pleased to have him see it recover and return to boxing.
& # 39; We are very good friends and I have been with him in good and dark times.
& # 39; Considering how bad he was, everything is just fun because I know firsthand that he was 100 percent thinking of suicide.
& Some people still wonder if he really had depression, but I know firsthand that he had major depression and suicide in his head. & # 39;
Since the Fury comeback, he has made many headlines and comes close to beating Deontay Wilder after climbing the canvas in Los Angeles last December, but the fight ended in a draw despite many experts with Fury on points.
With a rematch against Wilder currently unlikely, he has freed some time from boxing to appear in WWE, where he won his first fight against Braun Strowman on the crown jewel last month.
Amir Khan cruises to Billy Dib's fourth round knockout to win WBC international title in Jeddah and keep hope alive against Manny Pacquiao
Khan was back for the first time since the controversial defeat by Terence Crawford
The British hunter was an inferior opponent in every division of King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, and
Dib's corner threw in the towel after Khan showed his hand speed for the second time with a flurry of body shots.
Former world champion Khan had previously expressed his intention through put Ting Dib on the canvas with an excellent left hook in the second round.
The 32-year-old from Bolton was back in the ring for the first time since his controversial WBO welterweight title defeat by Terence Crawford in April
Originally he was scheduled to meet Neeraj Goyat.
Khan first knocked down the second round before applying more pressure
The 33-year-old Dib had announced his retirement after defeating Tevin Farmer in an IBF super featherweight fight in Sydney last August.
He struggled to influence his return to a fight that was one-sided from the opening bell, and was comfortably defeated after failing to deal with Khan's superior skills.
Billy Joe Saunders bites the bullet.
The Hatfield traveler insists that he is happy that Saturday night defense of his super-middleweight world title is on the undercard of a YouTube freak show.
Billy Joe proclaims male that he can propel himself known in America by boxing in the shadow of someone who calls himself KSI and someone called Logan Paul.
And let alone if his fight in Los Angeles does not even occur on most of the television broadcast in the US
making sure the challenger for his WBO belt – a Marcelo Esteban Coceres – is virtually unknown outside of his native Argentina.
Saunders and his promoter Eddie Hearn are sure that if he invokes a show in Hollywood this time, the super fights he has long hit the big screens next year.
Really? Bedazzle Senor Anonymous and him and see stars like Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs standing in line to climb the ring with an Englishman who is such a smart boxer who can make them look ridiculous, even if they beat him in the end?
This is hope. Because despite those occasions in the past when he fooled himself outside the ring, Saunders is so naturally talented that he deserves his chance of glory.
Whether this weekend's choice for his American debut is the right route so fame is another question
The promotion is not about him. The 20,000 sold-out crowd in the Staples Center and the millions of digital hits are driven by the fake war on YouTube, generated by KSI and Paul calling each other on social media.
First the Manchester Arena filled out, they take their act to America. It is white collar with money straps on. The IT generation loves it and they make their fortune.
But this is not a boxing public and does not expect the vast majority of it to be converted into Sweet Science. Even if Saunders are brilliant, they are unlikely to watch because it is likely to appear on a small TV slot prior to the DAZN pay-per-view broadcast.
Saunders, however, sees this possibility: & # 39; I & # 39; I am going there to spread my name in America. If I can turn five or ten percent of the viewers into my fans, I smile. I will establish my name there and give myself a better chance of getting the fights I want against Cinnamon, Golovkin and Jacobs.
I don't mind being at the top. It is always the best fight of the night that steals the show. I have made many mistakes in the past, but you pay to learn and now I want to be known for the right reasons.
I did not know who KSI and Paul Logan were before. But hats off for their good business and I am happy that they are on their bill. I don't know what kind of audience it will be, but a full-house 20,000 raises every hunter and raises the energy. & # 39;
Perhaps he brings this venture into a more realistic perspective when he adds: & # 39; Eddie told me I could get an extra few pounds for boxing in this show. An extra small Christmas gift or another meal. & # 39; It should be a festive outing for him. Coceres, like Saunders, is undefeated but he has never boxed outside of South America, there is hardly any recognizable name on his record and this is his first fight over middleweight.
The most likely reward for a predictable Saunders win is a major domestic world title unification confrontation with Callum Smith, WBA super middleweight champion of Liverpool.
Saunders v Coceres and KSI v Paul are broadcasted late on Saturday at Sky Sports Box Office, £ 19.95
The fight of the
Naoya Inoue, the Monster and Nonito Donaire, the Filipino flash, of the unification battle this Thursday evening in Japan for the week has yet to find a home on British television, although it is only one few days away. the world titles bantamweight of the WBA, IBF and Ring.
This is also the final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament in this division.
Although it is streamed live on DAZN in the US, this classic contrast in styles is not yet planned here. Unfortunately.
Inoue takes his nickname from his phenomenal knockout power. Donaire was the apparent heir to Manny Pacquaio in the Philippines, and although his brilliant boxing did not quite take over, he is, like Inoue, a three-division world champion in the lower weights.
It is better to start fishing in the streams.
There seems to be a bottomless supply of revelations about Muhammad Ali, one of the most written men in history.
Even more insights come from a book by his brother Rahaman.
From Ali & # 39; s difficult birth to how to be saved from financial difficulties after he stopped boxing and to the tenderness of his last hours with his family, the story of The Greatest Of All Time is from told inside again by his younger brother or sister.
My brother Muhammad Ali by Rahaman Ali (with Fiaz Rafiq) Bonnier Books £ 20