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    West Ham 3-2 Chelsea LIVE RESULT: Masuaku downs Blues with late cross into net as Mendy endures horror afternoon

    CHELSEA are on the verge of a devastating defeat at West Ham.Thiago Silva headed the Blues in front but the Hammers then levelled after a shocker from Edouard Mendy.
    The Chelsea goalkeeper gave the ball away before conceding a penalty, which was converted by Manuel Lanzini.
    However, a stunning strike from Mason Mount put the Blues back on course for a crucial win.
    But in the second half West Ham battled back to level again with a goal from Jarrod Bowen before Arthur Masuaku’s wayward cross was fumbled into the net by the despairing Mendy late on.

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    West Ham XI: Fabianski, Zouma, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Rice, Soucek, Coufal, Bowen, Lanzini, Antonio.
    Chelsea XI: Mendy, Silva, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz.

    THAT’S ALL FOR NOW
    If ever you wanted a better game to kick-start this round of fixtures, then this would definitely be my pick.
    Chelsea came flying out the blocks in the London Stadium and when they went 1-0 up through a brilliant header from Thiago Silva, it looked as if the Hammers were in for a thumping.
    However, Edouard Mendy decided to become Santa Clause by gifting Manuel Lanzini with the chance from the penalty spot which he perfectly dispatched.
    But then another twist in the tail happened on the stroke of half-time when Chelsea put together a well-orchestrated move which was superbly finished off by Mason Mount.
    Check that out in the blog if you haven’t seen it already.
    In the second half, the visitors continued to control possession until against the run of play, Jarrod Bowen hit a long range effort leaving the Chelsea keeper with no chance on the 56th minute.
    And then one of the strangest things you’ll see in football occurred three minutes from time when substitute defender Arthur Masuaku attempted a shot/cross which ended up beating Mendy at his near post and turned out to be the winning goal.
    He’ll probably claim it as a shot but I am not so sure about that If I am honest.
    Thanks a million for tuning in SunSport family, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    CHELSEA PLAYER RATINGS
    If you were in the blue corner this afternoon, skip this post because there are some brutal ratings being handed out.
    But if you fancy a good read of how and why certain players were rated a certain score.
    CLICK HERE FOR THE CHELSEA PLAYER RATINGS
    UP NEXT
    With qualification to the knock-outs already secured, David Moyes can afford to rest the big hitters in their final Europa League group game against 22x Prva NHL title winners Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
    However, West Ham’s scheduled becomes rapidly busy shortly after; two away trips against Burnley and Arsenal followed by welcoming Norwich to the London stadium all in six days is going to be tough.
    And then to top it off, the Hammers’ last match before Christmas is a good old London derby against Spurs in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

    COMING SOON
    Thomas Tuchel’s men will have to brush themselves down and go again because they are back at the Bridge for their next two Premier League fixtures where they’ll be hosting a struggling Leeds United and an underperforming Everton side.
    The Blues then get on their travels to the Black Country where Wolves will be waiting for them at Molineux Stadium which is followed up by a trip across London against Brentford in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
    But before all of that, Chelsea’s primary focus will be on topping their Champions League group by bettering Juventus’ result on Wednesday but to do that, the Blues need a good result against Russian giants Zenit St.Petersburg on the night.

    FEELING THE BLUES
    All those mistakes has led to Chelsea suffering their first Premier League defeat after leading at half-time since December 2018 against Wolves which ends their record of 48 league games.
    48 – Chelsea’s loss to West Ham was their first Premier League defeat after leading at half-time since December 2018 against Wolves under Maurizio Sarri – they had been unbeaten in 48 league games when ahead at HT before today (W40 D8). Slip. pic.twitter.com/uQFP4Ix4gU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 4, 2021

    TUCHELS TALKS
    The Chelsea boss wasn’t completely distraught with his side’s performance but Thomas Tuchel did emphasis that the Blues have been making far too many costly mistakes lately.
    I think the Blues gaffer likes the word ‘mistakes’.
    Below are some of the quotes from his post-match presser.
    I don’t think we did a bad match, it was an ok match where we can win with this performance.
    It’s tough to play here and we did too many individual mistakes today. We did that already against Manchester United, already against Watford and got punished for it.
    If you want a result in this kind of level you have to minimise the mistakes. We talked about it before which obviously did not help.
    This was the story.Thomas TuchelBT Sport 1
    LINEKARS ANALYSIS
    I totally agree Gary.

    LEAGUE TABLE REFRESHED
    This three points for the Hammers is huge because it opens up some breathing space between themselves in fourth and Arsenal who are still to play their game against Everton.
    As for the Blues, they remain top for now but should Manchester City and Liverpool do their jobs, then Chelsea can end up dropping to third place this evening.
    Credit: Premierleague.com
    JARRODS JUSTIFICATION
    West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen had an incredible game and it was his wonderful strike which put the Hammers level for the second time in the game.
    Here are a couple of his post-match thoughts on his perspective of the performance from his team including that freakish goal from Arthur Masuaku.
    I think this is what we are about. The team the character, the belief.
    We hung in sometimes because it was always going to be difficult but we never know when we are beaten.
    We went behind twice but we showed that reaction, showed a lot of a better performance and we got the three points.
    He’ll [Arthur Masuaku] tell you different, he’ll tell you he shot but listen, it’s gone in. Jarrod BowenBT Sport 1
    MATCH RECEIPTS
    Similar to the first half, Chelsea controlled the possession, passing and shot statistics.
    But the one big difference is that the Hammers were able to turn the game on its head.

    MADNESS FROM MASUAKU
    Brace yourselves ladies and gentleman because this is the goal which snatched the points away from Chelsea.
    Was it a cross or shot from Arthur Masuaku?
    I’ll let you decide.

    THE BUBBLES ARE BLOWING
    What a result for West Ham as they overcome the current league leaders 3-2 at the London Stadium.

    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!
    THEY HAVE DONE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!
    THE BUBBLES ARE CERTAINLY BLOWING!
    BECAUSE CHELSEA HAVE BEEN BEATEN FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE SEPTEMBER!
    FT: WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA
    WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA
    90+3. That is brilliant play from Michail Anotnio who has lured Andreas Christensen into committing a foul deep in Chelsea’s half.
    The Hammers are so close to a massive three points.
    WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA
    90+1. It’s backs to the wall for West Ham as Chelsea throw everything forward to try and salvage something from this game.
    They’ll know that they could end the weekend under both Manchester City and Liverpool if it ends like this.
    FOUR MINUTES OF ADDED TIME FOR WEST HAM TO HANG ON
    WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA
    87. How that strike went in I have no idea but Arthur Masuaku won’t care and neither will the rest of the West Ham supporters.
    The defender seemed to be winding up for the cross but the ball took a swerve and dip and eventually flew into Mendy’s top corner.
    That was his first Premier League goal after having 96 attempts on goal.
    What a time to get it too.
    GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
    I DO NOT BELIEVE THISSSSSSSSSS!
    ARTHUR MASUAKU HAS HIT A FREAKISH STRIKE!
    WHICH SOMEHOW WENT IN!
    WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA
    WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA
    84. It’s clear to see what David Moyes’ thoughts are towards this game because the West Ham manager has made a positive substitution.
    Not only that, but he has sent a letter onto the field for Declan Rice to put in his shorts but the England midfielder is struggling to read the handwriting.

    Manuel Lanzini – OFF
    Said Benrahama – ON

    GARY’S SPOKEN
    Legendary pundit Gary Lineker can’t get enough of watching Mason Mount in action.

    WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA
    79. It’s all Chelsea at the moment as they send wave after wave of attacks to the hosts’ back-line.
    But you get the feeling that similar to July 2020, West Ham can put together one last counter attack and snatch the victory.
    WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA
    76. OOOOPHHH I THOUGHT THAT WAS ROLLING IN!
    Jorginho hit in what was a soft spot in truth but it somehow manged to roll through everyone’s legs and almost crept inside Lukasz Fabianski’s near-post.
    The keeper would have been fuming at himself had that gone in.
    WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA
    74. In the aftermath of all that, Thomas Tuchel has made another roll of the dice.

    Marcos Alonso – OFF
    Christian Pulisic – ON

    WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA
    74. SO CLOSEEEEEEEE!
    Michail Antonio bullied his way through the Chelsea defence before picking out Jarrod Bowen on the stretch at the back-post.
    But unfortunately for the winger, he couldn’t wrap his foot around the ball.
    KURT CAN’T CONTINUE
    Looks painful.

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    F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Qualifying build-up, Verstappen fastest in FP3 – latest updates

    WE’RE at the business end of the Formula One season as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen vye for the title. The pair go at it again in Saudi Arabia this weekend, before finishing up the season in Abu Dhabi next week – and both should be absolute crackers.

    Qualifying start time: 5pm GMT
    TV/Live stream: Sky Sports F1

    Follow all the action with SunSport’s live blog below…
    STATE OF PLAY
    Max Verstappen ends FP3 top!

    FP3 IS UNDERWAY
    Practice is underway in Saudi Arabia and Lewis Hamilton locked up at turn one.
    A yellow flag is up, but the Brit is back on the track.
    Kimi Raikkonen tops the speed trap.
    PUSH IT TO THE MAX
    Max Verstappen says his Red Bull team will be doing everything they can overnight to get ‘more pace’ out of the car.
    He said: “Overall, it’s a really cool track, there are a lot of fast corners and it’s fun to drive.
    “We struggled to get heat into the tyres in FP2, which we will of course look into.
    “Then we made a few changes from FP1 to FP2 which didn’t quite work but hopefully we can find the right balance come qualifying tomorrow. There are of course a lot of things to work on and improve so we’ll see what we can do to get more pace out of the car overnight.
    “Looking ahead to qualifying, I think it might be quite difficult with the traffic but in general it’s hard to tell how Saturday is going to go as anything can happen but we’ll push hard and give it everything.”
    GO TIME
    Qualifying gets underway at 5PM UK time!

    ‘INCREDIBLY FAST’
    Lewis Hamilton says the Saudi track is ‘incredibly fast’.
    He said: “[Jeddah is] unbelievably quick. It really is incredibly fast.
    “And a lot of grip as well. But if you can get the rhythm, it’s beautiful to drive.
    “What I noticed straight away is that the grip is very, very high, from the moment we went out – I don’t know if we were much quicker or not in this session [FP2].
    “I think we were very much the same; our long run pace was similar.”
    HEAT IS ON
    Formula One is set for a thrilling climax to an unforgettable season as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen battle it out for glory, writes BEN HUNT.
    Verstappen currently leads the championship by eight points and can clinch the title – his first – should he outscore Hamilton by 18 points on Sunday at the Saudi Arabian GP.
    The Middle Eastern country is hosting its inaugural race in Jeddah on a rapidly-constructed 6km circuit that promises to be one of the fastest on the calendar.
    In fact, it is so new, building work is still going on as they try to get as much completed in time for Sunday’s showdown.
    But not only is this track quick, despite having nearly 30 corners, it is also a street circuit – like Monaco and Singapore.
    And that means it could also spell double-jeopardy for F1’s title contenders, as a high-speed dirty track bordered by concrete crash barriers all make things rather tricky.

    HAMILTON SLAMS LGBTQ+ LAWS
    Lewis Hamilton has said he doesn’t feel comfortable racing at Saudi Arabia’s GP due to concerns about human rights in the kingdom.
    The seven-time F1 world champion says he felt ‘duty-bound’ to speak out.
    Hamilton said: “Do I feel comfortable here? I wouldn’t say that I do.
    “But it’s not my choice to be here. The sport has taken the choice to be here.
    “There’s changes that need to be made. For example women’s rights of being able to drive [legally] in 2018, it’s how they are policed. Some of the women are still in prison from driving many, many years ago.
    “So there’s a lot of changes that need to happen and I think our sport needs to do more.”
    ‘THIS PLACE WILL BITE’
    There are some concerns over the track after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ploughed into the barriers at 160mph.
    Sky F1 pundit Martin Brundle said: “This place will bite. In a way this is brilliant towards the end of the season but if I was Red Bull and Mercedes I would be thinking ‘I don’t need the extra jeopardy of this place right now’.
    “These guys live off data. They thrive on it and they hate uncertainty. 
    “They want to turn up here, having done 1000 laps on the sim, with the right set-up and the right strategy.
    “But we want all the jeopardy and the surprise and I think that is what has made it such a great year  – we’ve had that jeopardy this season.”
    QUALIFYING DAY
    Charles Leclerc had a lucky escape yesterday when his Ferrari ploughed into the barriers at 160mph at turn 22 – already earmarked as the most treacherous place.
    The Frenchman climbed from the wreckage of his write-off car unscathed.
    But the accident raised more safety concerns about this hastily constructed track.

    WILL IT BE EIGHT?
    Lewis Hamilton is on the title charge and has the wind in his sails.
    But will he turn the season around in the final two races to secure a record breaking eighth F1 championship?

    MORNING, F1 FANS
    Lew couldn’t make it up as the title race hots up.
    Britain’s seven-time world champ Lewis Hamilton topped both Saudi Arabian GP practice sessions yesterday as he eyes the victory needed to set up a thrilling last-race decider.
    The Mercedes ace trails Red Bull’s Championship leader Max Verstappen by eight points.
    Hamilton would move level with the Dutchman if he wins tomorrow, plus earns a bonus point for the fastest lap and Verstappen finishes second.
    But first Hamilton has to conquer Jeddah’s terrifying high-speed street circuit – quickly put together for the country’s first-ever F1 GP.
    Amazingly, there were no test events despite average speeds of 155mph, top pace of more than 200mph and thick concrete barriers all the way around.
    In fact, Charles Leclerc had a lucky escape when his Ferrari ploughed into the barriers at 160mph at turn 22 – already earmarked as the most treacherous place.
    The Frenchman climbed from the wreckage of his write-off car unscathed.
    But the accident raised more safety concerns about this hastily constructed track.
    Sky F1 pundit Martin Brundle said: “This place will bite. In a way this is brilliant towards the end of the season but if I was Red Bull and Mercedes I would be thinking ‘I don’t need the extra jeopardy of this place right now’.
    “These guys live off data. They thrive on it and they hate uncertainty. 
    “They want to turn up here, having done 1000 laps on the sim, with the right set-up and the right strategy.
    “But we want all the jeopardy and the surprise and I think that is what has made it such a great year  – we’ve had that jeopardy this season.”
    KENDRA SPARKS BEN RUMOURS
    Model Camila Kendra appears to be in the lap of luxury after moving on from F1 ace Lewis Hamilton — and putting Chelsea star Ben Chilwell in pole position.
    Camila, 27, shared snaps from plush surroundings, and eagle-eyed fans recognised them as the England full-back’s home.
    Camila Kendra looks sizzlingly hot as she takes a dip in the ocean
    Chilwell, 24, has also been quick to like her pics. One pal said: “Ben thinks they get on swimmingly.”
    Camilo was also seen at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground after their 4-0 demolition of Juventus in the Champions League last month.
    The Sun told earlier this year how Camila posted a photo from the home of race ace Hamilton, 36, and was seen in some of his clothes.
    Camila – born in the Dominican Republic – recently split up with Tyler Cameron, from US reality show The Bachelor, after eight months.
    The Sun has approached Chilwell for a comment.

    BRUNDLE PREDICTS ALMIGHTY RUMBLE
    Martin Brundle is predicting a thrilling finale to the F1 title race.
    The Sky F1 pundit said: “This place will bite. In a way this is brilliant towards the end of the season but if I was Red Bull and Mercedes I would be thinking ‘I don’t need the extra jeopardy of this place right now’.
    “These guys live off data. They thrive on it and they hate uncertainty. They want to turn up here, having done 1000 laps on the sim, with the right set-up and the right strategy.
    “But we want all the jeopardy and the surprise and I think that is what has made it such a great year  – we’ve had that jeopardy this season.”
    And of hamilton’s title chances, he added: “A good football analogy is you’d rather have the points than the games in hand.
    “If Lewis carries on at that rate of knots and if Valtteri Bottas can get involved and have one of his on-form days, then who knows?
    “We’ve seen some good wheel-to-wheel action. We’ve seen some shooting from the hip and shooting from the lip from the team bosses.
    “We’ve had it all. The high drama, the massive accidents, Max parked on Lewis’ head at Monza. It’s had everything; the brilliant moments, the scary moments, but it has to end somewhere.”
    LEWIS ‘NOT COMFORTABLE’ IN SAUDI ARABIA
    Lewis Hamilton admits he is in uncomfortable racing in Saudi Arabia but promised to try to ‘raise awareness’ of human rights concerns.
    Britain’s world champion needs victory and ideally a poor performance from title leader Max Verstappen to leave him well placed for an eighth crown.
    And Hamilton said: “Do I feel comfortable here? I wouldn’t say I do.
    “But it’s not my choice to be here. The sport has taken a choice to be here.
    “And whether it’s right or wrong, while we are here, it’s important we do try to raise awareness.”
    Credit: AFP
    LECLERC’S AMAZING ESCAPE
    Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc miraculously walked away from a 150mph crash as Lewis Hamilton finished second practice fastest at the Saudi Arabian GP.
    Leclerc lost control at the notorious Turn 22 on the new Jeddah street circuit.
    The crash badly smashed Leclerc’s car and ended the session five minutes early.
    Hamilton beat fourth-placed title-rival Max Verstappen by 0.195 seconds.
    Credit: EPA
    Credit: EPA
    SCORCHING GAS
    Alpha Tauri are clearly delighted with Frenchman Pierre Gasly’s showing in second practice…

    WOLFF’S STATEMENT ON KINGSPAN DEAL
    Toto Wolff responded to anger over Mercedes agreeing a deal with the heavily-criticised Kingspan company with an open letter.
    It read: “The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire was beyond imaginable to me, and it should never have happened.
    “On behalf of our team, I would sincerely like to apologise to you for the additional hurt that this announcement has caused. It was never our intention to do so.
    “The work of the public inquiry to establish the full causes of the tragedy is crucially important. Prior to concluding our partnership, we engaged with Kingspan in depth to understand what role their products played in what happened at Grenfell.
    “Kingspan have stated that they played no role in the design or construction of the cladding system on Grenfell Tower, and that a small percentage of their product was used as a substitute without their knowledge in part of the system which was not compliant with building regulations and was unsafe.
    “I know that this does not change in any way the awful tragedy you suffered, or the deep and ongoing pain felt in your community, and I would like to thank Grenfell United for the offer to meet in person for me to learn and understand better.
    “I look forward to coming together as soon as we can.”
    TOTO OFFRS TO MEET GRENFELL FAMILIES
    Toto Wolff has offered to meet the survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell tragedy after a backlash over a sponsorship deal with Kingspan, writes BEN HUNT.
    Merc confirmed a partnership with the insulation and building firm ahead of this weekend’s Saudi Arabian GP.
    However, there was heavy criticism from survivors and those families impacted by the fire in the tower block in 2017, which killed 72 people.
    The Grenfell United group sought to speak to Merc while Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, also said he would write to the Brackley-based F1 team.
    WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE TITLE RACE
    Lewis Hamilton heading big rival Max Verstappen in first practice at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is the first step towards a victory that Britain’s world champ surely needs to stay in the title pursuit.
    If Red Bull’s Verstappen beats Hamilton on Sunday, the Mercedes star would need the Dutchman to have a disastrous final GP at Abu Dhabi.
    In contrast, should Verstappen finish second behind Hamilton this weekend then the title fight will be neck and neck.
    FULL CLASSIFICATION
    Here are the results in full.
    Feast your eyes over these!

    P1 RESULTS
    Here’s your full top ten times from P1.

    Hamilton 1:29.786
    Verstappen 1:29.842
    Bottas 1:30.009
    Gasly 1:30.263
    Giovinazzi 1:30.318
    Sainz 1:30.564
    Leclerc 1:30.600
    Ricciardo 1:30.608
    Alonso 1:30.842
    Vettel 1:30.886

    P1 FINISHED
    That’s it from P1, we’ll have full results to come.

    CHEQUERED FLAG
    That’s it from P1!
    In their first drive around the new Jeddah track, it’s Lewis Hamilton that posted the quickest time.
    Team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third, while early pace-setter Max Verstappen was between the two in second.
    FINAL FIVE
    We’re into the final five minutes of P1.
    And it remains a familiar looking top three, with Lewis Hamilton ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas – and Max Verstappen in third.
    TOTO-LLY BRILLIANT
    Toto Wolff’s smiling.
    And no wonder, as it’s currently a Mercedes one-two at the top of the leaderboard – ahead of Max Verstappen.

    Hamilton 1:29.786
    Bottas 1:30.009
    Verstappen 1:30.014

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    Devin Haney vs JoJo Diaz: UK start time, live stream, TV channel, and undercard for TONIGHT’S lightweight title fight

    DEVIN HANEY defends his WBC lightweight world title against JoJo Diaz in a big Las Vegas main event. Haney last overcame seasoned veteran Jorge Linares in May, while Diaz beat Javier Fortuna on points soon after.

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    Devin Haney takes on JoJo Diaz in a huge lightweight title fightCredit: Getty
    Diaz was touted to be fighting Ryan Garcia at the end of this year, but the 23-year-old injured his shoulder, leaving a space open for Haney.
    The 135lb champ jumped at the chance to challenge Diaz, who signed on the dotted line just two weeks after Garcia’s withdrawal.
    Haney will have a huge undisputed title fight with George Kambosos Jr on his mind after the Australian’s big win over Teofimo Lopez last weekend.
    But The Dream will need to stay focussed on Diaz, or he could suffer the same fate his rival Lopez did, putting a clash with Kambosos at risk.
    When is Haney vs Diaz?

    Devin Haney’s massive clash with JoJo Diaz will take place on Saturday, December 4 – TONIGHT.
    The fight will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    There will be a full capacity crowd in attendance at the event.
    For UK fans, you can expect ring-walks to begin at around 4am GMT in the early hours of Sunday, December 5.

    What channel is it and can it be live streamed?

    Lopez vs Kambosos Jr will be shown live on DAZN in the UK.
    You can live stream the action from the DAZN app, which is available for
    download onto your mobile device, tablet or Smart TV.
    To subscribe to DAZN, head to their website and sign-up for £7.99 a month.

    Haney vs Diaz FULL CARD

    Devin Haney vs JoJo Diaz Jr (12 rounds – lightweight, WBC title)
    Jessica McCaskill vs Victoria Bustos (10 rounds – welterweight, WBC/WBO/IBF/WBA titles)
    Filip Hrgovic vs Scott Alexander (10 rounds – heavyweight)
    Montana Love vs Carlos Diaz (10 rounds – super-lightweight)
    Austin Willams vs Quatavious Cash (8 rounds – middleweight)

    What have they said?
    “JoJo wasn’t in a rush to fight me, I feel like we had to corner him to make him take the fight, all these other guys it’s the same thing,” Haney said.
    “They know my skills set, how much I bring to the table, if JoJo didn’t take this fight the world would have known what it really was. December 4, they’re going to see.
    “I do feel like his [Joseph Diaz Jr.] style will be tailor made for me, there’s nothing that he can do to win.
    “He can’t outbox me, I’ll show him he can’t out bang me, I have the size advantage, all the tools to win.”
    Diaz said: “If he wants to try and box, I’m just going to hunt his a** down,” Diaz said.
    “If he wants to come and bang, I’m just going to bang it out as well. Whatever he wants to bring to the table I’m going to bring it.
    “I feel like I’m at my prime, I feel like I’ve already took all the steps I needed to take to be at this point in my life and my career. As far as taking fights with Jesús Rojas, Tevin Farmer, Gary Russell Jr., Javier Fortuna, I’ve already fought those top tier contenders.” More

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    Frank Bruno forced to deny claims he has died aged 60 and shocked after report is published on his ‘death’

    BOXING legend Frank Bruno was forced to take to social media on Saturday to reassure people he wasn’t dead.The former world heavyweight champion said he was left shocked by an online report he’d passed away.
    Frank Bruno took to Twitter on Saturday morning to deny reports he had diedCredit: Twitter
    An article was published on December 2 saying the British icon had passed away aged 60Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    The fake report led to several calls into the manager of the 60-year-old who is due to appear in Sheffield on Saturday night for an event with fans.
    Much to the relief of Frank’s supporters, he took to social media to reassure them he was safe and well.
    In a Twitter post shared Saturday morning he said: “Morning, I was bemused to see this yesterday suggesting I had died!”
    He later said: “Chill. I’m alive and well and writing my Christmas cards and working tonight and looking forward to meeting my fans in Sheffield.”
    Last month Bruno told the Sun how he was celebrating hitting the landmark 60th birthday.
    In it he revealed he regards Tyson Fury as the most inspirational sports star on the planet.

    He told how the Gypsy King was now following in his own legendary footsteps – both in and out of the ring.
    In an exclusive interview to mark turning 60, Frank said Fury has taken on the mantle of being Britain’s best heavyweight boxer, but deserves even more credit for his work championing mental health awareness in troubled youngsters.
    And Frank told how his friendship with the Gypsy King was even helping him to win his own battle with mental health problems after years of trying to overcome his demons.
    Frank told The Sun: “I’ve seen a lot over my 60 years but witnessing the way Tyson has turned his life around may well top the lot.
    “Nobody has done more in the past few years to raise awareness of mental health problems than Tyson.
    “He’s the most inspirational sports star on the planet in my book.
    “We’ve both had difficult days but it has made us great friends and I am now seeing first-hand how Tyson is truly on a mission, inside and outside of the ring, to help others.
    “Tyson has told me he even wants to try and find a cure for mental health problems one day so others don’t go through what we have.
    ‘I’D BACK FURY’
    “And I’d back him to do it. I’d trust Tyson more than most of the politicians around these days.”
    In 1995, the year before he quit the ring, Bruno defeated Oliver McCall at Wembley to win the WBC Heavyweight Championship, which is still ranked among British sport’s greatest moments.
    As well as a glittering career which saw him win 40 out of 45 fights, he has also become a national treasure for his career on stage and screen.
    A poll in 1996, the year he retired, ranked him the second most popular Briton, behind Princess Diana.
    But five years after retiring, Bruno was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and his life unravelled.
    The illness has since seen him sectioned – detained as a psychiatric hospital inpatient – four times, most recently last summer.
    Now he is planning to open a string of mental health centres to help those who have gone through similar struggles.
    ‘HARDEST 12 MONTHS OF MY LIFE’
    Frank said: “The last 12 months have been probably the hardest in my life.
    “Last summer I couldn’t have put my hand on my heart and said I’d have been out of hospital to celebrate my birthday.
    “I thought I had things under control but Covid and lockdown just pulled the rug from under my feet.
    “I struggled to cope with being locked down and losing friends from Covid. I had to reset and get better. And I did.
    “But if getting my freedom back and turning 60 has shown me anything it is that there is still so much to be fighting for.
    “I’ve got a lot I still want to do. But it is not about belts or titles now. It is about supporting others.”
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    F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying: UK start time, TV channel, live stream, full race schedule from Jeddah

    THE battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen is going to the wire as they arrive in Saudi Arabia.Verstappen has an eight-point lead in the F1 Drivers’ Championship but all the momentum is currently with Hamilton.
    F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix LIVE: Follow all the action from Jeddah
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    The Brit overcame what amounted to a 25-place grid penalty to beat Verstappen to the chequered flag in Brazil, then eased to victory in Qatar two weeks ago.
    However, his use of four engines has caused controversy with former McLaren rival Fernando Alonso calling for Hamilton to be sent to the back of the grid again.
    The Alpine driver said: “Those who have exceeded a certain number of engines per year should be sent to the back of the grid.”
    What time is F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying?

    F1 heads to Saudi Arabia on the weekend of Friday, December 3 to Sunday, December 5.
    Practice Three takes place at 2pm on Saturday.
    Qualifying then follows at 5pm – 8pm track time.

    What TV channel is the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on and can I live stream it?

    The F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is live on Sky Sports F1.
    You can stream all the action live with a Sky Go account or the Sky Sports app.
    Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch the whole race day with a Now TV Day Pass from £9.99.

    F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix schedule
    Friday

    Practice One – 1.30pm (4.30pm local time)
    Practice Two – 5pm (8pm local time)

    Saturday

    Practice Three – 2pm (5pm local time)
    Qualifying – 5pm (8pm local time)

    Sunday

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    Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause’s £200k Lamborghini crashes into nursery school’s fence minutes before home time

    A PREMIER League defender’s supercar smashed through a school’s metal fence only minutes before home time.Parents said it was “pure luck” that Aston Villa star Kortney Hause’s high-powered Lamborghini did not kill anyone.
    Hause was heading to Villa Park for his team’s clash with Manchester City when the £200,000 4-litre Urus V8 careered off the road
    Parents said it was ‘pure luck’ that Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause’s high-powered Lamborghini did not kill anyoneCredit: Sunday Times Newspapers Ltd
    The player, 26, was heading to Villa Park for his team’s clash with Manchester City when the £200,000 4-litre Urus V8 careered off the road.
    Witnesses told how Hause appeared dazed and in shock after the airbags of his flash motor were deployed in the impact.
    Stunned dad Sabbir Ahmed, 43, said: “My daughter and hordes of children stand on the corner in front of the gates before and after school.
    “It was a staggering slice of luck that no one was killed.
    “The black Lamborghini lost control in wet conditions. Everyone is shaking at what could have happened. When I saw the wreckage I thought there must be bodies.
    At another time of day, anyone could have been killed.”

    The Lambo ploughed through the fence in Aston, Birmingham, just 25 minutes before pupils began flooding out of the three schools at the site.
    Police were called and spoke to Hause. A spokesman last night said it was a “damage-only collision” and were unable to provide any details. Aston Villa was asked for comment.
    In May, Hause revealed he had begged officers to let him off for speeding as he was on his way to meet Prince William at the opening of his club’s new training ground.
    The Lambo ploughed through the fence in Aston, Birmingham, just 25 minutes before pupils began flooding out of the three schools at the site

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    Tyson Fury named in Ring Magazine’s top 10 P4P rankings despite four out of seven judges disagreeing with inclusion

    TYSON FURY has been named in Ring Magazine’s latest top ten pound-for-pound rankings.But four of the seven judges disagree with the Gypsy King’s inclusion.
    Tyson Fury has made it into Ring Magazine’s top 10 pound-for-pound rankings despite resistance from some judges
    Fury has taken Teofimo Lopez’s spot after the American’s shock defeat to George Kambosos.
    The Gypsy King made light work of Deontay Wilder the last two times the pair have met which has seen him recognised.
    But the majority of the judging panel did not agree he should be there – despite him holding the WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles.
    Adam Abramowitz suggested Fury be given the No 10 spot.
    He said: “The Ring has had heavyweights in its pound-for-pound before and I don’t subscribe to the theory that a heavyweight can’t be in P4P discussions.
    But Tom Gray – who does subscribe the ‘no heavyweights’ rule – wanted other names thrown in the hat.

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    He said: “One of the Charlos? Fulton? Tank? Shakur? Kambosos? Someone else? Discuss…”
    Diego Morilla backed the Gypsy King and said: “I don’t see why Tyson Fury can’t be our No 10 here.
    “He’s got ample credentials, and an effective style even if it’s not too aesthetically pleasing to watch.”
    But Michael Montero retorted: “I’m not against rating heavyweights pound for pound, but Fury hasn’t done a lot of P4P worthy work in my opinion.
    “He destroyed Wilder twice, but Deontay wasn’t exactly elite in terms of skills and Tyson outweighed him by 50 pounds.
    “I’m not sure who we bring in at No 10, though, nobody has really separated themselves from the pack.
    “Chocolatito maybe? Many feel [Roman] Gonzalez beat [Juan Francisco] Estrada, our current No 8, earlier this year.”
    ‘I’M AGAINST FURY BEING IN’
    Gray retorted: “I’m against Fury being in the pound-for-pound top 10 simply because he just doesn’t need it.
    “Hey Tyson. We know you’re the best heavyweight in the world and you’d beat any man alive, but we’ve also got you pound for pound No 10 behind Kazuto Ioka.
    “It just doesn’t work for me. Usyk gets a pass because he’s come up from cruiser.
    Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fightCredit: Reuters
    “Anyway, if the size is putting you off, Michael, then realistically Fury can’t make your P4P top 10.
    “He’ll be 30 pounds heavier than Joshua and 50 pounds heavier than Usyk.
    “The same argument applies even if he wipes out the best guys in the division.
    “I thought Choc beat Estrada, but something doesn’t sit right about him re-entering. Anyone else?”
    There was continued debate among the panel but it was eventually agreed Fury would make it in.
    Canelo Alvarez remains top with Oleksandr Usyk still second.
    Terence Crawford is up to third from fourth – leapfrogging Naoya Inoue.
    Brit Josh Taylor and American Errol Spence are non-movers in fifth and sixth.
    Lopez vacated seventh spot with Estrada, Vasyl Lomachenko and Ioka moving up a spot each to fill the gap with Fury completing the top 10.
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    Gervonta Davis dubbed most exciting fighter since Mike Tyson but comparing him to mentor Floyd Mayweather is not ‘fair’

    GERVONTA DAVIS may be dubbed the most exciting fighter since Mike Tyson – but comparing him to mentor Floyd Mayweather is deemed unfair. Boxing great Mayweather signed Davis in 2015, just two years before he retired a perfect 50-0.
    Floyd Mayweather, Gervonta Davis and Leonard EllerbeCredit: Sean Michael Ham
    Mike Tyson pictured as heavyweight champion in 1988Credit: Getty
    Since then, protege ‘Tank’ has won belts in three divisions, scored 24 knockouts in his 25 straight wins and returns against Isaac Cruz on Sunday.
    Most importantly for Mayweather Promotions, Davis is also a pay-per-view star, selling almost 500,000 buys combined in his last two fights and a ticket seller.
    The hard-hitting American has a 96 per cent knockout ratio and is proving to be one of the biggest attractions in the sport.
    Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, has helped carve Davis’ rise to stardom.
    And he believes no one since Iron Mike’s most destructive prime has guaranteed such all-out action in the ring.
    Ellerbe told SunSport: “There’s a number of great fighters out there with the ability to create nothing but excitement for the fans.

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    “You can’t just place it on one particular fighter.
    “There’s not just one fighter that just stands out that I can recall it recent times, except Mike Tyson. We all know Mike Tyson was.
    “The most important thing is that in Tank’s short career, he’s had the ability to attract fans to want to come out and support his events.
    “Whether that be coming to his live events or they watch at home. Again, he’s the most exciting fighter in the entire sport.
    “People have gravitated towards him and when you look at this younger generation of fans out there, they talk about one fighter and one fighter only, and that’s Tank Davis.
    “Gervonta Davis has put himself in a position where he’s must-see TV, and you know why? Because he gives the fans exactly what they want to see.”
    Since Mayweather officially hung up the gloves – baring a couple of money-spinning exhibitions – he has passed down his boxing hopes to young Davis.
    Mario Barrios was beaten by Gervonta DavisCredit: Amanda Westcott
    Gervonta Davis knocked out Mario Barrios in his last fightCredit: Amanda Westcott
    Before his pupil’s destructive knockout against Leo Santa Cruz in October 2020, he went as far to say: “The ultimate goal is to get him to surpass me.”
    But even Ellerbe argues it is unjust to expect as much from Davis, whose front-foot southpaw style contrasts with Mayweather’s.
    He said: “Too many people are comparing them and I’m not a fan of that at all.
    “Floyd Mayweather, he was the best to ever do it, he broke all kinds of records and that’s what Floyd’s legacy is.
    “I don’t think it’s fair for Tank to put that on him as he’s a completely different type of fighter.
    “Tank is definitely leading this new generation, this decade of young fighters, and he’s still just getting started and we haven’t seen Tank’s boxing skills.
    “Tank right now, his boxing skills is right up there with the top guys in the entire world, as it relates to skillset.
    “Tank has the ability to box several ways in any fight.”
    Gervonta Davis congratulated by mentor Floyd MayweatherCredit: Amanda Westcott
    Floyd Mayweather and Leonard EllerbeCredit: Amanda Westcott
    Mayweather, 44, last year announced intentions to transition into coaching having been inspired after the death of his former coach and uncle Roger.
    He has been hands on in Davis’ camps in recent fights, holding the pads and issuing advice during sparring sessions.
    But this time around, before Davis, 26, fights Mexican Cruz, 23, Mayweather has been absent in the sessions, instead relying on feedback from his right hand man.
    Ellerbe revealed: “He hasn’t been in the gym a lot, as he has a number of things that he’s working on himself.
    “But he continues to support Tank. Gervonta’s his biggest fighter and Floyd is very proud of him with all of his accomplishments.
    “Floyd and I talk everyday, about his progress, how he’s coming along. So Floyd doesn’t necessarily have to be hands on.
    “He’s hearing it first hand from me, and the fact of the matter is, so long as Floyd’s in Tank’s corner and supporting him, that’s everything, it means the world.”
    Gervonta Davis training to fight Isaac CruzCredit: Sean Michael Ham
    Gervonta Davis is promoted by Floyd MayweatherCredit: Sean Michael Ham More