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Wonderful to see Dennis Andries supporting Amateur Boxing at Pinewood Starr on a night of top class action

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The Hackney Rock was a three-times world champion

Three-times world champion Dennis Andries supporting amateur boxing in Berkshire this evening

BY JOHN GUBBA

What a pleasure to witness a great night of amateur boxing at Pinewood Starr’s outstanding bill at the Blue Mountain Golf Club in Berkshire this evening.

There are many sports that can learn from the respect and sportsmanship shown by some of the country’s outstanding upcoming fighters. And what an inspiration for the young boxers to have legends like former World Champion Dennis Andries in attendance. The Hackney Rock, who won three world titles between 1986 and 1990, is a great supporter of amateur boxing

FIGHT NIGHT action: Andrew Taylor (Pinweood) v Matt Wastell (Southend)

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FASTEST MAN ON EARTH DISQUALIFIED: FALSE START RULE HAS CAST A HUGE SHADOW OVER ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Usain Bolt disqualified in the 100 metres final

Usain Bolt disqualified in the 100 metres final

BY JOHN GUBBA

There has to be something wrong with the rules when the fastest man on earth is disqualified for a false start in the final of the 100 metres at the athletics world championships.

The feeling of shock around the Daegu Stadium in South Korea, when defending champion Usain Bolt was barred from the race after he came out of the blocks early, cast a huge shadow over the event.

Fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake went on to take the gold in 9.92 seconds. But what a hollow victory. And what a disaster for the sport in the countdown to the 2012 London Olympics.

It was bad enough when Britain’s Dwain Chambers was disqualified for a false start in the semi-final and Christine Ohuruogu suffered the same fate in the 400m on Saturday. But when the public are denied the right to see the best sprinters in the world go head to head on the track the sport has been compromised.

The cynical conclusion is that the power of TV and their obsession with schedules has put undue pressure on the sport to make the rules so stringent that the sport itself is compromised.

In the case of Chambers, he was disqualified for merely twitching and not moving forward, which is clearly ridiculous.

Chambers insisted he has no complaints about the decision and graciously conceded: “The gun went and I moved before it fired. It was unfortunate, but it was enough. Rules are rules.”
But how will the public react at next year’s Olympics if we are denied the chance to see the best athletes compete in the blue-ribbon events because of the false start rule.

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False start: Disqualified Usain Bolt can't believe it

False start: Disqualified Usain Bolt can't believe it

ENGLAND’S CRICKETERS DESERVE TO BE THE WORLD’S NO.1 TEAM – AND WILL JOIN THE GREATS WHEN THEY KEEP ON WINNING

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Andrew Strauss - took over as England captain in 2009 and his achieved the long-term goal he shared with coach Andy Flower

Andrew Strauss - took over as England captain in 2009 and achieved long-term goal he shared with coach Andy Flower

BY JOHN GUBBA

Not only do England deserve to be crowned the best cricket team in the world – but Andrew Strauss’s heroes have the sheer quality and irestistible talent to dominate the sport for years to come – just like the great West Indies and Australia teams of the past.

Brushing India off their perch with the swagger of true champions, England officially claimed top spot in the world rankings for the first time when they completed victory by an innings and 242 runs on Saturday, to take a 3-0 lead in their four-match Test series.

It was the culmination of an awesome surge to supremacy by England  who have now won eight of their last nine Test series, including Ashes triumphs at home and away. But this is only the beginning for the team that simply outclassed and overpowered the tourists – and  stormed to victories at Lord’s, Trent Bridge and now Edgbaston.

Michael Vaughan, winner of a record 26 Tests as England captain, has already predicted: “I really think this side are going to dominate Test cricket for a period because of their strength in depth, fitness levels, determination and the real hunger they display. It is not just this 11, the depth of the 24 or 25 players England have to choose from is fantastic – there is some great talent out there.”

There is no doubt in my mind that Vaughan is absolutely right, so long as the England players retain their hunger to go down in history as one of the all-time best sides. And that is the real measure of greatness.  Not just getting to the top, but having the hunger and the desire to keep on winning.

 

 

OUTCLASSED DAVID HAYE BLAMING BROKEN TOE FOR DEFEAT BY WLADAMIR KLITSCHKO IS JUST EMBARRASSING

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Wladamir Klitschko too good for David Haye

Wladamir Klitschko too good for David Haye

BY JOHN GUBBA

David Haye has lost all credibility as a heavyweight boxer. Not because he was beaten on points by the outstanding undisputed world champion Wladimir Klitschko. But because he blamed a broken toe.

All Haye needed to do to win the respect of the watching world was to admit the better fighter won and accept he just was not good enough to beat one of the sport’s most successful boxers.

Never has a heavyweight boxer come up with such a lame excuse after failing to live up to all his hype. Haye says he broke his toe three weeks ago. How pathetic.

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: WHY BARCA AGAINST MAN UNITED IS DESTINED TO BE ULTIMATE SHOWPIECE FOR BEAUTIFUL GAME

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How will United deal with the mejestic football played by Iniesta, Messi and Xavi?

How will United deal with the mejestic football played by Iniesta, Messi and Xavi?

BY JOHN GUBBA

Forget the FIFA World Cup Final. This is the big one. The Champions League Final. The biggest game on the planet bar none. And never has a game been more eagerly anticipated. The 2011 Final at Wembley on Saturday (May 28) could be the ultimate showpiece for The Beautiful Game. It will certainly draw one of the biggest TV audiences of all time – and my prediction is that this time we will be treated to a contest to match the hype and delight the purists.

There is no doubt it is absolutely the dream final. Between the two most exciting teams in world football, whose history and fans demand entertainment as well as glory. Fortune favours the bold and with both sides committed to goals and glamour the recipe for a classic is surely guaranteed.

Two years ago Barca triumphed when Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi scored the goals in a 2-0 win against a Manchester United side weighed down by a shocking contribution by Cristiano Ronaldo – playing his final game in a red shirt before his £80 million move to Real Madrid.

Hernandez and Rooney - United's unstoppable force up front

Hernandez and Rooney - United

But this time the Catalans know they face a much tougher challenge to their status as the World’s top ranked club. United have got better and better all season making the critics – who keep telling us this is not an outstanding team – look more and more ridiculous.

At times this season United have hit extraordinary heights to match any in the epic 25 year resign of the world’s greatest football manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The twin threat of a Wayne Rooney back to his glorious best and Mexican sensation Javier Hernandez is as good as it gets. Edwin Van Der Sar will be retiring as the world’s best goalkeeper and skipper Nemanja Vidic is an absolute rock alongside the elegance of Rio Ferdinand.

Sir Alex Ferguson aiming to get his hands on the Champions League trophy for a third time

Sir Alex Ferguson aiming to get his hands on the Champions League trophy for a third time

Ryan Giggs has never played better and his reinvention as a central midfield playmaker gives United an extra creative dimension that at times this season has mirrored the famous Barca carousel orchestrated by Andres Iniesta, Xavi and the incomparable Lionel Messi.

As David Beckham said earlier this week: “If anyone can beat Barcelona at their peak Man United can.” With the width offered by any combination of Antonio Valencia, Ji Sung Park, Nani, Patrice Evra and the Da Silva twins this United team has the ammunition to hit Barca where it hurts.

Barca are certainly not underestimating the Red Devils. “This Manchester United team is much more unpredictable without Cristiano Ronaldo,” says wing-back Davi Alves “They have formed a more balanced group and they are stronger than they were two years ago.” Striker David Villa added: “Ronaldo’s departure has liberated them. Many great players come and go and that has allowed them to remain at the top for so long.” Andres Iniesta belives United have “grown as a team”.

Pep Guardiola admires the strength of Man Utd

Pep Guardiola admires the strength of Man Utd

And coach Pep Guardiola – who watched in awe as United’s second string completed a staggering 6-1 aggregate win over Schalke in the semi-final – admits: “We have been looking at the 2009 game and they were better than us in the first half.

“The level is equal, they are strong, competitive and they can play with four or five different formations and they stay competitive. They are one of the best teams in the world, and not just this year. We are proud to be playing them.”

As Steve Bruce, a European Cup Winners’ Cup winner with the Red Devils against Barcelona 20 years ago, says, Sir Alex will “want to win the trophy the Manchester United way.” And Bruce predicts the Boss has a master plan that will confirm why he is the greatest: “If anyone can get it right on the night the great man can.”

Whoever lifts the trophy The Beautiful Game will be the winner if both sides come out without inhibition and a determination to show the world just how good they really are.

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2-goal hero Mark Hughes lifts the European Cup Winners' Cup after United's 2-1 win over Barcelona in 1991

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LEWIS HAMILTON’S THRILLING VICTORY IN CHINA PUTS FORMULA 1 BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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Lewis Hamilton is back to his best

Lewis Hamilton is back to his best

BY JOHN GUBBA

Just when it looked like defending world champion Sebastian Vettel was going to turn the 2011 Formula 1 season into a procession with a hat-trick of wins up stepped Lewis Hamilton with one of the best drives of his career.

Hamilton’s thrilling victory in China pushed Vettel into second place and cuts the German’s lead in the overall standings to 21 points. But more importantly it sets up the season for what promises to be a fascinating battle between two great young champions and a supporting cast that includes their formidable team-mates – 2009 champion Jenson Button and Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

Formula 1 is sometimes too predictable and overshadowed by the sport’s politics to be taken seriously by a lot of sports fans. But the absorbing start to the new season and the return to prominence of Hamilton is just what Formula 1 needs. This could be one of the sport’s most exciting years ever.

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Who can stop Sebastian Vettel?

CAN ANYONE STOP FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPION SEBASTIAN VETTEL RETAINING HIS CROWN?

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Sebastian Vettel - catch me if you can

Sebastian Vettel - catch me if you can

BY JOHN GUBBA

After just two races in the 2011 Formula 1 season the big question is – who can stop defending world champion Sebastian Vettel?

Red Bull’s Vettel was in a class of his own to win a dramatic Malaysian Grand Prix. McLaren’s Jenson Button was runner-up to go second in the championship and Renault’s Nick Heidfeld was third.

In the overall standings Button moves ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who survived a late clash with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso as they disputed third and the 2008 Champion finished seventh behind Alonso after a late tyre stop.

Britain’s former world champions Hamilton and Button will surely push Vettel all the way. But it’s hard to bet against the 23-year-old German who became the youngest ever world champion in November

Overall standing: 1, Vettel – 50 pts; 2, Button – 26 pts; 3, Hamilton – 24 pts.

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