Van der Burgh and Le Clos no shows in Budapest
Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos both failed to take to the starting blocks for their first assignments at the FINA World Championships in Budapest. On Sunday, Van der Burgh pulled out of the 100m breaststroke heats, while Le Clos did not start in the men's 200m freestyle on Monday. This leaves just the 50m breaststroke on Van der Burgh's schedule - an event in which he has won a medal at the last five World Championships, including two overall victories.
Dallas Cowboys are the world’s most valuable team
With the NFL's top sponsorship and premium seating revenues, the Dallas Cowboys were named the world's most valuable sports team on Wednesday by Forbes magazine in its annual top-50 ranking. The Cowboys, who have not won a Super Bowl since 1996, jumped five percent in value to $4.2 billion to defend their 2016 position. Last year they unseated Spanish football powerhouse Real Madrid atop the global list.
Suspension over as Ryan Lochte returns to the pool
Ryan Lochte is returning to USA Swimming competition this week for the first time since his 10-month suspension for his behavior at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 32-year-old new father will compete at the LA Invitational, which begins on Thursday on the Southern California campus where he trains and now represents Trojan Swim Club.
Anthony Joshua can’t wait for Tyson Fury to come back
IBF champion Anthony Joshua is looking forward to fighting top boxers in the heavyweight division in the future. Joshua will defend his title against Wladimir Klitschko on April 29, while the WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles will also be on the line. Former world champion Tyson Fury and current WBC champion Deontay Wilder are some of the boxers, Joshua would like to face after his fight with Ukrainian veteran Klitschko in London. "There are some nice names in the division," Joshua, who won a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, said on Sky Sports. "I can't wait for Tyson Fury to get back, for David Haye to deal with Tony Bellew or Bellew to deal with Haye. Klitschko, Wilder, Joseph Parker - those names are the key names for me. "I've got them all pinned up somewhere and I'm just going to pluck them off one by one," the Englishman added. "What's interesting is the unknown. Klitschko's got a great fanbase and people who believe in him, and so have I. That's why people are tuning in." Fury, who is Joshua's countryman, had his boxing license revoked last year after admitting to taking cocaine, but he could make his competitive return later this year. Joshua remains undefeated since turning professional in 2013 - having won 18 fights thus far.
Promoter: Joshua will eye Wilder’s WBC title after beating Klitschko
British boxer Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn is keen to stage a fight between his client and American boxer Deontay Wilder. Joshua is set to defend his IBF heavyweight title against Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko on April 29, while the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO titles will also be on the line. If Joshua beats Klitschko, Hearn would love to see the 27-year-old Englishman fighting current WBC heavyweight Wilder, who remains undefeated. "I would like him to fight Wilder. You never know what is going to happen in boxing," Hearn told Sky Sports. "AJ and Klitschko could have a 10, 11, 12 round war, do you do that again, or fight Wilder? Do you fight the Haye-Bellew winner? "Anything can happen, but I love the Deontay Wilder fight. The Americans are starting to go mad for Anthony Joshua. They were all talking about him last week," he continued. "Wilder against Joshua can be built into a huge fight. Two undefeated, fast, big-punching heavyweights. But I think at the moment, the pure focus, because of the toughness of the fight, has to be Wladimir Klitschko. "You come through and it's no turning back, it's big fights only."
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South African Judo expert Zack Piontek ditches international mat
South African Commonwealth and Rio Olympian judoka, Zack Piontek has ditched the international mat for the year 2017. According to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the 25-year-old said he will take this year to ponder his future. Piontek won the -90 kilogram division at the last Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014 which was the high point in an impressive career to date. He went on to take part in the last African Games in Congo Brazzaville, two years ago where he won a bronze medal. However, in Rio 2016, he realised a lifelong dream by being included in Team South Africa, but was left heartbroken as he lost to veteran Brazilian opponent Tiago Camilo in the first round. Since his Commonwealth medal, Piontek’s life has moved on at pace and he married childhood sweetheart Cherese shortly after the African Games. “I’ll take this year to decide what I want to do moving forward with my career,” said Pointek. “I have many things to consider. I’m now married and my wife and I are looking towards kids in the near future. [caption id="attachment_580908" align="alignnone" width="800"] Judo players in England[/caption] “I’ve also started working and must focus on my career. These are just two of a few factors that will impact my decision, something which I won’t take lightly. “I’ll still be doing judo training in a recreational manner. But no more international events. Maybe one or two domestic events just for fun. “Also, I’ll be getting more involved in coaching at my judo club and then after this year I’ll make an official announcement on my plans moving forward.” It is also reported that the harsh reality for Piontek is that, like many so-called Cinderalla sports, there is very little money to make. However, he is first to admit that he was privileged to have many official and unofficial sponsors that assisted him to compete around the world.
Barry Hearn predicts painful night for Wladimir Klitschko against Anthony Joshua
Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn believes that IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will defeat Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 in London. British boxer Joshua, who is a Matchroom Sport client, is set to defend his title against Klitschko, while the vacant the WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles will also be on the line. “Wladimir Klitschko stands in his way on April 29 and I think it’s going to be a very painful night for Mr. Klitschko, because I don’t know how you defend, or how you beat Anthony Joshua. Too physically strong, too fast, and he hits too hard,” said Hearn to Sky Sports News HQ. Hearn went on to state that he would love to see Joshua fighting WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in a unification fight at the end of the year. “The fight for me to close the year would be Deontay Wilder against Anthony Joshua in one of those barnstorming Las Vegas nights,” said Hearn. “I think the fight we would all like to see and assuming that Deontay Wilder can do a little better on his own promotion, because he’s not a big enough draw in America, let alone outside.” Joshua and Klitschko will lock horns at the Wembley Stadium.
Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao should fight Terence Crawford not Jeff Horn
Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach would like to see the Filipino boxer face Terrance Crawford in his next professional bout. In November last, Pacquiao beat American Jessie Vargas to win the WBO welterweight title and also retained his lineal welterweight title. Roach has now set his sights on unbeaten Crawford, who is the current WBC, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal light weight welterweight champion. He hailed American boxer Crawford as a 'top-level fighter’ compared to British fighter Ricky Burns and Jeff Horn from Australia, who are both keen to face Pacquiao. “I’d much prefer an opponent like (Crawford) at the top level instead of this Australian guy (Horn) no one’s ever heard of,’’ Roach said on News.com.au. “I’d much rather (Crawford) than any of them (Horn and Burns).” Horn, who is the WBO inter-continental champion, has been heavily linked with a potential fight against Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on April 23.
British snowboarder Katie Ormerod makes history
Teenager Katie Ormerod became the first British snowboarder to win the Big Air World Cup stage on Saturday. Ormerod, who is 19, beat Austria's Anna Gasser to claim her maiden victory at the International Sky Federation (FIS) Snowboard Big Air World Cup stage in Russia. She hailed her opponents Gasser and Russian Klaudia Medlova after collecting her trophy. "It was by far the coldest and some of the toughest conditions I've ever had to compete in but an amazing place," Ormerod told the reporters. "I'm stoked to be on the podium with some awesome riders, Anna Gasser and Klaudia Medlova." Ormerod is now sitting at the top of the ladies' standings ahead of Gasser and Medlova, who are placed second and third respectively. The next Big Air World Cup events will take place early next month in Quebec City in Canada.
IBF: The winner between Joshua and Klitschko to face Pulev
The IBF Championships chairman Lindsey E. Tucker has revealed that Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev is awaiting the winner between Anthony Joshua and Wladmir Klitschko. The two will lock horns in the world heavyweight title unification clash at the Wembley Stadium on April 29 in England's capital city, London. Englishman Joshua and Ukrainian Klitschko are scheduled to fight for the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO titles, while the former's IBF title will also be on the line. "Joshua asked to fight Eric Molina, we approved that fight with the condition that the winner had to fight Pulev," Tucker told Sky Sports. "They came back with this unification, which takes priority over the mandatory, so we have to wait. "Whoever wins between Klitschko and Joshua, we're expecting them to fight Pulev next." "Under our rules, it's the two highest rated available fighters. Pulev who is sitting at No 2, he would be one of them. "Whoever is sitting at No 3, they would get the first choice, or refusal, and we would continue down the list. "Klitschko is No 3 and (David) Haye is No 4. Theoretically yes, it would go to Pulev and Haye, assuming Haye was available and wasn't contracted to fight somebody else."
I can knock people out with both hands, Klitschko warns Joshua
Boxing veteran Wladimir Klitschko has fired a warning to Anthony Joshua ahead of their highly anticipated fight in April 2017. The two giants are scheduled to face each other for the IBO and WBA Super heavyweight titles at Wembley Arena in England's capital city, London. Englishman Joshua's IBF heavyweight title will also be on the line when the two boxers collide on the Saturday, 29 April. Ukrainian Klitschko, who is a former WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, is known to be a highly strategic and cerebrally-minded boxer. "I think trainers and fighters have been studying my style and they are aware I can knock people out with both hands. I showed it many times," Klitschko said on Sky Sports. "I do have a lot of weapons. One of them is the jab," the 40-year-old said as he prepares to face undefeated Joshua, who turns 28 this year. "It depends how much Anthony is going to give me to use, and which weapon I'm going to choose." Klitschko lost his last competitive fight to Englishman Tyson Fury two years ago, while Joshua defeated American Eric Molina last month.
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Here at Sports Daily we don’t give much attention to American sports, but in this segment we thought we would compare the ball boys/girls of baseball against the Major League Baseball professionals, and let you decide who is better. Some of the greatest catches by ball boys/girls: Now for the MLB professionals and their abilities:
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