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Alex Danson: England captain and Olympic champion on head injury recovery

Alex Danson: England captain and Olympic champion on head injury recovery

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Media playback is not supported on this device Nine months ago, Alex Danson laughed at a joke made by her boyfriend.It was a seemingly insignificant moment, something that happens often in a relationship.But for Danson it led to what she describes as the "most challenging part" of her life. Two years on from winning Olympic hockey gold with her Great Britain team-mates, Danson was on holiday with her now fiance Alex.He, she says, is "really not that funny". This time he was, and when she threw her head back to laugh, it hit a concrete wall.The impact gave her what she ...
Deontay Wilder: WBC champion defends comments he wants to kill an opponent

Deontay Wilder: WBC champion defends comments he wants to kill an opponent

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American heavyweight Deontay Wilder has defended himself after again saying he wants to kill an opponent in the ring.Wilder, 33, said he was "trying to get a body on my record" before defending his WBC title against compatriot Dominic Breazeale on Saturday.It is Wilder's first fight since his title defence against Tyson Fury in December ended in a controversial draw. "This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time," said Wilder. "It's legal."Wilder has made similar comments in the past. In March 2018, British heavyweight Tony Bellew called him a "disgrace and senseless idiot".Earlier this year, after Wilder told Breazeale to "make some funeral arrangement...
James DeGale retires: Former Olympic & world champion quits at 33

James DeGale retires: Former Olympic & world champion quits at 33

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James DeGale, the first British boxer to win an Olympic gold medal then a professional world title, has retired.The 33-year-old lost on a unanimous points decision to Chris Eubank Jr in London on Saturday."It's been an unbelievable journey," said DeGale, who won 25 and lost three of his 29 fights as a professional. "It's hard to admit that I'm not the fighter I once was. I'm human and, along the way, my injuries have taken a toll - both on mind and body."DeGale beat American Andre Dirrell on points to claim the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt in May 2015.He lost his title in December 2017 but won it back in an April rematch with American Caleb Truax.However, he gave up the belt in July 201...
Ex-U.S. figure skating champion John Coughlin dies

Ex-U.S. figure skating champion John Coughlin dies

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Jan. 19 (UPI) -- John Coughlin, a U.S. pairs figure skating champion in 2011 and 2012, died Friday from suicide one day after he was suspended from the sport, his sister said. He was 33. On Friday night, Angela Laune, posted on Facebook: "My wonderful strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today. I have no words. I love you John." U.S. Figure Skating confirmed his death Saturday, posting on Twitter: "We are stunned at the news of the death of two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin. Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with his father Mike, sister Angela and the rest of his family. Out of respect to the family, we will have no further comment until a later time." The 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships began Saturday in Detroit. On Thurs...
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury: Listen to David Haye’s fascinating story about sparring with the WBC heavyweight champion

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury: Listen to David Haye’s fascinating story about sparring with the WBC heavyweight champion

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Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye spoke to talkSPORT about his days sparring with current WBC king Deontay Wilder.The retired Bermondsey man enjoyed multiple rounds in the ring with the undefeated American when preparing for his scheduled fights against Tyson Fury in 2013 and 2014 – which ultimately didn’t take place. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will meet at the Staples Center Now, Wilder is set for his own December 1 bout against Fury and, following their time together, the Hayemaker believes he will emerge victorious. “I’ve sparred with Deontay Wilder many times,” Haye told Jim White on talkSPORT, “He’s got a very, very, very, hard right hand and it’s an equaliser. “No matter what Tyson Fury doe...