Harry Smith

Harry Smith

Harry Smith is the Bestselling author of 6 novels. He lives in Manchester, England with “the wife,” “the kids,” “the dog,” “that cat,” and he occasionally wears pants.

Hollie Arnold wins javelin gold at World Para-athletics European Championships

Hollie Arnold wins javelin gold at World Para-athletics European Championships

Hollie Arnold won Paralympic gold in the F46 event in RioBritish javelin thrower Hollie Arnold completed a clean sweep of major titles by winning gold at the World Para-athletics European Championships. It was one of seven medals for GB on the first night of action in Berlin. Arnold, 24, claimed her first European title having won Commonwealth gold in the F46 event earlier this year to add to her world and Paralympic successes.

“I’m so happy to have all the titles now but this is just a stepping stone,” said the Welsh athlete. “I wasn’t expecting to compete at the Europeans because my event is not normally in so this is a bonus. “The event got taken out in Swansea in 2014 so coming here I thought ‘I’m here, why not enjoy it?’ and try and get the crowd going and just go for it.” Arnold threw a championship record of 40.15m to finish over seven metres clear of the rest of the field, but she never threatened her world record of 43.02. Britain’s other gold went to wheelchair racer Harri Jenkins, who beat the only other competitor in the T34 100m final. The Welshman, who has also played wheelchair basketball at under-23 level for GB, has seen a number of his rivals reclassified but said he was concentrating on getting the win.

“There has been a lot of movement of athletes in my class so I just wanted to go out there and do my thing,” he said. “I was going in hoping for gold and I have come away with it in the end so I am really happy. “This week is going to be a good learning curve for me for the future, with hopefully the world championships next year and going forward to Tokyo.” Elsewhere there were silvers for teenagers Luke Nuttall (1500m T46) and Zak Skinner (Long Jump T13) as well as for David Devine (1500m T13) and Ali Smith (400m T38) while Laura Sugar won bronze in the women’s 100m T64.

 

Tyson Fury set to fight Deontay Wilder in December

Unpredictable, loves proving others wrong: don’t bet against Tyson Fury in Vegas

The day that the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury fight was first spoken of a few weeks ago, the bookmaker’s on-the-hoof assessment of the bout made Fury a strong favourite. It was an assessment that shocked me. Remember this was even before last weekend’s bout with Francesco Pianeta. How could anyone, on the basis of his four rounds with Sefer Seferi, make Fury favourite against Wilder?

Have a look at some of the highlights of Fury’s fights and the unpredictable gameplay and movements are key to the success of Fury. It’s no easy feat that Tyson Fury floored the heavyweight giant Wladimir Klitschko. Where is Klitschko now? – retired. Fury didn’t just floor Klichko in the ring but also destroyed his reputation and career.

In a comeback fight, Tyson Fury beat Sefer Seferi in four rounds –

Fury looks like a Gypsy [King] on a mission.

The last match of Deontay Wilder was with Luis Orbitz. Things were looking good for Orbitz until the 10th round when the fight was stopped by the referee after Deontay knocked out Orbitz. Here are the highlights –

Deontay fights in a traditional way, like Wladimir Klitschko. And, we know from history how the unusual and unpredictable style of Fury gives him the edge. Do you think Wilder would be another casualty of Fury, like Wladimir?

Pierre Gasly: Red Bull replace Daniel Ricciardo with Frenchman for 2019 season

Pierre Gasly: Red Bull replace Daniel Ricciardo with Frenchman for 2019 season

The 22-year-old, who drives for Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, will line up alongside Max Verstappen. Australian Ricciardo will leave for Renault at the end of this season. “This incredible opportunity is another step forward in my ambition to win grands prix and compete for world championships,” said Gasly. He only made his F1 debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix last October, but has scored 26 points for Toro Rosso this year, with a best finish of fourth in Bahrain. Red Bull have struggled for consistency this year, but have won three races – two by Ricciardo and one by Verstappen. “Red Bull has always looked to fight for championships or victories and that’s what I want,” added Gasly.

 

Sergio Aguero scores hat-trick as Manchester City hit Huddersfield for six

Sergio Aguero scores hat-trick as Manchester City hit Huddersfield for six

Manchester City returned to the Etihad as reigning Premier League champions with six goals, an emphatic victory and the threat of yet more dominant wins to come, laying waste to a hapless Huddersfield Town to move top of the table. In their first outing since news of Kevin De Bruyne’s three-month lay-off with a knee injury, City showed no signs of missing their most influential player. Sergio Aguero’s ninth Premier League hat-trick, goals for Gabriel Jesus and David Silva and a Terence Kongolo own goal gave Pep Guardiola’s side a resounding victory. City were helped, especially in the first half, by an erratic showing from Huddersfield’s goalkeeper Ben Hamer, who spent the last four years as a reserve at Leicester City and will be disappointed with his role in City’s first three goals. All three were easily preventable. Such was the disparity between these two sides, however, even a goalkeeper at the very top of his game could not have prevented defeat. Sergio Aguero lofts home his first Wagner’s side frustrated the champions on this ground back in May, spoiling City’s coronation by claiming a hard-fought goalless draw. Yet in a defence where there was organisation three months earlier, chaos reigned. Huddersfield’s Steve Mounié almost opened the scoring in the wrong net after just two minutes, slicing an attempted clearance onto the top of his own crossbar. Jesus spurned two presentable opportunities in a short, frantic period of City pressure that followed. Gradually, Huddersfield regained their composure and slowed the rate of attacks, but with City patiently dominating the ball in their visitors’ territory, it became a question of when their breakthrough would not come, not if. Hamer’s first error of the afternoon gifted them it. Gabriel Jesus got on the scoresheet Ederson, Hamer’s opposite number, was the architect, picking Aguero’s diagonal run out brilliantly from a goal kick. Christopher Schindler held Aguero up but Hamer’s mindless decision to rush off his line left City’s all-time leading scorer with more than enough space to aim at. One goal up, numbers two and three quickly followed and the adventurous Benjamin Mendy was key to both. One typical, surging run down the left from his own half and a neat one-two put him in on goal, only to be dispossessed. Jesus followed up immediately, beating Hamer at the near post. Aguero celebrates his second

Four minutes later, a low cross from Mendy’s wicked left foot proved too much for Hamer to handle, quite literally. In attempting to collect the ball, he instead spilled it, providing Aguero with a chance to add his second of the afternoon. The Argentine would make no such mistake.

“We want 10,” chanted the Etihad, perhaps requesting a repeat of City’s 10-1 victory in this fixture in 1987, which remains Huddersfield’s record league defeat. Helpfully, Huddersfield soon got their one. Stankovic, who spent last season sidelined through injury, tapped in Mounié’s flick-on. Jon Gorenc Stanković pulled one back

It was the travelling support’s turn to make their voices heard, promising to “win 4-3” but Silva rendered that scoreline an impossibility at the start of the second half with an expertly-taken free-kick whipped into Hamer’s top left-hand corner, leaving the Huddersfield goalkeeper rooted to his spot. Aguero completed his hat-trick a quarter-of-an-hour from time with a deft touch. Again, Mendy was the provider but this time, the cross fell a little awkwardly for its intended target. No matter. Aguero stabbed the ball into the ground with the outside of his boot, sending it spinning backwards, around Hamer and in. David Silva scored a sublime free-kick

There was still time for another. Leroy Sané, Aguero’s late replacement, darted through on goal from the left flank, hoping to add his name to the scoresheet, but his poke at goal was blocked by Hamer’s body. Kongolo could not get out of the way in enough time and inadvertently diverted the ball in. Leroy Sane created the sixth late on.

Deontay Wilder Confirms Fight With Tyson Fury Is On, Both Square Up In Ring

Deontay Wilder Confirms Fight With Tyson Fury Is On, Both Square Up In Ring

It’s official. Tyson Fury will fight Deontay Wilder and Las Vegas will be the venue, according to the Gypsy King himself. “I said send the contract, they did. One thing I saying is when we get to Las Vegas we are getting it the f**k on.” Fury said after the fight.

The pair squared off in the ring after Fury defeated Francesco Pianeta in Belfast, with promoter Frank Warren later confirming that all will be revealed next week.

Fury actually held Wilder’s WBC heavyweight belt aloft after it was confirmed that he had won all 12 rounds against his Italian opponent. There was plenty of pre-fight incidents involving the pair, who went at it after the official weigh-in. Wilder belted out his trademark ‘BOMBZQUAD’ while Fury was weighing-in before exchanging words with John Fury, his father, who had to be restrained. Tyson Fury gets a hold of Deontay Wilder’s belt inside the ring… :scream: But gets it back to the champ in one piece :

After tipping the scales at 18st 6lbs (258lbs), Fury and Wilder had a verbal stand-off. Super-middleweight king Rocky Fielding captured the intense footage: Later that night, footage emerged of one of Deontay Wilder’s entourage seeming to chase boxer Billy Joe Saunders out of Nando’s in Belfast, reportedly because the middleweight threw half a chicken at the heavyweight: It’s thought that the member of Wilder’s entourage is the man that can be seen amongst the ‘clash’ at Fury’s weigh in.

How do you fit Ben Stokes back in the England team?

How do you fit Ben Stokes back in the England team?

From a purely cricketing point of view, England now has the dilemma of how to fit him back into the team after the success of Chris Woakes and Sam Curran. Here are the main options Drop Sam Curran (or Chris Woakes) It would be harsh on Curran just two games after a Man of the Match award, but as the least experienced the attack he is probably the most vulnerable. However, Trent Bridge is known as a venue that favours swing bowlers – James Anderson’s stats are outstanding at the ground – and that is Curran’s strength. His left-arm angle has also caused the India batsmen problems. This does, though, appear to be the likeliest route for Stokes’ inclusion. What of the last in, first out route? Chris Woakes was Stokes’ direct replacement at Lord’s. Nope. After a maiden Test century and four wickets, that won’t be happening with Woakes. No spinner gamble Adil Rashid had one of the quietest Tests of the all-time at Lord’s. Trent Bridge has the highest average for England spinners of all their home Test venues so there could be an argument whether they even need a spinner. There is rarely, however, a situation where five quicks do not feel like an overkill regardless of the venue. The luxury that England have – due to their number of all-rounders – is always being able to field a balanced attack, so it would seem counter-intuitive to move away from that.

Latest updates as Ben Stokes takes stand over alleged late-night brawlIt’s the era of the allrounder for England so how about playing them all? Trevor Bayliss has more than once said how he believes Stokes can be a Test No. 5 – and he played that role in Auckland earlier this year. This would entail leaving out Ollie Pope or Jos Buttler. Pope showed promise on his debut while Buttler was named vice-captain at the start of the series, so is clearly inked in as part of the side. Buttler’s omission would also mean a further reshuffle in the slips and leave out Pope would have Jonny Bairstow batting at No. 4 and keeping wicket. There is one way around that: give Buttler the gloves and leave Bairstow to be a specialist batsman. That, though, won’t be happening anytime soon. Something really radical Linked to the option of taking the gloves off Bairstow would be a significant shake-up of the batting order. Promote Bairstow to open – the position he holds in one-day cricket with such success – in place of Keaton Jennings who has yet to make a substantial score since his recall, albeit in some tricky batting conditions. That would, as with the previous option, allow Stokes to fit back into the middle while also retaining Pope and Buttler. However, opening in Test cricket is a much different prospect to the one-day game where the white Kookaburra barely moves. And there’s that wicketkeeping debate. Leave him out Just because Stokes is in the squad doesn’t mean he has to play. He has been through an emotionally draining period in court.

No doubt Stokes will think he’s ready to play, but sometimes for the sake of a player the decision has to be taken out of his hands. The flip side to that is that, with his court case looming, he did not lose an ounce of focus at Edgbaston in a matchwinning performance.

 

Nasir Jamshed banned for ten years on corruption charges

Nasir Jamshed banned for ten years on corruption charges

In a short verdict, the three-man tribunal ruled on Friday that apart from suspension from playing any level of cricket, a player found to be in breach of the anti-corruption code should also be ineligible from holding any management roles in Pakistan cricket for life. This is the second punishment for Jamshed in the last two years.

In December 2017, Jamshed was banned for a year by the PCB after an anti-corruption tribunal found him guilty of non-cooperation in the 2017 PSL spot-fixing case. Jamshed had been the third player to come under the PCB’s radar when they had begun investigations into corruption in early 2017 and had been arrested in the UK in February 2017. Jamshed’s one-year ban only ended earlier this year, in April, following which PCB charged him with seven violations of their anti-corruption code. Jamshed responded by rejecting the charges levelled against him, pushing the PCB to form a tribunal headed by retired judge Justice Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, and including former cricketer Aaqib Javed and Supreme Court advocate Shahzaib Masood as members. Jamshed, according to the PCB, was the “linchpin” connecting several corruption cases. Considered a central figure in the corruption scandal, Jamshed faced charges of approaching and soliciting other players for fixing. The verdict today finally wrapped up the saga that arose from the spot-fixing scandal in the PSL in 2017. In separate proceedings, the National Crime Agency (NCA) in England is also involved in investigations emanating from the allegations of the spot-fixing case. Early in the case, the NCA had arrested – and subsequently released – Jamshed.

However, NCA reportedly hasn’t yet reached a conclusion in their investigation yet. The PCB, during proceedings, heard from an NCA official on Skype as one of the witnesses, but the agency didn’t offer any evidence against the player. At least one part of the evidence against Jamshed was a collection of WhatsApp voice recordings allegedly between Jamshed and others also implicated in the case; these recordings were also leaked to the media. The PCB prosecution, however, mainly acted on the testimonials in which they treated Jamshed as the axis who was enticing players into the fixing web. “PSL 2017’s fixing trial has concluded,” the PCB lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi said after the verdict. “There are a few cases you really don’t rejoice after winning; instead you feel sad about it because it ends with another career destroyed. It’s painful to see a player who didn’t have his conduct right and didn’t fulfil his responsibilities according to the anti-corruption code of conduct. Our stance from the first day as he was the linchpin and he is the one who recruited players.

“Our point was proved and accepted by the tribunal, and they found him guilty on multiple charges. Even if he returns after rehabilitation, he is not allowed to engage in any cricket management role and will be kept him away from cricket. We also suggested his name be added in a list of persons mentioned in anti-corruption lectures who are to be avoided by the players. So this all ends here.” Jamshed’s lawyer, Hasan Warraich, did not appear in front of the tribunal on Friday, and wasn’t available to speak to the media afterwards. It is not yet clear whether Jamshed intends to appeal the verdict. His wife, Samara Afzal, put out a statement on Twitter, bemoaning many “failings of the case”. She said she would accept Jamshed’s guilt if it was ruled as such in a British court of law, but if he was exonerated, she would “drag the PCB through every court in the UK if necessary to get justice”. Jamshed is the sixth Pakistan player to be punished in the wake of the PSL spot-fixing case in 2017 and received the heaviest punishment.

Previously, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan were all fined and banned on separate charges. Jamshed last played for Pakistan at the 2015 World Cup.

 

Steven Gerrard: Rangers manager says ‘Maribor had no respect for us’

Steven Gerrard: Rangers manager says ‘Maribor had no respect for us’

Allan McGregor and Steven Gerrard celebrate at full-time. Rangers defeated a “Champions League” team who showed them “no respect”, said manager Steven Gerrard after the Ibrox side’s Europa League win over Maribor. An away goalless draw against the Slovenians – who were in the group stage of Europe’s top competition last season – secured a 3-1 aggregate win. Gerrard’s men will face FC Ufa of Russia in the play-off round next week, with a group-stage place at stake. “They had confidence, they had ego, and they are devastated,” Gerrard said. He added: “They had no respect for us, but my players have proved over two legs we are better than Maribor, and that gives me great confidence going forward.” Gerrard remains unbeaten as Rangers manager since joining in the summer, and his team are now two games from a potential Europa League group-stage place. The draw in Maribor was their eighth competitive match of the season, and the Ibrox manager believes there is still more to come from his group. “My players are giving me this so early, and they are showing they can carry out instructions having only been together for a short spell,” he added.

“I believe we will improve the squad with more personnel and become stronger. And as a group, we will continue to grow. “When we are at Ibrox, there is a certain way of playing. But when you come to difficult places, you have to show a different side and we are doing that very well at the minute.”

 

‘All Or Nothing: Manchester City’ Reveals Heated Exchange After 3-2 Defeat To Man United

‘All Or Nothing: Manchester City’ Reveals Heated Exchange After 3-2 Defeat To Man United

The new Amazon documentary ‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’ reveals the heated exchange between players following their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, last season.

City had the chance to claim the Premier League title against their cross-town rivals United in April. Though raising silverware was postponed following defeat to Jose Mourinho’s side. That’s despite racing to a two-goal lead. United came from two-down to eventually secure a dramatic victory, delaying the inevitable as City eventually held aloft the Premier League trophy. And through City’s gripping documentary which chronicles their 2017/18 campaign, footage has surfaced of the dressing room exchange. Transcript below via Give Me Sport: Delph: “F****** shit man, f**** sake. F****** useless. F*** me. F****** hell.”

Kompany: “If I wanna see this team go to the next level, and do even more, every single detail we need to be honest with ourselves and be hard with ourselves.” Toure: “I think the point of what I’m saying right now is that it’s true because in the first half we were there, but in the second half they took us physically. “Because, I think we have to understand sometimes, because we’re fatigued and that’s the time we need to regroup.” Delph: “‘F****** tired? It’s simple, it’s straightforward. We stopped f****** running in the second half.” Guardiola: “When you lose in football, you think, we didn’t run. That is b*******, guys. That is not the point.” Image: Amazon/Manchester City Delph: “I’m not blaming anyone, it’s just the basics of football. When things go against us and everybody drops their head, just remember the basics. “Winning our individual battles, sticking together as a unit, f****** defenders defending, midfielders box to box, f****** keepers… just the basics of football.”

Guardiola: “Football is not flowers, a good holiday and say everything is easy. “Football is so complicated at the high level guys. We tried to build something good and you did do good. “You have to make the last level guys, everyone together. That is the moment the real man’s, the real football players, the real professionals step up and say ‘I’m here.'” If you haven’t yet watched an episode, you need to – it’s brilliant viewing.

 

Liverpool news: One player’s arrival at Anfield has changed Jurgen Klopp’s side – Crooks

Liverpool news: One player’s arrival at Anfield has changed Jurgen Klopp’s side – Crooks

Van Dijk become the world’s most expensive defender when the Reds splashed out £75m for his signature in January 2018.

The Dutchman came straight into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, helping them reach the final of the Champions League in his first few months at Anfield. Van Dijk started the 2018/19 campaign off the way he ended last season’s as he helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet in their 4-0 win over West Ham on Sunday. And BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks was impressed with the 27-year-old’s desire to motivate his team-mates when the Reds were 3-0 up against the Hammers. “Liverpool’s game against West Ham was no longer a contest after 55 minutes,“ Crooks said. “The home side were 3-0 up and their forwards had the Hammers by the throat. “Meanwhile Van Dijk was telling his fellow defenders, in no uncertain terms, that nothing short of a clean sheet would do. “That’s the difference between Liverpool prior to Van Dijk’s arrival and the team that currently exists. “Moreover there’s something of the Alan Hansen about the way he conducts himself on a football pitch. “Apart from the obvious stature, the Dutchman always looks composed, elegant and plays with his head not just his heart.”

A brace from Sadio Mane, and goals from Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge ensured a comfortable three points for the Reds with West Ham struggling to create many chances. Many expect Liverpool to be the biggest challengers to champions Manchester City in the race for the title, but Van Dijk has played down the hype surrounding his team at this early stage. “We’ve seen the media writing about us as the new champions and stuff but we don’t really look at those things,” said Van Dijk. “We need to just focus game by game. “We want to do well. We want to achieve greater things so we need to be ready for any challenge, any battle that comes to us. “We are very well prepared, we were looking forward to this game and I think everyone could see it. “For us it is key that we don’t look too much at other teams. We need to look at ourselves and be ready every week for any opponent we face.

That is key at the moment.” Liverpool will be looking to make it two wins from two when they take on Crystal Palace next Monday (8pm).