07.08.2022
England’s flagbearer Jack Laugher misses out on Commonwealth treble after botched dive

He started with a tremble and then missed out on the treble.

Jack Laugher had hoped to make it a hat-trick of golds from these Games on Saturday night. In the end, England’s flagbearer battled to a bronze behind team-mates Dan Goodfellow and Jordan Houlden. But that does not even begin to tell the story of his dramatic day.

In the Saturday morning’s 3-metre springboard preliminary, Laugher scored zero in the first round after performing the wrong dive. ‘I got a bit of a knee tremble on the board,’ he later revealed.

‘I was a bit nervous and basically just doubted myself a little bit too much, so I just did a different dive.’

Laugher, 27, managed to spring back to scrape into the final as the 11th out of 12 qualifiers. And he then led the standings after four of six dives.

But just as the zero to hero headlines were being written, Laugher fluffed his fifth dive, scoring only 53.20. It opened the door for Goodfellow and Houlden, who took full advantage to secure an England one-two-three in an order no one expected.

‘I just tried that little bit too hard on my fifth dive,’ admitted Laugher, who now has nine Commonwealth medals overall. ‘It was frustrating and I was angry. With the extra 30 points that I’d usually get on that dive, the results are different.

‘I thought that it was going to be a bit of a comeback story, but it kind of still is. Going from scraping through after failing a first dive to getting a bronze medal is a fantastic achievement.’

And it was an even greater achievement for Goodfellow, who won gold in the 10m synchro with Tom Daley on the Gold Coast four years ago but is now twisting and tumbling on his own.

‘It feels extra special when you win it by yourself because all of responsibility is on you,’ said the 25-year-old. ‘I’ve had a rough year and people doubted me. But to go out and do this is a bit of a statement.’

Another diver who has made a statement this week is Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix. The 17-year-old is the daughter of Fred Sirieix, the maitre d’ on Channel 4’s First Dates.

But she has made a name for herself here in Birmingham, adding silver in the 10m synchro on Saturday night to the gold she won in the individual event on Thursday. England’s Robyn Birch and Emily Martin joined them on the podium with a bronze.

‘I feel really proud of us as a team and I am so overwhelmed by how incredibly loud and supportive the crowd are,’ said Spendolini-Sirieix.

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    Reports began to circulate that the Ukrainian was coming in much bigger after videos emerged online showing what appeared to be a far more muscular Usyk in training camp. Then, Amir Khan added further fuel to the fire when he claimed that Usyk had told him that he was up 15kg since his last meeting with the Watford powerhouse. But the numbers suggest otherwise.

    Although technically still a career-heaviest weight for Usyk, expectations of a muscle-bound 250lb behemoth have been shattered. In response to the result, Usyk said during Friday’s weigh-in: “You see your expectations are not met every time.”

    In typical Usyk fashion, when asked what he saw in Joshua’s eyes when they stared down for one final time, ‘The Cat’ joked: “Myself. It was the reflection of myself.” Before delivering one final message ahead of fight night: “Thank you very much, lord help us.”

    The pair had a long and intense face-off after recording their official weights with both men keen not to give anything away. Their glare was eventually broken after three minutes when ‘AJ’ went to shake his competitor’s hand and exchange a few words.

    After the weigh-in, Joshua also shared his thoughts on the match-up and the head-to-head: “Not much it’s just a face-off, face-offs don’t mean nothing just about the bell ringing and us throwing leather. Face-offs don’t win fights.

    “I’ll be honest all this stuff don’t matter. It’s just about the fight, real talk. All this stuff, weight, face-off none of it matters to me just looking forward to the fight. Just ready for twelve rounds, one hundred per cent, one hundred per cent, and anything short of that is a bonus.”

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  • 1 час, 5 минут назад 19.08.2022Sport
    Chelsea target ‘requests not to play’ following multiple transfer meetings this week

    Chelsea transfer target Wesley Fofana has reportedly requested not to play in Leicester City’s Premier League clash with Southampton this Saturday amid continued uncertainty surrounding his future. The Frenchman is thought to have held multiple meetings with Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers this week, where he has reiterated his desire to leave the club.

    Fofana has emerged as a top target for the Blues this summer with the west Londoners having already seen two mega-money offers worth up to £70million rejected by Leicester. Foxes boss Rodgers has declared on multiple occasions that the defender is not for sale this summer.

    According to CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs, Fofana and Rodgers have held multiple meetings this week to discuss the defender’s future. The France Under-21 international, who signed a new five-year deal at the King Power as recently as March, is believed to have reiterated his desire to be allowed to leave before the transfer window closes and asked to be left out of Leicester’s home clash with Southampton on Saturday.

    “There’s lots of speculation and lots of noise that goes on with it, especially for a young player of just 21. Yes, 100 per cent [I will leave him out if his head isn’t right].

    “If the players aren’t totally focused and committed to the club and being here, or for whatever reason just aren’t in the right mindset, that won’t help us. We have to ensure everyone is really focused in order for us to play the best game we can. I will always assess that after the sessions.”

    The news breaks just a day after Rodgers admitted in his Thursday press conference that he would be willing to omit Fofana from his match-day squad if he felt the centre-back’s transfer links to Chelsea were becoming too much of a distraction. The Leicester boss said: “It’s a challenge for any player.

    When probed over whether Leicester had received another further bids from Chelsea last week, Rodgers declared: “Not that I am aware of. There were two, but again, nowhere near what the club would even think about.”

    With the Foxes keen to take advantage of Fofana’s long-term contract, it is thought Chelsea would be required to submit a world-record bid for a defender in order to capture his services this summer. The current highest fee was also in the region of £80m, with Leicester receiving something similar from Manchester United in exchange for Harry Maguire back in 2019.

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  • 1 час, 5 минут назад 19.08.2022Sport
    Anthony Joshua goes into detective mode in bid to unravel Oleksandr Usyk gameplan

    Anthony Joshua has admitted to using a translator in order to gain insight into what Oleksandr Usyk’s gameplan will be on fight night. ‘AJ’ has been watching back old Usyk fights and listening to the corner advice with his Ukrainian-speaking friend and feels he now has a greater understanding of Usyk’s team and their habits.

    Speaking to TalkSPORT, he said: “One thing he [Usyk] has been working on is his cardio. You see when a fighter gets fatigued that’s what I’ve noticed. I’ve watched so many fights and I have listened to his corner. I have had my mate from Ukraine translate their information and what they tell him.

    “I understand they try to counter punch. They might take their foot off the gas. They might put their foot on the gas. I just expect a fight at the end of the day. If I get too caught up on what he is doing I will forget what I have got to do.”

    When asked how he will approach the rematch, Joshua responded: “Get my feet out of the mud, use my feet, get my heart rate going, use my attributes.”

    Joshua now prepares for his twelfth consecutive world title fight on Saturday at the King Abdullah Sport City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In his last outing against Usyk, the Watford powerhouse was beaten on points as he dropped the WBA (super), IBF, and WBO heavyweight world titles.

    A lot has been made of the potential implications of a second loss to Usyk for the Brit with many suggesting he will retire if he falls to defeat. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn on the other hand has affirmed that ‘AJ’ will fight again in December regardless of the result.

    In response to the speculation, Joshua said: “If the game don’t want me no more, I don’t have to do this. Why do I do it? Because it’s all I know.”

    Both men took to the scales earlier today with little difference from their first weigh-in last year. Usyk weighed 221.6lb, similar to the 221.25lb he recorded last time out while Joshua was slightly heavier at 244.5lb, 4.5lb heavier than he was for the inaugural encounter.

    During a recent interview with Seconds Out, Amir Khan stated that Usyk had revealed to him that he would come in “15 kilos” heavier. In reality, he was only 3.5oz more on Friday.

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  • 1 час, 5 минут назад 19.08.2022Sport
    ‘Embarrassing’ Jamie Carragher savages Man Utd for going from Frenkie de Jong to Casemiro

    Jamie Carragher has slammed Manchester United’s “embarrassing” dealings in the transfer market as the struggling Premier League giants close in on the signing of Real Madrid star Casemiro. Erik ten Hag’s side are poised to complete a deal worth an initial £51million plus £8m in add-ons for the Brazil international in the coming days.

    The 30-year-old is set to sign a four-year deal with the option of a fifth, with Casemiro earning a pay rise on his £200,000-a-week deal at the Santiago Bernabeu. He will become the fourth new signing under Ten Hag to join Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia.

    United moved for Casemiro after watching their move for Juventus star Adrien Rabiot collapse over personal terms. And for the majority of the transfer window, the Red Devils had been chasing an unrealistic deal for De Jong, who made clear his reluctance to leave Barcelona.

    And Carragher believes that the difference in profile between the three players proves that United do not have a coherent strategy in place, accusing the club of not doing their research when making bids for players.

    “If you are a club like United, you should not be pulling out of transfers — after agreeing a fee with the selling team — due to wage demands. Someone at the club should already know what sort of salary the player wants, long before it reaches this point.

    “They have also spent weeks chasing Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, and now they are running around trying to sign Casemiro from Real Madrid. From De Jong, to Rabiot, to Casemiro. They are all different players with different styles and ages. What is the plan here? Where is the strategy? It is embarrassing.”

    United have made a concerted effort to try and bring in reinforcements after their worst start to a league campaign in over 100 years, following humiliating defeats to Brighton and Brentford. A £68m bid for Ajax star Antony was rejected on Thursday, with more new players – such as Christian Pulisic and Sergino Dest – potentially arriving before the August 31 transfer deadline.

    But Carragher, 44, says the Red Devils’ scattergun approach in the market only highlights the current issues at the club — and used Liverpool’s measured and patient strategy as an example for the club to follow.

    “Erik ten Hag will want his own players, of course, and so far this summer United have backed him in the moves for Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia. I understand that, because it is hard to say no to a new manager when he has just been appointed,” he continued.

    “But the desperation at this stage of the transfer window is another sign of the problems within the club. It is like watching [the TV show] Supermarket Sweep.

    “Contrast United’s approach in the transfer market with the strategy at Liverpool, their opponents on Monday night. There are Liverpool fans screaming from the rooftops at the moment, saying they need to sign a new midfielder.

    “But the club’s decision-makers have consistently shown they are prepared to wait for the right player and the right moment, despite the external pressure.”

    He added: “When you look at United, it reminds you of a team in the bottom three of the Premier League, frantically trying to make a few late signings in the January transfer window. Top clubs should never be panicking like this.”

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  • 1 час, 5 минут назад 19.08.2022Sport
    Lewis Hamilton claim shot down as Mercedes star told ‘compromises don’t work in F1’

    Former F1 driver Jean Alesi has dismissed Lewis Hamilton’s claims that Mercedes can turn their season around and beat both Red Bull and Ferrari to claim a Grand Prix win before the 2022 season is out. Following an upturn in the Silver Arrows’ form in recent races, the seven-time world champion declared he “truly believes” his team can win this campaign, however Alesi has now objected that “compromises don’t work in F1”.

    Following years of domination which has included eight successive World Constructors’ Championship titles, Mercedes have endured a desperate season having been significantly affected by porpoising in F1’s new ground-effect era. However, despite a wretched run of results during the early part of the season, updates to the team’s W13 car have seen improved performances on the track in recent races.

    Hamilton and Russell secured back-to-back double podiums in France and Hungary in their last two outings before the season’s summer break, with the latter also claiming pole last time out in Budapest. On the back of such improvements, Hamilton’s previous prediction that Mercedes can win a race this season appears increasingly likely to come to fruition, but it seems not everyone is as optimistic.

    Former Ferrari, Benetton and Sauber driver Alesi, who amassed over 200 Grand Prix appearances during his career, rejected the Brit’s claim, insisting while upgrades can help a car, they “won’t fix it”. The Frenchman told GiveMeSport: “By experience, when a car is born with problems, you’re not able to fix it.

    “You can make a compromise, but a compromise in Formula 1 doesn’t work, you know. I don’t really believe they are able to be a winning team, winning Grands Prix, before the end of the championship under normal circumstances.”

    While Alesi admitted his shock at how poor Mercedes were in the early stages of the season, the 58-year-old expressed his admiration at how both Hamilton and Russell have gone on to recover from the setback. He added: “To see Lewis driving a car like that was sometimes embarrassing, because Lewis is a seven-time World Champion.

    “But to see his capacity to still improve the car, that was impressive. In Hungary, it was fantastic to see George on pole position and Lewis fighting towards the front.”

    Prior to Mercedes’ double podium success in France and Hungary, Hamilton claimed third in three successive races, in Canada, at Silverstone and in Austria. Speaking ahead of the third of those three events, the 37-year-old revealed his positivity regarding the remainder of the season. He said: “With a bit more hard work, hopefully we can get closer to having a chance of winning. I truly believe we can get a race win this year.

    “There was a long way back. Earlier this year I definitely wasn’t sure we would ever get a win in this car, but that was not the way we like to think. It felt there’s a long way to catch everyone up knowing the progress everyone makes.”

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  • 1 час, 5 минут назад 19.08.2022Sport
    Ryans Giggs backed by Sir Alex Ferguson in court appearance as trial continues

    Ryan Giggs has a “fantastic temperament” ex Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told jurors today. The 80-year-old came to Manchester Crown Court in person to give evidence about Giggs during his trial.

    Asked by Giggs’ barrister Chris Daw QC about Giggs’ temperament, Sir Alex said: “There was the issue of the dressing room became I used Ryan a lot – when I lost my temper about a performance I would use Ryan as the example.“Sometimes he got the sharp end of my tongue. I knew he could take it and he was strong enough and I know everyone else in the dressing room would say oh, if Ryan Giggs can take it we can all take it.”Mr Daw asked: “In terms of temperament as in terms of players who may be quick to anger and quick to become aggressive, where would you place Ryan on the spectrum in terms of temperament?”Sir Alex said: “Fantastic temperament, wonderful temperament. To have a career as long as he had and to be in a position where he had energy. He did everything we wished for. “He was without doubt the best example I had at the club. Everyone looked at Ryan as number one.”Asked if he had ever seen Giggs become “angry or aggressive” Sir Alex said: “No, no.”

    Mr Daw also asked how the two met, to which Sir Alex said: “On one occasion we started visiting his house to convince him to come to Manchester United. [He was] 13.“We tried hard to convince him to come to Manchester United but the main contact was his mother. She was very good and very accommodating. She welcomed our visits time and time again.“Ryan was a quiet boy; he just sat there and listened to what we were saying.“The club had been through a bad period when I joined in 1986. So it was a big job to do and we saw Ryan as one step towards a better club.”He added: “As I said he was a quiet boy and really we dealt through the mother.

    “The press, the media started comparing him with George Best and we had to face a lot of media attention on the boy and I said to his mother if you really trust me I will look after him and, if anyone from the media came to him, they had to come through me.“We had to protect him because when someone says they’re the next George Best it’s a big thing, a big issue. But the boy was great. There was no problem.”Asked if Giggs had “a lot of girlfriends”, Sir Alex said: “When he was older we had dinners at the end of the season. He would bring a friend with him yeah.”The trial continues.

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