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Andre Ayew’s Brighton transfer on the rocks as Seagulls struggle with Swansea ace’s £90k-a-week wages

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ANDRE AYEW faces being priced out of a move to Brighton due to his high wages.

SunSport understands there is interest from Albion but not at Ghanaian’s current £90,000-a-week packet at Swansea.

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Brighton want Andre Ayew but can’t afford his £90k-a-week Swansea wagesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Indeed, a move would only likely come about if Ayew can come to an agreement to have the final year of his Swans terminated so the Seagulls could take him on a free on reduced terms.

Boss Graham Potter worked briefly with Ayew, 30, in his one season at the Liberty Stadium two seasons ago before he was sent out on loan to Turkey.

The brother of Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew blasted 18 goals last term and has also been linked to West Brom.

The Baggies are desperate to sign another striker and are keen on Bournemouth’s Joshua King.

However, West Ham are leading the race for the Norway international.

Meanwhile, Brighton are also looking at free agent Danny Welbeck.

The former Arsenal and Man Utd ace was released by Watford after their relegation to the Championship.

However, Welbeck has been plagued by injuries throughout his career.

How the PL's best transfer XI for this summer could look

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How the PL’s best transfer XI for this summer could look

And there is also interest from Southampton and Crystal Palace.

Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard had also been on Brighton’s radar.

But he stayed put after being hit with a £30million price tag.

Danny Welbeck wanted by Brighton on free transfer after being released by Watford following flop move from Arsenal

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Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr: Date, UK start time, TV channel, live stream, full undercard, fight rules

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BOXING icons Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr are preparing to do battle in a spectacular exhibition fight.

The 54-year-old Tyson will face Jones, 51, in a long-awaited bout, with the Baddest Man on the Planet dropping an incredible SIX stone to get in shape.

 How Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr match up

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How Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr match up

The California State Commission say the exhibition bout will be fought under the rules that both men will not look for the knock-out and will instead “exhibit” their skills, but both fighters have come out and said the contrary.

When is Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr?

  • The big fight is now set for Thanksgiving Weekend – Saturday, November 28 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
  • It was originally set to take place on September 12 but the event has been postponed until later in the year.
  • The undercard is expected to start at 9pm ET which is 1am GMT and the main event will follow between 4am and 5am GMT.
  • The legends are set to eight rounds in the ring, with Youtube star Jake Paul and NBA star Nate Robinson confirmed for the undercard.
 Iron Mike Tyson is set to return to the ring for the epic fight

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Iron Mike Tyson is set to return to the ring for the epic fightCredit: Getty

What live stream and TV channel is Tyson vs Jones Jr on? 

  • BT Sport Box Office will be broadcasting the fight in the UK.
  • Coverage begins at 8pm ET, which is midnight in UK. The undercard is set to start from 1am GMT.
  • The social media site Triller will also be airing the PPV fight.
  • Emmy-winner Mario Lopez hosts the show, and musical acts will be announced for performances too.

Who is on the Tyson vs Jones Jr undercard?

YouTuber Jake Paul leads the way on the four-fight card when he takes on ex-NBA star Nate Robinson.

Elsewhere KSI’s trainer Viddal Riley is also in action as is former super-middleweight champion Badou Jack.

  • Tyson vs Jones Jr
  • Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan
  • Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson
  • Viddal Riley vs Rashad Coulter
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What are the rules of the fight?

The fight will be contested over eight, two-minute rounds.

No headguards will be worn but the fighters will be wearing larger 12-ounce gloves.

Technically the fight can only be stopped if there is a knock-out, but California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Forster said he will stop it as soon as a cut appears.

Forster said: “Tyson and Jones Jr. won’t be wearing headgear for the fight. They’ll be lacing up 12-ounce gloves and there won’t be any judges present at the fight to score the action. So, technically, there won’t be a winner unless a knockout somehow occurs, or either fighter is deemed unfit to continue.

“They can move around and make some money, but I told them if you get cut, it’s over.”

 Roy Jones Jr, 51, last fought only two years ago

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Roy Jones Jr, 51, last fought only two years ago

What have they said?

Mike Tyson: “We’re throwing punches at each other. This is going to be my definition of fun … broken eye sockets, broken jaw, broken rib. That’s fun to me.”

Roy Jones Jr: “He’s still Mike Tyson, he’s still one of the strongest, most explosive people who ever touched a boxing ring. If anything, I made a mistake going in with him. He’s the bigger guy, he’s the explosive guy. He’s going to have all the first-round fireworks, not me. I do have first-round fireworks, but he’s known for more first-round fireworks than anybody to ever touch boxing, other than maybe George Foreman.”

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Nobby Stiles dead aged 78 – Sir Geoff Hurst leads tributes to World Cup winner who was ‘heart & soul of the team’

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ENGLAND football legend Nobby Stiles has died aged 78, with World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst paying tribute to him as the “heart and soul of the team”.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder, famous for his missing teeth and dancing on the Wembley turf in ’66, has passed away after a long illness, his family said today.

Nobby Stiles in action during the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany

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Nobby Stiles in action during the 1966 World Cup final against West GermanyCredit: Popperfoto – Getty
Stiles was famous for dancing on the Wembley turf after England won the 1966 World Cup Final

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Stiles was famous for dancing on the Wembley turf after England won the 1966 World Cup Final
Geoff Hurst, seen here lifting the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966, has hailed his former team-mate Nobby Stiles after his death

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Geoff Hurst, seen here lifting the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966, has hailed his former team-mate Nobby Stiles after his deathCredit: Rex Features
West Ham legend Hurst, seen here smashing home England's fourth goal, praised his former team-mate's 'great character'

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West Ham legend Hurst, seen here smashing home England’s fourth goal, praised his former team-mate’s ‘great character’

1966 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff hailed Stiles, who starred alongside him in that the victorious England team.

Paying tribute today, Sir Geoff wrote on Twitter: “Hugely sad to hear Nobby has passed away.

“We were playing together way back for the U17s, U23s, and of course, for England, in fact, it was my first cap when Nobby scored, I think he was wearing No. 9!

“Great character, and the heart and soul of the team, he will be sorely missed.”

Stiles had battled dementia before his death

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Stiles had battled dementia before his deathCredit: PA:Press Association
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Stiles had been battling Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia for 18 years and had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012.

His family said in a statement: “The Stiles family are sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family after a long illness.

“The family kindly ask for privacy at this sad time.”

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Ex-England legend Gary Lineker also paid tribute to Stiles, saying: “Saddened to hear that Nobby Stiles has passed away.

“Another of our 1966 World Cup winning heroes leaves us. He had a heart that was even bigger than the gap in his teeth. RIP Nobby.”

A number of Manchester United players who worked with Stiles in the 1990s took to social media to pay tribute to the World Cup winner’s impact on their careers.

“Rest in Peace Nobby. Thank you for all you did for us. You taught us how to fight for everything in that red shirt,” wrote Gary Neville.

Another of our 1966 World Cup winning heroes leaves us. He had a heart that was even bigger than the gap in his teeth. RIP Nobby.

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“As a 16-year-old boy at Manchester United, it was a privilege to be coached by a legend of the game and a true gentleman,” wrote Robbie Savage.

“Really sad news that Man Utd legend Nobby Styles has passed away. A great hero and an inspiration for all United fans,” wrote Peter Schmeichel.

England offered their condolences, tweeting: “We’re incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Nobby Stiles, a key member of our FIFA World Cup-winning squad, at the age of 78.

“All of our thoughts are with Nobby’s loved ones.”

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Nobby Stiles (far left, front row) celebrating winning the World Cup in 1966

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Nobby Stiles (far left, front row) celebrating winning the World Cup in 1966Credit: Getty – Contributor
Nobby Stiles was an England and Manchester United legend

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Nobby Stiles was an England and Manchester United legendCredit: Getty – Contributor
Stiles tackles Jimmy Greaves playing for Manchester United against Tottenham in 1967

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Stiles tackles Jimmy Greaves playing for Manchester United against Tottenham in 1967Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography – Getty
Stiles with Manchester United and England teammate Bobby Charlton in 1968

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Stiles with Manchester United and England teammate Bobby Charlton in 1968Credit: Rex Features
Nobby Stiles with his World Cup and European Cup winning medals

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Nobby Stiles with his World Cup and European Cup winning medalsCredit: Rex Features

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Stiles was an important member of the 1966 World Cup winning team.

He was famous for dancing on the Wembley turf after England beat West Germany 4-2 in the final.

Reflecting on the moment, he told the Guardian in 2002: “It’s still the biggest thing that happened to me [the World Cup]. Wherever you go, what you did means so much to people.

“Not just lads of my age, you’d expect that. But kids of me grandkids’ age, they come up to me and go: ‘Hey, you, you’re the fella with no teeth who danced round Wembley, aren’t you?’ In a way, you end up belonging to everyone.”

The tough-tackling midfielder started his career at Old Trafford, signing for Manchester United in 1959 – a year after the Munich air disaster.

It’s still the biggest thing that happened to me [the World Cup]. Wherever you go, what you did means so much to people.

Nobby Stiles

He would go on to play 311 times for the Red Devils – winning league titles in 1965 and 1967 and then the European Cup in 1968.

In beating Benfica in the final at Wembley, Stiles and his teammates became the first English side to win the coveted trophy.

He later went on to play for Middlesbrough between 1971-73 and Preston North End from 1973-75, before retiring from the game.

Stiles retired from international duty with 28 England caps.

After hanging up his boots he went into coaching and managed Preston, Vancouver Whitecaps and West Brom.

He returned to United as a youth team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1989 for a four-year stint.

HEALTH BATTLE

Sadly his health deteriorated in his later years.

In 2010, after a mini-stroke, he decided to sell his medals in order to leave something to his family.

United bought them for £200,000 and the medals are now housed in the club’s museum.

His son Rob described the footballer’s heartbreaking struggle with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017.

Rob said: “He’s not aware of anything. We’ve been told he’s in the final stages but you just don’t know how long it goes on for.

“You can go one day where you think he’s going to die, then the next day he’s fairly alert. He’s very bad now.”

Iconic moment late Nobby Stiles danced with trophy after England won 1966 World Cup
Stiles and his wife Kaye in 2010

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Stiles and his wife Kaye in 2010Credit: Rex Features
Stiles and his ex-England teammates Bobby and Jack Charlton during a golf day in 2013

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Stiles and his ex-England teammates Bobby and Jack Charlton during a golf day in 2013Credit: Rex Features
England football legend Nobby Stiles has died aged 78

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England football legend Nobby Stiles has died aged 78Credit: Getty – Contributor
Stiles won 28 caps for England

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Stiles won 28 caps for EnglandCredit: PA:Press Association
After hanging up his boots Stiles went into coaching and managed Preston, Vancouver Whitecaps and West Brom

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After hanging up his boots Stiles went into coaching and managed Preston, Vancouver Whitecaps and West BromCredit: Popperfoto – Getty

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Premier League set to be massive loser in Brexit battle amid fears Europe’s top talents will NOT be given visas

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BREXIT is struggling to resurface among the turmoil induced by Covid-19.

And the same applies in football, too.

Karren Brady believes the Premier League are set to be the massive loser in the Brexit battle

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Karren Brady believes the Premier League are set to be the massive loser in the Brexit battle

The FA and the Premier League are in hand-to-hand combat as they consider exactly how to amend the current regulations on foreign players once Britain leaves the EU on January 1.

Roughly, they stand at the right of each club to include 17 foreign players. The question is how and why they qualify to work alongside the home-grown players in a 25-man squad.

This may seem a fair compromise, except that Brexit will destroy the rights of EU members not to require visas.

In future they will and visas will not be particularly easy to acquire if a player isn’t in the highest categories, although it is regarded as some sort of consolation that the new system will simplify moves for non-Europeans.

Did I write ‘simplify’? Sorry about that.

Buying footballers is going to become even more complicated – about as straightforward as crossing a minefield on a steamroller.

It would be, wouldn’t it, with the involvement of the Home Office, Brexit immigration, UEFA, FIFA, FA, 20 Prem clubs and Uncle Tom Cobley.

The part played by FA chairman Greg Clarke in Project Big Picture leaves him as wide open as an empty goal to criticism for anything and everything.

After all, it was him, Rick Parry and six Prem clubs who all played a part in attempting to consign the remaining 14 teams to bit-parts of the league.

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But putting that to one side, the FA’s plan would unnecessarily increase the restrictions of a points-based system – and will not deliver a better England team.

It will, however, impact the Prem as other European leagues have no restrictions when recruiting overseas players. They can recruit talent earlier and at a reduced price.

And the FA’s preferred system would prevent the Prem from recruiting the best young high potential talent, while European clubs will be able to recruit our equivalent talent – for example, Borussia Dortmund signing Jude Bellingham.

Clarke makes these recommendations on the grounds that the England team would eventually benefit.

If, as is often charged, the Prem’s driving force is money then, equally, the FA assertion is from dreamland.

National team success is based on a small pool of high-quality players as opposed to having large volumes available.

The big five nations use on average 40 players each season in competitive and friendly matches. It is not about quantity, it is about quality.

England have won nothing since 1966, whether the squads were born-and-true subjects of the Queen or a mix of United Nations.

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The part played by FA chairman Greg Clarke in Project Big Picture leaves him wide open to criticism for anything and everythingCredit: PA

I would also add that the quality of squads has been improved by foreign managers, staff and players, the supply of skilled youngsters has grown impressively.

From Trent Alexander-Arnold through to Marcus Rashford, the prospects keep coming for Gareth Southgate.

As a result, the England team is successful and is young, ranked fourth in the world and with an average age of 24.9 years.

And let’s not forget that there were 238 English players appearing on the Prem pitch last season.

There are degrees of agreement between all sides, including the Government.

They like the prestige of the Premier League, recently classified as No 1 league in the world.

They like the world-wide appeal.

Young prospects keep coming through for England boss Gareth Southgate

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Young prospects keep coming through for England boss Gareth SouthgateCredit: AFP

Most of all, they relish the income they receive from it in tax – £6BILLION at the last count.

 And let’s face it, they need all the tax they can get their hands on these days.

But in this country, we can’t help fiddling with what works.

The 17-8 squad ratio operates well and so, give or take minor adjustments, does our football structure.

The football landscape between club and country has a good balance of quality and does not need intervention.

The Home Office gives ultimate authority over football to the governing body, the FA, although the Prem is known to impress ministers who understand that wealth and strength add up to a lot of negotiating muscle.

Which is why if there is no agreement with the FA, Prem chief executive Richard Masters’ alternative proposal will be given a worthy hearing in Westminster.

The truth, though, is that Brexit will win for better or worse.

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