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Finland 1-0 Ireland: Finns deal heavy blow to Stephen Kenny’s side’s UEFA Nations League ambitions

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Republic of Ireland, finding new ways not to score since 2016.

Martin O’Neill liked to play on the break, pace in behind. His side went nowhere fast. Mick McCarthy loved crosses into the box. Noughts and crosses just about sums up that plan.

And the new man, Stephen Kenny, well he is all about possession. That is looking more like nine tenths of the bore on the evidence of three games without a goal in the past week. 

Finland dealt a heavy blow to Ireland's UEFA Nations League hopes with a 1-0 win in Helsinki

Finland dealt a heavy blow to Ireland’s UEFA Nations League hopes with a 1-0 win in Helsinki

Fredrick Jensen pounced on a defensive lapse to punish the visitors in a nip-and-tuck contest

Fredrick Jensen pounced on a defensive lapse to punish the visitors in a nip-and-tuck contest

The Augsburg striker wheels away in celebration as he delights at opening the scoring

 The Augsburg striker wheels away in celebration as he delights at opening the scoring

In four years under the management of the above-mentioned trio they have scored just 17 times from 26 competitive games. Under Kenny, it is one goal in eight hours.

The natives are encouraged by Kenny’s start, and you understand why with a shift towards a more attractive style. But unless Kenny works out how to score a goal it will soon look pretty ugly, as his predecessors discovered.

Ireland are headed for the third tier of the Nations League after this defeat. Perhaps opposition such as Albania, Armenia and Azerbaijan will prove easier to crack. 

Ireland players cut dejected figures in what has been a below-par international break

Ireland players cut dejected figures in what has been a below-par international break

Finnish fans were in attendance at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium for the Nations League game

Finnish fans were in attendance at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium for the Nations League game

Because opponents such as Finland – ranked 56th in the world – are simply too difficult for them to break down right now.

That is a pair of 1-0 victories for the Finns over Ireland in the past month. This one was achieved when Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph’s short goal-kick was intercepted and Teemu Pukki crossed for Fredrik Jensen to score on 66 minutes.

And that was enough. It usually is against Ireland.  

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Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz: Live stream, UK TV channel, ring walk time, head-to-head

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GERVONTA DAVIS continues his quest to emulate mentor and promoter Floyd Mayweather as he enters the ring against Leo Santa Cruz.

The battle will take place in San Antonio, Texas, and the undercard also makes for fascinating viewing.

Gervonta Davis is back in action on Saturday night

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Gervonta Davis is back in action on Saturday night

What date and time is Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz?

  • Davis vs Santa Cruz takes place on Saturday, October 31 in the US.
  • The fight is taking place at Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
  • UK ring walk is expected at around 3am on Sunday, November 1.
  • There will be 11,500 fans inside the stadium.

What TV channel and stream is Davis vs Santa Cruz on in the UK and the US?

  • Showtime Sports are exclusively broadcasting the fight in the United States.
  • The fight costs $74.99.
  • Currently there are no plans to show this fight in the UK.

How Mayweather compared with his protege Davis at the age of 25:

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Who is on the undercard?

  • Mario Barrios vs Ryan Karl
  • Regis Prograis vs Juan Heraldez
  • Diego Magdaleno vs Isaac Cruz Gonzalez
  • Michel Rivera vs Ladarius Miller
  • Jerry Perez vs Joshua Zuniga
  • Julian Rodarte vs Jose Morales
  • Kent Cruz vs Dieumerci Nzau
  • Anthony Cuba vs Leon Cavalli

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Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr press conference live stream FREE: How to watch event featuring Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson

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MIKE TYSON and Roy Jones Jr meet in their first press conference THIS WEEK ahead of their huge boxing bout next month.

The two legends – at a combined age of 105 – do battle on November 28 on a show which also features YouTube star Jake Paul. Here is how to watch all of the action…

 Tyson looks in amazing shape at 54 ahead of his comeback

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Tyson looks in amazing shape at 54 ahead of his comebackCredit: Instagram @miketyson

When is Tyson vs Jones Jr press conference?

  • The highly-anticipated press conference between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr takes place from 5pm GMT on Thursday 29 October.
  • That is 1pm ET over in the US.
  • The event will be hosted by ESPN combat sports analyst Ariel Helwani.
 Four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr last fought in 2018

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Four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr last fought in 2018Credit: Getty Images – Getty

How can I watch Tyson vs Jones Jr press conference?

When is Tyson vs Jones Jr?

  • Tyson vs Jones Jr  takes place on Saturday, November 28.
  • Coverage begins at 8pm ET, which is midnight in UK.
  • Watch the pay-per-view event on tysonontriller.com.
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What is 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.

Emmy-winner Mario Lopez hosts the show, and musical acts will be announced for performances too.

  • Tyson vs Jones Jr
  • Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan
  • Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson
  • Viddal Riley vs Rashad Coulter

What have they said?

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.”

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.”

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Usyk vs Chisora: UK start time, date, TV channel, live stream, ring walk and undercard for heavyweight fight

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OLEKSANDR USYK is stepping it up a gear as he takes on Dereck Chisora in his second heavyweight fight.

The Ukrainian knocked out Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds on his debut after dominating the cruiserweight division.

Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora finally do battle on Saturday night

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Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora finally do battle on Saturday night

But Chisora is set to be an altogether different proposition and comes into this one having forced David Price to throw in the towel after four rounds.

What time is Usyk vs Chisora?

  • Originally scheduled for May 23, this fight now takes place this Saturday, October 31 after being postponed due to coronavirus.
  • The event starts at 6pm UK time with the ring walk expected at around 10pm.
  • Wembley Arena is the venue for the huge bout.

What TV channel is Usyk vs Chisora on and can I live stream it?

Full undercard

  • Lee Selby v George Kambosos
  • Tommy McCarthy v Bilal Laggoune – for vacant EBU European Cruiser Title
  • Savannah Marshall v Hannah Rankin – for vacant WBO Middleweight Title
  • Amy Timlin v Carly Skelly – for vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight Title
  • David Allen v Christopher Lovejoy
  • Ukashir Farooq v Martin Tecyuapetla

More to follow

What they said

Dereck Chisora: “I will make sure that when Usyk gets out of that ring he knows he has been in a fight.

“He wants to claim he is at the top of the food chain, but if he wants to do that he needs to box a true heavyweight.

“It’s a fight – the guy is going to chuck the kitchen sink at me.

“The fight sells itself – he is a good fighter and is loved by the English fans. Even people who don’t like boxing love watching him and he’s fighting myself.

“There is nothing bad about this fight, there’s not hatred, it’s all about the love for the sport.”

Latest odds

Usyk to win 1/7

Draw 25/1

Chisora to win 9/2

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