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Floyd Mayweather ‘absolutely’ up for ‘easy’ Conor McGregor rematch after Logan Paul exhibition as Money reveals beef

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER insists he’s ‘absolutely’ open to giving Conor McGregor a blockbuster rematch – despite the UFC star’s recent defeat to Dustin Poirier.

SunSport revealed in January that talks over a mega-money rematch between the pair had taken place.

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Conor McGregor entered the boxing world in 2017 to take on Floyd Mayweather[/caption]

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But the UFC superstar ended up suffering a tenth-round TKO defeat to Money[/caption]

Defeat in his UFC 257 showdown with Poirier, however, pumped the brakes on the rivals sharing the ring again.

But boxing legend Mayweather insists he’s still willing to trade heavy leather with The Notorious.

When asked if he’s open fighting the Irishman again, Mayweather told Showtime Sports: “Absolutely. He easy.”

He added: “The beef is all these guys look up to me, steal my blueprint and then get to hating on me.”

Mayweather’s sentiment was echoed by Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.

Ellerbe said of the UFC’s poster boy: “He’s been talking a lot of that s***.

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“Conor, if you’re listening, you can get that too. You can get that too.

When asked if ‘Floyd would be down for a rematch’, Ellerbe replied: “Most definitely.

“Because that right there is very personal.

“I think after everything where they left the ring and they hugged and all that.

“But things are a little different now. Things are a little different.”

McGregor, the biggest star in MMA history, entered the boxing world in August 2017 for a multi-million-pound showdown with Money.

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Conor McGregor is adamant he’d get the better of Floyd Mayweather second time around[/caption]

The Irishman suffered a tenth-round TKO defeat to the undefeated Mayweather, who announced his third retirement from the sport after notching his 50th professional victory.

Defeat to the former pound-for-pound king has long irked McGregor, who is adamant he’d get the better of the man formerly known as Pretty Boy second time around.

During an impromptu Twitter Q&A, McGregor said of preparations for a potential rematch: “I’d have people press forward in sparring.

“Especially in the later rounds. A fresh body pressing forward for the last 4 rounds.”

After getting wind of Mike Tyson’s praising of his performance last March, he tweeted: “Thank you, Mike.

“And just know that for the inevitable rematch, with the knowledge I now hold of Floyd’s style, plus under the tutelage of my old school boxing coach, I will crack the puzzle, and I will beat Floyd.

“I promise my life on it.”

Mayweather, 44, is currently gearing up for an eight-round exhibition bout against YouTuber Logan Paul, whom he’ll face in Miami on Monday morning.

McGregor, meanwhile, is preparing for a crucial trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier, who he’ll rematch on July 10 in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas.

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Why are France, Portugal and Germany in the same Euro 2020 group?

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EURO 2020 is underway and it’s the turn of the group of death to swing into action.

All of the past three tournament winners have been drawn together in possibly the toughest group in the history of the European Championship.

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World Cup winners France are in the group of death[/caption]

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Cristiano Ronaldo has his work cut out to reach the last 16 with Portugal[/caption]

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Germany boss Joachim Low has been set a tough test in his final tournament[/caption]

The group sees 2014 world champions Germany, European champions Portugal and current world champions all face off.

Hungary are the other team in the group and the government in Budapest has announced a full capacity crowd for all games in the city.

And they’ll need every one of their Hungarian supporters if they are to cause an upset in this group.

Why have Portugal, France and Germany been drawn in the same group?

When the draw for the Euros was made back in 2019, Uefa decided on a new system which would seed teams based purely on qualifying performance.

And while Portugal did qualify comfortably for Euro 2020, they didn’t enjoy a particularly impressive campaign as they finished behind Ukraine.

That led to them being seeded third for the European Championship and primed for a tough group.

It was also thanks to the Ukrainians that France ended up in the group of death.

France won their qualifying group but took just one point from two games off Turkey.

And that meant Ukraine were able to poach the final top seeded spot when Artem Besyedin scored a last minute equaliser in their final game in Serbia.

Meanwhile Germany and Hungary were both pre-drawn into Group F as Munich and Budapest had already been chosen as the group’s two host cities.

Who is hosting the matches and how many fans will be at each game?

As Germany qualified with more points-per-game than Hungary, they will play all three of their games in Munich.

However, they will play in front of just a 20 per cent capacity – the lowest of any host city – after the Bavarian government refused to approve a bigger crowd.

Hungary meanwhile will play France and Portugal in Budapest in front of a full stadium before heading to Munich to face Germany.

France vs Portugal will take place in Budapest, also with no limit on capacity.

How many teams qualify?

The top two teams qualify automatically from the group.

However, there is also a possibility that all three of France, Portugal and Germany could go through.

The four best placed third placed teams will each qualify for the knockout stages at the Euros.

And it was under this system that Portugal emerged winners at Euro 2016.

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Female cricketer blamed sexism over the quality of women’s match balls despite men playing with identical ones

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A FEMALE county cricketer blamed sexism over the quality of women’s match balls — despite men playing with identical ones.

Emilia Bartram, 27, used the hashtag #EverydaySexism when she ranted about the pink balls which she claimed had holes in the seam and the surface.

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County cricketer Emilia Bartram, 27, blamed sexism over the quality of women’s balls using the hashtag #EverydaySexism[/caption]

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Emilia slammed officials over the pink balls saying ‘You wouldn’t let the men play with this terrible quality ball, sort it out’[/caption]

She wrote online: “You wouldn’t let the men play with this terrible quality ball, sort it out.”

But the England and Wales Cricket Board said every team gets the same, regardless of gender.

It said: “These same match balls are distributed across different competitions and have been for many years, during which time criticism of the quality has been extremely rare.”

Physio Emilia, who plays for Oxfordshire, branded the balls a joke.

England and Wales Cricket Board hit back saying every team gets the same, regardless of gender

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Today’s free horse racing tips: Our man is back with ITV racing best bets for day one of Royal Ascot including 40-1 shot

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IT’S day one of Royal Ascot which means it’s time for a Weekend Punt special.

Our man Jack Keene continued his hot streak at Epsom earlier this month with a 58-1 double – meaning he is £74 in profit to a level £1 stake since the column began last August.

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The St James’s Palace Stakes is a fantastically competitive race this year.

Guineas hero Poetic Flare is the one to beat, but this will be his fifth tough race in a matter of weeks.

You can make a case for several of these, including proven Group 1 performers Battleground and Lucky Vega, but this looks ripe for an upset so I’m going to take a flyer on one at a huge price in BULLACE (4.20 Ascot).

He has made huge progress this season, easily winning a red-hot handicap first time out at Newmarket. That form has proven incredibly strong, with four subsequent winners in behind.

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He then took a step forward when a close third to Mostahdaf and Highland Avenue (who are both considerably shorter in the betting here) at Sandown, where he was too keen in a steadily-run race on deep, testing ground.

He battled all the way to the line and only gave way in the final strides to his two rivals, who were more patiently ridden, but it was a big career-best and he will be much happier back on this faster surface.

He is a strong-traveller with a potent turn of foot who should get a strong gallop to aim at here, so I expect this fast mile around a bend to play to his strengths. Trainer Ralph Beckett doesn’t throw his horses into Group 1 company for the sake of it – he’s a runner they hold in high regard.

Day one will be a pretty quiet betting day for me otherwise, though I will have a few quid on SALDIER (6.10 Ascot) in the lucky last.

He is a top hurdler with plenty of speed as he showed when bolting up over a similar trip to this at Listowel last time out.

The fast ground will be right up his street and Willie Mullins and Ryan Moore have a formidable record when teaming up together.

He carries a penalty for his runaway Listowel success but that won’t stop him making a very bold bid.

There are some mouthwatering betting opportunities coming up later in the week, so don’t use up all your bullets on the first day for the sake of it. It’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Royal Ascot day one selections (advised odds correct at time of writing)

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4.20 Royal Ascot – Bullace 1pt EW @ 40-1

6.10 Royal Ascot – Saldier 1pt WIN @ 11-4

  • (Column started August 6) rolling P&L: +74pts

 


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