FIFA PAINS STRIKE AMERICAN DREAM

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BY STEVE BRENNER

It’s what they’ve always wanted. The soccer world was gazing straight at the United States last week.

Forget the ultimately forgettable World Cup of 1994. Now Uncle Sam was making waves which would reverberate for eternity and beyond.

The dramatic revelations that the FBI were after FIFA  had suddenly catapulted the beautiful game into everyone’s consciousness in an instant.

Don’t worry about trying to sell MLS to the masses. Just chase after Sepp Blatter and his cronies. Watch the interest grow.

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RAISE YOUR GAME AMIR

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN NEW YORK

AMIR KHAN has been told to summon the spirit of Buster Douglas if he wants to send Floyd Mayweather crashing.

When Mike Tyson was floored by Douglas 25 years ago, the world was stunned as one of the biggest shocks of all-time rocked boxing.

And , after Khan failed to produce the kind of glittering statement against Chris Algieri to get the Moneyman running for cover, trainer Virgil Hunter reckons the Brit will have to seriously raise his game or risk his dream evaporating once and for all.

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TEARS FOR THE HISTORY MAKER

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN BOSTON

Tears of joy flowed on Saturday night.

As James DeGale and trainer Jim McDonnell hugged in the changing room after completing their quest to create history, the magnitude of the situation simply overwhelmed them both.

Becoming the first Briton to follow up winning Olympic gold by scooping a world title was a wonderful achievement in itself.

Yet to be crowned the IBF super-middleweight champion was the coup de grace not only for the 29 year-old but for McDonnell, the 56 year-old Londoner who tried yet failed to reach the heights his beloved protégé scaled here at the Agganis Arena.

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DEGALE’S MOMENT OF TRUTH

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN BOSTON

The moment of truth has arrived for James DeGale.

When the 29 year-old was a troubled teenager growing up in London, watching Prince Naseem Hamed light up Madison Square Garden sparked a dream which will be realized this evening here in Boston.

DeGale’s first professional fight in the United States is also his biggest.

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WILL THEY REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME?

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN NEW YORK

It’s a derby steeped in absolutely nothing.

Normally when two local rivals clash head on, the history books are overflowing with memories of mayhem from years of fraught battles.

Yet when the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC meet on Sunday  at Red Bull Arena,  it will be a nervy first dance for both.

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A-ROD IN ANOTHER FINE MESS

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BY STEVE BRENNER

As soon as the 661st home-run of Alex Rodriguez’s career boomed off the bat, exuberant celebrations should have followed.

It was, after all, an historic hit , one which took him past the legendary Willie Mays as the fourth most potent hitter ever.

Another momentous moment in arguably the most storied of US sporting franchises. Yankee Stadium drips with history and sepia tinted nods back to the good old days.

They make millions from the past and will continue to do so.

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RIOTS LEAVE EMPTY FEELING

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BY STEVE BRENNER

It was a scene both surreal and dispiriting in equal measure.

As the Baltimore Orioles swaggered out to take on the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, their stadium at Camden Yards– capacity 45,971 – was empty, apart from two scouts and a press-box of journalists.

Normally, the place would be packed. A cacophony of noise would resound from the stands.

Yet, it hasn’t been a normal week in Charm City.

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