BECKHAM’S MIAMI GRIPE

FROM STEVE BRENNER IN MIAMI

As Manchester footballing royalty arrive in Miami for pre-season matches, spare a thought for one of the city’s most famous sporting sons.

David Beckham’s legacy at Old Trafford is of course long since secure, but the former England captain must be pulling out his hair in frustration as he tries to bring the beautiful game permanently to the Magic City.

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A TRUE HERO

BY STEVE BRENNER

Tim Don will never forget the pain. The agony coursing through his veins. Arguably one of the greatest ever British athletes — yet relatively unknown — had been reduced to a quivering wreck with a medieval-looking brace known as a halo screwed into his head to heal a broken neck.

Friends and family were just relieved a collision with a car while training on his bike two days before the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii, in October 2017 was not fatal. Someone in the house, however, was not happy.

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FRIENDLY? THAT’S A DIRTY WORD

FROM STEVE BRENNER IN MIAMI

Charlie Stillitano knows exactly when everything fell into place. “I sat down with José Mourinho in 2003 and he said. ‘I want to play really hard games,’” the New Yorker, who appears to be friends with every football A-lister, tells the Guardian.

“José was the first person to not just embrace it, but demand it. Sir Alex Ferguson later wrote he learned something from José about getting ready to start the season. It was like total stamp-endorsing.”

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