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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BRAVERY NOT ENOUGH FOR SMITH

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN ARLINGTON

No-one can doubt the heart of Liam Smith.

The Englishman walked into the lion’s den here in Texas , taking on the Mexican hero Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez who brought a bumper 51,240 crowd to their feet at the home of the Dallas Cowboys with every thumping, fearsome shot which rocked the WBO light-middleweight champion.

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GGG NEEDS ACID TEST NEXT

Gennady Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, knocks down with Dominic Wade, foreground, as referee Jack Reiss watches during the first round of a middleweight world title boxing match, Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

FROM STEVE BRENNER IN LA

It came at poor old Dominic Wade like a thunderbolt.

A thumping right hand 30 seconds before the end of the second round sent him sprawling to the canvas for the third time in less than six minutes and cemented Gennady Golovkin’s status as the arguably the most dangerous boxer on earth right now.

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CRICKET’S ATTEMPT AT A NEW US DAWN

 

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN NEW YORK

 

What a difference a week makes.

Just seven days ago, Citi Field was a cauldron of expectation as the New York Mets fought for the World Series crown, which was eventually — and dramatically — grabbed by the Kansas City Royals.

 Yet on Saturday, top-level sport returns to the same arena.

This time, however, it’s the kind that will leave most locals scratching their heads with increasing confusion and bewilderment.

Cricket.

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GGG DESERVES THE HYPE

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN NEW YORK

Gennady Golovkin never fails to impress.

The man from Kazakhstan was afforded his first ever big pay-per-view US showcase here with the eyes of the world transfixed upon Madison Square Garden and his bid to unify the middleweight division.

At the end of eight dynamic, razor sharp rounds, IBF champion David Lemieux simply couldn’t take any more punishment, his bloodied nose a brutal illustration of the damage delivered by Golovokin’s rapier like jabs and crushing hooks which whirled with devastating accuracy from the very first bell until the last.

This was a supreme performance from a supreme athlete who now has the world firmly at his feet.

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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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CITY STRUGGLES CONTINUE

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN NEW YORK

Manchester City’s problems are not confined to the Barclays Premier League.

Over the pond, NYCFC manager Jason Kreis is finding life increasingly difficult following a patchy start to the season which continued here last night as Philadelphia Union snatched a late draw in a match which had been bossed for long periods by the men in sky blue.

The pressure hasn’t reached Manuel Pellegrini proportions . It’s too early for that.
Yet Kreis and NYCFC will be under no illusions about the task in hand.
Things need to improve. And fast.

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ANDY LEE LEAVES NYC ON A HIGH

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BY STEVE BRENNER IN NEW YORK

ANDY LEE will leave New York today with his head held high and a burgeoning reputation firmly intact.

A dramatic, frenetic 12 rounds here saw the Irishman sent sprawling in the very first against the dangerous Peter Quillin, the man who vacated the WBO middleweight title Lee won so gloriously in Las Vegas last December before the result was deemed a draw.
It was the first time the reigning champion had gone the distance.
No mean feat considering he fought for a lengthy period with a strained bicep muscle in his left arm.

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MOVE OVER DISNEY – ORLANDO CITY ARE HERE

 

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN ORLANDO

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are facing an uphill battle in the Orlando popularity stakes this weekend.

Disney World is a real life Magic Kingdom for millions yet not even the grandest of shows or white knuckle rides will match the atmosphere in the creaking, cavernous Citrus Bowl on Sunday afternoon.

A sell-out crowd of 62,000 will make their way downtown to witness Orlando City, led out by Brazilian legend Kaka, in their inaugural MLS match against another fellow newcomer in the shape of NYCFC.It’s an opening day fixture to get the marketing men salivating.

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