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Watch Diego Costa in sparring session in Fernando Torres' boxing gym

Costa was sparring with Atletico fitness coach Oscar ‘El Profe’ Ortega Friday, January 12, 2018 Diego Costa has been working on getting his fitness back by sparring with Atletico Madrid’s fitness coach.  The 29-year-old has been put through his paces in team-mate Fernando Torres’ boxing gym after completing his long-awaited transfer back to the Spanish club from Chelsea.  And the boxing has seemingly had a massive effect on Costa who scored on his first game back for Atletico in their win over Getafe.  However, it may have worked too well…

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Tyson Fury: British Boxing Board of Control wait on medical documents

British boxing chiefs say they are “nowhere near” granting Tyson Fury a licence to fight and still require medical records to lift his suspension. The British Boxing Board of Control suspended Fury’s licence in 2016 owing to “anti-doping and medical issues”. Fury, 29, accepted a backdated two-year anti-doping ban in December and is working towards a return in 2018. He tweeted on Wednesday that he would be “applying for my licence today” and would be back in the ring in April. But the BBBofC has not spoken to Fury and…

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Rihanna's cousin shot dead in Barbados on Boxing Day

Rihanna has called for an end to gun violence after her cousin was killed on Boxing Day. She’s been paying tribute to her 21-year-old relative – they had just spent Christmas together. Rihanna added the hashtag #endgunviolence to an emotional post on Instagram. “RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!” she wrote. The message was put up with a photo gallery dedicated to her cousin. Rihanna didn’t name him, but according to local Barbadian news station Nation News, the victim…

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Premier League results: The man of the match in every Boxing Day game

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 After stuffing ourselves silly on Christmas Day we got a bumper serving of Premier League football on Boxing Day. Across eight fixtures we saw plenty of goals as Harry Kane broke the record for most Premier League goals in a calendar year, while Burnley continued their tremendous form by holding Manchester United to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. Elsewhere, there were wins for Chelsea and Watford, while there was also a controversial 3-3 draw between Bournemouth and West Ham. But who was the man of…

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Premier League Boxing Day results: Lingard rescues Burnley and controversial finish in Bournemouth v West Ham

Steven Defour put Burnley 2-0 ahead against Man United with a fine free-kick Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Tottenham beat Southampton 5-2 to begin Boxing Day in style and there were plenty of goals in the 3pm games, too. BOURNEMOUTH 3-3 WEST HAMMore to follow. CHELSEA 2-0 BRIGHTONMore to follow. HUDDERSFIELD 1-1 STOKETom Ince’s first Premier League goal since February 2014 was cancelled out by Ramadan Sobhi’s second in four days as Huddersfield and Stoke drew 1-1. Ince, who last registered a top-flight goal with Crystal Palace, finally ended his drought with…

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Shoppers stay home for Boxing Day sales

Fewer people have hit the UK’s Boxing Day sales this year as Black Friday discounts and savvy online shoppers lowered turnout. Shop visits dropped by 4% up to midday compared with last year, according to research group Springboard. Shopping centres and High Streets recorded the biggest declines. Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said that although it had expected a downturn, “the scale of the drop is greater than expected.” She said: “What we have seen in the last couple of years is a structural shift in the Christmas trading…

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