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Boxing news: Callum Smith to fight undefeated Nieky Holzken after Juergen Braehmer pulls out with illness

Undefeated Dutch super middleweight Nieky Holzken has replaced Juergen Braehmer as Callum Smith’s opponent in Saturday’s World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight semi-final. German veteran Braehmer has been forced to withdraw from the Ali Trophy bout in Nuremberg – which is LIVE on talkSPORT – due to illness. READ MORE: Jurgen Braehmer pulls out of World Boxing Super Series semi-final fight with Callum Smith The 39-year-old has been suffering from influenza and revealed he would be unable to compete against Smith at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung. “I have been battling a feverish infection since Sunday,” said…

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Doctors blast Trump's mental illness focus to fight violence

Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. “The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense,” said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago’s Rush University Medical College. “The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness.” Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with killing 17 people on Valentine’s Day at his former high school in Parkland, Florida has been described by students as a loner with…

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Florida shooting raises awareness of stigma attached to mental illness

Following Wednesday’s shooting rampage at a South Florida high school by a 19-year-old suspect that left 17 dead — the deadliest school shooting in five years — Americans are scrambling for answers to make sense of the tragedy. Interviews after the massacre cast alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz as a troubled loner who made disturbing comments on social media. He told investigators that he heard voices in his head, giving him instructions on what to do to conduct the attack, law enforcement sources told ABC News. The voices were described as…

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Mauricio Pochettino refuses to use illness as an excuse for Southampton draw

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham’s players were hit by a virus last week but insisted that was no excuse for their sloppy display against Southampton. Christian Eriksen was a surprise absentee from the Spurs squad as he and Hugo Lloris were both struck down by illness and unable to travel to the south coast. Harry Kane cancelled out Davinson Sanchez’s own-goal but a below-par Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw and missed the chance to move into the Premier League’s top four. They will fall five points behind Liverpool if…

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Bryan Singer: Illness forces director to stop work on Freddie Mercury film

Production on the new Freddie Mercury biopic has been suspended so director Bryan Singer can deal with “a personal health matter”. The film, titled Bohemian Rhapsody, will tell the story of the late Queen frontman’s life. Twentieth Century Fox said work had been temporarily halted “due to the unexpected unavailability” of Singer. The director’s representative said it was “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family”. A statement added: “Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.” Both Singer and a family member…

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Michael Buble to make stage return after son's illness

Michael Buble is to return to the UK for his first performance since his son was diagnosed with cancer. The star will top the bill at the BST festival in Hyde Park next July, which is currently his only UK gig in 2018. Buble and his wife, actress Luisana Lopilato, cancelled all their professional engagements last November after their eldest son Noah, then aged three, began treatment for his illness. In February, the couple said Noah was “progressing well”. By April, Lopilato was able to confirm that her son was…

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