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Callum Smith v Nieky Holzken: Liverpool fighter confident of booking George Groves showdown despite late change

Callum Smith will fight live on talkSPORT Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Callum Smith insists a late change of opponent won’t derail his attempts to reach the World Boxing Super Series final. The Liverpool super-middleweight will face little-known Dutchman Nieky Holzken in Nuremberg on Saturday night after Jurgen Braehmer withdrew due to illness. Having prepared for months to face a southpaw in Braehmer, the 27-year-old and trainer Joe Gallagher now have just days to come up with a new game plan. But Smith – bidding to set up an all-British final against WBA…

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Watford score three late goals to beat 10-man Chelsea 4-1

Watford scored three late goals to win Javi Gracia’s first home game in charge in an “unforgettable night” for their manager and increase the pressure on Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte. The Blues played an hour with 10 men after Tiemoue Bakayoko’s red card capped off a dreadful individual 30-minute performance – in which he gifted Watford four chances. The Hornets – who had only won one of their previous 12 Premier League games – led controversially as Gerard Deulofeu went down easily under keeper Thibaut Courtois’ challenge and Troy Deeney…

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Angry Klopp fumes after Kane penalty earns Spurs late draw

Media playback is not supported on this device Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claimed he would have to “pay the biggest fine in world football” if he vented his true feelings about Harry Kane’s stoppage-time penalty that earned Tottenham a draw at Anfield. Kane – who had a penalty saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius minutes earlier – secured Spurs a point from a 2-2 draw after referee Jon Moss contentiously punished Virgil van Dijk’s challenge on substitute Erik Lamela with seconds remaining. Klopp was angry at what he saw as…

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Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham: Harry Kane pleased to bag 100th Premier League goal as his late penalty earns dramatic draw

Harry Kane scored his 100th Premier League goal as his last-gasp penalty rescued a 2-2 draw for Tottenham at Liverpool in a game that had a staggering conclusion.  Kane saw his controversial 87th-minute spot-kick saved and that looked to prove costly when Mohamed Salah lit up Anfield with a sensational individual effort moments into stoppage-time. But Kane was given the chance to atone when the linesman spotted Virgil van Dijk’s kick on Erik Lamela in the fourth minute of injury time and the England forward this time made no mistake,…

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Championship round-up: Birmingham win basement battle and Aston Villa leave it late to beat Sheffield United

Birmingham hauled themselves out of the relegation zone and left Sunderland further in trouble at the wrong end of the Sky Bet Championship with a 3-1 win at St Andrew’s. David Davis put the home side ahead after 28 minutes, and it was 2-0 just before half-time when Jeremie Boga headed in from close range. On 55 minutes, Sam Gallagher added a third before Bryan Oviedo scored a consolation for Sunderland with seven minutes left. Birmingham moved up to 20th, while Sunderland slipped to second bottom. At the other end…

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How Late Night Handled Trump’s Physical

Tuesday night, checking late-night television for vital signs and symbols, I began with “Conan” (TBS), where an angsty Conan O’Brien wandered a redesigned stage set. “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s very collapsed,” he said, in a prelude to celebrating a new intimacy with the studio audience. He pilfered a pair of sunglasses and made a clammy attempt at being ingratiating. Then he turned to the news of the day: “President Trump had a physical.” Earlier on Tuesday, the White House doctor had held a press conference to publicize the findings of…

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