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Police thank football fans for good behaviour

Police have thanked fans for their behaviour after yesterday’s Bradford City v Millwall play off tie concluded safely. West Yorkshire Police undertook a full policing operation during the Football League One Semi-final tie on Sunday afternoon. In total, officers made two arrests at the largely good natured fixture. West Yorkshire Police Match Commander, Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Greenwood, said: “The high profile game between Bradford and Millwall has passed off largely without incident. “As always, we worked closely with both clubs and the Football League prior to the match to…

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Big Time Boxing Returns To Leeds

Big time boxing returned to Leeds arena in April. The headline act, as always, was the super popular Josh Warrington, defending his WBC international featherweight title. Warrington beat the ultra-tough, tricky Tokyo based Hisashi Amagasa over 12 rounds in front of a rabid crowd, picking up scores of 118-111, 117-111, and, ludicrously, 120-107. Warrington did win the fight, starting an ending the contest very well, but Amagasa appeared, from ringside at least, to drag himself back into the fight during the middle section. Amagasa flung unorthodox shots with his long…

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Excitement building for Tour de Yorkshire

The hugely anticipated second edition of the Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race is now only a week away. Excitement is building in Otley which plays host to the start of Stage Two of the race on Saturday 30 April. Stage Two is a particularly important milestone this year, following the recent announcement that the inaugural women’s race will follow exactly the same route as the men’s race and has record prize money on offer. Former Olympic silver medalist cyclist Emma Pooley has just been announced to compete alongside Otley’s…

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Rhinos legend ‘Sir Kev’ picks up top civic honour

Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield MBE has received one of the city’s highest civic honours this week. In a special ceremony held at Leeds Civic Hall, ‘Sir Kev’ as he is affectionately known by many Rhinos fans was recognised for his fantastic contribution to the game and to the city with the ‘Leeds Award’, which was presented by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Judith Chapman. Kevin, who was made captain of the club at the age of just 22, was surprised with the accolade by the leader of Leeds City Council…

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Ismail Khan: The New Kid On The Block

He is regarded by many boxing pundits as the ‘next big thing’. Leeds born Ismail Khan is creating waves within the pugilistic sport and has already created quite a stir after winning the 52kg Senior Elite English Title Belt against Hull ABC’s Ryan Gibbons in February. Khan, who wants to continue in the footsteps of current British boxing sensation Amir Khan, is a former Cleckheaton Boxing Academy who recently joined the KBW Boxing Gym in Dewsbury With his baby faced looks, Khan can easily be described as the next ‘Baby-Faced…

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MAKE or BREAK for Khan!

Of all the mega fight of recent years, Khan vs Canelo is the most left field. It was widely expected that the Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was due to take on Gennady Golovkin in a fight for (more or less) the unified middleweight title. Khan, after missing out on the big names of Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao, was expected to finally agree to a domestic dust up with Kell Brook at welterweight. Instead, with little notice, the imminent fight was announced raking even the most knowledgeable insider by surprise….

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Quigg-Frampton: No rematch welcome here!

by James Oddy The biggest fight in British boxing finally happened, and, depending on who you talk to, it was a chess match which sparked into a war, a tactical slip up, or an overpriced none event. It was undefeated ‘world’ champions, Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton, meeting in the formers home town of Manchester for the WBC and IBF super bantamweight titles they held respectively. Really, it was a mixture of all three. In the action itself, Belfast man Frampton largely controlled more than half the rounds by boxing,…

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Bantams Diary 2: A Bad Day At The Office!

By Ansar Jawed (1st March 2016) at the Carol windows stadium, Bradford Don’t you just hate those statistics? Even more when they are silently screaming nonsense and making you wonder why we rely on them: pure and utter bull? I mean come on; more than half the possession, more shots (a dozen to be precise), more shots on target, more corners and for a kick in the teeth while you are eating grass and without the rub of the green… with less fouls, we lose! How’s that work out? Teams…

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Bantams Diary… Things are looking up!

By Ansar Jawed It is ironic to realise that ‘dead ball delivery’, is the same as what’s called, ‘a set piece’. When a team is on the whole lacking in confidence, communication or is arrogantly careless, it gets undone during these set pieces. Without rubbing it in, as I know well enough how it feels to be on the receiving end. It happened to Southend United in front of 17,000 pair of eyes last month not once but twice. The two said goals were posted in a chalk cheese fashion…

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“Haye will knock out Joshua” – Shane McGuigan

Very little about David Haye is conventional. Articulate, opinionated and a superb athlete, he made a career out of making his own choices and dictating his own terms in and out of the ring. And it appears he’s back… and as unconventional as ever. Weighing in significantly heavier than ever before and looking in great shape, Haye made light work out of knocking out over matched Australian Mark De Mori on Freeview channel Dave and in an apparently sold out 02 arena inside one round last month. My first reaction…

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