Once on remand in Reading jail, Anthony Joshua is now heavyweight boxing's biggest star and poised to become the UK's wealthiest sports star. The dramatic turnaround in the fortunes of the one-time troubled street fighter has made his achievement in the ring all the more remarkable. The turning point for Watford-born Joshua, the son of Nigerian parents, was his arrest on drug offences in 2011 that threatened his promising boxing career. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 9:35 Exclusive Interview: Joshua on his next move :: RESPECT! Best Twitter reactions to Joshua win :: Supersize pictures of the epic fight Advertisement It was the wake-up call that Joshua needed, rewarding those who believed in him by taking Olympic gold with Team GB at the 2012 London Games. The former bricklayer, who only took up the sport nine years ago, turned professional in 2013 and his victory over Wladimir … [Read more...] about Anthony Joshua: From street fighter to heavyweight boxing superstar
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Liverpool's world-class defender Virgil van Dijk is fondly remembered at Celtic for helping the Hoops claim back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles. So it came as quite a surprise to see him linking up with Giovanni van Bronckhorst and the Rangers squad during their pre-season training camp in Portugal. The Gers are currently gearing up for the new campaign in the Algarve, where they will face newly-promoted Championship outfit Sunderland in a friendly before jetting back to Glasgow. Documenting their warm-weather camp, Rangers' social media team posted a video of the squad arriving at the plush training centre, where boss Van Bronckhorst was bizarrely seen in conversation with Anfield colossus Van Dijk. READ MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo was days from signing for Liverpool in deal that was 'easily done' Gers fans could be forgiven for glancing twice. Van Dijk racked up more than 100 appearances for their Old Firm rivals, winning the club's Player's Player of the … [Read more...] about Celtic great Virgil van Dijk turns up for pre-season training – with Rangers
With a shade over 24 hours until England host Austria at a sold-out Old Trafford, a handful of construction workers are busy building a fan park in Manchester city center. A few kilometers northeast of the building site, UEFA's Chief of Women's Football takes to the stage in a stadium hospitality room. "I feel so many different kinds of emotions but can't wait for it to get started now," said Nadine Kessler , who won 29 caps for Germany between 2010 and 2016. "I really think it's completely incomparable to when I played. I might need to be a bit provocative, but I think in my days people were more concerned with how my jersey fit than the result. We've come a long way." The buildup to the tournament has seen plenty of reflection on the growth of the game in recent years. But the day before it starts, with unfinished fan parks, sporadic advertising boards and a reported shortage of England women's shirts in major sports shops, there is a sense that organizers may not have foreseen … [Read more...] about Euro 2022: Is England ready for the biggest tournament yet?
Hayden Panettiere has revealed she was addicted to opioids and alcohol for years and was in a "cycle of self-destruction". The 32-year-old Heroes and Nashville actress said she also suffered depression after becoming a mother. She has had trauma therapy and in-patient treatment as recently as the past year, she told US publication People. "I was on top of the world and I ruined it... I'd think I hit rock bottom, but then there's that trap door that opens," she said. Panettiere found fame as a teenager and said she was only 15 when a member of her staff gave her "happy pills" before red carpet events, eventually opening the door to addiction. Advertisement "My saving grace is that I couldn't be messy while on set and working," she told the publication. "But things kept getting out of control [off set]. And as I got older, the drugs and alcohol became something I almost couldn't live without." More on Wladimir Klitschko Former world … [Read more...] about Hayden Panettiere reveals longtime drugs and alcohol battle and cycle of ‘self-destruction’