ARSENAL'S clash with Manchester City will not be played live on Chinese TV after Mesut Ozil's comments about minority Muslims being targeted in the country. The club distanced themselves from the German's social media blast about China's persecution of the Uighur population. Not surprised. @Arsenal just keep distancing themselves from the best in general 👎🏿 https://t.co/LCThV4E022— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) December 15, 2019 But despite their move to appease the Asian country, today's late afternoon kick-off will be replaced with a pre-recorded showing of Tottenham taking on Wolves. Bloomberg reports that the state-owned CCTV channel has opted to fill the slot with rivals Spurs, who kick off at 2pm. The NBA has recently fallen foul of China's clampdown on negative press after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey voiced his support of protesters in Hong Kong. League chiefs were criticised Stateside for their response as they buckled under Chinese … [Read more...] about Arsenal vs Man City replaced on Chinese TV with Tottenham match over Mesut Ozil comments
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North Korea announced it had successfully completed another "crucial test" at the Sohae long-range rocket launch site, as frustration grows over the lack of progress in negotiating sanctions relief with the US. "Another crucial test was successfully conducted at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground from 22:41 to 22:48 on December 13," a spokesman for the North's National Academy of Defence Science said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency on Saturday. Read more: Opinion: What China and the Koreas can learn from German reunification He added that "research successes" will be "applied to further bolster up the reliable strategic nuclear deterrent" of North Korea. The statement did not specify what kind of test was conducted. It may have included technologies that improve missiles' capability of reaching the US. The completion of another "very important test" had been announced days earlier. US Special Envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun is due … [Read more...] about North Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ at missile facility
HOW have we sat through a year of thrilling heavyweight action and still ended up almost exactly where we started? Just like in December 2018, Anthony Joshua holds three of the major world titles and insists he wants to decide an undisputed ruler with Deontay Wilder. But Wilder, just as he was a little over a year ago, is preparing to defend his WBC crown against the giant Gypsy King. In the last 12 months, Dillian Whyte took two steps forward and a couple back, cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk stepped up a division and got an instant mandatory shot and some porky lad called Andy Ruiz Jr went from zero-to-hero-to-20st-zero inside six whirlwind months. Some of the grizzled old veterans are clinging on, for now, and a handful of young movers and shakers are waiting in the wings to smash their name into the history books. Here is how SunSport sees the division, in reverse order...10. Andy Ruiz Jr (33-2) How different life would have been if Ruiz Jr had got the points win he deserved in … [Read more...] about Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury all crack SunSport’s top ten heavyweights – but who takes the No1 spot?
OWEN FARRELL was just eight years old when Jonny Wilkinson's golden boot won the 2000 Battle of Bloemfontein. Wilko dragged himself off his sickbed to mastermind England's only ever victory against South Africa in the Free State. With a record-breaking eight penalties and a drop goal against the Boks, the World Cup winning fly-half's performance ranks as one of his greatest of all time. And skipper Farrell has taken inspiration from that epic Test match 18 years ago as he looks to make his own history and save the series. Pumped-up Farrell said: "I have seen that game and you remember things like that. "I’ve never been to Bloemfontein so I'm looking forward to it. To win a series in South Africa would be massive. But we’ve got to equal things up first."No team ever won series here for England so to do that would something special. But we’ve got to get Saturday right first." England will again have to conquer the effects of playing at altitude in this feared Afrikaners … [Read more...] about Jonny Wilkinson’s England masterclass in Bloemfontein 18 years ago is inspiring Owen Farrell ahead of crunch South Africa Test