The most significant moment in the life of Deontay Wilder had nothing to do with boxing or becoming heavyweight champion of the world, rightly proud though he is of that accomplishment. It came when he was called upon to make a deeply personal and profoundly agonising choice as a poor teenager who was about to become a father. Deontay Wilder opens up to Sportsmail on life as a father to eight children by four women Wilder and his then-girlfriend Helen Duncan were told that his first child would be born with spina bifida. ‘It had been scary first off to know I had a I child on the way,’ he says. ‘It was even scarier that this tiny being would be coming into the world with a defect. ‘I was so young, holding my whole world in my hands. Suddenly I was facing this huge responsibility for a life which would need my enormous care and attention. ‘The doctors told us she would never walk. Told us maybe she would never have a child’s natural ability for learning. They offered us the opportunity to terminate. Wilder’s youngest daughter, Naieya, was born with a spinal condition called spina bifida ‘This was the most important decision of my life. To keep her or not to keep her. Thank God I got it right. We just felt she had a right to live.’ Vindication has come with every improving day of Naieya’s life and the 6ft 7in 34-year-old whose business is knocking out all the other giants of the prize ring is glowing with love and delight as his daughter approaches her 15th birthday, on March 20. Naieya, 15, has defied the prognosis of doctors and is flourishing academically and in sport ‘Doctors can do all that studying and acquire all that knowledge,’ says Wilder. ‘But what they cannot account for is a miracle. The miracle that is our Naieya. She’s not just walking, she’s running. She’s not only going to school, she’s one of smartest girls in her class. So clever. So intelligent. ‘The experience with her matured me early. Seeing her overcome adversity so many times inspired me to do the same. Even before she was born she taught me the importance of always making the right decisions. She’s such a bright spark lighting up my life, as are all my children with their different characters and personalities. I love them all.’ All eight of them. By four different mothers including the latest addition with Telli Swift, the fiancée soon to become his second wife. Wilder will be happy if he finishes the job of knocking out Tyson Fury, who he floored twice in their drawn first fight. He says: ‘Yes, I want to prove to the world that I’m the best heavyweight of this generation. Perhaps the best ever because when I knock out Tyson it will be in my 11th straight world heavyweight title fight, which is closing in on Muhammad Ali’s record. ‘This is now the biggest fight of my life but my best days of all are when I have all the kids at home with me. Sometimes with all their mothers. Even a couple of my mothers-in-law. I love them, too. I have a big, beautiful family. The way we are together is amazing. There’s no trouble. I don’t want a stressful life. I lead a loving life. We lead a regular life even though we have all we need and more. Simplicity is the key.’ Preparation for a large family came from being the eldest of eight siblings. As did the aspiration for greatness. He recalls: ‘The house was always full. Some nights when everyone was at home and two of my sisters brought their kids there was no bed for me and I had to sleep outside in the back of our old car. As the oldest I got to do the majority of the chores as well as look after the others.’ Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama, for whose fabled college champions football team the Crimson Tide he dreamed of playing. Poor high school grades partly put paid that ambition and he had to go to a tough community college ‘where they made fun of my old hand-me-down clothes and worn out shoes so I turned to boxing.’ There was also the more pressing need to boost the family income: ‘We were always struggling to make ends meet. Living from pay cheque to pay cheque. So I got a job as a server at the local IHOP.’ That is short for the International House Of Pancakes fast food chain and Wilder adds: ‘I used to make pretty good tips. I always kept my station spotless clean. At first people thought I must be a basketball or football player and talked to me about sports. Then they wouldn’t sit at any tables but mine and they would tell me very personal things about their lives. ‘For some reason they clung to me. It became like having another large family. I got my social skills from my mother. She loved talking to people and like her I’m happy to meet people. I don’t think I’m better than anyone because I’m the world champion and I’ve got millions in the bank. ‘I’m still like everyone else. I had to fight my way up. I always know the price of milk. I’m a people person and I won’t let anyone take real life away from me. No-one.’ Certainly not the racists against whom Wilder, like virtually all African-Americans here in the Deep South, is still fighting. One way of reaching his charming Gone With The Wind home city which is frequently voted the No 1 most liveable town in America is via the Alabama state capital of Montgomery. Signs in the arrivals area of the airport there include a reminder that Martin Luther King Jr served several years as pastor at a local church, alongside an illustrated declaration that The March Goes On. ‘Yes it does,’ says Wilder. ‘The struggle continues. It’s still as alive, still as real as back in the day of the Million Man March. It’s appalling that it’s more out in the open now. What used to go on in the dark now goes on in the light. We can see videos of racist remarks and racist acts yet even though the proof is there plain as day those people don’t get found guilty. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Loading… ‘I’m black and famous so I use my platform to put things out there. When those moments come I give it my all. I don’t hold nothing back. I’ve not changed down the years of my success. Same walk. Same talk. Some people may not like it but they gotta respect it. ‘Other people don’t know what black people have to go through. They don’t have to live with hatred every day. They don’t see the eyes of prejudice staring them in the face. ‘Like they say, walk in my shoes. Then you might understand what I’ve been through. What it feels like to be called a certain word or to witness police brutality. ‘Usually if I see a bad situation my size and presence is enough to stop it. But I often ask myself what I would do if a terrible act against someone vulnerable carried on. I know what damage I’m capable of. But I can’t promise I would turn a deaf ear and walk away. I can’t promise I wouldn’t help that person. I can’t promise I would never lash out.’ Tuscaloosa is where the first black girl to be admitted to a segregated southern university, Autherine Lucy, was denied entrance until US marshalls famously forced Alabama governor George Wallace to step aside from barring the main door. Now it is Wilder’s refuge from such dark realities: There is a sign on his gym wall which reads Sweet Home Alabama. ‘I love this place,’ he says. ‘Everyone talks about how they like to come home. But it’s all the more beautiful when you are coming to the place that’s always been your home. To where you were born.’ Which brings him back to Fury, who has suddenly changed his trainer from the defence-orientated Ben Davison to the great Emmanuel Steward’s attack-minded nephew Javan SugerHill Steward. To which Wilder says: ‘I would no more change my trainer (Jay Deas) than I would change where I live. Why would I want to move to New York, Los Angeles or Miami when this is where I have tranquillity. I’m a home boy. I like being surrounded by family but I also like being home alone sometimes. To meditate. To train my brain to solve problems, which is as important for me as training my body.’ That remarkably slender body for a heavyweight which enables him to throw those knock-out punches at irresistible speed. Wilder is desperate to prove himself as the best heavyweight of his generation by beating Fury Fury insists he is going for a second round KO next Saturday in Las Vegas for fear that he might be robbed, as he sees it, for a second time. That draw achieved by him somehow rising semi-conscious from a last round flattening enabled Wilder to keep his WBC title and he says: ‘If Tyson comes out charging at me he really is crazy. People say I can’t box on the back foot but the majority of my knock-outs have been inflicted when I’ve been on the back foot.’ The 34-year-old has remained in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama throughout his career The build-up has been more respectful thus far and Wilder says: ‘So it should be. We’ve shared our energy in the ring and Tyson has felt the wrath of my power. The myth of that power is always in the back of the minds of all my foes. They are always wondering “when he hits me what’s going to happen to me”. ‘If I’d been knocked unconscious the way I knocked Tyson unconscious in our first fight it sure would be on my mind. I know it’s on his mind and his family’s. I’ve seen videos of them saying they don’t want him to do this again. ‘I know what’s going on. Just because you don’t see people it doesn’t mean we’re not watching. We’ve got our spies all over the world. My CIA. Even the birds talk.’ We are talking in a cubby-hole of a room in a corner of that dilapidated gym, which occupies two of a few mostly deserted lock up storage units tucked away in a small clearing in woods on the edge of town. Rain is hammering on the tin roof and old buckets are catching the drips around the ring. Wilder is convinced the punches he hit Fury with will be in the back of the Gypsy King’s mind Read Also: Fury ready for ‘war’ in Wilder heavyweight title rematch It is here that this loving father prepares for ‘my transformation into this beast called the Bronze Bomber on fight night.’ That process will become complete when he puts on one of his garish, wolf-like face masks and enters the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Vegas Strip. Wilder talks a lot about energy but he saves it for his big fights inside the ring and against racial abuse outside. Talk of the third man in the world heavyweight championship equation, Anthony Joshua, is banned in this camp because Wilder is convinced the holder of all the other alpha-belts will never risk fighting him. Still I press him to condense his thoughts into Joshua into one word. He says: ‘Coward.’ And a word for Fury, please. He pauses, gives me a copy of a signed children’s comic book about his life, then smiles as he says: ‘Amen.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Despite Bryant’s recent unsuccessful body of work, Walton has paid more attention more to how Bryant overcame numerous knee, wrist, foot and back injuries in past seasons. “I always expect great things” from Kobe, Walton said. “You don’t doubt that man. Most people that have gone through the injuries he had this late in his career would be done. But he’s still able to go out there, put up big numbers and compete at a high level. As long as he’s healthy, I expect him to do big things this year.” What are the odds?Forget about San Antonio beating the Lakers in the free-agent sweepstakes by acquiring LaMarcus Aldridge. Forget about the Clippers convincing DeAndre Jordan to change his mind about going to Dallas. Scott has considered the Golden State Warriors the favorites to secure the 2016 NBA championships after winning last season.“They’ll be tough,” said Scott, assuming the Warriors stay healthy. “They’re a No. 1 offensive team and No. 1 defensive team. That’s a great combination to have.” SAN DIEGO >> The man remains the Lakers’ main attraction. But Kobe Bryant missed Saturday night’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at Valley View Casino Arena because of a lingering bruise in his lower left leg.The Lakers have not considered Bryant’s injury serious despite his absence in the past two practices. But it seems understandable that concerns have emerged, considering Bryant played just 41 games in the past two years amid season-ending injuries to his left knee and right shoulder. Yet, Golden State interim head coach and former Lakers teammate Luke Walton anticipates Bryant writing another compelling chapter in his 20th and perhaps final NBA season. “There’s certain rules for NBA players and then there’s Kobe Bryant. I learned at a young age playing for the Lakers that nothing is impossible for Kobe,” said Walton, who played with Bryant from 2003 to 2012. “When it comes to Kobe, I learned to throw my reasoning out the window and have the belief he’ll be successful again.”Bryant has averaged 13 points on 44.6 percent shooting in 18.2 minutes at both small forward and shooting guard through five exhibition games. But he bruised his left leg in the third quarter of the Lakers’ preseason loss last Tuesday to Sacramento in Las Vegas. Walton, who played on the Lakers’ NBA title teams in 2009 and 2010, has tried providing perspective on the challenges that emerge in defending a championship. “They’ll have to go through it, but they’re doing a great job right now,” Walton said. “We’re thrilled with the way they’re playing and they’re hungry to win another one.”Injury updateLakers guard/forward Lou Williams missed Saturday’s game because of a sore groin. Scott also said Williams will skip Sunday’s practice. But Scott called the injury “not serious.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Man City became ‘noisy neighbours’ of Man Utd after Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group takeover.London, United Kingdom | AFP | Newcastle United’s sale to a Saudi-backed consortium appears to be close to completion — a deal that could turn the long-time underachievers into a major Premier League power.The potential £300 million ($370 million) takeover will reportedly see Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund take a controlling stake in the club in northeast England.AFP Sport looks at three other English clubs who enjoyed a meteoric rise after lucrative takeovers:Man City become ‘noisy neighbours’When Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group completed their £210 million takeover in September 2008, Mark Hughes was City’s manager, Brazilian Jo was their leading striker and Stephen Ireland was being touted as the team’s future star.Stuck in the shadow of Manchester United for decades, City had ended the previous season with an 8-1 defeat at Middlesbrough and were so hard up that Vincent Kompany said the dressing room toilet at their training ground did not even have a door.It is safe to say a lot has changed in the past 12 years.The turnaround from also-rans to the “noisy neighbours” of Alex Ferguson’s nightmares began just hours after the takeover with the shock signing of Brazilian star Robinho — the first in a long list of mega-money transfers that speeded City’s meteoric rise.City won the 2011 FA Cup and a year later Sergio Aguero snatched the title from United with his stoppage-time winner against QPR on the last day of the season.Big spending on stars such as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling ensured City remained the team to beat and they secured another Premier League title in 2014.Pep Guardiola’s appointment in 2016 lifted them onto an even higher level and they won the Premier League in record-breaking style in 2018.Clinching an unprecedented domestic treble in 2019 established Guardiola’s group as one of the greatest teams in Premier League history.Chelsea’s Russian revolutionRoman Abramovich changed the face of the Premier League with his Russian revolution at Stamford Bridge.Abramovich’s £140 million takeover in 2003 triggered a seismic shift in power in the Premier League. Manchester United and Arsenal were England’s pre-eminent forces, but all that changed when, as Gunners vice-chairman David Dein noted with much regret, Abramovich “parked his Russian tanks on our lawn and fired £50 notes at us”.Abramovich’s cash landed Jose Mourinho in 2004 and funded his wunderkind manager’s assault on the Premier League establishment.Mourinho won the title in his first season, ending Chelsea’s 50-year wait to be crowned kings of English football, and followed that feat by retaining the trophy 12 months later.Carlo Ancelotti delivered more Premier League glory in 2010 and Mourinho returned to win his third title in 2015 before Antonio Conte landed the fifth English title of the Abramovich era in 2017.Having fallen in love with football while watching a Champions League match between Manchester United and Real Madrid, Abramovich’s holy grail was to lead Chelsea to their first triumph in Europe’s elite club competition.His wish came true in 2012 when Chelsea defied the odds to beat Bayern Munich in the final in the German team’s own Allianz Arena.Blackburn dreamFulfilling a childhood dream, Jack Walker’s vast investment transformed unglamorous Blackburn from a relic of the past into English champions.Blackburn were in the lower reaches of the second tier when Walker became the club’s majority owner after selling his steel business to British Steel for a reported £360 million.Walker was the local boy made good, who came back to revive the team he supported as a youngster.Blackburn had not won a major trophy since the 1928 FA Cup, but Walker lured Kenny Dalglish as manager in 1991 and together they put Ewood Park back on the map.Rovers were promoted in 1992 and Walker’s lavish spending made them a Premier League force.They flexed their muscles by splashing a then English record £3.6 million to sign Southampton striker Alan Shearer, beating Manchester United in the race.In 1995, Shearer’s goals helped Blackburn win the title for the first time in 81 years.It was the culmination of Walker’s ambitious dream, but they could not sustain that success and were relegated in 1999, a year before their benefactor’s death.Share on: WhatsApp
A 31-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to 70 years behind bars after authorities say he admitted to repeatedly raping a 1-year-old child and posting the video of the incidents to the web.Prosecutors say James Lockhart was sentenced Thursday after he admitted guilt in March.According to the report investigators found that Lockhart recorded “a sexually violent four-video series” of himself raping a 1-year-old between between March 2016 and February 2018 which he then posted to the dark web. He then reportedly made other sexually explicit videos with the child and that he had bragged about raping another 1-year-old.In addition to that, investigators reported that they found several devices in Lockharts home that contained 43 videos depicting child pornography and at least 4,000 images of child pornography.Lockhart was sentenced to the statutory maximum penalty for producing, distributing, and possessing child pornography.Read the report here.