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Known as 'the voice of golf' to fans around the world, Peter Alliss was synonymous with the coverage golf for more than half a century on BBC TV, having first appearing on the station in 1961 - he was made lead golf commentator after retiring as a player in 1978 - and provided the soundtrack to many of golf's most memorable moments, with November's Masters the last tournament he covered.

Born in Berlin, where his father Percy was the professional at the glamorous Wannsee club, the legendary golf commentator, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in the Lifetime Achievement category in 2012, won 31 tournaments – as a player - and he and his father Percy were the first father-son duo to compete in the Ryder Cup, when it was a contest between Great Britain and the United States.

After retiring from playing professionally, Alliss moved into the commentary booth, where his descriptive and dead-pan style became the soundtrack to the BBC's coverage of major golf events.

His first experience behind the microphone came at the 1961 Open Championship, remarkably, in the same tournament he was challenging Arnold Palmer on the course.

"His inimitable tone, humour and command of the microphone will be sorely missed. His often legendary commentaries will be long remembered," the BBC said.

In 1978 he was appointed as the station’s chief golf commentator following the death of his co-host and great friend Henry Longhurst. He once described his television role saying: "I'm there as an old player, a lover of the game and a good weaver of stories."

To the majority of golf fans across the world Alliss’ soothing voice was the audio accompaniment to the legends of the game – from Seve Ballesteros to Tiger Woods and many more before and since.

European Tour chief executive, Keith Pelley, said: "Peter made an indelible mark on everything he did in our game, but especially as a player and a broadcaster, and he leaves a remarkable legacy," whilst Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who also fronted the BBC's Masters and Open coverage in the past, and Monty Python actor John Cleese were among the first to mourn Alliss' passing.

He passed away age 89.

A £2million fund to help residents in all 69 of the city’s wards feel involved with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is set for approval next week.

The Celebrating Communities Small Grants Funding Scheme, due before Cabinet members on December 15, is part of a wider £6million package assembled by the council to maximise the benefit and legacy of hosting the Games.

Grants will be available to run initiatives which deliver against one of three themes: ‘Getting Active’, ‘Ready, Steady, Fun’ and ‘Celebrating Culture’ - which are described as follows:

Getting Active – encouraging communities to get out and get active by participating in sports and recreational activities. The overriding aim should be to encourage residents, of all abilities and ages, to engage in physical activity and improve their health and wellbeing.

Ready, Steady, Fun – delivering community projects to ensure a local area is Games ready (e.g. by improving communal space, and hosting community celebrations to develop active citizenship and reduce loneliness and social isolation).

Celebrating Culture – developing community-led cultural events and initiatives that encourage intergenerational activities. Proposed schemes must harness the power of culture to bring people together, celebrate their identities, and the culture, heritage and stories of their communities.

The scheme, which will be run in two rounds from April 2021, will allocate funding across the city’s wards using a formula that takes into account local deprivation data and the size of the ward.

Wards with one councillor will receive between £11,100 and £17,500. Wards with two councillors will receive between £22,200 and £35,000. Fuller details will be announced and widely publicised in due course with funding set to be available from April 2021, subject to the plan being approved by Cabinet.

Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have been described as a Games for everyone – this fund is all about making that a reality. We want everyone in every ward of the city to come together and have a chance to embrace our status as a Proud Host City, and there are plenty of ways that this can be done by our communities.

“Sometimes these plans will require small amounts of money to make them happen. We hope this Celebrating Communities fund will help unlock some of the local ambition and help make the events of 2022 memorable for the people of Birmingham for many years to come and help them experience the benefits the Games will bring.”

Of the remaining £4million that forms the wider £6million set aside by the council to help communities embrace the Games, £2million has already been approved for the Creative Communities Small Grants Fund.

The final £2million will be targeted at supporting learning, equalities and physical activity and be the subject of a separate Cabinet report by the end of March 2021.

Senegalese football hero Papa Bouba Diop, who died in France last week aged 42, is being buried in a private ceremony at his birthplace near Dakar. President Macky Sall led tributes to him, saying the nation's loss was "immense".

Diop scored the only goal in the 2002 World Cup match which saw Senegal upset then reigning champions France. Several of his former teammates, some overcome with emotion, attended Friday's ceremony. They wore the shirts of the national team bearing his name, and his number, 19.

Striker El Hadji Diouf said Diop had been a model team-mate, while Henri Camara said he had lost his "twin brother". Diop's body was flown back on Friday from Lens in northern France, where he died after a long illness.

President Sall said that Diop's goal against France meant Senegal would go down in the annals of global football. After beating France, Senegal reached the quarter-finals. No African team has gone further.

The president announced that a museum at a 50,000-seater stadium being built outside the capital, Dakar, would be named after Diop, who has also been given a posthumous national award, the Knight of the National Order of Merit.

The highlight of his club career was winning the 2008 FA Cup with Portsmouth. He also played for Fulham, West Ham United, Birmingham City and French club Lens. His Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp said he was "very lucky to have managed such a fantastic boy - he was special".

"They called him the Wardrobe, he was so big you couldn't move him," he said.

Two basketball vests - one worn by the NBA superstar Michael Jordan and the other by former US president Barack Obama - sold for record sums at a Los Angeles auction on Friday.

Jordan's number 23 vest, which he wore when he signed for the Chicago Bulls in 1984, sold for $320,000 (£235,000). Mr Obama's vest, worn with his Punahou School team, went for $192,000 - a record for a high-school sports shirt. Last year, another one of his high-school vests fetched $120,000.

Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills said Mr Obama wore his shirt - also number 23 - in 1979, when he helped his team win the Hawaii basketball state championship. The ex-president's love of the game has followed him through life. In his new memoir, A Promised Land, he said he had to stop coaching his daughter Sasha's basketball team after parents from a rival team complained that he was giving them an unfair advantage.

Michael Jordan - the first billionaire athlete - was at the centre of the Chicago Bulls team that won six NBA championships in the 1990s. A documentary series, The Last Dance, about the team's standout successes was a hit on Netflix earlier this year. President Obama appeared as one of the show's interviewees, saying: "Michael Jordan and the Bulls changed the culture." The previous record sum for a Jordan "number 23" shirt was $288,000 in an auction in July.

Also on sale in the latest auction was an autographed Cavaliers shirt worn by current NBA star Lebron James, which sold for $128,000, and an NFL football shirt worn by quarterback Colin Kapaernick, from his debut for the San Francisco 49ers. His shirt also sold for $128,000 - a new record for an NFL shirt.

In 2016, Kaepernick became a symbol in the fight against racial injustice when he kneeled in protest during the US national anthem.

Cricket West Indies has won the 2020 Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Award for sending their men's and women's teams to tour England.

The men's side arrived in June for a three-Test series when coronavirus infection rates in England were high. The women played a Twenty20 series in September at short notice after India and South Africa were unable to tour because of the pandemic.

"We are delighted," said Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave.

"I'd like to thank MCC and the BBC for recognising the efforts that our teams made in helping to ensure that international cricket came back safely during the pandemic."

All matches this summer were played in a bio-secure environment, with players staying in hotels on site and no fans allowed in the grounds.

MCC president and former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said West Indies' actions "truly embodied the spirit of cricket".

The MCC and BBC, who created the award in 2013 in memory of former BBC Test Match Special commentator and MCC president Martin-Jenkins, also praised the Pakistan Cricket Board, Cricket Ireland and Cricket Australia for allowing teams to tour.

They also said the England and Wales Cricket Board made a "herculean effort to host international cricket in this extraordinary year".

Last year's winners were the New Zealand men's team, who were recognised for their conduct after losing the World Cup final to England.

The Premier League and English Football League have agreed a £250m rescue package to help ease the financial challenge faced by EFL clubs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The EFL will be assisted in getting a £200m loan for Championship clubs.

A £50m grant has been agreed for League One and Two clubs.

EFL chairman Rick Parry said it was a "welcome, tangible commitment to the professional game at a time when it has needed it most". The Premier League will pay up to £15m to help the EFL secure a £200m loan which it will then lend to Championship clubs interest free.

Loans are capped at £8.33m per club and must be repaid by June 2024.

The £50m rescue package for Leagues One and Two is split into two parts - £30m will be paid to the 48 clubs as a grant based on missed gate receipts from the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. A further £20m monitored grant will be provided and clubs can apply based on need. A joint Premier League and EFL panel will determine club eligibility.

Clubs receiving a monitored grant will be subject to restrictions with respect to transfer spend and player wages.

"Our over-arching aim throughout this process has been to ensure that all EFL clubs survive the financial impact of the pandemic," said Parry. "I am pleased that we have now reached a resolution on behalf of our clubs and, as we have maintained throughout, this will provide much-needed support and clarity following months of uncertainty." Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: "The Premier League is a huge supporter of the football pyramid and is well aware of the important role clubs play in their communities. Our commitment is that no EFL club need go out of business due to Covid-19.

"We are very pleased to have reached this agreement and we stand together with the EFL in our commitment to protect all clubs in these unprecedented times." Since March, football has been played behind closed doors until restrictions were lifted in some areas of England this week, meaning clubs have missed out on vital matchday revenue. In October, EFL clubs rejected the Premier League's proposed £50m rescue package for League One and Two clubs, saying it "falls some way short" of the required amount. Top-flight clubs made the offer after deciding not to pursue Project Big Picture. But in November, clubs "agreed in principle" for those in League One and Two to receive the package from the Premier League.

The agreement came two days after after a parliamentary committee heard that 10 EFL clubs were struggling to pay wages. The EFL board approved the deal before Premier League shareholders then gave their final approval to the agreement.

"I warmly welcome this deal between the Premier League and the EFL which provides up to £250m support to help clubs through Covid," said culture secretary Oliver Dowden. "Fans are starting to return and we look forward to building on this as soon as it's safe.

"With a £250m support package for men's elite football and £300m government funding for women's football, the National League and other major spectator sports, we have fuel in the tank to get clubs and sports through this."

Julian Knight MP, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said he welcomed the rescue package but criticised the delay in agreeing the deal, adding: "This fiasco is evidence of a lack of accountability within football's governance structure."

As Olympians and athletes they have stood on podiums, enjoyed international acclaim and have taken home the most coveted prizes in their respective sports, but a group of global sporting stars have united to underline the crisis in mental health among young people and how sport can play a role in reversing this.

Speaking at the inaugural Laureus Sport for Good Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum - an online event supported by EACT Jockey Club Active Community Programme - sports stars were joined by representatives from Laureus-supported mental health and wellbeing programmes from around the world, as well as global leaders from the mental health and wellbeing sector.

Laureus Olympic legends including 400m hurdling legend Edwin Moses, four-time Olympic gold medallist, Li Xiaopeng, China’s first winter gold medallist Yang Yang, and South African swimming stars Cameron van der Burgh and Natalie du Toit were joined by rugby stars Sean Fitzpatrick and Nolli Waterman with surfing legend Garrett McNamara.

The international field was joined by Laureus Hong Kong Ambassadors Lee Lai Shan, Wong Kam Po, Malina Ngai Man Lin, Alex Fong Lik Sun, top fencer Vivian Kong and swimmer Yvette Kong for the inaugural EACT Jockey Club Active Community Programme: Laureus Sport for Good Mental Health and Wellbeing through Sport Regional Forum.

Throughout the three-day Forum, participants heard how Covid-19 has had a catastrophic impact on the mental health and well-being of young people all over the world, as a result of lockdowns, restrictions and the loss of social interaction, sport and wider opportunities for self-development. 

The Forum showcased the pioneering Model City Hong Kong initiative, which is convening like-minded organisations with the goal of working together to use sport to make a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the region as restrictions ease and activities return. The event also discussed the transformational mental health and wellbeing benefits of sport - particularly surfing, which will make an Olympic debut in Tokyo next year and swimming. Participants also heard about how sport is building resilience and tackling depression and anxiety in young people in Northern Ireland.

Laureus Academy Member Edwin Moses, who won Olympic 400m hurdling gold at the 1976 and 1982 Olympics, and was unbeaten for nine years, nine months and nine days, a streak of 122 consecutive race wins in the 400-meter hurdles, including 107 finals races, believes sport is the perfect tool to support young people with mental health challenges: “Globally, we have all been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but as one of our inspirational programme leaders rightly said during the Forum, young people in many communities around the world are also being impacted by mental health and wellbeing epidemics.

“At the highest level, the mental side of sport is crucial, but of most importance is the role sport can play in supporting young people with mental health challenges.

“At Laureus, the research is proving that the work we are supporting is making a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of disadvantaged young people, and we need to keep that up.”

Laureus Academy Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick, a legend of All Blacks rugby who played in 63 consecutive Test matches for his country, spoke about the positive conversations that took place throughout the Forum, and encouraged participants to continue those conversations in the future.  

“The transformational programmes we support through Laureus Sport for Good are doing incredible work in their communities around the world,” said Sean. “Throughout the Forum, we heard current and former athletes, mental health professionals and sport for development programme leaders talk about the positive role sport can play in supporting young people with mental health challenges. If there’s one thing we should all take away from this event, it’s that we need to keep moving forward, keep these conversations going and keep changing young lives for the better.”

Laureus Academy Member Yang Yang, who won 500m short track speed skating gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics, making history as China’s first Winter Olympic champion, spoke at the close of the Forum. Yang Yang urged the sport for development sector to continue the conversation on mental health and continue using sport as the tool to transform the lives of young people facing mental health and wellbeing challenges.

“Children and young people are our future, and mental health and wellbeing among young people is a subject we need to put at the top of our agendas in the coming months and years,” said Yang Yang. “Listening to the mental health and wellbeing experts discuss the transformational power of sport, and hearing the incredible people on the ground at our Sport for Good programmes has been inspirational. In sport and in life, we all come up against challenges and the global challenges in 2020 are no different. Working together, sharing knowledge and continuing the conversations we have had over these three days is going to be so important in us using sport to help build resilience and confidence in our young people.”

                                                       

“Here in Asia and around the world, mental health and wellbeing challenges faced by vulnerable and disadvantaged young people are increasing,” said Laureus Academy Member and four-time Olympic champion Li Xiaopeng. “2020 has been a turbulent year globally, but it’s had a real impact on young people we are working with. Through the Forum, we all had the opportunity to reduce stigma, raise awareness and use sport to help young people build confidence and increase self-esteem, and that’s one of Laureus Sport for Good’s main priorities, especially here in Hong Kong.”

Laureus Sport for Good currently supports more than 200 programmes in over 40 countries that use the power of sport to transform lives.

Napoli have renamed their stadium after late club legend Diego Maradona.

Former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager Maradona, who died aged 60 in November, led the Italian side to two Serie A titles, in 1987 and 1990.

The Stadio San Paolo will now be known as the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, after the Napoli city council approved the resolution. Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis proposed renaming the stadium in an open letter after Maradona's death.

The mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris, also backed the idea.

Maradona spent seven years at Napoli after joining from Barcelona in 1984, also winning the 1987 Coppa Italia and 1989 Uefa Cup with the Italian club.

Fans gathered at the stadium to pay tribute to him after his death on 25 November and Napoli honoured him before their Europa League match against HNK Rijeka, each player wearing a shirt with 'Maradona 10' on the back.

"The resolution was signed by the entire city council," said the council in a statement.

It added that Maradona was "the greatest footballer of all time" who "with his immense talent and magic honoured the Napoli team shirt for seven years" and "receiving in exchange from the whole city an eternal and unconditional love".

Maradona made 188 appearances for Napoli, more than he made for any other club in his career, and scored 81 goals.

He represented Argentina in four World Cups and was captain when they won the 1986 title in Mexico.

 

The British Athletics Indoor Championships will be held across the 20-21 February 2021 at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow is a prestigious venue for world-class athletics, recently hosting the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships, as well as the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships and Müller Indoor Grand Prix earlier in 2020. The choice of venue was carefully considered to ensure that a Covid-19 safe event could be delivered in conjunction with an environment for optimum athlete performance.

The Championships will also act as the official Trial event for the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Torun (POL) and World Athletics Indoor Championship in Nanjing (CHN) which are currently scheduled to take place during the following month. 

As the sport continues its return to action following a disrupted 2020 season, UK Athletics will continue to work closely with the Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAFs) and Glasgow Life in order to adhere to current and future changes to government guidelines and those specifically in Scotland. This means that under current restrictions, the event will be held behind-closed-doors.

However, it will be streamed on britishathletics.org.uk with more information available nearer to the event. The format and shape of the competition will be communicated as soon as practically possible.

CEO of UK Athletics, Joanna Coates, said: “As we look ahead to 2021, it is fantastic that we can confirm Glasgow as the host of the British Athletics Indoor Championships once again.

“The Emirates Arena has hosted world-class athletics for several years, so we are thrilled to be working with the great team there to deliver this prestigious fixture in the calendar.

“We are again sorry that whilst at present we cannot confirm a return to the arena for spectators, we will continue to monitor the government guidelines in Scotland as we build up to the event.

“Once again, my thanks go to the Emirates Arena and Glasgow Life who we are collaborating with to deliver another high-quality sporting event, and to UK Sport for their support from the Continuity Fund, which has assisted in supporting the staging of this event.”

Councillor David McDonald, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “We are delighted to welcome back the British Athletics Indoor Championships to the world-famous Emirates Arena in February 2021.

“As a city which is more than capable of staging outstanding international sporting events, the inevitable postponement and cancellation of so many events in 2020 was incredibly difficult for Glasgow.

“We hope next year will allow the city to begin a slow and steady return to hosting world-class major sporting events, and the British Athletics Indoor Championships is the perfect event to celebrate the beginning of this process.”

Fans returned to English Football League (EFL) grounds yesterday for the first time in more than nine months as coronavirus restrictions were eased.

Luton and Wycombe, who had not played in front of fans at their home grounds since February, were permitted capacities of 1,000 for their matches.

Carlisle, Charlton, Shrewsbury and Cambridge also welcomed back fans.

Other EFL teams who played last night were in tier three areas, which prohibits supporters at elite level.


Luton and Wycombe were only permitted capacities of 1,000 but Carlisle, Charlton, Shrewsbury and Cambridge were granted 2,000 as they had staged test event matches earlier in the season.

No away fans were allowed and no supporter was able to attend if they live in a tier three area.

Arsenal will be the first Premier League club permitted to host home supporters, when they play Rapid Vienna in the Europa League tomorrow.

The first Premier League fixture to welcome fans will be West Ham's game at home to Manchester United on Saturday, before Chelsea host Leeds later that day.

With the exception of two pilot events at Warwick and Doncaster in September, horse racing has also been without crowds since March, but racegoers were able to return yesterday with Lingfield Park in Surrey, among the tracks able to welcome back spectators.

A shortlist of six contenders has been announced for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) award.

The nominees are Formula 1's Lewis Hamilton, jockey Hollie Doyle, boxer Tyson Fury, footballer Jordan Henderson, cricketer Stuart Broad and snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Voting will be open to the public during the Sports Personality programme on BBC One on Sunday, December 20.

The show is being broadcast live from Media City in Salford.

Football pundit Alex Scott will join the presenting line-up alongside Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan to look back on a truly unusual year of sport in front of a huge virtual audience and millions of viewers on television.

The ceremony will champion the teams that triumphed despite the pandemic, sports stars that achieved greatness even with interrupted schedules and the coaches and local heroes that made it possible.

The public can vote by phone or online on the night for the main award, with full details announced during the show.

Other awards to be announced include Team and Coach of the Year, World Sport Star of the Year and Unsung Hero, while Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will receive a special award in recognition of his work to raise awareness of child food poverty in the UK.

 

There has been a growing concern and appetite for change when looking at terminology and language surrounding how we describe the communities impacted by racial discrimination. The mainstream term in use is Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME). The problem with BAME, and other now outdated phrases as terminology, is that there are issues of generic and casual branding of communities. This is whilst also avoiding the varying issues impacting specific communities in more severe ways, as highlighted by the recent advocation for change through Black Lives Matter. The term BAME also leaves room for ambiguity and confusion around ethnicity, geography and nationality.

The term BAME collates large swathes of groups together and places recognition on some communities whilst ignoring others entirely. The emphasis of such behaviours tends to be on the physical differences of some while relegating ethnic and cultural complexities. The insinuation that any of the communities impacted by racial discrimination are simply 'minority' ethnic groups is uncomfortable for many due to the negative connotations that are attached to the word minority, which subconsciously makes ethnic groups seem inferior to white counterparts, and connotes a general negative subtext.

This is as well as the idea that all communities and individuals who fit into the umbrella term of 'BAME,' are impacted the same way by racism. These wide and non-specific groupings fail to recognise the multiple complex strands of diverse cultures. What we need to do is get specific and avoid the use of umbrella terminology where possible.

Systematic racism is incredibly complex and to tackle it effectively, we need terminology which is more specific to the communities experiencing racism in order to improve inclusivity. We believe the term BAME is too generic and allows organisations to hide behind this term to cover up underrepresentation and racial discrimination of specific ethnic groups. The only way we can begin to unpick and deconstruct the systematic racism and discrimination towards these varied communities, is by recognising specific communities, their underrepresentation and the experience they face with racism.

We must reflect on their experiences, work with them to resolve these issues and develop best practice. The first step to take is to stop using BAME and other such problematic terminology and to start looking at these communities in a more detailed way and identify them as specific groups, with an intersectional approach to identify any forms of multiple discrimination taking place. We must measure engagement from the varied communities more effectively and become accountable for the shortfalls to develop a more anti-racist approach.

We as a sector must recognise and highlight the varying and often multi-layered forms of discrimination and racism impacting communities. There are issues that would impact South Asians differently to the African or Caribbean communities, and within those communities are even more intersects of diversity that need to be recognised from ethnicity to intersectionality.

We need to be willing to embrace diversity as organisations and individuals, by knowing the communities we serve and once we do that; we need to understand and accept the diversity and complexity that communities and individuals self-identify as. Without this focus on measuring specific communities we will continue to fail to eradicate discrimination and exclusion. Being specific regarding the communities and individuals who are in need of support and engagement is the way forward. Sporting Equals recognised the weaknesses and hinderances of terminology and conducted a survey in October to aid in the development of best practice for our sector.

Our initial consultation was to our Associate Member network base of over 200 grassroots organisations in building our response to this call for evidence. This group represents 150,000 service users and almost 4,000 volunteers. The consultation reinforced our view that communities would prefer more specific definition of their identities. However, the communities also recognised and agreed that for organisational administrative purposes, they would be happy for a more sensitive and respectful term to be adopted.

The terms which were most highly favoured by our members included Diverse Ethnic Communities or Ethnically Diverse Communities, these terms allow the terminology to have more positive and broader spectrum. This is to ensure that organisations must become more specific as a result. We are placing the responsibility of specificity on our organisations and bodies of power to adopt these phrases, but then further specify the level of detail as to which groups they are engaging and why. These phrases require more detail and specification than an acronym like BAME. Diversity is the first and foremost point of importance, we need to recognise the diversity between the communities from their cultural diversity to their experiences of racism. But we must be wary to not use these terms in a casual and dismissive way. When speaking of research, marketing, engagement, and targets we must be very clear about which specific groups we are seeking to engage. We cannot continue to casually group people consistently with umbrella terminology – there must be a justified administrative or bureaucratic reason.

Following this, we at Sporting Equals will take this matter further consulting on where we should limit its usage, and we will then develop best practice to assist in cultivating a more welcoming sector for all communities. We must remember none of us win unless all of us win and with each of these changes we get one step closer to an inclusive and equal sector for all.

Boxing legend Mike Tyson’s first appearance in the ring for 15 years ended in a draw with fellow-legend Roy Jones Jr. 

The fight between the two heavyweights took place at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre and in light of the ongoing health crisis, the bout had no spectators or judges.

At the weigh-in prior to the fight, 54-year-old Tyson came in at 220lb, while Jones (51) came in at 210lb.

Despite there being no winner, the pair seemed to be quite content with a draw, with Jones saying: “I don’t do draws but the dude (Tyson) is so strong.

“When he hits you, his head, his punches, his body shots, everything hurts. I’m cool with the draw.”

Tyson responded by saying to Jones: “I hit you with some good shots, and you took it. I respect that.”

The pair took part in the heavyweight exhibition as a way to raise money for several charities with Tyson reportedly paid $10 million for the fight, a large amount of which he will donate.

He said: “This is better than fighting for championships. We’re humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We’ve got to do this again.”

The match had a ‘no knock-out’ rule that saw the two boxers engage in heavy sparring instead, with Jones describing Tyson’s body shots as ‘taking a toll’ on him.

Many of the sport’s fellow-legends expressed their satisfaction with former heavyweight champion, George Foreman tweeting, ‘Best exhibition I have ever seen’, while Amir Khan wrote, ‘Well done to my friends @MikeTyson & #RoyJonesJr. great performance from both legends. Both guys looked in great shape. I’m happy nobody got hurt, Well done [sic]’.

However rapper Snoop Dogg described the fight as watching two uncles fight at a family BBQ.

Following his commentary, many people joked that Snoop was the real winner of the fight with NBA star LeBron James tweeting, ‘My Unk @SnoopDogg is simply the greatest at whatever he does man!!!’

Former Senegal, Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has died.

Diop made 129 appearances in the Premier League and also had spells in England with West Ham United and Birmingham City.

He played for Senegal at the 2002 World Cup, scoring the winner in the tournament's opening game as his country beat France 1-0.

"Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero," Fifa posted on social media.

A post on Fulham's Twitter account said the club was "devastated" and, using Diop's nickname, added: "Rest well, Wardrobe."

Senegal reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, with Diop going on to score twice more in the 3-3 group-stage draw with Uruguay. He also featured at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, including when Senegal were runners-up in 2002. He retired in 2013.

Diop helped Portsmouth, who were managed by Harry Redknapp at the time, win the FA Cup in 2008.

"He was such a wonderful character," Redknapp said. "He was fantastic for me, a great character, always happy and always had a smile on his face. He was a giant of a man.

"He had no aggression in him. He looked aggressive on the pitch because he was so big, but there was nothing nasty about him.

"My thoughts are with all his family."

Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, called Diop's death "a great loss for Senegal" while Liverpool's Senegal midfielder Sadio Mane wrote on his Instagram: "Pape Bouba, it was with a broken heart that we learned of your (death). Know that you will forever remain in our hearts even if you left without saying goodbye to us."

He was 42.

The death of former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager Diego Maradona has left the football world – neh, the world – in a state of shock as one of the greatest players of all time will be remembered for a long while.

 

He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot last month and was to be treated for alcohol dependency. But he suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.

 

A captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, he scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cups.

 

He started his career with Argentinos Juniors, also playing for Sevilla, and Boca Juniors and Newell's Old Boys in his homeland and as a player for Barcelona and Napoli, he won two Serie A titles with the Italian side.

 

Maradona led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the United States in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.

 

Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi paid tribute to Maradona, saying he was "eternal". He said: "A very sad day for all Argentines and football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal. I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I send my condolences to all his family and friends."

 

During the second half of his career, Maradona struggled with cocaine addiction and was banned for 15 months after testing positive for the drug in 1991.

He retired from professional football in 1997, on his 37th birthday, during his second stint at Argentine giants Boca Juniors.

 

Writing on Twitter Brazil legend Pele said: "What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky." Former England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who was part of the England team beaten by Argentina at the 1986 World Cup, said Maradona was "by some distance, the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time".

 

Having briefly managed two sides in Argentina during his playing career, Maradona was appointed head coach of the national team in 2008 and left after the 2010 World Cup, where his side were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals. He subsequently managed teams in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico and was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina's top flight at the time of his death

 

In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed "its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend", adding: "You will always be in our hearts." Declaring three days of national mourning, Alberto Fernandez, the president of Argentina, said: "You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of them all.

 

"Thank you for having existed, Diego. We're going to miss you all our lives."

 

He was 60.

A hugely successful half-term sports-themed community programme which provided dozens of West Midlands youngsters with access to a range of physical activities and much-needed food parcels is to be repeated in the run-up to Christmas.

 

Sport 4 Life UK’s October Sports Camp took place at Hodge Hill College in Birmingham during the autumn half-term break and attracted as many as 35 people a day aged between 11 and 29 from diverse backgrounds.

 

And following the initiative run by the charity which uses sport to improve the life chances of young people not in education, employment or training, a number of the participants are set to complete virtual sports leader qualifications.

 

The event will return in the third week of December at the start of the Festive school holiday for a Winter Sports Camp, but with the format to be dictated by relevant coronavirus restrictions at the time.

 

CEO and Founder of Sport 4 Life UK Tom Clarke-Forrest said: “On one hand it’s rewarding for us to be making such an impact on these youngsters’ lives and I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the October Sports Camp a success. But on the other, the level of interest in our school holiday camps is growing and that is testament to the intensifying challenges young people face as a result of the pandemic and economic downturn.”

 

He added: “We’re now planning to run a similar event in the lead-up to the winter break in December, however, we’re mindful that the pandemic may prevent sports activities. We’re thinking therefore that if that is the case we could be looking at a food programme along with online mentoring and support rather than physical activity. One way or another we will ensure we’re there for as many young people as possible this winter, assisting them to build a positive future.”

 

During the October half-term Sports Camp, participants received food parcels containing essentials such as cereal bars, fruit, crisps and bottled water.

 

Sporting activities including football, tennis and volleyball were provided along with informal mentoring throughout the week.

 

Businesses and organisations interested in partnering with Sport 4 Life UK in its work supporting young people aged between 11 and 29 should contact Rob Wells, Head of Business Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..