RelatedPosts Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tyson Fury challenges WWE champion Deontay Wilder believes his “sixth sense” tells him the “secret” reason Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz Jr – and why the rematch will go the same way.Shockwaves were sent through the heavyweight division when Joshua was beaten by Ruiz Jr but he can regain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles when they meet again on December 7, live on Sky Sports Box Office.“I really don’t believe he is ready for that. I’m one of the people that he has to prove wrong,” WBC champion Wilder exclusively told Sky Sports about Joshua.“Many people have doubted me from the beginning and still do so. But I’m one of the people he has to prove wrong.“I understand body language, I am very smart when it comes to [these things]. What his body said in that ring showed me everything that I need to see. Only the fighter would know within himself.“The secret is still to be told. And that’s OK, because you want to keep people guessing. Was it this? Or was it that? That’s why the second fight is bigger. People don’t know what to think.“People will finally see what it really was.“If he’s not right, and people are saying one thing but he does another, then people will have their own perception of what they think about him afterwards.“People say ‘if he loses, it’s over’.“There is more pressure on him. When I talk about his situation I feel drained.“Trust me, I have a sixth sense.”An undisputed heavyweight championship fight could be resurrected if Joshua beats Ruiz Jr, and Wilder remains unbeaten in a rematch with Luis Ortiz on November 23.Wilder and Tyson Fury also plan a second fight for 2020, after they battled to a draw last year.Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports this week: “I don’t see how the February fight [Wilder vs Fury] can happen.“The whole world is looking at Joshua-Ruiz Jr, and I don’t think anything will happen until that fight takes place. Ruiz Jr is with the [promoters] PBC and Al Haymon, and so is Deontay Wilder.“If Ruiz beats Joshua, they’ll be looking to make an undisputed fight [against Wilder], but obviously if Joshua wins, that throws everything out. Who can rule out Joshua against Tyson Fury at Wembley next summer?”Tags: Deontay Wilder
Should they overcome that obstacle, the Nigerians will probably face 1976 champions Mouloudia Alger of Algeria, who reached the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup last-eight this season.North African clubs have dominated the Champions League for decades and the odds are against MFM, a club bankrolled by a popular pentecostal christian organisation.Defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, who edged Ahly 2-1 overall in the 2017 final, begin their defence against Stade Malien of Mali or Williamsville of the Ivory Coast.Malien won the Confederation Cup in 2009, but have never made the group stage of the Champions League in countless attempts.Williamsville are another club set to compete in the Champions League for the first time and inexperience could count against them when they tackle Stade.Record eight-time champions Ahly should not be unduly troubled by Kadiogo of Burkina Faso or Mounana of Gabon, who fell to Wydad this year after a first-round penalty shootout.After failing to reach the last two group stages, five-time title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo should brush aside Ngaya of the Comoros or Songo of Mozambique.Share on: WhatsApp Plateau United FCJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Nigerian clubs Plateau United and Mountain of Fire and Miracles must clear intimidating hurdles if they are to reach the 2018 CAF Champions League group stage.The draw for the preliminary and first rounds in Cairo Wednesday delivered both debutants in the elite African club competition with tougher rivals than they would have wished for.National league winners Plateau drew fellow newcomers Eding Sport of Cameroon in the preliminary round with the two legs scheduled for successive weekends in February.Should United survive, they will confront Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, one of 10 teams in the 2018 line-up who have won the Champions League, during March.Etoile stunned overwhelming favourites Al Ahly of Egypt in the 2007 title decider by winning 3-1 in Cairo after a goalless first leg.Unlike Plateau, the Tunisian outfit are vastly experienced African campaigners and the only winners of all five present and past CAF club competitions.They reached the Champions League semi-finals this year, then imploded in the return match against Ahly and suffered a 6-1 thrashing in Alexandria.Etoile were among five former champions to receive byes into the round of 32 and will be expected to eliminate Plateau or Eding.Mountain of Fire and Miracles, whose club title is easily the most eye catching among the 59 title hopefuls, drew Real Bamako of Mali.
Pittsburgh’s Talib Zanna, left, goes over Wake Forest’s Travis McKie for a dunk in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The last time Pittsburgh started its conference schedule with three consecutive wins was its 2010-11 season as a member of the Big East. The Panthers did it again by beating Wake Forest Saturday 80-65, but this time it was in Pitt’s first season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.The 2010-11 year saw the Panthers attain a No. 1 ranking and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament where they were upset by Butler in the Round of 32. Butler advanced to the National Championship game that season.Three years later, Pitt (15-1, 3-0 ACC) is yet to crack the Top 25 but has started its season nearly perfect behind the leadership of seniors Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna.“I think we aren’t getting the respect we should,” Zanna said. “We’ve just got to keep playing hard and keep winning.”Zanna recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The center from Kaduna, Nigeria shot 5 of 8 from the field and blocked four shots while defending the bruising Devin Thomas.“I think we, me and Lamar, need to step it up from now on,” Zanna said. “This is conference play, this is really important to us, it’s our last year.”Patterson, who has drawn rave reviews from multiple opposing coaches, left a similar impression on Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik.“I’m not saying he’s the elite player in the league but he certainly is one of the elite players in the league,” Bzdelik said. “I think he’s very under-the-radar in terms of how good he is.”“They have a great leader who can score in a variety of ways. He’s tough and gritty and experienced.”Patterson’s game Saturday was quite above the proverbial radar as he led all scorers with 27 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season. Patterson made 10 of 17 field goals and also recorded six assists and five rebounds.Behind Patterson and Zanna, the Panthers are playing what Patterson calls “Pitt basketball.” Or, unselfish, hard-nosed basketball.“A lot of the leadership comes from Lamar and Talib,” sophomore point guard James Robinson said. “They are our senior leaders. While both are scoring a lot, they are two of the most unselfish players.”“Both of them are passers and that creates more open shots. The other teams know that they are capable passers.”Patterson leads the team in assists at 4.5 per game, while head coach Jamie Dixon says Zanna has made an adjustment to his game that’s created more space for Pitt’s offense to work effectively this season.“It seems that teams are digging down whenever we go in the post to him,” Dixon said. “He needs to pass out of it first, and once they start staying tighter to their man, he can look to go attack the rim.”Behind the example set by Zanna defending ball screens, Dixon said the Panthers were able to hold Wake Forest’s scoring threats on the perimeter to below-average games.“Talib and the big guys especially did a good job of that,” Dixon said. “That really set the tone for us in the game.”Just as the seniors set the tone, they have also done so for this entire season where the Panthers feature five returning players but also six new ones.“We are just playing Pitt basketball right now,” Patterson said. “We want to grind teams out and see if they can last throughout the whole 40 minutes with us. So far we are going well but we have a lot of games left.”