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Ukrainian fans to  watch Joshua –Usyk rematch  for free

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Oleksandr Usyk’s much-anticipated rematch against Anthony Joshua will be available to watch for free on August 20 to fans living in war-torn Ukraine.


That’s according to The Cat’s promoter, Alex Krassyuk, who said Saudi Arabian organisers gifted the TV rights to Usyk’s home country as a gesture of goodwill. Ukraine remains under attack from Russia, who began a military assault against their neighbours on February 24.

“He intended to buy, but received it [free] for Ukraine,” Krassyuk told talkSPORT. “He makes it free to watch via Megogo [streaming service], his YouTube channel and via state public TV ‘Suspilne’.”

Millions have fled Ukraine in response to Russia’s invasion, with many others displaced and relying on charity to survive. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recently reported 5,327 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began, though the exact number could be higher.

Usyk swiftly returned to Ukraine in early March and joined a defence battalion, which cast doubt as to whether his rematch with Joshua would go ahead. He left the war effort later that month to resume his preparations for ‘The Rage on the Red Sea’.

The two titans face off for a second time at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, with Joshua hoping to avenge his surprise defeat to former cruiserweight champion Usyk last September. Sky Sports customers will be charged £26.95 for the pay-per-view privilege, meanwhile.

Usyk recently returned from Ukraine having helped out in the war effort against the Russian invasion, and expressed he wanted to retain his belts for his fans back home – especially those he had worked with during his time there.

“So now I want to bring some kind of joy to those soldiers and to those staying in the front line by doing what I do.” Usyk has also said he intends to return to Kyiv immediately after his second showdown with Joshua, saying: “I must be in my country.”

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UEFA Super Cup final: Ancelotti names strong squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt [Full list]

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Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti has named a strong squad that includes the likes of Karim Benzema and Luka Modric to face Eintracht Frankfurt in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup final.

Ancelotti released the squad in a post via Real Madrid’s official website on Tuesday.

Ancelotti’s side won the Champions League last season, while Frankfurt won the Europa League.

The UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Frankfurt will take place at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium and the kick-off time is 8 pm.

Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Frankfurt:

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Luis López.
Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rüdiger, F. Mendy.

Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Lucas V., Tchouameni, D. Ceballos, Camavinga.
Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Rodrygo, Mariano.

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Isco completes shock move to Real Madrid’s LaLiga rival

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Isco completes shock move to Real Madrid’s LaLiga rival

Isco has joined Sevilla as a free agent, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The midfielder has been without a club since his contract with Real Madrid expired in June.

Isco has now put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Sevilla.

He becomes the LaLiga side’s third summer signing after Brazilian defender, Marcao came from Galatasaray and Brazil left-back Alex Telles on loan from Manchester United.

Isco will be reunited with former Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui.

The 30-year-old made 17 appearances for Real last season, only starting three matches.

Sevilla finished fourth in LaLiga last season and will play in the Champions League this campaign.

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Guardiola reacts as Haaland fumes over not scoring hat-trick against West Ham

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Erling Haaland’s anger at not scoring a hat-trick against West Ham, reminded him of Lionel Messi.

Haaland grabbed both goals as the Premier League champions began defence of their title with a 2-0 win at the London Stadium.

The Norway striker converted a first-half penalty, before running onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass to complete a brace on his City debut.

In a post-match interview, Haaland said it was “a bit s***’” that he was unable to score one more, before being substituted in the closing stages.”

But Guardiola said the player’s reaction was what he would expect from a top player.

“I was fortunate to be with [Lionel] Messi.

“When he scores two, he wants three, when he scores three, he wants four. All the top players are the same.

“They are never satisfied, always hungry, starving for goals, and want more, but at same time, I have to use other players,” Guardiola said.

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