Tottenham captain Michael Dawson hopes his recent good form will earn him a “dream” recall to the England squad. Andre Villas-Boas made Dawson available for transfer last summer, but he chose to rebuff QPR’s overtures and stayed at Tottenham, where he has since broken back into the first team. Reports on Wednesday morning suggested Dawson could be included in the Three Lions squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. The 29-year-old has not played for England for almost two years and admits he would love to earn a recall. “It would be a dream (to be recalled),” the centre-back told TalkSPORT. He added: “I got asked this question when I first got back in to the Spurs team. Then, I just had to concentrate on staying in the Tottenham team. “Now I’m playing regularly for Tottenham…Fingers crossed. It would be nice to get that England call-up.” Villas-Boas recently admitted he made a mistake by letting Dawson speak to QPR, and the player himself is grateful to the Portuguese for giving him a second chance at Spurs. “The gaffer has been very honest with me from day one,” the former Nottingham Forest man said. “I spoke to him after pre-season and he told me there might not be as many opportunities as I would have liked. It was my decision to stay and fight for my position. “I was out there every day training hard and thankfully the manager has seen that and he has put me back in. “As a player you can only ask for honesty. The manager has been great. I’m glad to be back playing.” Press Association
Mario Balotelli scored his first goal for new club Brescia but the promoted northerners fell to a 2-1 defeat to Napoli yesterday as all the Italian teams in Europe warmed up with wins for next week’s action. Roma got back to winning ways beating Lecce 1-0 thanks to an Edin Dzeko goal, with city rivals Lazio also sealing all three points with a 4-0 hammering of Genoa.Italian international Balotelli headed in after 67 minutes in his second match for his hometown club having missed four games because of a ban he incurred with former side Marseille.First-half goals from Dries Mertens and Kostas Manolas ensured Napoli took all three points after their midweek loss to Cagliari, to boost confidence ahead of their Champions League trip to Belgian club Genk.Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli stay fourth with 12 points from six games, six behind league leaders Inter Milan who beat Sampdoria 3-1 on Saturday, before they play Barcelona in Europe.Inter have a maximum 18 points from six games — two ahead of Juve — after winning their first six league matches for the first time since the 1966-67 season.Champions Juventus beat SPAL 2-0 to stay second with Atalanta third — a point ahead of Napoli — after thrashing Sassuolo 4-1 on Saturday.Juve play Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow with Atalanta’s first ever Champions League home game against Shakhtar Donetsk.Roma are fifth, a point behind Napoli, with Lazio a further point back in sixth.“Suffering is natural in these games if you don’t kill it off with 3-0 and then concede a goal, it all opens up again,” Ancelotti told DAZN.“But all in all I’m satisfied.“We played an excellent first half, the second was less impressive, but it was very hot and the players were tired.”Balotelli carried his daughter Pia, who lives in Naples with her mother and was decked out in the Napoli colours, onto the pitch at the San Paolo Stadium.Ancelotti’s side went ahead after 13 minutes. Mertens connected with a Jose Callejon cross to blast in his 114th goal in a Napoli jersey — one shy of Argentine legend Diego Maradona’s total from 1984 to 1991. Slovak Marek Hamsik leads both with 121.Manolas thought he had scored on six minutes later but the goal was ruled out after a VAR review. The Greek defender did head in just before the break off a Mertens corner.Then in a nervy final half hour Balotelli got his head to a Sandro Tonali corner to serve notice to Italy coach Roberto Mancini of his ambitions to play Euro 2020.It was his first goal in Italy in four years but Balotelli’s losing streak to Napoli stretched to eight games — having never won while playing for both Milan clubs, Manchester City, Nice and now Brescia.Elsewhere, both Roman clubs also warmed up for their Europa League games next week with wins after Serie A losses during the week.Dzeko’s header, his fourth goal in six games, made the difference against promoted Lecce, whose goalkeeper saved an Aleksandar Kolarov penalty.Lazio eased past Genoa largely thanks to Ciro Immobile, who scored the final goal and set up another, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Stefan Radu and Felipe Caicedo also on target. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Photo © @TippLadiesFB Gillian O’ Brien, Maria Curley and Aishling Moloney all saw yellow cards in the closing stages of the second half to leave Tipp just 12 players for a time.The game finished up on a scoreline of Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10.They can now continue their unbeaten run into the championship season.Tipp captain Samantha Lambert spoke to Tipp FM’s Sarah O’ Dwyer following the win. The Tipperary ladies footballers have claimed the Division 3 League title.Shane Roynane’s team went up against Wexford in Birr, and following a slow start the girls went in 5 points down at half time.However, they rallied in the second half, clawing back Wexford’s lead, and holding them scoreless for almost 20 minutes of the second half.
It may not be from rags to riches like Manny Pacquiao, but Floyd Mayweather was not always the brash, flash, world-renowned boxer he is today. This Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the two titans will sort things out.The unbeaten pound-for-pound king is preparing for his 48th fight, which sees him face a warrior who beat Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Chris Algieri, and Juan Manuel Marquez (twice).Mayweather, a man who brags about his wealth on social media frequently, had to work for his bulging bank balance. As these photographs of the Money Man posing in front of a white sheet background in the nineties show, there was a time when his shorts weren’t quite worth £1.5million.Pacquiao’s story goes from being born into poverty in the Philippines on December 17, 1978, to the grandest stage of them all at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2 for a half-billion-dollar fight. Mayweather went about it a different way. He was born in Michigan on February 24, 1977 – into a family of boxers – and his career was never going to go any other way. The fight by numbers$300m – The estimated purse split 60 per cent for Mayweather and 40 per cent to Pacquiao$321.43 – The amount Mayweather’s personal chef spent on junk food weeks before the fight2-1 – The best odds available on Pacquiao to win the fight; Mayweather is 6/11 $2 – The amount Pacquiao was paid per fight when he was growing up in the Philippines$250,000 – The amount wagered between rapper Diddy and actor Mark Wahlberg on the fight$600m – Mayweather’s career earnings after his fight against PacquiaoShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)