Tuesday 27 June 2017

In brief: Harrison purse in the balance

Boxing

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) were last night debating the possibility of withholding some of Audley Harrison's purse following his WBA heavyweight title defeat to David Haye in Manchester last month.

Harrison was roundly criticised after the fight was stopped after just three rounds, after he had barely thrown a single punch. Reports have suggested Harrison (39) earned over £1m for the fight, which ended with him leaving the ring to a chorus of boos.

"The board have the power to withhold money if they feel somebody hasn't performed to their best. It is very rare, but they have the power to do that," BBBC general secretary, Robert Smith said.

Snooker

JOHN Higgins continued his comeback from his six-month ban by reaching the UK Championship semi-finals after edging out Stephen Maguire last night.

Higgins kept his nerve to pull off a 9-7 victory after fellow Scot Maguire had stormed back from a two-frame deficit at the start of the evening session to briefly hold the lead at 6-5.

Higgins then made breaks of 82, 80 and 72 to re-establish a two-frame lead before going on to claim victory.

Higgins will play Antrim's Mark Allen in the last four after he came through a tough battle against Stuart Bingham on a 9-7 scoreline.

Formula 1

Mark Webber has defended his decision not to tell his team about his shoulder injury and insisted it did not affect him in the final four races of 2010.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said Webber's decision not to tell him about the injury was "disappointing."

"The shoulder wasn't causing me a problem, so there was no need to talk about it to anyone," Webber said.

Webber, who eventually finished third in the drivers' standings as team-mate Sebastian Vettel won the title, revealed he had fractured his right shoulder in a mountain bike accident in his new book.

Irish Independent

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