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Tyson Fury. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tyson Fury. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tyson Fury. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

BOXING: Tyson Fury claims a heavyweight showdown with David Haye is "99 per cent done", with negotiations between the two fighters' promoters set to take place next week.

Fury met Haye's trainer and manager Adam Booth at ringside during James DeGale's win over Stjepan Bozic in Kent on Saturday night, and expressed his confidence the fight will take place.

Fury said: "I was minding my own business and I bumped into Adam Booth, so we got him on camera and we asked him, 'Why is the David Haye fight not being done?'

"He said, 'Do you want the fight?' and I said, 'Two million per cent.'

"He said, 'I can't see why this fight cannot be done.' So there it is from the horse's mouth. Adam Booth says he wants the fight. It is 99 per cent (done)."

Fury recently pulled out of a fight with unbeaten Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, which was set to earn the winner a shot at current IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko.

And despite Haye's continued claims he would only return to the ring to face one of the Klitschko brothers, his head has clearly been turned by the enormous box office potential of a fight with Fury.

 

ENGLISH FIGHTS OFF MICKELSON

GOLF: Harris English fought off the challenge of Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings to claim his first PGA Tour win at the FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis yesterday.

The 23-year-old birdied 16 and 17 to finish 12 under and keep a charging Mickelson at bay while Stallings' challenge finally faltered with a bogey on 18.

The pair would finish two shots behind English while Shawn Stefani, who was playing in the final group, shot a six-over par 76 that saw him fall out of contention.

A 65 on Saturday had put Padraig Harrington into contention but the two-time Open champion registered a 71 to finish on five under.

Meanwhile, Holland's Joost Luiten shrugged off a shaky start (he bogeyed his first hole) and a one-hour weather delay to claim his second European Tour title in the Lyoness Open in Austria.

Luiten carded a closing 71 at Diamond Country Club to finish 17 under par and win by two shots from Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, who birdied the 18th for a 68 to claim outright second.

Damien McGrane was best of the Irish as he finished tied for eighth on eight under par after a closing round of 69. David Higgins hit a final round of 70 to finish on one under overall.

 

FROOME TAKES DAUPHINE TITLE

CYCLING: Briton Chris Froome's chances of going one better than his second place finish in the 2012 Tour de France could not look stronger as the Team Sky rider triumphed in the Criterium du Dauphine yesterday.

Second on the final stage at Risoul behind Italy's Alessandro De Marchi, Froome completed the arduous eight-day race 58 seconds ahead of team-mate Richie Porte.

Regarded a key dress rehearsal for the Tour de France which starts on June 29, Froome finished third in the mid-week time trial, then claimed the lead and clinched a stage win at Thursday's first mountaintop finish at Valmorel.

He defended his lead on the weekend's final two Alpine stages and now succeeds Sky team-mate and 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins as the champion of France's third biggest stage race.

 

HIGGINS BAGS BULGARIAN CROWN

SNOOKER: John Higgins yesterday won the first tournament of the new Players Tour Championship season by thrashing Neil Robertson 4-1 in the final of the Bulgarian Open in Sofia.

Higgins did not pot a ball in the opening frame but won the next four in succession in front of a large crowd at the Universiada Hall.

Earlier in the day, Higgins had come back from 2-0 down to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-2 in the semi-finals.

 

RED-HOT MIAMI SQUARE UP PLAY-OFFS

NBA PLAY-OFFS: The Miami Heat, stung by their loss in the NBA Finals opener, rebounded in emphatic style yesterday to crush the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 in game two and square the best-of-seven series.

After a first half that mirrored the tight nature of the first game, with San Antonio's Danny Green scoring four of four three-pointers, Miami broke away in the third and headed into the final quarter with a 75-65 lead. Mario Chalmers top scored for Miami with 19 points while Green's 17 points led the way for the Spurs.


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