When newly crowned IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook became the first British boxer since 1986 to win a world title fight against an unbeaten US champion on American soil, his victory marked another notable milestone in the phenomenal coaching career of Ringsend man Brendan Ingle. "Kell is probably the last fighter that Brendan spent a great deal of time on from an early age," says his son Dominic Ingle, Brook's current coach, at their gym in Sheffield. "He spent nine years with Kell and every time he was in trouble he'd go and have a word at the school or wherever. Whatever Brendan said, Kell did because he'd seen what Brendan had done for Naz (Naseem Hamed)." Promoter Eddie Hearn says of Ingle's protege: "There's no limit to what he can do."
ppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp On the eve of the Croke Park Classic between University of Central Florida and Penn State, it's been revealed that former Missouri State linebacker Michael Keck (25), who died last year, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, an advanced degenerative brain condition, as a result of taking hits to the head. His wife Cassandra says, "They gave him a concussion test and told him to count backwards from 20 by threes. Some other players couldn't do it either. So they just said football players are dumb." Keck played for just two years. Aware there was something seriously wrong, he donated his brain to medical research at Boston University.
Tiger Woods, who hasn't won a Major since 2008, cuts a forlorn figure these days as he struggles to overcome a back injury that required surgery in March. But Woods, who's played just seven PGA Tour events this year, is determined to re-establish himself at the top of the game and is targeting the World Challenge in December as his comeback tournament. The announcement that he's dropped Sean Foley, his swing coach since 2010, is evidence of Tiger's intent on adding to his 14 Major victories. "He's working his butt off to get back where he wants to be," revealed Rory McIlroy last week.
The heroics of Coiste Contae Londain in last year's Championship when the Exiles forced a Connacht SFC semi-final replay with Leitrim signalled the growing strength of the GAA overseas. Tonight, Setanta Sports screens the second part of producer Lucia Gavin's insightful series Home from Home which documents the spread of Gaelic sports around the world, from Christchurch to London, Toronto to Dubai, over the past century.
Everton's Tim Howard, Team USA's goalkeeper since 2007, will have his biography The Keeper published by HarperCollins in December.
The book, which deals with the how Tourette's syndrome impacted on his life, comes in both adult and young adult editions.