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Tiger Woods comparisons generally are a really good thing.

But after Scottie Scheffler joined Woods as one of seven multiple-time Players champions, he was reminded of what could be viewed as a slightly depressing statistic.

The current World No. 1 has been on a tear the past 25 months; Scheffler earned his first PGA Tour win in February 2022 at the WM Phoenix Open and hasn’t slowed down much since.

He won three more times over the next three months that season, including his first major title at the Masters. He won in Scottsdale again in 2023 before taking the Players Championship a month later. Scheffler didn’t win for 52 weeks after that (gasp!), but that didn’t stop him from cementing his place at the top of the sport.

While Scheffler didn’t win an official event between March 2023 and March 2024, he racked up top-10s at a mind-boggling pace. For the entire 2022-23 PGA Tour season, he finished outside the top 12 just three times. His next start, after the Tour Championship, at the unofficial Hero World Challenge? He won.

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In the past two weeks, the 27-year-old has returned to his official winning ways, taking the Arnold Palmer Invitational and defending his title at TPC Sawgrass, becoming the first to accomplish the feat.

According to the analytics site, DataGolf, Scheffler’s current peak of +2.82 in the DG Index is the fourth highest of all-time, behind Woods in 2000, Vijay Singh in 2004 and David Duval in 1999. He’s been able to maintain — and elevate — that number despite losing strokes on the green until the last couple of weeks.

But, being compared to Woods ain’t easy, and on Sunday night at TPC Sawgrass Scheffler shared a funny revelation about how far he has to go to draw legitimate comparisons to Woods’ sustained run of dominance.

“I’m not going to remember the exact numbers, but like we’re playing at Riv this year, and I hit my tee ball and this guy yells out, like, ‘Congrats on being No. 1 Scottie. Eleven more years to go,’” Scheffler recalled, cracking up the press room.

“Eleven more years to go,” he repeated for emphasis.

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The fan at last month’s Genesis Invitational was referring to Woods’ incredible mark of 683 weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking, more than double the total of the next closest player. Woods was also World No. 1 for two separate streaks of 281 and 264 weeks — again, both more than double the next best.

The win he logged Sunday was the eighth of his career, leaving him 76 behind Woods’ record total on the PGA Tour, not to mention Scheffler’s lone major title is 14 fewer than Woods’ mark.

“Anytime you can be compared to Tiger I think is really special, but, I mean, the guy stands alone I think in our game,” Scheffler said. “He really does. This is my eighth tournament win now out here, I’ve tied him in Players Championships. Outside of that, I got 14 more majors and 70-some PGA Tour events to catch up. So I think I’m going to stick to my routine and just continue to plot along, try and stay as even-keeled as I can.

“We all idolize Tiger. He’s been our guy. Watching what he did in special moments over the years is crazy to watch. I’ve learned a lot just from being around him. We’re just very thankful that he’s still a part of our sport.”

 

  • Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could finally face each other in the near future
  • Eddie Hearn has revealed the British pair could fight each other twice
  • He has also claimed one of the bouts may take place at Wembley Stadium
  • Eddie Hearn has revealed that Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could sign a two-fight deal to finally face each other, with one of the bouts potentially taking place at Wembley Stadium.

    Joshua dispatched Francis Ngannou inside two rounds in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, and has now had three of his last five fights in the Middle Eastern country.

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  • Fury also fought in Saudi Arabia last time out against Ngannou, and is set to return there in May for his undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk.

    A win for Fury could set up a fight against Joshua, but fans have become concerned that the pair may not meet on British soil due to Saudi powerbroker Turki Alalshikh being able to offer boxers lucrative money to fight in the Middle East.

    However, Joshua’s promoter Hearn has raised hopes that his charge and Fury could meet in the UK, and even claimed that is something Alalshikh is exploring.

    ‘This is a gentleman called Turki Alalshikh, who is obviously a very influential figure in sports and entertainment in Saudi Arabia,’ Hearn said on The Sports Agents podcast.

    ‘He’s also the biggest fight fan I’ve ever met. And quite amazingly, he’s now talking about staging two Fury vs AJ fights – one in Saudi Arabia and one at Wembley Stadium.’

    Joshua and Fury have both fought at Wembley before, experiencing some of their best nights in boxing at the iconic venue.

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    AJ beat Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley in 2017, rising from the canvas to stop the Ukrainian in the 11th round of a back-and-forth contest.

    He returned the following year to knock out Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round.

    Fury was also victorious at the national team stadium as he beat fellow Brit Dillian Whyte in 2022.

    Hearn would love to to bring a Joshua-Fury fight to Wembley, and insists Alalshikh is on board, but admits it is inevitable that big fights will continue to be made in Saudi Arabia in the coming months and years.

    Speaking about Alalshikh, Hearn added: ‘He’s one of those guys that listens and reads everything.

    ‘So he’s definitely read about, “I wish this fight was at Wembley”, or “It’s a shame the fight is in Saudi Arabia”.

    ‘I mean, we really must have more of a global vision in sport, boxing doesn’t just sit here but two Brits, fighting for the undisputed world championship, I think he would probably bring one of them to the UK, I really do. And that financially, they’ve got the ability to do that.’

Tiger Woods has opted out of another golfing event despite his previous commitment to play one tournament per month. Despite expressing hopes of maintaining such a schedule, Woods has chosen to sit out of the Valspar Championship, marking the end of any chance to see him on the greens in March.

The PGA Tour‘s announcement of the Valspar Championship field came and went without Woods signing up before the entry deadline. This decision eliminates his last realistic opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Masters tournament.

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Woods has a limited history with the Valspar Championship, having participated only once in 2018, where he finished tied for second place. The following tournaments after Valspar, the Houston Open and the Valero Texas Open, also appear to be absent from Woods’ schedule, with his participation in the latter event dating back to 1996.

Woods’ back issues

While Woods recently participated in the Seminole Pro-Member event, finishing T44, questions linger regarding his physical condition, particularly concerning his back, as he had hinted at back issues during the Genesis Invitational. Woods admitted his back was not at 100 percent during the Riviera event, further suggesting ongoing physical challenges.

“My back spasmed on it,” he noted.

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“It had been spasming over the last three holes, and it just locked up on me and didn’t move, didn’t rotate.”

Despite speculation about potential appearances at the Arnold Palmer Invitational or THE PLAYERS Championship, Woods has yet to confirm participation in any upcoming events.

Reports suggest that Woods might meet with PIF officials at the PGA Tour headquarters, hinting at potential discussions about his future involvement in golfing events.

“I just knew that AJ’s experience and his power would be too much”; Dillian Whyte was not surprised that Anthony Joshua knocked out MMA star in second round in Saudi Arabia; British contender returns against Christian Hammer in Ireland on Sunday

Dillian Whyte says Francis Ngannou’s “false confidence” was punished by Anthony Joshua and he fully expected the MMA star to be brutally beaten.

Joshua ruthlessly overpowered Ngannou on Friday night, flooring the former UFC heavyweight champion twice before a huge right hand ended the fight in the second round in Saudi Arabia.

But Whyte was far from surprised by the outcome as he believes Ngannou failed to fix technical flaws after dropping Tyson Fury in a hotly-disputed split-decision defeat last October.

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“Francis is not experienced enough to beat the top guys. He got a bit complacent because he did well against Fury but Fury didn’t take him seriously,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“Fury just thought he was going to outbox him and he gave Fury some problems but that was his undoing.

“I think that fight gave him false confidence to the point where, when he was getting hammered with big punches, he stayed in the pocket and he wasn’t trying to move his head or hold or anything.

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“So, I knew it was going to happen and I picked AJ to win anyway.

“AJ is a puncher and you don’t just stand up in front of someone like AJ with your hands basically down and then switching stances mid-fight against a right-handed puncher. Why did he go southpaw? It didn’t make any sense.

“I just knew that AJ’s experience and his power would be too much. I thought Francis would be a little bit better, to be honest, but Francis… he’s doing boxing, but it’s not recognised boxing training so he hasn’t covered the basics.

“Someone like AJ, an experienced gold medallist, all these world title fights, he covers the basics on a daily basis and that is where Francis came unstuck.”

Whyte, who was originally linked with an Ngannou fight before Fury and Joshua, believes he would have inflicted a similar result.

“I tried to fight Ngannou four years ago,” he said. “I would have definitely knocked him out. I said I would fight him in boxing and MMA.

“I always believed I could knock him out because the boxing ability isn’t there.

“I think he is a good fighter but I don’t think he is a good boxer.

“I believe I would have been able to find a hole, hit him with body shots, and catch him with right hands.”

WBC champion Fury was watching from ringside ahead of a potential future fight with Joshua following his upcoming undisputed world title fight against Oleksandr Usyk on May 18.

“I think Tyson is always worried about punchers, or anyone that can knock him out, but the thing is, Tyson is nowhere near as raw as Ngannou is,” said Whyte.

“As a professional world level boxer, it is kind of hard to take away anything from the fight because AJ has knocked out a massive puncher and a big guy but when you look at it strategically, from a boxing standpoint, there is nothing in it.

“You are talking about a world champion fighting someone at ‘Southern Area’ level. If that’s ‘Southern Area’ level? Because some of the heavyweights at ‘Southern Area’ would beat him.”

Whyte will return to the ring against Christian Hammer on Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, in Castlebar in the west of Ireland.

The former WBC interim champion has been cleared to continue his career after an investigation confirmed that a positive drug test was caused by a contaminated supplement before a rematch with Joshua was cancelled last August.

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“I am very excited, it is very good to be back and I’ll be looking at opportunities in the future,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“I have been meaning to return to Ireland for a while, I have got family from here and they can come down to the fight.

“Christian Hammer, he is a guy I know, tough guy. Experienced in a lot of fights. It’s a very good fight, considering I have been off for 16 months. Very good fight to come back to.

“I still want the world title and I still want to fight all the big fights. There is a lot of big fights going on and I want my name to get back amongst the mix and to prove I can still beat these guys.”

 

Tiger Woods had been expected to play in the Players Championship but now may not be seen until the Masters. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Tiger Woods’s latest comeback has been plunged into doubt after it emerged the 48-year-old will not, as had been expected, feature in next week’s Players Championship. Woods, who had set a 2024 goal of competing once a month, is now unlikely to be seen until the Masters in April.

Woods’s appearance at the Hero World Challenge in November was his eighth since being involved in a car accident in early 2021 and his first since last year’s Masters. He finished 18th in a 20-man field with a level-par aggregate. “Once a month seems reasonable,” he said of his playing prospects for this year. His body has been seriously affected by multiple leg and back surgeries.

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Woods withdrew from the Genesis Invitational in February due to influenza. Eyes automatically turned to Sawgrass and the PGA Tour’s flagship event, where the 15-times major champion would ordinarily continue his Masters buildup. However, he is a surprising omission from the 144-player entry list for Sawgrass that was revealed by the Tour on Friday. No further information has been provided about Woods’s physical status or the precise reasoning behind his Players no-show.

Woods, in the company of the PGA of America’s Seth Waugh, tied 44th at the 18-hole Seminole pro-member event on Monday. A key topic of conversation between the pair, one assumes, was whether Woods is keen to captain the United States in next year’s Ryder Cup. There has been no indication thus far that Woods would like the role, with his attention more likely to be focused on Adare Manor in 2027. Yet if playing is going to prove more problematic than Woods had foreseen, Bethpage and 2025 might become a stronger possibility.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, has backed the introduction of reduced field events on the PGA Tour. This week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational features just 69 players, which has raised eyebrows given the $20m prize fund. The maximum allowed to play was 70.

McIlroy, speaking after a second round of 70, shrugged off criticism. “I’m all for making it more cut-throat, more competitive,” said the Northern Irishman. “Probably won’t be very popular for saying this but I’m all for less players, less tour cards and the best of the best.”

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McIlroy’s one-under-par aggregate leaves him six adrift of the halfway lead at Bay Hill. Shane Lowry, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Henley, Brian Harman, Wyndham Clark and Scottie Scheffler head the field. Harman had reached eight under but dropped a shot at the 18th.

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may meet next in a middleweight bout, which would see briefly-undisputed welterweight champ and three-division titleholder Crawford moving up another two weight divisions.

Crawford (40-0, 31 KO) last fought in July 2023, destroying Errol Spence Jr in a long-awaited undisputed clash at 147 lbs. A rematch was expected, and Spence did reportedly exercise the clause, but then the window to actually get the fight done passed and Spence had a cataract surgery instead.

 

Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr. 2: Crawford's trainer warns Spence about activating rematch | DAZN News USThat meant Crawford was free to explore his options, and recently parted ways with Premier Boxing Champions. It’s no secret that what he seemed to want more than anything else was a fight with undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, but Canelo has shown no interest in facing Crawford, and instead will reportedly face Jaime Munguia on May 4.

But that doesn’t mean Crawford, 36, can’t still angle for Canelo in the near future, and that may be what’s on his mind with a move to 160 to face Eubank (33-3, 24 KO). In short, if Crawford can go to middleweight and beat Eubank, and look good doing so, Canelo may then see him as a viable in-ring option at 168, and it could also make more fans see Crawford as a credible opponent for Alvarez, which makes it even more financially viable.

Crawford clearly has as little interest in facing Jaron “Boots” Ennis or any of the other welterweights as Canelo does in facing him, and he’s already been stripped of the IBF belt, which went to Ennis, who is expected to defend against Cody Crowley.

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Eubank, 34, is a solid draw in the United Kingdom, where he split a pair of fights last year with Liam Smith. In the first one, it’s arguable he was hurt more by an errant elbow than any punch, and wound up stopped in the fourth round. In the rematch, Smith looked to have a clear injury that limited his mobility, and Eubank dominated en route to 10th round revenge.

But the second-generation fighter has never truly made his own mark as a pro, though he’s been successful with the ol’ bank account for sure. He’s never won a world title, unless you’re being extremely generous and counting the “IBO” belt he beat James DeGale for in 2019, and it has always seemed like every time he takes steps forward, he either takes steps back or pumps his own brakes by changing trainers or promoters.

He is, however, a credible middleweight contender in what is a diluted division over the last couple of years. And if Crawford isn’t going to work with PBC, who have the majority of the names at both 147 and 154, then a fight with Eubank may well be as big a money bout as he’s going to find at the moment, on top of the angling for Canelo.

This isn’t official, but there’s plenty of talk, including Eubank seemingly confirming the rumors on social media this morning.

If it goes down, what do you think of the fight?

 

Anthony Joshua produced one of the finest performances of his career in a devastating knockout of Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua, a former two-time unified heavyweight champion, took a step closer to a blockbuster undisputed fight against Tyson Fury with a superior performance to his rival, who was made to work by the Cameroonian on his debut last October.

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Joshua dropped the former UFC champion twice before a crushing third knockdown pinned Ngannou to the canvas in an emphatic stoppage. Afterwards Ngannou hailed Joshua’s knockout power.

The 34-year-old confirmed he is now in line to face the winner of Fury against Oleksandr Usyk, who beat ‘AJ’ twice previously. Follow the latest reaction and relive all the action from Knockout Chaos below:

 

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    Tyson Fury

    The fight that fans, especially in Britain, have longed to see for years. Fury suggested after AJ’s win that there is still “a long way to go”, with the “Gypsy King” first set to box Usyk for undisputed status in May. Then there is the prospect of Fury vs Usyk 2, which is believed to be contractually agreed. With the Saudis’ involvement in boxing, however, Joshua vs Fury looks as likely as it has in years, and AJ’s chances of winning are perhaps better than ever – given each man’s current form.

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    Anthony Joshua next fight: Who will AJ face?

    Anthony Joshua dispatched Francis Ngannou with a devastating knockout in Saudi Arabia to boost his pursuit of becoming a three-time heavyweight world champion.

    Joshua dispatched the Cameroonian quickly and looked superior to Tyson Fury in the process, with the WBC heavyweight champion taken to points by the former UFC heavyweight champion last October.

    Joshua’s brutal power punching provides fresh momentum to his career with coach Ben Davison helping him to rediscover his ruthless streak.

    But with Fury next fighting Oleksandr Usyk, who defeated Joshua twice previously, in a bout to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion in May, Joshua’s future is uncertain.

    Here, Independent Sport analyses Joshua’s options moving forward and what comes next after such a scintillating performance in Riyadh.

    Anthony Joshua claims to be ‘heavyweight champion of the world’ after knocking out Francis Ngannou

    Anthony Joshua claimed he should be the “WBC heavyweight champion of the world” after knocking out Francis Ngannou.

    Joshua produced a timely reminder of his devastating punching power as he dropped the UFC champion twice in the second round before a crushing third knockdown in Saudi Arabia.

    It positioned Joshua to take on the winner of Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, who meet in an undisputed heavyweight title fight in May.

    Last October, Ngannou made his boxing debut against WBC heavyweight champion Fury, knocking down the Briton before losing a hotly-disputed decision in Riyadh.

    In a quirk of traditional boxing rules, Fury’s WBC title was not on the line. However, Joshua joked Ngannou held the title on merit and that he was now the WBC’s champion.

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    Anthony Joshua claims to be ‘heavyweight champion’ after Francis Ngannou knockout

    Joshua positioned himself for a shot at the undisputed world heavyweight title – but believes he should already have the WBC bel

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    For Joshua it is now four wins in a row as he put himself in prime position to meet the winner of the May 18 fight between Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

    “The Ben Davison performance centre, I appreciate them highly,” he said. “All of these guys that I worked with until this day. I’m just hungry. Stay hungry and all that good stuff.

    “It only takes one shot in the heavyweight division. Joseph Parker is one of my favourite fighters, he had it tough and look at him now. I’m just doing it while I’m here and making the most of it. In five years I won’t be fighting.

    “Eddie Hearn and my team will shape my future. I’m going back to my cage and when they let me out, I’ll fight again.

    “The people of Cameroon, I appreciate you. Africa united, respect. Everyone here tonight, I appreciate you. Thank you to Francis Ngannou.”

    ‘Told him not to leave’ – Joshua urges Ngannou not to quit boxing

    “On the road to the championship, you should always stay focused,” Joshua told broadcaster DAZN. “I thought this was something for the broadcasters to get behind.

    “When I saw the fight with Tyson Fury, I thought I want some of that. (Ngannou) is a great champion and this doesn’t take anything away from his capabilities. I told him not to leave boxing. He’s two fights in and he fought the best.”

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    ‘Told him not to leave’ – Joshua urges Ngannou not to quit boxing

    Anthony Joshua urged Francis Ngannou not to quit boxing after he defeated the 37-year-old in just his second professional fight in Riyadh.

    Joshua knocked the former UFC champion out in the second round leaving him requiring oxygen in the ring.

    Ngannou, who performed well in losing narrowly on points to WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in what had been his only previous fight, started brightly again in Riyadh, holding his own well for much of the first round.

    He was put on the canvas by Joshua with about a minute to go in the round, and when he went down again in the second there appeared to be little chance of Ngannou continuing.

    Steve Bunce: ‘Joshua coldly killed off Ngannou. Now his destiny is Fury’

    Here’s Steve Bunce, who was ringside to watch Joshua’s stunning win:

    Anthony Joshua stood at the feet of Francis Ngannou in round two of their fight in Riyadh in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    Joshua just looked down, there was no merry dance of celebration or relief; it was strictly business.

    Joshua had just sent Ngannou down for the third time and this time the former UFC champion was not moving. He was out cold and required medical attention in the ring.

    It was the only possible result for Anthony Joshua in a fight that he had to win. It is possible that a scrappy, ugly points victory would have not helped his image. The knockout was essential.

    Joshua was fighting for his future, defending his ring history and had to beat Ngannou in style. He did, and it was brutal, cold and calculating.

    Anthony Joshua coldly killed off Francis Ngannou. Now his destiny is Tyson Fury

    Fury was ringside to watch and applaud as Joshua out-boxed Ngannou with the performance of a heavyweight champion

    Ngannou insists he is ‘not done’ in boxing

    Ngannou will take some time away from the ring to reassess after his bold step into boxing took a serious knock.

    He had been linked with a rematch against Fury, as well as a bout against American former world champion Deontay Wilder, while he is set to return to MMA at some point this year to fight the new Ballator heavyweight champion Renan Ferreira.

    But Joshua urged the Cameroonian to continue his boxing career, and Ngannou insisted he is “not done” with the sport and that there is more to come.

    “As for right now, I think I’m going to go home, get some rest, process what just happened,” he said. “This has been a hell of a day, since this morning. I’ll process it and see what is the next step. But maybe MMA, but you can be sure that I’m not done here [in boxing]. Absolutely not. I’m not done.”

    Ngnanou reacts to ‘a bad day in the office’

    Later, Ngannou tweeted: “Sorry guys I let you all down. Today was a bad day in the office but tomorrow will be another day. Thank you all for the love.”

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    Ngannou hails Joshua’s brutal knockout punch: ‘I didn’t feel it’

    Francis Ngannou congratulated his conqueror Anthony Joshua after being blown away in a devastating second-round knockout by the Briton, and admitted afterwards that he never even felt the final punch.

    Joshua delivered a heavyweight clinic with a dominant victory in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, and in doing so reclaimed his status as one of the world’s elite heavyweights after several tough years in the sport since losing his world titles to Oleksandr Usyk.

    Ngannou rocked Tyson Fury in the same city back in October, sending him to the canvas and eventually losing a controversial split decision. That performance was his first in professional boxing since making the transition from MMA, and left plenty of commentators questioning whether Joshua could handle his speed and power.

    But Joshua proved he was far too good with a blistering display and a brutal finish.

    “That was a clean one,” Ngannou said of the final blow. “In fact, I didn’t feel the punch. That’s what the knockout is about. I don’t feel any pain. That’s how I know I was knocked out … It was quite special because it stopped me. It did what Tyson Fury couldn’t do. It wasn’t my day, and he’s just way better than me today. It sucks, but it’s the game, we all know that. It’s the game.”

Simone Biles has earned her GOAT status in the world of gymnastics, becoming the most decorated gymnast. Aside from her incredible dominance in the sport, she has also become a global icon, representing numerous brands given her mega social influence. In April 2021, Biles forged a partnership with the athleisure brand Athleta, marking a pivotal moment in her career. Like Biles in gymnastics, Katie Ledecky has established herself as the most decorated female swimmer of all time.

She boasts an impressive array of swimming accolades, including 21 World Championship gold medals, seven Olympic gold medals, and 16 individual gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships. With both Biles and Ledecky aiming to represent the American flag at the 2024 Paris Olympics, their worlds recently intersected as Ledecky joined the Athleta family

Simone Biles

 

Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky’s worlds converge

In an Instagram story shared by Simone Biles, she enthralled her 7.1 million followers. She shared a video that featured sports icons like Winter Vinecki, WNBA star Monique Billings, Heather O’Reilly, Allyson Felix, and many others. These remarkable women share a common connection and are all part of the Athleta family.

Together, they welcomed the newest addition to the Athleta team, seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky. Biles expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “We’re so excited to have you join us.” Simone even penned in her caption, “Welcome to the @athleta team @katieledecky!!! #Athletapartner.” As we reflect on this iconic convergence of the best of the swimming and gymnastics worlds, let’s see what awaits Katie Ledecky in this new partnership.
Simone Biles

What awaits swimming icon as she partners with Athlet

Katie Ledecky has signed a five-year endorsement deal with Athleta, a division of The Gap. The brand is known for designing athletic wear that integrates performance and technical features for active women and girls. This deal comes five months before the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. This collective includes various athletes, advocates, medalists, and moms. Some notable members include Allyson Felix, Simone Biles, Natalie Coughlin, and Heather O’Reilly.

Ledecky will feature in Athleta’s new brand campaign, “Find Your Movement.” She’ll also participate in product testing and provide advice to Athleta’s impact platform, The Power of She Fund. Athleta will sponsor Ledecky’s Dry Land apparel, while TYR will remain her swimwear partner.  Sharing her thoughts on this blazing new venture,  Katie Ledecky shared, ” I’m looking forward to working with the Athleta team to identify ways to make an impact together! “ As fans eagerly anticipate this collaboration and celebrate Simone Biles’ heartfelt welcome, they also hold high hopes for the American women as they strive for success at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Aloys Junior is Britain’s answer to Mike Tyson.

‘Iron Mike’ left a lasting legacy of destruction during his 20-year stint in the pros. The former undisputed heavyweight champion flattened his first 28 opponents and was one of the most feared fighters of his day.

Now, there is a British cruiserweight who looks set to be the second coming of Tyson – and his name is Aloys Junior.

The south London slugger demonstrated his raw power on a visit to the talkSPORT studios where he tried out the punch machine of which he now holds the record.

Junior hit a stunning score of 982 on the hanging bag to jump to pole position on our leaderboard ahead of heavy-handed heavyweight Johnny Fisher.

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Despite his weight, Junior’s score rivals that of heavyweight titans Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou – who are set to fight each other – have both recorded punches in the 990s on other versions of the machine, commonly found at fairgrounds.

Anyone who has seen Junior fight won’t be surprised by the news.

Last year, he sent Borna Grcic’s head into orbit with a booming left hook at the iconic York Hall in London’s Bethnal Green.

The Croatian lay motionless on the canvas before medics rushed into the ring to provide the fallen boxer with oxygen.

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more vicious knockout no matter how deep you dig into the boxing archives. But this wasn’t an anomaly for Junior. His fans have come to expect early nights.

Of his six wins in the paid ranks, the 20-year-old cruiserweight has ended all of them inside the distance – four of which came during the opening round.

There is a strong case to be made for Junior being Britain’s pound-for-pound hardest hitter yet the aptly nicknamed ‘Animal’ insists he never looks for the stoppage

“If you get caught flush on the chin by me it’s lights out but generally speaking I don’t look for the knockout,” Junior told talkSPORT.com.

“I enter the ring calm and composed fully prepared to go the full four or six rounds but it usually ends up going much shorter than that.”

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The only contest to have gone the distance in Junior’s seven-fight professional career (6-1) was his debut against undefeated Polish prospect Michal Soczynski back in November 2021 – which he lost on points.

Most debutants opt to ease themselves into the paid ranks against journeymen with lopsided losing records but Junior is a self-proclaimed ‘risk-taker’.

“I took a massive gamble. I’m not a gambler in terms of money and finances, of course, but I’m a big risk-taker in the ring,” he said.

“I don’t like being comfortable. I like living on the edge but in boxing, I’ve learned you have to take more calculated risks.”

Despite falling short in his maiden appearance, Junior impressed Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren so much that he snapped him up on a five-year deal – and since then he has gone from strength to strength.

His next move is unclear at the time of writing although he will soon be knocking on the door for Southern Area and English titles providing he continues to pulverize his opposition

Junior’s punch is concussive, anyone who has shared the ring with him will tell you that.

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Unbeaten heavyweight Moses Itauma affirms nobody has hit him harder than the Penge prospect while Junior has already earned the respect of Daniel Dubois, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie in sparring.

So, where does his earth-shattering power come from? “It runs in the genes,” Junior added. “My family are all heavy-handed. I have an uncle who was an Olympic powerlifter.

“I remember my father used to train me like a madman from a young age as well. He used to get me running on the treadmill and doing all sorts of exercises.

“A large majority of my talent comes from my father and the work ethic he gave me.”

Looking to the future, Junior has lofty aspirations. He cites Alexander the Great, the king of Macedon who conquered Persia at the age of 30, as one of his biggest idols.

I want to conquer like Alexander the Great,” continued Junior. “I’ve heard people say ‘Aloys you have time’ but I don’t see that.

“The time is now I’m not going to be waiting around. Mike Tyson was a champion from young. I aim to do the same.”

Elin Nordegren is a model from Sweden who was married to Tiger Woods for six years before the couple decided to get divorced in 2010. She decided after Woods was found having multiple affairs and currently, the pair is co-parenting their two children. Elin has a daughter and son with Woods named Sam Alexis and Charlie Woods. Out of these two, Sam never took an interest in taking up golf as a career but Charlie did.

As a part of co-parenting, Woods and Elin had to keep their friendship alive and as per a source, the 15-time major champ never complained about his ex-wife and enjoys their existing bond. Elin not only saw divorce in her relationship with Tiger but also saw another split as a child. When she was only seven years old, her parents got divorced. Despite their separation, she got to spend quality time with both her parents and that helped her reach a decision where she would rather give a better environment to her children after divorce than stay in an unfaithful marriage.

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“I think it is better for the children that the parents split up. I am now going to do my very best to show them that alone and happy is better than being in a relationship where there is no trust. I want to show my kids what my parents showed me as a child,” Apart from her personal life, let’s take a look at her career.

Elin Nordegren took up modeling projects before meeting Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ ex-wife was a swimsuit model in her teens and a nanny in her 20s.

“I did some modeling when I was younger. I was never very successful at it, and I didn’t intend to pursue it. It is flattering to be called a model, but I hardly think a few shoots in my teenage years make me a model,” Nordegren said.

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Then Elin Nordegren was also a nanny for the golfer’s children and she later planned on studying psychology. After her divorce, focusing on her psychology degree became an important aspect of getting over the separation. She took nine years to finish the course at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, with a 3.96 GPA.

“Education has been the only consistent part of my life the last nine years. And it has offered me comfort. Education is one thing that no one can take away from you…If I can inspire even one mom to go back and get her degree with the message that it’s never too late, then I am happy.”

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It has been reported that Elin Nordegren settled for a $100 million divorce amount from Tiger Woods but initially, she was supposed to receive around $750 million. But she chose peace over money and went for an early settlement with the 82-time PGA Tour champ. The divorce and cheating scandals were already a lot to bear in 2009 and finally, through a split, she got her sanity back. As of now, both have moved on in their lives and dated other people after the divorce