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Provoked Anthony Joshua says Jarrell Miller can only ‘punch like a fairy’

Up close: Joshua and Miller PICTURE: AP

BOXING: Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller traded insults as they launched their world heavyweight title clash yesterday. Londoner Joshua, who holds four of the belts, will fight in the US for the first time on June 1 and — unusually — was drawn into a war of words with ‘Big Baby’ Miller. During a tense press conference in New York, Joshua told the American to ‘shut the f*** up’ and claimed he ‘punches like a fairy’. Miller said: ‘I breathe, eat, sleep Anthony Joshua. This is bigger than AJ, bigger than me, bigger than Madison Square Garden. It’s bigger than money.’

Stricker to be handed task of winning back Ryder Cup

GOLF: Steve Stricker is set to be named today as the United States captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, in his home state of Wisconsin. Stricker played in the event three times and has been a vice-captain for the past three contests, the last time when he assisted Jim Furyk for September’s humbling defeat to Europe in Paris. The 51-year-old also led the United States to victory in the 2017 Presidents Cup in New Jersey. Padraig Harrington has already been selected as Europe’s captain.

Semenya’s legal team attack ‘hurtful’ IAAF rules

ATHLETICS: Caster Semenya’s lawyers have hit back at the IAAF on day two of their hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, claiming its proposed testosterone limit for women is ‘flawed’ and ‘hurtful’. The two-time Olympic 800metres champion is challenging the IAAF’s revised eligibility rules for female athletes at the Lausanne tribunal in a landmark case for intersex and transgender women in all sports. ‘Ms Semenya believes she and other women affected by the regulations should be permitted to compete in the female category without discrimination, and celebrated for their natural talents as are all other athletes with genetic variations,’ her lawyers said. ‘The IAAF’s regulations do not empower anyone. Rather, they represent yet another flawed and hurtful attempt to police the sex of female athletes.’

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