Alan Higgins’ second professional bout ended in another quick victory, with the Kilburn middleweight stopping Richard Hadju in the second round.The fight took place in Seinäjoki, Finland, as Higgins’ trainer CJ Hussein also works with Finnish cruiserweight Juho Haapoja, who was in action on the same bill.Higgins enjoyed an impressive debut, stopping Emmanuel Moussinga in the first round at Bethnal Green’s York Hall in July.See also:Perfect start for Kilburn boxer HigginsHiggins wins on professional debutHiggins eyeing victory number three Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Australian Simon Taufel on Sunday will stand down from international umpiring after officiating in the World Twenty20 final between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the R Premadasa Stadium here.It was an emotional moment for Taufel as he took the field to officiate for one last time. The 41-year-old had already announced that he would retire after World Twenty20 to become the Umpire Performance and Training Manager with the ICC.In an outstanding career, Taufel umpired in 74 Tests and 174 ODIs with his last Test and ODI appearances being at Lord’s a month ago in matches featuring England and South Africa.Taufel will be replaced by Bruce Oxenford in the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires from November 1.Taufel won the ICC Umpire of the Year award for five successive years from 2004 to 2008.Taufel along with Pakistan’s Aleem Dar were the on-field umpires for the final between Sri Lanka and West Indies.Taufel yesterday termed the 2011 World Cup semi-final between India versus Pakistan as the “most exciting match” of his career.”When I look back, there are many memorable moments but I can instantly remember the India versus Pakistan game at Mohali during the 2011 World Cup semi-final as the most exciting one,” Taufel had said.”The Prime Ministers of the two countries were present and it was more than just a game of cricket. I believe there were two finals in 2011 World Cup. The semi-final and the final,” he added.
Simmering civil tension and the stench of corruption threatens to sully Brazil’s global football party when the World Cup kicks off against a backdrop of protests, unrest and alleged political graft.What was to be a football celebration is in danger of being hijacked by off-field issues as a growing furore surrounding FIFA over alleged vote-buying for the 2022 World Cup stews and anger over domestic political corruption broils throughout Brazil.The gloom is a far cry from what was envisioned when Brazil was selected as host nation in 2007. But if any country can perform a feat of spiritual alchemy using football as its tool, Brazil can.And for all the FIFA and protest dramas, billions of people around the world will tune in as eagerly as ever once the action begins. The home of what Pele termed “the beautiful game” is likely to respond like few others could, if its yellow-shirted heroes can carry all before them.A joyous festival of football would indeed be testament to the power of football if the sport shrugs off the unseemly smog enveloping the lead-up to this tournament. Brazil will be confident of providing the perfect fillip when they open the World Cup with a Group A clash against Croatia in Sao Paulo on Thursday.The hosts are favourites to clinch a record-extending sixth World Cup crown come the July 13 final at Rio’s Maracana stadium, and certainly it would be a triumph to finally exorcise the ghosts of 1950. Sixty-four years ago, the tournament was held with a round robin format and the Brazilians needed a draw to win the title in front of 2,00,000 fans at the Maracana. However, they were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in a national tragedy known as “the Maracanazo”.advertisementWhile there will be some 1,00,000 fewer people in the rebuilt Maracana for the 2014 tournament, expectation will be no less weighty.Brazil have their script – one involving locals suspending their anger at the eye-watering cost of the tournament held with a backdrop of rising inflation, urban gridlock and soaring crime – but there are no shortage of other teams and players lining up to take their place in the pantheon of football giants.Argentina’s Lionel Messi tops the list. Considered by most to be the world’s best footballer, the Barcelona phenomenon has never hit the heights at a World Cup. Unless he does, as the likes of Pele, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona have before him, there would always be a hint of a question mark over a career which in every other way has touched the stars.Three more former winners will fight it out in Group D as one of Italy, England and surprise 2010 semi-finalists Uruguay will be going home early.Uruguay, more specifically the hand of striker Luis Suarez, prevented Ghana becoming the first African nation to reach the semifinals four years ago in South Africa.The Black Stars are back again but, along with the other four African representatives, they will have to punch above their weight to shatter that toughened-glass ceiling.
6:29 Audi’s corporate grille keeps getting bigger, but so does the S6’s performance. We’ll let it slide. Audi We’ve known the specs of the forthcoming 2020 Audi S6 for a while now, for both European and US models, but one thing we’ve been kept in the dark on was just how much it’d cost stateside. Not anymore. Audi on Thursday announced US pricing for its hotted-up midsizer, and we’re definitely interested.So just how much can you expect to shell out for your fancy German Q-ship? For the entry-level Premium Plus trim, you’ll spend $73,900, which actually compares favorably with the E53 AMG, which is only slightly cheaper but down 15 hp and a whopping 59 pound-feet of torque. Step up to the top-level Prestige trim at $77,800, and you’re more in BMW M550i xDrive territory, where the S6 is way down on power compared with the 4.4-liter turbo V8 in the Bimmer.Unlike the Euro model, our S6 will run on gasoline and be powered by the same 2.9-liter V6 engine that produces an extremely healthy 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque in the Audi RS 5. It’s is a very healthy if not wildly exciting powerplant, but this car isn’t exactly meant to be a hooligan. Unfortunately, there’s still no sign of the nerd-catnip Avant wagon version coming to the US.Some of the other highlights of the 2020 S6 include a 48-volt mild hybrid system that powers (among other things) an electric compressor that seeks to eliminate or at the very least drastically reduce turbo lag, making the engine more responsive. The compressor spins at a slow-compared-with-a-turbo 70,000 rpm but has a superfast 250-millisecond response time.The S6, of course, gets Quattro all-wheel drive and Audi’s latest eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox as standard and there will be an optional S sport package, for those drivers who want to turn the wick up a bit on a back road. Audi More From Roadshow 2019 BMW 330i xDrive review: The new and improved 3 Series 2020 Audi S6 gives the sedan a dash of sport 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan review: A breath of fresh(er) air Share your voice 0 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes 2020 BMW 7 Series first drive: Travel comfortably and carry a big grille Performance Cars Luxury cars Sedans Now playing: Watch this: Tags 39 Photos Post a comment Audi