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Liverpool's Derry Mathews wins WBA lightweight title

Derry Mathews celebrates his victory Credit: PA

Derry Mathews has won the interim WBA lightweight title after being handed a unanimous points decision over Tony Luis in Liverpool.

Mathews saw Richar Abril twice pull out of a fight due to illness to be stripped of the belt and just this week replacement Ismael Barroso was forced to pull out after failing to obtain a visa.

Luis was drafted in at the last minute and while the Canadian will have won a lot of fans with his relentless style, he did not win over the judges and Mathews was handed a 114-112, 114-112, 115-112 decision.

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Rodgers: Man City need 20 years to catch Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers believes it will take Man City 20 years to become a club of Liverpool's size, as he tries to convince Raheem Sterling to stay at Anfield.

Rodgers is defiant about Liverpool's status as a big club. Credit: PA

Speaking in the Telegraph, Rodgers refuted suggestions that Liverpool has become something of an elite stepping stone for good players to attract offers from Europe's biggest clubs.

Speaking ahead of today's FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa, he said:

I wouldn’t say that this [Liverpool] was a development ground for going to bigger clubs. If you say that Manchester City is a bigger club than Liverpool, you’re wrong.

At this moment in time Manchester City are on a great project. They’re a wonderful club, I’ve seen it for myself a few years ago when I spoke with them [about becoming assistant to Mancini].

I’ve got big respect for what they’re doing there. They’re trying to build it the right way and hopefully they’ll get young players through, but at this moment in time you can’t compare as a club the size of the two.

You’ve got Liverpool and Manchester United, the two biggest clubs in this country, and the rest of them are fighting to be there over the next 20 years.

– Liverpool manager Bredan Rodgers
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West Ham boss: Man City are a 'wounded animal'

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is not bothered by how Manchester City will react to their slump, only that his own players produce the goods at the Ethiad Stadium on Sunday.

Big Sam expects a tough game at Man City. Credit: PA

A terrible run of form has seen City slip down into fourth place, their 4-2 loss to rivals Manchester United leaving Manuel Pellegrini's side well adrift of leaders Chelsea and now in a battle to stay ahead of Liverpool in the race for Champions League qualification.

However, West Ham are also in need of some consistency, with a stoppage-time goal conceded at home to Stoke denying them what would have been only a third league win of 2015.

I am more concerned about getting the best out of my team.

Maybe City are a wounded animal and they might come out all guns blazing or they might be tentative. We won't know until the match starts.

We are expecting them to put in a determined performance in front of their own fans.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

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Anderson 'proud' of record-breaking achievement

James Anderson has become England cricket's leading wicket taker. Credit: Nigel French / PA Archive/Press Association Images

England bowler James Anderson has spoken of his pride after becoming England's leading wicket taker in Test cricket.

The Lancashire paceman usurped Sir Ian Botham after he had West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin caught by Alastair Cook for his 384th record-breaking Test wicket in his 100th match.

The West Indies eventually held on, thanks to a Jason Holder century, to earn a draw in the first Test match in Antigua.

I am hugely proud. It is great to have my family here and taking over from an English legend is a proud moment.

It (the record) has not been a target. I love taking wickets, I love playing for England, it is a dream come true to play for England let alone for 100 Tests...

It's been an incredible journey. I am delighted to be here."

– James Anderson speaking after the match

Thunder hoping to end the season in style

Manchester Thunder are unbeaten in Superleague this season Credit: pa

Manchester Thunder coach Tracey Neville hopes the team can build on their unbeaten record in Superleague.

Thunder, the reigning champions, host the Hertfordshire Mavericks at the Manchester arena today and are hoping for a record crowd. Neville says the season's efforts will mean very little if they produce a top draw performance against the Mavericks.

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A moment of history: Anderson beats England record

Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson is now the leading test wicket-taker in English cricket history.

Lancashire head coach praises Anderson's test wicket record

"This is a tremendous achievement by Jimmy. To maintain such a high level of performance over such a long period of time is testament to his hard work and dedication.

"He is a fantastic ambassador for Lancashire and England and I am delighted for him."

– Lancashire's Cricket Director and Head Coach Ashley Giles
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