Kell Brook is willing to break with convention and give Amir Khan the lion’s share of any payday in an effort to finally lure him into a blockbuster world title fight.
Brook has the bargaining chip of a world championship belt but so far that has proved ineffective in drawing the Bolton welterweight into a fight that would attract huge British interest. Sportsmail said Khan would pocket in the region of £4 million if he met the 28-year-old at Wembley on June 13 – a date Brook’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has penciled in with the national stadium.
Liverpool are set to offer Kolo Toure a new one-year deal but the veteran defender admits he has a big decision to make over his future. The 33-year-old centre-back is out of contract this summer but the Reds have opened talks over an extension.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to retain the Ivorian’s services. However, Toure says he must decide whether to finish his career as a squad player at Anfield or move elsewhere in search of regular first-team football.
Toure, who joined the Reds on a free transfer from Man City in 2013, has been restricted to just 12 starts in all competitions so far this season.
Mesut Ozil says he is “happy” at Arsenal and has ruled out the possibility of leaving the Gunners. The World Cup winner, who moved to north London for a club record fee of £42m in 2013, was impressive in Arsene Wenger’s side’s heroic Champions League exit to Monaco and is determined to bring success to the club.
He told German publication Express: “A return to Germany is not an option for me right now. I am really happy at Arsenal and I want this to continue.”
Windy City Open, Chicago, USA (February 26 -March 4):
Egyptian Raneem El-Welily defeated world number one Malaysian Nicol David 3-1 in the Windy City Open to claim the tournament that was played in the Chicago title on March 5.
The World number two El-Welily needed only 57 minutes to beat Nicol David 3-1 in the women’s final match in Chicago: 14-16, 12-10, 11-7 and 11-7.
World number one Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt lost to World number four Englishman Nick Matthew in straight games in the men’s final. Matthew needed 62 minutes to beat Elshorbagy 3-0 in Chicago: 11-7, 11-2 and 11-7.
42nd Lotto Dutch Open Netherlands, Eindhoven (March 13-15):
Iran’s Farzan Ashourzadeh claimed a gold medal
Farzan Ashourzadeh and Mahdi Khodabakhshi from Iran won two gold. Ashourzadeh beat Nutthawee Klompong from Thailand 2-0 in the final match of the Seniors Male A -58kg.
Briton Feyi Pearce and Rui Braganca from Portugal finished in third place. In the Seniors Male A -87kg, Khodabakhshi took the gold medal after his countryman Omid Amidi withdrew from the final because of injury.
The bronze medal went to Turkey’s Muhammet Talha Sari and Marc-Andre Bergeron from Canada. Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin from Iran lost to Olympic champion Jade Jones 4-3 in the final match of the Seniors Female A -57kg and won a silver medal. Croatian Martina Zubcic and Daria Zhuravelva from Russia won the bronze medal.
Sania Mirza was appointed as playing captain of India’s Fed Cup team on March 14. India will seek to make it to Group I grade of Asia/Oceania zone in Hyderabad from April 14. Mirza will lead a four-member team which also includes India’s top singles player Ankita Raina, Prarthana Thombare and Natasha Palha.