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David McCourt’s Midweek Sports Roundup 09/05/2012

Khan Peterson in doubt, Lancashire sign Shahzad, and Oldham begin rebuilding

Written by . Published on May 9th 2012.


David McCourt’s Midweek Sports Roundup 09/05/2012

AMIR KHAN may be denied redemption due to the latest twist in his controversial feud with Lamont Peterson after the American tested positive for a banned substance.

The pair are due to meet in a rematch ordered by the World Boxing Association (WBA) on 19 May in Las Vegas, but the fight now looks in jeopardy.

“Just be done with the gloves and bring out the tables, ladders and chairs already.”

Bolton’s golden boy, who lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles in controversial circumstances to Peterson in Washington DC last year, complained about the unexpected presence of ‘mystery man’ Mustafa Ameen at ringside.

But now the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) have found synthetic testosterone in a urine sample Peterson gave on 19 March, meaning Khan’s rematch may not go ahead.

In a week where David Haye and Dereck Chisora squared up either side of a steel fence during the announcement of their grudge match at Upton Park – following a backstage brawl between the pair – it’s begining to feel like the sport of boxing is turning into the WWE.

Just be done with the gloves and bring out the tables, ladders and chairs already.

In cricket, Lancashire have signed Yorkshire and England fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad on loan for the remainder of the season.

The 26-year-old announced the move on Twitter, posting: 'Great feeling to be back in cricket, appreciate Lancashire taking me on a loan agreement until the end of the season.'

Shahzad could make his debut for the Red Rose against Sussex today.

Another debutant hoping to run well today is two-year-old Pippy, one of Wayne Rooney’s new racehorses.

Man Utd's Wayne Rooney enjoying his newfound racing hobbyMan Utd's Wayne Rooney enjoying his newfound racing hobby, thanks to Racing Post

Richard Kingscote will ride Pippy in the five-furlong Manor House Stables Lily Agnes Stakes at 13:35 this afternoon, giving new enthusiasts Wayne and Coleen their first taste of racehorse ownership.

The couple have chosen pink and white racing silks to be worn by all jockeys fortunate enough to ride their new Tom Dascombe trained chargers.

Oldham Athletic have started rebuilding for their future in League One by releasing nine players.

Manager, Paul Dickov, told striker Ruben Reid and defender Zander Diamond that they would need to find football away from Boundary Park next season.

Paul Black, Ryan Brooke, Djeny Bembo-Leta, Matt Carr, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Phil McGrath and Josh Parker were among the others allowed to leave.

Dickov, who also asked nine out-of-contract players to stay at the club, told BBC Radio Manchester: “If I can keep the majority of the squad that was there against Carlisle, it does bode well for the future.”

However, the Latics manager may struggle to keep hold of Chris Taylor, who is rumoured to have attracted the attention of a number of Championship clubs.

Manchester will finally decide which of its teams will be crowned Premier League Champions on Sunday, as the EPL comes to its climax.

City currently have the title in their hands as they prepare to face Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium, but pessimists may point out that the blue half of Manchester have a history of disaster in these types of situations.

Just try telling that to Yaya Toure, who appears to have missed the memo, and continues to motor City forward regardless.

United travel to Sunderland on Sunday to face the Mackem’s in a match that will no doubt see television broadcasters showing more footage of fans holding portable radios to the sides of their faces than actual footage of the game.

There’s a bloke somewhere in Salford with a garage full of CHAMP20NS t-shirts that’s either going to be buoyantly celebrating his foresight, or looking as abashed as this Liverpool fan, who seemingly got a little bit too caught up in the moment.

A proud Liverpool fan via @SkySportzNews on TwitterA proud Liverpool fan via @SkySportzNews on Twitter

You can follow David on Twitter @DavidPMcCourt

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