Transfer news: Tottenham youngster Grant Ward to link up with Chicago Fire

Grant Ward: Set to further his footballing education in the MLS

Grant Ward: Set to further his footballing education in the MLS

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Tottenham Hotspur starlet Grant Ward is to complete a mortgage change to MLS outfit Chicago Hearth once he recovers full fitness.

A product of the White Hart Lane academy system, the 19-yr-previous midfielder has already spent time in America throughout pre-season training.

He caught the attention throughout that spell, netting twice, and the Hearth have moved rapidly to safe his companies long term.

No particulars regarding the size of the loan agreement have been released, however Ward will return to the USA after working his means again from an operation to repair a fractured metatarsal.

Fireplace head coach Frank Yallop stated in a press release: “Grant is a young, technically-gifted participant.

“I watched him play in England, and throughout our pre-season training camp Grant persistently proved that he has what it takes to do effectively in the MLS.

“We look forward to him becoming a member of our squad once he has recovered from his damage.”

Fireplace technical director Brian Bliss added: “Grant’s harm is an unlucky one however we absolutely expect him to bounce again.

“We saw the type of participant Grant is whereas he was with us during pre-season, and we’re right here to support and do what we are able to to help him get back to full health so he can be a part of us later this season.”

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Roland Delorme, Davey Grant Paired for March 8 UFC Fight Night in London

Roland Delorme is headed to enemy soil for his subsequent bout. |





Davey Grant

will square off March eight at O2 Arena in London.

The matchup, introduced Monday by the UFC by way of Twitter, will serve aspart of UFC Fight Night 37 “Gustafsson vs. Manuwa,” which will see toplight heavyweights AlexanderGustafsson and Jimi Manuwatangle in the principle occasion.

Delorme, 30, formally holds a three-1 mark in his Octagon career,with a June 2013 loss to FranciscoRivera having been modified to a no-contest. The Canadianbounced again from that knockout by topping EdwinFigueroa but suffered a cut up-decision loss in his final outingagainst “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant AlexCaceres.

One other reality show alum, Grant succumbed to a second-roundrear-naked choke from ChrisHoldsworth within the November last of “TUF 18.” The loss snappedan eight-fight successful streak for the 28-12 months-old Englishman, whohad not tasted defeat since July 2009.

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Still battling concussion symptoms, T.J. Grant has to give up another UFC lightweight title shot

T.J. Grant earned a title shot by finishing Gray Maynard in Could, however remains to be bothered by submit-concussion signs …

The toughest folks on the planet undoubtedly are those that post comments on stories on the Internet. Learn their comments and it is obvious they wouldn’t let a minor annoyance like a severe concussion trouble them. They’d not solely combat with a extreme concussion, however they’d go out against the best fighters on the earth with torn knee ligaments or damaged ribs or any of one hundred different maladies that trigger mere mortal fighters to tug out of a bout.

What these persons are usually, are gutless large mouths who cover behind anonymity and like to take photographs at other individuals’s misfortune. I am not talking about anybody who posts considerate, reasoned comments on a topic, however moderately the form of morons who had been ripping T.J. Grant and questioning both his toughness and his character for pulling out of his Aug. 31 title bout at UFC 164 with then-champion Benson Henderson.

Those geniuses someway scoffed when Grant withdrew from that fight with a concussion and smelled conspiracy. They mocked Grant and questioned his ethical character.

Well, Grant tweeted on Monday that his concussion signs are still troubling him, and he wouldn’t be capable of accept a December title bout towards new champion Anthony Pettis.

Hey folks. Quick replace. Sadly I will not be fighting Pettis on dec 14. I am nonetheless not but one hundred% n can’t decide to combat. UFC is going With someone else instead. It sucks however it’s the best for each myself and the UFC. Please don’t be concerned. Ill be again and if I gotta battle Another person to get back to the place I wanna be then that’s what I am gonna do. I am not bitter. Thanks

UFC lightweight T.J. Grant (Getty)


It’s unhappy that Grant, who stopped Gray Maynard on Might 25 to earn the shot, remains to be affected by the concussion signs and unable to do his job. Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby was out for more than a 12 months with put up-concussion symptoms.

Sadly, not one of the classless of us who chose to bash Grant have chosen to resurface to apologize to Grant when it is develop into so abundantly clear they had been so fallacious.

Hopefully, Grant will totally get better from his concussion and be capable of perform at the similar stage he was when he was injured.

For those that mocked him, hopefully they never undergo such a severe damage and need to be taught the exhausting method how idiotic their previous words had been.

The UFC announced tonight that former Strikeforce champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson would get the shot against Pettis.


Anthony Pettis replaces injured T.J. Grant, setting up anticipated rematch with Benson Henderson

Anthony Pettis leaps off the cage to hit Benson Henderson with the ‘Showtime’ kick in 2010 (Getty)

Anthony Pettis was supposed to open August fighting Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title. Instead, after two injuries, Pettis will instead close the month rematching Benson Henderson at UFC 164 on Aug. 31 in Milwaukee for the UFC lightweight belt.

Pettis defeated Henderson in the final event in World Extreme Cagefighting history, lifting that organization’s belt from Henderson by pulling off the now-legendary “Showtime kick” in the waning moments of a close fight. Pettis leaped up against the cage, pushed off and blasted a surprise Henderson in the head with a kick.

That move, one of the most spectacular in modern mixed martial arts history, lifted Pettis to the WEC title.

Henderson later went on to win the UFC lightweight belt and was supposed to defend it against T.J. Grant at UFC 164. But, according to UFC president Dana White, Grant suffered an injury and had to withdraw.

Grant tweeted that he suffered a concussion while practicing jiu-jitsu and had to withdraw. He also tweeted that it was not a conspiracy by the UFC to get Pettis onto the card.

Benson Henderson, L, is 7-0 in the UFC (Getty Images) But that opened the door for the Henderson-Pettis rematch. Pettis had injured a knee that forced him to pull out of his planned Aug. 3 featherweight title fight with Aldo in Brazil. He was replaced on that card by “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung.

MMA Junkie first reported Grant’s injury and the coach of Pettis as his replacement.

Pettis coach Duke Roufus said Pettis’ knee “is feeling great after rehab.”

White was ecstatic to be able to make the bout and said he thinks the UFC is set up for a memorable finish to 2013.

“If all of these fights we have set hold up and no one else gets hurt, this is going to be the baddest string of fights we’ve ever done in a six-month period,” White said. “Without question, this will be the best second-half of a year in UFC history.”

White noted that the string began last week with Chris Weidman’s stunning upset win over middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in Las Vegas.

The rest of the 2013 pay-per-view schedule, according to White, is:

• Aug. 3, UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro, Aldo vs. “The Korean Zombie” for the featherweight title.

• Aug. 31, UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Henderson vs. Pettis II for the UFC lightweight title.

• Sept. 21, UFC 165 in Toronto, Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC light heavyweight title.

• Oct. 19, UFC 166 in Houston, Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos III for the UFC heavyweight title.

• Nov. 16, UFC 167 in Las Vegas, Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks for the UFC welterweight title.

• Dec. 28, UFC 168 in Las Vegas, Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.

Chan Sung Jung will fight Jose Aldo for the featherweight title Aug. 3 (Getty) White spent much of his day Friday in Los Angeles negotiating with Silva about a rematch with Weidman that he hopes to put on UFC 168. Silva has commitments to sponsors he’s already made, though, that may make it impossible for him to fight as soon as December.

“We’d love to have him on that New Year’s Eve card in Vegas,” White said. “That would be sick. We’re working on that, but all that stuff Anderson has going on is why the Super Bowl card is still a possibility.”

Pettis could be reached for comment on Friday, but Roufus was with Pettis when he was offered the fight with Henderson. He was thrilled, not only for the title opportunity but for the chance to do it in Milwaukee, his hometown.

“Anthony and I received the news together here,” Roufus said. “He can’t wait to get the UFC championship. Ben is a great fighter, but Anthony is a special fighter who will beat Ben again.”

White said one of the reasons he likes Pettis so much is that he is willing to fight anyone at any time. He said Pettis had no concern about having started to get ready to fight at featherweight and then having to go up and fight at lightweight.

Pettis, he said, just loves to compete in big fights.

“What I love about this guy is he doesn’t give a [expletive] about stupid [expletive] like whether it’s at 145 or 155 or where it is or when it is or any of that,” White said. “He has the attitude, ‘I’m the best. I’m going to win. I don’t care when or where. Let’s do it.’ Those are the kind of guys I love.”

White also said he is in talks to re-sign heavyweight Roy Nelson, whose contract expired in June after a loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 in Winnipeg. White said if he re-signs Nelson in time, he plans to pair him with Daniel Cormier at UFC 166 on the Velasquez-dos Santos III undercard.

Nelson and Cormier have had a feud on social media and have been eager to fight. Cormier is also Velasquez’s training partner, close friend and wrestling coach.


To make room for Grant Gibbs, Doug McDermott will walk on at Creighton next year

Doug McDermott and Grant Gibbs (Getty Images)

In addition to being a two-time All-American and his school’s all-time leading scorer, Creighton senior Doug McDermott now can boast one more honor.

He is undoubtedly college basketball’s most decorated walk-on.

When guard Grant Gibbs unexpectedly received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA on Tuesday morning, it pushed Creighton over NCAA’s scholarship limit of 13. Rather than jettisoning one of the players already on his roster, Creighton coach Greg McDermott will pay Doug’s tuition instead.

The financial sacrifice the elder McDermott will make is a significant one, according to Creighton sports information director Rob Anderson. Since NCAA rules require a coach to have spent five years at his school for his child to qualify for financial aid, McDermott will pay Creighton’s full $30,000 to $40,000 in tuition and housing costs for Doug to play his senior season.

“It’s a small investment to make to make room for a guy who has meant a lot to our program,” McDermott said Tuesday night. “We had some guys ready to fill Grant’s spot, but to have his leadership at a time when we’re transitioning to a new league is huge for our program.”

Cynics among us will probably scoff that Creighton will probably add a $40,000 bonus to McDermott’s contract to cover the costs, but regardless, this is a really great gesture by the coach and his family. Many others in McDermott’s shoes would have made room for Gibbs by telling a seldom-used scholarship player on the roster his services were no longer required.

“That never crossed my mind,” McDermott said. “We have got great chemistry on our team. I wasn’t going to upset the apple cart.”

That the McDermotts are doing this for Gibbs is fitting because the playmaking guard has spent most of his Creighton career setting up Doug for easy buckets. Gibbs thrived from long range and creating off the dribble this past season, averaging 8.5 points and 5.8 assists and shooting nearly 40 percent from behind the arc.

The NCAA granted Gibbs the chance to play a sixth season because he didn’t play in two of his first five, one as a result of a shoulder injury as a true freshman at Gonzaga and the other when he sat out after transferring to Creighton in 2010. His return means Creighton has four starters back from a 28-win team, meaning the Bluejays should contend right away in their first season in the new Big East.

“To be honest, I wasn’t optimistic Grant would get another year,” McDermott said. “There was nowhere to look to see any precedent for his case. When the NCAA called and started asking questions, it gave me a glimmer of hope but I was still relatively surprised to get the call this morning. I thought it was a real long shot.”

There was nobody happier than Doug to learn his teammate and roommate would be back for one more year.

Tweeted Doug on Tuesday, “Treating myself to a little Turkish ice cream to celebrate the big news.”