On this Day — October 1, 1975: Ali wins Manilla thriller

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Muhammad Ali is one of the greatest sports stars of all time.

Muhammad Ali is no longer with us but on this day 41 years ago, he showed why he will always be the greatest boxer. Coming up against Joe Frazier in their third meeting, plenty was at stake with the world heavyweight belt on the line.

The 25,000 who crammed into Manila’s Philippine Coliseum were in for a treat as both boxers showcased their extraordinary talent in what promised to be a fascinating battle.

Ali’s longer reach gave ‘Smokin’ Joe problems but the champion’s 15 block busting blows inside 45 seconds in the 14th round ultimately saw Frazier’s trainer, Eddie Futch, call time. Ali, who retained his belt, lauded his opponent by saying “He’s a real, real fighter.”

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Here’s other memorable sporting events that happened on this day:

1998: Ex-Arsenal boss George Graham becomes the new manager of Tottenham.

2000: Boxer Audley Harrison wins Great Britain’s 10th gold medal of the Sydney Olympics.

2005: Former New Zealand wing Jonah Lomu signs for Cardiff Blues.

2012: Defending champions England are knocked out of the World T20 after 19-run defeat to hosts Sri Lanka in their Super Eight match in Pallekele.

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Falcons lack talons for match in Serbia

Jay Asser 30/09/2016
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Running back trio Vivaldi Tulysse, Luke Norrey and Davion Miller will be three of several names missing when the Falcons clash against the Belgrade All-Stars Saturday at Serbia’s Bask Stadium.

Equipped with a stripped-down roster of 15, the UAE side will have a tougher challenge than their past three international encounters this year if they’re to extend their record overseas to a perfect 4-0.

“We don’t have the depth I would ideally like to have and this is going to be the first action that a lot of guys are going to have in several months,” Falcons head coach Kyle Jordan said.

“Those are definitely disadvantages, but at the same time we’ve got a lot of really talented, athletic and experienced guys. Guys that have a whole lot of football intelligence and football smarts.

“The other thing is these guys will go until the last whistle.

“When you have those things, you always have a chance.”

Jordan pointed to his team’s 15-13 win over Kazakhstan’s Titans in June despite having limited numbers as an example of their resolve.

Where the Falcons will be affected most is in the running game, which will be devoid of Tulysse, Norrey and Miller. In their place, Moe Fouda and battering ram Quinton Collins are expected to carry the load, while Samer Omer – typically a defensive tackle – is expected to receive dives and dump-off passes at fullback.

The one constant, however, remains at quarterback where veteran Zavier Cobb will once again be under centre and in command.

“We have some guys that will run the ball that may not have the speed and elusiveness of the others, but they have experience back there and are tough runners. We’re not going to get away from the running game,” Jordan added.

“But we have Zavier and when you have a guy that can hurt you with his arm and with his feet and when he’s using both at the same time, you’ve got that threat that puts a lot of stress on defences.”

Though he’s not sure what to expect from an Xs and Os standpoint in Belgrade Saturday (kick-off: 14:30, UAE time), Jordan admits another victory won’t come easily.

“They’ve been playing football in Serbia for a while now and there are some athletic and tough individuals,” Jordan said. “We have Serbians in our league that are fundamentally-sound players. It’s going to be a fight.”

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Tweets of the week: Ryder Cup fever

Sport360 staff 30/09/2016
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Both Team USA and Team Europe have been very active on social media in the build up to the 41st Ryder Cup tournament.

And Sport360 has rounded-up some of the best tweets so far from the stars of golf.

Who do you think will win the famous trophy?

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