KP’s World Cup preview and Tyson Fury’s new arrival – Monday’s sporting social

By Sports Desk September 18, 2023

Sports stars and clubs across the world continue to provide an insight into their lives on social media.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the best examples from September 18.


Two England greats celebrated their birthdays.

Roberto de Zerbi celebrated one year in charge of Brighton.


Tyson Fury welcomed a new addition to the family.

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Another World Series of Darts title for Michael van Gerwen.

Rugby Union

Sonny Bill Williams celebrated with Fiji.

Joe Marler with the assist of the World Cup so far?


Ryan Fox felt honoured.

Danny Willett was grateful.


Tim Murtagh was hanging up his boots.

KP makes his World Cup predictions.

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    Jude Bellingham has targeted a trophy treble on the pitch after picking up silverware at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards in Madrid.

    Bellingham won the World Breakthrough of the Year prize after a stunning start to life at Real Madrid.

    The 20-year-old has scored 21 goals since his summer move from Borussia Dortmund, his latest effort being a stunning winner in Sunday’s El Clasico against Barcelona.

    Bellingham now hopes to end the season with a LaLiga and Champions League double at Real before heading to Euro 2024 in Germany where England are among the favourites to win the trophy.

    Asked what would mean success, Bellingham said: “I think just more trophies really.

    “We’re still in with a chance of two with Madrid and obviously the Euros with England. So I think success would be all three.

    “It’s been a bit of a crazy week, really. I’m so tired, to be honest. So excuse me if I look it.

    “But I’m really proud to win this award and hopefully keep making more memories with Real Madrid and with England in the future.”

    Novak Djokovic was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record-equalling fifth time after winning the Australian Open, French Open and US Open to lead the way with 24 grand slam men’s singles titles.

    “I am incredibly honoured to have won my fifth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award,” said Djokovic.

    “I think back to 2012, when I won it for the first time as a 24-year-old. I am very proud to be here 12 years later, reflecting on a year that brought me and my fans a lot of excitement and success.

    “It was thrilling to return to Australia last January and win my 10th title. It is a tournament that is so dear to my heart and set me up for an incredible 12 months.

    “I could not have achieved so much success without an incredible team behind me, and inspirational rivals who have always pushed me to be the best version of myself.”

    Aitana Bonmati took to the stage twice to collect two awards – the first footballer to win the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year trophy, and also represent the Spain team which won the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

    She said: “It is humbling to see the list of previous winners of this award.

    “From Serena Williams to Simone Biles, Lindsey Vonn, Naomi Osaka and last year’s winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, they are all incredible athletes who have not only excelled in their chosen sports, but been incredible role models for younger generations of young women and girls.

    “As the first women’s team to win the Laureus, we are proud of our status as pioneers and as a group we are as committed to equality and representation as we are to what we do on the football pitch.”

    American gymnast Biles, a three-time winner of Sportswoman of the Year, won the World Comeback of the Year Award.

    Biles collected four gold medals at the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, her first global event since leaving the Tokyo Olympics due to mental health issues and entering a near two-year break from the sport she had dominated.

    Other award winners were Rafael Nadal (Sport for Good), Diede de Groot (World Sportsperson of the Year with a disability) and Arisa Trew (World Action Sportsperson of the Year).

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    Having first questioned his future after a Tour Championship defeat to Gary Wilson earlier this month, Selby admitted something will have to change if he is to continue on the tour next season.

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    Triple world champion Mark Williams edged in front of last year’s surprise semi-finalist Si Jiahui in a high-quality opening session of their first round match.

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  • Emile Cairess dedicates impressive London Marathon display to cousin Emile Cairess dedicates impressive London Marathon display to cousin

    Emile Cairess dedicated his stunning run at the London Marathon to his cousin, who was left in a coma after a car crash earlier this year.

    Cairess finished third in the second fastest time by a British man in two hours, six minutes and 46 seconds.

    The run should rubber-stamp his place Great Britain team for this summer’s Olympics.

    But Cairess’ immediate thoughts were with his 22-year-old cousin, Oliver Burton, who is still in hospital but out of intensive care.

    “He’s my little cousin, like a little brother to me, and a couple of months ago he was in a bad accident,” said Cairess, 26.

    “He was in a coma for about a month and just came out of ICU a few days ago,

    “It was so stressful, it was touch and go at some points but he’s made a fantastic recovery in the last couple of weeks.

    “This morning I was really emotional. Hopefully I’ve made him proud today.”

    Cairess did not even know he was third, behind winner Alexander Munyao of Kenya and 41-year-old Kenenisa Bekele, until about 200m from the finish line.

    “I heard it over the tannoy,” he added. ” I passed about four people in the space of a minute around the 39km mark and I thought I’d already passed a few from the front group.

    “I was like ‘there can’t be many more left so I must be in a decent position’ but I didn’t know, I could have been sixth or seventh. When I heard I was third it was a great feeling.”

    Another Briton, Mahamed Mahamed, finished fourth, making it the first time two home runners have finished in the top four since Kevin Forster and Hugh Jones in 1988.

    Mahamed was catching Cairess in the closing stages and although he could not quite overhaul his team-mate, he was still inside the Olympic qualifying time.

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    Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir smashed the women’s-only world record to win a thrilling women’s race.

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    Four runners were in with a shout down the final straight and Ethiopia’s Tigst Assefa came in second, ahead of Joyciline Jepkosgel in third with Megertu Alemu fourth.

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    “I’m so happy for today’s victory,” said Jepchirchir. “I wasn’t expecting to run a world record. I thought there might be one – but I didn’t think it would be me.”

    Marcel Hug won a record fourth-consecutive men’s wheelchair race, the Swiss ‘Silver Bullet’, 38, clocking 1:28.33.

    Daniel Romanchuk of the United States was second with Britain’s David Weir third in his 25th consecutive London Marathon.

    Weir, 44, said: “Keeping up with Marcel for 20 miles, it was one of the best races I’ve done on this course.

    “Some of these guys are 10 or 20 years younger than me. But I promised myself I’d come back and get on the podium.”

    The women’s wheelchair race was won by a distance by another Swiss, Catherine Debrunner.

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