NEW YORK — The gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston during their infamous 1965 rematch and a rare century-old signed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson fetched over $1.1 million total at an auction Feb. 21.Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout in Lewiston, Maine — won by Ali with a first-round knockout from what some saw as a “phantom punch” — were seized by George Russo, the boxing commissioner for Maine.The gloves remained in the Russo family until a California collector purchased them several years ago before putting them up for auction.Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale in New York City, said the gloves were purchased for $956,000 by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous.The photo of Jackson, who is mostly remembered for being banned from baseball for his role in the 1919 World Series scandal and later being depicted in the movie Field of Dreams, brought in $179,000. It sold to an anonymous collector.Jackson was illiterate and rarely signed anything but paychecks and legal documents, making his autograph among the rarest in sports.Footage of the Ali-Liston fight does not make it clear whether Ali’s quick right hand actually connected, and many fans booed.Even the most famous photos of the fight show an enraged Ali standing over Liston as he lay on the canvas; Ali is gesturing and yelling at Liston to get up and fight.The Lewiston rematch was the first bout in which Ali stepped into the ring as Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam.He was still Cassius Clay a year earlier when he won the championship from Liston in Miami. His glove from that bout sold last year at Heritage Auctions for $836,500.Ali signed both pairs of gloves when he came to Lewiston in 1995 to celebrate the fight’s 30th anniversary. Liston died in 1970.How many of Jackson’s signatures are in existence today isn’t clear, but most experts agree the number is probably less than 100.Autograph experts from two different authentication companies closely examined the signature on the photo of Jackson and determined it was the real thing, said Heritage Auctions said.A baseball bearing Jackson’s shaky signature brought $78,000 in 2011. Even a scrap of paper with his autograph sold for $23,100 nearly 25 years ago.The photo of Jackson that sold was unknown in the sports memorabilia world until last year.It had been kept in a scrapbook filled with black and white photos of ballplayers from the early 1900s.The collection originated with Frank W. Smith, a photographer with The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, according to Heritage. Smith shot the photo of Jackson along with those of Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson and Napoleon Lajoie during spring training in 1911.Also sold at the auction was the ring hockey great Herb Brooks received for coaching Team USA’s gold medal victory over the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics. It fetched $113,525.Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi’s sweater from his days at West Point was purchased by an anonymous buyer for $43,020, according to Heritage Auctions. The sweater had been found at a Goodwill outlet for just 58 cents.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Manchester United Who is Ethan Hamilton? Introducing Pogba’s replacement dubbed the ‘next Roy Keane’ Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 21:18 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Premier League Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Huddersfield Town FA Cup The Scottish starlet has been drafted into the senior Red Devils fold by Jose Mourinho, with big things expected of the highly-rated midfielder Lofty ambition at Manchester United dictates that big money must be spent on proven international performers to keep the club competitive on domestic and European fronts.There is, however, an expectation at Old Trafford that a proud tradition of youth development will be upheld and a steady stream of home-grown talent fall off the academy conveyor belt into the senior ranks.AdChoices广告Jose Mourinho has, despite concerns to the contrary, sought to embrace that mindset since inheriting the Red Devils reins, with the Portuguese prepared to offer opportunities to those deemed deserving. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ethan Hamilton is the latest youngster to be drafted into the first-team fold, with an untimely illness suffered by Paul Pogba ahead of an FA Cup clash with Huddersfield seeing the Scottish starlet presented with his big break.Who is Ethan Hamilton?Born in Edinburgh on October 18, 1998, Hamilton’s first tentative steps down a footballing path were taken at local boys club Hutchison Vale.Like Darren Fletcher before him, his early potential was noted by United and he was offered the opportunity to join the Old Trafford youth system at the age of 16.John Thorburn, the Red Devils scout who first caught sight of Hamilton back in 2010, told the Scotsman on an aspiring talent: “He’s got a chance, like anyone else, but there’s such a long way to go.“Everybody understands how difficult it is from joining at 16 to getting in the first team. The most important thing for United is that he listens, learns and grows up.“They would just be very keen that he makes a living out of football and becomes a decent human being. That’s why they’ve got in excess of 140 players playing in England’s four divisions.“Very few clubs outside the Premier League don’t have players who have been at United.”What position does Ethan Hamilton play?Hamilton has already earned comparisons to United legend Roy Keane as a midfield enforcer prepared to sit deep and break up play.In the modern era, his game could be compared to that of Nemanja Matic, with his rangy physique seeing him cut from the same cloth as the classy Serb.A keen swimmer and basketball player in his younger years, Hamilton is an athletic presence in the middle of the park who has already seen his composure widely heralded.He is two-footed with a powerful shot in his armoury – much like Matic and Keane – while his versatility means that he is capable of filling in at full-back if required.United have already seen him skipper their U18 side, before being fast-tracked to the reserve set-up, and he will be hoping to make his senior bow before too long – having previously been linked with a loan switch to Glasgow giants Rangers.What number does Ethan Hamilton wear?Having been offered a surprise call-up by Mourinho once Pogba was laid low, Hamilton was handed the No. 48 jersey.Fellow academy graduates Zachary Dearnley and Will Keane have previously filled that shirt, with the latter having gone on to make three first-team appearances before linking up with Hull City on the back of several loan spells.How much potential does Ethan Hamilton have?Hamilton has been included in Scotland youth squads and will hope that further recognition at Old Trafford will eventually lead to senior caps with his country.Ricky Sbragia, who is coach of both the Scotland U19 side and United’s 23 squad, has said of an exciting prospect: “He’s a talent, there’s no doubt about it.“He’s box to box. He’s got a great physique and technically he’s very good. He knows the game. The great thing for me is that he is happy down there. His accommodation is good, he wants to learn, his education has been good. His mother is down there living with him. So in general he’s in a good place.“He’s definitely got a chance at Man United. He’ll be given an opportunity, he’s also played for the under-23s there. When I phoned him and asked him to come to Andorra for the [Scotland] qualifying campaign he was over the moon. I’d seen him four or five times and was hoping he would say yes and was delighted when he did.”Sbragia added: “He said his inspiration is Darren Fletcher and Fletch is everything you want a footballer to be. He came and played for the reserves when I was there and it wasn’t a problem.”He’s a great example and I think he has spoken to him as well when he first came down. If you ever want to model yourself on someone as a pro, it would be Darren.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.