There will be "almost 20,000 empty seats" for Tottenham's first Premier League match at Wembley "because of restrictions imposed" by Brent Council and Metropolitan Police, according to Matt Hughes of the LONDON TIMES. Tottenham has sold "about 70,000 tickets" for Sunday's game, including 3,000 to away fans, but is "struggling to sell out" and is resigned to a "large area in the stadium’s upper tier being closed" for one of its "biggest games of the season." Tottenham sold out all of its Champions League matches at Wembley last season, including a record crowd for an English club game of 85,512 for the loss to Bayer Leverkusen, but has had its hands "tied by limitations." After talks with the safety advisory group, made up of representatives from Brent Council, the Met, the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade, the club has "not been permitted to put the remaining tickets on general sale" and is only able to sell seats to supporters who registered on Tottenham's website before July 1. Wembley has a safety certificate allowing the ground to accommodate 90,000 fans for a football match, "although the official capacity varies because of differing policing and segregation requirements" (LONDON TIMES, 8/17). In London, Samuel Lovett reported the "restricted general sale" limitation is "standard practice for fixtures that are deemed high-risk events," as is the case with a match between Chelsea and Tottenham. Tickets for most EPL matches "are rarely released on general sale" due to the large numbers of season ticket holders and members at each club, but Tottenham's temporary move to Wembley "has opened up certain matches to casual supporters" (INDEPENDENT, 8/17).
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will box with smaller gloves, "though not nearly as small as the ones McGregor is used to wearing." Nevada boxing regulators on Wednesday gave the two fighters "an exemption to a rule requiring 10-ounce gloves," approving eight-ounce gloves. The fight will take place Aug. 26. Commissioners also approved "veteran referee" Robert Byrd as the third man in the ring (AP, 8/16).
ONE Championship announced its inaugural event in Shanghai, which will take place Sept. 2 at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. In the main event, ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren of the U.S. will defend his title against Zebaztian Kadestam of Sweden. ONE Championship also announced partnerships with Didi Chuxing, I-Fitness and Tourism Authority of Thailand (ONE Championship).
Sophia Warner, an IPC World Championships silver medal-winning sprinter with cerebral palsy, is creating an event for the physically impaired that "embraces all levels of disability and all levels of fitness." Her Superhero Series launches on Saturday with a triathlon event at Dorney Lake in Windsor, England. Warner hoped for 500 entrants "but more than 2,000 have applied, many of whom have never participated in sport." Teams will be captained by Paralympians including Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Kadeena Cox (LONDON TIMES, 8/17).