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  • Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight
    Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight

    Unbeaten fighter Floyd Mayweather dampened talk of a possible mega-fight agreement with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, a day after the Asian star's promoter said a deal was near. Mayweather posted a message on his Shots account that said in part "While they continue to lie about making the fight... I'm just going to continue to travel and explore the world on my private jet. Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the New York Post on Friday that he was optimistic a Pacquiao-Mayweather deal for a May 2 fight in Las Vegas would be completed in the next couple of days, with only a few final details to be settled between rival telecasters HBO and Showtime, the rights holders for Pacquiao and Mayweather respectively. Mayweather, who turns 38 on February 24, left England's Amir Khan hanging for months until announcing on his birthday last year that he would fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana instead.

  • Tennis-Djokovic grinds Murray down to win Australian Open

    * Djokovic claims his fifth Australian Open title * Murray suffers third final defeat to Serb at Melbourne Park (Updates after Djokovic wins) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic reasserted his rule over the hard-courts of Melbourne Park on Sunday, grinding down Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 to win his fifth Australian Open title. The pair waged a fierce baseline duel for the opening two sets, but Djokovic won 12 of the last 13 games to close out an emphatic win and become the first man in the professional era to secure five titles at Melbourne Park.

  • Evergreen Serena hungry for more Slams
    Evergreen Serena hungry for more Slams

    With her name freshly engraved onto the Australian Open trophy, Serena Williams feels she can play on indefinitely and is intent on increasing her tally of 19 Grand Slams. The American great, 33, scoffed at talk of retirement after shooting down Maria Sharapova in straight sets to win her sixth title at Melbourne Park, becoming the oldest woman to ever lift the trophy. Williams has endured her share of injury scares during a long career, including a life-threatening pulmonary embolism in 2011 that sidelined her for 12 months. "I can play as long as I like now," Williams said after moving to clear second on the list of all-time Open-era Slam winners behind Steffi Graf on 22.

  • Lampard moved, Mourinho mute after stalemate

    Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard praised the supporters of his old club after he was granted a warm reception on his return to Stamford Bridge with Manchester City on Saturday. The 36-year-old midfielder joined City on a short-term deal last year after ending his 13-year association with Chelsea, and scored a late equaliser in September's reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea's fans chanted "Super Frankie Lampard!" as their former favourite completed a lap of honour after coming on as a late substitute in Saturday's 1-1 draw and he admitted that it had been a moving experience. "From a personal point of view it was a bit of a strange day, coming back to Stamford Bridge," said Lampard, who is Chelsea's all-time record goal-scorer with 211 goals.

  • Pellegrini remains hopeful as Mourinho sulks
    Pellegrini remains hopeful as Mourinho sulks

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho kept his thoughts to himself after his side consolidated their position atop the Premier League with a 1-1 home draw against nearest rivals Manchester City. Aggrieved by striker Diego Costa's three-game ban for treading on Liverpool's Emre Can -- an incident he felt was unfairly amplified by the media -- Mourinho has imposed a personal press blackout at Stamford Bridge. Having cancelled his weekly press conference on Friday, he refused to speak on television either before or after Saturday's game, while in contravention of Premier League rules, reporters attending his post-match press conference were greeted by the sight of an empty blue chair. The Portuguese appears to be attempting to create a siege mentality at Chelsea and while his no-show drew scorn from fans on social media, it is a tactic that does not appear to have done his players any harm.

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