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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.

  • Sharapova still haunted by Williams jinx
    Sharapova still haunted by Williams jinx

    Maria Sharapova vowed Saturday to keep grinding away to break her jinx against Serena Williams, after she was beaten to the Australian Open title by a player who has won all 16 of their last encounters. Williams' powerful serve made the difference on Saturday, with the 33-year-old blasting 18 aces to win her 19th Grand Slam 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) and consolidate her place among the game's legends. Coming into the tournament the Russian also had the chance to topple Williams as world number one, but the opportunity also slipped from her grasp.

  • Soccer-English premier league top scorers

    Feb 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Top scorers of the English premier league on Sunday 17 Diego Costa (Chelsea) 14 Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 13 Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) 12 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 10 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 9 Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) Robin van Persie (Manchester United) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United) Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) 8 Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Graziano Pelle (Southampton) Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) 7 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Danny Ings (Burnley) Romelu Lukaku ...

  • Red Bull launch new F1 car in pursuit of Mercedes

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner wants to give Mercedes more of a run for their money in 2015 after launching the new RB11 on the season's first day of testing in Jerez on Sunday. Sporting an unusual camouflage livery, the Red Bull completed more laps in the first hour on track than they managed on the first day of a disastrous first test last season. "Our target is simple: to close down the gap to Mercedes yet further,” said Horner. “We were the only team other than Mercedes to win a grand prix in 2014 and we won three with Daniel Ricciardo.

  • Djokovic wins 5th Australian Open title, denies Murray a 1st
    Djokovic wins 5th Australian Open title, denies Murray a 1st

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and his eighth career Grand Slam while extending Andy Murray's misery at Melbourne Park.

  • Hingis wins Australian Open mixed doubles title with Paes

    Five times grand slam singles winner Martina Hingis won her second Australian Open mixed doubles title on Sunday as she teamed with India's Leander Paes to beat last year's winners France's Kristina Mladenovic and Canada's Daniel Nestor 6-4 6-3. Hingis, a three-time winner of the women's singles at Melbourne Park, also won four women's doubles titles and the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2006.

  • Soccer-Arsenal climb to fifth after thumping Aston Villa 5-0

    (Adds quotes, details) LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Arsenal climbed above rivals Tottenham Hotspur into fifth in the Premier League and inflicted more misery on a goal-shy Aston Villa with an emphatic 5-0 victory on Sunday that fuelled their top-four hopes. France forward Olivier Giroud opened the scoring at the Emirates Stadium in the eighth minute after he was sent clear by Mesut Ozil's delightful flick before the German added a second with a low finish. Theo Walcott added a third after a razor-sharp counter attack, Santi Cazorla scored a fourth from the penalty spot after substitute Chuba Akpom was felled by Brad Guzan and Hector Bellerin completed the rout with a wonderfully-placed fifth.

  • Gabriel swoop gives Wenger renewed hope
    Gabriel swoop gives Wenger renewed hope

    Arsene Wenger believes his swoop for Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista could prove a turning point in Arsenal's battle to qualify for the Champions League. Wenger splashed out £11.5 million ($17 million) to sign Gabriel from Villarreal earlier this week and the 24-year-old could make his debut against Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Gabriel's arrival comes with Arsenal in the midst of a tense struggle to book their place in next season's Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League. The fifth placed Gunners trail fourth placed Manchester United by one point and are also scrapping with Southampton and Tottenham for the coveted berths in Europe's elite club competition.

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