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- 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 (Adds quotes) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic ground down Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 on Sunday to win a record fifth Australian Open title in the professional era and consign the Scot to further grand slam pain Down Under. The pair waged a fierce baseline duel for the opening two sets, but after taking a 2-0 lead in the third set, Murray crumbled under the Serb's pressure to lose 12 of the last 13 games as Djokovic closed out an emphatic win under the lights of Rod Laver Arena. Top seed Djokovic sealed the victory on the second match-point, rushing to the net with a searing approach shot that Murray could only dump into the net. You are a great competitor," Djokovic, clasping the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, said at the trophy ceremony.
- Tennis-Australian Open champion Serena Williams
Factbox on American Serena Williams, who won her 19th grand slam title with a 6-3 7-6(5) victory over Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open on Saturday: Born in Michigan on September 26, 1981. U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014) * Williams is tied for third on the list of female grand slam title winners. * Is one of only five women, after Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf, to hold all four grand slam titles at same time. * She also owns 13 women's grand slam doubles titles with Venus and has won four Olympic gold medals: Singles (2012), doubles (2000, 2008, 2012).