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  • Pacquiao prods Mayweather with another tweet
    Pacquiao prods Mayweather with another tweet

    Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao wants to give faithful fight fans a Christmas present -- the promise of a blockbuster world title face-off with Floyd Mayweather. The talk of the long-anticipated bout between the two gained steam in recent days, with Mayweather on Friday proposing a May 2 date and Pacquiao responding with a vow to chase him into submission. The two were long-time rivals as the "best pound-for-pound" boxers of their generation, but the dream fight has never materialized to the disappointment of the boxing world. Speaking to Showtime Sports in the US on Friday night, Mayweather, 37, said he wants his next fight to be against the Filipino star.

  • Freed American endured years of declining health
    Freed American endured years of declining health

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Gross spent five years wasting away in a Cuban prison, losing hope that he would ever be free and at one point apparently contemplating suicide. He dropped more than 100 pounds, developed hip problems and lost most of the vision in one eye.

  • Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC
    Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

  • Soccer-Man City primed to pounce on leaders Chelsea

    (fixes headline, no changes to text) By Michael Hann LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Rejuvenated Manchester City can pile the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea for the first time this season if they beat struggling visitors Crystal Palace on Saturday. With Chelsea not playing at Stoke City until Monday, a City victory at the Etihad Stadium against a Palace side who have failed to win their last four Premier League matches would put the champions level on 39 points with Jose Mourinho's men. ...

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