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Russia set to learn Olympics fate

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Russia hopes to prevent its athletes being banned from next year's Rio Olympics by claiming "irregularities" around its drug-testing system were down to the sport's "old leadership".

The country's athletics federation has written to athletics' governing body after allegations of "state-sponsored doping" were made by a World Anti-Doping Agency independent report.

Read more: Russia set to learn Olympics fate

Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas

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Floyd Mayweather emerged victorious from the most lucrative fight in history, beating Manny Pacquiao via a wide unanimous decision in Las Vegas.

American Mayweather, 38, delivered a defensive masterclass against his Philippine rival, making the necessary adjustments after only a few rounds before disappearing out of sight.

Mayweather, who added the WBO welterweight title to the WBC and WBA titles he already owned, was awarded the fight 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 by the three judges.

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Mayweather v Pacquiao: 11,500 fans watch Las Vegas weigh-in

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao weighed in as 11,500 fans watched on ahead of the most lucrative fight in history in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Entry to the weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday was $10 (£6.60), although tickets were changing hands on the resale market for $800 (£530).

The fight is set to generate an estimated $400m (£265m).

Read more: Mayweather v Pacquiao: 11,500 fans watch Las Vegas weigh-in

Manny Pacquiao '100% confident' of beating Floyd Mayweather

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were greeted by thousands of fans in Las Vegas as they arrived before Saturday's super-fight.

US legend Mayweather, 38, will meet Pacquiao, 36, for the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles at the MGM Grand Arena.

It will be the richest fight in history, with the two protagonists set to split in the region of £150m.

Read more: Manny Pacquiao '100% confident' of beating Floyd Mayweather

Chong Wei free to compete from Friday



KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIAN badminton star Lee Chong Wei (pic) was yesterday cleared to resume his career and pursuit of Olympic gold when he received an eight-month, backdated ban for doping.

The former long-time World No 1 will be able to return to the court as early as this week after the Badminton World Federation found he “accidentally” ingested a banned substance.

Lee, 32, who is eligible to resume competition on Friday (May 1), had warned he would retire if he was hit with a possible two-year ban that would have ruled him out of next year’s Olympics.
Read more: Chong Wei free to compete from Friday


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