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Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao bout moves closer

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A long-awaited welterweight bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao appears to have edged closer.

Fred Sternburg, Pacquiao's agent, denied reports the Filipino had agreed terms on a 2 May meeting in Las Vegas.

But he told BBC Sport: "There is still a long way to go. At least the movement has been in a positive direction."

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Minimum ban for doping increased from two years to four

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Drug cheats in sport face a minimum four-year ban under new rules which came into effect from 1 January.

Changes to the World Anti-Doping Code, which unifies anti-doping rules for global sports, have increased the suspension for doping from two years.

Other changes will see less leniency given for missed tests but possible reduced bans for helping investigators.

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali's condition 'vastly improved'

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Ali, pictured here in 2012, has been battling Parkinson's disease for 30 years


The condition of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has "vastly improved" since he was taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman has said.

Bob Gunnell said Ali's doctors hoped to discharge him soon.

He added that "the Ali family continues to request privacy and appreciates all of the prayers and well wishes".

Read more: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali's condition 'vastly improved'

Dexamethasone administered to Chong Wei by specialist clinic, says Khairy

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PUTRAJAYA: The banned substance dexamethasone was not administered to Datuk Lee Chong Wei by doctors at the National Sports Institute (ISN) but a specialist sports clinic in Kuala Lumpur as part of stem cell treatment for an injury, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

"Dexamethasone is allowed for out-of-competition athletes seeking treatment for injuries.

"Traces remain in the body for 10 days but in this case, we are not sure why it lasted longer than that," he told reporters after attending the launching of the GeNexter Carnival 2014 in Putrajaya, Sunday.

Read more: Dexamethasone administered to Chong Wei by specialist clinic, says Khairy

I have never cheated, says national shuttler Chong Wei

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In his first comments since failing a doping test at the World Championships in Copenhagen, national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei said he had never cheated in his entire badminton career.

Lee spoke about his anxiety and fear to former Malay Mail sports writer, Satwant Singh Dhaliwal, in the run up to the B-sample being tested and after it was tested.

"I saw my entire life flash by me, the whole last 15 years just going up in smoke. I was devastated and just did not know what to do.

Read more: I have never cheated, says national shuttler Chong Wei


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