Monday 21 January 2019

Mayweather drops heavy Pacman hint

Boxing: Floyd Mayweather Jr may have boxed himself into a corner by outboxing Marcos Maidana in their rematch.

And it might open the door - if just a crack - for the fight with Manny Pacquiao that boxing fans have been craving for years.

"If the Pacquiao fight happens, it happens," Mayweather said on Saturday night after disposing of Maidana for the second time in four months. "You can ask the same questions and get the same answers. I call my own shots."

That Mayweather is even acknowledging the possibility of a fight with Pacquiao is significant, since his previous stance had been to ignore his Filipino rival.

"We're not sure what the game plan is," Mayweather said. "I'll probably fight in May. I may not fight until September."

Bingham claims Shanghai crown

Snooker: Stuart Bingham cruised to a 10-3 final victory over Mark Allen to win the Shanghai Masters.

Bingham, who knocked out home favourite and defending champion Ding Junhui on Saturday, did not have to produce his best snooker but was still too strong for an out-of-sorts Allen to seal his second career title.

World number 11 Bingham started with a break of 99 at the and proceeded to take the next three frames to open up a 4-0 lead.

Allen fought back to trail to trail 4-2, but the Northern Irishman was to win only one further frame as Bingham turned the screw.

Van Baarle bags Britain victory

Cycling: Dutch rider Dylan van Baarle won the Tour of Britain on Sunday, holding onto the lead despite a strong time trial by former champion Bradley Wiggins on a final day featuring two stages in central London.

Van Baarle, who rides for Garmin-Sharp, finished 10 seconds clear of Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski. Wiggins was third, a further 12 seconds back.

Ireland's Nicolas Roche was fifth, 42 seconds back on the winner, with Ryan Mullen 85th and Jack Wilson 103rd overall.

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