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Mayweather, Mosley agree to meet in May

Boxing

Mayweather, mosley agree to meet in may

Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have agreed to terms for a welterweight title fight May 1 in Las Vegas.

"Shane has signed," said Mosley's lawyer, Judd Burstein. "He is excited to move forward with the bout."

Mayweather's signature is a formality, Burstein and Mayweather's adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, said.

"All of the deal points have been agreed to," said Ellerbe, who added he expects the bout to be formalized this week. "Shane is a great fighter, one of the best of his era. And so is Floyd. It's going to be a great fight."

The fight, which will be for Mosley's WBA welterweight super champion title, came together after an unexpected turn of events.

Mayweather became available three weeks ago when negotiations for a fight against Manny Pacquiao broke down over drug testing. (Pacquiao will defend his version of the 147-pound title against Joshua Clottey on March 13.)

Mosley became available two weeks ago. He was set to meet Andre Berto on Saturday. But Berto, a Haitian-American, withdrew after eight members of his family were killed in the earthquake in Haiti.

More boxing: Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 knockouts) stopped Billy Lyell in the 10th round to retain his IBF middleweight title in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Lyell (21-8) was a late sub for Pablo Navascues, who failed a drug test.

Hockey

Swedish referee hit by puck, dies

A Swedish referee died after being hit in the back of the head by a puck during a junior game.

Police said Roland Hedberg, 62, was struck when a player lobbed the puck into the offensive zone. They said Hedberg received CPR within 10 seconds of being hit but was pronounced dead upon arrival at a hospital. It was not clear if Hedberg died from being hit by the puck or from hitting his head on the ice when he fell.

Soccer

Togo punished for not playing

African officials banned Togo from the next two African Cup of Nations for its withdrawal from this year's event in Angola and political interference with its national federation.

Togo pulled out after its bus was attacked by gunmen and two members of its delegation were killed two days before the start of the continent's championship, held every two years.

Officials said captain and striker Emmanuel Adebayor initially wanted to play but "the Togolese government decided to call back their national team."

Paraguayan better: Salvador Cabanas, shot in the head Monday in Mexico, spoke to his family. But doctors said it was too early to say if he might come out of intensive care or even play again. A suspect has been identified but not arrested.

Et cetera

Figure skating: American Adam Rippon, the world junior champ, won the free skate for the Four Continents title in Jeonju, South Korea. Rippon started the day seventh but earned 156.22 points to finish with 225.78, 8.3 more than Japan's Tatsuki Machida.

Horses: Lady Alexander led all the way at the $65,000 Manatee Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, her third stakes win and fifth overall. Satans Quick Chick was second and Choragus third among 10 horses. Perf's three-race winning streak ended with a last-place finish. … Bold Chieftain beat Palladio by a neck at the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita. Favorite The Usual Q.T. finished last.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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