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pacquiao, marquez face high stakes

LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez meet tonight for the fourth — and presumably last — time in a rivalry that has served both fighters well (pay-per-view, HBO, $59.95).

Marquez, 39, will try once again to do what he hasn't been able to do in 36 evenly contested rounds against Pacquiao: get a decision from the ringside scorecards. "All I ask is for the judges to be objective," he said Friday. He has two losses and a draw in the previous fights.

A loss to Marquez in the welterweight bout would not only confirm the whispers that Pacquiao, 34 on Dec. 17, is slipping after 17 years as a pro, but perhaps derail for good any talk of a fight against Floyd Mayweather that would be boxing's richest.

"I have always been focused, but not like this fight," Pacquiao said. "There are no distractions in my mind."

Pacquiao weighed in at the class limit of 147 pounds. Marquez was 143 pounds.

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Vonn stumbles as Cup leader wins

Tina Maze of Slovenia won her third race of the season in an Alpine skiing World Cup super-combined event at St. Moritz, Switzerland, to extend her lead in the overall standings.

Defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn placed fourth in the super-G portion but lost control of a ski while turning early in her slalom run and failed to finish.

Maze tops the standings with 497 points. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany is next with 369, followed by Kathrin Zettel of Austria with 320 and Vonn with 310.

"I am so strong because I trained hard for the season," said Maze, the overall runnerup to Vonn last year without winning a race.

figure skating: Japan's Mao Asada took the women's lead with an exuberant short program at the Grand Prix Final, edging American Ashley Wagner by a half point at Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Olympics. Japan's Daisuke Takahashi led the men's event over world champion Patrick Chan of Canada. In ice dancing, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White led ahead of world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov led in pairs. … Johnny Weir, a two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion, said he will end his season early and miss next year's national championships because of injury and other problems after not competing for two years.

skeleton: Britain's Shelley Rudman set a track record to win a World Cup race at Winterberg, Germany. American Noelle Pikus-Pace was third, her first time on the podium in three years.


Feng stays in control at Dubai tourney

Shanshan Feng shot 5-under 67 to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Dubai Ladies Masters at 18-under 198.

Dewi Claire Schreefel was second after a course-record 63 in the Ladies European Tour's season-ending event. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (69) was 11 under.

"I've done pretty well for three days," Feng said, "so I'm going to stick to the same game plan. I'm still confident."

franklin templeton shootout: Davis Love and Brandt Snedeker shot 10-under 62 on in modified alternate-shot play to take the first-round lead in the Greg Norman-sponsored event at Naples. Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry were two back.

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autos: IndyCar has released Lotus from its contract, leaving Chevrolet and Honda as the only engine suppliers for 20123. Lotus struggled tremendously in its debut season and was down to one team after the Indianapolis 500.

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