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BOXING

mayweather hints at ending retirement to fight again

Almost a year to the day after his superfight with Manny Pacquiao, former world champion Floyd Mayweather hinted that he might come out of retirement.

In an interview with Showtime on Saturday, Mayweather maintained that he is happily retired but said he has had talks with CBS and Showtime about a possible return to the ring. "You just never know," he said. "But right now, I'm just happy on this side."

Mayweather then was asked what it would take to come back. "As of right now, some crazy numbers have been thrown my way — upwards, of course, of nine figures," he said.

Mayweather, 39, defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision May 2, 2015. He then beat Andre Berto by decision in September to up his career record to 49-0, tying the mark with which heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano retired, the best record for a retiring champion.

The company owned by Mayweather filed for trademarks to "TMT 50" and "TBE 50" on April 21, espn.com reported. Records posted on the U.S. Patent and Trademark website confirm the filings, it said.

"TMT" stands for "The Money Team," and "TBE" stands for "The Best Ever." If Mayweather fights again, it would be the 50th of his career. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe could not be reached for comment, espn.com said.

TENNIS

Third smashed racket puts coda on Dimitrov's loss in Istanbul

Grigor Dimitrov smashed three rackets on his way to losing the Istanbul Open final to Diego Schwartzman on Sunday.

Second seed Dimitrov was one set ahead and 5-2 up in the second before Schwartzman, ranked 87th in the world, fought back to win the his first ATP title 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.

Dimitrov, ranked 29th, lost 11 of the last 12 games of the claycourt match, smashing two rackets along the way. Trailing 5-0 in the third set, he then broke another racket when tied at 40 in the sixth game of the set, resulting in a match-ending third penalty from the referee for breaking a racket.

"I let myself down, I let my team down, I let my family down with that behavior," Dimitrov said.

"I started cramping at 5-2 in the second set. It was very unfortunate that I couldn't close out the match. I have to give credit to Diego."

Madrid Open: Second-seeded Angelique Kerber lost 6-4, 6-2 to Barbora Strycova in the first round of the claycourt tournament in Spain. Kerber, this year's Australian Open champion, hadn't dropped a single set to Strycova in four prior meetings.

ET CETERA

MMA: Conor McGregor is not giving up on his mission to fight at UFC 200. Despite UFC president Dana White saying McGregor will not fight on the card in July after refusing to attend the press tour for the event last month, McGregor went on social media to campaign to get back on the card and get his revenge on Nate Diaz, to whom he lost in a major upset in March. In a profanity-laced post on Instagram, McGregor said nobody cares about the other fights on the UFC 200 card "until this one is settled. … Run it back." Diaz has said he might not fight, either. White said he was looking for an opponent for him.

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