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Published Jan. 15, 2015


pacquiao-mayweather: 1 hurdle left

LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao has agreed to all terms for what would be boxing's richest fight, a May 2 bout with Floyd Mayweather, promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday. The question now is whether the long-reluctant Mayweather will sign on the dotted line for what could be a $120 million payday.

"Your guess is as good as mine," Arum said. "The representation is that he is on board with this." Arum said negotiations with Mayweather's representatives over the past few weeks resulted in agreements on things including the date and site (MGM Grand in Las Vegas), purse split (60-40 in Mayweather's favor) and the type of gloves the boxers will wear.

Mayweather said on Showtime last month that he wanted the fight. He rarely speaks to the media between fights, and his manager, Al Haymon, almost never speaks publicly.

More boxing: Clearwater's Keith Thurman will fight Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner will face John Molina Jr. on March 7 in the first bouts in a new prime-time series on NBC.


Ronaldo: I'll try to play for NASL's Strikers

Brazilian star Ronaldo said he will attempt to make a playing comeback this spring with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, the league of the Rowdies. The world player of the year in 1996, 1997 and 2002, Ronaldo is 38 and hasn't played since February 2011 with Brazil's Corinthians. He spoke at a news conference announcing he has become a part owner of the Strikers.

College: Florida State midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir was named player of the year and Mark Krikorian coach of the year in Soccer America's 2014 women's awards. Brynjarsdottir, a senior on the national championship team, also was named to the MVP first team with FSU senior defender Kristin Grubka and junior forward Cheyna Williams.

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Autos: Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend called "ludicrous" his assertion that she is a trained assassin who conducted covert missions around the world. Patricia Driscoll said the Sprint Cup driver took it from a fictional movie script she has been working on for eight years and that he has proofread. Busch made the assertion in court Tuesday during a hearing on Driscoll's request for a no-contact order. She has accused him of assaulting her in his motor home at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in September. Busch has denied the allegation.

Golf: Bhavik Patel was suspended one year for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy, making him the second player to be suspended since drug testing began in June 2008. Patel, who has never played a PGA Tour event and spent the past two years on the Tour, said he made a "lapse of judgment" while recovering from an injury.

Tennis: Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, continued his return from an 11-month injury layoff by beating top seed Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Sydney International in Australia.

Times wires