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first_imgPacquiao to return April 9 against Bradley LAS VEGAS (AP): Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring April 9 for the first time since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and it will be against a familiar foe. Promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday that Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a third time in his first bout since losing a decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever. Pacquiao re-injured a shoulder in that fight and was ineffective against Mayweather in dropping the unanimous decision. Technically, the fight with Bradley will be the rubber match of their three-fight series. However, most in boxing believe Pacquiao won the first fight in 2012 easily – the judges gave it to Bradley – and was largely dominant in the rematch, which he won by decision. Top rank spokesman Lee Samuels said the pay-per-view fight has not officially been signed, but that both fighters had agreed to terms and would be signing soon. Pacquiao was given a $2 million advance on his guaranteed $20 million purse, Samuels said. Messi scores in 500th game for Barca BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Lionel Messi scored in his 500th match for Barcelona to help them ease past Real Betis 4-0 on Wednesday and ensure they kept the lead of the Spanish league to conclude a superb year for the Catalan club. Barcelona broke a run of consecutive draws in the league to cap one of their best years in club history. Before kick-off Andres Iniesta paraded the recently won Club World Cup trophy, their fifth title won in 2015. The four goals scored took the year’s tally to 180, bettering Madrid’s milestone of 178 from 2014. “It was a spectacular year, and we wanted to finish it in the same way,” Messi said. “It will be complicated to better this, but like always we will try to do so.” Messi recovered from a hard knock with Antonio Adan that was ruled a penalty against the Betis goalkeeper, by scoring Barcelona’s second goal, after an own goal put the Catalan side on its way. CAS rejects appeal from Musa Bility LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed Musa Bility’s appeal to overturn his exclusion from the FIFA presidential election. Bility, who is from Liberia, failed to make the field after failing an integrity check. FIFA’s election monitoring panel ruled the Liberian football federation president ineligible last month. No reason was publicly given, but Bility said a previous criminal allegation against him was dismissed by a Liberian court. CAS says it will release the grounds for its decision early this year. FIFA has approved five candidates for the election to be held on February 26. Michel Platini, who has been handed an eight-year ban but still hopes to run for FIFA presidency, is also expected to appeal to CAS. Monfils out of Hopman Cup with leg injury PERTH, Australia (AP): Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup mixed team event due to an unspecified leg injury and will be replaced by French compatriot Kenny de Schepper. It was not clear whether the injury would prevent the 24th-ranked Monfils from competing in the Australian Open beginning January 18 in Melbourne. Hopman Cup tournament director Paul Kilderry said yesterday “it’s unfortunate to hear Gael is unable to play in Perth … we wish him well over the next couple of weeks ahead of the Aussie Open.” De Schepper and his partner Caroline Garcia play their first match Monday against the Britain team of Andy Murray and Heather Watson. Serena Williams and Jack Sock open for the United States, also on Monday, against Elina Svitolina and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.last_img read more

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‘Klavan our fourth choice is better than Man United’s first choice centre-backs’

first_img1 The 30-year-old made 31 appearances in the Bundesliga last season Liverpool have sealed their fourth signing of the summer transfer window.The Reds announced the signing of Ragnar Klavan for £4m from Bundesliga outfit Augsburg, who provides further cover at centre back for manager Jurgen Klopp.But many Premier League supporters have been asking: who?The 30-year-old isn’t quite the household name expected of a Liverpool signing, and so we’ve taken a look at how the club’s fans feel about his arrival.Check out their reaction below…last_img read more

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WORLD’S MOST SPECTACULAR 10-MILE CHALLENGE IN BALLYLIFFIN THIS SATURDAY

first_imgBY PATSY McGONAGLE: The annual Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge, a 10 mile event round the scenic Isle of Doagh starting in the village of Ballyliffin and finishing on the stunning Pollan Beach, takes place this Saturday.This is my invitation to you to join us at 2pm – and join hundreds of others who are ready to take the Challenge whether it’s to walk/jog or run.Described by donegaldaily.com last year as the world’s most scenic run, it certainly is. Once again joggers, walkers and runners are expected from throughout these islands – and all and more are welcome to join in.An added aspect to the ocassion this year are races for primary school children simply turn up for a 2.30pm start on the beach and away you go. This addition will add to the family involvement of the entire day.The 1K run on Pollan Beach will ensure a family occasion. This proved very popular in 2012.Your school is invited to encourage children under your care to attend. • No entry fee (simply turn up)• Certificates for all• Cream Eggs/ Easter Eggs to top 20Races:U-11 girls (from 2003/2004/2005) U-11 boys (from 2003/2004/2005)Over 11 girls (at primary school)Over 11 boys (at primary school)It’s a fun event with a slight competitive edge… Registration is at the Ballyliffin Hotel from 11 am or better still pre enter by logging in to www.visitballyliffin.com which also outlines accommodation choices for the visitor or failing that send an email to ballyliffincoastalchallenge@gmail.com indicating your participation  to avoid the queue.Post race refreshments for participants in coastal event in Ballyliffin Lodge. Check it out on facebook searching for Ballyliffin International 10 ml coastal challenge – and keep an eye here on donegaldaily.com.WORLD’S MOST SPECTACULAR 10-MILE CHALLENGE IN BALLYLIFFIN THIS SATURDAY was last modified: March 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:WORLD’S MOST SPECTACULAR 10-MILE CHALLENGE IN BALLYLIFFIN THIS SATURDAYlast_img read more

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