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Pacquiao relaxed as Algieri has weighty problem MACAU: Manny Pacquiao weighed in at 143.8lb Saturday for his welterweight world title defence, but his opponent Chris Algieri had trouble on the scales ahead of Sunday's fight.Undefeated American Algieri could not make the catchweight limit of 144lb and was still 0.20lb over after a second attempt despite stripping down to his bare essentials at the Saturday morning weigh-in (Friday night in the US) at the Venetian Macau's Cotai Arena.Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) was given two hours to sweat off the remaining weight and came back for a third attempt which saw him finally go under at 143.6lb. Despite the hiccup, which would have thrown Algieri's final preparations for Sunday's fight slightly behind schedule, the former kickboxer from Long Island predicted he would win."I did all the hard work I needed to do," said Algieri. "I know I can count on my skills to do it. This is dream come ...

Australia eye top ODI spot on back of sizzling Smith SYDNEY: Australia may have already clinched the series against South Africa but they have the incentive of top spot on the world one-day rankings in Sunday's fifth ODI in Sydney.The Australians reeled in South Africa's 267 for eight with a thrilling century from Steve Smith to claim a three-wicket win over the Proteas with an over to spare in Melbourne on Friday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-game series.While Australia have wrapped ...

LeBron frustrated as struggling Cavaliers fall LeBron frustrated as struggling Cavaliers fallWASHINGTON: Struggling to come together with consistent teamwork around superstar LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered their third consecutive NBA defeat Friday, falling to the Washington Wizards 91-78.Even with 22 points each from James and Australian star guard Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers produced their lowest game total of the season and fell to 5-6 while the Southeast division-leading Wizards improved to 8-3, paced by 28 points from Bradley Beal."It's going ...

Would be great to beat superpower, says O'Connell DUBLIN: Beating a rugby superpower such as Australia in their one off rugby union test on Saturday would be brilliant, says Paul O'Connell captain of Six Nations champions Ireland.The Irish are one win away from completing their first sweep of November tests since 2006 which coincidentally was the last time they beat both South Africa -- whom they dispensed 29-15 a fortnight ago -- and the Wallabies which would be their seventh successive test victory.However, ...

Pakistan salvage draw after Taylor's century DUBAI: Pakistan salvaged a draw in the second Test against New Zealand in Dubai on Friday after being set a challenging target of 261 off 72 overs on the back of a brilliant hundred by Ross Taylor. The early loss of four Pakistani wickets meant all results were possible come tea but in the end Pakistan finished 65 runs short of victory when bad light ended play five overs before the scheduled close.Asad Shafiq scored ...

Stenson leads at midway stage in Dubai DUBAI: Henrik Stenson continued his amazing dominance at the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates as his 11th consecutive round in the 60s gave him a two-shot lead halfway through the $8 million DP World Tour Championship Friday.The Swede, who is also a brand ambassador for the golf course, shot a six-under par 66 round in the second round and is now 10-under par after 36 holes.Overnight joint leader and world number one Rory McIlroy ...

All-round Shakib leads Bangladesh to crushing win CHITTAGONG: Shakib Al Hasan starred with bat and ball to lead Bangladesh to a crushing 87-run victory in their first one-day international against Zimbabwe in Chittagong on Friday.Shakib scored 101 off 99 balls to lead the team to 281-7 and then grabbed 4-41 as the home side dismissed Zimbabwe for 194 in 42.1 overs to take 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Shakib shared 148-runs in a record fifth-wicket partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim to help Bangladesh ...


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Banking Review 2013

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