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Mayweather says he isn't evading Pacquiao LAS VEGAS: Boxer Floyd Mayweather, fresh off his lopsided victory over Marcos Maidana, denied he is trying to safeguard his undefeated record by avoiding Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.Mayweather has admitted he handpicked opponents in the past but says there is nothing unscrupulous about not fighting Pacquiao, one of the few fighters who can match the American's hand speed."I am not ducking or dodging no opponent," said Mayweather, who turns 38 in February. "If a Pacquiao fight presents itself then let's make it happen."Mayweather said Saturday after beating Maidana for the second time in four months that he is open to a fight against Pacquiao, but it would have to be on Mayweather's terms.On Sunday, Stephen Espinoza, vice president of sports cable channel Showtime, told the Los Angeles Times that Pacquiao is "absolutely" his first choice as Mayweather's next opponent.Mayweather is in the middle of a six-fight deal with Showtime.In the ...

Marchisio wants new-look Juve to aim high in Europe MILAN: Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has called for complete focus as the Italian champions prepare to host Malmo in the Champions League on Tuesday with sights already set on winning Group A.The Bianconeri last reached the latter stages of the competition in 2012 before being humbled by eventual champions Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.And having dropped into the Europa League last season, where the Italians were ousted by Benfica at the semi-final stage, Marchisio believes ...

Kagawa gives Dortmund boost ahead of Arsenal clash DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund received a big boost just ahead of the kick-off of their Champions League season at home against Arsenal with Shinji Kagawa's return to Germany easing the injury loss of Marco Reus.The 2013 Champions League runners-up Dortmund had bad news when Reus went down with a sprained ankle and partially torn ankle ligament on international duty last week, sidelining the German star for four weeks. Helping compensate for his loss was the arrival ...

Contador's Vuelta victory sets up thrilling 2015 Tour SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: Alberto Contador's Vuelta a Espana victory was not just significant for this season but also helps to set up a potentially thrilling 2015 Tour de France.As long as no-one suffers any debilitating injuries, next season's Tour de France could see the three reigning Grand Tour winners lining up alongside 2013 Grand Boucle winner Chris Froome in perhaps the most mouth-watering field in years.Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali will be back to defend his ...

Crowds shrink as Wallabies lose fan support SYDNEY: The Wallabies have lost just one game in 11 Tests and are unbeaten at home this season but fans are losing interest and staying away.The smallest rugby Test crowd in Australia this century of 14,281 watched the team scrape home 32-25 over Argentina on the Gold Coast Saturday after a below average crowd saw them play South Africa in Perth the previous week.Melbourne's Etihad Stadium was also only half-full when 27,189 people turned out ...

Asian Games: India's weightlifters throw off spectre of doping HONG KONG: India's weightlifters will be looking to build on their new-found clean status at the Asian Games in Incheon after bagging 12 medals at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.Indian weightlifting, dogged by rampant doping scandals in the past, appeared to turn a new leaf at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when no positive tests were reported and they emerged as the top nation in the event.If it was an improvement on four years ...

Asian Games: Champ or choker? Lee takes shot at badminton glory INCHEON: Badminton's Lee Chong Wei has made a habit of falling just short in major tournaments but he now has a chance to settle a score with old foe Lin Dan at the Asian Games.Top-ranked Lee's list of failures grew again last month when, despite the absence of the much-decorated Lin, he was shocked by Chen Long in the world championships final.After repeatedly being denied by China's Lin in world and Olympic finals, it seemed ...


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