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Floyd Mayweather v Marcos Maidana preview: Maidana's aggression will test Mayweather

American is favourite but opponent should not be underestimated

Neil Robertson on his way to victory over Judd Trump at the Crucible on Wednesday

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With Neil you see if he misses a century he’s angry, and I was like that

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Floyd Mayweather faces Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on Saturday, his 46th pro fight

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Early reports suggested the Australian could lose the use of his arm

Ronnie O'Sullivan looks on during his 13-3 quarter-final victory over Shaun Murphy at the World Snooker Championship
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Floyd Mayweather claims he is 'very,very interested' in buying the LA Clippers

NBA have said Sterling would be forced to sell his interest in the team

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Donald Sterling: NBA bans LA Clippers owner for life over comments

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