World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. during a media workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather interview: 'I want to be the greatest – but also the smartest'

The fighter, driven by a horrendous upbringing, has won 10 world titles, is closing in on Rocky Marciano’s record of 49 fights unbeaten and has earned over $400m. Yet, as ‘Money’ prepares to step into the ring again next week, he says his main concern these days is a legacy that cannot just be calculated in $100 bills

Shannon Briggs (left) challenged Wladimir Klitschko (centre) to a worldtitle fight during the Ukrainian’s press conference for his forthcoming defence against Australian Alex Leapai
Stephen Hendry has not played a ranking event for two seasons

Snooker: Stephen Hendry backs himself to shine in 'wild-card' comeback

The seven-time world champion has decided to take advantage of a new system which will let him pick and choose the tournaments he plays in over the next two seasons

Matt Butler: Whisper it quietly, but you can lose days to the  odd lure of snooker

View From The Sofa: Snooker World Championship BBC Red Button

Bernard Hopkins (C) of the US celebrates victory over Beibut Shumenov of the US following their their WBA & IBA Light-heavyweight title fight at the DC Armory in Washington

Boxing: Bernard Hopkins beats Beibut Shumenov to become oldest boxer to unify a weight division

The 49-year-old has unified the light-heavyweight division after winning on a points decision

Wise words: BT want Ferguson’s views but they may be priced out

Inside Lines: Sir Alex Ferguson tops BT’s list as new boys head into Europe

Television’s quest for talent is not confined to ITV on Saturday nights. BT, the new boys on the box, are searching for stars to beef up their sports coverage in advance of their three-year, £897 million Champions’ League and Europa League coup from the 2015-16 season. Top of their pundit wish-list is Sir Alex Ferguson, whom they have approached via his agent son, Jason. But even BT’s deep coffers seem unlikely to tempt him into an analyst’s role when he can pocket £100,000 a time on the lecture and after-dinner circuit – four times more than sport’s next highest earner in this field, Lord Coe.

Firing on all cylinders: Ronnie O’Sullivan was in top form against Finland’s Robin Hull, swiftly moving into a 4-1 lead

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan quick to light up his spiritual home

Ronnie O’Sullivan used a Latvian teenager as a sparring partner last week in the build-up to the Dafabet World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. And it is to be hoped that young Rodion Judin was not so demoralised by the experience of fishing the balls out of the pockets that he goes on to fulfil his huge potential as the best player to emerge from the Baltic states, where snooker is booming.

Ronnie O’Sullivan believes he is playing as well as ever at 38

Snooker: ‘Better than ever’ O’Sullivan aims to join elite club

Ronnie O’Sullivan, like a fine wine, is getting better with age. Although there have often been doubts about his desire to keep performing at the highest level, the 38-year-old returns to snooker’s greatest stage today in an ominously focused frame of mind.

Crosby might be just 26 but he has already captained a Stanley Cup-winning team in Pittsburgh Penguins

Sporting Heroes: Sidney Crosby is icon at 26 but best is yet to come

Ice hockey is a sport that has seen a few legends throughout its history. Orr, Hull, Howe and Gretzky immediately come to mind. You can now add Sidney Crosby’s name to the list.

Snooker player Steve Davis

Snooker: Steve Davis could be given tour wild card, reveals supremo Barry Hearn

Davis lost early in the qualifying rounds for the World Championship which resulted in the veteran dropping out of the top 64 in the money list

Robin Hull lost the feeling in the right-hand side of his body due to a mystery life-threatening virus

Snooker World Championship 2014: 'The Rocket' Ronnie O'Sullivan holds no fear for Robin Hull after horror illness

The 39-year-old Finn was struck down with a potentially life-threatening virus in 2002

The veteran Bernard Hopkins defends his IBF light-heavyweight title in his 65th fight on Saturday

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Bernard Hopkins still going strong in his 50th year after cutting a deal with Old Father Time

The veteran defends his IBF light-heavyweight title on Saturday night

The Rev. Al Sharpton, Lindo Mandela, Zondwa Mandela, Harry Belafonte, Sharon Robinson, the Rev Jesse Jackson and Rachel Robinson, wife of the late baseball great Jackie Robinson, pose with a plaque memorializing the late South African President Nelson Mandela installed at Monument Park at Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2014 in New York City.

New York Yankees unveil new Monument Park plaque to honour the memory of Nelson Mandela

Mandela's plaque has been unveiled next to the existing tribute to Jackie Robinson, the first black player to play in Major League Baseball

UK Pool Open: The setting was a time warp, but this sport is moving forward

The Britannia Adelphi in Liverpool hosted the UK Pool Open over the weekend

Manny Pacquiao lands a blow on Tim Bradley in their rematch on Saturday night

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao avenges Timothy Bradley defeat with unanimous points victory in Las Vegas to reclaim WBO welterweight title

Manny Pacquiao won a unanimous decision in his rematch with Timothy Bradley on Saturday, avenging his 2012 loss and claiming the WBO welterweight title.

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Gary Ballance (R) of England raises his bat after reaching his 150 alongside Ian Bell during day two of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and India
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The ‘Free Palestine’ bracelet worn by Moeen Ali
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Commonwealth Games
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Nick Matthew, below centre, goes all out to beat James Willstrop for gold
Squash lost out to wrestling in last Olympic vote
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Commonwealth Games 2014: South Africa hand the All Blacks their first ever defeat at the Commonwealth Games
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CyclingANALYSIS Tour de France: Nibali becomes the first Italian winner since Marco Pantani in 1998
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The British rider impressed at this year's Tour de France and has been rewarded with a new contract until the end of 2016
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footballCalls follow downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
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