Filipinos pin hopes of new political era on balding bachelor

His father was martyred for his opposition to the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. His mother was swept into office by a "people's power" uprising. Now Benigno Aquino is the repository of Filipinos' hopes for clean government in a country blighted by rampant corruption.

Outside Edge (09/05/10)

Footballers are hardly renowned for being deep thinkers – even "on their feet" – but next Sunday the Philosophers' Football Match will be held at Wingate and Finchley FC in north London. It will recreate the Monty Python sketch about the Greeks versus the Germans, to raise awareness of the "Four Rs" campaign to bring "more reasoning and creative thinking for our children". So here's an existential moment that Albert Camus, French writer and goalkeeper for Racing Universitaire Algerios, might have pondered. In Croatia, a referee booked Mladost's defender Goran Tunjic for diving in their match against Hrvatski Sokola, only to find he had died of a heart attack. He had a good send-off.

Boxing: Khan antics stun Mitchell

Until a few months ago they were the best of boxing buddies but now their careers are separated by the width of the Atlantic and heading towards a fascinating rivalry. By coincidence both Kevin Mitchell and Amir Khan will display their considerable talents next weekend within a few hours of each other in live TV mega-fights.

James Lawton: Throw a match just to spite United? Nothing is further from the spirit of Shankly

Having endured such a brutal season, Liverpool fans are probably entitled to a little dispensation for psychological trauma. Even so, this hardly dilutes the dispiriting meaning of a debate that has been growing for some time on Merseyside.

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Boxing: Hatton concedes he is still lacking passion for return

Ricky Hatton says he is still lacking the hunger needed for a return to the ring. The former two-weight world champion, who has not fought since last May, appeared to end speculation he was to retire in January by announcing his intention to make a comeback this year.

Outside Edge (21/03/10)

Adolf Hitler was a cricket fan – briefly – according to John Simpson's new book 'Unreliable Sources'. He cites a 1930 article in the 'Mirror' by Nazi sympathiser Oliver Locker-Lampson MP claiming that while Hitler recuperated from wounds in World War One, he put together a team to play British PoWs. But he thought players should not wear pads, which were "unmanly and un-German", and the ball had to be bigger and harder. He might have preferred another English pastime, Cooper's Hill cheese-rolling in Gloucester, where people break bones chasing a cheese down a steep slope. It had to be cancelled due to concerns about crowd safety; 15,000 came last year. Bring on the Edam-busters.

Wladimir Klitschko: 'David Haye has a big mouth. He should shut it'

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Boxing: Pacquiao too classy for Clottey

Manny Pacquiao finally beat a proper welterweight when he hit a static but stoic Joshua Clottey for 12 rounds without hurting him in front of nearly 50,000 at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium here on Saturday night.

Boxing: Do rope-a-dopes rule ring?

Sweet science fights rumours of illegal drugs used to rise up weight divisions

Boxing: Pacquiao can edge closer to greats

The Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanted to pay a $25m site fee for the proposed Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight, but when that deal collapsed in acrimony, he paid a lot less and will still get a fight with 45,000 fans tonight in his stadium.

Mayweather agrees to fight Mosley

Floyd Mayweather Jr, whose planned superfight with Manny Pacquiao fell apart last month over drug testing stipulations, will fight Shane Mosley on May 1, the boxer's promoter said yesterday.

Boxing: Pacquiao named boxer of decade

Manny Pacquiao was honoured as the fighter of the decade by the Boxing Writer's Association of America today, along with matching Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield by winning his third fighter of the year award.

Inside Lines Exclusive: Khan set to become a golden boy and give up world title

Amir Khan is to leave Britain and sign for Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. I understand the WBA light-welterweight champion has decided he wants to live and fight in the United States after a 23-bout career skilfully masterminded by the British promoter Frank Warren, who took him from Olympic silver-medallist to world champion. His defection will be a cruel blow to Warren, who also lost Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe and Naseem Hamed after they became world champions. Warren said last night: "No one has been in touch with me about this and if this is the case I am bitterly disappointed because I delivered everything I said I would with Amir." There was no official comment from the Khan camp but a source close to the 23-year-old Bolton fighter says: "Amir has a lot of respect for Frank and appreciates what he did but it is time to move on. America is the place to be for the next phase in his career, and obviously to get fights there he needs to work with an American promoter." Khan, who has an apartment in Los Angeles and trains alongside Manny Pacquiao with Freddie Roach, is due to make a second defence of his world title against the fierce-hitting Argentinian Marcos Maidana, another Golden Boy fighter, but there is speculation that Roach wants Khan to relinquish the title rather than face an opponent who has KO'd all but one of his 27 opponents. I'm told Roach considers Maidana too big a risk and instead Khan is likely to fight the lighter-punching Paulie Malignaggi – a Hatton victim – in the spring. The scenario is that Khan would then meet Hatton, who has officially announced his comeback, in a big-money blockbuster in Manchester jointly promoted by Golden Boy and Hatton himself. Malignaggi would be an easy fight, as would Hatton. But it's a shame that the promoter who helped make his American dream possible is being frozen out of his future.

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