Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is off


December 25, 2009

BOXING: Promoter Bob Arum declared the much-anticipated March 13 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. dead over failed efforts to find a compromise to a dispute over blood testing. "It's over," Arum said. "O-V-E-R." With the Mayweather camp still insisting on using the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to conduct the tests, Arum said there wasn't much left to discuss. Arum said he will move forward and have Pacquiao fight March 13 against Paul Malignaggi, a flashy but light-hitting 140-pounder. He said there was still a chance Pacquiao and Mayweather could meet later in the year.

BASEBALL: Reliever Matt Capps reached an agreement on a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Nationals. Capps, 26, can earn an additional $425,000 in performance bonuses for games finished under the deal. The agreement is subject to a physical next week. ... Reliever Fernando Rodney signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Angels. The 32-year-old right-hander is expected to compete with major league saves leaders Brian Fuentes. .... Right-hander Justin Duchscherer has reached a preliminary deal for one year to stay in Oakland.

OLYMPICS: Speedy Peterson and Lacy Schnoor made the Olympic freestyle skiing team, winning the aerials event at the U.S. trials. It's Peterson's third Olympics, Schnoor's first. ... The International Ski Federation issued a two-year doping ban to Russia's triple Olympic gold medalist Julija Tchepalova. FIS says the cross-country skier tested positive for the endurance-boosting drug EPO in January, and that the 33-year-old Russian is banned until August 2011. ... Nidec Sankyo Corp., the sponsor of a Japanese speedskating team, has pledged $219,054 to any of its athletes who win a gold medal in Vancouver. The electronic component maker will also pay a $109,527 bonus for a silver medal and $65,716 for a bronze.

ALSO: George Michael, a mainstay on the Washington, D.C., sports television scene for decades who reached a national audience with "The George Michael Sports Machine" highlights show, died from complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 70. ... Terry Lawless, the boxing manager who guided four British fighters to world titles, died following gall bladder surgery. He was 76. ... Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson is back in the gym working out every day as she considers returning to competition and making a run at the 2012 Games in London. ... Alicia Molik, Melbourne teenager Olivia Rogowska and two-time junior Grand Slam winner Bernard Tomic were given wild cards into next month's Australian Open.

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