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Mayweather might have rematch

The next opponent for American Floyd Mayweather Jr. might be the man who came closest to handing him the first defeat of his 16-year pro career.

Marcos Maidana (35-4) took the fight to Mayweather before losing a 12-round majority decision Saturday night that angered both the Argentine and many fans at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Mayweather was hit more than in any bout in his career, and needed to rally from the middle rounds on to rise to 46-0. Maidana called the richest fighter in the world an ordinary boxer and said he deserved a rematch in September.

“If the fans want to see us do it again, we’ll do it again,” the 37-year-old Mayweather said.


Sporting KC, Red Bulls win

Sporting Kansas City and New York won Major League Soccer matches.

Host Sporting beat the Columbus Crew 2-0.

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 71st minute to help New York win 1-0 at FC Dallas. The Red Bulls extended their unbeaten streak to four matches.

Juventus secures title in Italy

In Italy, Juventus clinched its third straight Serie A title and 30th overall.

Second-place Roma lost 4-1 at Catania, leaving Juventus with an insurmountable eight-point lead going into its match Monday at Atalanta. Roma has two matches left.

Fans in Spain jeer black player

Spanish soccer was marred by more racist abuse when Levante midfielder Papakouli Diop, who is black, was targeted with jeers by a group of Atletico Madrid supporters.

This latest incident in Spain’s first division came a week after Barcelona defender Dani Alves responded to a Villarreal fan who threw a banana at him by eating the fruit before continuing to play.

Diop’s answer to the “monkey” taunts was to do a dance that enraged the visiting Atletico fans after their team lost 2-0.

Diop, who is from Senegal, said, “I started to do the dance to take importance away (from the jeers). That they call black players monkeys has to end.”

Horse racing

Derby hero is Preakness-bound

California Chrome, who won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, will make his next start in the May 17 Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore, trainer Art Sherman confirmed.

Derby runner-up Commanding Curve and seventh-place Ride On Curlin also might compete in the second of the Triple Crown races.

Horses who didn’t run in the Derby and, according to Maryland Jockey Club officials, are at least probable for the Preakness include Pablo Del Monte, Kid Cruz, Dynamic Impact, Bayern and Social Inclusion.

Other possibilities are Ring Weekend and Strong Mandate.


• Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan defeated top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the BMW Open tennis final in Munich, Germany, for his second ATP World Tour title.

Klizan, a 24-year-old who is ranked 111th in the world, is the first qualifier to win an ATP World Tour title since Nicolas Mahut of France won the Topshelf Open in the Netherlands in June.

Carlos Berlocq of Argentina stormed back to beat top-seeded T
omas Berdych of the Czech Republic 0-6, 7-5, 6-1 and win the Portugal Open on clay in Oeiras for his second ATP career title.

• Second-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia withdrew before the start of the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Spain because of an injured right wrist that hindered his play in Monte Carlo last month.

“I did everything possible in order to play in Madrid,” Djokovic said. “But unfortunately my right-arm injury has flared up again.”

Elena Baltacha, a former top-50 tennis player from Britain who retired from the sport in November, died after a battle with liver cancer. She was 30.

• Team Sky cyclist Chris Froome of Britain won the final time-trial stage at the Tour of Romandie in Switzerland to take the overall title in the Tour de France warmup race.

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