Mayweather escapes jail till May 5 bout

A judge granted a request from boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr to postpone until June his three-month jail sentence for domestic battery so the welterweight champion can compete in an upcoming bout, prosecutors said.

The ruling by Las Vegas Judge Melissa Saragosa Friday came on the same day Mayweather was originally scheduled to turn himself in and begin serving his term.
"We opposed the request and felt he should surrender as originally planned," said Tess Driver, a spokeswoman for the Clark County District Attorney's Office, which prosecuted the case.

Mayweather, 34, a flamboyant boxer regarded as the best defensive fighter of his generation, is scheduled to battle an undetermined opponent on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

An attorney for World Boxing Council welterweight champion Mayweather asked the judge to postpone the sentence so he could train and compete for that May 5 fight, Driver said.

McIlroy returns to home turf

»Rory McIlroy cannot wait to play in the Irish Open when it returns to Royal Portrush in June, the world number two said on Friday.

US Open champion McIlroy shot a 61 at the County Antrim links as a 15-year-old, and also watched from behind the ropes as a toddler while his father Gerry strode the fairways there.

"Portrush is one of the best courses in the world and to have the Irish Open there and play my first European Tour event in Northern Ireland in front of home fans will be very special," said McIlroy after the venue was confirmed by officials on Friday.

"The course holds great memories for me, from watching my dad play there as a toddler to playing in it myself as a 15-year-old," he said. "It's a superb set-up and players new to the course are going to love it."

Sorry customers, we’re closed: Oly ticket website

»London Olympic organisers temporarily suspended their official ticket resale website following computer problems.

The website had opened on Friday morning for the first time to allow members of the public to buy tickets sold back to organisers at face value.

"We're updating and refreshing the system now," the organising committee LOCOG said on its Twitter feed. "While this is happening customers won't be able to upload tkts for resale."

Decastel move leaves Wydad in shock

»African Champions League finalists Wydad Casablanca have parted with coach Michel Decastel, the Moroccan club said.

The Swiss-born coach could now be headed to Tunisian side Esperance, who beat Wydad 1-0 on aggregate in the two-legged final in November.

Tunisian newspaper Le Temps reported Decastel was being sought as a replacement for Esperance's Nabil Maaloul, who stepped down on Wednesday telling a news conference in Tunis he needed rest. His departure from Wydad followed a run of poor league results. Decastel had only been in the job since the middle of last year but had taken the club to their first Champions League final in almost 20 years.

Guardiola named world’s best

»FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has been named the best coach in the World in the annual inquest by the International Federation of Football History (IFFHS) and Statistics.

Guardiola achieved 201 points in the vote of experts from 81 countries, well ahead of Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho, who finished second with 112 points and Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson on 107 points, Xinhua reported Friday.

The vote reflects Barcelona’s superiority in Spain, Europe and the World following a 2011 in which Guardiola led them to the domestic, BBVA Primera Liga title, the Champions League, the Spanish and European Supercups and rounded the year off by seeing his side crowned World Club Champions following a 4-0 win over Brazilian side Santos. It is the second award Barcelona have received from the IFFHS for 2011 as midfielder Xavi Hernandez was named the ‘best playmaker’ last week. Meanwhile Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas was chosen as the world’s best goalkeeper .

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