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30th May 2014

Boxing

Amir Khan’s fight with Floyd Mayweather Jnr could be delayed until May 2015 due his observance of Ramadan and Mayweather’s unwillingness to switch his next scheduled fight from September.

Mayweather, who retained the WBC welterweight title and took Marcos Maidana’s WBA 147lbs crown in Las Vegas on May 10 and maintain an unblemished 46-0 career, has further complicated Khan’s aspirations of a mega-fight by agreeing a rematch with Maidana next.

Khan looked back to his best in his unanimous points win over Luis Collazo on his welterweight debut on May 4, and kept himself in line for a shot at Mayweather, but Mayweather next contest comes to soon after Khan will have been fasting during Ramadan.

Mayweather’s camp have already declared they are reluctant to move the date to November, with Khan claiming that Mayweather was “making an excuse to avoid the match-up”.

Football

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France: Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimović was named France’s players’ player of the year for the second season running on May 11.

With a game of the season still to go, Swedish striker is the French league’s top flight’s leading scorer with 25 goals  and has netted 40 goals in all competitions, beating the all-time club record of 39, set by the Argentine Carlos Bianchi in 1978. His performances helped PSG retain the Ligue 1 title and he has now won nine national league titles in 13 years.

Squash

WSA Women World Rankings (May 2014): 1-Nicol David (Malaysia): 2-Laura Massaro (England): 3-Raneem El Welily (Egypt): 4-Joelle King (New Zealand): 5-Camille Serme (France): 6-Alison Waters (England): 7-Nour El Sherbini (Egypt): 8-Low Wee Wern (Malaysia): 9-Madeline Perry (Ireland): 10-Dipika Pallikal (India).

PSA Men World Rankings (May 2014): 1-Gregory Gaultier (France): 2-Nick Matthew (England): 3-Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egypt): 4-Ramy Ashour (Egypt): 5-Amr Shabana (Egypt): 6-James Willstrop (England): 7-Borja Golan (Spain): 8-Peter Barker (England): 9-Karim Darwish (Egypt): 10-Daryl Selby (England).

Cricket

Former interim coach Mohsin Khan hit out at the Pakistan Cricket Board on May 8 after he was overlooked for the national side’s top job. Khan, 59, had applied for the position of head coach but the PCB on May 6 handed a 2 year contract to fast bowling legend Waqar Younis for a second stint in the role.

The 42-year-old Waqar played 87 Tests and 262 one-day internationals for Pakistan and held the job of national team coach from February 2010 to September 2011. But he was one of six players fined following a judicial inquiry into match-fixing launched in 1998 that led to lifetime bans for Salim Malik and Ataur Rehman two years later.

Khan, who as temporary coach guided Pakistan to a 3-0 rout of then world number one side England in 2012, accused the Pakistan cricket body of hiring  “tainted” players.

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