- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

BOXING

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao weighed in below the welterweight limit Friday before a packed arena of screaming, singing fans anticipating the landmark bout.

One day before Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet in the richest event in boxing history, they took the stage in an MGM Grand arena filled with boxing fans enjoying the public’s best chance to see the fighters in person.

A beaming Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) stepped on the scales first and weighed in at 145 pounds - two below the welterweight limit.

Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) followed and weighed in at 146 pounds.

The fighters betrayed few emotions in their staredown.

Sections of the crowd roared and booed for both fighters, although the majority appeared to support Pacquiao, who raised both arms to the crowd.

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NFL DRAFT

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy, who is facing a 10-game suspension for his role in a domestic violence case, stirred criticism Friday night with a joking reference on Twitter to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Hardy was responding to a fan of his former team in Carolina after the Panthers drafted a tall receiver for the second straight year. The fan referred to the receivers as “The Twin Towers” and included photos of both 6-foot-5 receivers - Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, a second-round pick Friday night.

Hardy tweeted: “didn’t the twin towers get blowN up lol.”

The fan later responded: “It’s the Twin Towers because of KB and Funchess’s size, not because of what happened. C’mon now…”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who was in the team’s draft room when the tweet began to go viral, said he had already tried to contact Hardy over the matter.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones also said he was aware of the tweet.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Jameis Winston to a four-year contract less than 24 hours after selecting the quarterback with the first pick of the NFL draft.

Terms details of the deal, announced during Winston’s introductory news conference on Friday, were not released. The contract includes an option for a fifth year.

Winston said he was “glad we have the contract stuff out of the way,” adding he can’t wait to get a copy of the team’s playbook and start working.

Talks began Thursday, when the Bucs selected the former Florida State star, despite questions about off-the-field issues that threatened to undermine Winston’s spot in the draft.

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NBA

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - His voice cracking and his eyes watering, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers nearly let his emotions get the best of him on one of the biggest days of his career.

Myers accepted the NBA’s executive of the year award Friday while his wife, Kristen, sat in the front row of a hotel ballroom alongside his parents. He got choked up while thanking her for all she does in raising their daughters, 5-year-old Kayla and 2-year-old Annabelle, when work often takes him to other places.

“Being a general manager or an executive in any sport is hard because you’re away from your family a lot,” Myers said, pausing to rub his eyes and collect his thoughts. “It’s a fantastic job, but you make sacrifices to do it. But in this job, specifically working for this team, it’s been well worth it.”

Myers received 13 first-place votes and 82 total points from a panel of fellow league executives. Cleveland’s David Griffin was second with eight first-place votes and 69 points.

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BASEBALL

CHICAGO (AP) - Jon Lester was glad to finally get his first win with the Cubs.

Lester pitched seven scoreless innings and Addison Russell hit his first career home run in Chicago’s 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

Lester (1-2) allowed just three hits, struck out four and walked one in his best outing of the season. The left-hander, signed to a six-year, $155 million contract in the offseason, received a standing ovation when he was lifted in the top of the eighth inning.

“This is a big day for me personally,” Lester said. “I think it always goes back to your first start in spring training, your first start of the season, get that first ‘W.’ Obviously you would have liked it to happen a little while ago, but that’s not the case. Today is a big day. We’ll celebrate this. Have some fun with it, but tomorrow back to work and look forward to the next one.”

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GOLF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lee Westwood chipped in for par and made a 12-foot birdie putt to eliminate Masters champion Jordan Spieth on Friday in the Match Play Championship.

They were all square with two holes to play and Westwood played them better to advance to the round of 16.

Branden Grace became the first player to advance in a sudden-death playoff, beating Charley Hoffman and Zach Johnson with a birdie on the third extra hole to win his group. Under the old single-elimination format, Grace would have been gone on Wednesday for the third straight year. Instead, his victory over Hoffman led to a three-way tie in the group, and they went to a playoff.

Gary Woodland beat Webb Simpson in another winner-take-all match. Hunter Mahan also won his third straight match to advance.

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NASCAR

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Danica Patrick is hoping to remain with Stewart-Haas Racing, but also knows she has to keep her options open.

Patrick is seeking a new primary sponsor after GoDaddy said Wednesday it is leaving NASCAR at the end of the season. She’s also in the final year of her contract with SHR, leaving some uncertainty for a driver who brings a recognizable name in and out of racing to the bargaining table.

Patrick said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway she’s happy at SHR but adds that “you never say never.”

Patrick says she remains confident she’ll find a primary sponsor for her No. 10 Chevrolet. Even for a driver who’s been featured in 13 Super Bowl commercials, she says finding a company willing to plunk down millions to sponsor a team isn’t easy.


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