Wednesday 22 November 2017

In Brief: Pacquiao to give it three more years

BOXING American football SAILING

manny pacquiao yesterday declared he plans to retire within the next three years, after his win over Antonio Margarito cemented his boxing superstar status.

Pacquiao, who turns 32 next month, said: "Not too long from now, but I don't want to go beyond 35."

The champion also said he was willing to fight Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez again but that it would probably not excite fans. "If I were a boxing fan, I would not watch Pacquiao vs Marquez," he said.

He added that he had no problem fighting Marquez and could sign a contract anytime. Pacquiao, who was elected representative of southern Sarangani province in May's national elections, has embraced local politics and surprised many by taking his new job as seriously as boxing.

LeSEAN McCOY ran 50 yards for the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter, and the Philadelphia Eagles rallied to beat the New York Giants 27-17 after blowing a 13-point lead.

Eli Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes to bring New York (6-4) back from a 16-3 deficit -- but he lost a fumble after running for a first down with less than three minutes left, and the Eagles recovered to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

The New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-28. The teams met for the eighth straight season, and Tom Brady guided the Patriots (8-2) to a 31-14 lead before four-time MVP Peyton Manning led a spirited comeback.

Josh Freeman threw for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a first win at Candlestick Park since 1980.

The Bucs ended an eight-game losing streak in San Francisco with a 21-0 success, while the 49ers were shut out at home for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Atlanta in 1977.

Drew Brees became the St Louis Saints' all-time completions leader, throwing for four touchdowns in the 34-16 defeat of Seattle.

Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes and directed a dominant offence in the Falcons 34-17 win over the St Louis Rams.

Sam Bradford also had a pair of touchdown passes and set an NFL rookie record with 169 consecutive passes without an interception.

A three-way tie for the annual All-Ireland sailing championship title was decided in short-form at the weekend in Kinsale when defending champion Nicholas O'Leary edged ahead with a solid first place win in the final race.

His father Anthony ended second as his son became the first winner of three consecutive titles in the event.

However, it wasn't as straight-forward as the title might suggest as Neil Kennefick was only overtaken by the O'Leary's in race five.

Both O'Learys plus Kennefick were tied going into the final but another race win for Nicholas plus a third for the previous leader was enough to deliver the result.

Irish Independent

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