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Tom Brady to appeal four game ban for deflated ball

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been banned for four games and the club have been fined one million US dollars for the use of under-inflated footballs in last season's AFC Championship game.

Brady has been issued with a four game ban. Credit: PA

The NFL had been investigating reports that the Patriots, who went on to win the Super Bowl, purposefully sabotaged the balls during the first half of their game against the Indianapolis Colts in January, a controversy that was dubbed "deflategate".

And last week an independent report revealed Brady was "at least generally aware" that under-inflated balls were used during the clash, won 45-7 by the Patriots.

The the NFL announced on Monday that Brady will miss four games without pay and the club will be fined one million US dollars as well as losing their first-round draft pick in 2016 and fourth-round pick in 2017.

Brady's agent Don Yee reacted angrily, claiming: "The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis and we will appeal."

Patriots owner Robert Kraft added: "This punishment far exceeded any reasonable expectation. Tom Brady has our unconditional support. Our belief in him has not wavered."

Stuart Bingham inspired by Mark Allen 'no bottle' jibe

Bingham was inspired by Allen's "no bottle" jibe. Credit: PA

Stuart Bingham has revealed how a casual jibe from Northern Irish cueman Mark Allen spurred him to become world champion.

Allen claimed in 2011 that Bingham had "no bottle", but it came back to haunt the Antrim man when he lost to the Basildon potter at the Australian Goldfields Open that year.

Bingham went on to claim that title, his first major victory after over ten barren years as a professional, and the 38-year-old has gone from strength to strength, adding another major trophy at the Shanghai Masters this season and now the World Championship.

I've got to give thanks to Mark Allen. He got my back up that week in Australia by saying I had no bottle, but since then that's all changed.

I'm world champion but I'm going to be the same person, I'll be playing in all the tournaments and hopefully I'll be a good role model as world champion.

Any kids out there growing up wanting to play should stick at it. That's what I've done.

– Snooker World Champions Stuart Bingham


Celebs out in force as Mayweather beats Pacquiao

Jay Z ringside. Credit: Reuters

A host of Hollywood A-listers and sports stars gathered at the MGM Grand to watch Floyd Mayweather comprehensively outpoint Manny Pacquiao in their eagerly-awaited superfight.

Jamie Foxx on the mic. Credit: Reuters

Veteran actors Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro received the two biggest cheers from the 16,507 when footage of them walking into the arena was televised on the big screen.

Justin Bieber at the fight. Credit: Reuters

At the younger end of the Hollywood spectrum were heavyweight trio Christian Bale, Jamie Foxx, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper, while Drew Barrymore also watched the weltwerweight rivals in action.

Music royalty were also in attendance as Jay Z and Justin Bieber turned up.


Tyson: Mayweather is invincible

Mayweather beat Pacquiao on points. Credit: PA

Former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson hailed "invincible" Floyd Mayweather after his dominant points victory over Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather was too classy for his Filipino opponent, with the scorecards of 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 showing how good the American was.

And Tyson, the former undisputed world champion, believes Mayweather is untouchable in the welterweight division.

"I think he (Mayweather) won the fight, he was pop-shoting Manny. Manny had a good beginning but he (Mayweather) controlled it," Tyson told Sky Box Office.

"He controlled the fight, he has great endurance (and) he did a real good job.

"It's his era, his time. He is in invincible mode now - no-one can stand with him at this particular moment."

Mayweather: Pacquiao is one hell of a fighter

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. celebrates defeating Manny Pacquiao Credit: Reuters

Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Junior has heaped praise on his opponent Manny Pacquiao following his unanimous points victory in Las Vegas.

Mayweather said:

He's a hell of fighter, he's one of the guys at the pinnacle in sport of boxing

I know he was going to push me. He had moments in the fight. I wasn't getting hit with a lot of shots.

He is a tough competitor, I have got to take my hat off to my dad without him I wouldn't be here.

– Floyd Mayweather Junior

Mayweather beats Pacquiao on unanimous points

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Floyd Mayweather has beaten Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous points decision in their unifying welterweight title clash in Las Vegas.

The 38-year-old American withstood an aggressive start by the Filipino and relied on his renowned defence and counter-punching to dominate the 12 rounds as he improved his career record to 48-0.

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