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SPORT IN BRIEF

<strong>MANNY&rsquo;S WARNING TO COTTO</strong><br />POUND-FOR-POUND king Manny Pacquiao insists he is feeling stronger than ever ahead of his mega-fight with Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas on Sunday morning. Pacquiao moves up to welterweight to take on the WBO king in a bout both claim to be the most important of their careers. Both have shown a mutual respect for another but Pacquiao said: &ldquo;I feel stronger than I ever have. My punches are harder, my speed is in tact.&rdquo; <br /><br /><strong>Murray crashes out in Paris</strong><br />TENNIS: Drained Andy Murray crashed out of the Paris Masters last night after bowing out in the third round to Radek Stepanek.<br /><br />Just 16 hours after defeating James Blake in a late-night thriller, the world No4 finally wilted against the 13th seed, despite cruising to the opening set.<br /><br />Murray took just over 20 minutes to come through 6-1, but then began to tire as Stepanek took control to take the next two as Murray&rsquo;s serve began to wane. Murray will, however, be thankful for the rest ahead of the ATP World Tour finals in London next week.<br /><br /><strong>Rival pair in Hong Kong race</strong><br />GOLF: Race to Dubai rivals Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy couldn&rsquo;t be separated as they fired matching four-under-par 66s in the opening round the Hong Kong Open.<br /><br />The pair lie four shots behind overnight leader Udorn Duangdecha, of Thailand, who shot a 62, while Dutchman Robert Jan Derksen is a shot adrift.<br /><br />England&rsquo;s David Dixon is in a group of four on six under.<br /><br /><strong>England unchanged for final</strong><br />RUGBY LEAGUE: England coach Tony Smith has named an unchanged side for tomorrow&rsquo;s Four Nations final showdown with Australia at Elland Road.<br />That means Kevin Sinfield continues in his unfamiliar position at hooker with youngsters Sam Tomkins and Kyle Eastmond remain as a half-back pairing.<br /><br />