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Published:Thursday | August 17, 2017 | 8:00 AM
Floyd Mayweather (left) and Conor McGregor.

 

Everton sign Sigurdsson from Swansea

LIVERPOOL, England (AP):

Everton have signed Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea for a club-record fee, further strengthening the team's attacking options to compensate for the departure of striker Romelu Lukaku.

One of the Premier League's most drawn-out transfers this summer was completed yesterday with the 27-year-old Sigurdsson signing a five-year deal for a transfer fee that British media reported to be £45 million (US$58 million). Everton did not reveal the transfer details, saying only that it was a club record. Its previous highest fee was £31.8 million spent on Lukaku in 2014.

"Hopefully, I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we're seeking at the club," Sigurdsson told Everton's website.

Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen are other attacking players to have joined Everton since the end of last season, as part of an outlay of around £135 million (US$175 million) on new players. The club recouped £75 million (US$97 million) in selling Lukaku to Manchester United.

Mayweather, McGregor to fight in smaller gloves

LAS VEGAS (AP):

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month.

Nevada boxing regulators yesterday gave the two fighters an exemption to a rule requiring 10-ounce gloves for fights at 154 pounds, approving 8-ounce gloves for the August 26 bout. Representatives of both fighters appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to request the waiver.

Commissioners also approved veteran referee Robert Byrd as the third man in the ring for the fight.

Commission Chairman Anthony Marnell said he was comfortable with the fighters using smaller gloves, but unhappy that they used the issue to sell the fight on social media.

Nishikori latest out of US Open

NEW YORK (AP):

Kei Nishikori is the latest top player to pull out of the US Open because of an injury.

The agent for the 2014 runner-up and 2016

semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows said yesterday that Nishikori will miss the rest of the season because of a torn tendon in his right wrist.

Olivier van Lindonk wrote in an email that Nishikori, who is No. 9 in the ATP rankings, heard a "pop" in his wrist while hitting a serve during a practise session this week at the Western & Southern Open hard-court tournament in Mason, Ohio. Nishikori withdrew from that event on Monday.

Nishikori joined defending champion Stan Wawrinka and three-time winner Novak Djokovic in deciding to sit out the US Open, which starts August 28.