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ATHLETICS: CINCINNATI: Russian runner Tatyana Pozdnyakova broke the women's record in the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon by nearly 15 minutes on Sunday, winning a $10,000 bonus.
Pozdnyakova, 47, covered the course that winds through Cincinnati and northern Kentucky in 2 hours, 34 minutes, 35 seconds. Rebecca Gallaher set the previous record of 2:49:31 in 2000, the second year for the marathon. Krista Place of Marysville, Ohio, finished second at 2:51:02, and Dolores Ware of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was third at 2:54:06. Pozdnyakova, a Russian who trains in Gainesville, Florida, finished fifth overall, three minutes behind the top men. Cornelio Velasco of Chicago, won the men's division in 2:31:13, leading a pack of three to the finish line. Isaac Barnes of Williamsport, Ohio, finished 18 seconds behind, and Scott Young of Tucson, Arizona, was third at 2:31:53.
CRICKET: MELBOURNE: Latest PricewaterhouseCooper's Test ratings issued after India's 10-wicket loss to West Indies in Bridgetown and Pakistan's innings and 324-run victory over New Zealand in Lahore: Top 10 batsmen (Team, Points, Average) 1. Adam Gilchrist Australia, 881, 60.00; 2. Brian Lara West Indies, 877, 50.17; 3. Sachin Tendulkar India 864, 57.91; 4. Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan, 852, 49.40; 5. Matthew Hayden Australia, 836, 49.06; 6. Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka, 827, 49.25; 7. Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka, 818, 53.00; 8. Jacques Kallis South Africa 783, 47.27; 9. Andy Flower Zimbabwe, 776, 52.30; 10. Herschelle Gibbs South Africa, 764, 40.49. Top 10 bowlers: 1. Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka 918, 23.38; 2. Glenn McGrath Australia, 908 21.91; 3. Shaun Pollock South Africa, 874, 20.72; 4. Shane Warne Australia, 764, 26.52; 5. Saqlain Mushtaq Pakistan, 710, 28.52; 6. Darren Gough England, 702, 27.57; 7. Waqar Younis Pakistan, 695, 22.98 and Andrew Caddick England, 695 28.84; 9. Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka, 682, 28.68; 10. Chris Cairns New Zealand, 680 28.80.
WELLINGTON: New Zealand cricket all-rounder Andre Adams is returning to New Zealand from Pakistan after suffering a suspected stress fracture in his back. Adams is to be studied by specialists in New Zealand before a final diagnosis is made of his condition, according to the official Web site of New Zealand Cricket www.cricinfo.com. "He probably has (a) stress fracture in his lower left lumbar,'' New Zealand Cricket media spokesman Simon Wilson said. Adams, who took six wickets in his debut Test against England earlier this year, missed New Zealand's record innings and 324-run loss to Pakistan in the first Test. The second and final Test starts on Wednesday.
WELLINGTON: Retired New Zealand cricket umpire Steve Dunne says he believes Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's action is fair and he should be allowed to play without any controversy over the legitimacy of his bowling. Akhtar's action has come under renewed scrutiny in the light of his devastating spells in New Zealand's Test and one-day defeats in Pakistan. There have been calls for Akhtar's delivery to again be assessed after two previous investigations by the International Cricket Council, one of them instigated by Dunne and fellow New Zealand umpire Doug Cowie. The New Zealand team's ``no comment'' on Akhtar's action suggested it had concerns about it. Dunne told The Dominion newspaper on Monday that though he had not been able to study Akhtar in the latest matches, he regarded the Pakistani's action as ``not contravening the spirit of the laws of cricket.'' Dunne, 58, said he saw the extraordinary flexibility Akhtar had in his right arm when the pair was in a gymnasium in Dubai. ``Shoaib showed me the arm and he appeared to have a double-jointed elbow,'' Dunne said. ``I'm satisfied he should be left alone to get on and play cricket without all the suspicion.''
FOOTBALL: ROME: Juventus fans celebrated late into Sunday night and early Monday morning throughout Italy as the country's most popular team clinched an improbable 26th league title.
After finishing second the previous two seasons, La Juve capped a spectacular finish to the Serie A season with five straight wins and another ``scudetto.'' For coach Marcello Lippi, who led the Turin team to three titles in the 1990s and returned this season, it was the best win thus far.
BUENOS AIRES: Veteran striker Claudio Caniggia damaged knee ligaments in the Scottish Cup final, leaving him in doubt for Argentina's World Cup squad. ``Oh no,'' said local sports daily Ole on its front cover, with a picture of a suffering Caniggia lying on the ground moments after being injured. Caniggia, 35, who plays for Glasgow Rangers, was taken off after 19 minutes in Saturday's game, following a clash with Celtic player Chris Sutton. Rangers won 3-2. The injury is expected to take three weeks to heal and the player, who played for Argentina in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, would then need several days to regain match fitness. Argentina plays Nigeria in its opening World Cup match June 2. It also meets England and Sweden in the first round.
MADRID: Valencia clinched its first Spanish league title since 1971 by winning 2-0 away to midtable Malaga. The historic win leaves Valencia six points ahead of Real Madrid which was held to a 0-0 draw at home by lowly Mallorca with just one game left. Deportivo Coruna, meanwhile, stays third by winning 3-0 away to Betis, whilst Barcelona moves up to fourth by beating local rivals Espanyol 2-0. Celta Vigo crashes down to fifth by losing 1-2 at home to Sevilla.
GOLF: NEW ORLEANS: K.J. Choi became the first South Korean winner in PGA Tour history on Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory in the Compaq Classic. ``I believe it will influence a generation of Korean golfers to come to the U.S. and try out for the PGA,'' Choi said through an interpreter. ``In that sense, the win is very special.'' Choi earned the $810,000 winner's cheque with a 17-under 271 total, holding off a number of challengers in ideal scoring conditions on the English Turn course. Geoff Ogilvy and Dudley Hart came the closest, both finishing with 68 to tie for second at 13-under 275. John Cook (66), Chris DiMarco (68), Mike Sposa (68) and Dan Forsman (70) were 12-under.
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