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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Boxing
Castillejo stripped of title

The World Boxing Council stripped Javier Castillejo of his super welterweight title on Wednesday for refusing to fight challenger Ricardo Mayorga. Jose Sulaiman, president of the Mexico City-based WBC, said the organization considered a fight with Mayorga a requirement for Castillejo's keeping the super welterweight belt. But Castillejo refused to defend his title this summer against Mayorga. Instead, Castillejo signed a contract to fight two-time world junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas in August. The WBC will now order the two highest available challengers to fight for the vacant championship.

■ Super 12

Latham named best player

Queensland Reds fullback Chris Latham won the Super 12 rugby union Australian player of the year award on Wednesday for the fourth time. The Australian test player received 11 votes to finish one ahead of the ACT Brumbies' George Smith in polling for the best player from Australia's three franchises. It was the third year in a row that Latham won the award. He first claimed it in 2000. New South Wales Waratahs winger Peter Hewat, the top point-scorer in Super 12 this year, was named Australian rookie of the series and people's choice player of the year. Ewen McKenzie, who guided the Waratahs to their first Super 12 final, where they lost to the Canterbury Crusaders, was named coach of the year.

■ Soccer

Ramirez scores in MLS

World Cup veteran Ramon Ramirez scored his first goal in Major League Soccer to give Chivas USA a 1-1 tie with the Kansas City Wizards on Wednesday night in Carson, California. Chivas USA (1-8-2) broke a four-game losing streak in the first game for interim coach Javier Ledesma, who replaced Thomas Rongen on Monday. Ramirez, who played in two World Cups and 121 games for Mexico, scored in the 38th minute on a 28-yard free kick between diving goalkeeper Bo Oshoniyi and the right post. The Wizards (4-2-4) took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when Jose Burciaga Jr. curved a 25-yard shot that ricocheted off the inside of the right goalpost. Chivas USA had the best chance to break the tie in the 57th minute. But Oshoniyi used his right hand to deflect Ezra Hendrickson's 12-yard header over the crossbar. Kansas City played without forward Josh Wolff and midfielder Kerry Zavagnin, who are training with the US national team for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. The attendance of 7,558 was the smallest for an MLS game at the Home Depot Center since the stadium opened in 2003.

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