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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Cricket
Bangladesh whip Zimbabwe

Abdur Razzak grabbed five wickets as Bangladesh whipped Zimbabwe by 26 runs in the third one-day international in Bogra, Bangladesh, on Tuesday to gain an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The left-arm spinner finished with a career-best haul of 5-33 as the hosts defended their modest total of 220 by dismissing Zimbabwe for 194. Middle-order batsman Sean Williams slammed a career-best 68 for a second successive half-century, but his effort failed to stop Bangladesh from winning the day-night match.

■ Baseball

Red Sox, Drew clinch deal

The Boston Red Sox and outfielder JD Drew have agreed on a five-year, US$70 million contract, Drew's agent Scott Boras said on Tuesday. The deal is pending a physical, which Boras said should take place in the next several days. The signing could be a precursor for the Red Sox to finally move slugger Manny Ramirez, who has been involved in trade rumors for each of the last several seasons. Drew, 31, hit .283 with 20 home runs and a career-high 100 RBI this past season.

■ Motorsport

Schumacher honored in Italy

Michael Schumacher was granted honorary citizenship on Tuesday in Ferrari's hometown. The seven-time Formula One champion spent the last 11 years racing for Ferrari before retiring in October at the end of this season. Maranello Mayor Lucia Bursi presented Schumacher with the keys to the city inside the Enzo Ferrari auditorium, as Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo looked on. Schumacher offered his thanks in Italian, a language he rarely speaks in public. "I'm very honored," he said. "Thank you to everyone that made this possible." The mayor of Kerpen -- Schumacher's hometown in Germany -- said in October that the city will not bestow any honors on the driver because of his lack of "social commitment" to the town. Schumacher now lives in Switzerland.

■ Boxing

Nino suspended over drugs

WBC light flyweight champion Omar Nino of Mexico was temporarily suspended on Tuesday after testing positive for methamphetamine after last month's title bout, Nevada boxing regulators said. He is the first boxer to test positive for methamphetamine in Nevada. The Nevada Athletic Commission decided to keep Nino out of the ring until it could hold a formal hearing, probably in January, commission executive director Keith Kizer said. Two tests on a urine sample taken after the Nov. 18 title fight came back positive, enough to bring a case before the commission, Kizer said. Nino has denied using the drug.

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