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■ Soccer
Naismith boosts Killie

Steven Naismith grabbed a superb hat-trick to send Kilmarnock into the Scottish League Cup final with a 3-0 win over Falkirk at Motherwell's Fir Park on Tuesday. Killie, who will face either St Johnstone or Hibs in the final, were always in control after Scotland under-21 star Naismith scored a scorcher on the half hour mark. The 20-year-old bettered that in the 71st minute, latching on to a ball over the top before finding the top corner with a superb strike. The hat-trick was completed six minutes later when Naismith evaded two tackles in the box before being tripped, earning a penalty that he netted easily.

■ Soccer

Maccarone goes home

Siena have signed striker Massimo Maccarone from Premier League club Middlesbrough on a free transfer, the Serie A club said on Tuesday. The 27-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year deal. Maccarone made his name in Italy's Serie B with Empoli and he guided them to promotion in the 2001-02 season. His goals prompted Middlesbrough to pay a club record fee of £8.15 million (US$16.01 million) when they signed him for the 2002-03 season. He struggled in England despite scoring late winners in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals to help Middlesbrough reach the final.

■ Soccer

Onyewu joins Magpies

United States defender Oguchi Onyewu joined Newcastle on loan on Tuesday in a move that will keep him in the English Premier League for at least the rest of the season. Onyewu passed a medical on Monday and later agreed to leave Belgian team Standard Liege. Newcastle has an option to make the transfer permanent after the season. The 24-year-old defender leaves the Belgian team after scoring eight goals in 93 games since joining in 2004.


Kiel in trouble again

San Diego strong safety Terrence Kiel was cited for urinating in public last month, his second run-in with the law in less than three months and the eighth by a Chargers player since April. Maria Velasquez, spokeswoman for City Attorney Mike Aguirre, confirmed that Kiel was cited and released by police outside a nightclub in the Gaslamp Quarter at 1:50am on Dec. 18. Kiel faces five felony drug charges stemming from his arrest in late September by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents. The DEA said Kiel admitted to shipping at least two parcels of prescription cough syrup to Texas, apparently to be mixed with soft drinks to make a concoction known as "lean."

■ Cricket

Border slams Pietersen

Allan Border has criticized England batsman Kevin Pietersen for leaving Australia so quickly after breaking his rib during the opening match of the tri-series earlier this month. The former Australia captain said the South African-born batsman, whose form was a rare bright spot on England's disappointing tour, ought to have stayed if there was any chance he could help his team into the finals. Pietersen had his rib broken by a Glenn McGrath delivery at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Jan. 12. The English management opted to send him home to ensure his fitness for the World Cup in the West Indies starting on Mar. 13. "I've got to say he was on the plane before the x-ray came back," Border told Australian television. "If he's got a broken rib, fair enough, but it was just cracked and given two weeks' break he could be playing. "Too quick on to the plane for my liking."

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