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AGENCIES

■ATHLETICS

Sex shock runner to coach

India’s Santhi Soundarajan, who was stripped of her Asian Games medal after failing a gender test, has swapped competition for coaching to keep her athletic aspirations alive. Soundarajan lost the women’s 800m silver medal she captured in Doha in 2006 and was hospitalized in September following an apparent suicide bid because of the media intrusion following the incident. However, she recently started a sports academy, the Times of India newspaper reported yesterday. “I’ve stopped training. I’m not returning to the track. I’m happy coaching,” she told the newspaper.

■SQUASH

Darwish claims No. 1 spot

Egypt’s Karim Darwish on Thursday became the world’s new No. 1, ending the 33-month reign of illustrious compatriot Amr Shabana. Darwish, 27, from Cairo, is the 13th player to top the men’s world list, but only the second Egyptian. Former world junior champion Darwish was eighth in the rankings at the start of last year, but he made his mark by reaching six finals, including the World Open in October, and secured three titles, including his first Super Series crowns in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Shabana slips to No. 2, but World Open champion Ramy Ashour remains at No. 3.

■FORMULA ONE

Kubica cools title talk

Polish driver Robert Kubica said on Thursday he won’t get carried away by predictions that BMW Sauber are about to break the two-team, Formula One domination of McLaren and Ferrari. Kubica, who briefly led last year’s world championship after his maiden grand prix victory in Canada, believes his team will have to wait a while longer before being able to make an accurate prediction of how strong they will be this year. “It’s too early to judge whether we will make the final step [to being title winners] or not,” Kubica told www.autosport.com. “The ideal would be to fight for the championship to the end and achieve better results than this year, but it’s difficult to predict. Next year is a big challenge with so many changes to the regulations. You have to be lucky to get the right direction straight away.” Last year Kubica, finished with 75 points, good enough for joint-third in the driver standings. BMW Sauber were third in the constructors standings, 37 points behind champions Ferrari. This year’s world championship gets underway with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 29.

■FOOTBALL

Favre errors costly: Jones

New York Jets running back Thomas Jones, stung by the team’s failure to make the NFL playoffs, said quarterback Brett Favre’s errors were just too costly for the team. Jones told a local radio station that mistakes by the Hall of Fame signal-caller should have seen him benched. The Jets lost four of their last five games, and Favre threw nine interceptions with just two touchdowns in that span. The 39-year-old quarterback finished with 22 touchdowns and a league-worst 22 interceptions, but still somehow made the Pro Bowl. “We’re a team and we win together ... But at the same time, you can’t turn the ball over and expect to win,” Jones told the radio station. “If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game,” Jones told Hot 97 FM. “You’re jeopardizing the whole team because you’re having a bad day. To me, that’s not fair to everybody else.”

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