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■ATHLETICS

Pistorius hurt in accident

South Africa’s double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery for facial injuries sustained in a boating accident, his manager Peet van Zyl said. Pistorius, 22, was flung from the speedboat he was steering on the Vaal River south of Johannesburg on Saturday night, local media reports said. “Oscar was in surgery for most of the afternoon to fix fractures in his jaw and nose region. He was then transferred to the ICU for normal post-operative observation. The doctors are quite happy with how the operation went and he is expected to make a full recovery,” Van Zyl said on Sunday. “We will obviously wait for medical advice, but Oscar should still be able to fulfil his international commitments like the Paralympic World Cup.” Pistorius, who had both legs removed between the knee and ankle as a baby, is nicknamed “Blade Runner” because of the prosthetic legs that enable him to sprint.

■RUGBY LEAGUE

Shearer in critical condition

Former Australian Test player Dale Shearer was reported to be in critical condition on Sunday after crashing his car in a Sunshine Coast community north of Brisbane. Police on Sunday confirmed the 43-year-old had been involved in an accident at Peregian Springs just after 11pm on Saturday. Hospital officials said Shearer was in critical condition with non-life-threatening injuries at Royal Brisbane Hospital. The Seven television network said on Sunday that the accident happened after Shearer drove away from a police stop check. Local media said the crash occurred on the first anniversary of the death of Shearer’s wife, Delyse, from cancer. Shearer played 20 Tests for Australia and scored 66 points, including 12 tries. He also played 26 State of Origin matches for Queensland and played for seven club sides during the 1980s and 1990s, including Widnes in England’s Super League in the 1987-88 season.

■BASEBALL

Choo signs one-year deal

Choo Shin-soo, a 26-year-old rightfielder from South Korea, has signed a one-year Major League Baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians, the team announced on Sunday. Choo, expected to compete for a starting spot, played in 94 games for Cleveland last season, hitting .309 with 14 home runs and driving in 66 runs. He made his US major league debut with Seattle in 2005, playing in 10 games, and was traded by the Mariners to Cleveland in July of 2006. In all, Choo played 65 major league games over three seasons before a breakout campaign last year.

■CRICKET

Leading umpire to quit

Veteran umpire Steve Bucknor will retire next month. The 63-year-old Jamaican has stood in a record 126 Tests and more than 170 one-day internationals, but his last engagement will be the third Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town from March 19 to March 23. “I have notified the International Cricket Council that the South Africa versus Australia series will be my last Test series,” Bucknor told the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper on Sunday. “The third Test match in Cape Town will be my last Test,” Bucknor said. “The body is feeling quite good and I know I could go on for another two or three years. However, something inside me is telling me that it is time to go,” he said. Bucknor will also be calling time on his involvement in ODIs soon, with the two games between the West Indies and England in Barbados his last limited-overs assignments.

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