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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■BOXING

Flyweight falls to his death

Former Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation flyweight champion Noriyuki Komatsu has been found dead after falling from a waterfall, Japanese media reported yesterday. The 29-year-old is believed to have accidentally fallen into the pool below while carrying out ascetic training after visiting a Kyoto temple for meditation courses. Komatsu, who made a failed attempt to win the WBC world flyweight title in 2005, had a professional record of 24 wins, six defeats and six draws.

■ATHLETICS

Bolt denies marijuana use

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt says he doesn’t use marijuana. On Sunday, the Jamaican sprinter was quoted in a German newspaper as saying he smoked marijuana when he was very young and learned how to roll a joint. Bolt released a statement on Monday through his manager admitting he tried marijuana at a “tender age,” but saying he had not used it again since. He also apologized for suggesting all young Jamaicans roll joints and urged young athletes not to do drugs of any kind.

■BOXING

Valuev in Chagaev rematch

Russia’s WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev was on Monday given the opportunity to avenge his sole professional defeat by Ruslan Chagaev as the Team Sauerland promotion group won the purse bid for the bout. Chris Meyer, part of Team Sauerland, said their intention was to hold the title fight in Helsinki on May 30. Chagaev is officially recognized as “champion in recess” after he failed because of injury to defend his title on two occasions against the present incumbent. Valuev suffered the only loss of his career in April 2007 when Ruslan Chagaev clinched a close majority decision in Stuttgart, Germany. However, Valuev regained his crown once Chagaev was named “champion in recess” when he beat John Ruiz in August last year. Valuev expressed his delight at the chance to gain revenge. “I have been waiting for this day for two years,” he said from his training camp in Japan. “I will finally make amends for the only loss of my career.”

■RUGBY UNION

Botha to miss three matches

Northern Bulls lock Bakkies Botha has been suspended for three Super 14 matches over an incident in the weekend game against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney, officials said on Monday. The Springbok forward was charged with striking and appeared before judicial officer Dennis Wheelahan along with members of the Bulls’ team management and legal representatives. Wheelahan categorized the offense as mid-range, which could incur a five-week penalty, SANZAR, the ruling body for rugby union in the southern hemisphere, said in a statement. But after taking into account mitigating circumstances, the suspension was reduced to three weeks.

■SOCCER

Anorthosis’ Ketsbaia quits

Temuri Ketsbaia on Monday resigned from his position as manager of Cypriot champions Anorthosis Famagusta only months after taking them to the Champions League group stage, the club said. A statement from the club said the 40-year-old Georgian had handed in his resignation to the board during a routine meeting on Monday evening. Ketsbaia told the board the decision came after much “soul searching,” but was done for the “best interests of Anorthosis.”

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