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AGENCIES

■BOXING

Third Forrest suspect caught

A 30-year-old man, who authorities say was wearing a wig when he was arrested, was charged on Wednesday in the robbery and shooting death of ex-boxing champion Vernon Forrest. US Marshals picked up Charman Sinkfield about 9pm local time driving a black sedan on Interstate 20 in Georgia, wearing a wig that gave the appearance of dreadlocks, James Ergas of the service’s fugitive task force said. The 38-year-old Forrest was shot to death on July 25 after he chased a man who robbed him of his championship ring and Rolex watch. Two other men have been arrested in the case, but police believe neither of them shot Forrest.

■SOCCER

Ronaldo mum on liposuction

Brazil’s Ronaldo said on Wednesday he would be back in a month after surgery on a broken hand, but was enigmatic about reports he also had weight-reducing liposuction. “We have a period of one month for the consolidation of the bone,” Ronaldo, who had surgery on his left hand two weeks ago, told his club Corinthians’ Web site. Asked at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro if he had had liposuction and if he thought it could help him, Ronaldo said: “I don’t know, I don’t even know if I did it. These are things we don’t know ... What I do with my private life is my business.”

■ATHLETICS

Jamaicans given reprieve

Former world record holder Asafa Powell and women’s 100m Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser will be allowed to run at the world athletics championships after a dramatic U-turn by Jamaican officials on Wednesday. The pair, along with four other teammates, were reinstated to run after the Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) earlier barred them from competing at the championships from tomorrow to next Sunday at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. The JAAA had written to the sport’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), insisting the six were barred, but the IAAF then intervened, forcing the Jamaicans into an embarrassing change of mind.

■BASEBALL

Japan tops first rankings

Japan heads the first women’s baseball world rankings published on Wednesday by the International Baseball Federation, with the US second and Canada third. The list was released on the eve of an International Olympic Committee meeting in Berlin, which will decide if baseball can be a contender to return to the Games program in 2016. It was dropped after the Beijing Olympics last year. The women’s rankings were compiled from results at the three World Cups to be staged. Cuba, silver medalist at Beijing, leads the men in the third edition of their rankings, which debuted in January. Olympic champion South Korea is second, World Baseball Classic winner Japan is third and the US, bronze medalist in Beijing, is fourth. Taiwan is fifth on both lists.

■CYCLING

Taaramae wins in France

Estonia’s Rein Taaramae of the Cofidis team won the final stage of the four-day Tour de l’Ain on Wednesday to snatch overall victory from American Chris Horner. Taaramae, who was celebrating his first professional victory, rode off to stage victory on the summit of La Grande Colombiere climb to finish ahead of teammates David Moncoutie and Damien Monier in Culoz, France.

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