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AGENCIES

■TENNIS

Clijsters moves into top 20

Kim Clijsters moved into the top 20 in the women’s rankings on Monday, one day after winning the US Open in her comeback. The 26-year-old Belgian, who beat Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday, moved into 19th place in the WTA rankings after coming into the tournament with no ranking following her two-and-a-half-year retirement from the sport. Dinara Safina of Russia, who has yet to win a Grand Slam title, remains No. 1 in the rankings ahead of Serena and Venus Williams. Two more Russians, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva, round out the top five.

■RUGBY

Lomu takes to bodybuilding

Former New Zealand international Jonah Lomu has swapped his boots for tanning lotion in an unusual bid to rekindle his rugby career. The 34-year-old, once the most feared man in world rugby, plans to make a comeback in France later this year, but another sport has grabbed his interest in the meantime. As part of his regime to get fit and shed some unwanted weight, Lomu has started bodybuilding and likes it so much he has entered his first competition this weekend, the Dominion Post newspaper in Wellington reported yesterday.

■FORMULA ONE

Canadian GP set to return

The Canadian Grand Prix should return to the Formula One calendar next year, organizers said on Monday. Canada was not included in the 2009 season owing to a dispute between local organizers, Grand Prix F1 du Canada and Formula One Administration, which holds the commercial rights to the F1 series. The Canadian Grand Prix had been part of the F1 world championship since 1967 and since 1982 has been held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

■BOXING

‘Money’ sued over luxury car

A Las Vegas bank is suing Floyd Mayweather Jr for more than US$167,000 unpaid on a loan for a half-million-dollar luxury car. Caleb Langsdale, a lawyer for JP Morgan Chase Bank, said in a lawsuit filed last week in Clark County District Court that the former five-division boxing champion bought the Mercedes Maybach 57S in February 2007 and stopped making monthly payments of more than US$9,000 a year later. The bank repossessed the vehicle in January, sold it for US$196,000, and is seeking to recoup the difference, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit adds another entry on a list of debts attributed to the boxer nicknamed “Money.” County records in Las Vegas show Mayweather has one unresolved lien with the Internal Revenue Service for US$6.17 million in unpaid taxes from 2007. Other records show homeowners associations, the state of New Jersey and a trash collector have also claimed Mayweather did not pay bills.

■CYCLING

Boom wins Vuelta stage 15

Dutch rider Lars Boom won the 15th stage of the Tour of Spain on Monday, while Spain’s Alejandro Valverde held on to his overall leader’s golden jersey despite finishing in 24th place. Boom, 23, completed the 167.7km ride between Jaen and Cordoba in 4 hours, 12 minutes, 56 seconds after breaking away from the rest of the peloton on the second of two trips up the category two climb of San Jeronimo. Boom, the 2009 Tour of Belgium winner who rides for Rabobank, crossed the finish line 1 minute and 36 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Spain’s David Herrero of Xacobeo Galicia.

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