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AGENCIES

■BOXING

Ex-champ on murder rap

Argentine former WBO world junior-lightweight champion Rodrigo Barrios testified on Monday before a prosecutor in a murder case in which he is accused of killing a pregnant woman in a car accident in which six others were injured. Police said Barrios, 33, ran a red light on Sunday, and struck another car in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, about 400km southeast of Buenos Aries. The force of the crash carried the second vehicle into the path of seven pedestrians, killing one of them. Witnesses said Barrios fled the scene and struck another car as he drove away.

■CRICKET

Warne set to boost ties

Cricketing legend Shane Warne has been drawn into Australia’s efforts to strengthen ties with India following a spate of attacks on Indian students. Diplomatic tension between the countries has mounted following the unsolved murder of 21-year-old Punjab man Nitin Garg in Melbourne earlier this month and officials hope Warne’s spin offensive can help improve relations. “It might be a friendly cricket game. It might be that he does some work for us in India, in terms of just stating the case about what a great place Victoria is, what a great place Australia is,” Victorian Premier John Brumby said on Monday. “He is highly regarded, he is much loved in India and he has got a great sense of the Australian psyche, so I think these two things can come together and we’ll see what we can make out of it to strengthen that Australia-India relationship.”

■RUGBY UNION

Borthwick keeps captaincy

Steve Borthwick will retain the England captaincy for the upcoming Six Nations Championship opener against Wales, the Rugby Football Union announced on Monday. Earlier this month England manager Martin Johnson named his squad for the Six Nations but refused to say if Borthwick would continue as captain, raising the possibility of a new second row combination taking the field against Wales next month. But an RFU statement Monday said: “England team manager Martin Johnson has confirmed Steve Borthwick (Saracens) will captain the team.” Borthwick has captained England in every Test that Johnson has been in charge of since the World Cup winning captain became manager in 2008. However, their record as manager and captain of six wins from 14 Tests with eight defeats has led to questions being asked of both men’s suitability for their respective roles. Many observers have also queried whether Borthwick is worth a place in the side purely as a lock but Monday’s announcement means that he is set to retain the captaincy for the whole of the Six Nations.

■SOCCER

Tycoon rules out stake

Malaysian aviation tycoon Tony Fernandes yesterday ruled out becoming a minority stakeholder in West Ham after he lost out in a bid to take control of the Premier League club. Former Birmingham City owners David Sullivan and David Gold on Jan. 19 said they had won full control of the club after acquiring a 50 percent stake in a move they admitted only made sense to them as lifelong supporters. Sullivan secured an option to buy the remaining 50 percent at any time in the next four years but said he would prefer to attract other wealthy West Ham fans, including Fernandes, to join him in investing in the club. Asked whether he was interested, Fernandes replied: “No.” “My main concern is I went for 100 percent of the ownership because I think you need to have one leader. And I’m not sure two leaders is the right thing right now,” he said.

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