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BOXING

Huck topples Garay in 10

Marco Huck of Germany knocked out Hugo Hernan Garay of Argentina in the 10th round to retain his WBO cruiserweight title on Saturday in Frankfurt. Huck knocked down Garay in the first round, but then had to fight hard against the relentless Garay. The end came 1 minute, 10 seconds into the 10th when Huck caught Garay with a right to the chin, another right to the side of the head and then landed a huge left to the chin that sent Garay sprawling to the floor. The Argentine could not beat the count. Huck improved to 33-1, with 24 KOs. Garay dropped to 34-6.

BOXING

Burns dismisses Cook in first

Ricky Burns of Scotland stopped former champion Nicky Cook of England in the first round to successfully retain his WBO super featherweight title at Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday. Burns floored Cook in the opening seconds, including a hard right to the back that made Cook uncomfortable. A glancing blow put Cook down again and though he got to his feet, Cook was struggling. More fierce rights to the body dropped Cook and his corner threw in the towel to end the scheduled 12-rounder after only 1 minute, 33 seconds. Cook was taken out of the ring in a stretcher and to hospital for a suspected spinal injury, promoter Frank Warren said. Burns (32-2, 9 KO) was making his third defense of the title, while it was the second fight for Cook (30-3, 16 KO) since losing the same title in 2009.

SOCCER

Doping scandal hits N Korea

North Korean officials blamed traditional medicine using musk deer glands for five of their players testing positive for steroids at the women’s World Cup in soccer’s biggest doping scandal for almost two decades. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday that after two players were caught during the tournament this month, FIFA tested the rest of the North Korea squad and found three more positive results. FIFA has already met with a North Korean delegation and heard arguments that the steroids were accidentally taken with traditional Chinese medicines based on musk deer glands to treat players who had been struck by lightning on June 8 during a training camp in North Korea. FIFA investigators, who discovered evidence of doping in the North Korean samples, found themselves in uncharted territory as such steroids had not been encountered before. Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency were called in to confirm the breach of doping rules.

TENNIS

Japan promoted in Fed Cup

Japan earned promotion to World Group II in the Fed Cup after ace Ayumi Morita coasted to victory for an insurmountable lead over Argentina in a playoff matchup yesterday. After the hosts took a 2-0 lead on Saturday, the 23-year-old Morita whipped Aranza Salut, who replaced the out-of-form Maria Irigoyen, 6-2, 6-1 in the best-of-five contest. The fourth singles match was canceled because of a government initiative to conserve energy in Japan, while Rika Fujiwara and Kurumi Nara defeated Mailen Auroux and Maria Irigoyen 6-1, 6-3 to complete a 4-0 scoreline.

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