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RUGBY WORLD CUP

All Blacks stay in black

New Zealand will play the World Cup final in their traditional all black strip despite France, who will be in white shirts, winning the toss for choice of colors ahead of Sunday’s match at Auckland’s Eden Park. Historically, shirt color never used to be an issue between the two countries, with France wearing navy blue and New Zealand, this year’s World Cup hosts, black. However, the decision of France’s US-based kit suppliers Nike to develop a darker blue shirt for the 2007 World Cup caused problems ahead of a quarter-final clash against New Zealand in Cardiff. Eventually, after much debate, France played in blue and New Zealand an unfamiliar gray in a dramatic match the French won 20-18. Traditionally in rugby, unlike soccer, if there was a clash of colors between the two teams it was the home side who would change. However, France team manager Jo Maso said yesterday his side were happy to change as a mark of respect.

CYCLING

Contaor to skip Tour of Italy

Two-time champion Alberto Contador reaffirmed his decision to skip next year’s Tour of Italy on Sunday, preferring to concentrate on capturing a fourth Tour de France crown. “Next year, I am going to think about other objectives, like the Tour de France,” said Contador, who first announced that he would not race the Tour of Italy in August. However, the Spaniard has not turned his back entirely on Italy as he plans to race in the Tirreno-Adriatico. “Due to the good memories I have of Italian fans on the roads during my two Giros, I will take part in next year’s Tirreno-Adriatico — a race which I have yet to win,” he said.

ATHLETICS

100-year-old breaks record

A 100-year-old runner became the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon when he finished the race in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday. Indian-born Fauja Singh earned a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records for his accomplishment. It took Singh more than eight hours to cross the finish line — more than six hours after Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara won the event for the fourth straight year — and he was the last competitor to complete the course. Event workers dismantled the barricades along the finish line and took down sponsor banners even as Singh made his way up the final few hundred meters. Family, friends and supporters greeted Singh when he finished the race. “Beating his original prediction, he’s overjoyed,” his coach and translator Harmander Singh said. “Earlier, just before we came around the [final] corner, he said, ‘Achieving this will be like getting married again.’ He’s absolutely overjoyed, he’s achieved his lifelong wish.” Sunday’s run was Singh’s eighth marathon — he ran his first at age 89.

BOXING

Hernandez told to fight again

Yoan Pablo Hernandez was ordered on Sunday to grant deposed IBF cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham a rematch within 120 days after the Cuban controversially won the belt two weeks ago. The IBF said that the American fighter’s facial cuts, which were suffered by a clash of heads in the third and sixth rounds, should not have prevented Cunningham from continuing the bout. Hernandez, 26, won the belt in Neubrandenburg, Germany, after English referee Mickey Vann stopped the fight before the seventh round because of two deep cuts. Two of the judges, Pawel Kardyni (59-54) and Dave Parris (58-55), scored the bout for Hernandez, while the third, John Foster (56-57), opted for the defending champion on Saturday night.

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