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BASEBALL

Frank Robinson sued

Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the big leagues, was sued, along with MLB commissioner Bud Selig, by a female executive who says she was discriminated against. Sylvia Lind, 48, said in a complaint filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court that the MLB fails to employ Hispanic women as executives and discriminated against her in her job as director of baseball initiatives in the commissioner’s office. Lind says Robinson, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball development since June 2012, unfairly disparaged her work and promoted a younger white man over her. When Lind complained of the treatment internally, Robinson and Selig retaliated by subjecting her to a disciplinary action in which she was falsely accused of insubordination, according to her complaint.

BOXING

Chudinov KOs McCulloch

Fyodor Chudinov knocked out previously unbeaten Australian fighter Ben McCulloch to win the vacant WBA interim super-middleweight belt in Moscow on Thursday. The Russian controlled the fight from the start, before sending McCulloch to the canvas with a crunching right hook to the head in the second round. McCulloch laid face down for several minutes — requiring medical help — before leaving the ring shaken, but walking. The unbeaten Chudinov, brother of interim WBA middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov, moves to a 12-0 career record, with 10 wins by knockout. McCulloch, fighting for the first time in Europe, drops to 14-1. In addition to Fyodor Chudinov’s interim belt, the WBA also recognizes Britain’s Carl Froch as its world champion for the division and Andre Ward of the US as super champion.

SOCCER

Vietnam to probe loss

Vietnam’s soccer authorities are to investigate the country’s team for suspected foul play after their disastrous 4-2 loss to Malaysia at the AFF Suzuki Cup, an official said yesterday, amid suspicions of match-fixing. The home team disappointed millions of fans on Thursday night at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium with a chaotic performance that handed Malaysia four first-half goals, including an own-goal from Dinh Tien Thanh. “The Vietnam Football Federation will immediately ask for police to investigate the match,” federation deputy chairman Nguyen Xuan Gu said, in a strong indication officials believe team members might have played poorly on purpose. “We will seriously punish wrongdoing if we find any. The goals we let in were unacceptable, especially as we were playing at our home stadium,” Gu added. Vietnam has endured a series of corruption scandals, both internationally and locally.

RUGBY UNION

Cooper signs new contract

Wallaby and Queensland flyhalf Quade Cooper has signed a one-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union that will take him through to the end of next year, including next year’s Rugby World Cup. The 26-year-old Cooper has played 53 Tests for Australia, three of those from off the bench in the team’s tour of Europe last month. The New Zealand-born Cooper’s play was curtailed by a left-shoulder injury this season and he was forced to take seven months off after a right-knee injury sustained at the 2011 World Cup. He has also had past disciplinary issues with the team, particularly during the coaching tenure of Robbie Deans. He referred to the Wallabies’ “toxic environment” under Deans, and Cooper was fined US$40,000 for bringing the game into disrepute.

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