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ATHLETICS

Taiwan wins Masters medal

Hsu Yung-chung of Taiwan placed third in the 70-74 age group men’s 300m hurdles at the biennial World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France, on Tuesday. Hsu, 73, and Dietmar Steiner of Austria both finished in a time of 50.67 seconds behind the winner, Hans-Jurgen Fruhauf of Germany, but Steiner had a better record in the qualifying rounds and was judged second, while Hsu was awarded third place. In an interview after the event, Hsu said he had learned about the championships in 2013 and been training for the event for only 18 months. At the Asia Championships last year, Hsu won a gold medal in the 400m dash and a silver medal in the 300m hurdles. More than 8,000 athletes are competing in age categories ranging from 35 to 95 at this year’s event, which runs through Sunday.

BOXING

Cotto to defend crown

Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto is to defend his WBC middleweight crown in a 12-round world title fight against former two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas. The 34-year-old Cotto, who is the first boxer from Puerto Rico to become world champion in four weight divisions, has 40 wins, four losses and 33 knockouts. Mexico’s Alvarez, 25, has won 32 of his 47 bouts by knockout and has just one defeat. “I have always said during my whole career that I am here to fight the best names and the best fighters,” Cotto said on Thursday. “This fight has something more,” Alvarez said. “It will hold a special place in history as part of the big rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico.”

RUGBY UNION

‘Men In Black’ make advert

New Zealand’s All Blacks have teamed up with former rugby rivals in a Men In Black-themed safety video produced for national carrier Air New Zealand. The video, shown on all the company’s domestic and international flights, features coach Steven Hansen, players Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Israel Dagg, along with former Wallabies winger David Campese and former England captain Martin Johnson. US actor Rip Torn, who appeared with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the chief of the shadowy Men in Black agency in the franchise’s three movies, appears in that role.

SOCCER

Leicester fines Vardy

Leicester has fined striker Jamie Vardy after he was filmed apparently calling a Japanese man a “Jap” in a casino. Footage published by the Sun newspaper appeared to show Vardy using the derogatory word for a Japanese person three times to a fellow gambler in a Leicester casino last month. Vardy has issued an apology and Leicester says it has now handed him a “substantial fine and prescribed a program of diversity awareness training.”

ATHLETICS

British kit criticized

Olympic long-jump champion Greg Rutherford has criticized the lack of a British flag on the team’s world championships kit. Rutherford posted a picture of the vest on Twitter and said: “Well this isn’t right ... Where’s the Union Jack!?!?” The vest is emblazoned with the words “Great Britain” and also features the logos for British Athletics and Nike on a large white “V” section at the top. There are small red sections on the sides of the vest, which is mostly blue. Although the colors of the Union Jack feature, the flag itself is absent. Rutherford tweeted: “This new kit is ridiculous ... and wrong.” He added: “This isn’t a British kit anymore. It’s promoting British Athletics the company.”

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