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Fri, Dec 30, 2011 - Page 18

CYCLING

Taiwanese finishes epic trip

Taiwanese cyclist Wu Shih-chang has recently reached the town of Ushuaia in Argentina, near Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America, completing a ride through the Americas that took him through 15 countries in North, Central and South America. Wu began his epic trek in Alaska 18 months ago and biked over 21,000km to reach Ushuaia, “the city at the end of the world.” Wu told the Clarin, the largest daily newspaper in Argentina, that he was left speechless with gratitude when a family shared their only food — some bread — with him. He departed Argentina on Saturday for Spain to continue his ride through Europe.

SKIING

Fenninger wins giant slalom

Austria’s Anna Fenninger claimed her first ever World Cup win by prevailing in the giant slalom on Wednesday in Lienz, Austria, ahead of Italy’s Federica Brignone and Tessa Worley of France. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg recorded the quickest time in a tight first leg, but missed out on a podium place by 0.10 seconds. She nonetheless conserved her place at the top of the World Cup giant slalom standings. Fenninger, the world super-combined champion, had never before finished on the podium in the giant slalom.

SOCCER

FA hits Suarez with new ban

Striker Luis Suarez has been banned by the FA for one match and fined £20,000 (US$30,864) for a gesture made toward Fulham fans in Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage earlier this month. Suarez had admitted the latest charge of improper conduct, and Liverpool have also been fined £20,000 for failing to control their players in the same match — a charge related to the dismissal of midfielder Jay Spearing. The ruling, announced on Wednesday by the FA, comes little over a week after Suarez was hit with an eight-game suspension for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during a match in October. Suarez’s new ban means he will miss today’s home game against Newcastle United in the Premier League.

BOXING

Ad overturns election

Mexico’s highest electoral court says it has overturned a recent municipal election partly because of a strange new form of political advertising — a party logo emblazoned on a boxer’s trunks. Mexican welterweight Juan Manuel Marquez wore the emblem of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in his match last month against Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in Las Vegas, Nevada. The PRI won the next day’s elections in the city of Morelia, capital of Michoacan State. The ruling National Action Party complained that the logo violated a temporary ban on campaigning ahead of elections, as well as a prohibition on campaigning abroad. The federal electoral tribunal ruled in its favor.

SOCCER

Fans arrested after violence

Fourteen people were arrested after violence erupted during a derby game between CODM and MAZ Fez in the Moroccan city of Meknes on Tuesday evening, a police source announced on Wednesday. The derby match was stopped by the referee in the 52nd minute, with hosts CODM leading 1-0, after MAZ player Abdelmoula Berrabeh was struck by a missile thrown by supporters. MAZ coach Rachid Taoussi also claimed to have been hit by a bottle.