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Agencies

Tue, Oct 16, 2012 - Page 18

CYCLING

BMX champ Bennett killed

Kyle Bennett of the US, a three-time world BMX cycling champion and 2008 Olympian, was killed on Sunday in a one-vehicle crash, USA Cycling announced. He was 33. Bennett’s truck went off the road early on Sunday morning in his hometown of Conroe, Texas. Bennett won an automatic berth on the first US Olympic BMX squad and was a semi-finalist at the Beijing Olympics. “All of us at USA Cycling were deeply saddened to learn this morning of the tragic and untimely loss of Kyle Bennett,” USA Cycling chief executive Steve Johnson said. “Kyle was a pioneer in Olympic BMX and an inspiration to those of us that knew him. He will be sorely missed, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

SOCCER

Marcelo out for three months

Brazil and Real Madrid fullback Marcelo has fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot while on international duty, his club said in a statement on Sunday. The Brazilian Football Federation said in a separate statement they estimated the player would be out of action for about three months. Marcelo picked up the injury while training with Brazil in the Polish city of Wroclaw ahead of today’s friendly against Japan. He was to return to Madrid immediately, where a decision would be taken on the treatment required, Real said. Losing Marcelo comes as a double blow to Real coach Jose Mourinho, with his other leftback Fabio Coentrao also returning to the Spanish capital after picking up a muscle injury while on duty with Portugal.

SOCCER

United teenager charged

Manchester United’s highly rated young midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe has been charged with drunk driving, Greater Manchester police said on Sunday. Tunnicliffe, 19, was charged with driving with excess alcohol and is due to appear in court on Thursday next week. The charge relates to an incident which happened shortly before 1:15pm on Saturday when a Range Rover collided with a van. The van subsequently collided with the wall of a house and police said a passenger in the Range Rover suffered a minor whiplash injury in the collision and both vehicles were badly damaged. Tunnicliffe is regarded as a potential star by boss Alex Ferguson and the teenager made his debut as a substitute against Newcastle United in a League Cup tie last month.

TENNIS

Hsieh Su-wei wins in Suzhou

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei breezed past China’s Duan Yingying 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to win an ITF torunament in Suzhou, China. Hsieh, the top seed at China’s third-largest women’s tennis tournament, was dominant throughout the match, controlling the rhythm with both her forehand and backhand. Hsieh was expected to see her world ranking rise from 31st to 25th yesterday with the points earned at the tournament, setting a record for a female Taiwanese player. Wang Shi-ting was the record holder with a ranking of 26th.

BASKETBALL

Fever stun the champions

Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Indiana Fever stunned defending champions Minnesota with a 76-70 victory over the Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday. Tamika Catchings added 20 points for the Fever, who played without leading scorer Katie Douglas because of a sprained left ankle. Seimone Augustus scored 23 points, while Rebekkah Brunson added 10 points for the Lynx, who are looking to become the WNBA’s first repeat champions in 10 years.