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World champ Ogier wins Wales Rally
CARDIFF, Wales (AP):
French driver Sebastien Ogier finished his title-winning world rally campaign with a wire-to-wire victory in his Volkswagen in the season-ending Wales Rally GB yesterday.
Ogier, who secured the successful defence of his title in Spain last month, won the three-day event by 37.6 seconds from retiring Finn Mikko Hirvonen in his Fiesta.
"It's the best way to finish the season," said Ogier, whose task was made easier when teammate and closest challenger, Jari-Matti Latvala, slid into a ditch on Saturday and dropped three minutes.
Kris Meeke was challenging Hirvonen for second place until he damaged two tires after skidding into a ditch early yesterday and finished sixth. Citreon driver Mads Ostberg was third.
Former Australia captain Ian Craig dead at 79
Ian Craig, who was Australia's youngest test cricket player at 17 and its youngest captain at 22, has died aged 79, Cricket Australia said.
A right-hand batsman, Craig became the youngest player to play a test for Australia when he made his debut against South Africa in 1953 aged 17 years, 239 days. He was made captain for the 1957-58 tour to South Africa aged 22 years, 194 days
and after playing only six tests.
Craig played 11 tests in total before retiring at 26, having made 358 runs at an average of 19.88, with a highest score of 53.
He was seen as a player of massive promise when he made his first-class debut for New South Wales aged 16, becoming the youngest Australian to score a first-class double century when he made 213 against South Africa the following year.
Greece suspends Ranieri
ATHENS, Greece (AP):
Greece's Football Association has suspended national team coach Claudio Ranieri indefinitely after losing 1-0 at home to the Faroe Islands in a European Championship qualifier.
The statement gave no reason why Ranieri was suspended and not fired, though the action was widely seen as the result of an unresolved contract termination dispute.
Ranieri, 63, a former coach at Chelsea and leading Italian clubs, took over from national team coach Fernando Santos after Greece reached the second round of the World Cup in Brazil. But the national team slumped to three straight home defeats in Group F of the Euro qualifiers.