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Sports in brief: Barrichello wins Italian GP

By From Staff And Wire Reports

Auto racing: Rubens Barrichello picked up his second win in three races to lead Brawn GP to a 1-2 finish at the Italian Grand Prix that tightened the Formula One title fight.

Barrichello and teammate Jenson Button both used one-stop strategies to get the sweep at the Monza circuit on Sunday.

Former Ferrari driver Barrichello shaved two points off Button’s overall lead by getting within 14 points with four races remaining.

Lewis Hamilton of McLaren crashed on his final lap while running third. That allowed Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari to take the final podium spot.

Red Bull’s title hopes were hanging by a thread after Mark Webber crashed on the opening lap and Sebastian Vettel finished eighth.

South African official back on IAAF board

Track and field: South Africa’s top track official is returning to the board of international athletics governing body to fight for Caster Semenya, the runner whose gender has been questioned.

Athletics South Africa announced on Sunday that its president, Leonard Chuene, was rejoining the board of the International Association of Athletics Federations. Chuene has accused the IAAF of humiliating the women’s 800-meter world champion and violating its privacy rules in its handling of her case.

The decision indicates an easing in strained relations between ASA and the IAAF. The IAAF would have to work through Chuene’s group to contact the 18-year-old about the results of her tests.

The IAAF ordered sex tests on the runner, saying questions had been raised about her muscular physique, running style and recent stunning improvement in times. It has refused to confirm or deny Australian media reports last week that Semenya has both male and female characteristics, saying it is reviewing test results and will issue a decision in November on whether Semenya will be allowed to continue to compete in women’s events.

Moffatt claims championship

Miscellany: Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Emma Moffatt of Australia won the ITU triathlon world championship series grand final at Gold Coast, Australia, clinching the overall title after beating Sweden’s Lisa Norden.

Moffatt beat Norden by 5 seconds Sunday, leaving Norden in second place overall for the season title after eight races.

Zabriskie coasts home: American David Zabriskie has won the Tour of Missouri bicycle race, finishing with the main pack of the final stage through the streets of downtown Kansas City, Mo.

Zabriskie entered the final stage 30 seconds ahead of Gustav Larsson and was never threatened, shielded by his Garmin-Slipstream teammates through the 71.4-mile final stage.

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