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BOXING

Photo allegedly shows
Hatton snorting cocaine

A spokesman for Ricky Hatton said the boxer is “distraught” after a newspaper published a photo that it says shows him snorting cocaine.

Publicist Max Clifford said people close to Hatton had been urging him to get help, and they’re hoping the published photo “will bring him to his senses.”

The News of the World, a London newspaper, put a picture on its front page Sunday that it said shows the former four-time world champion in two weight divisions snorting cocaine at a hotel in Manchester, England, two weeks ago.

Clifford said Hatton has been “in a bad place for some time.”

Hatton has not fought since losing to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden — only the second defeat of his career — but hasn’t officially retired.

MOTOR SPORTS

Alonso races to victory
in F-1’s Italian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso recovered from a poor start to win the Italian Grand Prix for home team Ferrari and revive his Formula One title chances.

The Spaniard lost the lead to McLaren’s Jenson Button at the first corner but regained it after the pit stops to hold on for a 2.9-second victory in Monza, Italy.

Felipe Massa of Ferrari was third and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel came fourth.

Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who finished sixth, leads the overall standings with 187 points. Lewis Hamilton crashed out on the first lap and is second with 182. Third-place Alonso has 166, Button 165 and Vettel 163.

Also: Dustin Ash won his sixth Super Late Models feature of the season Saturday night to extend his points lead in the NASCAR All-American Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring.

In other races: Charlie Price of Fullerton, Calif., held off Jeremiah Wagner and Mike Herda, both of Las Vegas, to win the 75-lap regional ASA Speed Truck race; Phil Goodwin won his eighth Chargers title; Peter Meyer was first in Bombers; Brecken Snow won Thunder Cars; and Jason Irwin was first in Legends Cars.

On Sunday, Jacksen Smith won a 40-lap Legends Car feature.

SOCCER

UNLV men’s team falls short
against No. 18 California

California, ranked 18th, proved too much for the UNLV men’s soccer team, which fell 3-0 at the Cal Legacy Classic in Berkeley, Calif.

The Golden Bears struck quickly, going up 1-0 when Davis Paul put a deflected shot past UNLV goalkeeper Simon Cook in the eighth minute. Cal (2-1-1) added another first-half goal on a deflection in the 34th minute, with A.J. Soares knocking it in.

Yet another deflected shot set up Cal’s final goal, with Paul netting his second goal of the game in the 68th minute.

The Rebels (2-2) were outshot 19-7 and had a 12-2 deficit in corner kicks.

Also: The UNLV women’s soccer team lost to Cal State Northridge 1-0 in the final game of the Nike Classic at Johann Memorial Field.

Brittanie Sakajian netted the game’s lone goal, taking a long cross from Alexis Barbara and heading it past Rebels goalkeeper Kylie Wassell in the 64th minute.

UNLV (5-2) finished with 14-7 edge in shots, including 7-5 in shots on goal, but couldn’t break through. Wassell had three saves.

Northridge goalie Cynthia Jacobo stopped four shots in the scoreless first half.

Goalkeeping heroics from Pepe Reina helped Liverpool earn a point from a scoreless draw at Birmingham in the English Premier League .

Reina produced two superb saves in the first half to deny Cameron Jerome and Craig Gardner.

HORSE RACING

Colt sold for $4.2 million
at Keeneland yearling sale

A flashy A.P. Indy colt commanded $4.2 million at Keeneland’s September yearling sale in Lexington, Ky.

The thoroughbred market might not be as strong as it once was, but that doesn’t mean the money isn’t there for the right horse.

“He definitely has the pedigree to become a superstar,” said Ben Leon, who bought the colt in the name of his Besilu Stables. “He’s got the size, he’s got everything, and he’s just about perfect.”

Consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, the colt is the highest priced yearling to sell at a North American public auction since 2006. He is the first foal out of Grade I winner Balance, a half-sister to champion mare Zenyatta.

Undefeated in 18 career starts, Zenyatta won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The colt will go into training with Todd Pletcher, who won this year’s Kentucky Derby with Super Saver.

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