- The Washington Times - Monday, May 16, 2011

RUNNING

Olympic marathon champion Wanjiru dies in fall at home

NAIROBI, KENYA — Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru died after a fall from a second-floor balcony during a domestic dispute involving his wife and another woman, officials said Monday.

One police official said Wanjiru, 24, committed suicide, while another said he jumped to stop his wife from leaving the house after she discovered him with another woman. His agent, Federico Rosa, does not believe it was suicide.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wanjiru became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in the marathon. At 21, he had the promise to dominate the distance for another decade.

In addition to the Olympics, Wanjiru won the London Marathon in 2009 and in Chicago in 2009 and 2010, in the process running the fastest ever time recorded in a marathon in the United States.

Wanjiru, who won five of his seven marathons and was the youngest runner to win four “major” marathons, died late Sunday at his home in the town of Nyahururu, in the Rift Valley, the cradle of Kenyan long-distance running.

“The fact of the matter is that Wanjiru committed suicide,” national police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said.

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere also said initial reports indicated Wanjiru killed himself, but a local official offered a different account.

Wanjiru came home with another woman friend at around 11:30 p.m. and then when his wife came home and found them she inquired who the lady was,” area police chief Jasper Ombati said. “They got into an argument. His wife locked them in the bedroom and ran off.

TENNIS

U.S. tops Sweden 2-1 in World Team Cup

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY — The United States defeated Sweden 2-1 at the World Team Cup on Monday, with the doubles team of John Isner and Mardy Fish giving the Americans the clinching point.

Isner put the U.S. ahead with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Christian Lindell, who was playing only his second ATP tournament. Robin Soldering rallied to tied it up with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) win over Sam Querrey before Isner and Fish clinched it with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-4 victory over Simon Aspelin and Robert Lindstedt. Also Monday, Germany defeated Serbia 3-0.

FOOTBALL

Broncos’ Cox pleads not guilty to sex charges

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges that carry a maximum punishment of life in prison.

District Court Judge Paul King set a trial date of Oct. 18, six weeks into the NFL season if the labor dispute and lockout is resolved. Prosecutor Robert Chappell and Steinberg estimate Cox’s trial would last six days.

Cox is charged with one count of sexual assault while the victim was physically helpless and one count of sexual assault while the victim was incapable of determining the nature of the conduct.

BASEBALL

McLane reaches deal to sell Astros for $680 million

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros have reached an agreement to sell the team to a group led by Houston businessman Jim Crane for $680 million.

The team announced the deal Monday and Crane, who tried unsuccessfully to buy the team in 2008, was introduced during an afternoon news conference. The sale is subject to approval by Major League Baseball.

Drayton McLane bought the team in November 1992 for about $117 million. He put the franchise up for sale in November. Crane said former Houston Rockets president George Postolos will serve as CEO when the deal goes through.

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