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Sport in brief: Trainer defiant over Joshua’s defeat

Best of intentions: Joshua and his trainer McCracken PICTURE: GETTY

BOXING: Anthony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken does not regret his handling of the British heavyweight’s shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in June. Joshua will have McCracken in his corner for next month’s rematch after resisting calls to ditch a man who helped guide him to the top. McCracken was also criticised for suggesting he knew Joshua fought on while concussed. McCracken said: ‘As a trainer you’ve got to be able to look yourself in the mirror and ask “did I do the right thing for that boxer?”. At no point did I think big Josh had no chance of getting back into that fight.’

Russia hit with fresh doping charge

ATHLETICS: The Russia Athletics Federation (Rusaf) has been charged with serious breaches of anti-doping rules, including obstruction of an investigation. The charges relate to the alleged conduct of senior Rusaf officials during a probe into the whereabouts violation by Russian high-jumper Danil Lysenko, 22. The Athletics Integrity Unit said officials including Rusaf president Dmitry Shlyakhtin, Lysenko and his coach, were charged with tampering and/or complicity under the anti-doping rules. They were all suspended.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Cleveland Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett has lost his appeal against an indefinite suspension without pay imposed by the NFL for ripping off Mason Rudolph’s helmet and then hitting the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback on the head with it.

Rio judges ruled out of Tokyo Games

BOXING: No judges or referees from the tainted 2016 Olympics competition will be eligible to officiate in Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee set up a Boxing Task Force in May to oversee the boxing competition at next year’s Tokyo Games after the existing governing body AIBA was suspended.