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Twice Tour runner-up retires

Twice Tour de France runner-up Andreas Kloeden, who also won an Olympic bronze medal, announced his retirement on Thursday after 16 years in the sport.

Kloeden, 38, won the 2000 Paris-Nice race and finished third in the Sydney Olympic Games' road race in the same year.

He seldom talked to German media in the last years of his career, angered by what he said were false allegations of doping, and has been living in Switzerland.

Several retired fellow German riders including Erik Zabel and Jan Ullrich have since made full or partial doping admissions for a period when the use of banned substances was rampant in the sport.

Kloeden, however, who played mostly second fiddle to them in his career, always denied the claims.

"I have nothing to admit to," he told the Weserkurier newspaper.

He finished 30th in his 12th and last Tour this year.

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Smith joins 9,000-run club


South African skipper Graeme Smith completed 9,000 runs in Test cricket during his double hundred against Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai on Thursday.

The 32-year-old opener reached the milestone when he completed 200 runs on the second day, guiding South Africa, the world's top-ranked side, to a commanding 460-4 at close on the second day at Dubai Stadium.

Smith became the 12th batsmen in Test cricket's history to complete 9,000 Test runs and second South African ­behind teammate Jacques Kallis who has so far scored 13,140 runs in 164 Tests.

India's maestro Sachin Tendulkar leads the all-time run scorers in Test cricket, with 15,837 in 198 Tests.

Besides Tendulkar two other Indians, three Australians, two batsmen from South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka have scored 9,000 or more runs in Test cricket.

Pakistan lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi last week.

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