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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ SoccerBeckham fit for England

David Beckham expects to be fit for England's decisive Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey next week after coming through Real Madrid's 2-1 league victory over Espanyol on Sunday unscathed. "There'll be no problem playing for my country," said Beckham, who missed Real's Champions League win over Porto this week because of a foot injury. "There was no reaction to the injury, although it's true my foot does hurt a bit." Beckham had rated himself as doubtful for the Group 7 clash with Turkey next Saturday after suffering the injury in a 2-0 defeat by Valencia last weekend. He played all but the last few minutes against Espanyol, though, and was satisfied with his fitness, despite suffering a slight injury early on. England could still be without one of their key players for the Turkey game, after Liverpool striker Michael Owen suffered a shin injury in his side's 2-1 defeat by Arsenal on Saturday. Owen has been given only an even chance of recovering in time for the game, which will decide whether England or Turkey win Group Seven and qualify automatically for the European Championship in Portugal next year.

■ Golf

Alfredsson ends drought

Helen Alfredsson ended a lengthy drought Sunday as Pat Hurst double-bogeyed the 18th hole, giving the Swede the Longs Drugs Challenge title and her first win on the LPGA Tour in five years. Hurst took a one-shot lead to the final hole but four-putted from 80 feet. She missed a 2 1/2-footer for bogey that would have forced a playoff. "I don't know what happened," Hurst said. "I played it to go a little right because it feels like everything would feed right. It looked like everything was going to the right, and if you go up and look at it, it looks like it feeds that way. But it didn't."

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