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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Ski JumpingNorwegians dominate

Roar Ljokelsoy led a Norwegian 1-2 finish in a World Cup ski jumping competition in Lillehammer, Norway, Friday. Ljokelsoy had rides of 136.5m and 134.5m for 291.8 points. His first jump improved Lillehammer's Olympic hill record, set by Germany's Martin Schmitt in 1997, by half a meter. It was Ljokelsoy's sixth win of the season, and the 12th by a jumper from Norway's rejuvenated team. Bjorn Einar Romoren, winner of the last two World Cups, tied for second with double Olympic champion Simon Ammann of Switzerland. They were 8.4 points behind the winner. Both jumped 135m and 133m. Tommy Ingebrigtsen, another Norwegian, finished fourth. The last World Cup of the season is on Sunday at Holmenkollen in Oslo.

■ Auto racing

China gears up for F1

China has begun selling tickets to its first-ever Formula One race. The race is scheduled at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sept. 24-26. Tickets went on sale Friday from "various channels," the official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday. Mao Xiaohan, general manager of the SIC Co Ltd, said the circuit had been designed to have a capacity of 200,000. But only 150,000 tickets were being sold, Xinhua said. "This is the first time for us to stage a F1 race. Considering security, we will sell no more than 150,000 tickets," Mao said.

■ Auto racing

Drew Henson is a Cowboy

Quarterback Drew Henson will get his chance to play in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas acquired Henson from the Houston Texans on Friday for a third-round pick in the 2005 draft. Henson then agreed to an eight-year deal with the Cowboys, his agent, Tom Condon said. Henson was selected in the sixth round by the Texans in last year's draft. Houston, which already has David Carr at quarterback, planned all along to deal the former University of Michigan starter.

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