Mon, Nov 29, 2004 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Soccer

Brazil defeats Ukraine

Brazil thrashed Ukraine 6-0 and Spain blanked the Czech Republic 2-0 in Taipei yesterday in the second round of the FIFA Futsal World Championship.

Brazil's opening Group F match was highlighted by three goals from Falcao and two from Indio. Brazil was undefeated in the preliminary round, atop Group B with nine points. Javi Rodriguez scored both Argentina's goals in its Group E match. Spain finished the first round without on top of Group A with nine points.

■ Hockey

Modo wins Elite title

After going two games without a point, NHL star Peter Forsberg scored to help his hometown team Modo edge Linkoping 2-1 in the Swedish Elite League in Stockholm on Saturday. Forsberg, the NHL's most valuable player in 2003, silenced the sellout crowd of 8,500 at Linkoping when he scored a pretty goal to make it 2-0 halfway through the second period. But the big hero was Modo backup goalie Mikael Zajkowski, who stopped 39 of 40 shots in only his fourth game as a starter in the league. "My best game ever considering the opposition," said Zajkowski, backup to NHL goaltender Tommy Salo. For Modo, it was only the second win in the last eight games but the team was fifth in the standings.

■ Tennis

France, Russia end even

French Open champion Anastasia Myskina drew Russia 1-1 with defending champion France in the Fed Cup final in Moscow on Saturday after Nathalie Dechy upset US Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 7-6 (4), 8-6. Myskina beat Moscow-born teenager Tatiana Golovin 6-4, 7-6 (5) to level a final Russia was expected to dominate before a highly expectant home crowd at Krylatskoye Ice Palace. But Dechy jolted Russian hopes of their first Fed Cup title by breaking Kuznetsova when she served to win the opening singles at 6-3, 5-4, then prevailed against a top-10 player for the eighth time in her career.

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