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Sports Briefs



■ Scotland
Roman Bednar nets double

Roman Bednar scored two goals on Sunday, including an 88th-minute winner, to lead Hearts over Celtic 2-1 in the Scottish Premier League. Bednar scored his first goal in the 49th, but Stilian Petrov equalized for Celtic in the 65th. In the 88th, Bednar capitalized on a poor back pass by Celtic substitute Neil Lennon and beat goalkeeper Artur Boruc. Sunday's result left St Mirren in first place in the league with six points, ahead of Hearts on goal difference. Rangers is in fourth place with four points, one more than Celtic.

■ Argentina

Boca trounce Banfield

Boca Juniors beat Banfield 3-0 on Sunday as five of Argentina's highest-profile teams won weekend openers in the debut of the Apertura first-division season. Martin Palermo scored in the 57th minute and again 9 minutes after a 66th-minute goal by Boca teammate Sebastian Battaglia. Another Buenos Aires powerhouse, River Plate, beat Lanus 2-0 off an own goal by Lanus' Maximiliano Velazquez in the 50th minute and a goal by River's Gonzalo Higuain a minute later off a cross. The opening of the Apertura season saw no ties as San Lorenzo edged Gimnasia de Jujuy 1-0 off a 6th-minute goal by Jonathan Bottineli.

■ England

Coventry edge Sunderland

Gary McSheffrey scored in the 78th minute, lifting Coventry to a 2-1 victory over Sunderland on Sunday in the season-opening game for both teams in England's League Championship. West Brom opened Saturday with a 2-0 win over Hull, and Birmingham City defeated Colchester 2-1. Daryl Murphy gave Sunderland a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute, but Stern John equalized in the 71st to set the stage for McSheffrey's winner. In the day's other game, Paul Peschisolido gave Derby a 2-2 draw against Southampton with a goal in second-half injury time. Derby went ahead 1-0 on Seth Johnson's strike in the 35th. The Saints answered with two goals in six minutes -- Gareth Bale scored in the 62nd and Bradley Wright-Phillips added another in the 68th.

■ Mexico

Sabah inspires Cruz Azul

Miguel Sabah scored twice on Sunday to give Cruz Azul a 3-2 victory over defending champion Pachuca in the first round of the Mexican Apertura 2006. Also on Sunday, Argentine Bruno Marioni smashed in his third goal for Toluca to give the Red Devils a 1-0 victory over the Chivas of Guadalajara. Playing away, Cruz Azul's Blue Machine opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a goal from Richard Nunez but Pachuca equalized 8 minutes later with a goal from Colombian defender Aquivaldo Mosquera. Sabah scored his goals in the 54th and 68th minutes, converting excellent passes from Cesar "Chelito" Delgado.

■ Rugby Union
Tana Umaga injured

Former All Blacks rugby captain Tana Umaga will be sidelined for at least six weeks after severely injuring a finger in a New Zealand provincial championship match on Friday. Umaga underwent surgery to have the tip of the finger reattached to the bone after it was left dangling by a single tendon in the match between Umaga's Wellington side and Bay of Plenty. The injury occurred when Umaga stretched to catch a pass and received the ball on the fingertips of his right hand. He will be out of action for almost half of the season, but will be fit to take up a short-term contract with the French club Toulon later in the year.

■ Horse Racing

World record set

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