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AGENCIES

■ Water Polo
Serbia crowned Euro kings

Serbia rallied to beat Hungary 9-8 on Sunday in the European Water Polo Championship final. The defending champions triumphed in a game that was close throughout -- and the latest showdown between the two water polo powerhouses. Vladimir Vujasinovic scored three goals for Serbia, while goalkeeper Denis Sefik saved several hard shots from the Hungarians. Hungary led early but could not hang on in the second and third quarters. The team managed to equalize briefly in the fourth but Vujasinovic eventually scored another.

■ Rugby Union

Bristol miss out on top spot

Bristol could only draw 13-13 at home to Saracens on Sunday following a missed conversion by Jason Strange which would have put them on top of the English Premiership table. Bristol had to settle for third spot behind leaders Gloucester and Wasps after a late charge when Shaun Perry leveled the match in the ninth minute of injury time. Strange was not up to the conversion however. Dan Scarbrough and Glen Jackson fired over drop goals in injury time and tied things up for Saracens. Scarbrough, who had earlier scored a try, kicked over from 48 yards before Jackson copied his team-mate to successfully hit over a long-range attempt.

■ Soccer

Zidane over his butt

Zinedine Zidane says he has put his World Cup final head-butt behind him. Zidane, who retired from soccer after the World Cup, also said on Sunday he was glad to see France beat Italy 3-1 in a European Championship qualifier last week -- two months after Les Bleus lost to the Italians in the World Cup final. "It's in the past," Zidane told Canal Plus TV about his reaction to Materazzi's provocation. "I was very happy to see France play on Wednesday the way it played, and to have won against Italy." Zidane said he has had nightmares about losing the World Cup final, and said France could have won it "much better than the Italians." "But things happened the way they happened," he said. "We have to live with it."

■ Rugby Union

Larkham offers Rogers a go

Wallabies fly-half Steve Larkham says he wants to stand down from some internationals on the rugby tour of Europe in November and wants selectors to give Mat Rogers a run in his position. While speculation continues over whether captain and scrum-half George Gregan will tour, Larkham, 32, says he intends to make himself available for the four-Test campaign. But he is content to play in the midweek touring side to allow coach John Connolly to develop a back-up No.10 in time for next year's World Cup in France. "I think there are a number of young players coming through who need to get an opportunity leading into next year, but I also think Matty Rogers needs to have a bit of a go there," Larkham told the Australian newspaper yesterday.

■ Golf
Patty Berg dies at 88

Women's golf pioneer Patty Berg, a founding member of the LPGA Tour who won a record 15 women's major career titles, died on Sunday at Fort Myers, the tour announced. She was 88. Berg won 60 career events, the last of them at the 1962 Muskogee Civitan Open, and was among six original inductees into the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1967. She won 22 events before the creation of the LPGA in 1950. Berg won the 1946 US Women's Open and was a seven-time winner of both the Western Open and Titleholders Championship, which were considered major women's events from the 1930s into the 1960s. The only golfer, man or woman, to surpass her in major titles was Jack Nicklaus with 18 -- although Tiger Woods moved nearer after capturing his 12th career major last month at the PGA Championship.

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