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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Football
Raiders `win' first draft pick

The Oakland Raiders found a silver lining to their miserable 2-14 season after the NFL announced on Tuesday they would get first pick in this year's draft. The Raiders finished with the worst record in the NFL and will get the marquee selection in April's draft of collegiate players. Among the players likely to be on the Raiders' radar will be Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell and Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson. The Detroit Lions (3-13) will pick second and either the Cleveland Browns or Tampa Bay Buccaneers third.

■ Tennis

Goldstein defeats Luczak

US player Paul Goldstein became the first competitor to go through to the knockout phase of the Adelaide International tournament with a 7-6 (8), 6-1 round-robin victory over Australian Peter Luczak yesterday. Luczak broke Goldstein's service for a 2-0 lead, but immediately gave it back by dropping serve and did not earn another break point for rest of the match. Goldstein won the tie-breaker 10-8 and then raced away with the second set, wrapping up the victory in just over 90 minutes. Third-seeded Radek Stepanek scored a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Russian Evgeny Korolev and Arnaud Clement of France beat Germany's Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-1 in other matches.

■ Mountaineering

Aussies top Antarctic peak

Four Australian climbers have reached the top of Antarctica's highest mountain, becoming the first to conquer the 4,892m peak after trekking from sea level across the frozen continent. The team, led by Mount Everest veteran Duncan Chessell, 36, reached Vinson Massif's peak on Tuesday after setting out to cross a 300km expanse of ice early last month. "It was great to finally get up on top of the peak and look back over the 300-odd kilometers that we have trekked in from," Chessell told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio yesterday. "Looking across at the ice cap to our south, which stretches about 1,100km to the South Pole was quite a unique and surreal experience," he said.

■ Soccer

Diego voted Bundesliga best

Brazilian playmaker Diego was voted the best player during the first half of the Bundesliga season in a magazine's poll of 270 teammates and league rivals. Kicker said on Tuesday 49.6 percent had voted Werder Bremen's Diego, 21, as the best performer of the first half, well ahead of his teammates Miroslav Klose in second (32.7 percent) and Torsten Frings (4.1 percent), who was third. Klose, a striker, and Hertha Berlin's Marko Pantelic are the league's top scorers with 10 goals each. Diego, an attacking midfielder, is fourth with eight goals. Bremen, who have benefited greatly from Diego's move to Germany this season from Porto, lead the Bundesliga with 47 goals in 17 matches.

■ Football

Cardinals win Orange Bowl

For much of the US college Orange Bowl game, the high-powered Louisville Cardinals were stalled in neutral. They blew a field goal, lost two fumbles and dropped a potential touchdown pass. But despite the rash of mistakes, there was no stopping the Cardinals from winning their first major bowl game in 15 years. Anthony Allen scored two touchdowns, one on a trick play, and Brian Brohm threw for 311 yards to lead Louisville past Wake Forest 24-13 on Tuesday night.

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