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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Snowboarding
Delerue and Jacobellis win

Xavier Delerue of France and Lindsey Jacobellis of the US won gold on Sunday in the snowboardcross event at the Snowboarding World Championships. Two Americans finished behind Delerue, with Seth Wescott taking silver and Nate Holland placing third. It was sweet revenge for Jacobellis, who defeated Olympic champion Tanja Frieden in the semifinals. Jacobellis had lost the Olympic final to Frieden at the Turin Games. Sandra Frei of Switzerland took the silver medal, while Helene Olafsen of Norway won bronze.

■ Soccer

Violence mars friendly

Sixteen FC Utrecht fans were arrested on Sunday after fighting with Schalke 04 supporters in the center of Utrecht ahead of a friendly match. Police spokeswoman Ellen de Heer reported no arrests of Schalke fans, but said one FC Utrecht supporter was being treated for injuries after being bitten by a police dog. "A number of Schalke supporters, several dozen, came into confrontation with a group of Utrecht supporters," said Marc van Rossum, a local reporter who saw the fighting. The brawl started in front of a pub and moved through the city center "until the police stepped in and took the Schalke supporters under protection," he added.

■ Cricket

Selectors rest Ponting

Australian captain Ricky Ponting will be rested on Friday for the clash with England in Brisbane. Australia beat England by eight wickets in the series opener last Friday in Melbourne and then beat New Zealand by 105 runs on Sunday. Ponting, who has been playing continuously since Sept. 22, will return for the New Zealand match in Sydney on Sunday. Brad Hodge will replace Ponting in the 14-man squad for the England match and Adam Gilchrist will captain the side with Mike Hussey as vice-captain. "We feel that Ricky Ponting needs and deserves a break," said selectors chairman Andrew Hilditch.

■ Rugby League

Rogers switches codes again

Former Australian rugby union fullback Mat Rogers has agreed to contract terms with the Gold Coast Titans for this year's National Rugby League season. Rogers, 31, will join his new teammates a year earlier than initially expected after quitting rugby union last month. "I'm just rapped to have everything sorted out and very much looking forward to getting in and doing the hard yards," Rogers said yesterday. "To be back in rugby league a year earlier than I expected is just huge." Rogers' departure has left Australia in a precarious position ahead of the rugby union World Cup with regular fullback, Chris Latham, out injured for the Super 14 season with a knee injury.

■ Golf

Canete wins Joburg Open

Ariel Canete birdied three of the final four holes and won the Joburg Open by two strokes on Sunday, earning the 31-year-old Argentine his first European tour title. Canete, who finished 146th on the Order of Merit last year and 53rd in November's qualifying school, closed with a 67 for a 19-under 266 and a winner's purse of 158,500 euros (US$205,000) more than he won in the last two seasons on the European circuit combined. After being forced off the course at the turn on Saturday due to thunderstorms with a one-stroke lead, Canete and 35 others had to return early on Sunday to finish their rounds. He birdied eight of the 27 remaining holes -- with one bogey -- and held off South Africa's Andrew McLardy.

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