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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ HOCKEY

Sweden defeats Russia

Olympic champion Sweden beat Russia 4-2 on Saturday in Moscow in the second leg of the European Hockey Tour final to win the title 7-4 on aggregate. Sweden won 3-2 win in the first leg in Gavle, Sweden, on Thursday. Fredrik Bremberg scored at 6:02 and Johan Davidsson added his second goal in two games at 28:32. Sergey Mozaykin narrowed the gap 29 seconds later, but Alexander Steen restored a two-goal margin 46 seconds into the third period. Three minutes later, Alexei Morozov put two-time defending champion Russia close for an equalizer, but Martin Thorenberg hit an empty net with 21 seconds remaining.

■ RUGBY

Kiwis claim under-19 title

New Zealand ended two years of finals heartbreaks by reclaiming the world under-19 rugby championship for the first time since 2004 with a thumping 31-7 win over South Africa on Saturday in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Robert Fruean, Trent Renata -- in the first seven minutes -- and Kade Poki scored tries in a sublime display of attacking rugby to lead New Zealand into the break up 17-0 and without center Fruean, who'd been sinbinned for a high tackle, and inside center Ryan Crotty, who was stretchered off with an ankle injury. Another try was disallowed by the TV official as New Zealand blunted the powerful African pack.

■ CYCLING

Rodriguez wins stage

Fred Rodriguez won the sixth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Georgia on Saturday as Discovery Channel's Janez Brakovic retained the overall lead. Predictor-Lotto rider Rodriguez took the win in a sprint finish to the 182.9km stage from Lake Lanier Islands to this suburb east of Atlanta, Georgia. He was gratified by the victory after battling illness this year. "It has just been in the last couple of weeks coming back on form," said California's Rodriguez, who sprinted from the pack with 150m left. "I didn't even know myself how good I was going to feel." CSC rider Juan Jose Haedo of Argentina was second and George Hincapie of Discovery Channel third.

■ TRACK AND FIELD

Jackson sets hurdle mark

Running straight into a powerful wind, Bershawn Jackson won the 400m hurdles at the Kansas Relays on Saturday with a time of 48.75 seconds, best in the world this year. The 2005 world champion, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, was almost a full second ahead of runner-up Derek Williams while winning at this event for the third year in a row. Wind gusting to around 40kph may have kept him from erasing the meet record of 48.34 he set last year. "The wind was terrible," Jackson said. "It affected me a lot. I feel like if there wouldn't have been so much wind, I could have easily run a sub-48."

■ SOCCER

Chinese women beat Stars

China's women said a narrow win over a World Stars team had given them a massive boost for the World Cup. China snatched a 3-2 victory in the dying seconds against the international side late on Saturday, giving them new hope for the September tournament. The World Cup hosts, runners-up in 1999, have slumped to ninth in the rankings. Wang Haiming, who coached the side for the last time before newly appointed Marika Domanski-Lyfors takes the reins, said the result of the friendly was significant. "It means a lot for the Chinese team and it helps our confidence," he said.


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