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.
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.
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."
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.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on