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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ TENNIS

Robredo into Estoril semis

Tommy Robredo reached the last four of the Estoril Open by beating Argentine Agustin Calleri 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3 on Friday. The second-seeded Spaniard led 5-3 in the second set before allowing his seventh-seeded opponent back into the match. Robredo was due to face Novak Djokovic in yesterday's semi-finals. The third-seeded Serb, who has won two titles this year, beat Guillermo Garcia Lopez of Spain 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet also reached the last four, beating Vince Spadea of the US 6-3, 6-4. Gasquet earned a clash with Paul-Henri Mathieu, who beat Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

■ BOXING

Cazares defends world title

Mexico's Hugo Cazares successfully defended his WBO junior flyweight title by stopping Colombia's Wilfrido Perez in the second round on Friday. Cazares, making his fifth defense of the title he won in 2005, dropped No. 1 contender Perez twice in the first round at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cazares, 25-3-1 with 19 knockouts, floored Perez, 23-2-3 with 16 knockouts, 25 seconds in the second round and the referee ended the mismatch. Both boxers weighed in at the 108-pound (49kg) limit.

■ CRICKET

Bouncer fells Dravid

India captain Rahul Dravid was injured yesterday after being hit in the face by a ball during batting practice ahead of his team's tour of Bangladesh. Dravid, who was wearing a helmet, lay on the ground for some time after he took the impact of a bouncer from pace bowler R.P. Singh on his face. He eventually got to his feet and left the field, covering his face with a towel. Samir Dasgupta, a local manager for the Indian team, said Dravid's injury didn't appear to be serious, but doctors have kept him under observation. The Indian team leaves for Bangladesh today to play three limited-overs internationals, followed by two Tests.

■ MOTORCYCLING

Rossi roars to pole position

Motorcycling supremo Valentino Rossi roared to pole position in the Grand Prix of China in Shanghai yesterday with a record-setting lap of 1 minute 58.424 seconds on his Yamaha. It was the seven-time world champion's 48th career pole as the Italian got his MotoGP championship bid back for this season on track after a disappointing performance two weeks ago in Turkey where he finished 10th. American John Hopkins riding a Suzuki was second, just 0.891 seconds off the pace, while fellow countryman and Rossi team-mate Colin Edwards clinched third. Australian Casey Stoner was fourth and last year's winner Honda rider Dani Pedrosa will line up fifth for today's race.

■ YACHTING

Race to be re-run

Mascalzone Latino will re-sail its Louis Vuitton Cup match race against Desafio Espanol after it broke the rules. For the Naples-based syndicate, a re-sail is much better than getting thrown out of the America's Cup. "The judgment could be seen as lenient," Mascalzone Latino mastman George Skuodas said on Friday. "It's slightly gone in our favor on balance, so we've probably gotten a little bit lucky." Mascalzone Latino altered the configuration of its backstay on the final lap of its fourth-flight victory over Desafio Espanol on Wednesday, its third breach of the America's Cup class rules. The Italian team was fined 10,000 euros (US$13,560) and had the two points from its 35-second win deducted from its round-robin points total.

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