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AGENCIES

■ICE HOCKEY

Wolves beat league leaders

The Taipei Wolves downed the league’s top team at the Taipei Arena on Saturday, with two goals from Adrian Nolan and a monster blast from Cullen Revel helping the Wolves over the Taipei Rhinos 4-3. Later the Hsinchu Raptors’ brothers Andy and Eric Shen racked up a combined 8 points to give their team an 8-6 win over the Sababa Bears. On Sunday the Taichung Lions clinched a playoff spot by beating the Taipei Tigers 4-3, with the winning goal coming from Xiao Guo with four minutes left in the game. Later the Rhinos avenged their loss the night before by edging the Bears 4-3, leaving the Bears pointless for the weekend.

■SOCCER

Gerrard appeals to UEFA

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard on Sunday appealed to UEFA to make sure the club do not have to play on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. The club has asked European soccer’s governing body not to schedule its Champions League quarter-final, second leg for April 15. The date will mark 20 years since 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, which was hosting the club’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. Gerrard, who lost a cousin at Hillsborough, wrote on the club’s Web site: “We hope that UEFA show some common sense.”

■SOCCER

Gascoigne talks about rehab

England soccer legend Paul Gascoigne said his heart stopped three times while he was in rehab for drink addiction last year, in an interview broadcast yesterday. Rumors that he had died were closer to the truth than most people realized, he said, telling Sky News television: “My heart failed on us a few times.” Gascoigne also spoke candidly about his attack on his ex-wife Cheryl, saying: “If you are sitting in a restaurant and somebody calls your mum a whore, which she did, and for no reason, I don’t like that — and yes, I got hold of her arms and I did put my head against her head. I didn’t headbutt her but I threw her to the floor, and I was disgusted with myself for what I did.”

■BADMINTON

Lee takes revenge on Lin

Malaysian world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei took his long awaited revenge over world and Olympic Champion Lin Dan with a 21-16, 21-16 victory in the final of the Swiss Open Super Series in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday. It was their 15th head-to-head in individual events, as opposed to team competitions, but lifted Lee only to 4-11 after a frustrating 18-month spell against his big rival. The women’s title went to China’s rising force Wang Yihan.

■SKI JUMPING

Austrian clinches Cup title

Gregor Schlierenzauer won a ski flying meet in Vikersund, Norway, on Sunday and clinched the overall World Cup ski jumping title. The Austrian took a big lead by soaring 207.5m in the opening round. The other jumpers were not even close to the 200m mark. In the second round, Schlierenzauer hit 192m for a total of 386.4 points. Schlierenzauer failed to win an individual gold medal at last month’s Nordic World Ski Championships in the Czech Republic. Simon Ammann of Switzerland, the 2006 world champion and a former Olympic gold medalist, finished second with 379.7 points after jumps of 191 and 202.5m. With two events left, Schlierenzauer leads the overall standings with 1,938 points. Ammann is second with 1,676 points. Defending overall champion Thomas Morgenstern of Austria wound up 23rd and is sixth in the overall standings.

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