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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■GOLF

Van Pelt wins PGA Tour title

Bo Van Pelt won his first PGA Tour title when he birdied the second hole of a sudden death playoff to beat fellow American John Mallinger in the Milwaukee Championship at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Sunday. Van Pelt eased home a three-foot putt after missing a 26-footer to claim his first tour victory in 229 tournaments. He and Mallinger both birdied the first playoff hole after finishing regulation at 13-under 267 over the Brown Deer Park Golf Course.

■GYMNASTICS

FIG reprimands Taiwan

The governing body of gymnastics has fined and criticized the Taiwanese federation for its conduct in a doping case involving a teenage athlete. The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) banned Chiu Shih-Hui, an 18-year-old aerobic gymnast, for two years after he tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. The ban was applied retroactively from the day of the doping test and runs through Nov. 2 next year. In a ruling issued on Saturday, FIG harshly criticized the Taiwan federation, which was “reprimanded with an accompanying heavy fine” of an undisclosed amount. It was sanctioned for “repeatedly failing to communicate with the FIG and neglecting to assist its gymnast,” the global governing body said.

■MOTOR RACING

Surtees dies in F2 race

Henry Surtees, the son of 1964 Formula One Champion John Surtees, has died after being struck in the head during an F2 race on Sunday. The 18-year-old Surtees was knocked unconscious after being hit by a tire from another car, causing his car to crash into a barrier in the second of the weekend’s races at Brands Hatch. He was airlifted to Royal London hospital, where was later pronounced dead. Surtees, who finished third in Saturday’s opening race for his first F2 podium finish, had starred in F3 last year.

■SOFTBALL

US advance to final

Ashley Hansen clubbed a grand slam and Jennie Finch threw a two-hit shutout as the US advanced to the World Cup of Softball championship game with a 8-0 win against Australia in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Sunday. The teams were set to meet again in the championship game yesterday after Australia, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, bounced back to beat Italy 8-0 in five innings later on Sunday. In the day’s other games, Haruna Sakamoto hit a grand slam off US college softball player of the year Danielle Lawrie as Japan eliminated Canada from finals contention with a 5-4 win.

■DIVING

Chen, Wang cruise to gold

Olympic champions Chen Roulin and Wang Xin of China cruised to the gold medal in 10m synchronized diving at the world championships on Sunday. Chen and Wang compiled 369.18 points, leading after all five rounds. Mary Beth Dunnichay and Haley Ishimatsu of the US took the silver medal with 324.66 points, and Mun Yee Leong and Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia were third with 321.66. Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion of Canada finished fourth, and Olympic silver medalists Briony Cole and Melissa Wu of Australia were fifth. Meanwhile, Julia Pakhalina of Russia won the gold medal in women’s 1m springboard diving, her first title at a worlds or Olympics in nine years. Pakhalina led from start to finish and totaled 325.05 points through the five-dive final. Wu Minxia of China took the silver medal with 311.90 points and Wang Han of China was third with 303.95. Tania Cagnotto of Italy finished fourth.

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