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SPORTS BRIEFS

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EQUESTRIAN

Jaguars get Trent Edwards

The Jacksonville Jaguars were awarded quarterback Trent Edwards off waivers on Tuesday after he was released by the winless Buffalo Bills. Edwards will compete with David Garrard for the starting quarterback role for the Jags, who face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in an AFC West divisional matchup. The 26-year-old Edwards was selected by the Bills in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, but struggled with injuries and consistency. He completed 29 of 52 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions in two games this season. Garrard has also struggled, completing 44-of-74 passes for 448 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions this year.

EQUESTRIAN

Netherlands win gold

The Netherlands won the gold medal in team Grand Prix dressage at the World Equestrian Games on Tuesday, despite having a horse disqualified. The Netherlands scored 229.754 points, Britain had 224.767 and third-placed Germany finished with 220.595. It was the first time Britain had taken a medal in team dressage at the World Equestrian Games. Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen and horse Jerich Parzival were disqualified when the ground jury observed blood in the horse’s saliva, an automatic elimination.

FOOTBALL

Batch starting for Steelers

Quarterback Charlie Batch will start again this week as the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers await the return of suspended signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger, the team said on Tuesday. “He is doing a nice job,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told the team’s Web site (steelers.com). “The guys have a great deal of confidence in him.” The Steelers (3-0) play the Baltimore Ravens (2-1) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday in the final game before starter Roethlisberger returns from a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct pol. Batch completed 12 of 17 passes and threw for three touchdowns in leading the Steelers past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-13 on Sunday. He gained a chance to start after Dennis Dixon, who played in the Steelers’ opening game, underwent knee surgery.

FORMULA ONE

Gascoyne’s contract extended

Lotus Racing has extended the contract of its chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne until 2015, amid legal challenges over the future of the Formula One team. The reborn Lotus, led by Malaysian airline tycoon Tony Fernandes, entered F1 this season. The team is yet to score a championship point, but had been developing for the longer term. In a statement yesterday, Gascoyne said it was “my intention to finish my career here.” Lotus Racing is currently involved in a legal struggle over the rights to the historic brand.

RUGBY

Brett Stewart acquitted

High-profile Australian rugby league player Brett Stewart was yesterday acquitted of a sexual assault charge against a 17-year-old girl in Sydney. Stewart was charged last year with assaulting the girl outside his house following a party for the club’s season launch in Sydney. A jury returned not guilty verdicts at a Sydney court for one sexual assault charge and two charges of indecent assault, Australian Associated Press said. The 25-year-old wept after the verdict was delivered. Stewart, one of the NRL’s poster boys last year, was stripped from the league’s advertising campaign following the charges against him and suspended for the first four rounds of the season for being drunk at the club’s launch.

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