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SPORTS BRIEFS

AGENCIES

SOCCER

N Korean joins Swiss club

North Korea defender Cha Jong-hyok has arrived in Switzerland to play for second-tier club FC Wil more than three months after his signing was announced during the World Cup. Wil says on its Web site that Cha joined teammates — including compatriot Kim Kuk-jin — for his first practice on Monday. The club says the 25-year-old player’s move was delayed by structural changes at the North Korean soccer federation. Cha started all three matches for North Korea at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa. Wil lie 14th in the 16-team Swiss second division.

TENNIS

Date downs Robson in Osaka

Four-time champion Kimiko Date Krumm needed just over an hour to beat Britain’s Laura Robson in the first round at the Japan Open in Osaka yesterday. The 40-year-old Japanese powered through 6-3, 6-3. The 16-year-old Robson hit six double faults and managed to break Date, the sixth seed in Osaka, only once in four attempts. Another former champion, Jill Craybas, joined Date in the second round by beating Natalie Grandin of South Africa 6-4, 6-2. Third seed Shahar Peer of Israel and seventh seed Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic safely went through, but eighth seed Greta Arn of Hungary fell to Olga Savchuk of Ukraine 6-1, 6-2. Peer outclassed up-and-coming Japanese Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-3, while Benesova downed American Christina McHale 6-4, 6-3. Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn overcame an early service break in the second set to beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-2, 7-5.

SOCCER

Benjani quits internationals

Zimbabwe team captain Benjani Mwaruwari told state media yesterday that he has quit international soccer to concentrate on his career in England’s Premier League. The 32-year-old forward, who signed a one-year deal with Blackburn Rovers in August, announced his decision just days after Zimbabwe were held to a goalless draw by Cape Verde. “After the game I went to speak with [team coach] Norman [Mapeza] and thanked him for giving me a chance to play in the game against Cape Verde and that I was sorry we couldn’t do enough to win the game and get maximum points,” he said in the Herald newspaper. “I still have a few more years playing club football, but I feel that I have done my part for my country, and it’s sad that things didn’t work out the way we wanted and probably I didn’t get the number of goals that the supporters wanted me to score.”

HOCKEY

Tests show Pavelec fainted

Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec apparently fainted in his team’s NHL season opener, but the Czech will undergo more medical tests as a precaution. Pavelec collapsed during Friday’s 4-2 victory over Washington, falling backward onto the ice and suffering a concussion seemingly for no reason while players were at the other end of the ice awaiting a face off. The Thrashers said on Monday that tests showed Pavelec had fainted, which could have been brought about by conditions such as stress and prolonged standing. Pavelec, 23, was unconscious and taken from the ice on a stretcher, not regaining consciousness until he was in an ambulance on his way to the hospital, where he spent two nights undergoing tests on his brain and heart. Doctors released Pavelec on Sunday after finding no major problems but he will have more tests. Only if all tests are negative will he be allowed to resume play after his concussion headaches clear.

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