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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Leaders grab late winner

Substitute Genero Zeefuik struck three minutes into stoppage-time to earn leaders PSV Eindhoven a scrappy 2-1 home win over bottom side Willem II Tilburg in the Dutch league on Saturday. Tilburg finished with nine men after late second-half red cards for Denis Halilovic and Veli Lampi. Bart Biemans put Tilburg ahead after 17 minutes, but early in the second half Ola Toivonen equalized, before Zeefuik clinched the points. PSV remain top with 47 points after 21 matches. Also on Saturday, Iceland’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored five as AZ Alkmaar thrashed lowly VVV Venlo 6-1. The 20-year-old striker, who joined Alkmaar in July last year, opened the scoring after five minutes when he took advantage of a defensive blunder by Ferry de Regt. Sigthorsson added two more, before Ahmed Musa pulled one back eight minutes before the break. The Icelander lifted his season’s total to nine with two more in the second half. Alkmaar are fifth on 37 points.

SOCCER

Muntari loaned to Black Cats

Sunderland signed Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari from Italy’s Inter on loan until the end of the season on Saturday, with the European champions taking Moroccan Houssine Kharja from Genoa as a replacement. Muntari previously played in the Premier League with Portsmouth, before moving to Inter in July 2008. The 26-year-old joins Ghana teammates Asamoah Gyan and John Mensah at Sunderland, who are currently sixth in the table. “Sulley is a fabulous acquisition for the club. When the opportunity arises to bring in a player of his ability — even in the short term — you have to take it and I’m delighted we have been able to,” Sunderland manager Steve Bruce told the club’s Web site. Kharja has arrived at the San Siro on loan for the rest of the season, Inter said in a statement.

BASKETBALL

Brawlers banned by NBA

Marvin Williams of the Atlanta Hawks and Shawne Williams of the New York Knicks were each issued bans by the NBA on Saturday, one night after throwing punches during a fourth-quarter scuffle. With only 43 seconds remaining in Friday’s 111-102 Atlanta triumph over the Knicks, Atlanta’s Marvin Williams touched off the incident by shoving Shawne Williams in the back. Marvin Williams was issued a two-game ban for throwing multiple punches and fighting, while the Knicks will lose Shawne Williams for only one game for throwing a single punch during an altercation. Shawne Williams, who averages 7 points and 3.3 rebounds a game off the bench for New York, will miss a home game against Detroit. Marvin Williams, who averages 10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds, was suspended for Atlanta’s games at Dallas and against Toronto on Wednesday.

ICE HOCKEY

Chara retains shooter crown

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara retained his crown as the NHL’s hardest shooter with a record 170.4kph blast during the NHL All-Star skills competition on Saturday. The hulking 2.06m-tall Slovakian bettered the previous record of 169.6kph he set in 2009 to win the contest for the fourth consecutive time. “Records are meant to be broken,” Chara told reporters. New York Islanders rookie Michael Grabner claimed the fastest skater honors, while Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks won the accuracy competition as the fastest to shoot out four targets. Washington Capitals showman Alexander Ovechkin of Russia claimed a third straight win in the breakaway challenge event.

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