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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Scotland beat Liechtenstein

Craig Mackail-Smith’s 32nd-minute goal earned Scotland a 1-0 victory in Liechtenstein on Saturday to help them leapfrog the Czech Republic into second place in Euro 2012 Group I qualifying and move within range of the playoffs. Starting for the first time and winning his third cap, the striker headed over stranded home goalkeeper Peter Jehle to put his country on 11 points with one match against group winners Spain remaining tomorrow. The Czechs, who have 10 points, travel to Lithuania tomorrow. “We’ve got a good spirit, everyone wants to work for each other,” Mackail-Smith told the BBC. “It shows in how many chances we’re creating and hopefully we can do that on Tuesday.”

SOCCER

Banner sees team charged

Legia Warsaw has been charged by UEFA after their fans unfurled a potentially offensive banner before a Europa League game against Israel’s Hapoel Tel Aviv. The Polish club’s fans displayed a green banner spelling out “Jihad Legia” in Arabic-style script across one end of the Pepsi Arena on Sept. 29. UEFA rules prohibit acts of a “political, offensive or provocative nature” at matches. The European soccer authority says its disciplinary panel will consider the case on Nov. 17. UEFA has the power to order Legia to play future European competition matches in an empty stadium. Legia won the match 3-2. The teams will play again in Israel on Dec. 15.

TOURING CAR

Tander wins Bathurst

Garth Tander won his third Bathurst 1,000 race yesterday, holding off a fast-finishing Craig Lowndes in Australia’s most prestigious touring car race at Mount Panorama in New South Wales. The Holden Racing Team driver won by less then three-tenths of a second yesterday after holding off five-time Bathurst winner Lowndes in a two-car sprint at the end of the 161-lap race. Lowndes charged over the final 20 laps, coming from fourth position to cut the margin to half a second behind Tander going into the last lap. However, despite several attempts to pass over the 6.2km circuit, Lowndes had to settle for second. Pole sitter Greg Murphy finished third.

GYMNASTICS

Japan takes early lead

Japan delighted its home crowd by taking the early lead in men’s qualifying yesterday at the world gymnastics championships. The Japanese finished with 364.291 points, 2.7 points ahead of the US. However, this was only the first session of men’s qualifying, with Germany, last year’s bronze medalist, competing later yesterday and China, Olympic champion and winner of the last four world titles, going today. The top eight teams earn trips to next summer’s London Olympics as well as spots in Wednesday’s team finals. Kohei Uchimura, who has been untouchable since the Beijing Games, is on track for a third-straight all-around title, topping the individual standings.

SOCCER

US defeat Honduras

Clint Dempsey’s 36th--minute strike was enough to give the US a 1-0 victory over Honduras in a friendly international soccer match on Saturday, their first triumph under coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsmann, the former German superstar who was named US coach on July 29, had presided over a 1-1 draw with Mexico in August and 1-0 defeats to Costa Rica and Belgium last month. The US had several scoring opportunities in the first half, an indication that they are getting to grips with Klinsmann’s system.

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