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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Bremen eke out draw

Werder Bremen wasted a ton of chances and needed a Claudio Pizarro equalizer to secure a 1-1 draw at promoted Augsburg on Friday. The result gave Werder 17 points from 10 games and moved them up to third in the Bundesliga, five points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Augsburg, looking for their first home win of the season, took the lead against the run of play with a powerful Axel Bellinghausen shot in the 49th minute. Peruvian striker Pizarro leveled in the 68th with his seventh league goal of the season. The visitors hit the woodwork with a Markus Rosenberg header and he was also denied later by goalkeeper Simon Jentzsch, who was playing with a fractured finger. Pizarro twice failed to beat Jentzsch in one-on-one situations late in the game as Werder poured forward. Augsburg are third from bottom on eight points.

GOLF

Garcia turns back the clock

Sergio Garcia opened up a two-shot lead at the Castello Masters on Friday as the talented Spaniard took a step closer to ending a three-year title drought. Playing on the same Club de Campo del Mediterraneo course where he was a boys champion at the age of 12, the 31-year-old Spaniard carded an eight-under 63. It took him to 12-under at the halfway mark — two ahead of Sweden’s Alex Noren, who was also round in 63 as he seeks a third win of the season. Garcia eagled the 549 yard eighth from 15 feet and added six birdies to his opening one, before saving par with a fine bunker shot at the difficult 17th. Britain’s new star Tom Lewis, who won the Portugal Masters in only his third start as a professional last weekend, withdrew before the second round because of a virus. Overnight leader Ross McGowan carded a second round 70 and is eight-under for the tournament, four shots off the lead. He is now joint third with Scotland’s Gary Orr and Australian Marcus Fraser. However, big guns Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal and John Daly all missed the cut.

TENNIS

Azarenka defeats Benesova

Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Luxembourg Open. She will play sixth seeded Julia Goerges after the German advanced when Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia withdrew with a hip injury trailing 5-2. In other quarter-finals, Monica Niculescu of Romania defeated lucky loser Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 and Britain’s Anne Keothavong beat Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2.

BOXING

WBC restores Hopkins’ belt

The WBC restored Bernard Hopkins as its light heavyweight champion on Thursday after reviewing his controversial loss to Chad Dawson last weekend. The 46-year-old had lost his title after Dawson lifted him off his feet and slammed him to the canvas on Oct. 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hopkins sustained a shoulder injury and the referee signaled the end of the fight with 12 seconds left in the second round. However, after reviewing the fight video, the WBC concluded the result should be changed to a technical draw, allowing champion Hopkins to retain the title. After the fight, Hopkins filed a formal complaint to the California State Athletic Commission, which will meet to determine whether the fight will count as a loss on his record.

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