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SPORTS BRIEFS

Agencies, with Staff Writer

SPEED SKATING

Bergsma leads Dutch sweep

Jorrit Bergsma led the Netherlands sweep in the men’s 10,000m at the World Cup in Heerenveen, Netherlands, on Saturday, edging national champion Bob de Jong in 12 minutes, 50.33 seconds. Compatriot Bob de Vries clocked 13 minutes, 3.41 seconds to finish third. Finland’s Pekka Koskela finished in 35.01 seconds to claim the 500m ahead of Japan’s Joji Kato and the Netherlands’ Jesper Hospes, who earned his first career podium finish. In the women’s 1,500m, Canadian skater Christine Nesbitt successfully renewed her rivalry with Irene Wust, finishing first in 1 minute, 55.68 seconds. Wust, backed by the home crowd, came second in 1 minute, 57.15 seconds. Russia’s Yekaterina Shikhova took bronze.

SAILING

Tunnicliffe wins all races

World No. 1 Anna Tunnicliffe of the US and her crew won all three of their first-day races in women’s match-racing at the world sailing championships in Fremantle, Australia, on Saturday. In difficult conditions in Fremantle’s inner harbor, crews faced a morning of hot easterlies and then cooler mid-afternoon sea breezes, which delayed the races while the course was moved away from shore. Silja Lehtinen of Finland and Australia’s Nicky Souter also had opening-day victories.

RUGBY UNION

England defend Dubai title

England defended their Dubai Sevens rugby union title by beating surprise finalists France 29-12 on Saturday. England, who beat world series titleholders New Zealand and series leaders Fiji en route to the final, broke open a tight match in the first half when Mat Turner scored two tries within a minute, the last as time expired. England went to the break up 24-7. France pulled a try back with Renaud Delmas’ second, but England’s defense was too good. It was a stark turnaround from a week ago in the series opener on the Gold Coast, where England lost in the quarter-finals. England improved to second in the series standings, seven points behind leaders Fiji, who beat Argentina for third place 26-21 in extra time. France, New Zealand and South Africa were tied for third.

FOOTBALL

Lions’ Suh unhurt in crash

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who is serving a two-game suspension after appearing to stomp on a Green Bay Packers player, lost control of his car and crashed into a tree early on Saturday morning, but was not injured, police said. Suh, 24, was driving a 1970 Chevrolet Coupe when he tried to go around a stopped taxi, Portland police spokesman Sergeant Pete Simpson said. He lost control, causing the vehicle’s back end to spin out, and the car hit a curb, a tree, a water fountain and a light pole, police said. Drugs and alcohol played no role in the crash, a police statement said.

VOLLEYBALL

Russia triumph at World Cup

Russia stormed back from match points down to defeat Poland and win the men’s World Cup tournament in Tokyo yesterday, also ensuring qualification for next summer’s London Olympics.

Russia, who won the title in 1999, were down at 10-14 in the final set before scoring a 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 17-15 victory. Russia, also four-time champions as the former Soviet Union, finished with a 10-1 record for 29 points, beating Poland into second place with an 8-3 record on 26 points. Poland’s second-place finish mean they, too, will be in London for the Olympics next year.

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