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SPORTS BRIEFS

Staff Writer, with Agencies

SOCCER

Schalke 04 move up

Schalke 04 defeated Hertha Berlin 2-1 on Friday to move into second place in the Bundesliga, kept off top spot only on goal difference by Bayern Munich. The win put Schalke on 31 points, one ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who face Kaiserslautern today, while Borussia Moenchengladbach, also on 30 points, tackled rock-bottom Augsburg yesterday. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened the scoring in the 20th minute to take his season’s tally to 14 and sole possession of the leading scorers in Germany. Hertha, who came into the match on a run of three defeats and a draw, leveled five minutes later from a header by Colombian international Adrian Ramos. Huub Stevens’ team made sure of the three points when 21-year-old Finn Teemu Pukki found the target just before half-time.

SOCCER

Mechelen beat Anderlecht

Taiwan international Xavier Chen’s KV Mechelen pulled off a shock in the Belgian Jupiler League on Friday by beating league leaders RSC Anderlecht 2-1. David Destorme opened the scoring for the hosts on 16 minutes and the underdogs held the lead until halftime. Anderlecht hit back after 58 minutes through Matias Suarez, but the hosts won it in the 71st minute when Alessandro Cordaro scored the winner. Chen played the full 90 minutes. The win moved Mechelen up to 10th, while Anderlecht remain top ahead of the weekend’s matches.

GOLF

Price, Calcavecchia lead

Zimbabwe’s Nick Price and the US’ Mark Calcavecchia combined for a 9-under par 63 effort to share the lead on Friday after the opening round of the US$3 million Franklin Templeton Shootout. The US’ Brendan Steele and Keegan Bradley, the latter who won his first major title in August at the PGA Championship, matched Price and Calcavecchia on 63 after the opening round of the three-day, 12-duo event. Price aced the par-3 12th hole and sank a 30-footer for birdie to conclude the round, while Bradley and Steele charged late, going 7-under on the last six holes. The US’ Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, the 2009 winners, were one stroke off the pace after the first round, with US prodigy Rickie Fowler and Colombia’s Camilo Villegas on 65 and the US’ Jason Dufner and Sean O’Hair fifth on 66. Australian Greg Norman, who captained the Internationals in their loss to the US in last month’s Presidents Cup at Melbourne, and the US’ Scott McCarron were 11th on 3-under after 18 holes.

GOLF

Tiger learns crime-solving

Tiger Woods went back to school in an eighth-grade class on Friday, getting an education in crime-solving and evidence analysis from his foundation’s youth program. Woods, who snapped a win drought of more than two years with a victory last weekend at the World Challenge charity event he hosts, took class at a Tiger Woods Learning Center at Murray Middle School in Stuart, Florida. The former world No. 1, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 set by Jack Nicklaus, joined in a forensics lesson that required students to examine evidence, question “suspects,” take fingerprint samples and study clues in order to solve a crime. “This is the second time I’ve taken our forensics class. I really enjoy it, and so do the kids. It’s unique, gets kids fired up about science and helps them explore careers in the field.” Woods took a page from US television’s three Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) shows in a posting on his Twitter page noting his participation in the class, saying he “Kicked it CSI style.”

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