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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BASEBALL

Braun tested positive: ESPN

The NL’s Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and could face a 50-game ban if the finding is confirmed, ESPN reported on Saturday. The sports network cited two sources familiar with the case, but MLB has not announced any positive test for Braun, who is said to be disputing the result. A spokesman for Braun issued a statement on Saturday saying the player expected to be “exonerated.” “There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program,” the statement said. Braun, 28, provided the urine sample for the test during the playoffs and was notified of the positive result in late October, ESPN reported.

RUGBY SEVENS

Cama’s try give NZ win

Tomasi Cama scored a last-second try to give New Zealand a thrilling 31-26 final triumph over South Africa Saturday in the third leg of the IRB Sevens World Series in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Roared on by a near-30,000 crowd at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, the hosts were clinging to a two-point advantage when a loose ball was booted into their half. There was nobody at home for the “BlitzBoks,” leaving Toby Arnold to gather the ball and stroll to the tryline before passing it for veteran Cama to dot down as the clock struck full-time. New Zealand led three times during a high-tempo first half in an electric atmosphere and turned 17-14 ahead only to concede a couple of early second-half tries. Steven Hunt and reigning IRB Sevens Player of the Year Cecil Afrika dotted down and South Africa were in front 26-17 midway through the second half of the 20-minute climax to the two-day tournament. However, the men in black were desperate for success after a poor start to the nine-leg season and finished stronger with Frank Hali and Cama breaching the home defense for converted tries.

FIELD HOCKEY

Australia take Champions

Australia defeated Spain 1-0 yesterday to win a record fourth straight field hockey Champions Trophy and their 12th title overall. A disputed second-half goal to Eddie Ockenden was enough to maintain the Kookaburras’ stranglehold on the trophy, the last major men’s field hockey tournament before the London Olympics. Spain argued the goal came from a dangerous Liam De Young pass and should have been disallowed, but umpire Kim Hong-lae waved aside the protest to give Australia the lead. The score remained 0-0 at halftime, both teams probing for weakness, but unwilling to commit men forward with the trophy on the line. Australia finally broke the deadlock late in the second half, with Ockenden emerging from a goalmouth scramble to latch onto De Young’s high pass.

GOLF

Bradley, Steele take lead

US PGA champion Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele shot a 10-under 62 in better-ball play to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price in the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Florida, on Saturday. Bradley and Steele had a 19-under 125 total at Tiburon Golf Club. “Our goal was to have two people in on every hole and not make stupid, aggressive plays, and just play the way we normally play, and we did,” Bradley said. Calcavecchia and Price, trying to become the first Champions Tour duo to win the 12-team event, had a 63.

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