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SPORTS BRIEFS

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GOLF

Kim maintains lead by one

Kim Sih-wan of South Korea birdied his last two holes to shoot a two-under 69 and lead by a stroke after the second round of the Saint-Omer Open on Friday. Kim made three birdies and a bogey to remain on top of the leaderboard with a six-under 136 total. Darren Fichardt of South Africa also carded a 69 to move into second place at five-under.

CYCLING

Kessiakoff takes stage

Sweden’s Fredrik Kessiakoff of the Astana team won Friday’s seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse, while Movistar’s Portuguese rider Rui Costa kept the race leader’s yellow jersey. Kessiakoff surprised all by winning the 34.4km time trial around Gossau, finishing two seconds ahead of Swiss specialist Fabian Cancellara, with Belgian Maxime Monfort a further 18 seconds adrift. Costa came in eighth and increased his lead over Czech Roman Kreuzinger to 50 seconds.

SOCCER

UEFA probes Balotelli abuse

UEFA is looking into reports that Croatia fans threw a banana at the pitch and racially abused Italy striker Mario Balotelli during their match at Euro 2012. UEFA said it is seeking more information about the incidents, which reportedly happened on Thursday in Poznan, Poland. An anti-discrimination group appointed by UEFA said it has “categorical” eyewitness accounts that about 300 people directed monkey chants at Balotelli, who is black. Piara Powar, of Football Against Racism in Europe, said the chants were “not a boo or something that could be misinterpreted.” Balotelli has now been the target of alleged abuse at both Italy matches at Euro 2012.

BASEBALL

Mets’ no-hit appeal denied

The New York Mets’ appeal for a scoring change that would have given pitcher R.A. Dickey credit for just the franchise’s second no-hitter was denied by MLB on Friday. Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations, upheld a scorer’s initial ruling that a grounder in the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays was a hit and not an error, according to a report posted on the league’s Web site. The hit was the only one Dickey allowed. Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton bounced the grounder down the third-base line and Mets third baseman David Wright was unable to successfully field the ball with his bare hand.

BASKETBALL

Brawl scratches Parker’s eye

San Antonio Spurs and France guard Tony Parker said he suffered a scratched retina on one of his eyes during a New York nightclub brawl on Thursday involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake’s entourage early. Parker, wearing dark sunglasses, described the incident on Friday in Paris during a news conference posted on YouTube. He said he expects to be sidelined for about a week as France prepare for the Summer Olympics. Parker said he was wearing a “therapeutic” contact lens and had to go to an emergency room for treatment after arriving in Paris. “I was with my friend Chris Brown and me and my friends took some punches, so I’ll be missing the start of the French team because I can’t do anything for a week except keep the lens in and then take drops,” Parker said. Parker said “they started throwing bottles everywhere. I don’t know what happened. At first [my eye] was OK, but then it started getting worse and when the plane landed it was really hurting so I went straight to the ER.”

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