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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Monaco, Toulouse draw 0-0

AS Monaco dropped their first points of the season as the big-spending club were held to a goalless draw by visiting Toulouse in a French Ligue 1 game played behind closed doors on Friday. Yannick Carrasco went close for the league leaders when his angled shot went just over in the 26th minute, while expensive Colombia striker Radamel Falcao failed with a bicycle-kick attempt at goal at the start of the second half. Monaco were ordered to play the game behind closed doors because of violent behavior by fans during last season’s Ligue 2 title celebrations. Claudio Ranieri’s men now have seven points from three games this season, one ahead of Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique de Marseille and AS Saint-Etienne.

SOCCER

Dortmund edge Bremen 1-0

Robert Lewandowski scored to give Borussia Dortmund a hard-fought 1-0 win over Werder Bremen on Friday and maintain the team’s winning start to the Bundesliga. Lewandowski broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, when Marco Reus crossed from the right to give the Poland striker an easy finish from close range. Dortmund had created numerous chances before that, but lacked the efficiency to turn them into goals. “We need to look at it and see what we can do better. At the moment, all I can say is that we didn’t put the ball in, but there are reasons for that,” Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said. Jakub Blaszczykowski rattled the crossbar in the first half, and Bremen captain Aaron Hunt twice cleared off the line.

GOLF

Gonzalez leads at Gleneagles

A dazzling run of five straight birdies at the end of the second round gave Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez a second successive seven-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland on Friday. Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (66) was in second place on 131, two ahead of British pair Mark Foster (67) and Tommy Fleetwood (65) at Gleneagles, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup. “I don’t think I have ever shot 65 two days in a row,” the 43-year-old Gonzalez told reporters as he chased the fifth European Tour victory of his career. Italy’s Francesco Molinari was six strokes off the pace after carding a 67, while Ryder Cup team mate Paul Lawrie was on 137 following his 67. Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley returned a 71 for 139, while his predecessor as skipper, Jose Maria Olazabal (68), was down the field on 141 and just made the cut.

TENNIS

Nadal in Poker Tour

Tennis star Rafael Nadal will take part in his first live poker tournament in December, Czech media reports said on Friday, after devoting himself to the game since a knee injury last summer knocked him off court for several months. Nadal will participate in the European Poker Tour in Prague from Dec. 8 to Dec. 18, according to Dnes newspaper, which quoted online gambling company Pokerstars. It is the first time the Spanish star will have played “offline” in a tournament, but whether he would take part in the official competition or a separate fringe event was not specified. Nadal appears in advertising for Pokerstars and has previously participated in online events for the company. A documentary about the current world No. 2 and winner of 12 Grand Slams will also be screened at the tournament. “When he started playing poker, he only had the very basics of the game, but his competitive nature meant he quickly improved,” said Alfonso Cardalda, Nadal’s poker coach.

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