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SPORTS BRIEFS

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GOLF

Donaldson leads Masters

Jamie Donaldson shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to retain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Czech Masters and keep alive his hopes of a spot on Europe’s Ryder Cup team. Seeking his third European Tour victory, the Welshman was in a position to stretch his lead after producing six birdies and a bogey before finishing the second round with two bogeys on the final three holes for an overall 9-under 135. Donaldson currently has a qualifying spot for his debut Ryder Cup, but still needs a top-seven finish to have a place guaranteed. Gregory Bourdy of France is one stroke back after hitting 67, while another Ryder Cup hopeful, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland, is tied in third.

CRICKET

Kohli returns to form

Virat Kohli was back in the runs after a wretched Test series as India prepared for their upcoming one-day campaign against England with a 95-run win over Middlesex at Lord’s on Friday. Kohli managed just 134 runs at an average of 13.4 during India’s recent 3-1 loss in a five-Test series in England. It was a different story on Friday as he made 71 in a total of 230 that might have been more had not Middlesex’s Ollie Rayner taken four quick wickets. However, India had more than enough runs, with Kahn Sharma taking 3-14 as Middlesex slumped to 135 all out. World champions India are to face England in the first of a five-match one-day series at Bristol tomorrow.

BASKETBALL

US downs Puerto Rico

Stephen Curry scored 17 points and the US pulled away in the second half to beat Puerto Rico 112-86 on Friday night in their final home exhibition game before the FIBA Basketball World Cup. James Harden added 13 points. Derrick Rose came off the bench for the US, who used 12 of their 16 players. They are to play a final exhibition game in Spain against Slovenia before their Aug. 30 opener against Finland.

CYCLING

Didier wins US stage

Luxembourg’s Laurent Didier won Friday’s fifth stage of the USA Pro Challenge race, while the US’ Tejay Van Garderen finished ninth to maintain his 20 second overall lead. Trek racer Didier captured the 167.6km stage from Woodland Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours, 50 minutes, 38 seconds, with Colombian Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle second and Canada’s Rob Britton third, both in the same time. Van Garderen was 1 minute, 33 seconds off the pace in ninth, but that was enough to keep the BMC Racing rider’s margin over second-place overall rider Rafael Majka of Poland, who placed 10th in the stage just behind the American. Romanian Serghei Tvetcov jumped from fifth to third in the overall competition, but remained 37 seconds adrift of Van Garderen.

RUGBY UNION

Crusaders claim apology

New Zealand rugby is claiming a referee apology, with Craig Joubert said to have admitted he was wrong with a ruling that probably cost the Canterbury Crusaders the Super 15 crown. The NSW Waratahs won a tense final three weeks ago in Sydney 33-32, with the winning points coming from a penalty when Richie McCaw was penalized for entering a ruck from the side with a minute remaining in the match. Had the kick missed, the Crusaders would would have been unlikely to yield a 32-29 lead with time almost up. McCaw told Radio Sport yesterday that South African Joubert had since rung Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder and “put his hand up” that it was a wrong call.

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