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SPORTS BRIEFS

Agencies, with staff writer

RUGBY SEVENS

Taiwan demolished

Taiwan’s Sevens rugby team were demolished in pool play at the Malaysia leg of the Asian Sevens series yesterday, which made for grim prospects at future events, including the Asian Games later this month. Taiwan were shut out 33-0 in their opening game against Singapore, during which they played with six for a period due to a sin-binning, and Japan put them last in the three-team group with a 40-0 hiding. Taiwan are to play the last-place team from Pool A, the Philippines, at 1:28pm today in a Bowl semi-final. The series began in Hong Kong, where Taiwan did not play, and is to have its third leg in China next month, after a tournament as part of the Asian Games, which are to begin on Sept. 19 in Incheon, South Korea.

BOXING

Brook in stable condition

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook is in a stable condition in hospital after being stabbed in the leg while on holiday in Tenerife on Thursday. England’s Brook, who beat American Shawn Porter on points last month to claim the title, is recovering after an alleged altercation at an apartment complex. He will remain in hospital before returning to his hometown Sheffield tomorrow to begin his rehabilitation. “I was out enjoying a night out before returning home to the UK when I was the victim of an unprovoked attack,” the 28-year-old said in a statement on Friday. His promoter Eddie Hearn had scheduled a homecoming fight against an unnamed opponent on Dec. 6, but said it would be unrealistic to expect Brook, who is unbeaten in 33 professional bouts, to get in the ring.

CYCLING

Navarro wins stage 13

Daniel Navarro of Spain surged forward and hung on to win the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, while countryman Alberto Contador kept the overall leader’s red jersey. Navarro finished the 189km mountainous ride from Belorado to Obregon two seconds ahead of Daniel Moreno and Wilco Kelderman. Contador fended off several charges by Alejandro Valverde to retain a 20-second overall lead. Rigoberto Uran remained in third, 1:08 behind, and Chris Froome was still 1:20 behind in fourth.

CRICKET

Windies lead first Test

Opener Kraigg Braithwaite’s confident unbeaten 123 led West Indies to 264 for three at the close on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Kingstown, St Vincent, on Friday. Barbadian Brathwaite shared a commanding 116-run opening partnership with Chris Gayle as the home side made a strong start at Arnos Vale to the two-Test series. Gayle, who has become one of Twenty20 cricket’s leading global players, switched into long-form mode with a patient 64 from 105 balls. The West Indies opening pair looked comfortable against Bangladesh seamers Al-Amin Hossain and Rubel Hossain, reaching 103 without loss by lunch, but the tourists’ spinners slowed them in the afternoon session.

GOLF

Ramsay leads Masters

Richie Ramsay shot a four-under 66 on Friday to lead Ryder Cup rookie Jamie Donaldson by one stroke in the second round of the European Masters in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. The 2012 champion from Scotland had a 12-under total of 128 after starting in morning rain on the 6,848-yard Severiano Ballesteros course in the Swiss Alps. Donaldson had seven birdies and a bogey in his afternoon 64, putting him in good position to follow up his win at the Czech Masters two weeks ago.

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