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SPORTS BRIEFS

Agencies, with staff writer

RUGBY SEVENS

Taiwan grab last-game win

Taiwan exited the Malaysia leg of the Asian Sevens Series yesterday in 11th place after an easy 24-7, four tries to one win against the United Arab Emirates in the lowest bracket playoff. Earlier, Taiwan trailed 7-5 at halftime in their Bowl semi-final against the Philippines after Chen Chi-kun dived on a loose pass to score, but wilted in the second half, losing two players to the sin bin and conceding two tries to finish 19-5 down. They struggled to secure possession at all in the second spell and never made it out of their half.

BOXING

Frampton beats Martinez

Carl Frampton won the IBF super-bantamweight belt from Kiko Martinez of Spain by unanimous decision before an ecstatic home crowd of 16,000 in a purpose-built outdoor arena in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday. Frampton put Martinez down once in the fifth round of a fight he dominated, and which the judges agreed by 119-108, 119-108 and 118-111. The unbeaten Frampton (19-0, 13 KO) became the first Northern Irishman to hold a world title in 18 years. Last year, he also relieved Martinez (31-5 23 KO) of the European title in nine rounds.

GOLF

Minjee Lee turns pro

Top-ranked amateur Minjee Lee turned professional yesterday, a day after leading Australia to the women’s world amateur team championship. The 18-year-old Lee, who shot a seven-under 65 to lead Australia’s comeback win on Saturday in Japan, made the announcement in a light-hearted video with Matthew Pavlich, captain of the Fremantle Australian Rules football team. She will make her first appearance as a professional at this week’s Evian Championship in France. Lee, who was born in Perth and is a member of the Royal Fremantle Golf Club, won the US Junior Girls’ Championship in 2012 and back-to-back Australian amateur championships last year and this year. She also received the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the No. 1 women’s amateur this year. Lee was the low amateur at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California in April in her first start in a major championship.

GOLF

Storm leads Masters

Graeme Storm of England fired a hole-in-one in his third round 6-under 64 to lead the European Masters in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Saturday. Storm’s 16-under total of 194 was one stroke clear of Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who shot 63 on the sunbathed, 6,848-yard Severiano Ballesteros course. Using a 6-iron in thin Swiss Alps air, Storm aced the 217-yard par-three 11th to win a car worth US$186,000. Brooks Koepka of the US trailed Storm by two after making double-bogey on the par-four 18th, his only dropped shots in a 66. Another American, David Lipsky, shot 66 to be three strokes off the lead in fourth. Ryder Cup rookie Jamie Donaldson of Wales was a further stroke back, losing the lead after triple- and double-bogeys on par-fours coming home.

RUGBY LEAGUE

Roosters finish first

With a little help from their friends in North Queensland, the defending champion Sydney Roosters finished in first place heading into the National Rugby League finals. The Roosters beat South Sydney 22-18 on Thursday, then waited on the outcome of the North Queensland Cowboys match against Manly, when the Sea Eagles could have moved into first place with a win. Instead, the Cowboys beat Manly 30-16, giving the Roosters the minor premiership.

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