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SPORTS BRIEFS

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JUDO

Taiwan win gold medal

Taiwan’s Lien Chen-ling won a gold medal at the Judo Grand Prix Budapest on its opening day on Saturday. Lien earned the first spot in the women’s 57kg category, beating Viola Waechter of Germany, Marti Malloy of the US and Momo Tamaoki of Japan. A total of 263 male athletes and 148 female athletes from 67 countries are taking part in the sporting event being held in the Hungarian capital.

SOCCER

Blatter might stay: report

Sepp Blatter might seek to stay on as the president of FIFA, a Swiss newspaper quoted an anonymous source close to Blatter as saying yesterday. The report comes less than two weeks after Blatter resigned as head of the world soccer organization. The Schweiz am Sonntag newspaper said it had information that Blatter had received messages of support from African and Asian associations, asking him to rethink his decision to step down. Blatter was honored by the support and had not ruled out remaining in office, the anonymous source told the paper. Blatter said on June 2 he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation. Blatter’s renewed interest in the job was also a reason for the departure of Walter de Gregorio as FIFA’s director of communications, since he had argued for a completely new start and advised Blatter to go, the Swiss newspaper said.

RUGBY UNION

Stade Francais win Top 14

Stade Francais on Saturday claimed their first Top 14 title since 2007 when the boot of Morne Steyn earned a 12-6 victory over injury-hit Clermont Auvergne, who once again suffered finals heartbreak. Clermont, without key backs Wesley Fofana, Jonathan Davies and Noa Nakaitaci, have now lost 11 of their 12 French top-flight finals and also lost to Toulon in the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup final at Twickenham last month. Steyn kicked four penalties, while Camille Lopez and Brock James shared the points for Clermont.

TENNIS

Bencic, Giorgi reach final

Fourth-seeded Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic and Camila Giorgi, the Italian fifth seed, were to met in yesterday’s final of the ’s-Hertogenbosch grass-court tournament in the Netherlands. Bencic, the world No. 33, reached her second career final with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Serb second seed Jelena Jankovic. Giorgi, like Bencic, seeking a first title, knocked out home hope Kiki Bertens, 6-2, 6-4. In the men’s event, French qualifier Nicolas Mahut defeated Dutchman Robin Haase, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Mahut, 33, faced David Goffin of Belgium for the title after the second seed beat Luxemburg’s Gilles Muller 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.

FIELD HOCKEY

Great Britain upset Australia

Great Britain upset the odds in spectacular fashion to beat world champions Australia for the first time since 1998 with a 3-1 victory in a one-off Test in London on Saturday. Sam Ward, Alastair Brogdon and Iain Lewers were all on target for the hosts at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in east London. Jamie Dwyer equalized following Ward’s seventh-minute opener, but Australia could not make the most of an ensuing spell of dominance. Brogdon restored Britain’s lead in the 38th minute and Ward hit the post a minute later. Britain’s victory was assured seven minutes from time when Lewers powered in a shot, via the facemask of goalkeeper Tyler Lovell, from a penalty corner rebound.

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