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TENNIS

Siegemund defeats Flipkens

Laura Siegemund of Germany on Thursday defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Luxembourg Open. Siegemund only qualified for the main draw as a “lucky loser” in qualifying, and advanced to the second round when top seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland pulled out injured during their first-round encounter late on Wednesday. In a quarter-final yesterday, Siegemund was scheduled to play another Swiss, Stefanie Voegele, who defeated Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). Seventh-seeded Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic beat Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-2, 7-5.

GOLF

Hearn shares Shriners lead

Canada’s David Hearn and the US’ Michael Thompson and Mark Hubbard on Thursday each fired seven-under-par 64 to share the lead in the darkness-halted first round of the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. The US’ Tyler Aldridge, level with the leaders at seven-under through 16 holes, was among 13 players unable to complete the opening round due to darkness and was scheduled to finish round one yesterday. Like the others clustered atop the leaderboard, he was seeking his first PGA title at TPC at Summerlin. Hubbard, trying to become the first alternate entrant to win a PGA event since 2013, made back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 and a 30-foot birdie at the par-five 16th before a bogey at 17 dropped him into only a share of the lead. “I’m just happy to get in this week,” Hubbard said. “My game has been good. I’ve been waiting for the scores to match. It’s perfect conditions. Greens are soft and pins aren’t too tough.”

SOCCER

Champagne files for election

Jerome Champagne said he has filed papers to enter the FIFA presidential election. Champagne, who previously served as FIFA director of international relations, told reporters: “I sent my application letter and eight nomination letters to FIFA on Monday night.” The former French diplomat’s manifesto plans to modernize how FIFA is run, cut European places at FIFA and the World Cup, as well as trial use of video review to help referees. Champagne did not get nominated for the previous election, won in May by his ally, Sepp Blatter. He now joins Michel Platini, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and David Nakhid in meeting Monday’s deadline to enter the Feb. 26 poll. More contenders are expected. Platini, who helped force Champagne’s FIFA exit in 2010, is unlikely to be accepted as a candidate.

SOCCER

Oceania body rejects appeal

The Oceania Football Confederation has rejected New Zealand’s appeal against disqualification from the region’s Olympic qualifying tournament for using an ineligible player. New Zealand’s under-23 team was ejected from the tournament in Papua New Guinea in July after its semi-final opponents, Vanuatu, protested that South African-born defender Deklan Wynne did not meet FIFA eligibility regulations. Vanuatu was awarded New Zealand’s place in the tournament final, which it lost to Fiji, who are to represent Oceania at the Olympics in Rio de Janiero next year. Wynne, 20, was declared ineligible for New Zealand because he did not meet FIFA’s requirement of having lived in an adoptive nation for five years. He moved to New Zealand with his family at the age of 14 and does not become eligible for New Zealand until 2018.

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