Sport Briefs

Steve Webster. Agencies

Tue, Sep 24, 2013 - Page 18

BASKETBALL

France claim Euro title

France won their first major basketball title by beating Lithuania 80-66 in the European Championship final on Sunday, despite Tony Parker having an uncharacteristically quiet game. Lithuania shut down Parker, but could not handle his teammates, who provided the big shots when France needed them. France broke open a close game by finishing the third quarter with a 14-0 run that kept Lithuania scoreless for four minutes. France’s lead grew to 22 points with three minutes remaining in the third and Lithuania never came close to a comeback. Nicolas Batum had 17 points and Boris Diaw added 15, while Linas Kleiza led Lithuania with 20. Parker finished with 12 points, but his scoring and leadership during the run to the final earned him the tournament’s MVP award. Earlier on Sunday, Spain beat Croatia 92-66 to get the bronze medal.

BASEBALL

Bees kill buzz at AL game

A swarm of bees interrupted Sunday’s American League game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners before being blasted by a fire extinguisher and dispersed. The game, which the Mariners won 3-2, was halted twice because of the bees, including a 23-minute delay in the third inning. The bees mostly hovered in the outfield, but also affected the pitchers. Action was again stopped briefly in the fourth when outfielders had to swat them away. “I’ve never seen bees like that,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

SOCCER

Riot ends Istanbul derby

The high-profile Istanbul derby between bitter rivals Galatasaray and Besiktas was abandoned on Sunday when fans invaded the pitch, throwing seats at tear gas-firing police. There were just two minutes left when supporters of Besiktas, who were losing 2-1 at the time, clashed with police, NTV television reported. Fighting began after Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo was red-carded in the second minute of injury-time. Fans chanted: “Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance,” referring to a well-known slogan of the protests over Taksim Gezi Park that rocked Turkey in June.

SAILING

Oracle make Cup comeback

A formidable Oracle Team USA are making an America’s Cup comeback against Emirates Team New Zealand that last week looked all but impossible. The team won Sunday’s two scheduled races on San Francisco Bay, refusing to give up the one final victory the Kiwis need to take the Cup. Oracle now need to win another four races against New Zealand, which have lost four in a row since their last victory on Wednesday last week. “We are going to get more out of the old girl,” Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill said. “We worked very, very hard last night and found some extra wheels.” New Zealand’s advantage over Oracle has fallen to 8-5 in the best-of-17 series. Last week, Oracle had just one point. Racing will continue until there is a winner.

GOLF

Quesne wins Italian Open

France’s Julien Quesne clinched his second European Tour title on Sunday when he won the Italian Open by one shot despite starting the final round four shots off the pace. The 33-year-old went through the back nine in 31, picking up birdies at the 10th, 11th and 15th holes. He then chipped in from short of the 17th green and putted from six feet for another birdie on the last to complete a closing 67. That gave him a 12-under-par total and a one-shot win over Ireland’s David Higgins and England’s