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USA upsets Kiwis to
make Dubai 7s quarters
DUBAI---The United States beat
New Zealand for the first time in
the World Rugby Sevens series,
winning 14-12 yesterday to reach
the quarterfinals in the United
Arab Emirates on points differ-
New Zealand came from 5-0
down early to lead 12-7 just after
halftime and looked set to hold
out the Americans, who had to
win to jump over France and finish
second to the Kiwis in Pool C.
Perry Baker scored the opening
try and missed a second in the
second half when he couldn't hold
on to the ball after scooping it up
near the tryline. But in the last
minute, he beat two defenders on
the outside to level the score.
Madison Hughes made the con-
version from the left touchline for
the win, which moved the Amer-
icans ahead of France on points
difference by two.
The Americans' reward is to face
defending champion South Africa
in the quarterfinals today.
The others are Fiji vs Australia,
England vs Argentina, and New
Zealand vs Samoa.
South Africa took apart Samoa
33-7, Russia 45-0, and Scotland
26-12, with Seabelo Senatla scoring
six of their 16 tries.
Series champion Fiji was
impressive against Canada (63-14)
and Argentina (28-0), but blew a
14-0 halftime lead against Japan.
The Japanese stormed 17-14 ahead
with moments left, only to see
Fiji's Savenaca Rawaca score the
late 21-17 converted winner.
England and Australia reached
their pool-deciding final match of
the day unbeaten after wins over
Wales and Kenya, and England, a
four-time winner in Dubai, was
always in control in a 21-5 win.
SUN CITY---Henrik Stenson
made five birdies on his back nine
to shoot a five-under 67 yester-
day and take a one-shot lead after
the second round of the Nedbank
After bogeying three straight
holes before a two-hour rain delay,
the Swede came back out to pick
up five shots between the 11th and
17th holes for an 11-under total of
133.Jaco van Zyl of South Africa
was second after a 68, with Amer-
ican Robert Streb shooting the
best round of the day for a 66 to
sit another shot back in third.
"I was not on a good run before
the break," Stenson said. "I didn't
do too much wrong but managed
to string three bogeys in a row, so
at that time it was probably good
to have a break, and it really cooled
down afterward for the back nine."
Van Zyl, who shared the
overnight lead with Stenson,
birdied his first two holes after
the rain break to move to 10 under,
but could only par the last seven.
"It felt a little like a duel
between me and Henrik," Van Zyl
"I looked at the leaderboard and
I think we were two or three clear
of the rest of the field. I don't feel
that there's too much expectation,
so I'll go out over the weekend
and try and get a couple of low
ones in there." (AP)
Stenson takes 1-shot lead
in Nedbank Challenge
Pistorius now awaits sentencing
African authorities say they are
arranging for Oscar Pistorius
to appear in court soon follow-
ing his murder conviction for
killing girlfriend Reeva
Luvuyo Mfaku, spokesman for
the National Prosecuting
Authority, said yesterday that
the double-amputee Olympian,
currently under house arrest,
must appear in a trial court so
that a date for sentencing can
Mfaku says the court would
also address the issue of bail.
On Thursday, an appeals court
convicted the former track star
of murder, overturning the trial
court's manslaughter conviction.
Pistorius spent one year of a five-
year sentence in jail for the lesser
offense and then was put under
house arrest in October.
Pistorius shot Steenkamp in
his home on Valentine's Day
Oscar Pistorius...under house arrest
Rio 2016 organisers change
minds, will provide free air con
RIO DE JANEIRO---Throw away
the floor fans.
Rio de Janeiro Olympic organ-
isers have changed their minds and
said Thursday that athletes will
have free air conditioning in their
bedrooms at the athletes village.
The decision to have free air
conditioning comes after The
Associated Press reported this week
that about 10,000 Olympic ath-
letes would have to pay for it
because of budget cuts.
"The sports department found
a solution that could allow us to
have the air conditioning," said
Mario Andrada, the spokesman for
the 2016 Games. "So were buying
air conditioning for all the athletes'
bedrooms and social rooms."
Rio organisers are making severe
cuts to try to balance their oper-
ating budget of 7.4 billion reals
Andrada said they are cutting
"fat" that could reach 2 billion reals
(US$520 million), which is almost
30 per cent of the operating budg-
et.Andrada termed the reversal "an
evolution and not a change" in
planning for the Olympics, which
run August 5-21.
The decision will be welcomed,
and it's apparently a surprise to
Officials say the Olympic cuts
involve "back stage" elements
unseen on television or by ticket-
paying customers. This could
involve organisers buying cheaper
products and services, cutting sig-
nage, or using more temporary
The Games were to have 5,000
employees when they open on
August 5. That's been scaled back
by 500. (AP)
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots between Memphis
Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol (33) and forward Jeff Green during the second half
of their NBA match on Thursday in Memphis. AP PHOTO
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