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Hiroshima win Japan's Super Cup
Japan international Hisato Sato scored a late equalizer and struck home the deciding penalty to give Sanfrecce Hiroshima a 4-3 Super Cup win over league champions Kashima Antlers in a shootout yesterday.
Hiroshima, who were relegated to the second division last season, had come from 2-0 down to stage a late surge, scoring twice in the last five minutes to send the match into penalties.
With the shoot-out balanced at 3-3, striker Sato saw his attempt saved by the Antlers' Hitoshi Sogahata but was given the chance to make amends when the 'keeper was adjudged to have moved before the ball was kicked.
Speaking afterwards Sato said: "I poured my soul into the shot.
England centuries
Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell both scored centuries for England in their drawn practice match against a New Zealand Invitational XI yesterday.
Strauss retired on 104 and Bell finished 104 not out as England made amends for their dismal first innings total of 131 by making 325 for seven in their second knock.
The match was abandoned at tea on the third and final day at Dunedin's University Oval because of rain with neither side in a position to push for a win.
Ochoa takes lead
World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa fired five birdies yesterday to extend her lead in the HSBC Women's Champions to eight strokes.
The Mexican star shot a 3-under 69 for a 16-under total, putting her eight strokes clear of Paula Creamer and Annika Sorenstam in shared second, with Karrie Webb a stroke further back going into the final round.
Bayliss fastest
Former two-time world Superbikes champion Troy Bayliss of Australia overcame a crash in the second qualifying session and won the Superpole for today's two races at the Phillip Island circuit.
The veteran Australian's Ducati slid off the track at turn 11, two minutes before the end of the second qualifying session. The 38-year-old Bayliss was checked into the medical center but was released, suffering only minor bruising.
Later, Bayliss was the fastest in the Superpole to determine grid positions for today's races, finishing in 1 minute, 31.493 seconds.


Updated : 2021-03-02 06:20 GMT+08:00