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Alberta rink beats Korea at Winter Universiade

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TRENTINO, Italy -- Brendan Bottcher of Sherwood Park, Alta., and his rink from the University of Alberta continued their four-game winning streak at the 26th Winter Universiade by defeating Korea's Chang Min Kim 7-6 on Saturday.

Bottcher, with Michael Lizmore, Brad Thiessen, Karrick Martin and alternate Parker Konschuh, led 5-2 at the half-way point, but Kim scored three points in the seventh end to tie the game at 6-6.

Canada blanked the next two ends and scored the winning single in the tenth to remain at the top of the leaderboard, tied with Sweden's Oskar Eriksson with 4-0 records.

Canada will face Italy and Czech Republic, both with 1-3 records, today.

In women's curling, Laura Crocker and her Wilfrid Laurier University rink are still looking for a second win at the Winter Universiade curling tournament.

Crocker lost to Great Britain's Hannah Fleming 7-5 in Saturday morning action, before dropping an 8-5 decision to Anna Sidorova of Russia in the evening.

Canada's 1-4 record is tied with the U.S., and ahead of China and host Italy. Canada will face a winless China in their only game on Sunday.

Saunders hot at PGA West

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- PGA TOUR Canada member Steve Saunders took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, birdieing his final four holes on PGA West's TPC Stadium Course for a 5-under 67.

The 25-year-old Saunders, from Fort Collins, Colo., had a 17-under 199 after 54 holes in the six-day, 108-hole event that will determine player priority rankings for the Web.com Tour season.

"I was just pretty steady all day today and gave myself a lot of opportunities," Saunders said. "I made a 30-footer for birdie on 17 and then hit it in the fairway bunker on 18 and hit it to about 25 and made that one to finish with a flurry, which was cool."

Scotland's Jimmy Gunn and Scott Pinckney of Scottsdale, Ariz., were tied for second. Gunn had a 64, and Pinckney shot 67 -- both on the TPC Stadium Course.

Cam Burke of Kitchener, Ont., is seven shots back at 206. Albin Choi of Toronto is another shot back.

Devin Carrey of Surrey, B.C., Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., and Roger Sloan of Calgary are 11 shots back at 210.

Braehmer wins WBA title

NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany -- Germany's Juergen Braehmer unanimously outpointed Marcus Oliveira to take the vacant WBA world light heavyweight title on Saturday night.

The judges scored it 115-112, 117-110, 117-110 in favour of the 35-year-old Braehmer, a former WBO champion, who withstood a late barrage from the previously undefeated American in the last round to claim his second world title.

The title had been vacant since Kazakhstan's Beibut Shumenov was declared the WBA's "super" world light heavyweight champion.

Braehmer improved to 42-2 (31 KOs), while the 34-year-old Oliveira dropped to 25-1-1, (20 KOs).

The fight had a late start following a disagreement over which boxer should enter the ring first. Oliveira promoter Don King insisted his fighter went second as he had a higher ranking than Braehmer.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 15, 2013 B7

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