Sport in Brief: 01/02/2009

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Pengilly breaks new ground for Britain

Adam Pengilly won Great Britain's second silver medal of the Skeleton World Championships in Lake Placid, 24 hours after Amy Williams took silver in the women's competition. It is the first time Britain have won two medals at a World Championships.

Pengilly was down in 15th place after the first run but had climbed to first in the second run on Friday, only to see it declared void due to heavy rain. But he was ninth after the third run, then produced the fastest run of the competition, 54.78sec, to go top. Only Gregor Staehli of Switzerland could overhaul him in the final round. World champion Kristan Bromley was 14th and Ant Sawyer 18th.

Penalty areas monitored

Fifa have decided to experiment with extra match officials to monitor the penalty areas in one of Europe's leagues next season but rejected the proposal for a sin-bin for players who receive a yellow card. In Belfast the world governing body revealed that French and Italian second-tier leagues were prepared to use extra linesmen at each end of the pitch to help alert referees to fouls or diving.

Goulding gets French job

The former St Helens and Great Britain scrum-half Bobbie Goulding has been appointed to succeed John Monie as the coach of France. The 37-year-old's coaching experience is limited to two short spells at Rochdale. His first game in charge is against England in Paris on 13 June.

Djokovic wins in desert

Novak Djokovic beat David Ferrer 7-5 6-3 yesterday to win the Dubai Championship. The Serb dropped eight points in a row when serving for the first set at 5-3, then won eight of the next nine points to take the set. He went 4-1 up in the second before being hauled back to 4-3, but a double-fault by the Spaniard allowed the top seed to serve out the match.

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