Sport in brief: 12/10/09

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Twell impressed by 'effortless' running of Edinburgh victor Masai

Kenyan Linet Masai took first place and Ethiopian Mestewat Tufa second in Saturday's women's 5.6km race at the Bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross-Country meeting. The 19-year-old Briton Steph Twell was pipped in the battle for third place as the second Kenyan, Viola Kibiwatt got away from her. Twell finished two seconds down on Kibiwott and three on Tufa but 14 behind Masai. "She's an effortless runner and she's got an amazing amount of talent," Twell said of the winner. "She's someone I'm looking to be racing throughout my career. The more I race her, the less I'll be fazed when she puts in an injection of pace."

Warner thumps fast 50 to lead Australia to Twenty20 victory

Newcomer David Warner hit the second-fastest Twenty20 international half-century ever as a new-look Australia side beat South Africa by 52 runs at the MCG yesterday. Warner, who is yet to make his first-class debut, smashed 89 off only 43 balls, spearheading Australia's 182 for 9 before the Proteas were dismissed for 130. The visitors were unable to recover after losing wickets in each of their opening three overs as Australia bounced back from their 2-1 defeat in the recent Test series.

Stover's late field goal sends Ravens through to championship game

Matt Stover scored a 43-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining to give the Baltimore Ravens a 13-10 away victory over the Tennessee Titans in their AFC divisional round play-off on Saturday. The Ravens advance to the AFC Championship, where they will face the winner of last night's game between San Diego and Pittsburgh for a place in the Super Bowl. Tennessee took the lead through Chris Johnson, who ran eight yards for a touchdown but suffered an injury and could not continue. His absence proved a major blow for the Titans, who were unable to penetrate despite dominating.

Hansen holes birdie at the last to pip McLardy and win Joburg Open

Anders Hansen held his nerve on the final hole of the Joburg Open to claim a birdie and win the title from Andrew McLardy yesterday. The Dane was level at 14-under going into the par-five 18th hole.

He missed an eagle chance, but made birdie from three feet to finish on 15-under 269 and see off South African McLardy, who blew several chances to pick up shots over the closing holes.

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