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Team Handball Roundup

September 23, 2000

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ The only thing that Australia’s women’s handball team gave its fans to enjoy was a moving rendition of the national anthem.

The team led the crowd in song before the game and then got routed 39-10 Saturday by Austria _ eliminating the home team from medal contention.

``It was our last game and fourth in a row, but the players weren’t as fresh and missed a lot of opportunities,″ Australia coach Christoph Mecker said.

In other games, France edged Angola 29-27, Norway beat Brazil 30-16 and Hungary and Romania played to a 21-21 tie.

Austria (2-1-0), which opened with three unanswered goals, plays Pool B-leading Norway on Monday.

``It was a good training session,″ Austria’s Ausrele Fridrikas said.

Australia (0-4-0) could not stop Austria’s offense and the careless passing of the hosts caused 11 fastbreaks that goalkeepers Rina Bjarnason and Petra Besta could do little to stop.

``We will not have as many chances in the next games as we did in this one,″ said Austria coach Gunner Prokob, ``but we will be happy if we can maintain our game at this level.″

France 29, Angola 27

Angola’s hopes of reaching the quarterfinals are all but over. In a highly physical match that saw Angola’s Ivone Mufuca be carried off on a stretcher, France (1-2-0) reached the quarterfinals. Veronique Pecqueux-Rolland scored seven goals in eight attempts to down Angola (0-3-0).

Norway 30, Brazil 16

World-champion Norway (3-0-0) keeps rolling. The Norwegians scored eight unanswered goals against Brazil (1-2-0) late in the first half to jump out to an 11-goal lead by halftime.

Hungary 21, Romania 21

Hungary (2-1-1), the bronze medalist in Atlanta in 1996, played to a hard-fought Group A tie with Romania (1-1-1), which still is without injured star Carmen Ameriei, the top scorer at last year’s world championships.

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