SPORTS

In Brief

Volleyball Panathinaikos beat archrival Olympiakos 3-0 yesterday to clinch the Greek volleyball championship after eight years. It was the fourth leg of a best-of-five playoff series which Panathinaikos won 3-1. (AP) Swimming Greek swimmers at an international swimming meeting in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, picked up three medals over the weekend- gold, silver and bronze. Yiannis Drymonakos won two of the three medals, gold in the men’s 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:59.65, and bronze in the backstroke with 2:06.14. Teammate Yiannis Kokkodis won silver in the same event with a time of 2:05.67. The Dutch team set a new world record in the 4×50 meter men’s freestyle with a 1:28.34 performance. Soccer AEK drew 2-2 with crosstown Panathinaikos away in the first of a two-leg cup semifinal game Saturday. Down to 10 men for all of the second half – and nine in the dying minutes of the game – AEK now enjoys the advantage of two important away goals for the return match on April 7. The winner will play the victor of the other semifinal to be played in April between defending first-division champions Olympiakos and third-division Kastoria. (AP) Handball The men’s and women’s groups of the handball tournament at the 2004 Olympics were determined following a draw made in Athens this weekend: Men – Group A: South Korea, Slovenia, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Iceland; Group B: Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, France, Germany, Greece; Women – Group A: Brazil, China, Ukraine, Hungary, Greece; Group B: Angola, Denmark, South Korea, France, Spain. (AFP)