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In Brief

Panionios wins first European battle Panionios won the first all-Greek battle in water polo’s LEN Trophy round of 16, as the Nea Smyrni club beat Vouliagmeni 9-7 away in the first leg of the knockout tie. The game was played at a neutral swimming pool in Piraeus, as the Vouliagmeni pool is open-air and is not approved by the European federation. The second leg is scheduled to take place on December 18 at Nea Smyrni. In its first game for the Euroleague, Europe’s top club competition, a disappointing Olympiakos lost 10-8 at Barcelona, arguably the weakest side in its group. The Reds had been leading 7-6 in the third period, but proved unable to hold on to their advantage. Coach Kazazis issues ultimatum to Greens Panathinaikos volleyball coach Stelios Kazazis has said he will quit tomorrow unless his club pays at least some of the money owed to players. The Greens are entering the Champions League tomorrow at 6 p.m., hosting Russian powerhouse Dinamo Moscow, but the players have missed several training sessions in protest at being forced to wait for money owed to them for up to 10 months, prompting Kazazis, who has personally tried to keep the team together, to issue his ultimatum. Handball surprise Diomidis Argous is the surprise new leader of the handball league after beating previous leader Filippos Verias 36-31 at home to take a two-point league at the top of the table after seven rounds of games. AEK rose to joint second place by beating Doukas 26-25 away. Gymnast favorite Floor exercise world champion Lefteris Kosmidis finished third at the World Cup event in Stuttgart yesterday, which makes him the favorite to win the trophy as he is the leader in the overall standings with one more event to go.