FUKUOKA: Defending champion Brazil beat Greece 25-19, 25-18, 25-16 on Saturday to stay unbeaten in the men's volleyball world championships.

Also in Group B, France improved to 2-0 after a hard-fought, four-sets win over Australia. Franz Granvorka, who was instrumental in his team's 3-1 victory over Greece a day earlier, had 23 points to lead France to the 25-23, 30-28, 24-26, 26-24 win.

The results: Pool A: Poland bt Argentina 25-21, 25-22, 25-22; Egypt bt Puerto Rico 27-29, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-12; China bt Japan 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13.

Pool B: Brazil bt Greece 25-19, 25-18, 25-16; France bt Australia 25-23, 30-28, 24-26, 26-24; Germany bt Cuba 25-14, 25-23, 25-20.

Pool C: Venezuela bt Iran 25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 25-20; Italy bt Czech Republic 25-22, 25-19, 25-23; Bulgaria bt U.S. 30-28, 25-22, 25-21.

Pool D: Russia bt Tunisia 25-15, 29-27, 25-20; Serbia-Montenegro bt Kazakhstan 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22; Canada bt South Korea 26-28, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23. Agencies

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