Crashes mar a windy, nervous 5th Tour stage

Crashes mar a windy, nervous 5th Tour stage


CAP FREHEL, France — Britain’s Mark Cavendish avoided the crashes that littered the Tour de France on Wednesday to win Stage 5, while Alberto Contador and some other top riders were left to pick asphalt from wounds after a difficult ride on Brittany’s narrow, wind-swept roads.

Cavendish skirted the trouble and again showed that he’s one of the world’s top sprinters by leading a frenzied mass dash to the finish.

Gritting it out through pain of bruises, scrapes or broken bones, defending champion Contador and most of the other crash victims bounced back to finish the 164-kilometer (102-mile) trek from Carhaix to Cap Frehel along the rocky western French shores on the English Channel.

The top of the standings didn’t change. Thor Hushovd of Norway kept the yellow jersey for a fourth day, with a one-second lead over Cadel Evans of Australia. Frank Schleck of Luxembourg is third, four seconds back.

SKorea’s Pyeongchang awarded 2018 Winter Olympics

SKorea’s Pyeongchang awarded 2018 Winter Olympics

DURBAN, South Africa — The South Korean city of Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics on Wednesday after failing in two previous attempts.

Pyeongchang defeated rivals Munich and Annecy, France, in the first round of a secret ballot of the International Olympic Committee.

Needing 48 votes for victory, Pyeongchang received 63 of the 95 votes cast. Munich received 25 and Annecy seven.

The Koreans had lost narrowly in previous bids for the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.

Pyeongchang will be the first city in Asia outside Japan to host the Winter Games. Japan held the games in Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998.

Korean delegates erupted in cheers in the conference hall after IOC President Jacques Rogge opened a sealed envelope and read the words: “The International Olympic Committee has the honor of announcing that the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in 2018 are awarded to the city of Pyeongchang.”

Fighter to beat me not yet born, says Mayweather

Fighter to beat me not yet born, says Mayweather

FLOYD Mayweather Jr. is convinced the fighter who is destined to beat him in the ring has not yet been born. Or maybe he won’t even come.

In another obvious dig against nemesis Manny Pacquiao, the unbeaten five-time world champion said that unlike the Filipino, who already has three losses in his fight record, he still has to suffer his first defeat.

“There is no remedy on how to beat Floyd Mayweather yet,” said Floyd Jr. to

In typical Mayweather bravado, Floyd Jr., who sports an unblemished card of 41-0 (25 knockouts), then made the ultimate challenge of naming an athlete in the world, be it in boxing or not, who remained unbeaten in a long stretch of time just like the way he did.

Jeter back with Yankees eyeing 3,000 hits

Jeter back with Yankees eyeing 3,000 hits

CLEVELAND — On a tradition-filled day, Derek Jeter is back playing shortstop and batting leadoff for the New York Yankees.

It doesn’t get much more fireworks and hot dogs than that.

Sidelined since June 13 with a calf injury, Jeter was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday to continue his quest to reach 3,000 career hits. Jeter is batting first and playing short in manager Joe Girardi’s starting lineup as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Indians.

“It feels great to be back,” Jeter said. “To be out three weeks is tough when you want to be out there playing. But in retrospect, it was probably the right thing to do.”

Girardi didn’t hesitate writing Jeter’s name at the top of his lineup card.

“It’s easy to put him back in there. It’s like he never left,” Girardi said. “You just put him right back in there.”

The Yankees’ captain, named to his 12th All-Star team Sunday, needs six more hits to become the 28th major leaguer to reach 3,000. Although he has struggled this season, batting just .260 in 62 games, Jeter is also just a few swings from becoming the first player in New York’s storied history to eclipse 3,000 — a distinction that would separate the 37-year-old from all previous pinstriped greats.

Ilonggo SPED student wins Olympic medals

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NegOcc bids for 2013 Palaro hosting

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Patrombon hopes to spark PHL campaign vs Kiwis

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Federer says Djokovic deserves No. 1 ranking

Federer says Djokovic deserves No. 1 ranking

BERN, Switzerland — Roger Federer says it’s good for tennis that Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon and became the top-ranked player.

The only player who has beaten him this year said Tuesday that Djokovic has earned his success after compiling a 48-1 record in 2011.

“He deserves to become No. 1 after an immense start to the year,” said Federer, who defeated the 24-year-old Serb in the French Open semifinals. “When you lose so rarely, your confidence carries you a long way.”

The third-ranked Federer said it wasn’t a big surprise that Djokovic dethroned Rafael Nadal after having beaten the former top-ranked Spaniard in four previous finals in 2011.

“And he’s proved before at Wimbledon that he can play on grass,” said Federer, a few days before the start to Switzerland’s Davis Cup match against Portugal. “It’s good for tennis that it happened.”

Despite Sunday’s final promising to write a significant chapter in tennis history, the six-time Wimbledon champion did not watch it at home in Switzerland.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch the final, but for sure it was being played at a very high level,” he said.

European football clubs hunt for Asian bargains

European football clubs hunt for Asian bargains

EUROPE’S wealthy football clubs are sniffing around the hottest young talent in Asia as they scour the worldwide transfer market for prospects that will not break the bank.

With many top sides baulking at hugely inflated prices for European players, clubs are realising there are still plenty of bargains to be had in Asia, which remains largely untapped despite some high-profile exports.

The success of Park Ji-Sung at Manchester United and Shinji Kagawa at Borussia Dortmund, and Japanese star Keisuke Honda’s exploits at CSKA Moscow have convinced European clubs that Asians can deliver.

Players from Asian champions Japan and South Korea, which boast the region’s strongest domestic leagues, have inevitably been attracting the most interest from European suitors.

Last week, Bayern Munich snapped up Japanese starlet Takashi Usami, 19, on a one-year loan deal from J-League side Gamba Osaka with a view to a permanent deal.

The attacking midfielder-cum-striker won the J-League Young Player of the Year award last season, when he scored seven goals in 26 league matches.

“We have been watching him. He is very talented and has great attacking skills. We will give him the time to get used to life at Bayern,” said Christian Nerlinger, director of sport for the Bavarian giants.

Evans wins 4th Tour de France stage

Evans wins 4th Tour de France stage

STAGE winner Cadel Evans of Australia (right) and three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain (left with raised arm) look at each other as they cross the finish line of the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 172.5 kilometers (107.2 miles) starting in Lorient and finishing in Mur de Bretagne, Brittany, western France, Tuesday.

MUR-DE-BRETAGNE, France — Cadel Evans edged defending champion Alberto Contador in a photo finish Tuesday to win the fourth stage of the Tour de France, and Thor Hushovd retained the overall lead.

The mostly flat 172.5-kilometer (107-mile) course from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne with a short, steep uphill finish epitomized two race aspects so far: Evans has been nearly flawless, and Contador — who hasn’t — can never be ruled out.

The nail-biting finale was so close that Contador raised a fist to celebrate what the three-time Tour champ believed was his victory, but a photograph at the line showed Evans, an Australian two-time runner-up, had won.

Still, the ride left little doubt that Contador, who has faced a series of early setbacks already, is in shape to compete. With his second-place finish, he regained several seconds against other some likely title contenders.

Injured Tiger Woods to miss British Open


Injured Tiger Woods to miss British Open

NEW YORK – Tiger Woods has pulled out of next week’s British Open because of ongoing problems with his left leg, the former world number one said on Tuesday, meaning he will miss a second straight major.

The American hurt his knee and Achilles tendon during the U.S. Masters in April.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been advised that I should not play in the British Open,” the 14-times major winner said in a statement.

“As I stated at the AT&T National, I am only going to come back when I’m 100 percent ready. I do not want to risk further injury.

“That’s different for me, but I’m being smarter this time. I’m very disappointed and want to express my regrets to the British Open fans.”

Woods is now ranked 17th in the world and has played just nine competitive holes since the Masters, at the Players Championship in Florida two months ago.

He had been wearing a protective boot in the hope of being able to take his place in the majors but has since withdrawn from the U.S. Open, the AT&T — which is his own personal tournament — and now the British Open.