Sanchez wins Stage 13
Samuel Sanchez took advantage of a confused Mauricio Ardilla to win the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Apuero, Spain on Friday. Ardilla was leading near the end of the 193km stage when he stopped pedaling and began to celebrate after believing he had crossed the finish line. With a huge smile on his face, Sanchez shot forward and won the stage in 4 hours, 3 minutes, 40 seconds. Denis Menchov of Russia retained the overall lead after finishing in a tie for ninth. "It was an unforgivable mistake, one learns from those and I hope never to repeat it," Ardilla said. Oscar Pereiro took second, ahead of Ardilla in third. Defending champion Roberto Heras, who injured his left knee in a crash during the 12th stage, finished ninth.
The 21-stage tour ends on Sept. 18 in Madrid.
Shoemaker grabs gold
Jarrod Shoemaker of the US won the gold medal in Gomagori, Japan yesterday in the men's under-23 event at the Triathlon World Championships. Shoemaker clocked a total time of 1 hour, 52 minutes, 42 seconds to edge Daniil Sapunov of Kazakhstan with 1:53.06. France's Bertrand Boulch claimed the bronze medal in 1:53.24. In the women's under-23 race, Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand took the gold medal, posting a time of 2:03.08. Vedula Frintova of the Czech Republic was second in 2:03.41 while Nicola Spirig of Switzerland was third with a time of 2:05.39. The two-day event continues today with the men's and women's elite races.
Dutch rise to top in Worlds
Guillaume Elmont won the men's 81kg title and Edith Bosch the women's 70kg crown in Cairo, Egypt on Friday to earn the Netherlands its first gold medals at the 24th World Judo Championships. Elmont beat Abderahman Benamadi from Algeria in the men's title match, while Bosch prevailed over Gevrise Emane from France for the women's 70kg gold. Japan earned its second gold medal of the championship when Izumi Hiroshi overcame Ilias Iliadis from Greece in the men's 90kg division, while Frenchwoman Lucie Decosse beat Tanimoto Ayumi of Japan for women's 63kg title.
Faria Alam loses suit
A former Football Association secretary, who said she was fired because of an affair with England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, has lost a suit claiming sex discrimination and breach of contract. An employment court in London dismissed the claims by former model Faria Alam on Friday. "The Football Association has welcomed the decision of the employment tribunal in rejecting all claims from its former employee Faria Alam," the FA said in a brief statement. Alam had affairs with chief executive Mark Palios and Eriksson while working at the FA. The affairs prompted Palios' resignation last year, plunging the organization into crisis. Alam said she was sexually harassed by FA executive director David Davies while working as his personal assistant, and said Davies had sexually harassed other female employees.