Moreau wins Dauphine
Christophe Moreau of France won the Dauphine Libere on Sunday, beating out Cadel Evans of Australia by 14 seconds overall. Moreau, the 2001 champion riding for A2R, maintained his advantage over Evans from Saturday's penultimate stage. Andrey Kashechkin of Kazakhstan was third overall, 1 minute 27 seconds behind Moreau. Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan won the final stage, a 129km trek from Valloire to Annecy in the southern Alps. Oscar Sio Pereiro of Spain was second, 37 seconds back, followed by Evans in the same time.
Ziegler smashes record time
The US' Kate Ziegler broke swimming's oldest world record, shattering the 1,500m freestyle mark by over 9 seconds on Sunday night. Ziegler won the race at the TYR Meet of Champions in 15 minutes, 42.54 seconds, easily erasing Janet Evans' 1988 mark of 15:52.10 set in Orlando, Florida. At the time, Evans was the first woman to break 16 minutes. "It was pretty spectacular," said Mark Schubert, national team coach and general manager of USA Swimming. "Kate was delighted when she looked at the scoreboard. She practically jumped out of the pool." It was Ziegler's fourth victory at the meet, having already won the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyles.
Aussie Bayliss wins twice
Defending champion Troy Bayliss of Australia won both races of the World Superbike championships on Sunday and moved into second place in the title race. James Toseland of Britain maintained the overall lead with 260 points. In the first race, Noriyuki Haga of Japan led from the ninth lap until Bayliss passed him on lap 20. Two laps later, Max Biaggi of Italy challenged Haga for second and the two collided and crashed out of the race. Bayliss led the second race from the start. Haga came in second and Biaggi was third. Yukio Kagayama of Japan was fourth. Toseland had held fourth place, but slipped back after Biaggi and Kagayama challenged him. He ended up in sixth, just after Troy Corser.
Zabel wins in Lucerne
Erik Zabel won a sprint to the finish on Sunday to win the second stage of the Tour de Suisse, and Fabian Cancellara kept the leader's yellow jersey by finishing third. Zabel completed the 157km stage from Olten to Lucerne in 4 hours, 4 minutes, 57 seconds. Daniele Bennati of Italy, who finished second in Saturday's time trial, was second again. "With two big climbs in the final kilometers, the stage was quite difficult," Zabel said. "And it could have ended differently. The final stretch was close." In the final kilometer, Greg Rast of Switzerland skidded out of control on a left-hand turn and brought down several other riders with him, though the front 10 racers escaped.
Chavez issues cup warning
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned on Sunday that government opponents were planning to interrupt the Copa America by staging street protests and possible transportation strikes. Chavez urged authorities -- including the armed forces and state intelligence services -- to neutralize any effort aimed at disrupting the tournament, which is being hosted in Venezuela for the first time from June 26 to July 15. "This plan continues developing. We are defeating it, but they are not going to give up," said Chavez, speaking during his weekly radio and television program.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on