McEwen takes Tour stage
Australian Robbie McEwen, riding for the Predictor team, won Saturday's third stage of the Tour of Benelux in a sprint finish ahead of Italian Francesco Chicchi and Thor Hushovd of Norway. Belgian Nick Nuyens, of the Cofidis team, finished in the main peloton to keep the leader's red jersey. Despite his stage victory, McEwen expressed anger at his team's decision not to enter him in the Tour of Spain. "I was not ready to race this Tour of Benelux," he protested. "I would have preferred to do the Vuelta [which starts on Saturday]. I'm angry but I'm a professional and I always race to win."
■ Rugby Union
Japan star out of World Cup
Japan's main attacking threat Daisuke Ohata has been forced out of next month's rugby World Cup after rupturing his Achilles tendon, officials said yesterday. The winger, who has scored a world record 69 test tries, limped out of Japan's 15-13 win over Portugal in Lisbon on Saturday clutching his left foot. "It's his left Achilles tendon and it looks like he won't be taking part in the World Cup," the Japan Rugby Football Union said.
Veteran coach quits
Veteran French coach Guy Roux, who spent more than 40 years working with Auxerre, quit as Lens boss on Saturday after just four games The 68-year-old Roux's decision to leave comes with Lens struggling three places off the bottom of the French league with just two points and without a win after four games. "It is without doubt the end of my career," said a tearful Roux who had told club president Gervais Martel of his desire to leave last week. "It is more honest to leave now but I hope that Lens will win lots of matches this season." Roux insisted that the precarious position of Lens was not the only reason for his departure. There were also health concerns for a man who underwent a heart bypass six years ago. Roux has taken charge of 894 matches as a coach in his French league career, 890 of those with Auxerre.
Fans go on rampage
About 200 Cambodian fans rioted after the kingdom's youth team failed to score in the second half of an Asian championship match, smashing cars and throwing bottles, officials said yesterday. The riot broke out late on Saturday in Phnom Penh, but ended quickly after police fired a warning shot into the air, Sao Sokha, president of the Football Federation of Cambodia said. While Cambodia beat Brunei 2-0, local fans got angry when their players were shut out in the second half, said Sao Sokha. "Fans accused Cambodian players of not trying hard enough in the second half," he said.
■ Rugby Union
Pumas pummel Belgians
Argentina beat a Belgium XV 36-8 on Saturday in their last World Cup warm-up match. The Belgians called in four French players to help stave off potential humiliation with Francis N'Tamack, Aubin Hueber, Cedric Desbrosses and Yann Delaigue as reinforcements. But Argentina were in front after 11 minutes with a try from Hernan Maria Nunez Piossek which Felipe Contepomi converted to make the score 7-0. Martin Schusterman added the second try with Contepomi again adding the extra points but the Belgians made the score 14-5 at the interval when Alan Williams crossed for a try. Argentina stepped up their game after the break with Horacio Agulla, Manuel Contepomi and Hernan Senillosa adding to the total.