Gomez, Tucker win titles
Spain’s Javier Gomez and Great Britain’s Helen Tucker braved cool and damp weather to win the elite men’s and women’s world triathlon titles on Sunday. Gomez broke away on the run to win the men’s race in one hour, 49 minutes and 48 seconds, finishing 24 seconds ahead of Athens Olympics silver medalist Bevan Docherty of New Zealand. Reto Hug of Switzerland was third. The triathletes had to contend with unseasonably cool and damp weather in Vancouver on Canada’s Pacific coast. The water for the swim was about 11°C. Tucker, a surprise winner, took the women’s race in two hours, one minute and 37 seconds, edging out the US’ Sarah Haskins by just 3.7 seconds.
Cuban player defects to US
A top Cuban baseball player has defected to the US in the latest move by a promising young athlete to abandon the communist-ruled island. Dayan Viciedo, a hard-hitting, 19-year-old third baseman from Cuba’s central Villa Clara Province, left his homeland late last month and has settled in south Florida, local media said on Sunday. El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language edition of the Miami Herald, was the first to report the defection of Viciedo, who started playing baseball in the Cuban majors when he was just 15. A report on the newspaper’s Web site said Viciedo was considered one of the most well-rounded players ever to emerge from Cuba’s national teams. Viciedo left Cuba on a boat bound for Mexico on May 20 accompanied by his family. Several days later he crossed the border from Mexico and traveled to Miami, Florida, to reunite with friends and relatives, El Nuevo Herald said.
Pedrosa thrills home crowd
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa gave the home crowd a first-class display on Sunday, riding his Honda over the finish line to victory in the Catalunya leg of the MotoGP world championship in Barcelona, Spain. Pedrosa took an early lead on the track which is only 20km from his home and finished well ahead of Italy’s Valentino Rossi, who dominated a tight battle for second with Australia’s reigning world champion Casey Stoner. “I’m very happy. I’d like to thank my supporters for giving me a big boost,” Pedrosa said. “I don’t know where the pace came from. It was a fantastic race, amazing to win. I won in 125cc and 250cc here, so now to win in MotoGP is great,” he said. The omens were good for the Spaniard after he clocked up fast practice times on Saturday, starting the race second on the grid. “The other two [Rossi and Stoner] were pushing hard. I went to a different setting than yesterday, and it worked,” he said.
Pakistan beat Bangladesh
Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz shared six wickets to script Pakistan’s emphatic 70-run victory over Bangladesh in the opening match of a triangular one-day series in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday. Leg-spinner Afridi finished with 3-19 off eight tight overs and left-arm seamer Riaz with 3-22 as Pakistan restricted Bangladesh to 163-8 after scoring 233 in a match reduced to 40-overs-a-side due to rain. It was Pakistan’s 12th successive win in one-day internationals. Pakistan were indebted to left-handed opener Salman Butt (70) and Mohammad Yousuf (59) for setting a challenging target after being put in to bat. Afridi and Riaz virtually reduced the day-night match to a no-contest when they shared the first five wickets to send the hosts reeling at 98-5 in the 27th over.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7