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AGENCIES

■CYCLING

Moncoutie wins stage

Controversial Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde stayed on course to win the Dauphine Libere race after Frenchman David Moncoutie won the seventh and penultimate stage of the race on Saturday. Moncoutie beat Dutchman Robert Gesink by around 40 seconds while former yellow jersey wearer Cadel Evans was third. Valverde, who faces a worldwide doping ban if cycling’s world ruling body the UCI acts upon evidence yet to be delivered by the Italian sporting authorities, finished alongside Evans, some 15 seconds ahead of compatriot and 2007 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador.

■CYCLING

Cancellara returns to form

Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara returned to form to win the opening stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday. The Swiss rider clocked 9 minutes, 21 seconds in a 7.8km time trial over flat terrain in neighboring Liechtenstein. Roman Kreuziger of the Czech Republic was 19 seconds behind and Germany’s Andreas Kloeden trailed Cancellara by 21 seconds in third place. George Hincapie of the US was a further three seconds back as Team Columbia-Highroad riders filled the placings from fourth to seventh. Cancellara was claiming just his second stage victory of the season, after winning the Tour of California prologue in February. He pulled out of that race the next day with flu and has been slowed by shoulder injuries since.

■SOCCER

Trio reach top flight

Tenerife, Xerez and Zaragoza earned promotion to Spain’s topflight division on Saturday. Xerez’s 2-1 victory over Huesca assured its first promotion in the club’s 62-year history, while Tenerife beat Girona 1-0 to return after seven years. Zaragoza’s 3-1 victory over Cordoba saw them return after only one season in the second division. One round still remains in the second division, but fourth-place Hercules are five points behind Zaragoza and four behind Tenerife and Xerez. The three clubs replace Real Betis, Recreativo Huelva and Numancia next season. Alaves, who lost the UEFA Cup final to Liverpool in 2001, were relegated to the third division.

■SOCCER

Cahill booted out of club

Australian international Tim Cahill was kicked out of a Sydney nightclub after a drunken fracas, reports said yesterday. Newspapers said the Everton player was told to leave the nightspot on Friday because of his drunken state. Several witnesses told the Sunday Telegraph Cahill got into an altercation at the club when he was advised to leave because he was “so drunk he couldn’t even stand up.” But Football Federation Australia (FFA) said it investigated the allegations and found them untrue. “FFA has made inquiries of Tim, the other players and their partners who were present and venue management,” an FFA statement said yesterday. “FFA is satisfied that the allegation is untrue. FFA understands that Tim left the premises when asked to do so when it was closing, along with all other patrons.” According to newspaper accounts, Cahill became angry when he was refused service by bar staff and became involved in an argument which escalated into a physical “push and shove” with club security before he was shown the door. “He then got outside where it was about 10 of them, including other players and about five security,” one witness told the Sunday Telegraph. “They were fired up and looked like they wanted to go on with it, but then they jumped in a car and got out of there.”

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