Impey takes Basque stage
South African cyclist Daryl Impey was a surprise winner of the second stage of the Tour of Basque Country on Tuesday and Jose Joaquin Rojas of Spain maintained the overall lead. Impey completed the mountainous 166km ride in wet and cold conditions in 4 hours, 10 minutes, 7 seconds, finishing just ahead of Allan Davis of Australia and Davide Appollonio of Italy. Rojas was next and has an overall time of 8:07:51, the same as the 91 other cyclists in the race.
Britain set world record
Britain set a world record to win the men’s team pursuit title at the track world cycling championships in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday. Edward Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Andrew Tennant and Geraint Thomas’ time of 3 minutes, 53.295 seconds at the Hisense Arena eclipsed the previous mark of 3:53.314 set by Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Artificial turf opposed
Denmark’s players have given a resounding thumbs down to playing on artificial turf and criticized a club with plans to introduce it next season. A survey carried out by the Danish players’ union, Spillerforeningen, showed 96 percent of respondents would prefer to see clubs invest in natural grass rather than artificial pitches. The survey results were published on the Web site of international players’ union FIFPro. “The Superliga players speak jointly and with a clear voice. They do not want to play on artificial turf,” union director Mads Oland told FIFPro. Eighty-three percent of Danish players believe the game changes fundamentally when played on artificial turf, with Oland citing the speed and bounce of the ball, and the lack of sliding tackles as being major differences.
Macho Camacho charged
Former boxing champ Hector “Macho” Camacho was charged with child abuse for allegedly slamming his son into a floor at his ex-wife’s home in Florida last year, police said on Tuesday. “He turned himself in to the Orange County Jail on Monday, posted [US]$5,000 bond and was released,” said Ginette Rodriguez, public affairs spokeswoman at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The 49-year-old Camacho, a three-time world champ, was accused of hitting and stomping on his son, police documents say. The incident took place on March 22 last year, allegedly over money Camacho apparently believed was missing at the home of his ex-wife, the documents show. The child, whose identity was not revealed, told authorities he believed his father was on drugs at the time of the incident. Camacho’s agent did not immediately return requests for comment.
Lopez suspended for a year
Puerto Rico’s Professional Boxing Commission suspended the license of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez for one year for criticizing a referee after his March 10 loss to Mexico’s Orlando Salido. Lopez was also ordered on Tuesday to pay a US$10,000 fine and provide 100 hours of community service. Lopez previously said a suspension would force him into early retirement. He has 20 days to appeal. Lopez had accused referee Roberto Ramirez of betting on the fight after losing by technical knockout to Salido for a second time. Lopez has asked for forgiveness and said he does not recall what he said or did after the fight until he saw a video of himself the following day.