Farrar wins in Colorado
Tyler Farrar of the US secured his first win of the season with a strong surge in the final 100m to claim the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge in Telluride, Colorado, by several bike lengths on Monday. For 28-year-old Farrar, who last year captured his first Tour de France stage, his triumph in the 202km road race from Durango to Telluride in 4 hours, 42 minutes, 48 seconds marked his 43rd career win. “I knew today could possibly be a sprint, but I really wasn’t sure I had the legs to make it, so I’m pretty happy to pull it off,” said Farrar, who has lived in Belgium for most of his professional career and rarely competes in the US. Italians Alesssandro Bazzana and Damiano Caruso were second and third respectively, both several lengths behind Farrar, but credited with the same time as the American on the overcast and periodically rainy day. Defending champion Levi Leipheimer of the US finished safely in 19th place in the peloton.
Prop Woodcock out of Test
All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock has been ruled out of Saturday’s Rugby Championship match against Australia with a rib injury. Woodcock, a veteran of 87 Tests, sustained the injury during New Zealand’s 27-19 win over the Wallabies in the opening match of the four-nation championship at the weekend. He was unable to train yesterday and his place in the All Blacks starting lineup at Eden Park is likely to be taken by Wyatt Crockett. Australia have already suffered a major injury blow ahead of Saturday’s match, which is the second in a three-match Bledisloe Cup series against New Zealand. Wallabies captain David Pocock was ruled out of the match on Monday with a knee injury which will require surgery. New Zealand are unbeaten against Australia at Eden Park since 1986.
Jaguars to play in London
A person familiar with the situation said the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to play multiple home games in London beginning next year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and team owner Shad Khan wanted to make a formal announcement yesterday afternoon in Jacksonville. The person said the Jaguars would play a total of four home games in London, one each year between next year and 2016. Khan has made it clear he wants to play games overseas in hopes of increasing the team’s brand globally. He even mentioned it during his introductory press conference last year. The St Louis Rams had been scheduled to play a home game in London next year and in 2014, but they pulled out last week, citing a need to focus on lease negotiations and ease fan discontent.
Sammut banned for 10 years
UEFA acknowledged on Monday that its showpiece international competition had been corrupted, as it confirmed a 10-year ban for Malta player Kevin Sammut for helping to fix a Euro 2008 qualifying match. Sammut was found guilty of “breaching UEFA’s principles of integrity and sportsmanship” relating to manipulating results, the governing body of European soccer said in a statement. UEFA did not specify exactly how Sammut was involved in fixing Malta’s 4-0 loss away to Norway in June 2007. Sammut, who has played 37 matches for Malta since making his debut in 2005, has denied any involvement in fixing matches. He is currently under contract with club side Valletta, who represented Malta in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League last month.