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SPORTS BRIEFS

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CYCLING

Locke holds Tour lead

Briton Jonathan Tiernan-Locke had a lead of 18 seconds heading into yesterday’s final stage of the Tour of Britain after finishing eighth behind Spain’s Pablo Urtasun in the penultimate stage. Urtasun was part of a four-man breakaway, which included Euskaltel Euskadi team mate Samuel Sanchez and Ivan Basso, in Saturday’s 172.9km seventh stage from Barnstaple to Dartmouth. Tiernan-Locke was in a group which finished 46 seconds down, but he retained the gold jersey ahead of Australian Nathan Haas and Italy’s Damiano Caruso who is a further five seconds back. The 27-year-old Endura Racing rider, who now has a healthy lead over Haas, hopes to be Britain’s first winner of the race since Chris Lillywhite’s Milk Race triumph in 1993.

ICE HOCKEY

NHL lockdown enacted

With no fanfare and a similar lack of urgency, the NHL is locking out its players again and setting in motion the third work stoppage in pro sports in 18 months. This is nothing new for the NHL, which was hit with its fourth shutdown since 1992 — including a year-long dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-2005 season when the league held out for a salary cap. That eventual deal expired at midnight on Saturday, and Commissioner Gary Bettman followed through on his pledge to lock out the players with no new agreement in place. The sides are so far apart in their discussions that they could not even find enough common ground to meet face-to-face for negotiations on Saturday.

GOLF

Mulroy leads by one shot

South Africa’s Garth Mulroy will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Italian Open after holding off a triple Spanish threat and the Ryder Cup-bound Nicolas Colsaerts on Saturday. Mulroy shot seven birdies and one bogey in his six-under-par 66 in the third round at Royal Park in Turin. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is in second place after his five-under 67 on Saturday, while Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Pablo Larrazabal are a stroke further back after rounds of 65 and 66 respectively. Colsaerts, four shots off the pace at 13 under, stayed in contention with a dazzling seven-under round of 65 less than two weeks before the start of the Ryder Cup in Illinois.

CRICKET

Sangakkara named best

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara was named ICC cricketer of the year and Test player of the year at the governing body’s annual awards ceremony in Colombo on Saturday. India’s Virat Kohli took the one-day player of the year honor and West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine was named emerging cricketer of the year. Sangakkara scored 1,444 runs in 14 Test matches between August last year and last month at an average of 60.16, with five centuries and five half-centuries.

SWIMMING

Teenager sets 200m record

Japanese teenager Akihiro Yamaguchi set a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke on Saturday at a national swimming meet, nearly breaking the 2 minutes, 7 seconds barrier. The 18-year-old Yamaguchi clocked 2:07.01 at the event in Gifu, Japan, to shave 0.27 seconds off the mark set by Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta when he won gold at the London Olympics. Yamaguchi was left off the Japanese Olympic team after finishing behind four-time gold medalist Kosuke Kitajima in the national trials.

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