Molinari shares Italian lead
Francesco Molinari shot a five-under 67 on Friday to take a share of the lead on home soil after the second round of the Italian Open. Aiming to duplicate his 2006 victory, Molinari is tied with Felipe Aguilar of Chile and Simon Thornton of Ireland at nine-under 135 at the Golf Club Torino. A Turin native, Molinari has been the center of attention at the tournament. He said: “this is a special, special week for me. I was emotional yesterday on the 10th tee at 8am with only 50 people watching, so now with all these people on my course it’s a great feeling.” Molinari’s Ryder Cup teammate Nicolas Colsaerts lost his overnight lead when he bogeyed the 16th and 18th to sit one stroke back.
Yates wins sixth stage
Up-and-coming British rider Simon Yates won the Tour of Britain’s first “mountain” stage as he crossed the line in front on Haytor Rocks in Dartmoor, England, on Friday. Yates burst clear in the closing stages of a 137km sixth stage to win from Sky Pro Cycling’s David Lopez with Martin Elmiger of IAM finishing third. However, race leader Bradley Wiggins was just seven seconds behind Yates as he maintained his place at the top of the overall standings. The 21-year-old Yates’ stage victory took him to third place overall in the general classification, 1 minute, 6 seconds behind Wiggins, with Elmiger 32 seconds adrift in second position. Nevertheless, Wiggins remains in charge ahead of this weekend’s last two stages, which culminate with today’s finale in London and his form suggests he will be a strong contender at the Road World Championships time-trial in Italy next week.
Toulouse beat Saint-Etienne
Toulouse inflicted a 2-1 come-from-behind defeat on high-flying AS Saint-Etienne on Friday, the first win of their campaign at the sixth attempt lifting them out of the relegation zone. League Cup holders Saint-Etienne turned up at the Pyrenean city on a high with victory assuring them of the Ligue 1 lead, at least until big-spending Monaco’s visit to champions Paris Saint-Germain today. And les Verts, out of the Europa League, began promisingly, with Romain Hamouma capitalizing on a mistake from Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada to put the visitors into an 18th minute lead. This was the 26-year-old’s third goal of the season. The home side drew back level after the hour, when Danish striker Martin Braithwaite, a close season recruit, slid home a close range effort. Guinean defender Issiaga Sylla completed the comeback with quarter of an hour remaining.
‘Die Fohlen’ beat ‘die Lowen’
Borussia Moenchengladbach crushed promoted Eintracht Braunschweig 4-1 on Friday for their third straight home win that lifted them to fourth place in the Bundesliga. Moenchengladbach, who have lost all three away games this season, but have scored 11 goals in their three home wins, took the lead with Oscar Wendt’s powerful drive in the 22nd minute before doubling the score through Brazilian Raffael nine minutes later. Braunschweig pulled a goal back with Mirko Boland connecting to a beautiful Karim Bellarabi effort and cutback in the box and looked aggressive enough for an equalizer. However, their hopes were dashed when ’Gladbach struck twice in three minutes. Juan Arango was brought down in the box in the 72nd minute and Germany international Max Kruse converted the spot-kick, before Raffael snatched his second goal of the evening and his third this season in the 75th.