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CYCLING

Cavendish wins stage

Mark Cavendish beat Italy’s Elia Viviani to win the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain on Saturday. The British national champion just did enough to hold off the fast-finishing Viviani in Guildford, south of London, in a 155km stage that started on Saturday at Epsom racecourse. Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, last year’s Olympic and Tour de France champion, finished in the pack to retain his overall lead heading into yesterday’s final stage in London. Wiggins is 26 seconds ahead of Swiss rider Martin Elmiger, with Britain’s Simon Yates third, 66 seconds back, following his victory on Dartmoor on Friday.

GOLF

Fraser leads Italian Open

Marcus Fraser of Australia held a one-stroke lead over local favorite Francesco Molinari, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and Joakim Lagergren of Sweden after the third round of the Italian Open on Saturday. The 95th-ranked Fraser posted a 4-under 68 to reach 11-under with a bogey-free round that included a chip-in for birdie on the sixth. Molinari, who became a member of the Golf Club Torino club when he was just eight years old, is aiming to win his national tournament for the second time, having won in Milan in 2006. Fraser said that it “will be difficult with Francesco just one shot behind and with the crowd willing him over the line, but I just have to play my game and try and spoil the party I suppose.”

FOOTBALL

Sayers to drop lawsuit

A lawyer for pro football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers said on Saturday he would drop a federal lawsuit filed on the former player’s behalf that accuses the National Football League of failing to warn him about and protect him against head injuries. Attorney John Winters said he would voluntarily withdraw the lawsuit, filed on Friday in US District Court in Chicago, after hearing from the Sayers’ family that the Chicago Bears great no longer wanted to pursue the matter. The lawsuit came three weeks after the league agreed to pay US$765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by thousands of former players, many suffering from dementia and health problems, who accused the league of hiding the dangers of brain injuries. Winters said Sayers, 70, contacted him earlier in the week, wanting to know about the concussion lawsuit. The lawsuit also accused helmet maker Riddell of failing to warn him of the risks of concussions, and not disclosing that the helmets would not prevent concussions.

RUGBY UNION

Sharks rout Cheetahs 50-26

The Sharks scored seven tries to demolish the Cheetahs 50-26 in Durban, South Africa, on Saturday and reach the top of the South African Currie Cup table. A bonus-point victory brought the Durban side level with title-holders Western Province on 24 points and they have a superior points difference. The Lions rose one place to third by outscoring the Bulls five tries to four en route to a 35-26 Highveld derby triumph in Johannesburg. The Johannesburg outfit have 20 points, the Cheetahs 16, the Bulls 11 and Griquas 10 with three league rounds left, and the top four finishers qualify for the semi-finals. The Sharks were ahead within three minutes at Kings Park, led 26-16 by halftime, and scored the bonus-point fourth try five minutes into the second half. They welcomed back discarded Springboks Rugby Championship squad flanker Marcell Coetzee and he was voted man of the match. Young fly-half Fred Zeilinga was another candidate for the award, contributing 15 points with the boot and playing a pivotal role in the first three tries.

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