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GOLF

Kjeldsen leads KLM open

Soren Kjeldsen on Friday shot his second consecutive round of 64 to take the lead with a 12-under 128 at the halfway stage of the KLM Open in Zandvoort, the Netherlands. The Dane shot a bogey-free round on another day of low scoring at the par-70 Kennemer Golf and Country Club. Kjeldsen is one shot ahead of Wade Ormsby of Australia — who followed his 61 on Thursday with a 68 — and England’s David Horsey (66). Matthew Fitzpatrick left a birdie putt just short on his final hole to miss out by the narrowest of margins on the first 59 on the European Tour.

CYCLING

Gougeard wins 19th stage

Alexis Gougeard of France broke away from the pack and stayed ahead to win the 19th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, while Tom Dumoulin extended his slender overall lead. Gougeard was followed across the line in the medieval walled city of Avila by Nelson Oliveira, who finished second, and Maxime Monfort came third in the rolling 185.8km stage. Dumoulin set a fast pace on the final scramble while his main rival, Fabio Aru, lagged on the cobblestone surface. Although Aru retained second overall, he lost three seconds to go six seconds behind the Dutchman. Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain is third overall.

CYCLING

Uran wins Quebec GP

Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran won the Grand Prix of Quebec WorldTour one-day race on Friday ahead of Australian Michael Matthews. Uran gave Etixx-QuickStep a second victory on the day, after Matteo Trentin’s earlier victory in the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain. Uran, cycling road race silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, used a powerful attack on the finishing climb to take the triumph ahead of Matthews, with Norway’s Alexander Kristoff third.

FOOTBALL

Manning extends contract

Quarterback Eli Manning on Friday signed a four-year contract extension with the New York Giants worth US$84 million. The deal includes a no-trade clause and a US$31 million signing bonus. The 34-year-old Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, completed a career-best 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,410 yards, 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last year. Manning was entering the final year of his second NFL contract. The Giants open their season tonight in Dallas against the Cowboys.

BASKETBALL

Venezuela shock Canada

Canada, boasting nine NBA players on their roster, have blown their initial chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with a shock loss to Venezuela at the FIBA Americas tournament on Friday. Canada, who had dominated the tournament by winning each contest by 17 or more points, fell 79-78 in the semi-finals to a Venezuela team without any NBA players, fully aware a win would lock up a place in Rio. Now they will have to try to get through via a qualifying tournament next year, against potentially much tougher European competition. Venezuela came back from a seven-point deficit late in the contest to win on a free throw from Gregory Vargas with three tenths of a second left after Aaron Doornekamp was called for a foul. Boston Celtic center Kelly Olynyk led all scorers with 34 points and added 13 rebounds for Canada, but it was not enough when combined with an off night for Andrew Wiggins, who managed just nine points and multiple turnovers.

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