Levy grabs four-shot lead
France’s Alexander Levy closed in on a third career European Tour triumph on Saturday when he stormed to a four-shot lead at the fog-hit European Open in Bad Griesbach, Germany. After being badly affected by the weather on Thursday and Friday last week when seven hours were lost, the tournament suffered three more hours of delays on Saturday, forcing organizers to declare a 54-hole event. The third and final round was to be played yesterday. Levy, who won two titles in 2014, went into Saturday with just one hole of his delayed second round to complete. He made par on the ninth to stay at 17-under. Ross Fisher made a birdie on the seventh in his final three holes to cut the Frenchman’s overnight lead to five shots, but it was Swede Michael Jonzon who surged through the field, shooting a 63 to get to 13-under. Jonzon only found out he was playing on Wednesday afternoon after being fourth reserve for the event, but he had the chance to win his third European Tour title, 19 years after claiming his first at the Portuguese Masters. “I always said I function well under these circumstances,” 44-year-old Jonzon said. “I’m just going to go out tomorrow [Sunday] and try to shoot as good as I can, whatever happens after that is not in my control.”
Pibernik claims stage win
Slovenia’s Luka Pibernik of Lampre-Merida won the sixth stage of the Eneco Tour on Saturday, beating Englishman Mark McNally of Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Belgian rider Bert van Lerberghe of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise in a sprint in Lanaken, Belgium. Australian Rohan Dennis of BMC Racing was leading in the overall standings, his advantage 16 seconds from teammate Taylor Phinney of the US and 24 seconds over Germany’s Tony Martin of Etixx-QuickStep ahead of yesterday’s final stage, a 197.8km ride from Bornem to Grammont which included climbs that feature on the Tour des Flandres. “I have a strong team and I feel good, but it could rain and that would make the cobbles very slippery. I’ve not won the race yet,” Dennis said.
Linares wins fourth title
Jorge Linares defeated Anthony Crolla by unanimous decision at the Manchester Arena in England on Saturday to take the WBA lightweight belt. Linares, the Tokyo-based Venezuelan, hurt a knuckle in his right hand in the sixth round, but was not being hurt by Crolla and he finished stronger to earn his fourth world title. It was the same hand that Linares hurt previously and which forced him to give up the WBC belt after his second defense almost a year ago. The three-weight champion improved his record to 41-3 and said he would be happy to have a rematch with Crolla (31-5-1). Crolla, in his hometown, lost his second defense of the WBA belt and while dogged to the end, he was outsmarted.
Amateur boxer dies in ring
An amateur boxer has died after collapsing during a charity bout on Saturday, police said. Witnesses said 49-year-old Neville Knight slumped onto the ropes then fell to the canvas midway through his bout at a corporate fundraising event at Te Rapa, near Hamilton, New Zealand. Paramedics tried to resuscitate Knight, but he could not be revived and died at the scene, police said. Acting Inspector Andrew Mortimore said “medical staff tried for in excess of 30 minutes to resuscitate the man, but were unsuccessful.” Police are speaking to witnesses and family, and will be referring the death to the coroner.”
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
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Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
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