Porte retains lead
France’s Sylvain Chavanel, of the Omega Pharma team, won the sixth and penultimate stage of the Paris-Nice race on Saturday, while Australia’s Richie Porte, of Team Sky, held on to the overall lead. Chavanel pipped Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert and Jose Joaquin Rojas of Spain in a sprint finish on Nice’s famous Promenade des Anglais. Porte retains a 32 second lead from the US’ Andrew Talansky in the overall standings, with Chavanel third at 42 seconds, level with Lieuwe Westra of the Netherlands.
Froome wins uphill stage
Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome made an early season statement with a victory in the difficult uphill finish of stage four of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race on Saturday. After his Sky teammates led him up most of the climb, Froome attacked in the final kilometer and finished six seconds ahead of Mauro Santambrogio of Italy, with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali of Italy crossing third, 11 seconds back. Polish rider Mikhal Kwiatkowski finished fourth, 13 seconds back, and took the overall lead from Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammate Mark Cavendish, a sprinter who finished far back. In the overall, Kwiatkowski has a four-second lead on Froome, with Nibali third, 16 seconds behind. Alberto Contador, who finished sixth in the stage, is fourth overall, 30 seconds back.
PSG stretch Ligue 1 lead
Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to action with a flourish by scoring his sixth league double this season to give below-par Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) a 2-1 home win over AS Nancy-Lorraine and a five-point lead atop Ligue 1 on Saturday. LOSC Lille Metropole also recovered from a goal down to record a fifth consecutive league win, 3-1 at neighbors Valenciennes, and climbed to fifth on 46 points. Elsewhere, 17-year-old Adrien Rabiot, on loan at Toulouse from PSG, producing an outstanding strike from outside the box to earn the mid-table side a 1-0 win at lowly Stade Brestois 29. ES Troyes AC moved off the bottom of the table as they leapfrogged Nancy, jumping two points above them to 23 by beating fellow strugglers Stade de Reims 4-2, helped by the first two league goals scored by Corentin Jean, who is 17. AC Ajaccio beat Lorient 1-0, while Evian Thonon Gaillard beat Sochaux-Montbeliard 5-1.
Roma salvage a draw
AS Roma’s three-match Serie A-winning streak ended with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Udinese on Saturday. Erik Lamela put Roma ahead 20 minutes in at Stadio Friuli. Luis Muriel equalized for Udinese in the 62nd minute. Udinese finished a man down after defender Thomas Heurtaux was shown a questionable direct red for tripping Florenzi in the 73rd. Roma moved within a point of sixth-place ACF Fiorentina. Udinese are three points behind Roma in ninth.
Bayern go 20 points clear
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich powered 20 points clear after a late goal earned a 3-2 victory over Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday, while Schalke 04 completed the double over Borussia Dortmund by winning the Ruhr derby 2-1. VfL Wolfsburg came from behind to win 5-2 at SC Freiburg. FSV Mainz 05 beat third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0, while Borussia Moenchengladbach drew 1-1 at home to Werder Bremen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim beat SpVgg Greuther Furth 3-0.