Quintana wins Basque Tour
Colombian Nairo Quintana has won the Tour of the Basque Country after finishing second to Tony Martin in the 24km time trial that rounded off the six-stage event on Saturday. Quintana (Movistar) started the day six seconds behind compatriot Sergio Henao (Sky), who eventually finished 40 seconds behind Quintana, just holding on to take third place ahead of Simon Spilak (Katusha) by one second. Henao’s Australian teammate Richie Porte finished fourth on the day to ensure he took second overall. Martin of the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team won the stage convincingly in a time of 35 minutes, five seconds.
Wolverines make final
Mitch McGary finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as the Michigan Wolverines advanced to the championship game of the Final Four tournament with a 61-56 win over Syracuse on Saturday. Michigan (31-7) will be seeking their first US college basketball championship since 1989 when they take on Louisville tonight. Michigan started slowly on Saturday, but once they solved Syracuse’s puzzling 2-3 zone defense they were able to open up a lead in the second half. Tim Hardaway had a team-high 13 points while Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht came off the bench to score eight and six points respectively for Michigan.
Jarrod Lyle plays again
Australian professional Jarrod Lyle has played 18 holes for the first time in 14 months as he continues to recover from a second battle with leukemia. The 31-year-old Lyle tweeted late on Saturday that he was “absolutely knackered now after 75 hits at The Sands Torquay ... hit a couple goodies.” The Sands is a private ocean-side course a few hours’ drive from his hometown of Shepparton, Victoria. Lyle, who was first diagnosed with leukemia at age 17, learned it had returned in March last year, shortly after the birth of his first child. He underwent chemotherapy and received a transplant of donor blood from umbilical cords. He has said he hopes to return to the PGA Tour next year.
Sri Lanka bring in new faces
Sri Lanka have named five uncapped players in their provisional 30-man squad for the ICC Champions trophy in England and Wales in June. The squad includes batsmen Kithuruwan Vithanage, Angelo Perera and Shehan Jayasuriya, fast bowler Ishara Jayaratne and spinner Milinda Siriwardana. Veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who missed the home series against Bangladesh due to a finger injury, was also selected.
Cheetahs down Stormers
A penalty from the touchline three minutes after the hooter from flyhalf Burton Francis sealed the Cheetahs a dramatic 26-24 victory over South African rivals the Stormers in a Super Rugby clash at Free State Stadium on Saturday. The victory is a franchise record fifth in a row for the Cheetahs in Super Rugby, and a first against the Stormers since 2007, with the success credited to the steady boot of Francis. The 26-year-old, who has been a journeyman in the competition having also turned out for the Stormers, Bulls and Lions, kept his nerve in the 84th minute to land a three-pointer from the touchline. “It could have gone either way, but we kept calm and in the second half were better in the set-pieces that gave us some ball to play with,” Cheetahs skipper Andries Strauss told a local TV station.