Van Garderen takes title
Tejay van Garderen added the USA Pro Challenge title to the Tour of California crown he won in May on Sunday, as Slovakia’s Peter Sagan claimed the final stage. “I felt like it was a long time coming because I’ve been so close both the other times,” Van Garderen said. “It’s amazing to get it.” The 2013 Tour de France sprint-jersey champion Sagan notched his fourth stage win in the seven-stage event as the Cannondale Pro Cycling rider’s sharp bust at the finish gave him the win in the 116.5km circuit race in the streets of Denver in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds. He edged Canadian Ryan Anderson, with UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling’s Alessandro Bazzana of Italy a close third. American BMC rider Van Garderen led the sprint out into the final 300m. He placed 15th to secure the victory. His Swiss teammate Mathias Frank was second overall, 1:30 behind, and the US’ Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) completed the podium.
Simon Cho suspended
Olympic short track medalist Simon Cho of the US has received a two-year suspension from the International Skating Union (ISU) after admitting he tampered with the skates of a Canadian rival. US Speedskating announced the decision on Sunday. The suspension runs through Oct. 4 next year, which means Cho will not be eligible to compete at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Cho confessed on Oct. 5 last year that he sabotaged the skates of Canada’s Olivier Jean during the 2011 World Team Championship. Cho says he did it at the direction of former short track national coach Jae Su Chun. Chun has always denied that he had any role in the tampering. However, the ISU suspended him for two years through Aug. 25, 2015, saying he also violated the code of ethics.
N Zealand defeat Italy
Emirates Team New Zealand knocked Italy’s sailors out of America’s Cup contention on Sunday by clinching a challenger match-race series with a faster AC72 catamaran and will now attempt to wrest the coveted trophy from Oracle Team USA. New Zealand defeated Luna Rossa Challenge 7-1 in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the regatta that determines which boat and crew will sail against the previous winner of the 162-year-old trophy. The Kiwis beat Luna Rossa in the previous Louis Vuitton Cup in 2007. With their 72 foot twin-hulled yacht up on its foils, the Kiwis sailed across the finish line at 74kph. Italy finished 3 minutes, 20 seconds behind on the fog-enshrouded San Francisco Bay as fans cheered and waved flags for the victors.
Japan take world crown
Ryusei Hirooka’s two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Japan over the US 6-4 in the Little League World Series championship game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Sunday. Kazuki Ishida got the start for Japan and allowed four runs on five hits, while striking out five over three innings. Kyousuke Kobayashi tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory. Shunpei Takagi hit two solo home runs and scored three times for Japan, who claimed their ninth Little League World Series title. Takuma Gomi had an RBI and scored a run. Giancarlo Cortez knocked in two runs for the US team that came from Chula Vista, California. Japan won the International championship with a 3-2 victory over Mexico on Saturday. Mexico held on for a 15-14 win over the US’ Connecticut in the consolation game of the Little League World Series.