Omar Fraile wins stage
Spaniard Omar Fraile won the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia, a hilly 161km trek from Florence to Bagno di Romagna, although Dutchman Tom Dumoulin clung to his overall lead, despite several attacks from his rivals on Wednesday. Dimension Data rider Fraile beat former world champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) at the end of a long breakaway. France’s Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-
Drapac) finished third. Briton Geraint Thomas, who had gained some ground back in Tuesday’s time trial after a crash in the ninth stage, was unable to follow the top guns in the last climb.
Players end CSL contracts
Professional Footballers Australia chief executive John Didulica yesterday said that Robbie Kruse and James Holland are free agents after terminating their contracts with Chinese Super League (CSL) club Liaoning Whowin due to unpaid wages. Didulica said in a statement that Kruse and Holland had signed for the club in January, but have left after their contractual obligations were not met. “The players had placed the club on notice to remedy the situation, however the club has failed to do this,” Didulica said.
Pakistan’s Nawaz suspended
All-rounder Mohammad Nawaz has been suspended for two months for failing to report a suspect approach to indulge in corruption, the Pakistan Cricket Board said. The 23-year-old, who has played three Tests, nine one-day internationals and five Twenty20 matches for Pakistan, admitted to the charges and has also been fined 200,000 Pakistan rupees (US$1,910), the board said in a statement. Nawaz’s ban is effective from Tuesday, but he could return to cricket after a month if he fulfilled certain criteria, it said.
Fellaini sustains injury
Midifelder Marouane Fellaini is doubtful for Manchester United’s last league game and next week’s Europa League final after sustaining an injury in Wednesday’s goalless draw at Southampton. Belgian international Fellaini was substituted in the 75th minute and had a brief talk with manager Jose Mourinho before walking straight down the tunnel with what appeared to be a muscle problem. “Fellaini, on top of his experience, he says it’s not a tear,” Mourinho told the club’s Web site. “He says it was a minimal thing, but minimal can be a big thing.”
McGregor signs contract
The long-rumoured bout between undefeated US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor is halfway to becoming a reality after the Irishman signed a deal for the fight, it was announced on Wednesday night. UFC president Dana White broke the news during a television interview for TNT. “The McGregor side is done, I’m starting to work on the Mayweather side now,” White said. “I’ve got one side done. If we can come to a deal [with Mayweather], the fight will happen.” McGregor confirmed the deal in a statement released to Themaclife.com. “The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed... We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days,” the statement read.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two