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Utrecht mark 100 days to Tour de France start UTRECHT: The historic Dutch city of Utrecht on Thursday launched celebrations to mark 100 days before the 2015 Tour de France with a sound and light show.The world's most famous cycling race gets under way in the Netherlands on July 4 with Utrecht officials keen to highlight the city's "pro-bicycle" commitment.Mayor Jan van Zanen welcomed Tour de France organisers to Utrecht's 12,500-capacity bicycle park, presented as the "biggest in the world"."Utrecht is a bicycle town," the mayor said."Every day 25,000 citizens (of 350,000 habitants) travel to work by bicycle. 90,000 inhabitants use their bicycle every week."It was Utrecht's promotion of cycling which attracted organisers of the three-week race to choose the town."This promotion of cycling for all, daily, pushed us to come here," said Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme.It is the sixth time the Tour will start in the Netherlands, the last time being in 2010 when it kicked ...

EPGA Trophee Hassan II results AGADIR: Results from Thursday's opening round of the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II (par 72):65 - Adrien Saddier (FRA)66 - Daniel Gaunt (AUS)67 - George Coetzee (RSA), David Drysdale (SCO), Chris Wood (ENG)68 - Eduardo De La Riva (ESP), Richard Green (AUS), Soren Kjeldsen (DEN), Mikko Korhonen (FIN), Moritz Lampert (GER), Marcel Siem (GER), Anthony Wall (ENG), Romain Wattel (FRA), Oliver Wilson (ENG)69 - Jose María Olazabal (ESP)Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
ATP and WTA Miami Open results MIAMI: Results on Thursday from the third day of the ATP and WTA Miami Open (x denotes seeded player):Women2nd rdCarla Suarez Navarro (ESP x12) bt Stephanie Voegele (SUI) 6-3, 6-1 Irina Begu (ROM) bt Tereza Smitkova (CZE) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x7) bt Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-4, 7-5Andrea Petkovic (GER x9) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-2, 6-2Karolina Pliskova (CZE x14) bt Annika Beck (GER) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) ...
Chelsea captain Terry signs one-year contract extension LONDON: John Terry has signed a one-year contract extension with Chelsea, the Premier League leaders announced on Thursday.Terry's current deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but Blues' boss Jose Mourinho had insisted earlier this month there was no chance Chelsea's captain would be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge and the club have followed through on that promise.The 34-year-old centre-back has been a key figure as Chelsea have opened up a ...
Van Garderen wins stage, de Clerq leads Tour of Catalonia LA MOLINA: American rider Tejay Van Garderen of the BMC team won Thursday's fourth stage of the Tour of Catalonia as Belgian Bart de Clerq took the overall leader's jersey.Van Garderen, 26, clocked 5hr 6min 36sec after the 188.4km ride between Tona and the ski resort of La Molina to finish three seconds ahead of Australian Richie Porte with Spaniard Alberto Contador third, at eight seconds.Lotto rider de Clerq took the overall race lead from ...
 Lampard visits future MLS club this weekend NEW YORK: Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard will visit his future Major League Soccer club this weekend, attending a New York City match against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.Lampard will take advantage of the English Premier League side's break for international matches to look at the surroundings where he is set to begin playing in July, according to the league's website."I'm certain we'll get to spend some time together," New York City ...
Tiger Woods launches scholarship fund for Sifford PRINCESS ANNE: Tiger Woods has made a $10,000 donation to launch a scholarship fund at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in tribute to Charlie Sifford, who broke the US PGA Tour color barrier.Sifford, who died last month at age 92, was an African-American golf pioneer who joined the PGA Tour in 1961 after twice playing in the US Open. He faced racial insults and threats yet won two titles, the 1967 Greater Hartford Open ...


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