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Izagirre takes surprise prologue win in Romandie LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS: Spaniard Ion Izagirre was a surprise winner of the opening prologue at the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday.The 27-year-old Movistar rider covered the technical 3.95km course in 5min 33sec to beat Dutch time-trial specialist Tom Dumoulin by six seconds.Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski was third at 7sec in the same time as his Welsh Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas, but their team leader Chris Froome struggled.The Tour de France champion finished 26sec down in 62nd after his run was hampered by snowfall at La Chaux-de-Fonds.Froome suggested in a series of messages on Twitter before the stage that he was unhappy with being forced to race in such conditions, pointing out that the person charged with making a decision concerning the weather was the brother of the race organiser.In response to a tweet from the riders' body CPA announcing that David Chassot was the delegate for extreme weather protocols, Froome tweeted that ...

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Woods on mend, no timetable for return LOS ANGELES: Tiger Woods is happy with the pace of his recovery from back surgery but does not know when he will be fit to tee off again in a competitive tournament.The 14-time major winner has not played since undergoing two procedures on his back in September and October last year.The 40-year-old former world number one fuelled speculation about a comeback after registering for the US Open in June, before playing a few holes at ...

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Castrogiovanni suspended over PSG Las Vegas party PARIS: Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been suspended by Racing 92 after he was photographed partying with Paris Saint-Germain players in Las Vegas, his club said on Tuesday.Racing also said they would open judicial proceedings against the Argentine-born front-rower.While Racing were in Nottingham beating Leicester Tigers 19-16 to reach their first ever European Champions Cup final on Sunday, Castrogiovanni was in Las Vegas with PSG players celebrating their 2-1 French League Cup victory over Lille ...

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ATP Istanbul Open results ISTANBUL: Results from the second day of the Istanbul Open on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):1st roundDamir Dzumhur (BIH) bt Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS x7) 6-4, 6-2Karen Khachanov (RUS) bt Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4Marcel Granollers (ESP x5) bt Cem Ilkel (TUR) 6-1, 7-6 (11/9)Hyeon Chung (KOR) bt Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 6-2, 6-3Jirí Veselý (CZE x6) bt Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 6-3, 7-5Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Nowitzki determined to finish with Mavs LOS ANGELES: Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said Tuesday he is determined to return for another season with the club and hopes to end his career in Texas.The German forward, who turns 38 in June, has one "opt-in" season remaining on a three-year deal, and confirmed that he plans to stay."I signed on for three years a couple years ago. My intention was always to finish this contract," said Nowitzki, speaking in the wake of ...

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Farrell and Marler hearings set for Wednesday LONDON: Owen Farrell and Joe Marler may receive bans ruling them out of European club finals and England's tour of Australia when they appear before disciplinary hearings in London on Wednesday.The Six Nations grand slam-winners were both cited on Monday for alleged offences committed while on European duty with their respective club sides last weekend and a statement issued by European Professional Club Rugby on Tuesday confirmed that hearings would be held Wednesday.England goal-kicker Farrell ...

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Bolt to run 100m at Ostrava in May PRAGUE: Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on May 20, the event's organisers said Tuesday.This will be Bolt's second race in the run-up to the Rio Olympics in August, where he will defend his 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles from 2012.In his first race this year, he is due to run the 100m at the Cayman Invitational Meet on ...