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Cavendish wins sprint finish; Phinney survives late spill

HERNING, Denmark – World champion Mark Cavendish of Britain won the second stage of the Giro d’Italia in a sprint finish Sunday.

Taylor Phinney of Boulder finished fourth in the crowded bunch finish. The 21-year-old kept the overall lead despite a spill late in the race.

His BMC Racing teammates came back to help pull Phinney back to the peloton after his bike chain was repaired.

Cavendish was led out by Welsh teammate Geraint Thomas in the 128-mile loop starting and ending in Herning. It was Cavendish’s eighth stage victory in the Giro.

The Team Sky cyclist edged Matt Goss of Australia and finished in 4 hours, 53 minutes, 12 seconds.

Geoffrey Soupe of France was third.

Phinney, who won Saturday’s opening individual time trial, retained the pink jersey in spite of his accident with less than 5 miles to go.

Alfredo Balloni, Oliver Kaisen and Miguel Angel Rubiano made an early break, about 10 miles into the stage. The trio was caught with about 25 miles to go.

The Giro will resume today with another flat stage in Denmark before moving to Italy on Wednesday following a rest day.

auto racing

Busch’s push sends Keselowski past Kenseth

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Brad Keselowski won the Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, where he used a huge push from Kyle Busch to steal the race from Matt Kenseth on Sunday afternoon.

Kenseth was the leader on the green-white-checkered flag restart and lined up on the outside line so that teammate Greg Biffle could push him to the finish.

But he got too far away from the pack, making it easy for Keselowski and Busch to catch him.

Busch gave Keselowski a huge shove to get around Kenseth, and then Keselowski put enough separation on Busch to hold on for the win.

It sent Penske Racing to Victory Lane for the second time this season in NASCAR with Keselowski.

Busch finished second for the second day in a row.

college football

Roethlisberger completes courses for bachelor’s degree

OXFORD, Ohio – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was graduated from Miami University in southwest Ohio on Sunday about nine years after leaving for the NFL.

The university said the 30-year-old Roethlisberger received his bachelor’s degree in education and joined nearly 600 students during Sunday’s commencement at the campus in Oxford. His wife, parents and grandmother attended.

Roethlisberger, who’s led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, played football for Miami from 2001 to 2003 and set several school passing records.

An associate dean said the quarterback was four courses short of graduation when he jumped to the NFL.

He completed those courses over several years and finished this spring.


Rested Federer ready to challenge Djokovic

MADRID – Roger Federer is ready to challenge Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking after a monthlong break from tennis.

The third-ranked Federer returns this week at the Madrid Open, a tournament he won in 2006 and 2009.

“I am excited to be back after a long offseason, but I needed it after playing so, so much,” Federer said Sunday. “I have put myself in a good position if I do win a Grand Slam for the world number one.”

Associated Press