Colombian wins Stage 6; Italian takes Giro lead
PORTO SANT’ELPIDIO, Italy – Colombian rider Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez won the hilly sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia with a long breakaway, and Italy’s Adriano Malori took the overall lead Friday.
Rubiano Chavez was one of several riders who broke away from the main pack just 14 miles into the 130-mile leg from Urbino to Porto Sant’Elpidio, then he charged in front alone for the final 19 miles.
Rubiano Chavez, who rides for the Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela team, clocked 5 hours, 38 minutes, 30 seconds.
Malori, also a member of the breakaway, crossed second, about 1 minute, 10 seconds behind. He leads Michal Golas of Omega Pharma-Quickstep by 15 seconds overall.
Today’s 127-mile seventh stage from Recanati to Rocca Di Cambio will feature the first uphill finish after passing through the L’Aquila region hit by a major earthquake in 2009.
USA men’s basketball team gets time to find answers
The U.S. men’s basketball team has more time to solve the problems caused by its injuries.
The Americans have been granted an extension from the U.S. Olympic Committee and won’t have to name their roster until July 8, pushed back from June 18. That will allow them to wait until after the NBA season has ended and after training camp has begun.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Thursday the Americans haven’t determined how many players will be invited to camp in Las Vegas, with first practice set for July 6. There currently are 18 healthy players in the roster pool.
Miles’ seven-year contract sets a Nebraska record
OMAHA, Neb. – New basketball coach Tim Miles signed the longest coach’s contract in Nebraska history with his seven-year deal that pays a starting salary of $1.4 million and increases to $2.15 million by 2018-19.
Miles signed the contract May 4, and the university made it public Friday, seven weeks after he was hired away from Colorado State.
The previous longest contract for a Nebraska coach was the six-year deal signed by former football coach Bill Callahan in 2004.
The 45-year-old Miles, who replaced Doc Sadler, coached Colorado State to a 20-12 record last season and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.
Faulk’s second goal gives USA a 3-2 worlds W in OT
HELSINKI – Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes scored four minutes into overtime for his second goal of the game Friday, sending the United States to a 3-2 victory over Kazakhstan at hockey’s world championships.
In Group H, Canada beat defending champion Finland 5-3.
The Americans were coming off a 5-3 victory over Belarus on Thursday and improved to 3-1-1 in Group A.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown opened the scoring 4:12 into the second period.
Colorado Rapids will host Swansea City on July 24
COMMERCE CITY – Swansea City of the English Premier League will face Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids and the San Jose Earthquakes during a two-game American tour this summer.
Swansea City is the latest Premier League team to set U.S. exhibition dates. Stoke City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Aston Villa also have games scheduled.
The Rapids will host Swansea City on July 24 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Swansea City will play the Earthquakes in San Jose on July 31.
Sporting Kansas City also announced Friday the club will host Stoke City on Aug. 1. Stoke City will play the Columbus Crew on July 24 at Crew Stadium.