Two goals in stoppage time liberate Manchester City
MANCHESTER, England – Manchester City won the English Premier League title for the first time in 44 years, surging past the Queens Park Rangers 3-2 on Sunday with Sergio Aguero scoring his team’s second goal late in stoppage time.
Aguero, the son-in-law of Argentine great Diego Maradona, scored during the fourth minute of injury time, two minutes after substitute Edin Dzeko dramatically tied the match 2-2.
The winning goal snatched the trophy from defending champion Manchester United on goal difference. Without Aguero’s startling goal, United would have won the title after its 1-0 victory over Sunderland moments earlier on the final day of the season.
Manchester City won the title for the first time since 1968 after overturning the eight-point lead United held five weeks ago.
Sagan overcomes puncture to win California opener
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Peter Sagan of Slovakia overcame a punctured back tire in the final five miles to chase down the field and capture the first stage of the Tour of California on Sunday.
The Liquigas-Cannondale team rider lost about 20 seconds when he had to get a new rear wheel. Sagan then survived a crash ahead of him and masterfully guided through a technical decent in serene Sonoma wine country to finish just ahead of Heinrich Haussler and Fred Rodriguez.
Fort Lewis College graduate Tom Danielson, who now lives in Boulder, finished safely in the main pack with the same time as the winner.
The 115.9-mile opening stage kicked off the eight-day, 733.5-mile journey that will end in downtown Los Angeles.
The field of 128 riders – including three of the world’s four top-ranked cyclists – heads to the shores of San Francisco and into the Santa Cruz Mountains today.
Canadian Hesjedal survives brutal uphill finish
LAGO LACENO, Italy – Domenico Pozzovivo of Italy won the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday after a strong ride on a tough uphill finish while Ryder Hesjedal of Canada, riding for Boulder-based Garmin-Cervelo, kept the overall lead.
Pozzovivo made his break with less than 4½ miles from the finish of the 142-mile leg from Sulmona to Lago Laceno to win in 6 hours, 6 minutes, 5 seconds. The Colnago-CSF Inox rider was 23 seconds ahead of Movistar’s Benat Intxausti.
The Giro continues today with a sprinter’s stage, a 106-mile route from San Giorgio del Sannio to Frosinone.
U.S. routs Finland 5-0; playoff rematch possible
HELSINKI – Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens opened the scoring, and the United States rolled to a 5-0 victory over defending champion Finland at the ice hockey world championships on Sunday.
Kyle Palmieri of the Anaheim Ducks added a goal in the second period, followed two minutes later by a power play goal by Justin Faulk.
Chris Butler of the Calgary Flames and Bobby Ryan closed out the scoring for the U.S team.
If Finland beats Kazakhstan today, it again will face the U.S. team in Thursday’s quarterfinal.
31 injured in garage fire at Spanish Grand Prix
BARCELONA, Spain – Thirty-one people were injured and seven hospitalized after a fire erupted inside Formula One team Williams’ garage after team driver Pastor Maldonado won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
Governing body FIA said 31 people were treated by Catalunya Circuit medical staffwith seven of those flown out to a variety of hospitals to receive treatment.
Catalonia’s regional government said in a statement that one of the persons was airlifted to Barcelona hospital with serious burn wounds.