Steep climb nets first Grand Tour win for Izaguirre
FALZES/PFALZEN, Italy – Jon Izaguirre of Spain won the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, while countryman Joaquin Rodriguez kept the overall lead.
Izaguirre had been in the lead group most of the day. He broke away on the final sharp climb of the mainly uphill 108-mile course from Limone sul Garda to Falzes/Pfalzen.
He finished in 4 hours and 2 minutes.
Rodriguez was 8 minutes, 57 seconds behind.
This is Izaguirre’s first win on a Grand Tour. He finished 16 seconds ahead of Alessandro De Marchi and Stef Clement.
Today’s 17th stage will send the Giro to the Dolomites mountain range. The 116-mile route will feature four tough climbs before the final descent into Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The Giro will end Sunday in Milan.
Clijsters to retire after 2012 U.S. Open
BRUSSELS – Kim Clijsters said this year’s U.S. Open will be her last tournament before retiring.
The former No. 1 already had announced that this would be her final season. She said Tuesday that she expects to quit after Flushing Meadows, where she is a three-time champion.
Clijsters said, “I will end my career at the U.S. Open.”
The Belgian star said Flushing Meadows “is where I enjoyed my greatest triumphs, and it is a very special place for me.”
Clijsters initially retired in 2007 because of injuries but returned to the sport in 2009, winning her second U.S. Open that year.
Two consecutive U.S. losses at Team World Cup
DUESSELDORF, Germany – The United States fell to its second consecutive defeat at the Team World Cup, and Serbia posted its second victory in two matches Tuesday.
Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek won their singles in straight sets, Berdych defeating Andy Roddick 6-1, 6-2 and Stepanek cruising past James Blake 6-2, 6-1.
Serbia also took an unassailable 2-0 lead over Russia.
Germany leads Croatia 1-0 and Argentina is 1-0 ahead against Japan.
Striker Drogba to leave Chelsea after eight years
LONDON – Didier Drogba’s Champions League-winning penalty kick was his last contribution to Chelsea.
The striker said Tuesday he is leaving the club after eight years.
The 34-year-old Ivory Coast star clinched Chelsea’s first European title with the last kick in a shootout against Bayern Munich on Saturday. That came after he had tied the score to force extra time.
The goals took his total to 157 in 341 appearances for Chelsea.
Drogba is the two-time African Player of the Year. He has been linked with a move to China, where former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka went in January to join Shanghai Shenhua. The former French star is now a coach with the team.
Nuggets’ Faried named to All-Rookie Team
NEW YORK – Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving of Cleveland is the lone unanimous choice to the NBA’s All-Rookie Team.
Irving received 58 points Tuesday in voting done by the league’s 30 head coaches, who could not vote for their own player.
Joining him on the first team were Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio (49 points); Denver’s Kenneth Faried (46); Golden State’s Klay Thompson (43); and New York’s Iman Shumpert, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and Detroit’s Brandon Knight, who all had 40 points.