Cycling veteran Hincapie to ride into sunset
Five-time Olympian and Tour de France veteran George Hincapie will retire from cycling after the 2012 season, bringing to a close one of the most successful careers by an American rider.
Hincapie, who turns 39 on June 29, announced his decision Monday.
The affable, understated Hincapie was a longtime aide for Lance Armstrong during the mountain stages of the Tour de France, helping him win each of his seven titles.
He helped Alberto Contador win the Tour in 2007 and Cadel Evans win the iconic stage race last summer.
He’s expected to help Evans defend his title when the Tour de France starts June 30 in Liege, Belgium.
Now riding for BMC Racing Team, Hincapie will be riding his 17th Tour de France, breaking the record he had shared with Dutch rider Joop Zoetemelk for the most starts in history.
Hincapie, with scores of individual honors, won the Queen Stage of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado last summer.
Hincapie made his first Olympic team at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Hincapie won national road race titles in 1998, 2006 and 2009.
Danielson still in 10th at Tour de Suisse
Fort Lewis College alum Tom Danielson remained in 10th place overall Monday after Stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse.
Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale won a sprint finish at the end of the 195-kilometer stage between Martigny and Aarberg, Switzerland. Baden Cook of Orica-GreenEdge was second. ben Swift (Sky) was third.
Danielson, riding for Boulder-based Garmin-Barracuda, finished in the peloton, just 3 seconds back. He remains 10th overall, 29 seconds back of overall leader Rui Costa of Movistar.
14-year-old from China to play in U.S. Open
SAN FRANCISCO – Paul Casey has withdrawn from the U.S. Open, paving the way for a 14-year-old from China to be what officials believe to be the youngest player in championship history.
Andy Zhang lost in a playoff at a sectional qualifier in Florida. He was the second alternate when the week began at Olympic Club. Brandt Snedeker also withdrew Monday. Casey pulled out because of a recurring shoulder injury.
Zhang has been part of the IMG Leadbetter Academy in Florida and is based in the Orlando area. Tadd Fujikawa previously was the youngest in the modern era. He was 15 when he qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
Big East sues TCU for conference hopping
The Big East sued TCU for failing to pay the conference $5 million after the school reneged on an agreement to become a member and chose to join the Big 12 instead.
The Big East filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington.
TCU agreed in November 2010 to join the Big East, beginning this July.
The Big East contends TCU agreed to pay the league $5 million if it did not follow through on that agreement.
In October 2011, TCU accepted an invite to the Big 12.
In the lawsuit, the Big East said it has “made demand for the payment owed under the Agreement, but TCU has refused to make that payment or acknowledge its obligation to do so.”
“TCU administrators were surprised by this lawsuit and believe it is premature. The University is hopeful for an amicable resolution of this matter,” the school said in a statement. “Because of the pending litigation, TCU will have no further comment.”
TCU is leaving the Mountain West and will become a member of the Big 12 in July.