American Talansky gets Nice first place finish in France
BRIOUDE, France – American Andrew Talansky held off six riders in a sprint finish to win the third stage of the Paris-Nice race Wednesday and take the race leader’s yellow jersey.
The small breakaway group attacked late, and the Garmin-Sharp rider finished a bike’s length ahead of Davide Malacarne of France, with Gorka Izaguirre of Spain in third.
All three had the same time of 4 hours, 6 minutes, 15 seconds over the undulating 106-mile course from Chatel-Guyon to Brioude.
The three moderate climbs proved too much for Italian sprinter Elia Viviani, as the overnight race leader dropped to 59th place in the standings, nearly three minutes behind Talansky, who leads Andriy Grivko of Ukraine by three seconds.
Americans put Iceland on ice to open the Algarve Cup
FARO, Portugal – When the U.S. women get rolling, watch out.
Abby Wambach got her 154th goal, leaving her four shy of Mia Hamm’s all-time record, and Rachel Buehler scored in her 100th appearance as the Americans rebounded from a sluggish first half to beat Iceland 3-0 on Wednesday in the opener of the Algarve Cup. Shannon Boxx also scored for the Olympic champions, who got all three goals and 12 of their 18 shots in the second half.
The Americans struggled to find their rhythm in the first half, and needed a diving save by Jill Loyden on a header inside the penalty area to avoid falling behind in the 19th minute.
The U.S. will play Friday against China, which drew 1-1 with Sweden on Wednesday in the other Group B game.
More Yankees’ injury woes: Teixeira out for 10 weeks
TAMPA, Fla. – Mark Teixeira will to be out at least until early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major injury setback for the New York Yankees.
New York general manager Brian Cashman gave the news Wednesday after the Yankees’ were beat 8-2 by the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team Wednesday.
Teixeira was hurt swinging a bat Tuesday in an indoor cage during pregame warmups with the U.S. WBC team. Initially, Teixeira was expected to be out eight to 10 days, but he was examined by Yankees doctors in New York on Wednesday and a prognosis of eight to 10 weeks was given.
Rory McIlroy gets a Cadillac of opponents in Florida
DORAL, Fla. – As if quitting in the middle of a golf tournament didn’t bring Rory McIlroy enough attention, it might not let up on the golf course.
McIlroy plays the opening two rounds of the Cadillac Championship with the next two players behind him in the world ranking – Tiger Woods and Luke Donald. McIlroy has started the year so poorly that he has yet to play more than two rounds in any of his three tournaments.
He at least is guaranteed 72 holes at this World Golf Championship, which brings together the world’s top players based on world ranking or position on various money lists.
Harding works hard for a spot in the British Open
JOHANNESBURG – Justin Harding of South Africa had an 8-under 64 on Wednesday to lead three players in a 36-hole qualifier who earned spots in the British Open for the first time.
Harding finished the International Final Qualifying in Africa at 14-under 130.
Eduardo De La Silva of Spain had a 66 and Darryn Lloyd of South Africa had a 69 on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington to earn the other two spots.
Golf’s oldest championship has 36-hole qualifying on five continents. The final two to be held will be later this year in Europe and the United States.
The British Open will be played July 18-21 at Muirfield.