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Roglic leads Tour of Britain after time trial win

Friday, 2018-09-07 06:45:47
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Primoz Roglic (SLO) of Slovenia competes. (Reuters)
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Slovenia's Primoz Roglic took the overall lead in the Tour of Britain on Thursday as his Team LottoNL-Jumbo dominated the team time trial stage from Cockermouth to Whinlatter in Cumbria.

* France's Alexandre Geniez edged a tight final sprint to win stage 12 of the Tour of Spain on Thursday (Sep 6) as Britain's Simon Yates surrendered the leader's red jersey to Spaniard Jesus Herrada.

* Diego Maradona has been appointed coach of Mexican second division team Dorados, local media reported on Thursday. The club issued a short video on their social media channels with the messages 'Welcome Diego', and 'Make it a 10', the Argentina great's shirt number as a player.

* Ukraine substitute Oleksandr Zinchenko struck a late goal as the visitors snatched a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Czech Republic in their Nations League opener on Thursday.

* World Cup winners France were held to a 0-0 draw by Germany in Munich in a flat start to the new UEFA Nations League on Thursday (Sep 6).

* Gareth Bale grabbed centre-stage as vibrant Wales tore Ireland apart in the first competitive game of the Ryan Giggs era on Thursday (Sep 6), launching their UEFA Nations League campaign in style with a 4-1 win.

* Portugal defender Pepe celebrated his 100th cap by heading the equaliser to give his side a 1-1 draw against World Cup runners-up Croatia in a friendly on Thursday.

* Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy broke new ground when they tied for the first-round lead at the BMW Championship in Pennsylvania on Thursday. Despite 18 major championships between them, the pair had never shared the lead after any round on the PGA Tour until they carded matching eight-under-par 62s in oppressive humidity on the Aronimink course, west of Philadelphia.

* Japan have cancelled Friday's international friendly with Chile scheduled to be played at the Sapporo Dome after a powerful earthquake struck the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday (Sep 6), the country's football association said.

* Benfica, who were charged with corruption by Portuguese prosecutors earlier this week, have labelled the allegations groundless and vowed to prove their innocence. The club are accused by prosecutors of prying into judiciary records and if convicted in court, Portugal's penal code states they could be suspended from competition from between six months to three years.

Reuters, CNA