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Slovak Sagan claims fifth stage of Tour de France

Thursday, 2019-07-11 06:25:55
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BORA-Hansgrohe rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia wins the Tour de France’s175.5-km Stage 5 from Saint-Die-des-Vosges to Colmar on July 10, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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Peter Sagan burst into life on the Tour de France when he claimed the fifth stage at the end of a 175.5-km bumpy ride from St Die des Vosges on Wednesday.

The three-times world champion beat Belgian Wout van Aert and Italian Matteo Trentin in a sprint finish to strengthen his grip on the points classification as he looks to secure a record-breaking seventh green jersey.

* Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton's home British Grand Prix will stay at Silverstone for at least the next five years under a new deal announced on Wednesday. The race's future had been in doubt since 2017, when a break clause was activated to terminate the contract after this weekend's grand prix.

* Rich Energy, a drink brand that recently lost a copyright infringement case over its logo, said on Wednesday it had cancelled a title sponsorship of the Haas Formula One team due to "poor performance". There was no immediate comment from the US-owned team.

* Milan's top soccer clubs, AC Milan and Inter Milan, presented on Wednesday a joint plan to build a new stadium in the city, proposing to invest more than 1.2 billion euros in the project. The stadium would have a capacity of 60,000 and be built next to the current San Siro arena, which is owned by the City of Milan and where they both currently play their home games.

* Manchester City and Manchester United will play the opening match of the new Women's Super League season at the Etihad Stadium on Sept. 7, the Football Association said on Wednesday. Chelsea play Tottenham Hotspur the following day at Stamford Bridge while defending champions Arsenal host West Ham United at Boreham Wood's Meadow Park.

* The number of World Cup qualifiers played by top-ranked teams in the North, Central American and Caribbean Football Confederation will be slashed by almost half, under plans announced on Wednesday. The earlier stages of a campaign that led to a six-nation home-and-away round-robin tournament - known as the hexagonal - has been scrapped. The six highest-ranked teams in the region will instead qualify automatically for the hexagonal, beginning next September. The top three place-getters will then automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

* The Albanian soccer team Partizani made a 0-0 draw with visiting Azeri team Qarabag in Tirana on Wednesday in the first leg of first qualifying round of UEFA Champions League. Partizani will play with Qarabag in the second leg on July 17.

* Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at downtown Manhattan Wednesday morning to celebrate with the US Women's National Soccer Team following their victory at the World Cup 2019.

* The Federation of Uganda Football Association on Wednesday appointed Abdallah Mubiru as the caretaker coach of the national team. Mubiru's first assignment would be the 2020 Africa Nations Championship qualifiers. Uganda will face Somalia in the first round of the qualifiers late this month. Former head coach Sebastien Desabre's contract was terminated on July 6 shortly after Uganda lost to Senegal 1-0 in the round of 16 at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

* The organisers of next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics said on Wednesday that they have collected enough recycled gold, silver and bronze to make the Games' medals. The necessary amounts were secured, with 32 kg of gold, 3,500 kg of silver and 2,200 kg of bronze collected. The committee plans to make the more than 5,000 awards using metal from mobile phones and other small electronic devices.

* The Lao Football Federation plans to hold the President's Cup in capital Vientiane in September to support the development of the women's game from U-16 to senior level. The tournament will be attended by women's football teams from schools, universities and other institutions, the Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday.

Reuters, Xinhua