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Van der Poel reclaims Tour of Britain lead in stage six

Friday, 2019-09-13 10:23:56
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Mathieu van der Poel competes during the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain. (Photo: Alex Whitehead/
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Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel reclaimed the lead at the Tour of Britain during Thursday’s sixth stage in Worcestershire after finishing sixth in the individual time trial.

Van der Poel, who lost the lead on Wednesday, is now six seconds ahead of Italian Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton–Scott) in the general classification. The Corendon–Circus cyclist finished 12 seconds behind stage winner Edoardo Affini of Italy, also with Mitchelton–Scott, who finished the 14.4 km stage in a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds.

* A day after winning the Arnold Palmer Award as the 2018-19 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Im Sung-jae celebrated the start of the new season in style with a hole-in-one during the opening round at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia on Thursday. The feat helped the Korean to a four-under 66 that left him four shots behind American leader Robby Shelton in White Sulphur Springs.

* Twice Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has sacked her second coach in seven months, splitting with Jermaine Jenkins in the wake of her disappointing US Open title defence. Jenkins, a long-time hitting partner of Venus Williams, replaced Sascha Bajin in February, weeks after Osaka's Australian Open triumph.

* After revamping their stadium by cutting out a much-maligned running track and elevating its capacity to 40,000, Real Sociedad finally have a home to be proud of and they believe it can help their bid to return to being one of Spain's top clubs. The Basque side have been forced to play away in their first three matches of the season while the finishing touches were applied to their ground but on Saturday, they will finally be back on home turf when they face early La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

* The introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has been unable to prevent four wrong decisions in the Premier League matches this season, referees' chief Mike Riley has said.

* England's Callum Shinkwin fired a six-under par 66 to carve out a one-stroke lead after the first round of the 100th edition of the KLM Open in Amsterdam on Thursday. The 26-year-old struck three birdies and an eagle on the par-five third, offset by a single bogey, to turn in 32 and added two more birdies on the back nine to emerge as the clubhouse leader at The International.

* Southampton are still counting the cost of last month's League Cup win over Fulham, with manager Ralph Hasenhuettl confirming that influential midfielder Nathan Redmond would miss Saturday's Premier League trip to promoted Sheffield United.

* Colombian Sergio Higuita earned his first professional victory by winning stage 18 in the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday as Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic closed in on the title by increasing his overall advantage to two minutes and 50 seconds.

* World soccer body FIFA's independent ethics committee on Thursday banned former Paraguayan football president Juan Angel Napout from the sport for life and fined him one million Swiss francs (819,406.13 pounds) for bribery.

* Giovani Lo Celso's injury on international duty was a huge blow to both Tottenham Hotspur and the Argentine midfielder as he was just starting to adapt to his new surroundings in the Premier League, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday. Lo Celso, signed on loan by Spurs on transfer deadline day from Spanish side Real Betis, suffered a hip injury during Argentina's 0-0 draw with Chile last week and the club confirmed on Tuesday that he would be sidelined until the end of October.

* Four-times Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters plans to come out of retirement after a seven-year hiatus, returning to the WTA Tour in 2020, the 36-year-old Belgian said on Thursday. The decision marks Clijsters' second return to the sport after first retiring in 2007.

* With Lionel Messi still injured, faltering La Liga champions Barcelona host Valencia on Saturday (Sep 14) needing to prove they can produce big performances without their talisman. Messi has not played a minute of football this season due to a calf injury and without him Barca have made their worst start to a campaign since 2008, taking four points from three games.

* Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is the latest player to fall to the club's recent injury curse after sustaining a thigh problem, which is set to rule him out of the club's Champions League opener away to Paris St Germain next week. The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner did not train with Real on Thursday after returning from international duty with Croatia and the club released a brief statement saying he had injured his right thigh, without stating how long he would be out.

* Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya will be officially awarded her gold medal from the 2011 world athletics championships at this year’s edition in Doha, but will not be there to receive it. Semenya was elevated to the gold medal position two years ago when Russian athlete Mariya Savinova, who sped past her on the final straight, was later disqualified for doping violations.

* Former world number one Andy Murray will return to the Shanghai Masters for the first time since 2016 after the Briton was awarded a wildcard for the tournament, organisers said on Thursday. Murray, a three-times winner in Shanghai, is looking to play himself back into form in singles after undergoing career-saving hip resurfacing surgery earlier this year.