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Sports Digest: Sagan wins 10th stage as Giro d’Italia hit by positive virus tests

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Sports activities Digest: Sagan wins tenth stage as Giro d’Italia hit by constructive virus exams

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Slovakia’s Peter Sagan appears up previous to the tenth stage of the Giro d’Italia biking race from Lanciano to Tortoreto, Italy on Tuesday. The Giro d’Italia has been thrown into chaos with two full groups and two elite riders withdrawing from the race following a sequence of constructive exams for the coronavirus. Massimo Paolone/LaPresse by way of AP

 

TORTORETO, Italy — Peter Sagan gained the hilly tenth stage of the Giro d’Italia, which was contested Tuesday regardless of two groups withdrawing from the race due to coronavirus instances.

Sagan, a three-time world champion who’s racing the Giro for the primary time, was determined for a win after three second-place ends in the race. He now has gained levels in all three Grand Excursions – the Giro (1), Tour de France (12) and Spanish Vuelta (4).

And the Slovakian rider did it in type on Tuesday, moving into an early breakaway after which launching a solo uphill assault within the remaining levels on roads made treacherous by rain. It was Sagan’s first win of the season.

“Lastly I gained in my type – with a present,” Sagan stated.

Portuguese rider João Almeida held onto the general chief’s pink jersey.

The race was disrupted earlier than the stage when the Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma groups withdrew. 4 Mitchelton-Scott workers members examined constructive for the coronavirus. That got here after Mitchelton-Scott group chief Simon Yates withdrew earlier than Saturday’s eighth stage after additionally contracting COVID-19.

Dutch contender Steven Kruijswijk of Jumbo-Visma and Australian rider Michael Matthews of Group Sunweb additionally examined constructive amid 571 exams for all riders and workers members coinciding with Monday’s relaxation day. Kruijswijk, Matthews and Mitchelton-Scott have been withdrawn from the occasion in accordance with race organizers. Jumbo-Visma then introduced minutes earlier than the stage began that it was withdrawing the remainder of its group, too.

However the stage began as scheduled and Sagan wanted simply over 4 hours to finish the 177-kilometer (110-mile) leg from Lanciano to Tortoreto within the central Abruzzo area.

HOCKEY

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: The Champions Hockey League, one in every of Europe’s main ice hockey competitions, canceled its 2020-21 season Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The CHL was attributable to start subsequent month in an already shortened format with a knockout bracket and no round-robin.

League CEO Martin Baumann stated the board determined Tuesday to cancel due to quarantine guidelines for worldwide vacationers and the current rise in coronavirus instances throughout Europe.

“Journey restrictions between taking part nations have been an enormous difficulty and even when a lot of them might have been probably solved by receiving particular permits from authorities, loads of uncertainty and dangers remained – particularly because the epidemiological state of affairs throughout Europe is presently worsening from daily,” he stated in a press release.

Baumann stated that as many as 12 first-round matchups might have been disrupted by journey restrictions.

TENNIS

ST. PETERSBURG OPEN: Andrey Rublev swept previous Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-4 in St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday to win his first match since breaking into the highest 10 on the again of sturdy showings on the U.S. Open and French Open.

The 22-year-old Russian needed to depend on his second serve to beat Pospisil after touchdown simply 46 % of first serves within the opening set. He performs both Ugo Humbert of France or Russian qualifier Pavel Kotov within the second spherical.

Rublev is seeded third in St. Petersburg and entered the highest 10 of the ATP rankings Monday, helped by current runs to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open and French Open, in addition to successful the Hamburg title final month.

There will likely be an all-Russian second-round match after fourth-seeded Karen Khachanov beat Australian James Duckworth 6-4, 6-4 to arrange a gathering with wild card Aslan Karatsev.

Milos Raonic beat U.S. qualifier J.J. Wolf 7-6 (5), 6-1, whereas seventh-seeded Borna Coric beat the Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (2).

SOCCER

MLS: Main League Soccer stated all Colorado Rapids’ matches have been postponed for 10 days.

The league stated the transfer was being made despite the fact that there had been no new confirmed instances of coronavirus amongst Colorado gamers or workers. The MLS stated the postponements have been the results of the variety of instances throughout the group, and the choice was made in session with the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting.

The Rapids haven’t performed since a 5-0 win over San Jose on Sept. 23 and have already had 4 video games postponed. The MLS stated it’s engaged on rescheduling the video games postponed by the 10-day order. These video games have been in opposition to Seattle (Oct. 14), Actual Salt Lake (Oct. 18) and Sporting KC (Oct. 21).

COLLEGES

FLORIDA: No. 10 Florida has 5 new COVID-19 instances, the college reported its newest testing outcomes Tuesday, 4 days earlier than the Gators host defending nationwide champion LSU.

Coach Dan Mullen praised the way in which his group has dealt with coronavirus protocols Monday, avoiding a serious outbreak with the extremely transmissible virus.

“In the event you take a look at what we’ve been in a position to do … I believe we’re a mannequin of security of what we’ve been doing throughout this time interval,” Mullen stated. “I’m actually pleased with how we’ve dealt with every little thing and the way protected we’ve been with every little thing we’re doing and all of the precautions we’ve had in place throughout this time.”

The group had 21 constructive instances as soon as gamers returned to campus in late Might, however it has handled 16 constructive instances since.

CEREMONY POSTPONED: The Nationwide Soccer Basis and Faculty Corridor of Fame has postponed its annual awards dinner due to the uncertainty created by the novel coronavirus and the difficult financial atmosphere brought on by the pandemic.

The dinner was initially scheduled to happen in New York Metropolis on Dec. 8.

NFF Chairman Archie Manning says it’s unattainable to finish the “monumental quantity of planning” required to carry the occasion, which usually marks the tip of school soccer’s common season.

Plans for honoring the 19-member Corridor of Fame class will likely be introduced at a later date.

BOWDEN IMPROVING: Former Florida State soccer coach Bobby Bowden, hospitalized final week after contracting COVID-19, says he’s feeling higher and hopes to go dwelling quickly. Bowden, 90, informed the Tallahassee Democrat on Monday, “I’m doing good. I recognize everybody’s ideas, I actually do.”

Bowden was hospitalized final week in Tallahassee after contracting the virus. He informed the newspaper he has been in a position to stroll round his hospital room. Bowden lately spent practically two weeks within the hospital and rehab after contracting a leg an infection.

Bowden stated the virus hit him onerous.

“You get fever, you get annoyed, you don’t really feel good and also you marvel should you have been in a position to stand up,” Bowden stated. “However now that’s behind me.”

Bowden coached Florida State for 34 years, retiring after the 2009 season. He’s second on the profession victories listing in main school soccer with 357, behind solely the late Joe Paterno of Penn State.


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