Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Cycling

Sprint determines Tour's Stage 2

CHERBOURG-EN-COTENTIN, France — World champion Peter Sagan made the most of a steep, short climb in a frenzied finale to win the second stage of the Tour de France and claim the race leader's yellow jersey on Sunday.

Sagan, who pulled on the coveted shirt for the first time, used his power on the Cote de la Glacerie leading to the finish line to claim the win.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, who started the final sprint, was second in the 114-mile stage between Saint-Lo and Cherbourg-en-Cotentin in Normandy, with Spaniard Alejandro Valverde in third place. Two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador, who crashed for a second consecutive day, was dropped in the final climb and lost 48 seconds.

NHL

Panthers finalize deals with two forwards

The Panthers finalized the signing of forward Vincent Trocheck to a six-year, $28.5 million contract. Florida also locked in forward Reilly Smith with a five-year deal worth $25 million, the Miami Herald reported. Trocheck had 25 goals and 28 assists for Florida last season, helping Florida win the Atlantic Division title. Smith came to the Panthers in a trade with Boston last July and had a career-best 25 goals and added 25 assists

Ducks: Defenseman Nate Guenin agreed to a one-year, $600,000 contract to return to Anaheim. He spent the past three seasons with Colorado and had a career-high 15 points in the 2014-15 campaign. Guenin played 15 games for the Ducks in 2011-12.

Stars: Free agent forward Adam Cracknell signed a one-year deal with his fifth team in four seasons. Cracknell split last season between Vancouver and Edmonton, appearing in 48 games total.

Soccer

New York City FC finally topples rival

Jack Harrison scored an early goal and set up David Villa for one in the second-half as FC New York City beat the visiting Red Bulls 2-0 for its first win over its local Major League Soccer rival. FCNYC (7-5-6) also rose to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. The Red Bulls had won the first four meetings with its rival including a 7-0 blowout this season.

England: Chelsea signed Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi and Arsenal struck a deal for Japanese forward Takuma Asano as Premier League clubs remained active early in Europe's summer transfer window. Batshuayi joined from Marseille, reportedly for $44 million). Asano will move from J-League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan.

Et cetera

Volleyball: The United States swept Russia 35-33, 25-17, 25-21 in Dallas to reach the final six in the Federation of International Volleyball world league for the third consecutive year. The Americans will joining Italy, Serbia, France, Brazil and host Poland in Krakow from July 13-17, the last major event before the Olympics.

College basketball: Loyola of Chicago parted ways with women's coach Sheryl Swoopes, who was under investigation by the school. The school said in April that it would look into claims brought against Swoopes by former players. One, Cate Soan, said Swoopes humiliated her and created a hostile environment.

Horses: World Approval took command turning for home and held off Money Multiplier by 11/4 lengths to win the $300,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

Doping: Olympic gold medalist Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey was cleared to race again as she appeals an eight-year suspension. Alptekin was banned in August for eight years for blood doping and gave up her 1,500-meter gold medal from the 2012 Olympics.

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