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Sports news briefs — Aug. 31

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cycling

Konig claims stage in Spanish Vuelta

• Czech rider Leopold Konig used a final uphill surge to win the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, while Nicolas Roche took over the leader’s red jersey.

Konig passed Igor Anton before holding off Daniel Moreno’s sprint to claim the 104-mile ride from Jerez de la Frontera ending with a category-one summit finish at Alto de Penas Blancas.

Konig, 25, finished with a time of 4 hours, 9 minutes, 46 seconds. Moreno was 1 second behind, and Roche crossed 5 seconds back.

The strong day moved Konig up to fifth in the overall standings, 29 seconds off Roche’s leading pace.

Roche, the Irish SaxoBank-Tinkoff cyclist, opened up a 17-second lead over Moreno and American veteran Christopher Horner. Former leader Vincenzo Nibali ended up 18 seconds behind.

Soccer

Manchester City defeats Hull 2-0

• Manchester City avoided another slip against a Premier League newcomer by beating Hull 2-0 on Saturday, a week after losing at Cardiff. City, playing at home, broke through in the second half when Alvaro Negredo headed in Pablo Zabaleta’s cross and Yaya Toure scored from a free kick.

• Juventus cruised to a 4-1 victory over 10-man Lazio in Serie A as the defending Italian champions inflicted another one-sided defeat on the Rome club. Lazio was looking to avenge its 4-0 loss to Juventus in the Italian Super Cup two weeks ago, but two excellent finishes from Arturo Vidal sent Juventus on its way. Miroslav Klose reduced the deficit with his first goal against Juventus, but Mirko Vucinic restored the home side’s two-goal advantage shortly after halftime.

other SPORTS

U.S. volleyball loses to Italy in Japan

• The United States women’s volleyball team lost to Italy in five sets in Sapporo, Japan, at the World Grand Prix tournament. The 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 16-14 result was the fourth consecutive loss for the U.S. in the Final Round of the world’s top international volleyball tournament. The defending champions have one more match, against Japan on today. After coming back to win the first set, and taking a 2-1 lead after three, the U.S. thought it had finally put away Italy in the fifth by winning a point while up 14-11. But the referee called a touch and Italy went on to save four match points.

• Iowa State men’s basketball player Bubu Palo, reinstated last January after he served a suspension, has been dismissed from the team. Palo originally was suspended last year after being charged with second-degree sexual assault. That charge was dropped in January and the university’s Office of Judicial Affairs cleared him to play, allowing him to return to the team.

• Alpha held off Flat Out by a head in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Trained by Kieran McLaughlin and ridden by John Velazquez, the 4-year-old Alpha ran 1⅛ miles over a sloppy track in 1:49.28 and earned $450,000 for Godolphin Stable with the close victory over Flat Out.

• William Campbell, a former U.S. Amateur champion who played on eight Walker Cup teams and later served two years as president of the U.S. Golf Association, died Friday at his home in Lewisburg, W.Va. He was 90. Campbell was USGA president from 1982-83 and served on its executive committee for 10 years. In 1987 he became only the third American to be elected captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, and the only man to have led both of golf’s governing bodies.

• Hamish Bond and Eric Murray of New Zealand won the men’s pair at the world rowing championships in Chungju, South Korea, to claim their fifth consecutive title in the event. After a slow start, Bond and Murray moved into the lead at the 500-meter mark and finished comfortably ahead of Olympic silver medalists Germain Chardin and Dorian Mortelette of France. Helen Glover and Polly Swann of Britain won the women’s pair event, finishing ahead of Roxana Cogianu and Nicoleta Albu of Romania. New Zealand’s Kayla Pratt and Rebecca Scown were third. Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli of Norway won the men’s lightweight double sculls, beating Simon Schuerch and Mario Gyr of Switzerland.

— From wire reports


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