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Sports news briefs — May 17

Compiled from wire reports

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Arsenal ends 9-year drought in FA Cup

Aaron Ramsey ended Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought, completing his team’s comeback in extra time in the FA Cup final to clinch a 3-2 victory over Hull in London.

Saturday was shaping up as an embarrassing day for Arsenal at Wembley Stadium, when Hull scored twice in the first eight minutes. Hull has never won a major trophy in its 110-year history.

But after goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies, Santi Cazorla began Arsenal’s comeback in the 17th minute by scoring directly from a free kick.

Laurent Koscielny tied the score in the 71st minute to force the game into extra time, where Ramsey completed a slick move to score the goal that will ease the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

It was Arsenal’s first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.

CYCLING

Sagan wins stage 
of Tour of California

• Slovakia’s Peter Sagan won the seventh stage of the Tour of California in a field sprint and Britain’s Bradley Wiggins closed in on the overall title.

Sagan, riding for Cannondale, jumped to the front just after the final corner to win the 88.7-mile Santa Clarita road race in 3 hours, 24 minutes, 33 seconds.

Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner who rides for Sky, finished in the main field to maintain his 30-second lead over Australia’s Rohan Dennis of Garmin-Sharp. American Lawson Craddock of Giant-Shimano remained third overall, 1:48 behind.

• Italy’s Diego Ulissi made a final push to win a tough eighth stage as the Giro d’Italia took to the mountains, while Cadel Evans ended Michael Matthews’ grip on the overall lead.

Ulissi made his move inside the final 300 meters, bursting out of the peloton to edge Robert Kiserlovski for a second stage win in the race. Wilco Kelderman was third on the 111-mile leg from Foligno to Montecopiolo.

Evans finished fifth to take the lead from fellow Australian Matthews, who had worn the pink jersey for six days. Evans has a 57-second advantage over Rigoberto Uran, with Rafal Majka third.

HOCKEY

Unbeaten Russia reaches quarters

• Russia secured a quarterfinals berth at the ice hockey world championship with a 4-1 win over Latvia to remain unbeaten in Minsk, Belarus.

Russia outshot Latvia 43-15 in its fifth consecutive win. It leads Group B, with still two games to go, by six points ahead of Latvia and Belarus. The United States and Finland are another point behind.

Also, Denmark upset the Czech Republic 4-3 in a penalty shootout, France prevailed in another penalty shootout to edge Norway 5-4, and host Belarus rallied to beat Germany 5-2.

— From wire reports


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