cycling

Froome wins 19th stage of Giro, grabs pink jersey

• Chris Froome produced one of the great performances of his career, attacking alone on a gravel road up a grueling climb to win the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia and claim the overall leader’s pink jersey Friday. The four-time Tour de France champion launched his solo attack up the race’s highest climb with 50 miles to go and continuously increased his advantage over two more Alpine ascents to finish three minutes ahead of his closest challenger in Bardonecchia, Italy.

tennis

Former player Ilie Nastase arrested twice in a day

• Former tennis player Ilie Nastase was arrested twice in the space of six hours in his native Romania, first on suspicion of driving a car while drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and then for going through a red light on a scooter in Bucharest, Romania. Nastase had a level of 0.55 mg of alcohol per liter of breath, far enough over the legal limit to face a maximum five-year prison sentence.

• Alison Riske of the United States will play Johanna Larsson of Sweden in the Nuremberg Cup final after winning two matches in Nuremberg, Germany. The 105th-ranked Riske defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals, having progressed against the injured Sorana Cirstea earlier when the sixth-seeded Romanian retired at 2-6, 7-5, 1-0.

• Top-seeded Dominic Thiem will take on local favorite Gilles Simon in the final of the Lyon Open after winning two matches in Lyon, France. The eighth-ranked Austrian first needed 50 minutes to complete a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (0), 6-4 victory over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez after their quarterfinal match was suspended by darkness. Thiem then defeated Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in slightly under two hours. Simon beat Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-1, 7-6 (6).

• Fifth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova rallied past fourth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 to reach the final of the Strasbourg International in France. Cibulkova will take on third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in the final.

football

Frank Solich will return to Nebraska to pick up award

• Ohio coach Frank Solich, whose firing at Nebraska is still debated among fans 15 years later, will return to the state this winter to receive a service award from the Football Writers Association of America. Solich will be presented the Tom Osborne Legacy Award at the Outland Trophy banquet on Jan. 9 in Omaha.

• The Green Bay Packers signed tight end Marcedes Lewis, adding another veteran to back up Jimmy Graham. The 6-foot-6 Lewis, who turned 34 last week, played 12 seasons in Jacksonville.

• Bill Mallory, who led Colorado to the Orange Bowl and became the winningest football coach in Indiana history, has died from a brain injury suffered in a recent fall. He was 82.

— ABJ/Ohio.com wires