SALSOMAGGIORE TERME, Italy -- French rider Nacer Bouhanni timed another sprint to perfection to win his third stage in this years Giro dItalia, and Cadel Evans overall lead remained unchanged after Tuesdays 10th leg. Russell Westbrook Jersey . Bouhanni clocked just over 4 hours on the mostly flat 173-kilometre (108-mile) route from Modena to Salsomaggiore Terme. Italian rider Giacomo Nizzolo finished second for his fourth podium finish of this years race and Michael Matthews of Australia was third, both with the same time as Bouhanni. It was the eighth win this year and the 28th career victory for Bouhanni, who rides for the FDJ.fr team. "The speed was very high at the end. I took Nizzolos wheel and was able to pass him," Bouhanni said of his burst to the line. "My goal is the points jersey." With Mark Cavendish skipping the Giro and with Marcel Kitttle having withdrawn after winning the first two individual stages, Bouhanni doesnt have many rivals in the sprints capable of beating him. "Cavendish is Cavendish and Im Bouhanni," the stage winner said when asked who was faster, adding that he stays fit in the off-season by boxing. A crash in the final kilometre involved American sprinter Tyler Farrar. Belgian rider Yannick Eijssen, a teammate of Evans with BMC, was involved in a fall with about 20 kilometres (12 miles) to go and was put on a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance with a brace around his neck. Evans remained 57 seconds ahead of Colombian rival Rigoberto Uran in the overall standings. Stage 11 Wednesday is a 249-kilometre (155-mile) leg from Collecchio to Savona with two minor climbs, including one shortly before the finish. Evans, the 37-year-old Australian who won the 2011 Tour de France, was looking ahead to Thursdays 41.9-kilometre (26-mile) individual time trial from Barbaresco to Barolo, which celebrates two of Italys best-known wines. "I think it suits me better than most of my overall rivals," Evans said. The race ends in Trieste on June 1. Kemba Walker Jersey . Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, was elected Tuesday as president of the International Olympic Committee. He succeeds Jacques Rogge, who stepped down after 12 years. Bach, the longtime favourite, defeated five candidates in a secret ballot for the most influential job in international sports, keeping the presidency in European hands. Walter Payton Jersey . -- Houstons All-Star tandem of James Harden and Dwight Howard refused to let the Rockets give in to fatigue.EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Two months ago, Matt Kalil and the rest of the Minnesota Vikings offensive linemen were reeling.The Detroit Lions had just sacked rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater eight times, relentless pressure that also led to three interceptions, while forcing seven punts and limiting the Vikings to three points.The division rematch has arrived this week, and the Vikings are now down three of their five original starters to injuries. That doesnt mean theyre anxious, tough, about having again to block Ziggy Ansah, Ndamukong Suh and the rest of that fierce front four the Lions have.Im not worried about this game at all, Kalil said. I think the guys weve got up there are pretty solid.Ansah has 15 1/2 sacks in 27 career games, 2 1/2 against Kalil and the Vikings on Oct. 12.Ive definitely got my hands full, but their other defensive linemen are pretty good, too, Kalil said.This has been a rough season for the former fourth overall draft pick, taken by the Vikings in 2012 out of USC, but he has started to play a bit better over the second half of the season despite a persistence of costly penalties.The overall protection for Bridgewater has been better, too, as hes learned to deliver the ball more quickly without letting the pass rush alter his throws. Bridgewater has taken a total of 13 sacks over the past six games.Most remarkable about the improvement is that the Vikings have done so with a majority of backups. Kalil and centre John Sullivan are still intact, but Joe Berger is at right guard for Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris is playing right tackle for Phil Loadholt.Both Fusco and Loadholt are on injured reserve with torn pectoral muscles. Left guard Charlie Johnson hurt his anklle in the last game, too, so Vlad Ducasse is in line to replace him against the Lions. Signed Tom Brady Jersey. Ducasse started four games for Fusco before Berger took over there.Its a next-man-up mentality. I know Vlad is going to come in and do a great job for us, Harris said. This is my third game now. The coaches are expecting me to perform at a high level. Just play ball. Thats it.Kalil and offensive co-ordinator Norv Turner, unprompted in separate interviews, each credited offensive line coach Jeff Davidson for his patchwork.Jeffs been doing a great job all year of just throwing guys in random spots, getting them used to playing all different positions, Davidson said.None more than Berger, the veteran now in his 10th NFL season, his fourth with the Vikings. He has been the go-to guy at both guard spots and centre when injuries have come up.Hes kind of the mauler in there, Kalil said.Special teams co-ordinator Mike Priefer, speaking about the lack of touchdowns on kickoff returns this year, mentioned missing Bergers blocking on that unit now that hes a starter on offence.He does get outmanned a little bit at times, but I think he makes up for with having a good understanding of what were trying to do and being in the right position, Turner said.Berger, who played at NCAA Division II Michigan Tech and grew up in the state, will have several family members and friends at Ford Field on Sunday. So this is a special game for him. But hes not letting the Lions become that big of a deal.Theyre a good defensive front. We just need to do what we need to do, take care of ourselves and well be all right, Berger said.___AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
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Dec 05, 2019
Italian rider Giacomo
Italian rider Giacomo