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Sir Bradley Wiggins wins Tour of California cycling race

Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) won the 2014 Tour of California, with full support from his Sky teammates. Rounding out the final podium was Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp), 30 seconds down, and Lawson Craddock (Team Giant-Shimano), one minute, 48 seconds behind Wiggins.

 

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Team Cannondale's Peter Sagan won the green points jersey (47 points), with William Routley (Optum p/b/ Kelly Benefit Strategies) capturing the polka dot mountain jersey, and Craddock won the white jersey for best young rider.

 

The Tour of California continues to grow each year, with bigger names from the European peloton heading to the Golden State every May. The statewide race is the No. 1 cycling race in the United States, and will likely only garner more fan support heading into 2015.

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'Rampage' wins controversial decision over 'King Mo' at Bellator 120

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson won a controversial decision to capture the Bellator light heavyweight tournament against rival Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. The fight went three rounds, 15-minutes, with many MMA fans thinking King Mo did enough to steal the victory - but the judges didn't see it that way.

 

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Many thought the fight would be scored 29-28 in favor of Lawal, but Rampage won the decision, picking up a clean sweep of 29-28 against his longtime rival. It should be interesting to see what happens, as Rampage will have a shot against Bellator light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton, despite being part-time training partners.

 

"Emanuel and I both share the same coach, the great Antonio McKee. That guy is the secret to my success in addition to my coaches at the Wolfslair," Rampage noted following his victory. "But the fact of it is, Emanuel and I, we both share Antonio McKee. We train together sometimes."

FIFA boss says hosting World Cup in Qatar in 2022 was "a mistake"

During an interview with Swiss TV channel, the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, said that hosting the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 was a terrible idea. He said: "of course it was a mistake," but when asked about the decision to host the even in the summer of the Northern Hemisphere, he said "one makes a lot of mistakes in life".

 

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The choice of where the FIFA World Cup in 2022 would be hosted has been quite controversial, especially with summers in Qatar being very, very hot and humid. Temperatures can reach a ball-melting 120 degrees, right around the time the FIFA World Cup will take place. Qatar has promised that it will build air-conditioned stadiums, and other measures to make sure players and spectators are comfortable.

 

The hot weather is such an issue that some proposed that the 2022 World Cup be hosted in winter, but this decision was left behind as winter is the season when Europe and most of the world's professional clubs have their regular seasons. The issue Qatar, and the world faces now, is workers having to be in those temperatures building the stadiums and surrounding buildings.

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Heat cut the Nets, Spurs finish Blazers

Lebron James scored 29 while Wade added 28 to lift the Miami Heat over the Brooklyn Nets 96-94, winning the best of seven series 4-1. The Heat will face the winner of the Pacers / Wizards series in the Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers can close out the Wizards tonight in-game 6 of that series in Washington.

 

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Out west, the San Antonio Spurs closed out the Portland Trailblazers 104 - 82 taking the best of seven series 4 - 1. Tim Duncan scored 16 and added 8 rebounds while Patty Mills scored 18 and Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each scored 22 points overcoming an injury to Tony Parker in the second quarter. The Spurs will face the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder / L.A. Clippers series which the Thunder can close out tonight in-game 6 being held at the STAPLES center in Los Angeles.

Pacers take 3-1 lead over Wizards, Clippers rally over Thunder

Paul George played 46 minutes and scored 39 to lead the Indiana Pacers back from a 19 point deficit to take a 3-1 series lead over the Washington Wizards. Roy Hibbert added 17 points and nine rebounds in the 95-92 victory. The Pacers can close out the series Tuesday night, hosting Game 5.

 

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On the west coast, Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 25 points while Chris Paul added 23 and 18 assists as the Clippers rallied late to even the series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the 14th comeback by the Clippers this season after trailing by double digits. They rallied from 12 points down in the second quarter of Game 7 to oust Golden State in the first round. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

Wizards bounce Bulls, advance to Eastern Conference semifinals

The Washington Wizards capped of the first round series against the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night with a game and series victory, 75-69. This victory marks the first series win for the Wizards since 2005, when they eliminated the Bulls 4 games to two.

 

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John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 41 points leading the team. The Wizards will meet Indiana or Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals, where the Atlanta Hawks lead the series 3-2.

NBA bans, fines Donald Sterling

Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling was banned from and fined by the NBA to the tune of 2.5 Million dollars, after Sterling was recorded making racist comments. Clippers president Andy Roeser will handle day to day operations of the club for now, according to a person familiar with the situation.

 

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Furthermore NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver went on to say "As for Mr. Sterling's ownership interest in the Clippers, I will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that happens."

Miami Heat finish sweep of Bobcats

The Miami Heat finished the sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats out of the NBA Playoffs Monday night. The final score ended 109 - 98 with Lebron James scoring 31 and Dwyane Wade adding 15 points in 30 minutes. The two-time defending NBA champions, Miami Heat will await the winner of the Brooklyn-Toronto series, which is tied 2-2.

 

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The Heat improved to 16-2 in first-round games since Lebron James arrived in South Beach four years ago. This was the second straight year the Heat swept their first-round series, taking out Milwaukee in four games last season.

 

When asked about playing Charlotte in the first round Lebron James responded by saying "We got tested by a young, scrappy Bobcats team, We responded with a championship-type attitude.".

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Team Orica-GreenEdge's Simon Gerrans wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Team Orica-GreenEdge rider Simon Gerrans won the 100th edition of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège cycling race on Sunday morning. The Australian 33-year-old has proven to be a skilled rider over the years, winning his national champions jersey, wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, and picking up one-day classics victories.

 

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"To win any Liège-Bastogne-Liège is very special, but the fact it's the 100th edition really puts my name in the history of the race, it's a real honor," Gerrans said following his impressive ride. "Our team got some fantastic results in 100th edition of the Tour (de France) last year, and now to do that again - maybe that's a good omen."

 

Defending winner Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) was just 250 meters away from capturing a second Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but hit the deck in the last turn, giving Gerrans the perfect opportunity to win. Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) rounded out the podium, bringing the Belgian Ardennes Classics season to a close.

Jon Jones batters Glover Teixeira at UFC 172, en route to decision win

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones completely dominated heavy-handed Brazilian Glover Teixeira en route to a five-round decision win at UFC 172. Jones battered Teixeira on the feet, where the Brazilian was expected to pose the toughest challenge - using a mix of crisp boxing, effective kicks, and brutal elbows through all five rounds.

 

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Jones will now have a rematch against Alexander Gustafsson, the Swedish fighter that fought to a close decision loss in their first fight. If Gustafsson is unable to beat Jones, it seems unlikely that anyone else has a shot against the 26-year-old, fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

It's unknown how long Jones will continue to fight - despite his young age - he has accomplished so much during his UFC career, and other lucrative opportunities will emerge. For MMA fighting fans, next up is Jones-Gustafsson II, and then we'll see what happens later down the road.

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