Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert, former road race world champion and current BMC Racing Team rider, won the Amstel Gold Race for a third time on Sunday. Gilbert conquered the 251.8-km. course in 6:25:57, cracking his rivals at the base of the Cauberg climb, immediately after a breakaway group was reeled back in.
Lotto Belisol rider Jelle Vanendert and Orica-Greenedge's Simon Gerrands rounded out the podium, finishing five and six seconds behind Gilbert. It was a tough day for the peloton, as riders such as Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing), Joaquim Rodriguez (Team Katusha) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) crashed or otherwise were forced to throw in the towel before reaching the finish.
Next up is La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege before the peloton transitions to longer tour stage races ramping up to the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.
A late solo attack from Niki Terpstra gave Team Omega Pharma-Quick Step another Paris-Roubaix victory, with the Dutch rider breaking free of the lead pack on the last sector of cobblestones six kilometers before the finish.
Terpstra explains when he was given the order to attack: "As soon as I heard that, I didn't wait 20 seconds. I just went full gas, like I like to do. It was not clear how much of a margin I had. I knew I was in the front, and when I looked behind, I saw I had a good gap. I didn't look backagain, because you know they're coming. I wasn't sure I was going to win until reaching the velodrome."
The 2013 Paris-Roubaix winner, Fabian Cancellara, had to settle for third place in the finale of the cycling spring classics season.
Prior to Saturday night, Tigers' starting pitcher, Justin Verlander went 0 for 26 in his ten-year career in the big leagues. Coming up to bat in the second inning, Verlander took a first pitch strike and regrouped to hit Padres' Ian Kennedy's 91-mph fastball over second base for his first career hit.
Verlander wasn't stopping their though as he came up to bat in the fourth inning and singled to right,beating out the throw by Chris Denorfia. As a pitcher, Verlander held the Padres to two runs on eight hits over seven innings leading the Tigers to a 6-2 victory
When asked about his first career hit Verlander replied "After nine years in the big leagues, I don't think the Padres were thinking it was my first hit, but I got the ball back."
Former Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Vansummeren will race tomorrow for the Garmin-Sharp cycling team, one week after a frightening crash during the Tour of Flanders last weekend.
Vansummeren collided with spectators in a center median on the roadway, in which an elderly lady was transported to the hospital and placed in an intensive care unit.
Here is video of the high-speed crash:
Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback along with two more unnamed NFL players are under investigation by Miami police for what reports are calling an "alleged sexual assault". According to a report acquired by USA Today, the incident took place at the Viceroy in Miami, with Ricardo Lockette from the Seahawks and Quinton Patton of the 49ers also named on the report next to Kaepernick.
The alleged victim told police, she was spending time with the three NFL players drinking and smoking marijuana and ended up in a bedroom with Kaepernick.
The Seahawks and 49ers both released statements to the press today with 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke saying: "The organization is aware of the report and is in the process of gathering the facts.". The Seahawks organization released a report stating: "The team is aware of the situation and is monitoring it closely and will not have any further comment at this time".
Chances are if you grew up in the 80s or 90s you have heard of the Ultimate Warrior. Born in 1960 as James Hellwig he was known for his charisma in and out of the ring and even went so far to legally change his name to Warrior in 1993. Sadly, the Ultimate Warrior passed away Tuesday night at the young age of 54.
In a statement from the WWE: "We are grateful just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior's family, friends and fans."
In his final public appearance Monday night, Warrior donned the long jacket with his image airbrushed on the back and put on a mask that looked like his trademark face paint. Addressing the fans Warrior said: "No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers -- by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever. I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever."
Kansas City Royals second baseman, Omar Infante experienced a sprained jaw after a wild pitch by Tampa Bay Rays' Heath Miller caught him in the face. Infante was able to walk away under his own power, albeit spitting blood. The Royals said Tuesday morning that Infante had suffered a "non-concussive head injury" that required six stitches. Infante will remain under evaluation for 48 hrs while the Royals decide whether ot not to put the second baseman on the 15 day DL.
When asked about Infante, Royals manager Ned Yost replied "He was smoked. We're worried about a concussion, too. It shakes you for sure because it's a very ugly sound for somebody to be hit in the face, It was a cool night, but I noticed I broke out in a sweat real quick, so it definitely affected me. Of course, you have a lot of worry about it."
It was only a year ago, when the UConn Huskies were entering their first season in the new AAC after leaving the Big East, or rather being booted. To make matters worse their leader and long time head coach, Jim Calhoun left the team citing health reasons, and to put the icing on the cake the Huskies were banned from the 2013 NCAA Tournament before the season even started.
Monday night was different for the Huskies staying one step ahead of their opponent the Kentucky Wildcats all night. Springing out to a 15 point lead and managing to stave off every comeback attempt and even a late run by the Wildcats. UConn guard Shabazz Napier scored 22 points,6 boards and 3 assists and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.
When asked about Napier, former coach Jim Calhoun replied "When they say Ray, Rip, Ben, Emeka, Kemba -- they'll soon say Shabazz."
J.R Smith, New York Knicks' guard attempted 22 three-pointers Sunday night in a contest against the Miami Heat. The 22 shot attempts hoisted Smith into the record books for the most 3-pointers attempted in one game a record previously held by Damon Stoudemire since 2005. Out of those 22 attempts, Smith did manage to score on 10 of them setting yet another record for the most 3 pointers by a New York Knick.
As for the game itself, the Knicks lost to the Miami Heat 102-90. This loss to the Heat drops the Knicks further behind the Atlanta Hawks in the bid for the East's last playoff berth.
In the last season of his illustrious career, Derek Jeter has furthered his climb on the all-time hit list. Today, in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Jeter added two hits one in the third and fourth innings bringing his career total to 3,320 passing up Paul Molitor and bringing him closer to 7th place holder Carl Yastrzemski and 110 hits behind Honus Wagner which hold 6th on the all time hit list.
When asked about the milestone Jeter replied "It's special; I grew up watching Paul,I played against him briefly. I have a lot of respect for him and his career. Any time you talk about eighth in anything, it's special. It definitely means a lot."