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Richie Porte loses ground at Giro d'Italia

A late mechanical proved costly for Team Sky's Richie Porte as Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF) won stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.

Porte slipped to fourth after losing 47 seconds. Credit: PA

Boem was part of the breakaway which held off the charging peloton in the finale of the 200-kilometres route from Civitanova Marche to Forli.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) enjoyed an uneventful day to retain the overall leader's pink jersey, with Porte's bid for the maglia rosa hindered by a mishap with around 5km to go.

The Australian, who began the day 22 seconds behind in third, suffered a late and costly mechanical, losing 47 seconds to the Spaniard to slip to fourth.

Porte now trails Contador by one minute nine seconds overall, with Fabio Aru (Astana) the nearest challenger, three seconds behind.


Review commissioned into Phillip Hughes death

Cricket Australia has commissioned an independent review into the death of former Australia batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being struck by a cricket ball.

Hughes died after being struck in the head by a cricket ball. Credit: PA

The 25-year-old died in November two days after being hit on the neck by a delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement:

When this tragedy happened, I said that it was a freak accident, but it was one freak accident too many.

Never again do we want to see something like that happen on a cricket field.We have a deep responsibility and obligation to look into the events of that awful day to understand everything that occurred and then see what could be done to prevent a similar accident happening in the future.

This is not an exercise designed to apportion blame on any individual for what took place. It is about making sure that as a sport we are doing everything in our power to prevent an accident of this nature happening again.

– CA chief executive James Sutherland

Tom Brady to appeal four game ban for deflated ball

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been banned for four games and the club have been fined one million US dollars for the use of under-inflated footballs in last season's AFC Championship game.

Brady has been issued with a four game ban. Credit: PA

The NFL had been investigating reports that the Patriots, who went on to win the Super Bowl, purposefully sabotaged the balls during the first half of their game against the Indianapolis Colts in January, a controversy that was dubbed "deflategate".

And last week an independent report revealed Brady was "at least generally aware" that under-inflated balls were used during the clash, won 45-7 by the Patriots.

The the NFL announced on Monday that Brady will miss four games without pay and the club will be fined one million US dollars as well as losing their first-round draft pick in 2016 and fourth-round pick in 2017.

Brady's agent Don Yee reacted angrily, claiming: "The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis and we will appeal."

Patriots owner Robert Kraft added: "This punishment far exceeded any reasonable expectation. Tom Brady has our unconditional support. Our belief in him has not wavered."

Stuart Bingham inspired by Mark Allen 'no bottle' jibe

Bingham was inspired by Allen's "no bottle" jibe. Credit: PA

Stuart Bingham has revealed how a casual jibe from Northern Irish cueman Mark Allen spurred him to become world champion.

Allen claimed in 2011 that Bingham had "no bottle", but it came back to haunt the Antrim man when he lost to the Basildon potter at the Australian Goldfields Open that year.

Bingham went on to claim that title, his first major victory after over ten barren years as a professional, and the 38-year-old has gone from strength to strength, adding another major trophy at the Shanghai Masters this season and now the World Championship.

I've got to give thanks to Mark Allen. He got my back up that week in Australia by saying I had no bottle, but since then that's all changed.

I'm world champion but I'm going to be the same person, I'll be playing in all the tournaments and hopefully I'll be a good role model as world champion.

Any kids out there growing up wanting to play should stick at it. That's what I've done.

– Snooker World Champions Stuart Bingham


Celebs out in force as Mayweather beats Pacquiao

Jay Z ringside. Credit: Reuters

A host of Hollywood A-listers and sports stars gathered at the MGM Grand to watch Floyd Mayweather comprehensively outpoint Manny Pacquiao in their eagerly-awaited superfight.

Jamie Foxx on the mic. Credit: Reuters

Veteran actors Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro received the two biggest cheers from the 16,507 when footage of them walking into the arena was televised on the big screen.

Justin Bieber at the fight. Credit: Reuters

At the younger end of the Hollywood spectrum were heavyweight trio Christian Bale, Jamie Foxx, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper, while Drew Barrymore also watched the weltwerweight rivals in action.

Music royalty were also in attendance as Jay Z and Justin Bieber turned up.

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