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WORLD SPORTS at 0000 GMT

WORLD SPORTS at 0000 GMT

TOP STORY:

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE

PERIGUEUX, France -- Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirms he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage. Nibali all but ensured he will be crowned Tour champion for the first time thanks to winning the last mountain stage on Thursday. But a desire to leave nothing to chance, even with the biggest overall lead in 17 years, sees him push himself in the individual time trial for fourth place behind winner and German speedster Tony Martin. In doing so, the rider they call "The Shark" pads his overall lead on Stage 20 by more than 40 seconds to nearly eight minutes. By Jamey Keaten. SENT: 800 words, photos.

With:

-- PERIGUEUX, France -- CYC--Tour de France-5 Things. By Greg Keller. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

MOTORSPORT:

CAR--F1-HUNGARIAN GP

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Formula One leader Nico Rosberg claims the Hungarian Grand Prix pole while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton will start at the back of the grid after an engine fire prevents him from setting a qualifying time. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT: 580 words, photos.

With:

-- BUDAPEST, Hungary -- CAR--F1-Hungarian GP-Ferari. SENT: 300 words, photos.

Also:

-- INDIANAPOLIS -- CAR--NASCAR-Brickyard. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 510 words, photos.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES:

COM--COMMONWEALTH GAMES

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Emily Seebohm successfully defends the 100-meter backstroke gold medal she won at New Delhi four years ago to continue Australia's domination in the Commonwealth Games pool. Australia has three more wins to compile eight golds in three nights in the water. That's helped the country move level with England on overall gold medals -- 17 each. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 550 words, photos.

COM--BOLT ARRIVES

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Almost immediately after Usain Bolt landed in Scotland, the level of hero worship afforded to him demonstrated just how important the sprint star's participation is to the Commonwealth Games. The Jamaican has never raced before at the Commonwealths, and his slow recovery from a foot injury had put this appearance in doubt. Despite skipping the individual sprints, Bolt insists he will honor a commitment to enter the relay -- both the heat and a probable final. By Rob Harris. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--CANADIAN OPEN

MONTREAL -- Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal. SENT: 110 words.

ALSO:

-- MOSCOW -- GLF--Russian Open. SENT: 310 words.

-- OWINGS MILLS, Maryland -- GLF--International Crown. UPCOMING: 400 words by 0100 GMT.

-- BRIDGEND, Wales -- GLF--Senior British Open. By Trevor Peake. SENT: 520 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--ENGLAND-INDIA

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he is "very hurt" by the International Cricket Council's decision to fine Ravindra Jadeja for an incident with England bowler James Anderson. On the eve of the third test at the Rose Bowl, Dhoni puts up a fierce defense of his teammate. By Jack Bezants. SENT: 640 words, photos.

BOXING:

BOX--GOLOVKIN-GEALE

NEW YORK -- WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) puts his WBA and IBO titles on the line against two-time world champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) at Madison Square Garden. UPCOMING: 300 words by 0400 GMT.

TENNIS:

-- GSTAAD, Switzerland -- TEN--Swiss Open. SENT: 110 words, photos.

-- BAKU, Azerbaijan -- TEN--Baku Cup. SENT: 110 words.

-- ATLANTA, Georgia -- TEN--Atlanta Open. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.

-- UMAG, Croatia -- TEN--Croatia Open. SENT: 50 words.

Other stories:

-- COOPERSTOWN, New York -- BBO--Hall of Fame-Changes. Hall cuts eligibility to 10 years. SENT: 250 words.

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Updated : 2021-04-14 18:26 GMT+08:00