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FRIBOURG---Michael Albasini of Switzerland
sprinted to his third Tour of Romandie stage win
yesterday, holding off Thomas Voeckler of France
in a three-rider break.
Overall leader Simon Spilak of Slovakia retained
his one-second margin over defending champion
Chris Froome of Britain as both finished the fifth
stage safely in the pack.
Froome will start as favourite when the six-day
Romandie race ends Sunday with an 18-5 kilometre
(11.5-mile) individual time trial.
Albasini, rising for Orica Green-Edge, finished the
173.1-kilometre (107.6-mile) ride in more than four
hours, a bike s length clear of Voeckler. Jan Bakelants
of Belgium was third, and the pack was nine seconds
The 33-year-old Swiss rider also won sprint finishes
in Sion and Montreux before losing time to Spilak
and Froome in Friday s mountains stage.
at Tour of
CAIRO---Gambia has been banned from all
African football competitions for two years, the
continental body said yesterday, after fielding
five overage players in a qualifier for Africa s
The Confederation of African Football said that
its executive committee decided to suspend the
Gambia Football Association at a meeting last week
after the under-20 team was found to have falsified
The ban means Gambia s senior national team
will be unable to take part in qualifying for the
2015 African Cup of Nations. It was due to play
Seychelles this month in a first-round qualifier.
The small West African nation has never qualified
for the African Cup or the World Cup. Gambian
clubs also won t be able to play in CAF s continental
competitions for two years.
CAF found that all five players were born not
later than 1994 and therefore ineligible to play in
the under-20 qualifying game against Liberia on
April 6. Gambia won the match 1-0 before the
result was annulled and the tie awarded to Liberia.
Only players born from 1995 onwards can play in
One of the players, forward Ali Sowe of Italian
club Chievo, could be as old as 25, CAF said, after
it discovered records from a 2012 club competition
that showed his birthday on his passport as October
Although Gambia has never been to a major
tournament, it has had some success in youth
competition, winning the 2005 and 2009 African
under-17 championships. African football has had
regular problems with age cheating in youth tour-
naments. Fifa now uses MRI scans on players
wrists to catch age cheats at international youth
two years for
SINGAPORE---Anders Hansen of
Denmark holed three straight birdies
to close his round of 5-under 67 and
move into a share of the lead with
Thailand s Panuphol Pittayarat after
the third round of The Championship
at Laguna National yesterday.
Hansen, who won the last of his
three European Tour titles at the Joburg
Open in 2009, is playing in just his
fourth event since returning from a
six-month layoff due to a wrist injury.
He was tied for fifth last week at the
"It was nice to finish with those three
birdies," he said. "It was a little more
windy today so it was more tricky. It
was a great finish."
Panuphol, the leader after the first
two rounds, made four birdies but
dropped only his second shot of the
week on the par-3 17th. He shot a 69.
The 21-year-old Thai will be the
underdog in the final round on Sun-
day---he has never won on the European
Tour and hasn t even made the cut in
three events on the Asian Tour this
"I ve been in contention a couple of
times where I got to play with some
great players. I will try not to think
about how they are doing and just do
my best," he said. "My performance so
far this week has definitely given me
a huge confidence boost."
Hansen s comeback has been quick
after undergoing wrist surgery last year.
He missed his first two cuts but has
now shot below 70 in five of his last
"Every time you are up there you
have to be pleased so I m looking for-
ward to tomorrow," he said. "I love
competition and I love playing under
the gun---it gets your attention."
Both golfers were at 16-under 200
overall, two strokes ahead of Dutchman
Robert-Jan Derksen and American
Derksen last won on the European
Tour nine years ago and is planning to
retire at the end of the season. He had
eight birdies---and three bogeys---in a
"It would be lovely to go out at the
end of the season with one more win,"
France s Gregory Bourdy and Eng-
land s Chris Wood were in joint-fifth,
three shots off the pace.
Hansen, Panuphol share
lead at Laguna National
HAMILTON---The Chiefs scored
three tries in a six-minute spell
on either side of halftime to
secure a bonus point from a 38-
8 win over South Africa s Lions
in Super Rugby yesterday,
breathing new life into their title
Centre Charlie Ngatai, return-
ing from injury, created one try
and scored another in a pivotal
three-minute period leading into
the break, then prop Paulasi
Manu scored three minutes after
the resumption to seal a bonus
point and the win.
Flyhalf Gareth Anscombe
scored the first of the Chiefs
tries, while centre Bundee Aki
and fullback Tim Nanai-Williams
scored the fifth and sixth against
tiring opposition in the last eight
minutes, as the two-time defend-
ing champions roused themselves
from a mid-season form slump.
The Chiefs had three losses,
two draws and a narrow win over
the lowly Melbourne Rebels in
their previous six games, falling
out of the lead in the New
Zealand conference. Their last
two matches resulted in a narrow
loss at home to the Crusaders
and a heavy loss away to the ACT
Brumbies and they faced a fur-
ther retreat from title contention
if they lost again on Saturday.
But the Hamilton-based side
found a way to overcome the
complete failure of their set
piece---a ruined scrum and dys-
functional lineout---to win for
the fifth time in ten games and
to return to the top six.
Chiefs beat Lions 38-8 in Super Rugby
The pack of cyclists ride in front of the St Nicolas Cathedrale during the fourth stage, a 173.1 km race from Fribourg to Fribourg, at the
68th Tour de Romandie UCI ProTour cycling race in Fribourg, Switzerland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Phil Mickelson reacts as he misses a birdie putt on
the 17th hole during the third round of the Wells
Fargo Championship golf tournament in Charlotte,
North Carolina, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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