Sports briefs: American wins USA Pro Challenge
Cycling • American Tejay van Garderen won the USA Pro Challenge on Sunday in Denver, finishing in the main pack in the final stage to complete a sweep of the two biggest races in the United States.
Van Garderen, the 25-year-old BMC rider from Bozeman, Mont., led the race for the final four days, finishing 1 minute, 30 seconds ahead of Swiss Mathias Frank. The Tour of California winner in May, van Garderen was fifth last year in the Tour de France, then slipped to 45th this year.
American Tom Danielson of Garmin-Sharp was third overall, 1:42 behind van Garderen.
Slovakia's Peter Sagan won the final leg for his fourth stage victory of the week, completing the eight-lap, 72.4-mile circuit race in 2:27:15. Canada's Ryan Anderson of Optum-Kelly Benefit was second, a bike-length behind..
America's Cup showdown set
Sailing • Two sailing powerhouses that have spent the summer trading verbal jabs are finally set to meet in the ultimate grudge match the America's Cup.
Emirates Team New Zealand zipped through a thick fog and past Italy's Luna Rossa again Sunday, capturing the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series 7-1 and advancing to the premier event against defending champion and bitter rival Oracle Team USA.
The best-of-17 America's Cup starts Sept 7.
FIFA mulling season change for '22 Cup
Soccer • FIFA president Sepp Blatter expects his executive committee to decide soon on a switch that will shift the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to another season to avoid the searing summer heat.
Blatter told The Associated Press on Sunday that an Oct. 3-4 meeting in Zurich should approve the change, and begin consultation on the best time for Qatar to host the tournament.
"I would be very much surprised, more than surprised, if the ExCo will not accept the principle you cannot play in summer in Qatar," Blatter said in an interview on the sidelines of the annual charity soccer tournament in his home village. "What will be following, this would be then decided later."
From wire reports
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