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PAMPLONA, Spain, July 10, 2018 (News Wires) — Spanish officials say three men have been injured in Tuesday's running of the bulls but no one was gored in the quickest dash yet at this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

Tomas Belzunegui, a spokesman with Navarra's regional hospital, says the runners are mildly bruised and likely to be released after treatment.

Hundreds of people test their agility and bravery to race with six animals in the bull runs.

This year's fourth race to the city's bullring lasted 2 minutes, 15 seconds, the fastest so far.

One person has been gored and about 15 people treated in the hospital so far in 2018 due to injuries suffered from falling or trampling during the run.

Nobel Literature laureate Ernest Hemingway popularised the nine-day fiesta in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."

ARE, Sweden, March 17, 2018 (AP) - Overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin closed in on a record-equaling eighth slalom victory of the season on Saturday by building a commanding lead in the first run at the World Cup finals.
The American led Bernadette Schild of Austria by 0.49 seconds and Petra Vlhova of Slovakia by 0.55, while Olympic slalom champion Frida Hansdotter of Sweden had 0.84 to make up in the second run.
Shiffrin, who secured her fifth slalom season title last week, could match Janica Kostelic's best mark from the 2000-01 season, when the Croatian great won eight races in the discipline.
Earlier, Olympic champion Marcel Hirscher took the lead in the opening run of the last men's giant slalom of the season.
The Austrian nearly skied out after catching a bump halfway down his run but still finished 0.50 seconds ahead of Victor Muffat-Jeandet of France. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was 0.59 behind in third, with Zan Kranjec of Slovenia a further 0.08 back in fourth.

MILAN, March 15, 2018 - Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka has named its team for the 2018 edition of Milan-Sanremo with both Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw included.

Cavendish fractured a rib in a big crash on day one of Tirreno-Adriatico but managed to complete the stage.

He was cleared by the medical team to continue racing but he was ruled to have finished outside of the time limit.

Renshaw, who abandoned on stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico after feeling unwell, has since traveled to see a specialist in an effort to find a solution to a chronic sinusitis problem.

Cavendish has been training in Italy and rejoined his teammates on Wednesday.

“After crashing in Tirreno I’m obviously not in any sort of condition to win Milan-Sanremo but having been able to train enough through the pain over the last few days I feel like I can go in support of my teammates.

“Milan-Sanremo is a race close to my heart and it’s a particular style of race that reminding my body of the rhythm of it this year, will help me to compete for the win in future years,” he said.

Also included in a strong line-up are Edvald Boasson Hagen, Scott Thwaites and Julien Vermote (who all recently completed Tirreno-Adriatico), Jay Thomson (Paris-Nice) and Stephen Cummings (who rode the Abu Dhabi Tour).

Tom-Jelte Slagter was not considered for selection as he has an upper respiratory tract infection. The Dutchman was forced to withdraw during Paris-Nice and will return to racing in due course.

Sports director Roger Hammond is looking forward to one of the biggest days on the calendar.

“As a team we’re really excited ahead of one of the sport’s iconic races. It’s great to have Mark (Cavendish) return to an event that’s obviously very special to him. He’s had a run of bad luck, crashing in both Abu Dhabi and Tirreno-Adriatico, but despite fracturing a rib, and weather permitting, has managed to train.

“It’s not been an easy selection process having both Bernie Eisel and Tom-Jelte Slagter unavailable but for now it looks like the weather could play a big part on the day and we look forward to taking opportunities that present themselves for a good result.”

ITALY, Match 14, 2018 - Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski said he was ready to defend his Milan-San Remo title this weekend after the Team Sky rider won the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race.

Australian Rohan Dennis of BMC won the seventh stage – a 10km individual time-trial made difficult by a late shower of rain – but Kwiatkowski extended his overall lead to 24 seconds ahead of Italy's Damiano Caruso (BMC).

Sky teammate Geraint Thomas of Wales moved up a place to take third at 32sec in 'The Race between Two Seas' which finished in San Benedetto del Tronto, a resort on the Adriatic coast.

"It was nervy from my point of view and when I was warming up it started raining. It was scary as anything could happen," said Kwiatkowski.

"I'm happy me and Geraint could finish on the podium. I know he had some back luck but at the end of the day we played it tactically really well," he said referring to a bike change at a crucial mountain moment that cost Thomas time.

"It was a really good race, straight from the start in the team time trial."

Kwiatkowski's attention now turns to the Milan-San Remo where he is the defending champion.

"My motivation will be even bigger as I had some great feelings here. I'm already thinking about Milan-San Remo on Saturday. I just need to recover," said the Pole.

The 27-year-old, who had been wearing the leader's blue jersey since Sunday, was never really threatened in the time-trial.

Australian Dennis, already winner of last year's time-trial, was helped by the fact that the 30 best-placed riders started after the rain.

"To be honest I was nervous about it," said Dennis.

"I knew I needed to try and go faster than last year to win and I was right because Jos Van Emden (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) did the same time that I did last year. So, if I hadn't beaten my time he would have won."

Caruso had been just three seconds behind Kwiatkowski going into the final stage but never threatened the Pole who finished 11th on the stage, the same time as Sky teammate Chris Froome.

Four-time Tour de France champion Froome, involved in an ongoing probe into an adverse doping test, was off form all week.

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan – runner-up in last year's Milan-San Remo – laid the groundwork for his challenge in four days' time.

"The team finished this race in good heath and good condition for the Milan-San Remo and for the Belgium (classics)," added Bora team rider.

PRETORIA, March 9, 2018 (Reuters) - World 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin made a sluggish start to his 2018 season when he finished fourth in the rarely-run 150-metres sprint at the Athletix Grand Prix meet in Pretoria.
It was the first time the American has run competitively over the distance and the earliest start he has made to a season as he lost out to South African Anaso Jobodwana, bronze medallist in the 200 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.
Jobodwana claimed victory in a time of 15.08 seconds, followed by South Africans Roscoe Engel (15.17) and Luxolo Adams (15.18) with Gatlin some way back in 15.23.
“It felt good to come out and see the crowd, I’m still a bit jet-lagged,” Gatlin told reporters Thursday. “I got cramp in my calf in the last 20 metres. Next time I’ll come a couple of days earlier.
“I’ve never started so early in the season, I usually don’t open up until May, so it’s exciting for me. I have only done tempo work so far, I haven’t done speed work yet. But I am getting right for the season.”
Gatlin reserved praise for Jobodwana, 25, who is likely to be a medal contender in the 200 metres at the Commonwealth Games next month, especially in the absence of injured compatriot Wayde van Niekerk.
“It was a great run and he is my pick for the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games,” Gatlin said.
The 36-year-old American was warmly received in Pretoria by an appreciative crowd, a far cry from the boos that rang around the stadium when he beat Usain Bolt to the 100 metres gold medal at the World Championships in London last year.
He has a tainted past having twice before been banned after testing positive for prohibited substances, and told reporters earlier on Thursday that the negative crowd reaction was hard to take.
“Obviously, that kind of stuff does affect me as a human being, but as an athlete I have to stay focused, that’s what I do,” Gatlin said.
“I don’t just think of myself as a runner. My psyche going into meets ... I think of myself as a fighter.”