BUSSETO, Italy - Calling it a "heartbreaking" decision, defending champion Ryder Hesjedal has pulled out of the Giro d'Italia after struggling to regain the form that led him to victory in 2012.
The Garmin-Sharp team said the Canadian withdrew before the start of Friday's 13th stage due to a "deteriorating physical condition."
STOCKHOLM - Swedish defenceman Alex Edler was suspended for the remainder of the IIHF World Championship on Friday for delivering a knee-on-knee hit on Canadian forward Eric Staal.
Edler was tossed from Thursday's quarter-final after the first-period incident. Sweden went on to win 3-2 in a shootout.
LONDON - The British Horseracing Authority has widened the scope of a doping investigation that was launched last month after a trainer admitted to giving horses a product containing anabolic steroids.
The BHA says it believes Gerard Butler "was not the only trainer to whom the administration of Sungate was recommended" by veterinary practices.
Sungate, which is legal in Britain and is used to treat joint problems, contains the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol.
KAVARNA, Bulgaria - Ian Poulter was eliminated from the World Match Play Championship after losing another round-robin match Friday.
Poulter lost to Thomas Aiken 1 up at the Thracian Cliffs course, bogeying the last hole after missing the fairway.
"I have no excuses," Poulter said. "There is no excuse for that display of golf over the last two days. It's disgusting, disgraceful and there's no explanation. I should have been able to finish the match off."
Poulter lost to Thongchai Jaidee on Thursday. On Friday morning, Jaidee beat Aiken 1 up.
BRUSSELS - The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday lashed out at the UCI world cycling federation for failing to take any decisive action to clean up the sport since the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
Travis Tygart said after meeting with European Union sports officials that "all those who cherish the Olympic values, particularly fair play and a level playing field, deserve more."
BOSTON - World Wrestling Entertainment has agreed to make a $1.2 million gift over three years to the Sports Legacy Institute aimed at developing a treatment for chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
The gift was announced Friday. The non-profit institute is a founding partner of the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. The centre is studying how to diagnose CTE in living people, a critical step toward clinical trials in humans.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean, who guided his team to the playoffs despite losing key players to injury, is in the running for the NHL's coach of the year honour.
MacLean, Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award.
CARRINGTON, England - Alex Ferguson is looking forward to a retired life of luxury holidays, watching horse racing, enjoying good wines and perhaps studying languages.
Before that, though, there's one final challenge to overcome — beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday in his 1,500th and last game as Manchester United manager.
"One thousand five hundred matches — it's quite incredible," Ferguson said Friday, shaking his head in wonder at his own longevity.
PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants David Beckham to carry on working with the club after his retirement and is hopeful of reaching an agreement with the former England captain within the next two weeks.
The 38-year-old midfielder announced Thursday that he will retire from football after PSG's last game of the season. The big-spending club remains hopeful he will have a part to play in PSG's future, possibly in an ambassadorial role.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - O.J. Simpson's former lawyer has some explaining to do.
Miami attorney Yale Galanter is scheduled to testify Friday in Simpson's bid for a new trial.