CYCLING: World champion Peter Sagan and world governing body the UCI have ended their legal dispute before a scheduled hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe team had appealed over his disqualification from this year’s Tour de France, which followed a crash on stage four in Vittel that ended the race for Mark Cavendish. Sagan was blamed for the crash and disqualified by the race jury, denying him the chance to win a record-equalling sixth straight green jersey in the points classification and prompting a furious reaction from his team.
Carter announces bid to run US footy
FOOTBALL: Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter announced yesterday that she is running to lead the US Soccer Federation. It comes a day after Sunil Gulati said he will not seek a fourth term. He announced his decision after the US men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Carter has taken leave of her post at SUM, Major League Soccer’s marketing subsidiary. She is the lone woman among eight candidates for the job. The election will be held in February.
Rocket through on his birthday
SNOOKER: Ronnie O’Sullivan celebrated his birthday yesterday with an emphatic 6-1 win over Michael White in the third round of the UK Championship. White conceded he “didn’t even play half-decent.”
This year’s Championship has seen a haemorrhaging of the top seeds, with the world top three Mark Selby, Judd Trump and Ding Junhui already crashing out of the tournament before the two-table set-up.