Belgian rider Boonen wins fourth Paris-Roubaix title
ROUBAIX, France Belgian rider Tom Boonen won the Paris-Roubaix cycling race for a record-tying fourth time, successfully breaking away from the pack about 35 miles from the end of Sundays one-day classic.
The 2005 world champion crossed the finish line alonein the northern French town of Roubaix.
Boonen shook four fingers over his head as he crossed the line in front of a cheering crowd, in celebration of his tying the record of four victories in cyclings toughest one-day race set by his countryman Roger de Vlaeminck in the 1970s.
The race, also called the Hell of the North, is known for its tough, cobblestone sections and cold, damp weather.
Australia wins most medals at track championships
MELBOURNE, Australia Britains Chris Hoy produced a late surge to overtake three riders and win the mens keirin title on the final day of the world track cycling championships Sunday.
Earlier, Australias Anna Meares set a world record to reclaim the womens time trial title as the host nation ended the five-day tournament with the most medals and a psychological boost heading into the London Olympics.
Belgium won the final event of the meet, the mens madison, with Britain and Australia taking the silver and bronze, respectively.
Isner serves United States into Davis Cup semifinals
ROQUEBRUNE, France John Isners big serve and solid forehand proved too strong for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, defeating the Frenchman 6-3, 7-6 (4) 5-7, 6-3 on Sunday to put the United States into the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 2008.
Tsonga had chances, but only could break his serve once as the Americans took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series, setting up a match against Spain. Defending champion Spain led Austria 3-1 behind a win by David Ferrer.
Leading the Americans in the absence of ninth-ranked Mardy Fish, the 11th-ranked Isner played well.
I if play like I have this weekend, I can beat a lot of people, Isner said, looking ahead to the contest against Spain. Beating Gilles (Simon on Friday) and beating Jo are two very good wins. If I can keep this level up, I am going to be very hard to beat.
Tsonga struggled to stay with Isner until his late rally.
Isner built on the U.S. teams momentum after a straight-set doubles win on Saturday. He didnt face a break point, while the pressure was clearly on the sixth-ranked Tsonga to even the score at the Monte Carlo Country club.
Tebows Easter speech draws 15,000 in Texas
GEORGETOWN, Texas Tim Tebow drew a crowd of about 15,000 to an outdoor Easter church service Sunday, telling the gathering its important to be outspoken about faith while admonishing athletes about not being better role models.
In Christianity, its the Pope and Tebow right now, Celebration Church pastor Joe Champion he said. We didnt have enough room to handle the Pope.
Tebow devout Christian, backup NFL quarterback and cultural phenomenon has a flock of admirers drawn as much to his religious leanings as his Heisman Trophy skills.
Tebow told them he welcomed the attention on his convictions as well as the Tebowing prayer pose he often strikes on the field because it puts his faith and prayer in the public conversation.
Its being talked about, he said. Thats exciting.
Some at the Easter on the Hill morning service under sunny skies about 20 miles north of Austin drove more than 100 miles to hear Tebow speak.
The service took on the feel of a rock concert with more than a 100 school buses shuttling people to the sprawling mega-church campus from local shopping centers and the nearby college.