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DUBLIN, Ireland -- Marcel Kittel sprinted to a second straight stage victory in a wet third leg of the Giro dItalia on Sunday while Michael Matthews retained the overall leaders pink jersey. Diego Godin Atletico Madrid Jersey . Kittel looked to have left it too late on his 26th birthday after losing contact with his rivals inside the final kilometre. But the German cyclist came from behind to edge out Ben Swift on the line and deny the Briton a maiden Grand Tour stage victory. Kittel finished in four hours 28 minutes 43 seconds. Elia Viviani was third in a bunch sprint at the end of the 187-kilometre cross-border leg from Armagh to Dublin. Svein Tuft of Langley, B.C., was 74th while Victorias Ryder Hesjedal finished 96th. Tuft is in a four-way tie for fourth in the overall standings while Hesjedal is tied for 156th. Matthews -- whose Orica-GreenEdge team won Fridays opening time trial -- will lead the race back to Italy and the Australian has an eight-second advantage over Italian cyclist Alessandro Petacchi. Rain fell intermittently for most of the day and wet roads caused several crashes, including two large ones, but all the riders were able to continue. Former winner Michele Scarponi was one of the riders caught up in a large crash around 60 kilometres from the finish. Several cyclists also suffered technical problems and Swift briefly dropped off the back of the peloton when he had to change his bike with 25 kilometres to go. Maarten Tjallingii, who is still wearing the blue King of the Mountains jersey, led for most of the stage for the second day in a row. He was part of an early breakaway of five riders, along with Yonder Godoy, Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez, Gert Dockx and Giorgio Cecchinel. They had a lead of six minutes before the peloton started reeling them in with more than 100 kilometres remaining. Their advantage briefly increased as the peloton slowed to wait for riders involved in the major crashes to catch up, but the group was back together with more than seven kilometres remaining after a brief solo escape from Cecchinel. After three wet days in Northern Ireland and Ireland, the Giro takes a rest day on Monday as it travels back to Italy. The Giro ends in Trieste on June 1. Miguel Angel Moya Jersey . He scored two highlight-reel goals in a three-minute span -- the second on a sideways bicycle kick in the 78th minute -- to give the Whitecaps a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers before a crowd of 20,303 at B. Kevin Gameiro Jersey . -- Wide receiver Sidney Rice should be fully recovered from a torn knee ligament by the time the Seattle Seahawks start defence of their Super Bowl title, general manager John Schneider said Wednesday.SAN FRANCISCO - Nationals manager Matt Williams has thought long and hard about his decision to remove Jordan Zimmermann with two outs in the ninth and go to closer Drew Storen, and he stands by it a day later.Williams had extra innings after his ejection to ponder the move Saturday night, then a cross-country flight.He says he would do it again, even if theres some agony involved given Storen blew the save chance and Washington lost to San Francisco 2-1 in 18 innings, putting the Nationals in an 0-2 hole in the NL Division Series.The best-of-five matchup shifts to San Francisco for Game 3 Monday afternoon as Washington tries to save its season.I kicked myself on that. Thats human nature, Williams said Sunday. You kick yourself any time it doesnt work. However, you have to put your guys in position to do their jobs and what they do. So that being said, I dont have a problem with it. It didnt work out. But weve got our best guy who is the closer coming in to pick up the guy that just gave us all he had for 8 2-3rds.Now, could you say that it was the wrong move? Of course you can. You could say that. Could you say it was the right move? Yes, you could say that, as well. It didnt work out. That being said, its, yeah, I kick myself for bringing Drew in and having him tie the game. Beyond that, we had nine more innings to win it. So thats how I look at it.The 96-win Nationals have relied on Storen to finish gaames since he became the regular closer in September when Williams went to a closer-by-committee system and demoted struggling Rafael Soriano. Angel Correa Atletico Madrid Jersey. Storen had 11 saves and a 1.12 ERA in 65 games and 56 1-3 innings, and hadnt allowed an earned run in 23 appearances since Aug. 5.Williams pulled Zimmermann after a two-out walk to Joe Panik. At that point, Zimmermann was pitching a three-hitter and had a 1-0 lead.Buster Posey greeted Storen with a single and Pablo Sandoval followed with an RBI double. It was Storens first post-season appearances since he failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in the deciding Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS.Its all good. Another day. Its nothing new, really. Its just kind of part of it, Storen said Sunday. Its the same stuff weve dealt with all year. Its just a different piece of adversity, and its about coming back and playing our game.Its obviously not ideal to be down 2-0, but we havent lost hope and we know that we can come back and can do this. It just takes one inning, it takes one little thing. Thats the fun thing about playoff baseball, he said.Williams understands the questions surrounding his move, considering the Nationals are now playing to save their season on the road rather than looking to take the lead in the division series.Yeah, could it have been over if one of those two guys makes an out? Yeah, it would have been over, he said. Cheap NFL Jerseys nfl jerseys china ' ' '

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