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Roche: I should have finished 4th

Cycling: Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour of Spain in two decades on Sunday, maintaing his 41-second lead over Spain's Ezequiel Mosquera.

Ireland's Nicolas Roche finished seventh overall maintained he was "so close to fourth that I can't help being a bit pissed off".

"I lost three-and -a-half minutes in the 46km time trial. If I could have been just one minute faster, I'd be fourth overall now. Overall, though, I'm happy," he added.

Lee scores TKO

Boxing: Limerick southpaw Andy Lee had an impressive TKO win in nine rounds over local middleweight Michael 'The Midnight Stalker' Walker in Chicago. Lee took his record to 23 wins in 24 fights since turning pro four and a half years ago.

In Birmingham, Matthew Macklin regained the European middleweight title he conceded through injury early this year as Georgia's Shalva Jomardashviliin retired in the sixth round.

Athletics: Haile Gebrselassie won the men's race at yesterday's Great North Run in Newcastle in 59 minutes and 33 seconds. US-based Mullingar Olympian Martin Fagan took seventh among the elite men in 63:24.

Maria McCambridge (Letterkenny) came ninth in the elite women's event in 74:32.

Motorsport: Derek Tohill from Kimmage became the first Irish driver to become a European Rallycross champion when he won the Division 2 A Final at Ceska Lipa in the Czech Republic yesterday.

NFL: Peyton Manning gave younger brother Eli a quarterback master class by tossing three touchdowns to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 38-14 victory over the New York Giants last night.

MLB: Florida 3 Chicago Cubs 13, NY Mets 3 Atlanta 6, Baltimore 4 NY Yankees 3 (11 innings), Boston 6 Toronto 0, Philadelphia 7 Washington 6, Pittsburgh 4 Arizona 3, Tampa Bay 3 LA Angels 6, Houston 4 Cincinnati 3, Kansas City 6 Cleveland 4, Minnesota 2 Oakland 6, St Louis 4 San Diego 1, San Francisco 9 Milwaukee 2, LA Dodgers 7 Colorado 6 (11 innings), Seattle 2 Texas 1, Chicago White Sox 7 Detroit 9 (11 innings).