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Wiggins released as crashes pile up

CYCLING: Bradley Wiggins was released from hospital yesterday following his bike crash as British Cycling announced that Shane Sutton, the team's head coach, had also been knocked off his bike.

WIGGINS spent Wednesday night in hospital with minor rib injuries and cuts and bruises after being knocked off his bike by a van outside a petrol station while on a training ride near his home in Lancashire, northern England.

Soon after he was released from Royal Preston Hospital, British Cycling confirmed the incident involving Australian Sutton, 55, on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester.

"Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain," a statement said. "Shane was wearing a helmet. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days.

"It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery."

Britton Burgos-bound

ATHLETICS: With the defence of her European crown now just a month away, Fionnuala Britton competes in her first big cross-country race of the season on Sunday - the Cross Internacional de Atapuerca in Burgos, Spain.

The race is the first leg of this year's IAAF cross-country series and is traditionally used as an important form-finder by Europe's top mudlarks.

Britton has been the top European finisher in Burgos for the last two years, finishing sixth last year and fourth in 2010.

Wi on course for Miracle

GOLF: Charlie Wi edged into a one-shot lead at the end of the first round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Florida as he once again searches for his first PGA Tour win.

The South Korean's eight-under 64 on the Palm course featured eight birdies, including the final two holes' two bogeys, and was highlighted by a 15-foot eagle putt at the par-five seventh.

That put Wi, who has not won in 183 PGA Tour starts, a stroke clear of America's Tommy Gainey and Camilo Villegas of Colombia.

Loeb tops timesheets

RALLY: World champion Sebastian Loeb topped the timesheets in qualifying for the season-ending Spanish Rally.

Citroen star Loeb, who has captured the FIA World Rally Championship for the ninth time, showed he still had the hunger to claim victory in Barcelona this weekend by completing the 2.94 kilometre circuit in 2mins 6.118 seconds. As a result, Loeb will get to pick his starting spot in tomorrow's first stage - which will take place primarily on gravel.

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