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MONTREAL -- Lars Petter Nordhaug was supposed to be the helper, not the winner, but thats not how it worked out Sunday at the Grand Prix Cycliste of Montreal. Lardarius Webb Womens Jersey . The 28-year-old was working hard to get his teammate and fellow Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen onto the top step of the podium, but ended up winning a frantic final sprint to claim the biggest victory to date in his three-year pro career. Nordhaug, of the powerful Sky Procycling team, came in two seconds ahead of rising Italian prospect Moreno Moser and Russian Alexandr Kolobnev in the top-level UCI World Tour event. "I was helping Edvard," he said. "I attacked up the climb with Edvard on my wheel and we were in a big group. "Then I just tried to cover moves so no-one escaped, but with three kilometres to go, I got a little gap and Edvard was screaming on the radio to go. Thats when I went. I thought I was going to get beaten in the sprint, but I won." Australian Simon Gerrans, the Quebec City winner, came in fourth with Boasson Hagen fifth. Defending champion Rui Costa of Portugal was eighth. Ryder Hesjedal, who ran out of steam on the final lap of a race in Quebec City on Friday, was in the lead group until the final kilometre, but fell back to 23rd spot. The Garmin-Sharp team leader from Victoria was top Canadian just ahead of David Veilleux of Cap Rouge, Que., in 24th and Francois Parisien of Montreal in 25th. Team Sky has dominated the sport this year, with star Bradley Wiggins taking the Tour de France, but Nordhaug has already agreed to a two-year deal with the Radobank squad for next season. Reports said that because of his decision he was left off the team for the Vuelta, or Tour of Spain, which ended on Sunday with Alberto Contador the winner. But at least he will leave behind a victory in a tough one-day race. "We are a good group and Im super happy at Team Sky," said Nordhaug. "I made my choice to leave next year, but now Im only thinking about the rest of the season. Were good friends here and Im happy I won." He may not be the only one to leave. Reports indicate reigning world champion Mark Cavendish has asked to be let out of his contract to find a new team with more opportunity to be lead rider. The 21-year-old Moser, whose father Diego was a pro rider and whose uncle Francesco won the Giro dItalia in 1984, has wins in the Tour of Poland and a one-day event in Frankfurt in his rookie season on the UCI World Tour. Much like Nordhaug, he was at the front of the race trying to get Liquigas-Cannondale team leader Peter Sagen into position for the win, and ended up on the podium. "At the beginning of the season, I didnt think Id have a season like this so Im very happy," he said. It was the final race on Canadian soil for 36-year-old Michael Barry of Toronto, who plans to retire at the end of the season after a long career of top-level racing. He will officially call it quits after the Tour of Beijing next month. He finished in the main peloton in 57th place. "It was tough, emotional and special," said Barry, who raced for 14 years with top teams in Europe, mostly as a domestique, or helper. "At the start of the season, these races were an objective of mine." It was ideal 19 C racing weather, although quite windy at the top of the course for the 205.7-kilometre race, which saw the 21 teams do 17 laps of a steep course that ran up and down Mount Royal in the centre of the city. All the action came on the last lap, as several breakaway attempts were made. Hesjedal helped chase down the first two, but Canadas top rider couldnt keep up the pace. Hesjedal had bad luck after he became the first Canadian to win a major Tour with his Giro victory in May. He was in top form and in eighth place overall at the Tour de France in July when he suffered leg and hip injuries in a crash and had to withdraw. Since finishing 62nd at the London Olympics more than a month ago he had not raced before the Quebec City event. "If I look at how I was on Friday, I wasnt certain how I would be able to perform," Hesjedal said. "I went for it and I was happy with what I was able to do. "I committed to the effort and was able to stay ahead of the curve a bit and keep myself in the final and give us a chance." Hesjedal finished third at the inaugural Montreal race in 2010. "Id like to feel that again and do even better and win this race, but you have to be realistic and see where you are in your season," said Hesjedal, who hopes to improve his conditioning for the world championships in two weeks in the Netherlands. "I won the Giro and held that form for the Tour de France before i crashed and had to leave. Then I had to recover and move back to training." The entertainment for the crowd lining the course came from Eduard Vorganov, Manuele Boaro and Egoi Martinez, who broke away at the start of the second lap and built a more than seven minute lead. Boaro was dropped along the way, but Vorganov and Martinez put up a valiant fight before they were swallowed by the pack on the next to last lap, with the Canadian SpiderTech team doing much of the work at the front of the peloton. The Quebec City and Montreal events are the only World Tour races held in North America. The field included six of the worlds top 20 riders. Courtney Upshaw Jersey . The favourites were locked in on the first day of the season -- Acadia in Atlantic Canada, Laval in Quebec, McMaster in Ontario and Calgary in the West. The teams theyre facing are a much more mixed bag. Authentic Ray Rice Jersey . LOUIS -- The St. http://www.shopnflravensgear.com/justin-tucker-jersey/ . The 40-year-old third baseman is happy to have found his swing just in time to play a lead role in the two weeks before the All-Star break. Dannell Ellerbe Jersey . Coach Andy Reid announced the decisions Saturday. Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said Vick is symptom-free, but McCoy has headaches and dizziness. Vick was injured against Dallas on Nov. Ed Dickson Jersey . Shea also was fined an undisclosed amount Thursday by the league. The incident happened in the first half last Saturday against Columbus.(Sports Network) - Something has to give on tonight when the sizzling San Antonio Spurs visit the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. You can see all the action on TSN beginning at 9pm et/6pm pt. The Spurs, of course, became just the fourth team in NBA history to win 20 straight games and are a perfect 10-0 in this postseason after taking the first two games of this set in the Alamo City. The Thunder, meanwhile, have yet to lose on their home floor in the playoffs and are hoping a change in scenery can get them back in the series. "Weve been a resilient group that bounces back," Thunder star Kevin Durant said. "Tough to go down 0-2. We get an opportunity to go home and play in front of our home crowd and try to get Game 3. So weve got to take it a game at a time, a possession at a time. Well be all right." San Antonio bent, but never broke on Tuesday in Game 2. After seeing a 22-point lead nearly disappear, the Spurs held on for their 20th consecutive win behind Tony Parkers brilliant night. The electrifying point guard finished 16-of-21 from the floor and had 34 points as San Antonio survived in a 120-111 victory. "It was just one of those nights," Parker said. "I felt in a good rhythm early on. I was making my outside shots and just trying to be aggressive." Manu Ginobili added 20 points, Kawhi Leonard scored 18 with 10 rebounds and Tim Duncan had 11 points and 12 boards in the win as the Spurs overcame 88 combined points from Thunder stars Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. San Antonios current 20-game run is the longest extended into the playoffs in NBA history, breaking the 19-game streak by the 2001 Lakers. "Its great and it is a great run, but we are only worried about the next two wins in this series," Duncan said. "That is all that matters at this point and if that makes it 22 in a row, that would be great. These next two wins are the most important things to us right now." Spurs coach Gregg Popovich -- who screamed at his team during Game 1 that he wanted "some nasty" as they labored to come back from a nine-point deficit -- watched a 22-point lead in the third quarter melt down to six midway through the fourth on Tuesday. The NBA Coach of the Year said his team didnt let up. "I thought we lost a little mojo," said Popovich. "(But) thats how things happen. Its the NBA. Teams dont just die; they come back on you." Durant had 31 points, Harden scored 12 of his 30 inn the fourth quarter and Westbrook added 27 points, including 11 in the final frame when the Thunder outscored the Spurs 35-28. Purple Ray Lewis Jersey. . "We fought back like we always do," said Westbrook. "We just didnt win. We have to make sure we come out in Game 3 with a sense of urgency." Parker lined up all alone in the right corner for a three-pointer to give the Spurs a 20-point lead with 5:15 left in the third quarter, and it looked like the rout was on. San Antonio pushed its lead to 22 on the next trip down the court, but Durant scored six points in an 8-0 Thunder run to trim the margin to 80-66. It stayed between 14 and 18 points for the rest of the third quarter before the Thunder began chipping away. They were never closer in the second half than when Westbrook made a pair of foul shots to cut San Antonios lead to 99-93 with 5:40 remaining. Duncan hit a couple of free throws at the other end and Parkers layup pushed the lead to 10. The dagger didnt come until later, when Ginobili knocked down a three for a 115-105 lead with just 88 seconds left. The Spurs ended 11-of-26 on threes and shot better than 55 percent overall. "I like the way our guys fought," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whose team shot 42 percent for the game but nearly 53 percent in the fourth quarter. "We just couldnt get over the hump. We dug ourselves a deep hole." Brooks believes that the Thunder got back into Game 2 by amping up the physicality and hopes that continues. "Were a physical team. We have to play that way," Brooks said Wednesday. "If we play free-flowing basketball, we can beat some teams but were not at our best if were not being physical on the defensive end." Popovich on the other hand is secure in the knowledge that his team hasnt lost since April 11 to the Lakers and that only 14 teams in NBA history have come back from an 0-2 deficit to win a seven-game series. The Spurs went 2-1 against the Thunder during the lockout-shortened regular season. Oklahoma City won the first meeting, 108-96 on Jan. 8 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but the Spurs came back to take the season series with a 107-96 victory Feb. 4 at the AT&T Center and a 114-105 road win March 16. In the postseason, this rivalry dates back to 1982 when the Thunder were known as the Seattle SuperSonics. The Spurs topped Seattle three times in the playoffs, 82, 2002 and 2005. This is the first time the franchises have met since the Sonics relocated to OKC in 2008. Game 4 of the series is Saturday in Oklahoma City. ' ' ' 

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