MONTECOPIOLO, Italy -- A final push from Diego Ulissi saw the Italian win a tough eighth stage as the Giro dItalia took to the

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MONTECOPIOLO, Italy -- A final push from Diego Ulissi saw the Italian win a tough eighth stage as the Giro dItalia took to the mountains on Saturday, while Cadel Evans ended Michael Matthews grip on the overall lead. Air Max 360 Sale . Ulissi made his move inside the final 300 metres, bursting out of the peloton to edge Robert Kiserlovski for a second stage win in the race. Wilco Kelderman was third on the 179-kilometre (111-mile) leg from Foligno to Montecopiolo, which had two category one climbs, including the final ascent to the finish. "It was a difficult race today, it was really too hard for my characteristics, but of course I am really happy," Ulissi said. Evans finished fifth to take the lead from fellow Australian Matthews, who had worn the pink jersey for six days. Evans has a 57-second advantage over Rigoberto Uran, with Rafal Majka third. "We had hopes of what we could do," Evans said. "Its been a really difficult Giro for all sorts of reasons. We are in a good position at the moment. It was a hard stage with all the contenders there ... We still have huge mountains to go and the gaps there will be even more than today." This years Giro honours the 10th anniversary of Marco Pantanis death, and the eighth stage was one of three dedicated to him. There were many posters of Pantani along the route and a huge cutout of the Italian cyclist on the Carpegna climb, where he used to train. Pantani won the Giro and Tour de France in 1998. He was found dead in a hotel room on Valentines Day in 2004, and a coroner ruled he died from cocaine poisoning. Julian Arredondo led the race for most of the day as part of an early break of 10 riders who managed to build a lead of more than eight minutes. That advantage diminished on the approach to the first climb. With an average gradient of 9.9 per cent, and 14 per cent at its steepest, the Carpegna was the first serious challenge of this years Giro. Arredondo jumped on the ascent with 36.6 kilometres (22.7 miles) remaining and had a 36-second advantage over Stefano Pirazzi at the summit, with a greatly reduced peloton crossing 1 minute, 57 seconds later. Pierre Rolland attacked off the group on the descent but Arredondo still had an advantage of 1:10 over him at the start of the penultimate climb, with the peloton trailing by 2:40. Arredondo faded two kilometres from the finish, and Rolland continued on solo before being swept up by the peloton with 350 metres to go. Daniel Moreno jumped but he was passed by Kiserlovksi, who looked to take victory until Ulissis attack from nowhere. Sundays ninth stage is a 172km leg from Lugo to Sestola, which ends in a category 2 climb to the finish. Wholesale Shoes . Numbers Game looks at the As getting Jon Lester from Boston, sending Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox along with a deal involving the As and the Minnesota Twins. The Athletics Get: LHP Jon Lester, LF Jonny Gomes, OF Sam Fuld and cash. Air Jordan 6 Sale . Dr. James Andrews is to operate next week on the 24-year-old pitcher, who made the AL All-Star team last year. Moore will be the first Rays pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery since Jason Isringhausen in June 2009. https://www.wholesaleshoesforcheap.com/air-max-1-sale/ . Anderson is scheduled to have neck surgery April 8 to repair the injury, which occurred when he collided with the Celtics Gerald Wallace during a game in Boston on Jan. 3. The 6-foot-10 Pelicans forward, who had been averaging 19.TORONTO - Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey told reporters just minutes before tipoff Saturday night that when his team finally had its edge back, everyone would know.Youll see it. Everybody will see it. Its that obvious, Casey said perhaps sensing the end of the slump.Turns out, Casey was right. Everybody saw it Saturday night in a dominant 109-96 victory over the Boston Celtics that saw Torontos four-game losing skid come to an end, and the Raptors play with more energy especially on the defensive end than theyve shown in weeks.I thought our defensive mojo was back, Casey said after the win. I saw guys moving their feet, cracking down, rebounding, doing the things we needed to do with activity and anticipation.Kyle Lowry scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Lou Williams also had 19 points, while James Johnson, Amir Johnson, and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 15 apiece for Toronto (25-11). Patrick Patterson finished with 10 points.I think we just got more defensive-minded and we really werent worried about the offensive end, Lowry said. We knew shots would fall. I think we put a real emphasis on defence tonight.Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., had 23 points his best-ever performance in Toronto to top the Celtics (12-23), while Avery Bradley added 17.The Raptors had been mired in their worst slump in over a year, losers of five of their previous seven games before Saturday. Prior to this cold spell, they hadnt lost more than two in a row this season.Casey shook up the lineup, reinserting the athletic and hardworking James Johnson into the starting five. He covers up a lot of mistakes. He covers a lot of floor, a lot of ground. His effort has been unbelievable this season and we need him to keep it up, Lowry said of Johnson. We love his energy, we love his enthusiastic nature and what he brings to the table.The Raptors got off to another sluggish start, but picked it up in the second quarter, and broke the game open in the third. Lowrys step-back jumper with just under three minutes to play in the third capped a 23-6 run that put Toronto up by 15 points, brought the capacity crowd of 19,800 out of their seats, and breathed some life back into the Air Canada Centre.We were tired of it, James Johnson said, of the change in momentum. Everybody buckled in. Everybody took responsibility for what they were doing and we started playing Toronto Raptors defence.The Raptors, who were playing Game 2 of a six-game homestand, took an 82-65 lead into the fourth, and back-to-back three-pointers by Lowry, Amir Johnson, then Lowry again, ggave them a 100-80 lead with 5:29 to play. Vans Shoes Sale. The Celtics responded with threes from Olynyk and Jared Sullinger to cut Torontos lead to 12 points, but that was as close as Boston would come.Caseys pre-game talk with reporters was dominated by the Raptors funk. He said they badley needed to break out of it, but added that its something that every team goes through at some point in a season.Im watching the games (Friday) night, and there are teams that look like theyre playing in mud. Theyre trying. Theyre running. Their arms are flailing. But theyre just not going anywhere. In an 82-game season, you have stretches, Casey said. But you go through that. Every year Ive been in the league Ive gone through it.DeMar DeRozans absence certainly hasnt helped the Raptors, who played their 20th game without him Saturday. The all-star had targeted this week for his return, but he and the team are playing it safe rather than taking any risks by rushing him back. DeRozan said hes looking to play some time next week.It was a strong performance in what was a homecoming of sorts for Olynyk. He was born in Toronto, where his mom Arlene was a scorekeeper for the Raptors and his dad Ken was the head basketball coach at the University of Toronto. The family moved to Kamloops when he was 12.Canada basketball is huge up here. . ., Olynyk said afterward. Its always nice to come up here and play well in front of your country.The rebuilding Celtics were playing the day after sending Brandan Wright to Phoenix in a trade for a protected first-round draft pick. Wright came to Boston in the Dec. 18 trade that sent guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas.Theyre at a different level than we are right now and we need to look at them as a team that we can learn a lot from, Boston coach Brad Stevens said of Toronto.The Raptors got off to yet another woeful start the ninth time in 11 games theyve been outscored in the first quarter. A running layup by Olynyk put the Celtics up by nine midway through the frame, and they led 26-19 going into the second.Toronto used a 12-0 run in the second to take a three-point lead with a minute-and-a-half to play in the first half. Williams finished off a steal and pass from Patterson with a slam dunk to send the Raptors into halftime with a 47-43 lead.The Raptors kept their foot on the gas in the third, outscoring the Celtics 35-22 in the quarter to lead by 17 at the end of the period.Toronto hosts Detroit on Monday, then Philadelphia, and Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta, before capping its homestand Jan. 18 versus New Orleans. ' ' '

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