Boxing: Memorabilia from boxing champion Muhammad Ali’s rise to sporting and cultural prominence, including a signed training robe and amateur boxing trophy, are expected to fetch tens of thousands of dollars in Los Angeles auction. Julien’s Auctions said yesterday that it expects a signed white training robe, worn by Ali in November and December 1981 while he prepared for his final bout against Trevor Berbick, to sell for between $25,000 and $35,000 during a two-day auction starting May 31. Also on offer from Ali’s early career is a “Most Outstanding Boxer” trophy from the 1960 American Athletic Union’s boxing championships, which is expected to sell for $20,000 to $30,000.

Cycling: Luca Paolini timed his effort perfectly to win the third stage of the Giro d’Italia and snatch the overall leader’s pink jersey at the end of an eventful ride yesterday. Paolini, whose Katusha team were a late inclusion in the race after they won a place on the World Tour following an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, attacked in the final descent of the 222-km trek from Sorrento. Australian Cadel Evans and defending champion Ryder Hesjedal, of Canada, finished second and third respectively, taking precious time bonuses. Race favourites Bradley Wiggins and Vincenzo Nibali finished safe in the lead chase group.

Motor Racing: Formula One teams will be given extra tyres for Friday free practice from this week’s Spanish GP to encourage them to provide more action for the fans, supplier Pirelli said yesterday. “We’ll be supplying an extra set of prototype hard compound tyres for free practice, which will hopefully ensure that all the cars run throughout these sessions,” said motorsport director Paul Hembery in a preview of Sunday’s race in Barcelona. Spectators watching the first practice session on Friday have had to endure long periods with no track action as drivers opt to save their quick-wearing tyres.

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