ROAD RACING

Registration open for B2B High School Mile

Applications are being taken for the second annual B2B High School Mile, a showcase event during Beach to Beacon weekend for top young runners from across Maine who want to compete against their peers.

The race is Aug. 4 in Cape Elizabeth. The top 20 boys and girls, based on their qualifying times, will be invited from the pool of applicants to take part and kick off race weekend for the 20th running of the Beach to Beacon 10K on Aug. 5.

Runners have a two-loop course beginning near the Portland Head Light and ending across the Beach to Beacon finish line in Fort Williams. Last year’s winners were Tia Tardy of Mt. Desert Island and John Hassett of George Stevens Academy.

The event is open to all Maine high school runners entering their senior, junior or sophomore years who met the following qualifying standard during the 2016-17 school year: for boys, 5:00 (or sub 17:30 for the 5K), and girls, 6:15 (or sub 20:30 for the 5K).

CYCLING

GIRO d’ITALIA: Two riders from the Italian team Bardiani CSF were kicked out of the Giro d’Italia on the eve of their nation’s biggest race after testing positive in an out-of-competition doping test.

The UCI, the sport’s governing body, said Thursday that Nicola Ruffoni and Stefano Pirazzi returned positive tests for growth hormone-releasing peptides.

The riders have the right to have their B samples tested but have been provisionally suspended from competition. That means neither will be at the Giro’s start line Friday on the island of Sardinia.

FOOTBALL

NFL: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin suffered minor cuts and bruises when he was involved in a car accident near the team’s training facility.

 Houston inside linebacker Max Bullough was suspended without pay for the first four games of next season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

 The New York Jets released veteran safety Marcus Gilchrist, a move that appeared a strong possibility after the team drafted safeties with their first two picks last week.

COLLEGES

IOWA: A jury awarded more than $1.4 million to a former University of Iowa athletic administrator, ruling that the university had discriminated against her because of her gender and sexual orientation.

Jane Meyer alleged she suffered workplace discrimination as a gay woman in a relationship with the school’s longtime and highly successful field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, that the school retaliated against her for complaining about Griesbaum’s firing, and that she was paid less than a male counterpart for similar work.

SOCCER

EUROPA LEAGUE: Marcus Rashford scored from a free kick in the second half for visiting Manchester United to beat Celta Vigo of Spain 1-0 in the first leg of the semifinals.

Rashford, who scored an extra-time winner against Anderlecht in the quarterfinals, drove a right-foot strike over the wall and into the far corner in the 67th minute, securing United the advantage going into the second leg in Manchester next week.

BARCELONA: A Spanish judge set in motion proceedings for Neymar’s trial on corruption and fraud charges related to his transfer to Barcelona four years ago from the Brazilian club Santos.