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The Latest: Tour de France starting with short time trial

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) The Latest from the first stage of the Tour de France (all times local): --- 1:00 p.m. The 102nd edition of the Tour de France is upon us, with cycling's biggest race starting abroad for the 21st time, in the Dutch city of Utrecht. The opening stage, a 13.8-kilometer (8.6-mile) time trial, is contested on a mainly flat urban circuit featuring many curves...
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The Latest: Dustin Brown back on court at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local): --- 11:40 a.m. Dustin Brown is back on court at Wimbledon, hoping to follow up his win over Rafael Nadal by beating 22nd-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia. The 102nd-ranked German drew a loud ovation as he walked on to Court 3 for this third-round match, wearing bright red headphones. Brown pulled off the biggest upset of the...
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Hamilton fastest in practice ahead of British GP qualifying

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday. The 30-year-old defending champion clocked 1 minute, 32.917 seconds at Silverstone as he bids to win his home race for a second straight year. Hamilton outpaced teammate Nico Rosberg in a reversal of Friday's fortunes...
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Astana confirms Boom will start Tour de France

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov has confirmed that Lars Boom will start the Tour de France despite potentially damaging test results. Pre-race tests on the Dutch rider in the Kazakh-funded team showed a low cortisol level, which can indicate cortisone doping but is not conclusive proof of doping. Astana is part of the Movement for Credible Cycling...
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Man United make increased bid for Southampton star Schneiderlin

Manchester United will reportedly make an improved bid for Morgan Schneiderlin after Southampton rejected their initial £20million bid. United manager Louis van Gaal is keen to add the midfielder to his squad and hopes to complete a deal before the club fly out on their summer tour of the United States on July 13. United are likely to up their offer to nearer the £25million mark...
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Arsenal forward Podolski agrees move to Turkish giants Galatasaray

Lukas Podolski will complete his transfer to Galatasaray on Saturday afternoon after the Turkish club agreed a fee of around £2.5million with Arsenal. Podolski will sign his contract in front of the fans after the Turkish Super League club finally got their man at the fourth attempt. Hamza Hamzaoglu's side confirmed the news on their Twitter feed: "Germany number 10 Lukas Podolski...
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Roma confirm club are interested in signing Man City striker Dzeko

Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has confirmed the club are trying to sign Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko. The 29-year-old is among the players who City are looking to offload this summer, although it is understood that he will not force a move away from the club. And while Sabatini has revealed Roma's interest, he concedes the Serie A side are still far away from...
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Africa's soccer strongman a candidate for FIFA president?

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) The son of a sultan from northern Cameroon, Issa Hayatou has ruled African soccer for 27 years and counting, a decade longer than Sepp Blatter has been in charge of FIFA. Now FIFA's senior vice president and the No. 2 executive after Blatter, Hayatou, a 68-year-old former physical education teacher, has played many roles in the quarter of a century he has sat...
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Friday's Sports In Brief

NBA DALLAS (AP) DeAndre Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent center. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that the NBA rebound leader agreed to terms Friday. One said the deal was worth $80 million over four years. The people spoke on condition of...
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Aussie coach has advice for defending Japan

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Perhaps, Australia coach Alen Stajcic was on to something when he said, ''We're not the Netherlands,'' in responding to question regarding how the Matildas might defend against Japan in the quarterfinals. Familiar with their Asian rivals, Stajcic said the key was pressuring Japan's ball carriers and clogging up the middle so they couldn't generate chances...
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Man City begin summer spree with signing of Villa ace Delph

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around look to splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Manchester City have been given the green light by UEFA for a £150m spree and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph could become their first new face. Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has tabled a £9m bid...
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GM backs skipper Collins as Mets enter critical stretch

  The Mets front office met internally on Thursday, but even with the team struggling, sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said manager Terry Collins was not among the topics addressed. One source described the front-office summit on as a “typical staff meeting” in which club executives considered a variety of subjects, including possible call-ups and acquisitions...
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Cardinals' Rosenthal sees his scoreless streak come to a halt

When Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal surrendered a run in Friday night's loss his 23 2/3-inning scoreless streak was brought to an abrupt halt. "It's been a good run," Rosenthal told Cardinals.com. "[It's a] tough spot to give up one. I wish we had been up a couple, and it wouldn't have mattered. It's just always tough putting us in a situation to lose." (h/t Cardinals.com...
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Epstein on Trade Deadline: 'You have to be creative, you have to be patient'

A lot can change between now and July 31, but it looks like the Cubs will be buyers at the Trade Deadline for the first time in Theo Epstein's tenure in Chicago. "You have to be creative, you have to be patient, you have to be understanding and you have to recognize that the trade deadline is not a panacea," Epstein said to CSN Chicago. "It just gets a ton of attention for natural...
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Frazier: 'I wasn't even thinking about it'

Todd Frazier's name was in a lot of trade rumors and while everyone else may have been wondering if the Reds were going to trade Frazier, the third baseman wasn't concerned at all. "I wasn't even thinking about it to be honest with you," Frazier told the Cincinnati Enquirer after general manager Walt Jocketty said Frazier wouldn't be traded. "Until my agent says something or Walt...
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Reds promote Stephenson

Robert Stephenson, the Reds' top-ranked prospect, was promoted to Triple-A Louisville, according to Reds.com. "For him, I'm sure a year-and-a-half at the same level, he's champing at the bit to get to that Triple-A level," Reds manager Bryan Price told Reds.com. The 22-year old right-hander was 4-7 with a 3.68 ERA in Double-A, but those numbers are a bit misleading. Stephenson...
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Jocketty on Trade Deadline: 'We're prepared to go either way'

A lot of people suspect the Reds will be sellers at the Trade Deadline, but General Manager Walt Jocketty isn't so sure. "I think we'll see how it plays out. We're prepared to go either way," Jocketty told MLB.com. "We're certainly not throwing in the towel. If people are interested in our guys, we'll certainly listen and see if there's something that makes sense to make us better...
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Pirates trade Richard to Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded left-hander Clayton Richard to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations, according to Pirates.com. "It was a challenging decision," Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington told Pirates.com. "We really like Clayton a lot, and we feel he can and will help a Major League team. [When] he exercised the clause, the Cubs called, and we could have called...
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Hernia will likely end Taillon's season

Pirates' pitching prospect Jameson Taillon had worked so hard to rebound from Tommy John surgery and get back onto a mound, but it looks as if he's being sidelined once again. According to Pirates.com, Taillon "is expected to have surgery late next week to repair an inguinal hernia." The Pirates No. 2 prospect was recently scratched from his rehab start with abdominal discomfort...
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Cardinals need a win, and they usually do when Martinez starts

Despite a season-high losing streak, the St. Louis Cardinals still sit atop the major league standings largely thanks to an imposing starting staff. They've rarely had any trouble winning when Carlos Martinez takes the mound, which he'll do Saturday against a San Diego Padres team looking to capture its first four-game series in St. Louis in a decade. St. Louis (51-28) dropped its...
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Who's who and what's what in the CONCACAF Gold Cup

The basics about the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which begins Tuesday: What's the Gold Cup? Why should I care? The  CONCACAF Gold Cup is the highest association tournament governed by CONCACAF, which helps determine the regional soccer champion in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The Gold Cup is held every two years, and beginning in 2015, the winners of two successive...
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Royals seek to put another game between themselves and Twins

Offense remains elusive for the Kansas City Royals, but they at least finally have something positive to build on this week. Following a spirited comeback victory, the Royals look to further increase their AL Central lead over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. Lorenzo Cain had three hits and scored the tying run in the eighth then the winner on Jarrod Dyson's groundball...
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Mets win at Dodgers 2-1 on sac fly, no decision for Kershaw

  Kevin Plawecki drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, rookie Noah Snydergaard dueled reigning NL MVP Clayton Kershaw on even terms, and the New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Friday night. Lucas Duda blooped a double just inside the left field line leading off the ninth against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (2-1). Wilmer Flores followed...
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Cain's three hits, game-winning slide home lead Royals over Twins 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lorenzo Cain had a hands-on approach in the Kansas City Royals' come-from-behind victory. Cain had three hits and scored the winning run in the 10th inning as the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Friday night to snap a season-high four-game losing streak. Cain led off the bottom of the 10th with a double, went to third on a wild pitch by Aaron Thompson ...
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Toliver sets record as LA Sparks beat Tulsa Shock 98-95

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kristi Toliver set a franchise record with 43 points Friday night to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 98-95 win over the Tulsa Shock. The seven-year pro out of Maryland broke Lisa Leslie's mark of 41 points when she made two free throws with 9 seconds left. Nneka Ogwumike added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Tulsa's Riquna Williams put up a contested air ball with 1...
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