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CYCLING: Froome finishes off Tour victory

on July 22, 2013 10:20 AM

PARIS (AP) — Chris Froome won the 100th Tour de France on Sunday, having dominated rivals over three weeks on the road and adroitly dealt with doping suspicions off it.

In two years, Britain has now had two different winners: Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and then Froome, a cooler, calmer, more understated but no less determined character than his Sky teammate with famous sideburns.

Froome rode into Paris in style — in the canary yellow race leader’s jersey he took on Stage 8 in the Pyrenees and never relinquished, vigorously fending off rivals whose concerted challenges turned this Tour into a thriller.

Manager defends Bedard’s decision

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros manager Bo Porter defended Erik Bedard’s decision to remove himself from Saturday night’s game against Seattle with a no-hitter in the seventh inning because of a high pitch count and said he wouldn’t have let the left-hander stay in much longer.

Bedard, 34, who has had three shoulder surgeries, chose to leave the game after 6 1-3 because he had thrown 109 pitches. Porter said before Sunday’s game against Seattle that he would have pulled Bedard at 120 pitches. He said he trusts that Bedard knows his body and how far he can push himself.

Bedard was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who gave up a two-run double to Michael Saunders.

Florida linebacker arrested again

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has been suspended for at least the first two games of the regular season after being arrested for the second time in five weeks.

Morrison was arrested early Sunday for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. Both charges are misdemeanors. Later Sunday, Gators coach Will Muschamp announced that Morrison would be held out of the opener against Toledo (Aug. 31) and the road game the next week against Miami.

Morrison played in 13 games as a freshman and is expected to have a bigger role this season. The sophomore also was arrested June 16 for allegedly punching a bouncer. He received deferred prosecution on a simple battery charge and was ordered to stay out of trouble for six months.

Kobe’s items fetch $433,000

WEST BERLIN, N.J. (AP) — Two NBA championship rings that Kobe Bryant gave to his parents each sold for more than $100,000 at an auction that supported one of his charities.

Goldin Auctions said six items of Bryant’s memorabilia items sold for a combined $433,531 in the monthlong auction that closed early Saturday morning.

A 2000 Lakers championship ring gifted by Bryant to his father, Joe, sold for $174,184. A ring given to his mother, Pamela, from the same championship season went for $108,153.

Bryant had filed a suit against the auction company, saying his mother didn’t have the right to sell the items. A settlement was reached last month allowing six items to be auctioned.

Serena claims 53rd career title

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — Serena Williams won her 53rd WTA title Sunday, beating Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Swedish Open.

The 24-year-old Swede broke to lead 3-1 in the first set before Williams fought back to 3-3. Larsson advanced to 4-3 before caving in to Williams’ strong serve.

Williams, coming off a fourth-round loss to Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon, dominated the second set, breaking Larsson’s serve twice.

Former soccer star dies at 80

UNDATED (AP) — Phil Woosnam, the former Welsh soccer star who served as the North American Soccer League’s commissioner and had a brief stint as coach of the U.S. national team, has died. He was 80.

U.S. Soccer said Sunday that Woosnam died Friday in Dunwoody, Ga., of complications related to prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Woosnam became the U.S. coach in 1968, serving in the role for nine games.

He won the NASL’s first coach of the year award, for Atlanta in 1968, before taking over as commissioner, a position he held until 1982. The league folded after the 1984 season.

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