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July 4, 2015 - 7:17am
26 min 37 sec ago

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest from the first stage of the Tour de France (all times local):

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2:20 p.m.

Saving the best until last?

Tour de France contenders Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali will set off on their individual time trials within four minutes of each other.

Contador, a two-time Tour champion, starts his ride at 5:13 p.m.

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July 4, 2015 - 6:49am
26 min 36 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

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1:05 p.m.

Dustin Brown is struggling to replicate the kind of performance that saw him beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, losing the first two sets in his third-round match against Viktor Troicki.

Brown's serve-and-volley game isn't working so far against the 22nd-seeded Serb, who has been hitting perfect passing shots on several key points to go up...

July 4, 2015 - 6:19am
26 min 36 sec ago

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 in practice by going quicker than the race lap record here....

July 4, 2015 - 6:15am
26 min 36 sec ago

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 (MPCC), a group of teams holding to stricter anti-doping measures...

July 4, 2015 - 4:21am
26 min 36 sec ago

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 on world soccer's powerful executive committee.

Of all roles,...

July 4, 2015 - 3:05am
26 min 36 sec ago

FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Miami 2, Chicago Cubs 1

Chicago White Sox 1, Baltimore 0

San Diego 2, St. Louis 1

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Kane County 3, Clinton 2

Quad Cities 9, Peoria 1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Houston 1, Chicago 1, tie

July 4, 2015 - 1:35am
26 min 36 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristi Toliver suffered with every loss as the Sparks got off to their worst start in franchise history.

When she finally arrived in Los Angeles after playing for the Slovak Republic at the EuroBasket 2015 tournament in Hungary, she quickly made her presence felt.

And in her third game, she was unstoppable.

Toliver set a franchise record with 43 points Friday night to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 98-95 win...

July 4, 2015 - 1:31am
26 min 36 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — Cliff Pennington's sacrifice fly to deep left field drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Friday night.

Welington Castillo led off the 10th against Yohan Flande (0-1) with a double off the fence in right field. Castillo moved to third on Chris Owings' single and scored easily on Pennington's fly ball.

Pennington had the game-tying hit in the sixth inning...

July 4, 2015 - 1:21am
26 min 36 sec ago

SEATTLE (AP) — Tyrone Mears scored in the 88th minute for his first MLS goal, leading the Seattle Sounders to a 1-0 victory over the short-handed D.C. United on Friday night.

Mears, a defender in his first season in the league, was outside the top right corner of the penalty area when a ball was headed away from the net toward that spot. Mears took it just inside the box and fired into the left side of the next past goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra.

The...

July 4, 2015 - 1:19am
26 min 36 sec ago
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