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Froome poised to win Tour despite Quintana attack

L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France — Chris Froome is poised to win a second Tour de France title after being forced to hang on desperately as Colombian Nairo Quintana attacked relentlessly in Saturday's penultimate stage up the iconic Alpe d'Huez.

De Grasse wins again; Oliver makes golden Pan Am debut

TORONTO — Canadian sprinting sensation Andre De Grasse won his second Pan American Games gold medal in three days, but it was the United States that dominated the athletics competition on Friday. De Grasse, two days removed from winning the marquee men’s 100 meters final, delivered a stellar performance in the 200m final as he crossed in 19.88 seconds to break his own national record and set a Pan Am Games mark.

Hamilton on cloud nine after Hungary pole

BRUSSEL, Belgium — Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday with a blistering lap more than half a second faster than downcast Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg. The two title rivals will line up together on the front row on Sunday, with Ferrari’s four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Australian 2014 race winner Daniel Ricciardo behind them on the second row.

Blatter tells Putin he supports W.C. in Russia

ZURICH, Germany — FIFA has passed a resolution offering full support for holding the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Saturday after a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. “I would like to inform you that the executive committee has recently adopted a new resolution in which FIFA assures the Russian Federation of its full support in carrying out the World Cup in Russia in 2018,” Blatter said at the meeting in St. Petersburg ahead of the preliminary draw.

United States beat Japan in Pacific Nations Cup

SACRAMENTO — The United States posted a confidence-boosting 23-18 win over Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament in Sacramento on Friday. Less than three months before the same two teams clash at the World Cup, where they are in the same group, the United States survived late pressure to record their first win of the tournament.

Big Unit cherishes time with Mariners

PHOENIX — Clearly, Randy Johnson is no longer the glowering giant who seemed to be perpetually brooding over some perceived slight — such as any opponent who had the audacity to step to the plate with a bat in his hand.
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Mariners hang on to defeat Tigers in 12 innings

DETROIT — Mike Zunino rolled his eyes in frustration over his failure. Twice he had tried to bunt the go-ahead run to second base in the top of the 12th inning, and twice he couldn’t do the job with foul balls on both attempts.

Bolt and Farah under spotlight

LONDON — Usain Bolt’s suspect hip and Mo Farah’s status as the golden boy of British athletics will come under scrutiny when both return to London’s Olympic stadium this weekend. The two-day so-called Anniversary Games, which incorporates a Diamond League meeting, features a glittering cast but six-times Olympic gold medalist Bolt is the undoubted top of the bill when he goes in the 100m on Friday.

Djokovic, Williams head elite fields for U.S. Open

LEXINGTON, Kent. — Wimbledon champions and world number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams head the field for the men’s and women’s events at this year’s U.S. Open, the United States Tennis Association announced on Wednesday. Djokovic, who has reached the U.S. Open final five times and won the title in 2011, tops an elite list that includes other former champions in Roger Federer (2004-08), Rafa Nadal (2010, 2013), Andy Murray (2012).

Bardet wins 18th stage of Tour de France, Froome leads

ST. JEAN DE MARIENNE, France — France’s Romain Bardet of AG2r-La Mondiale won the 18th stage of the Tour de France, a 186.5-km trek from Gap on Thursday. His compatriot Pierre Rolland was second for the Europcar team with Colombian Winner Anacona of Movistar finishing third.

Activists urge not to award 2022 Games to Beijing

BEIJING, China — A group of rights activists have called on the International Olympic Committee not to award the 2022 winter Games to Beijing saying China’s human rights record had worsened since the 2008 Olympics in the Chinese capital. Chinese, Uighur, Mongolian and Tibetan activists said in an open letter to the IOC it should not “make the same mistake” by awarding the Olympics to Beijing as there was no improvement of human rights in the country since.
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Top American drops out of Tour de France

German Simon Geschke won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, as American Tejay van Garderen abandoned the event due to illness.

Bills’ Goodwin wins silver at Pan Am Games

TORONTO — National Football League speedster Marquise Goodwin turned heads at the Pan American Games by winning a silver medal in men’s long jump on Wednesday.

Djokovic, Williams head elite fields for U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Wimbledon champions and world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams head the field for the men’s and women’s events at this year’s U.S. Open, the United States Tennis Association announced on Wednesday.
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McClendon, Jackson return to Detroit

DETROIT — For manager Lloyd McClendon and center fielder Austin Jackson, the return to Detroit is a little less hectic this time. It’s the second time they’ve returned to Comerica Park with the Mariners after their long stints with the Tigers.

Feds end prosecution of Bonds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice formally abandoned its pursuit of criminal prosecution against former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds on Tuesday.

Zeng thrives at Pan Ams as women’s baseball debuts

TORONTO — U.S. rhythmic gymnast Laura Zeng increased her gold medal haul to five, women’s baseball made a landmark debut and hosts Canada had their least productive day at the Pan American Games on Monday.

Pele leaves hospital after back surgery

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Brazilian soccer legend Pele left the hospital on Monday after undergoing back surgery, the latest in a series of health complications for the 74-year-old former star striker.