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Dennis seals Tour’s first stage with record speed

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Australian Rohan Dennis proved too hot to handle as the Tour de France began with a 13.8-kilometre individual time trial through the sweltering streets of Utrecht on Saturday.

Federer dodges bullets; Cilic wins battle of marathon men

LONDON — Roger Federer showed that you need more in your arsenal than a bullet serve if you want to seriously trouble the grasscourt masters these days as he snuffed out the threat of Sam Groth in four sets at Wimbledon on Saturday.

Aldridge to sign with Spurs

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — After a second meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, free agent Lamarcus Aldridge hgas signed a four-year $80 million deal to join the San Antonio Spurs. The league-wide morotorium on business will be lifted July 9.

FIFA’s Webb charged in corruption case

ZURICH, Germany — Suspended FIFA vice-president and CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, already facing charges in soccer’s global bribery scandal, has now been charged in a healthcare fraud case in his native Cayman Islands, local media reported on Friday. Cayman authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Webb and are expected to seek his extradition, reported Cayman 27 television.

Woods slumps back into mediocrity at Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Tiger Woods mixed some good shots with a couple of terrible drives as he carded a one-under-par 69 in the second round of the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia on Friday. A day after shooting his best score in 16 months, a 66, Woods reverted to mediocrity and ended the day equal 26th.

USA pound hapless Guatemala 4-0 in friendly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United States tuned up for the Gold Cup with a 4-0 thumping of Guatemala in a friendly in Nashville on Friday. The Americans extended their unbeaten run against Guatemala to 21 games, a streak stretching back to 1988 and a record against any nation.

Hamilton the home hero with British GP pole

LONDON, England — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton gave the British Grand Prix crowd what they wanted by powering to pole position in a one-two with Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg on Saturday. The pole was Hamilton’s eighth in nine races and the 46th of his career.

Brown stuns Nadal; Murray, big guns continue to fire

LONDON — Two-times champion Rafa Nadal crashed out in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday after being out-muscled and out-thought in four sets by an inspired Dustin Brown of Germany.

Capitals sign winger Williams from Kings

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Capitals signed former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams to a two-year, $6.5 million contract on Wednesday after the right winger renowned for his big-game prowess ended his seven-season stint in Los Angeles. “Justin is a proven winner and we feel he will be a great addition to our club” Washington general manager Brian MacLellan told reporters.

U.S. asks Swiss to extradite seven

ZURICH, Germany — The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer’s governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said on Thursday. The move marks the start of a legal process expected to last several months during which the officials, who have been in jail since being detained on U.S. arrest warrants in May, will either keep fighting extradition to the United States or agree to go.

Hamilton gets his hands on a proper trophy

SILVERSTONE, England — Double world champion Lewis Hamilton was handed one of the sport’s most prestigious trophies on Thursday.The Mercedes driver received the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy, awarded annually since 1959 to the most successful British or Commonwealth driver in the previous year’s championship, at Silverstone.

Green returning to champions Golden State

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State forward Draymond Green announced on Wednesday he has signed a five-year deal to stay with the NBA champions. While earlier reports said negotiations had reached an impasse, Green posted a video on sports site Bleacher Report to say he was delighted to return to the organization.

Mariners on wrong end of shutout against A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. — Scott Kazmir allowed two hits over eight shutout innings, shortstop Marcus Semien homered, and the Oakland A's defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Thursday night at the O.co Coliseum

Lloyd maintains focus amid stellar run to the top

For years, intense meditation has been part of Carli Lloyd’s soccer game, as important as all of her emphasis on fitness. Getting alone in a room, finding the moment, the big moment in a game, conjuring up scenarios that include the ball on her foot.

Djokovic, Serena turn up heat as Wimbledon sizzles

LONDON -- With everyone "feeling hot, hot, hot" at the All England Club on Wednesday it was little wonder that Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were eager to escape the Wimbledon furnace as quickly as possible.

M’s pitch consecutive shutouts

SAN DIEGO — Robinson Cano drove in three runs with a homer, a bases-loaded single and a double and Taijuan Walker picked up his fifth straight win Wednesday afternoon as the Seattle Mariners right-hander and four relievers combined for a three-hit, 7-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Montgomery credits success to different approach on and off mound

SAN DIEGO — Development doesn’t have a singular and unified direction in baseball. The path for position players and pitchers to reach the big leagues varies with turns, missteps, injuries, failures and reversals. It’s a journey that sometimes leads to nowhere.