Sports briefs: Froome extends Tour de France lead
Cycling: Froome extends Tour de France lead British rider Steve Cummings won Stage 14 of the Tour de France on Saturday as Britain's Chris Froome extended his overall lead. American Tejay van Garderen, who had been second, dropped to third place ...
Cycling: Froome extends Tour de France lead
British rider Steve Cummings won Stage 14 of the Tour de France on Saturday as Britain’s Chris Froome extended his overall lead.
American Tejay van Garderen, who had been second, dropped to third place after losing time to Nairo Quintana of Colombia. Quintana moved up from third to second place.
Froome extended his lead in the yellow jersey to
3 minutes, 10 seconds as van Garderen struggled on the steep climb to the finish in Mende, France. The American is 3:32 back of the leader.
Froome said he had urine thrown at him early in Saturday’s race.
“Unfortunately, someone threw a cup of urine into my face and shouted ‘doper’ which is extremely wrong on so many different levels,” Froome said. “I was really disappointed; it’s not in the name of sport.”
Froome has made repeated assurances that he is clean, following years of the sport’s multiple offenders, including Lance Armstrong.
Cummings was part of a 20-man breakaway in the 110.9-mile trek from Rodez to Mende and held off France’s Thibaut Pinot by two seconds to record the biggest win of his career.
Sepulveda out of Tour after hitching a lift
Argentine Eduardo Sepulveda’s decision to hitch a short lift in a rival team’s car after a mechanical problem proved a costly one when he was thrown out of the race on Saturday.
The Bretagne Seche rider broke a chain 57 kilometres from the finish and hopped into a AG2r-La Mondiale car to take him 100 meters up the road to his awaiting team car.
Tour rules forbid any rider to be driven on the route during a stage.
“I saw Eduardo in the rear mirror, and I stopped,” said Bretagne Seche manager Emmanuel Hubert.
“Instead of walking towards me, he climbed in the AG2r car. They did 100 meters, so that’s the rules; he’s out of the race.”
Soccer: Webb pleads not guilty to charges
Jeffrey Webb, one of seven high-ranking officials of soccer’s world governing body FIFA who were arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges, pleaded not guilty in U.S. federal court on Saturday.
Extradited to the United States, the former FIFA vice president and president of the CONCACAF regional soccer federation, appeared at a hearing in Brooklyn. A U.S. lawyer for him declined to comment.
Webb faces U.S. charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. He was released on $10 million bond, co-signed by family members and secured by properties, vehicles, personal possessions and financial assets.
No trial date was set.
The 50-year-old Cayman Islands national is among nine soccer officials and five marketing executives charged by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly exploiting the sport for their own gain through bribes of more than $150 million over 24 years.
According to the indictment, Webb used his influential positions to solicit bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for the commercial rights to soccer matches.
One $500,000 bribe payment allegedly went to build a swimming pool at Webb’s house in Loganville, Ga., according to the indictment.
Soccer: US crushes Cuba behind Dempsey hat trick
Clint Dempsey scored three goals, and the U.S. cruised to a 6-0 victory over Cuba in a Gold Cup quarterfinal Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The U.S. will play either Haiti or Jamaica on Wednesday in a semifinal in Atlanta.
The U.S. opened a 4-0 lead at halftime on goals by Dempsey, Gyasi Zardes, Aron Johannsson and Omar Gonzalez, and the Americans were never threatened by the outmatched Cubans.
Dempsey scored on a penalty kick in the 63rd minute and again 15 minutes later on a sliding poke to increase the damage. He leads the tournament with six goals and is second all-time for the U.S. in Gold Cups, with 11. He also has 47 international goals, 10 behind Landon Donovan for the U.S. record.
WNBA: Lynx lose Augustus for a month
Minnesota Lynx all-star forward Seimone Augustus is out indefinitely after having arthroscopic surgery on her right knee Friday.
Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said she expects to have Augustus back in the lineup by mid-August.
Augustus was named an Western Conference All-Star Game starter earlier in the week. She is averaging 15.4 points per game this season. She scored 21 points in her last game, an 85-79 win at Connecticut on Tuesday.
Reeve said the knee has been a problem for Augustus for “probably more than a couple of weeks.” The coach said Augustus was having issues when she came home from her season in Russia for Christmas break, and it has progressed since then.
This isn’t Augustus’ first knee injury. She missed the bulk of the 2009 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She missed 10 games last year because of soreness in her left knee.
Augustus’ injury was the second the Lynx suffered this week. Guard Monica Wright had arthroscopic surgery on her right knee Thursday, leaving the Lynx short on guards.
NFL: Deflategate ball sells for $43,740
A memento of Deflategate infamy has a price, and it’s nearly $44,000.
A ball used by the New England Patriots in last season’s AFC championship win over the Indianapolis Colts sold at auction for $43,740 on Saturday. The ball, which was sold by auction house Lelands.com, is the only known ball tied to the Deflategate game that is in the public domain, ESPN reported.
The ball was sold by Laura Anthony, who was handed the ball by Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell following a third-quarter touchdown by teammate LeGarrette Blount.
Still, it’s not clear whether the ball was used by the Patriots in the first half of their blowout win. According to an NFL-commissioned investigation, officials reinflated each of the Patriots’ balls at halftime after finding they were underinflated. Whether the ball sold at auction was ever used in an underinflated state is unknown.
NFL: Angels Stadium not an NFL option
Angels Stadium doesn’t appear to be an option to serve as temporary host for an NFL team in Los Angeles.
According to the Orange County Register, Angels officials said that scheduling conflicts between Major League Baseball games and NFL contests in September and October make it unlikely that they will submit a proposal to the NFL for the Anaheim, Calif., stadium to be a temporary home to a relocating team.
Angels Stadium was home to the Los Angeles Rams from 1980 to 1994 when they moved to St. Louis.
Earlier this month, the Rose Bowl stadium operations team unanimously voted to block any short-term rental by NFL teams looking to relocate to Los Angeles in 2016.