Tour de France
Strong finish helps Hushovd win 13th stage in Pyrenees
Norway's Thor Hushovd won the 13th stage of the Tour de France and France's Thomas Voeckler kept the yellow jersey Friday on a ride through the Pyrenees that ended in Lourdes, the home of one of the most famous Catholic shrines.
Jeremy Roy nearly captured a Tour stage for the first time with his attack at the foot of the huge climb to Col d'Aubisque. But the Frenchman couldn't hold off Hushovd and David Moncoutie, who overtook Roy near the line and finished second.
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"I really didn't think I would win this stage," said Hushovd, who was also part of the Garmin-Cervelo team that won the team time trial early in the race. "I did things right tactically."
None of the main rivals took any time off each other, and there was no repeat of Thursday's attacks in which a weary Alberto Contador lost 13 seconds to Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans.
Frank Schleck is second overall — 17 seconds ahead of Evans, 28 seconds ahead of younger brother Andy and 2:11 clear of Contador. Contador has been nursing a sore right knee after hitting it twice in separate crashes.
North Carolina guard tears ACL
North Carolina reserve guard Leslie McDonald tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and could miss the coming season. The school said Friday that McDonald was injured during a summer league game in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday night. McDonald averaged seven points off the bench and was second on the team with 51 three-pointers. Surgery has yet to be scheduled and the rising junior is out indefinitely.
Family in legal fight over Duke tickets
A family squabble over season tickets to Duke men's basketball games has resulted in a legal fight. A woman filed a lawsuit Friday against her sister, her sister's husband and Duke University regarding the transfer of two tickets that once belonged to her father for games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Katina Dorton is seeking unspecified damages and asking the court to invalidate the "fraudulent transfer" to Gordon and Sophia Caudle that occurred without the knowledge or consent of her father or other family members, according to the complaint.
Tressel had history of compliance issues
Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was told by the school that he did a poor job of self-reporting NCAA violations years before he failed to tell his bosses that players were selling championship rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia, a cover-up that cost him his job. In an evaluation of Tressel's job performance from 2005-06, then-athletic director Andy Geiger rated Tressel "unacceptable" in terms of self-reporting rules violations in a timely manner. The coach also was warned in a separate letter that he and his staff needed to do a better job of monitoring the cars the Buckeyes were driving — an issue that would arise again this spring. The documents were part of a mountain of public records released Friday by Ohio State.
NCAA scraps move to expand calls
The NCAA has rescinded legislation that would have allowed Division I schools to contact high school junior prospects by phone in sports other than football and men's basketball. The legislation was approved in April, but schools later raised concerns about extending the recruiting process. The Division I Legislative Council suspended the legislation after receiving more than 100 override requests by the June 27 deadline. It is just the second proposal since 1997 to eclipse 100 override requests. Separately, the Football Championship Subdivision Governance Committee defeated a proposal that would have barred home teams from staying at local hotels the night before a game.
Tokyo to bid for 2020 Games
Tokyo hopes a bid for the 2020 Olympics will serve as a symbol of Japan's recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japanese Olympic officials scheduled a news conference for Saturday, when Tokyo's 2020 bid will be officially revealed. "We believe the Olympics will aid in the recovery and reconstruction of this country, and we want to help create a new Japan for the future, for our children," Japanese Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda told Kyodo news agency.
UCLA's Bauer wins Golden Spikes Award
UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer won the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player. The award was announced Friday by the U.S. Baseball Federation. Bauer was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the third pick of the first round of last month's amateur draft after going 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA and Division I-leading and Pac-10 record 203 strikeouts. He finished the season with nine consecutive complete games.
U.S. forward Altidore to play in Holland
American Jozy Altidore is headed to the Dutch club AZ Alkmaar. The 21-year-old forward said on Twitter on Friday that "I have indeed agreed to terms to join AZ." His agent, Lyle Yorks, said on Twitter that "nothing has been signed yet and all to be completed next week in Holland." Altidore joined Villarreal from Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls in 2008 but never saw regular playing time at the Spanish club, which loaned him to Spain's Xerez, England's Hull and Turkey's Bursaspor. Alkmaar is in qualifying for this season's Europa League.
The last word
Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette, on the number of vehicles brought in for a truck-pushing competition at a football workout this week:
"I saw them parked out there and I was hoping it was like The Price Is Right , where you got to take one of those babies home."