Calipari-coached Dominicans lose to Nigeria in qualifier
Ike Diogu scored 25 points, and Nigeria earned the final men's basketball spot in the London Olympics with an 88-73 victory over the Dominican Republic in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sunday night.
Russia and Lithuania also qualified with victories Saturday.
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Yack Martinez led the Dominican Republic, coached by Kentucky Coach John Calipari, with 16 points.
Rogge: Formula One not an event
IOC President Jacques Rogge ruled out Formula One as an Olympic sport, saying that the games are a contest between athletes, not engines. However, Rogge said during a visit to the British Grand Prix that the International Olympic Committee can learn a lot from the F1 management about organizing mega sporting events three weeks before the London Games. "There are many similarities between Formula One and the Olympic Games. Both are high quality sports and the competitors have the same spirit, the same mind," Rogge said. "The Formula One riders are very great athletes, very fit, they are very courageous ... and they also have to have strategic thinking and I have a lot of admiration for them."
Tour de France
Defending Olympic champ out after fall
Defending Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez withdrew from the Tour de France after a crash during the eighth stage in which he broke his right hand and injured his left shoulder. He could miss the London Games. The crash happened 35 miles into the stage that took the riders into the Swiss mountains on Sunday. Sanchez fell on his side before two other riders landed on him. He sat on the ground in tears, clutching his left shoulder and arm as medical teams tended to him. He could not get back on a bike and was put on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
"We suspect a dislocated or a broken shoulder," Tour doctor Florence Pommerie said. "He also lost consciousness for a couple of seconds, probably because of the pain."
Thibaut Pinot gave France its first stage victory, breaking away from the pack during a steep, final climb and capturing the 98-mile eighth stage from Belfort to the Swiss town of Porrentruy. The 22-year-old Frenchman was the youngest rider in the main pack. Bradley Wiggins of Britain kept the overall lead. He leads defending champion Cadel Evans by 10 seconds.
Hornets trade for three-point leader
Orlando agreed to a sign-and-trade deal, sending restricted free agent forward Ryan Anderson to New Orleans for forward Gustavo Ayon, a person familiar with the agreement said. The NBA's trade moratorium prevents clubs from announcing such moves before July 11. The 6-foot-10 Anderson started 61 games for Orlando last season, averaging 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. Ayon, also 6-10, started 24 games for the Hornets, averaging 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. The Hornets will have to figure out where Anderson, who led the NBA in 3-pointers (166) last season, fits best in a lineup that will include top overall draft choice Anthony Davis. The former Kentucky star is tall enough at nearly 6-11 to play center, but he is likely to have to begin his career playing mostly at power forward because he lacks the bulk to match up against some of the NBA's top big men, including Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum.
Donovan, Beckham to take on Chelsea
Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Thierry Henry highlight the MLS First XI team that will face Chelsea of the English Premier League on July 25 in the league's all-star game at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Fans voted for the team, which may not necessarily be the same one that starts the game against the European champions. D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen will choose the actual starting lineup based on game considerations, from among a game-day roster of 18 players. The rest of the roster will be chosen by Olsen and MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Those choices will be announced next Sunday during the broadcast of the New York Red Bulls' game against the Seattle Sounders.
Hunter-Reay gets third straight win
Coming off two wins on oval courses, Ryan Hunter-Reay showed he can dominate a street course when he cruised to the Honda Indy Toronto title on Sunday. Hunter-Reay led the final 28 laps of the 85-lap race and moved in front in the series points race. He is the first American-born driver to win three straight IndyCar races since AJ Allmendinger in 2006, whose third victory also came at Toronto. He leads Will Power by 34 points in the series standings, becoming the first American to top the season-long race since Sam Hornish Jr. won the title in 2006. Dario Franchitti, the defending champion and pole winner, continued to struggle. The Scot finished 17th, in part because of a dreadful first pit stop in which he stopped too far from the wall. That cost him extra time as a crew member had to move his car closer because the fuel hose couldn't reach.
Webber beats rival Alonso in British GP
Red Bull driver Mark Webber won the British Grand Prix on Sunday, overtaking Fernando Alonso to move closer to his rival in the race for the Formula One championship. In dry conditions after two days of rain caused chaos on and off the Silverstone, England, track, Webber pursued pole-sitter Alonso from the start and finally passed the Ferrari driver on lap 48 of 52. Webber pulled within 13 points of Alonso with his second victory of the season.
Junior League Horse Show this week
The Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show starts Monday and runs through Saturday this week at The Red Mile. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 Monday through Thursday and $10 Friday and Saturday. Children younger than six will be admitted free, and morning sessions are free to the public.
The last word
Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza, on his disappointing first half:
''I started out great, got sick (in May), and then it just went to a crap show from there."