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Sports briefs: July 4

Former UK star Victoria Dunlap, right, scored 19 points and had eight rebounds in her first WNBA start for Washington.
Former UK star Victoria Dunlap, right, scored 19 points and had eight rebounds in her first WNBA start for Washington. AP

Horse racing

Leparoux hits 500-win mark at Churchill

Julien Leparoux became the 10th jockey in Churchill Downs history to record 500 victories at the track when Joseph Sutton's Maan won Sunday's ninth race.

"It's feels good, but it wasn't really on my mind," Leparoux said afterward. "I try not to focus on the milestones and just take it one day at a time."

Leparoux, who will turn 28 on July 15, began riding at Churchill Downs during the 2005 Fall Meet. He got his first victory at the Louisville track on Nov. 26, 2005, aboard Three Steps Ahead. It was his only win of that meeting.

"My first win here is probably one of my favorites out of all 500," Leparoux said. "The other top highlights are probably my two Grade I wins: the (Woodford Reserve) Turf Classic (aboard Einstein) and the Humana (Distaff aboard Informed Decision)."

Later on Sunday's program, Leparoux got his 501st victory aboard Prado Dash in a $62,603 featured allowance race.

Heading into the meet's final day, Leparoux has a 51-46 lead over Corey Lanerie in the jockey standings. There's also a tight race for the trainers. Steve Asmussen will begin the day with an 18-16 lead over Eddie Kenneally and Ken McPeek. Richard and Karen Papiese's Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc. has clinched the title for champion owners with eight wins, two more than Jay Em Ess Stable and Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

Flashpoint drew off in the stretch to win the $150,000 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., on Sunday, beating C J Russell by 7 lengths.

Tour de France

Norway's Hushovd takes overall lead

Thor Hushovd of Norway captured the overall lead at the Tour de France after his Garmin-Cervelo team won the time trial in the second stage of the race. Hushovd took the yellow jersey from Philippe Gilbert of Belgium, the winner of Saturday's opening stage. Hushovd has the coveted yellow shirt for the third time of his career ahead of his teammate David Millar, with whom he shares the same time in the overall standings. Defending champion Alberto Contador lost more time to the other main contenders after his Saxo-Bank team posted a time of 25:16.

Special Olympics

Georgetown athlete medals in long jump

Ryan Barts of Georgetown won the silver medal in his heat of the long jump at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Barts's best jump of 5.02 meters was .35 meters behind gold medalist Khalifa Alamiri of the United Arab Emirates.

Josh Alexander of Union and Team USA finished fourth in the team bowling event.

Bluegrass 10,000

More than 3,400 to run on Monday

The official tally of entries for Monday's 35th annual running of the Bluegrass 10,000 is 3,402. That is 85 fewer than last year. In 2009, a record 3,782 registered.

Defending champions are Patrick Morgan (men), Kim Grieshaber (women) and Greg Queen (hand-cycle wheelchair).

The last word

After losing to new No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon finals, former No. 1 Rafael Nadal vowed to take back the top spot:

"When one player is better than you, at this moment the only thing you can do is work, try to find solutions, and try to wait a little bit for your time. Last five times (against Djokovic) wasn't my time. I'm going to wait and I'm going to try a sixth. And if the sixth doesn't happen, to the seventh."

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