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Sports briefs: July 7

Australia's Cadel Evans, right, crossed the finish line ahead of three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, center, to win the fourth stage of the Tour de France.
Australia's Cadel Evans, right, crossed the finish line ahead of three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, center, to win the fourth stage of the Tour de France. AP


British Open 2nd major Woods will miss with 'minor' injuries

Those "minor" injuries to his left leg now have kept Tiger Woods from playing in two majors. In an announcement on his Web site Tuesday that came as no surprise, Woods said he would skip the British Open next week because his injuries have not fully healed.

"Unfortunately, I've been advised that I should not play in the British Open," Woods said. "As I stated at the AT&T National, I am only going to come back when I'm 100 percent ready. I do not want to risk further injury. That's different for me, but I'm being smarter this time. ... I'm very disappointed and want to express my regrets to the British Open fans."

It will be the second time in the last four years that Woods has missed two majors in one season. He did not play the British Open and PGA Championship in 2008 while recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left knee. These injuries are not as easy to describe.

Woods said in May that he suffered "minor injuries" to knee ligaments and his Achilles' tendon while hitting from an awkward stance in the pine straw on the 17th hole in the third round at the Masters. Afterward, he skipped the Wells Fargo Championship and withdrew after nine holes from The Players Championship a week later.

Woods didn't say whether he expected to play in the final major, the PGA Championship, which starts Aug. 11 in Atlanta.

Thomas Levet could miss the British Open after breaking his shin jumping into a lake to celebrate his victory at the French Open in Inverness, Scotland. The 42-year-old Levet's management company, IMG, says he is receiving "intense treatment to the fracture" and will consult with a specialist this week in a bid to make the Open. Levet leaped into a lake after beating Mark Foster and Thorbjorn Olesen by a shot, ending his 25-year wait to win his home championship.


Evans edges Contador in fourth stage

Cadel Evans edged defending champion Alberto Contador in a photo finish Tuesday to win the fourth stage of the Tour de France, while Thor Hushovd kept the overall lead. The mostly flat 107-mile course from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne with a short, steep uphill finish underlined two aspects of the race so far: Evans has been nearly flawless; Contador can never be ruled out.

The tense finale was so close that Contador raised a fist to celebrate what the three-time Tour champ thought was his victory, but a photograph at the line showed Evans had won. Still, the ride left little doubt that Contador, who has faced a series of early setbacks already, is in shape to compete. With his second-place finish, he regained several seconds against other likely title contenders.

"I still can't quite believe it. ... It was a very close final; I didn't even know if I had it on the line myself," Evans said. "To win in front of Alberto Contador is really a nice present."

Evans, a two-time runner-up, scored his first in-competition Tour stage win in seven appearances — the Australian inherited a stage victory in 2007 after Alexandre Vinokourov was barred in a team doping scandal. It was also the first Tour stage victory for an Aussie since Simon Gerrans won Stage 15 in 2008.


ESPN gets full coverage of Wimbledon

No longer will American tennis fans have to search for Wimbledon matches on TV. All England Club officials achieved their goal of having the entire tournament televised live and by the same company in the United States under their new 12-year contract with ESPN. Tuesday's deal ends a 43-year run on NBC. It had become an annual tradition with Wimbledon — complaints about NBC not showing every match live in all time zones. The network would have started airing the entire tournament live beginning in 2014 under its bid. ESPN had owned the rights to extensively televise early rounds of Wimbledon since 2003, with NBC picking up coverage as the tournament progressed.


UConn's Lamb leads U.S. to OT victory

Jeremy Lamb of national champion Connecticut scored 35 points, including a baseline jumper with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, to lead the United States to a 107-105 victory over Lithuania in the second round of FIBA's Under 19 World Championship in Riga, Latvia. The U.S. (5-0) led 94-86 with 37 seconds left in regulation, but Lithuania (3-2) tied the game at 94 on a goaltending call with 1.7 seconds to play. Florida's Patric Young had two three-point plays in the overtime, helping erase a six-point deficit for the U.S.

Pacers expected to name Vogel coach

The Indiana Pacers scheduled a Wednesday news conference with Frank Vogel amid speculation that he will be the next head coach of the team he led to an encouraging finish last season. Vogel will be joined at the news conference by Larry Bird, the Pacers' president of basketball operations who has called Vogel the favorite from the beginning of the search. Vogel took over for Jim O'Brien in the middle of last season, and the team finished the year 20-18. The Pacers made the playoffs for the first time since 2006, losing 4-1 to top-seeded Chicago.

Dunlap scores 9 in second WNBA start

Former University of Kentucky star Victoria Dunlap made the second start of her WNBA career and scored nine points to go with five steals and three rebounds in the Washington Mystics' 83-73 loss at Chicago. Dunlap, who played about 331/2 minutes, was 3-for-8 from the field and 3-for-4 from the foul line.

Track and field

Gay not on list for U.S. relays at worlds

The U.S. track team left Lexington native Tyson Gay out of the group of eligible runners for the relays at the world championships. Last month, Gay pulled out of the national championships after the first round of the 100 with a hip injury. He did not run in the 200 either, meaning his only chance of competing at worlds was as part of a relay team.

The last word

Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, to ESPN, on possibly leaving the Cincinnati Bengals for another team:

"They say the grass is not greener on the other side, but let me tell you, when I'm watering the grass, it's going to be green."