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Sports briefs: July 10

Stage winner Rui Alberto Costa of Portugal passed a man holding his dog during the Tour de France's 117.5-mile mountain stage starting in Aigurande and finishing in Super Besse.
Stage winner Rui Alberto Costa of Portugal passed a man holding his dog during the Tour de France's 117.5-mile mountain stage starting in Aigurande and finishing in Super Besse. AP

Sports in the courts

Steelers' Ward arrested on DUI charge in Georgia

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday outside Atlanta on a drunken-driving charge, sheriff's officials said. The former Super Bowl MVP and reigning Dancing With the Stars champ was booked into the DeKalb County, Ga., jail at 3:41 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence. A jail official said he was released on $1,300 bond, though the sheriff's office Web site said his bond was set at $1,000. The discrepancy couldn't be immediately resolved Saturday. The sheriff's office said it had turned over paperwork to the courts and couldn't release any further information about the player's arrest. DeKalb County police did not return repeated emails and phone calls seeking details of the arrest. Atlanta lawyer Andrew Ree issued a statement saying Ward, 35, cooperated fully with police and truthfully answered their questions.

"From our preliminary investigation, we can tell you that we are confident that the facts will show that Hines was NOT impaired by alcohol while driving," Ree wrote.


Hushovd holds lead after Costa's 1st win

Portuguese rider Rui Alberto Costa won the eighth stage of the Tour de France after withstanding a late attack from Philippe Gilbert in the final climb on Saturday, while Thor Hushovd kept the overall leader's yellow jersey. Costa punched the air as he crossed the line in 4 hours, 36 minutes, 46 seconds to clinch the first Tour stage win of his career, in Super-Besse, France.

"I knew I could get in the breakaway today. The team put me in the best position," Costa said. "I was lucky that I managed to hold on until the end. I'm very happy with this win."

The race entered the mountains for the first time in the 117-mile trek from Aigurande to Super-Besse, featuring a sharp category-2 climb up Col de la Croix and a final climb of 1 mile.

Hushovd is still one second ahead of Cadel Evans and has been wearing the yellow jersey since his Garmin-Cervelo team won last Sunday's time trial. Hushovd, not a renowned climber, was certain he was going to lose the yellow jersey before the stage.

College football

Oregon scout had ties to Cal, LSU

A talent scout whose relationship with Oregon's program is under investigation by the NCAA also had ties to California and Louisiana State. The Oregonian newspaper reported Saturday that Willie Lyles, a Houston-based talent scout who was paid $25,000 by Oregon for his scouting packages, billed Cal $5,000 and LSU $6,000 for similar packages that included game and highlight films of high school and junior college players from 22 states. The Oregonian obtained invoices for the transactions through open-records requests. The NCAA's probe is focused on what exactly Oregon obtained from Lyles. In recent interviews, Lyles has said that he and the Ducks both knew he was selling access and influence with highly recruited players.


U.S. routs Poland in U19 consolation

Creighton's Doug McDermott scored 19 points to lead the United States to an 84-47 victory over Poland on Saturday in the consolation round of FIBA's Under 19 World Championship in Latvia. The Americans (6-2), who lost to Russia in the quarterfinals, will play Australia (6-2) for fifth place on Sunday. Patric Young of Florida had 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting and six rebounds for the United States, and Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Tony Mitchell of North Texas tied a U.S. Under 19 record with four blocked shots.

Olympian replaces Richardson in Tulsa

Teresa Edwards will take over as the interim head coach for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock following the resignation of Nolan Richardson, the organization announced early Saturday morning. Edwards, who was hired during the off-season as the team's director of player personnel, is a five-time Olympian and the most decorated Olympic basketball player with four gold medals and two bronze.

Richardson leaves after guiding the team to a 7-38 record. The Shock finished 6-28 in their inaugural season in Tulsa in 2010 and were 1-10 this season after falling to Phoenix 86-78 on Friday night.

Richardson led Arkansas to an NCAA men's championship and was lured out of retirement for his first endeavor as a women's coach, in the city where he helped build the men's program at the University of Tulsa. He attempted to adapt his trademark "40 Minutes of Hell" style to the WNBA game, but it didn't take with a roster stripped down when several All-Stars refused to make the move from Detroit with the franchise.

■ Former Kentucky star Victoria Dunlap had eight points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks in her third straight start for the Washington Mystics, but her team lost 68-57 at Indiana. The Mystics (2-7) are on a three-game losing streak.

Yao Ming's American agent would not confirm reports that the All-Star center is retiring from basketball. But Yao has scheduled a July 20 press conference in Shanghai to reveal his future plans. John Huizinga said Saturday night that he was "not in a position to confirm" reports that Yao had told the NBA that he planned to retire.


Agassi thanks tennis at Hall induction

Andre Agassi used his induction speech at the International Tennis Hall of Fame to thank the sport for all it has given him — including his wife, fellow Hall of Famer Steffi Graf. Agassi acknowledged there were times he resented the sport, which his father pushed him into as a small child. But the 40-year-old, eight-time Grand Slam champion said Saturday it was all part of the journey that brought him to the Newport, R.I., shrine.

"I fell in love with tennis far too late in my life. But the reason I have everything I hold dear is because tennis has loved me back," Agassi said. "If we're lucky in life, we get a few moments where we don't have to wonder if we made our parents proud. I want to thank tennis for giving me those moments."

■ Twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan earned the United States its first point of a Davis Cup quarterfinal match against Spain, keeping the Americans alive with a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marcel Granollers and Fernando Verdasco in doubles Saturday. Spain leads the Americans 2-1 heading into Sunday's singles matches pitting David Ferrer against Mardy Fish and Feliciano Lopez against Andy Roddick.

The last word

Derek Jeter smiled after his first of five hits Saturday at Yankee Stadium gave him 2,999 for his career. The single came on a full count:

"He could've thrown it in the dugout and I would've swung."