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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale smiles as he walks off the mound in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher David Holmberg in the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
TOUR DE FRANCE
Greipel wins 6th stage in a sprint
REIMS, France – Andre Greipel of Germany won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint as the pack entered Champagne country, and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the yellow jersey.
The peloton faced intermittent drizzle in yesterday’s 120-mile course from Arras to Reims, a mostly flat ride well suited for sprinters.
The race got its biggest surprise on Wednesday after defending champion Chris Froome, carrying from an injured wrist, dropped out of the race after crashing twice.
Two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador was dealt a setback after Saxo-Tinkoff teammate Jesus Hernandez dropped out after a crash.
Overall, Nibali has a two-second lead over teammate Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark. Slovakia’s Peter Sagan is third, 44 seconds back.
Sale, Rizzo win fan vote for All-Star game; Aybar also added
NEW YORK – Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo were voted by fans onto the rosters for Tuesday’s All-Star game, and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar will replace Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon.
Rizzo received 8.8 million votes among the 52.5 million ballots and Sale 6.7 million, Major League Baseball said yesterday. Voting was conducted on MLB.com, team websites and Twitter.
MLB did not release voting totals for players other than the winners. The others on the AL ballot were all pitchers: Houston’s Dallas Keuchel, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, the Angels’ Garrett Richards and Detroit’s Rick Porcello. The losing NL players were Miami third baseman Casey McGehee, Colorado first baseman Justin Morneau, Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon and Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton.
There was no immediate announcement on a replacement for St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, who is to have surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and is likely to be sidelined for at least eight weeks.
Cardinals’ Molina out 8-12 weeks
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and will be sidelined eight to 12 weeks.
The Cardinals recalled catcher Audrey Perez from Triple-A Memphis before last night’s game against Pittsburgh.
Molina was injured Wednesday when he planted his hand for balance after sliding feet-first into third base in the second inning. He caught another half-inning before Tony Cruz hit for him in the third.
Molina was voted to his sixth straight NL All-Star team Sunday and is a starter for the fourth time. He was hitting .287 with seven homers and 30 RBI.
Beltran put on concussion list
CLEVELAND – The New York Yankees placed outfielder Carlos Beltran on the seven-day concussion list.
Beltran was hit in the face with a ball during batting practice Wednesday. The ball caromed off the batting cage and hit him, breaking his nose.
Beltran missed the first two games of the series against Cleveland with soreness behind his right knee and was in Wednesday’s original lineup as the designated hitter. Beltran is batting .216 with nine homers and 28 RBI.
Yangervis Solarte was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wiles Barre and played third base against the Indians last night.
Reds’ Phillips to miss six weeks with torn ligament in thumb
CINCINNATI – Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is expected to miss six weeks after he has surgery today to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb.
Phillips injured his thumb diving for a ground ball in the eighth inning Wednesday night and an MRI yesterday morning revealed torn ligaments in his left thumb. The Reds’ former Gold Glove second baseman was hitting 272 at the time of the injury.
Royals place lefty Vargas on DL after appendectomy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list after an appendectomy and recalled reliever Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha before last night’s game against Detroit.
Vargas began experiencing pain early Wednesday in Tampa, and underwent the procedure later in the day. He remained in Florida after the Royals beat the Rays to wrap up their series.
Vargas is 8-4 with 3.31 ERA in 19 starts.
Jeter has best-selling MLB jersey
NEW YORK – Derek Jeter heads to his final All-Star game as the baseball player with the best-selling jersey.
Major League Baseball said yesterday that Jeter’s jersey has been the top seller on MLB.com since opening day.
San Francisco catcher Buster Posey is second, followed by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Boston designated hitter David Ortiz and second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina is sixth, followed by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, New York Mets third baseman David Wright, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Azinger: Swing changes making Woods worse
SOUTHPORT, England – Paul Azinger believes that a plan by Tiger Woods to make his swing better has backfired on him.
Azinger said yesterday on a conference call for ESPN that Woods has made major changes to his swing in a quest to improve. He said the result is that “Tiger has actually gotten a little bit worse.”
Azinger is a former PGA champion and Ryder Cup captain who will be in the booth for ESPN at the British Open next week. It will be the first major championship appearance by Woods this year. The 14-time major champion was out three months after back surgery.
Woods has changed his swing four times with three coaches.
Defending champ Mahut ousted by Groth at Newport
NEWPORT, R.I. – Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and Samuel Groth of Australia advanced to the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships yesterday.
The 153rd-ranked Groth defeated defending champion Nicolas Mahut of France, 6-3, 6-4, and Karlovic edged Dudi Sela of Israel, 7-6 (3), 7-5. The pair will meet tomorrow after inductions for the 2014 class into the International Hall of Fame, which is highlighted this year by Lindsay Davenport in the recent player category.
Mahut, who collected the most grass-court victories on the tour last year with 12, entered the week ranked 59th. He had won seven straight matches at Newport.
Ferrer leads three Spaniards into Swedish quarters
BASTAD, Sweden – Top seed David Ferrer led a trio of Spaniards into the Swedish Open quarterfinals by defeating Victor Hanescu of Romania, 6-4, 6-0, yesterday.
Ferrer, who received a first-round bye, is bidding to win his third Bastad title following wins in 2007 and 2012. He next meets defending champion Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, who defeated qualifier Radu Albot of Moldova, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Third-seeded Fernando Verdasco, the runner-up in Bastad last year, ousted Spanish countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-1, 7-5.
Verdasco will face another countryman, eighth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta, in the last eight. Carreno Busta beat Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, 6-2, 6-2.
The other quarters feature Joao Sousa vs. Dusan Lajovic, and Pablo Cuevas vs. Renzo Olivo.
Defending champ Fognini advances at Stuttgart
STUTTGART, Germany – Fabio Fognini opened the defense of his Mercedes Cup title by defeating Andrey Golubev, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals yesterday.
Fognini, who received a first-round bye at the clay-court event, saved both break points he faced and broke the 61st-ranked Kazakh player once in each set.
The top-seeded Italian will next face the seventh-seeded Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, who defeated qualifier Philipp Davydenko of Russia, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
No. 2 seed Mikhail Youzhny eased past Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, 6-1, 6-1. The Russian, who won the tournament in 2002, next plays the eighth-seeded Argentine Federico Delbonis, who defeated Germany’s Benjamin Becker, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4.
Errani, Scheepers reach quarters at Gastein Ladies
BAD GASTEIN, Austria – Sara Errani reached her eighth quarterfinal of the season and first since the French Open by defeating Paula Ormaechea of Argentina, 6-3, 6-0, in the second round of the Gastein Ladies yesterday.
The second-seeded Italian, who won the doubles at Wimbledon last week, was broken twice in the opening set but conceded only four points on serve in the second.
Errani next plays Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa, who rallied to beat defending champion Yvonne Meusburger, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Earlier, Shelby Rogers of the United States routed the 16th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-4, 6-0, to reach her first career WTA quarterfinal.
Rogers, ranked 147th, had not beaten a top-50 player before. She hit 11 aces and dropped serve only once while holding off 10 break points for the Spaniard, who was seeded third.