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Police carry off a fan from the field after after Chivas defeated Club America 1-0 at the El Super Clasico soccer match on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout hits a double against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, June 27, 2013. The (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
TOUR DE FRANCE
Andre Greipel wins
sixth stage of Tour
MONTPELLIER, France – German rider Andre Greipel won yesterday’s sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish and Daryl Impey became the first South African to wear the race leader’s yellow jersey after taking it from teammate Simon Gerrans.
In baking hot temperatures, Greipel surged ahead some 500 meters from the line and held off a strong challenge from Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel.
The 30-year-old Greipel dedicated his fifth career Tour stage win to his Lotto-Belisol teammate Jurgen Van den Broeck, who pulled out before the start of the stage after failing to overcome a knee injury from a crash Wednesday.
Blazers, Kings make deal
People familiar with the trade said Sacramento, New Orleans and Portland agreed to a three-team deal sending guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings.
The people, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity yesterday because NBA rules prevent confirmation of trades until Wednesday, said Portland is sending second-round draft pick Jeff Withey to New Orleans and a future draft pick to Sacramento as part of the deal, which was first reported by ESPN.
Evans, a former Rookie of the Year and restricted free agent, averaged 15.2 points with the Kings last season, his fourth. The 7-foot Lopez averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Vasquez averaged 13.9 points and nine assists.
New York to retain
guards Smith, Prigioni
NEW YORK – The New York Knicks are keeping J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni, two key members of their first Atlantic Division championship team since 1994.
Both players agreed to new deals yesterday, their agents confirmed.
Smith, the Sixth Man of the Year, gets a four-year contract worth around $25 million.
Prigioni could make about $6 million over three years. The Argentine guard moved into the starting lineup late in the season and helped the Knicks finish 54-28.
Bobcats reach 3-year deal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – People familiar with the situation say the Charlotte Bobcats agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent center Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz.
Jefferson will make $13.5 million in each season with a player option for the third year.
Jefferson, 28, gives the Bobcats a much-needed scoring threat in the low post, where they struggled last season. The 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson has averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last seven seasons.
Source: Hawks, Korver agree to multiyear deal
ATLANTA – A person with knowledge of the deal said the Atlanta Hawks reached an agreement to re-sign guard-forward Kyle Korver to a multiyear deal.
Korver averaged 10.9 points per game and ranked second in the NBA by making 45.7 percent of his 3-point shots. Korver also had reported interest from Brooklyn, Milwaukee and San Antonio.
The contract will not impact the Hawks’ ability to offer free-agent center Dwight Howard a maximum contract. General Manager Danny Ferry and Coach Mike Budenholzer met with Howard, Ferry and Josh Smith in Los Angeles this week.
Source: Cavaliers, Clark agree to two-year deal
CLEVELAND – The Cavaliers landed one of the Lakers’ front-line free agents. No, not that guy.
Cleveland agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Earl Clark, who played alongside Dwight Howard last season in Los Angeles.
Clark, who spent two days visiting with the Cavs earlier this week, is getting a deal worth $9 million, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity.
The 6-foot-10 Clark set career-highs in scoring (7.3), rebounds (5.5) and minutes (23.1) in 36 starts last season.
Senators give MacLean three-year extension
OTTAWA – Paul MacLean, the NHL’s coach of the year, signed a three-year extension with the Ottawa Senators.
MacLean won the Jack Adams Award this past season as the league’s top coach after leading the injury-riddled Senators to a 25-17-6 record after the NHL lockout.
Ottawa reached the playoffs despite missing star forward Jason Spezza and Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson for most of the season.
Rival soccer fans brawl
at Las Vegas match
LAS VEGAS – Witnesses describe a chaotic scene when brawls broke out among rival soccer fans at a Las Vegas match.
Violence began in the parking lot Wednesday night when fans from two rival Mexican soccer teams – Chivas and Club America – arrived at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Officers arrived to quell the violence, but the tone was set for the rest of the night.
At one point witnesses say flares were thrown onto the field, and fireworks were being set off in the stands.
Highway Patrol: Ole Miss lineman dies in car wreck
EGYPT, Miss. – A member of the University of Mississippi football team was killed Wednesday in a traffic accident in Chickasaw County, Miss.
The Highway Patrol said in a statement that 20-year-old Park Stevens of Columbus was killed when his pickup collided with the rear of an 18-wheeler at Egypt Road and U.S. Highway 45A around 3 p.m. Wednesday.