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  • FILE - In this 2011 file photo, Seattle Mariners' Milton Bradley poses for a photo during spring training baseball in Peoria, Ariz. The former Los Angeles Dodgers and Mariners outfielder has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors for attacking and threatening his estranged wife on five occasions. Bradley, 34, faces up to seven and a half years in jail when he is sentenced July 2, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this 2011 file photo, Seattle Mariners' Milton Bradley poses for a photo during spring training baseball in Peoria, Ariz. The former Los Angeles Dodgers and Mariners outfielder has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors for attacking and threatening his estranged wife on five occasions. Bradley, 34, faces up to seven and a half years in jail when he is sentenced July 2, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left,  and former baseball player Jim Thome watch batting practice before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the  Orioles,Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Chicago. Thome was named special assistant to the general manager of the Chicago White Sox earlier today. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left, and former baseball player Jim Thome watch batting practice before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Orioles,Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Chicago. Thome was named special assistant to the general manager of the Chicago White Sox earlier today. (AP Photo/David Banks)

  • FILE - In this 2011 file photo, Seattle Mariners' Milton Bradley poses for a photo during spring training baseball in Peoria, Ariz. The former Los Angeles Dodgers and Mariners outfielder has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors for attacking and threatening his estranged wife on five occasions. Bradley, 34, faces up to seven and a half years in jail when he is sentenced July 2, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this 2011 file photo, Seattle Mariners' Milton Bradley poses for a photo during spring training baseball in Peoria, Ariz. The former Los Angeles Dodgers and Mariners outfielder has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors for attacking and threatening his estranged wife on five occasions. Bradley, 34, faces up to seven and a half years in jail when he is sentenced July 2, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left,  and former baseball player Jim Thome watch batting practice before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the  Orioles,Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Chicago. Thome was named special assistant to the general manager of the Chicago White Sox earlier today. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left, and former baseball player Jim Thome watch batting practice before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Orioles,Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Chicago. Thome was named special assistant to the general manager of the Chicago White Sox earlier today. (AP Photo/David Banks)

  • FILE - In this 2011 file photo, Seattle Mariners' Milton Bradley poses for a photo during spring training baseball in Peoria, Ariz. The former Los Angeles Dodgers and Mariners outfielder has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors for attacking and threatening his estranged wife on five occasions. Bradley, 34, faces up to seven and a half years in jail when he is sentenced July 2, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
  • Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left,  and former baseball player Jim Thome watch batting practice before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the  Orioles,Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Chicago. Thome was named special assistant to the general manager of the Chicago White Sox earlier today. (AP Photo/David Banks)
  • FILE - In this 2011 file photo, Seattle Mariners' Milton Bradley poses for a photo during spring training baseball in Peoria, Ariz. The former Los Angeles Dodgers and Mariners outfielder has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors for attacking and threatening his estranged wife on five occasions. Bradley, 34, faces up to seven and a half years in jail when he is sentenced July 2, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
  • Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left,  and former baseball player Jim Thome watch batting practice before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the  Orioles,Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Chicago. Thome was named special assistant to the general manager of the Chicago White Sox earlier today. (AP Photo/David Banks)

TOUR DE FRANCE

Orica Greenedge wins
time trial in stage 4

NICE, France — Orica Greenedge won the team time trial yesterday in the fourth stage of the Tour de France to put veteran Australian rider Simon Gerrans in the race leader’s yellow jersey.

Considered an outsider to win the 15.5-mile dash along the streets of the southern seaport of Nice, Orica edged pacesetter Omega Pharma-Quickstep. Orica finished in an official time of 26 minutes, 25 seconds, with the top four teams all within 10 seconds.

The 33-year-old Gerrans, who won the third stage in a sprint finish, takes the overall lead from Belgian rider Jan Bakelants.

Tour favorite Chris Froome’s Sky team finished third ahead of rival Alberto Contador’s Saxo-Tinkoff.

Bakelants lost the leader’s jersey because his RadioShack team finished way back. He narrowly avoided a crash as he came close to hitting some railings.

Froome was 3 seconds behind Gerrans, who is not considered a Tour challenger, and two-time Tour champion Contador was 6 seconds behind Froome.

BASEBALL

Former outfielder Bradley sentenced in abuse case

LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was sentenced to nearly three years in jail for abusing his estranged wife.

Los Angeles prosecutors say the 35-year-old was sentenced yesterday to 960 days in jail and also must perform 400 hours of community service. Bradley faced up to 7 1∕2 years in jail.

Prosecutors said Bradley threatened and attacked his wife five times in 2011 and 2012. In one incident, Bradley pushed his wife against a wall and choked her after she asked him to stop smoking marijuana in front of their children and wanted his friends to leave their home.

Bradley played 11 years with the Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners.

BASEBALL

Former slugger Thome
joins White Sox front office

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox announced yesterday that former designated hitter Jim Thome has joined the franchise as a special assistant to General Manager Rick Hahn.

Thome spent parts of four seasons with the White Sox, hitting 134 home runs and driving in 369 runs. He will consult with Hahn and assistant general manager Buddy Bell while working with the White Sox and their minor league affiliates.

Thome’s 612 homers over his 22-year career are seventh in major-league history. He also had 1,699 RBI. He was a member of two pennant-winning teams in Cleveland (1995, 1997) and his solo home run was the only run in the White Sox’s 1-0 win over Minnesota in a one-game playoff for the 2008 American League Central division title.

BASEBALL

MLB suspends Tigers’
Porcello for six games

TORONTO – Major League Baseball suspended Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers for six games for hitting Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist with a pitch.

The right-hander said he will appeal the decision, which was announced yesterday before the Tigers played at Toronto.

Porcello hit Zobrist with a high, inside pitch in the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Rays. Both benches were warned but Porcello was not ejected.

Porcello was also fined an undisclosed amount for the incident, which was seen as retaliation for an inside pitch by Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera the previous day. Cabrera ended up striking out, and exchanged words with Rodney on his way back to the dugout.

BASEBALL

Willingham placed on
DL with torn meniscus

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Twins slugger Josh Willingham was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The Twins announced the move yesterday, one day after Willingham was scratched after feeling discomfort in his knee during pregame warmups. The Twins say he also has a bone bruise on the knee.

Willingham has struggled this season coming off of a career year last year. He is hitting .224 with 10 homers and 37 RBI.

NFL

Colts safety Lefeged out
of jail after gun charge

WASHINGTON – Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was released from jail yesterday following his weekend arrest in Washington on a gun possession charge.

Lefeged was arrested during a traffic stop after the police said they found a semi-automatic pistol in the car in which he was riding. The police said they also smelled marijuana in the car and found an open bottle containing vodka and orange juice in the center console. Lefeged and another passenger were taken into custody after they tried to run from officers, and the driver got away, authorities have said.

D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Frederick Sullivan ordered Lefeged released on personal recognizance after a brief hearing.

NHL

Letang, Penguins agree
on 8-year, $54M extension

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins locked up another elite young player long term, announcing yesterday they had agreed to terms with defenseman Kris Letang.

A finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman, Letang received an eight-year, $58 million contract extension. He would have entered the final season of an existing contract that carried an annual salary-cap hit of $3.5 million. That will now jump to $7.25 beginning in 2014-15, before which Letang was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

Letang, 26, tied for the scoring lead among NHL defensemen last season with 38 points in 35 games. He has 44 goals and 165 assists in 385 career games over six-plus seasons.

NBA

Source: Three-team deal sends Redick to Clippers

PHOENIX – A person with knowledge of the situation said a three-team trade is in place that would send J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Los Angeles Clippers and point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers to the Phoenix Suns.

The deal also sends Jared Dudley from the Suns to the Clippers and Caron Butler from the Clippers to the Suns. The Bucks will get two second-round draft picks, according to the person who requested for anonymity because the deal can’t officially be made public until July 10 under NBA rules.

Yahoo! Sports, which first reported the trade, said Redick gets a four-year, $27 million sign-and-trade contract as part of the exchange.

NBA

Source: Budinger, Wolves agree on $16 million deal

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to terms on a three-year, $16 million deal with free agent swingman Chase Budinger.

A person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press that the two sides came to agreement yesterday. The deal includes a player option for the final year.

Budinger averaged 9.4 points and shot 32 percent from 3-point range in 23 games last season. He missed much of the season with a knee injury, but Timberwolves Coach Rick Adelman and new President Flip Saunders made getting Budinger back to Minnesota one of the team’s top priorities.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Former Syracuse coach
dropping ESPN lawsuit

ALBANY, N.Y. – Attorneys for former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine said he’s dropping his defamation lawsuit against ESPN.

Fine was suing over broadcasts aired by ESPN. The broadcaster reported claims by two former ball boys that Fine molested them more than two decades ago. Fine was fired in November 2011, days after the broadcasts.

The 67-year-old Fine was never charged and has maintained his innocence.

William Albert, spokesman for the Harris Beach law firm, said Fine filed notice of dismissal because he wants to put the turmoil behind him and concentrate on his future and his family’s.

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