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TOUR DE FRANCE
Sagan wins 7th stage; Impey keeps overall lead
ALBI, France – Slovakian rider Peter Sagan won the hilly seventh stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish yesterday, and Daryl Impey kept the overall race lead.
Sagan held off a challenge from John Degenkolb of Germany to clinch his first stage victory in this year’s Tour and extend his lead in the contest for the sprinters’ green jersey. Italian sprinter Daniele Bennati was third.
Impey began the day as the first South African rider to wear the yellow jersey, but he will likely relinquish it after today’s first of two difficult days of climbing in the high mountains of the Pyrenees.
Impey leads Norwegian sprinter Edvald Boasson Hagen by three seconds overall and his Orica Greenedge teammate Simon Gerrans by five seconds.
Veteran American rider Christian Vande Velde pulled out after being caught up in an early crash – one of several that have marred a nervy start to the 100th edition of the showcase race.
Jeter to start rehab assignment today
NEW YORK – New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will start playing in minor league games today as he works his way back from an ankle injury.
The team announced yesterday that Jeter, who hasn’t played this season due to a broken left ankle, has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment and is scheduled to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees captain is scheduled to play at least five innings in today’s game.
Yesterday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Jeter took six simulated at-bats against minor league pitchers and ran the bases after putting the ball in play. He also did one of his signature jump throws to first after fielding a grounder in the hole during defensive drills.
Mets bring back 1B Davis from Triple-A
MILWAUKEE – The New York Mets recalled first baseman Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Davis, demoted on June 10 due to a poor start to the 2013 season, batted fourth against Milwaukee last night.
Davis was hitting .161 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 55 games before being sent down. He made some mechanical adjustments during his stay in the minors and batted .293 with seven homers and 13 RBI for Las Vegas.
Cobb has first mound session since being hit in head
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb threw off a mound for the first time since being hit in the head by a line drive last month.
Cobb had the bullpen session before last night’s game against the Chicago White Sox. There is no timetable for when Cobb will pitch in a game.
“The bullpen went great,” Cobb said. “It felt like I had before I got injured. Surprising because it usually feels a little awkward out there when you haven’t been on the mound for a while. Getting on the mound is, obviously, a step in the right direction. I don’t think we’re extremely close, but we’re a lot faster along than we expected.”
Cobb said his vertigo symptoms have improved over the past week.
Pirates’ Burnett to start tomorrow against Cubs
CHICAGO – A.J. Burnett is set to return to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ rotation.
Manager Clint Hurdle said the veteran right-hander will start tomorrow against the Chicago Cubs after being sidelined the past month because of a strained right calf.
Burnett apparently looked good enough in his bullpen sessions and simulated game that the Pirates decided a minor league rehab start was not necessary. Hurdle said yesterday he didn’t think his pitcher would be “as stimulated” as he would pitching at Wrigley Field.
Burnett is 4-6 with a 3.12 ERA in 14 starts, but even without him, the Pirates continue to roll along.
Edward Jones Dome won’t get $700M in upgrades
ST. LOUIS – The organization that runs the Edward Jones Dome made it official: The facility will not get a publicly funded $700 million upgrade that the St. Louis Rams requested, possibly leaving the city without an NFL team for the second time in almost 30 years.
St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission President Kathleen Ratcliffe informed the Rams of the decision in a letter dated Tuesday.
The outcome was no surprise. After arbitrators ruled in favor of the Rams’ plan over a much more modest CVC proposal, the CVC said in February it was unlikely to implement the plan.
The Rams can now break their lease with the dome after the 2014 season. The team has been noncommittal about its plans, and its offices were closed yesterday for the long Fourth of July holiday. A spokesman was unreachable. The former St. Louis Cardinals left for Arizona in 1987.
Jaguars WR Blackmon has groin surgery
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon is recovering from groin surgery.
Blackmon, who was limited during last month’s three-day minicamp because of a nagging groin injury, had surgery recently but could be back in time for training camp. The Jaguars report July 25 and begin on-field work the next day.
Blackmon, who led the Jaguars with 64 receptions for 865 yards and five touchdowns last year, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse program. He is eligible, though, to play in the team’s four preseason games, the first one against Miami on Aug. 9.
Sources: Warriors clear space, acquire Iguodala
OAKLAND, Calif. – Two people with knowledge of the situation said the Golden State Warriors and free agent Andre Iguodala reached an agreement on a $48 million, four-year deal.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press yesterday because NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until July 10. One said the Warriors cleared more than $24 million in salary cap space by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Utah Jazz along with unspecified draft picks.
Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds for the Denver Nuggets last season. He spent his first eight years in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Source: McRoberts agrees to stay with Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A person familiar with the situation said free agent forward Josh McRoberts agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal to remain with the Charlotte Bobcats.
The person spoke to the Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made official. Free agent signings cannot be announced until Wednesday, according to NBA rules.
McRoberts outperformed expectations after being acquired in a trade with the Orlando Magic on Feb. 21. He wound up starting 19 games and averaged 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 26 total games for Charlotte.
Maryland RB Brown charged with assaulting officer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland running back Wes Brown was arrested on charges that he assaulted a police officer and secretly recorded their conversation.
University police spokesman Sgt. Aaron Davis said Brown was arrested Wednesday after an officer tried to question him in College Park in connection with a crime in Baltimore. Davis did not have information about that investigation, and the Baltimore police didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment yesterday.
Davis said Brown assaulted an officer who tried to question him, ran away and secretly recorded their conversation with a smartphone he concealed in his pocket.
The athletics department says it’s “extremely concerned” and that Brown has been suspended. Brown was the Terrapins’ second-leading rusher last season, finishing with 382 yards on 90 carries.
Yachtsman, sailmaker Hood dies at 86
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ted Hood, a yachtsman, yacht designer and builder, and sailmaker from Rhode Island who captained the winner of the 1974 America’s Cup, died. He was 86.
Richard Hood said his father died June 28 in at a Middletown nursing home. He had pneumonia and heart troubles.
Considered an innovator, Ted Hood founded Hood Sailmakers in 1955. His sails were used on all the winning America’s Cup yachts from 1958 to 1977, including the Courageous, which he sailed to victory in 1974.
Hood also founded Little Harbor Yachts and was elected to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
His son said he was working on boat designs until his final days.
Hood is survived by his wife of 58 years, Susan, and four children.