Bakelants is second-stage winner at Tour de France

Jan Bakelants pulled away close to the finish line at Ajaccio, Costica, to win the second stage and take the race leader’s yellow jersey.

The Belgian made his move with a few hundred meters remaining and did enough to withstand a late charge from Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan.

German sprinter Marcel Kittel started the day in the lead after winning Saturday’s crash-marred first stage, but the rolling hills took their toll and he finished way behind.


TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Jack Heary had an RBI-triple as Lenders Network defeated Yankee Ford 5-0 in the opening game while John Temperelli’s bases-loaded double capped a four-run fourth inning to help Lenders win the second game, 7-6, for a sweep at Gorham.

FCBL: The Seacoast Mavericks (9-10) did all of their scoring in the third inning for a 5-2 victory over the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (8-9) at South Berwick. Phil Sciretta had two hits for the Raging Tide, boosting his league-leading batting average to .366.

JUNIOR LEGION: Caleb Soule went 5 for 5 with five RBI and pitched Cumberland to a 17-5 first-game win against Bruno’s at Portland. Justin Leeman went 3 for 3 and had three RBI as Cumberland won the second game 9-3.

Charlie Bell went 4 for 4 and Caleb Chambers hit a solo home run to lead the visiting Lyman Eagles past OA-Yarmouth 8-7 in the first game. Bell scored the winning run in the top of the eighth on an RBI single from Sean Adams. In the second game, Elliot Desvergnes tossed a two-hitter to give Lyman a 2-0 win.


FORMULA ONE: Nico Rosberg won the British Grand Prix after four drivers, including early leader Lewis Hamilton, had to deal with exploding tires while three-time champion Sebastian Vettel quit with 10 laps remaining because of mechanical problems at Silverstone, England.

With Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber closing fast, Rosberg managed to win his second race of the year by 0.7 seconds.


WNBA: Tiffany Hayes scored 19 points as host Atlanta beat San Antonio 93-67 to improve its record to a WNBA-best 10-1.

Tamika Catchings scored 18 points as defending champion Indiana pulled away to beat Seattle, 71-63, at Indianapolis.

Ivory Latta had 15 points and host Washington posted its largest margin of victory in nearly three years in an 84-61 win over Tulsa.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless has exercised his player option and will return next season. said the player option would pay him $3.1 million.

Bayless averaged 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists while playing 80 games and making four starts for Memphis this season.

The Houston Rockets waived guard/forward Carlos Delfino and point guard Aaron Brooks. Delfino averaged 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 67 games last season; Brooks played in just seven games.

— From staff and news services