Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Froome tested but keeps his lead at Tour de France
Left alone and with his teammates far behind, Chris Froome of Great Britain held off repeated attacks to retain the Tour de France lead Sunday as the three-week race left the Pyrenees mountains.
Dan Martin of Ireland won Stage 9, outsprinting Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang after they escaped from Froome and the other prerace favorites on the last of five tough climbs along the 105-mile trek from Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre in southwest France.
Froome was able to quash four attacks by Spain's Nairo Quintana on the last climb despite his teammates lagging behind. They were worn out after a strong team effort to help him win the yellow jersey a day earlier.
Heading into a rest day on Monday, Froome maintained a lead of 1 minute, 25 seconds over Spain's Alejandro Valverde, who climbed up in the standings when Froome's top teammate, Richie Porte of Australia, tumbled from second place overall to 33rd after finishing nearly 18 minutes behind Martin.
LITTLE LEAGUE: Kaitlyn Verreault and Hunter Greenleaf each had three hits to pace a 15-hit attack as Scarborough cruised to a 23-1, four-inning win over South Lewiston in its opening game of the 11-12 state tournament at Rockland.
• Olivia Albert had four singles and Breanne Oakes added three hits, including a double and triple, to lead Hermon to a 17-9 victory over Rockland.
NECBL: Troy Black went 3 for 4 with three RBI and four runs, and Will Cooper hit a grand slam and finished with five RBI as the Sanford Mainers (9-11) cruised to a 16-2 win against the Laconia Muskrats in a game shortened to five innings at Laconia, N.H.
FCBL: Shane Bussey and Graham McIntire each drove in a run in the fifth inning and five pitchers combined on a shutout for the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (11-12) in a 3-0 victory over the visiting Seacoast Mavericks (9-15).
Ryan Otero scattered three hits and struck out five over five innings to earn the win.
TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Mike Crowley hit a three-run homer to power Patriot Insurance to a 7-2 win over Lenders Network at Cumberland.
Matt Verrier hit a solo home run for Lenders.
• Willy Brown drove in three runs to lead Yankee Ford to a 5-2 victory over Aero Heating and Ventilating at Cumberland.
AMERICAN LEGION: Shawn Francoeur threw a three-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks and also had a pair of hits and drove in a run to lead the Windham Merchants (10-2) to an 8-0 win over Smith-Tobey (4-6) in a Zone 3 game at Windham.
Calvin Field finished with three hits, two doubles, two runs and an RBI, and Joey Francoeur added a double and a triple and drove in four runs for Windham, which broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning.
• Grayson Beressi doubled and scored on a single by Thomas Fortier in the bottom of the eighth to lift Falmouth (3-3-1) to a 3-2 win over visiting Cumberland (4-2-1) in a Zone 4 game.
Devereaux Thomas took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for Falmouth.
WNBA: Maya Moore scored 14 of her 23 points in the third quarter and the Minnesota Lynx (8-3) earned their 10th straight victory over Phoenix (8-5), beating the visiting Mercury 91-59
• Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points and Epiphanny Prince added 18 as the Chicago Sky (8-4) rolled to a 93-64 win over the New York Liberty (5-7) at Newark, N.J.
NHL: The Buffalo Sabres reacquired defenseman Henrik Tallinder from the New Jersey Devils for prospect Riley Boychuk.
Tallinder, 34, spent the last three years with the Devils after parts of eight seasons with the Sabres.
CONCACAF GOLD CUP: Manuel Torres scored twice to lead Panama to a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the first round at Pasadena, Calif.
• Fabrice Reupern's goal with less than a minute remaining in stoppage time gave Martinique a 1-0 win over Canada.
ALTIDORE TRANSFER: Dutch squad AZ Alkmaar says it has agreed to a deal with Sunderland for the transfer of American striker Jozy Altidore to the English Premier League club.
Altidore was AZ's top scorer last season with 23 goals.
U-20 WORLD CUP: Iraq conceded the lead three times to draw 3-3 with South Korea before winning the penalty shootout at Istanbul to reach the semifinals for the first time.
Iraq will play Uruguay for a place in the final.
• Ebenezer Assifuah scored his second goal in the closing minutes of overtime as Ghana beat Chile 4-3 to advance to the semifinals against France.
– From staff and news services