Friday, April 18, 2014
Froome remains favorite with Mont Ventoux win
British rider Chris Froome showed why he remains the overwhelming Tour de France favorite by winning the grueling 15th stage up to Mont Ventoux to extend his lead over main rival Alberto Contador.
Froome attacked about two-thirds of the way up the mammoth 13-mile Ventoux and his brutal acceleration was too much for two-time former champion Contador. The Spaniard dropped back and finished about 1 minute, 40 seconds behind. Colombian Nairo Quintana was second.
Froome effectively made up the time he lost in Friday's sprint stage, when Contador caught him with a surprise attack.
INDYCAR: Scott Dixon pulled off a weekend sweep at Toronto with an easy victory on the street circuit at Exhibition Place.
It was Dixon's third consecutive win -- in seven days -- and it vaulted him from seventh in the standings to second.
His 32nd career victory also gave him sole possession of seventh on the all-time wins list.
Dixon was challenged briefly on a pair of late restarts, but he smoothly pulled away. IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves was second and Sebastien Bourdais third.
NHL: The Phoenix Coyotes signed Max Domi, the No. 12 pick in this year's draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Domi, the son of former NHL player Tie Domi, had 39 goals and 87 points in 64 games last season for London of the Ontario Hockey League. He also had a team-high 32 points in 21 postseason games, leading the Knights to their second consecutive OHL Championship.
HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIIPS: Nicolas Mahut of France captured the Hall of Fame title, beating Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 at Newport, R.I.
Mahut advanced to the final by beating American Michael Russell 6-2, 6-2 in a morning semifinal that had been postponed from Saturday because of rain.
Italiacom open: Roberta Vinci beat top-seeded fellow Italian Sara Errani 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at Palermo, Sicily, to win the Italiacom Open for the first time.
MERCEDES CUP: Fabio Fognini of Italy rallied to beat second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the final at Stuttgart, Germany.
SWEDISH OPEN: Carlos Berlocq upset eighth-seeded Fernando Verdasco to win the clay-court event at Bastad 7-5, 6-1 for his first ATP Tour title.
hungarian grand prix: Simona Halep won her third WTA tournament of the year by defeating Yvonne Meusburger 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-1 in the final at Budapest.
NFL: The Denver Broncos locked up left tackle Ryan Clady, signing Peyton Manning's blindside protector to a five-year deal worth up to $57.5 million.
The Broncos and Clady have been at odds over a long-term contract for more than a year. Had he not signed by Monday, he would have played under a one-year, $9.823 million deal because of the franchise tag.
WNBA: Candace Parker had 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to their fifth straight win, an 88-76 victory over the host Phoenix Mercury.
• Tina Charles had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Allison Hightower scored 23 points to help the Connecticut Sun rally in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting San Antonio Silver Stars 86-84.
NBA: The Indiana Pacers officially announced the signing of free-agent forward Chris Copeland, who spent last season with the New York Knicks, averaging 8.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting.
MLS: Camilo scored two goals six minutes apart to lead the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Chicago Fire.
-- From news service reports