Greipel gets second straight stage win in Tour de France

Andre Greipel of Germany led a frenzied bunch sprint to win the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday for his second straight stage victory.

Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey for a sixth straight day after the mostly flat 122-mile trek from Rouen to Saint-Quentin.

DOPING ALLEGATIONS: Lance Armstrong accused U.S Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart of waging a “vendetta” against him following reports by the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and The New York Times that several former teammates have received reduced suspensions after admitting to doping in return for testifying against the seven-time Tour de France champion.


NBA: New York Knicks restricted free-agent guard Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets have agreed to terms on a four-year contract offer according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The contract is worth $10.2 million over the first two seasons and $9.3 million in each of the last two years. The fourth season is a team option.

Lin can sign the offer on July 11 and the Knicks will then have three days to match the offer.

The Knicks reached an agreement on a three-year, $9 million deal with point guard Jason Kidd, according to a report on

The Suns reached an agreement with free agent Goran Dragic on a four-year, $30 million contract according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The fourth season is a team option. Dragic is likely to take over as point guard for Steve Nash, who was traded to the Lakers on Wednesday.

n Jameer Nelson has reached an agreement in principle to remain with the Orlando Magic, the free-agent point guard told the Orlando Sentinel.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed first-round draft picks Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller to rookie contracts. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately known.

The Indiana Pacers signed their No. 1 draft pick, Miles Plumlee. Terms were not released.

WNBA: Kristi Toliver scored 29 points, including 6 of 6 from 3-point range, and Candace Parker had 28 points and 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the visiting Minnesota Lynx, 96-90.

Becky Hammon scored 19 points to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars past the Indiana Fever 88-72 at Indianapolis.


NFL: The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of three players suspended in connection with the league’s bounty investigation, calling Commissioner Roger Goodell “incurably and evidently biased.”

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove in federal court in New Orleans.

Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who is suing separately in the same court, asked a judge to overturn his suspension while also requesting a temporary restraining order and injunction that would allow the linebacker to keep working while his case is pending.

Goodell, meanwhile, filed a motion to dismiss defamation claims that Vilma made in his initial lawsuit against the commissioner in May.


NHL: The Washington Capitals re-signed restricted free-agent centers Mathieu Perreault and Jay Beagle. Perreault received a two-year contract worth $2.1 million and Beagle received a three-year deal worth $2.7 million.

The Philadelphia Flyers signed free-agent forward Ruslan Fedotenko and free-agent defenseman Bruno Gervais.

The Calgary Flames re-signed Swedish forward Mikael Backlund to a one-year, $725,000 deal.

The Edmonton Oilers re-signed restricted free-agent goalie Devan Dubnyk and defenseman Jeff Petry to two-year deals.


MLS: David Beckham was suspended for one game by Major League Soccer for kicking a ball at an opponent in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 4-3 loss at San Jose on Saturday.

The Portland Timbers acquired defender Kosuke Kimura from the Colorado Rapids for allocation money and an international slot.

FIFA: Soccer approved goal-line technology and headscarves for female Muslim players.

It also adopted a proposal for a five-referee system to officiate matches, placing an additional assistant beside each goal.

FIFA said it will introduce the goal-line mechanism at the Club World Cup in Japan in December.


OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY: Donnie Wentworth edged out T.J. Bracket to win the 40-lap Late Model feature.

Other winners were Jonah Farrington in the Rebels, Rob Greenleaf in Mini Stocks and Kurt Hewins in the Strictly Stocks.

— From staff and news services

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