Froome maintains lead following Pyrenees climb

Defending champion Chris Froome held on to the yellow jersey Sunday and gained on several of his main Tour de France rivals, while Dutch Rider Tom Dumoulin won the ninth leg – the toughest stage in the Pyrenees – with a solo breakaway in a hailstorm on the uphill finish.

Part of an early breakaway, Dumoulin attacked with 71/2 miles remaining in the 115-mile leg from Vielha d’Aran, Spain, to Arcalis in the principality of Andorra.


NECBL: Todd Czinege drove in three runs with four hits and scored three times to lead the Mainers (14-12) in a 12-2 thumping of the Plymouth Pilgrims (11-14) in Sanford.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: Luc Pomales singled home Chris Allen to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth, and the Surge (19-12) added two runs on Dan Gagnon’s single in the eighth for a 4-1 win over the Sullivan Explorers (14-17) at Old Orchard Beach.

JUNIOR LEGION: Cole Lockhart’s six-strikeout two-hitter in the opener highlighted the Capitals’ 2-0 and 6-3 doubleheader sweep of Summit Natural Gas at Yarmouth.

In Game 2, Colby Favreau had two hits and scored two runs for the Capitals.

Connor Sullivan and Wade Sansone combined on a two-hitter as host Cumberland completed a doubleheader sweep with a 3-1 win over Gray-New Gloucester.

Eben Kiesow’s four hits paced Cumberland during a 7-6 win in the first game.

TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Nick Bowie opened the game with a single, igniting a three-run rally that set Aero Heating & Ventilating on the way to a 7-3 win over Edge Academy at Cumberland.


NFL: San Diego voters will decide in November on the Chargers’ proposal to raise local hotel taxes for a downtown stadium and convention facility.

City Clerk Liz Maland announced that the team has secured enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. If approved, the proposal could keep the team from moving to the Los Angeles area.


FORMULA ONE: Defending series champion Lewis Hamilton reeled off his fourth win in five races to storm to victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, England.

The Englishman came home 6.9 seconds clear of his German teammate Nico Rosberg. Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was third.

INDYCAR: Josef Newgarden cruised to victory in the race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, setting a series record by leading 282 of 300 laps.

It was the first win of the season for Newgarden, who was second at Iowa in 2014 and 2015 and just missed the pole this weekend.

– Staff and news service report