Froome keeps overall lead in the Tour de France

Michael Matthews won a sprint to the line on Stage 16 of the Tour de France as Chris Froome of Britain kept the yellow jersey Tuesday ahead of two difficult days in the Alps.

Heavy crosswinds played havoc late in the 102.5-mile ride between Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-en-Isere, France, causing the peloton to stretch and frequently break into several groups.

Froome and his main rivals – Fabio Aru, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran – managed to stay at the front and crossed the finish line together. Froome, the defending champion, has an 18-second lead over Aru, with Romain Bardet 23 seconds back in third place.


EX-CHAMP ARRESTED: Former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor was arrested after allegedly biting a woman’s arm and face, and threatening to kill her.

Police in the Little Rock, Arkansas, suburb of Maumelle said Taylor, 38, was arrested at his home about 3 a.m. Tuesday. He was later released. Court records don’t show that charges have been filed.


HALL OF FAME: Konstantin Kravchuk and Frank Dancevic each upset a ranked opponent in the first round of the tournament at Newport, Rhode Island.

Kravchuk beat No. 5 seed Victor Estrella Burgos 6-4, 6-4 and Dancevic eliminated No. 7 Tennys Sandgren, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2.

CROATIA OPEN: Qualifier Kenny De Schepper upset seventh-seeded Benoit Paire of France to advance to the second round at Umag, Croatia, with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win.


OFFICIAL ARRESTED: The Spanish Football Federation president, Angel Maria Villar, FIFA’s senior vice president and a longtime player in world soccer, was arrested with his son and two more federation executives in Madrid in an anti-corruption investigation.

Villar, who is also a UEFA vice president, was suspected of having arranged matches for Spain that led to business deals that benefited his son, the office of the state prosecutor in charge of anti-corruption said.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Antonio Conte signed a new two-year contract to remain as coach of Chelsea, the English champions.


BASKETBALL: Providence will meet Washington and Virginia Tech will play Saint Louis in the semifinals of the 23rd annual 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

The games will be played Nov. 16-17 at Madison Square Garden in New York for the 20th time.


NHL: The San Jose Sharks re-signed restricted free-agent forward Marcus Sorensen to a two-year contract.

Sorensen, 25, had one goal and three assists in 19 games for the Sharks last season in his first year in North America.

He also had 17 goals and 17 assists in the AHL.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: After swimming for almost two hours in open water, Olympic champion Ferry Weertman edged defending champion Jordan Wilimovsky by one- tenth of a second for the 10-kilometer title.

Weertman earned the Netherlands’ first medal of the championships, on Lake Balaton, about 80 miles southwest of Budapest, Hungary.

– News service report