John Degenkolb won a three-man sprint to conclude an action-packed cobblestoned Stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday, while overall contender Richie Porte crashed out of the race and favorite Chris Froome overcame a tumble.

Yellow-jersey holder Greg Van Avermaet placed second and increased his overall lead to 43 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas.

Froome, a four-time Tour champion, crossed in the main pack, 27 seconds behind, after having a fan help him get going again when he fell with 28 miles to go. He moved up to eighth overall, 1:42 behind Van Avermaet, who is not a threat in the mountains.

Porte crashed 10 kilometers into the 97-mile leg from Arras to Roubaix and abandoned because of an apparent right shoulder injury. He also crashed out of last year’s Tour in the ninth stage, on a mountain descent.


NHL: Retired NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the Ottawa Senators reach the Stanley Cup finals in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, drowned Sunday morning in a swimming accident in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35.

Nicknamed “Razor” for his aggressive style, Emery played parts of 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks from 2003-15. He went 145-86-28 with a 2.70 goals-against average and 16 shutouts during his career.


NECBL: Carmine Pagano hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Brandon Lankford had two doubles and a single to pace the Sanford Mainers (17-12) to a 7-3 win over the North Adams Steeplecats (12-18) at North Adams, Massachusetts.

John Rizer and Tyler Solomon each had a pair of hits for Sanford.


NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE: Jonathan Bane threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Rob Brown to put the Maine Mammoths (4-8) ahead in overtime, and a missed 2-point conversion by the Columbus Lions (8-4) gave the Mammoths a 42-41 win Saturday night at Cross Insurance Arena.

Bane connected with Brown for five TDs as Maine recorded its third straight home win.


OXFORD PLAINS: Ivan Kaffel, a 16-year-old rookie from Raymond, out dueled Ryan Deane of Winterport to earn his first Super Late Model victory Saturday night.

Kaffel finished .068 seconds ahead of Deane, who was followed by Tim Brackett and TJ Brackett of Buckfield and 15-year-old Austin Teras of Gray.

Other feature winners included Matt Default of Turner in Street Stock; Emerson Cayer of Contoocook, New Hampshire, in North East Mini Stock; Kyle Hewins of Leeds in Bandits; and Kyle Kilgore of South Paris in Figure 8.


PACQUIAO WINS: Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao earned his 60th victory and his first knockout in nine years with a seventh-round knockout of Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), 39, knocked Matthysse down onto one knee in the third and fifth rounds, then knocked him down again in the seventh as he won the World Boxing Association welterweight title.

– Staff and news service report

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