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New Tour de France leader says he’s for real



Published: Sun, July 7, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

New Tour de France leader says he’s for real

AX 3 DOMAINES, France

At his first real opportunity, Chris Froome blew away his main Tour de France rivals with a supersonic burst Saturday, a fierce uphill climb that felt a little like the bad old days of Lance Armstrong.

But the Briton who took the race leader’s yellow jersey, and looks more likely than ever to keep it all the way to the finish in Paris on July 21, insisted there are fundamental differences between then and now.

Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour titles last year for serial doping.

Froome promised that his achievements won’t need to be erased in the future. Froome hasn’t come out of nowhere.

Cavs, Jarrett Jack agree to 4-year deal

CLEVELAND

The Cavaliers have drawn a Jack in free agency.

Adding a versatile veteran to fortify their backcourt, Cleveland agreed to terms on a four-year, $25 million contract with guard Jarrett Jack, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Saturday.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not yet been announced, said Jack’s deal includes a team option in the fourth year.

Teams must wait until July 10 to announce any signings during the NBA’s free agency period.

Jack is the second free agent acquired by the Cavs, who agreed to terms with former Lakers forward Earl Clark on a two-year, $9 million deal earlier this week. The Cavs hold the option on Clark’s second year.

Donovan scores twice, US beats Guatemala

SAN DIEGO

Landon Donovan made an impressive return to international soccer.

Donovan scored two goals and the United States defeated Guatemala 6-0 in a friendly match preceding the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Donovan had several dynamic moments in his first U.S. match since Aug. 15, 2012, which he played on the right wing and as an attacking midfielder.

He took nearly five months off from soccer, and the American face of the sport wasn’t included on the U.S. roster for June’s World Cup qualifiers.

U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann added him for the Gold Cup, soccer’s regional championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean that is played every two years.

Washington stays unbeaten in Regatta

HENLEY, England

The University of Washington continued its unbeaten season, booking a place in today’s final of the Grand Challenge Cup for international eights at the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames.

The “Grand” is the senior event of this regatta, and Washington beat the Polish national squad, racing as Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Zawisza and Regionalne Towarzystwo Wioslarskie Lotto, by 1 1/4 lengths in Saturday’s semifinals.

It now faces the Great Britain national squad, including Olympic champions Peter Reid and Andrew Triggs Hodge, in the final.

France tops Uzbekistan to reach U20 WC semis

ISTANBUL

France defeated Uzbekistan 4-0 to reach the semifinals of the Under-20 soccer World Cup on Saturday.

Yaya Sanogo scored in the 31st minute, and Paul Pogba and Florian Thauvin added goals from the penalty spot to give France a 3-0 halftime lead.

A diving header from defender Kurt Zouma in the 64th minute made it 4-0.

Flat Out captures Belmont’s Suburban

NEW YORK

Flat Out took charge in midstretch, beating Last Gunfighter by 21/2 lengths Saturday for his second win in the $350,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park.

A 7-year-old trained by Bill Mott, Flat Out also took the 2011 renewal of the prestigious stakes run for the 127th time.

Vindicator staff/wire reports


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