Bradley Wiggins will not defend his Tour de France title because of a knee problem, giving teammate Chris Froome the chance to win cycling's...
Wiggins out of Tour
Bradley Wiggins will not defend his Tour de France title because of a knee problem, giving teammate Chris Froome the chance to win cycling’s premier race after finishing runner-up last year.
Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour, but he has not been able to prepare properly leading to the June 29 start of the race.
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He withdrew before the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia two weeks ago because of a chest infection. His Team Sky said he also has an “ongoing … condition” with his left knee and would not be considered for the squad.
Ohio St. president on notice
Gordon Gee, the president of Ohio State, could be fired for any more verbal gaffes. Trustees told him in a letter that his mockery of Notre Dame, Roman Catholics and the Southeastern Conference has embarrassed and divided the university.
Dream spoils Fever moment
Angel McCoughtry had 29 points and nine rebounds to lead Atlanta Dream to an 86-77 victory over the host Indiana Fever
Tamika Catchings had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Katie Douglas had 17 points for the Fever, which was playing its home opener. Indiana received its championship rings and raised a banner commemorating last season’s title.
In other games, Cappie Pondexter’s jumper with five-tenths of a second left lifted the host New York Liberty to a 78-76 win over the Tulsa Shock. Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points and the host Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 86-75.
Father of ex-Bruin charged
A federal magistrate in Las Vegas ordered Ronald Holmes, the father of former UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad, held under house arrest pending trial on charges he ran a mortgage scam.
Hamlin wins pole at Dover
Denny Hamlin turned a lap of 157.978 mph to win the pole at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
Hamlin followed up his pole last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the top speed Friday and his 15th career pole.
Martin Truex Jr., who won his only career Cup race at Dover, joins Hamlin on the front row. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman round out the top five.
Franchitti takes Detroit pole
Dario Franchitti won the pole for the first of two IndyCar races at the Detroit Grand Prix. Franchitti, though, will start 11th because of a 10-grid-spot penalty for making an unapproved engine change at Indianapolis last weekend.
Top-seeded California survived a quarterfinal scare from Pac-12 rival Arizona State to advance to the semifinals in the NCAA men’s championships in Milton, Ga.
Brandon Hage birdied No. 18 after a nearly perfect approach to give the Bears a 3-2 victory and a spot in the semifinals against Illinois. The fifth-seeded Illini beat defending champion Texas 3-2.
Host Georgia Tech will face Alabama, the 2012 runner-up, in the other semifinal. The second-seeded Yellow Jackets needed a birdie from Ollie Schneiderjans on an extra hole to edge UNLV 3-2, while third-seeded Alabama topped New Mexico 4-1.
Adrian sets meet record
Olympian Nathan Adrian from Bremerton set a meet record in the 100-meter freestyle at the Santa Clara (Calif.) Grand Prix, finishing in 48.08 seconds. Olympic star Ryan Lochte finished second to Adrian, and came back to win the 100 butterfly in 52.29.
Track and field
Bekele wins 10,000 at Pre
World-record holder Kenenisa Bekele took the lead heading into the final lap and sprinted to the finish to win the 10,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. Bekele finished in 27 minutes, 12.08 seconds.
• Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra, both trying to regain their spots on the U.S. national men’s soccer team, are among 35 players on the American preliminary roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Sounders FC’s Eddie Johnson also was selected.
• Major League Soccer suspended San Jose defender Victor Bernardez two games for violent conduct.
• Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said plans have been made to expand Ohio Stadium by 2,500 seats in 2014, increasing capacity to 104,829.
• Kyle Busch pulled away in the final laps to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
• Illinois State Police said Chicago Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez was ticketed for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage.
• St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead was suspended for the season opener for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
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