Australia’s Caleb Ewan earned his first Tour de France victory by edging a close sprint on Stage 11 in Toulouse on Wednesday.
After coming close in previous stages with three third-place finishes and a runner-up spot, he finally delivered by edging one of the peloton’s fastest men. The 25-year-old Australian beat fellow sprinter Dylan Groenewegen by a tire’s width at the end of a mostly flat 104-mile stage from Albi and was awarded the victory after photo finish.
With the race heading into the Pyrenees over the next four stages, the main favorites did not take any risks Wednesday and there were no significant changes in overall standings. Frenchman Julian Alaphillipe kept the yellow jersey, 1 minute, 12 seconds ahead of defending champion Geraint Thomas. Thomas’ teammate Egan Bernal, the Ineos co-leader, remained in third place, a further four seconds behind.
NFL: The Arizona Cardinals released tackle Desmond Harrison, 25, after police in North Carolina issued a warrant for his arrest on assault charges. The Greensboro Police Department says the alleged assault was reported Tuesday. No additional details were available.
NHL: J.T. Compher signed a four-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche that runs through the 2022-23 season. The 24-year-old forward had 16 goals and 16 assists for Colorado last season. He added four goals and two assists in a dozen playoff games, including two goals and an assist against the Sharks in Game 6 of their second-round series May 6.
Sentenced: Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach and player Chuck Person avoided prison in a bribery scandal that has touched some of the biggest schools in college basketball.
Person, a forward who played 13 seasons in the NBA, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service during the two years the Probation Department will supervise him.
Person, in financial trouble at the time, accepted $91,500 in bribes to parlay relationships to steer top players to a financial adviser, federal prosecutors said. The adviser was working as a government cooperator.
WNBA: Diamond DeShields scored 20 of her season-high 22 points in the first half, Stefanie Dolson made a go-ahead layup with 2.3 seconds left and the host Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 77-76. … Natasha Howard scored a career-high 33 points, Sami Whitcomb made five of Seattle’s 12 3-pointers and the visiting Storm closed the game on a 10-0 run to beat the Minnesota Lynx 90-79. … Brittney Griner scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 33.9 seconds left, and the Phoenix Mercury held off the visiting Dallas Wings 69-64.
Soccer: U.S. national-team forward Tyler Boyd has agreed to a contract with the Turkish club Besiktas. The 24-year-old, who grew up in Southern California, changed his affiliation in May from New Zealand to the United States and scored twice in the Americans’ 4-0 win over Guyana in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener.
• In MLS play, host Atlanta United beat the 10-man Houston Dynamo 5-0 as Josef Martinez scored his 14th and 15th goals. Atlanta (10-8-3) snapped a three-game winless run. Houston (8-9-3) has just one win on the road this season. Houston played a man down nearly the entire match after Alberth Elis was given a second yellow card for contact with a referee. … Diego Fagundez, Carles Gil and Teal Bunbury scored during a late eight-minute stretch in the New England Revolution’s 4-0 home victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. … Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Pozuelo and Ashtone Morgan scored to help Toronto FC beat the visiting New York Red Bulls 3-1. … Romario Williams scored on a header in the 90th minute, and the visiting Columbus Crew tied the Chicago Fire 2-2.
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