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Stage 19 for sprinters has begun on Tour de France

MAUBOURGUET, France (AP) — Tour de France riders are heading northward on a mostly flat Stage 19 that's likely to end in a bunch sprint.

AP Source: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said.

Euro hurdles champ out of Comm Games for doping

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games on Friday after becoming the second Welsh athlete suspended for a doping offense this month.

The un-Armstrong? Tour 'boss' Nibali wins Stage 18

ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) — As his team hoped, Vincenzo Nibali demonstrated he's the "boss" of the Tour de France. Just don't compare him to the last rider to regularly bear that sobriquet at cycling's greatest race, Lance Armstrong.

Nibali wins Stage 18, closes in on Tour victory

ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) — Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days.

Frank Lampard joins New York City FC of MLS

NEW YORK (AP) — The newest team in Major League Soccer is doing its part to fill Yankee Stadium with stars.

Austrians investigate disturbance at Israeli game

VIENNA (AP) — Federal and local law enforcement agencies in Austria are investigating an incident in which pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the pitch during a football match between an Israeli club and a French team.

Hamilton hoping to extend Mercedes contract

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lewis Hamilton says he and Mercedes want to extend his contract beyond next year, although they have yet to hold formal talks about a new deal.

Nibali wins 18th Tour de France stage

ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) — Vincenzo Nibali has won the 18th stage of the Tour de France, emphatically stamping his dominance on the race in its last mountain leg with a solo breakaway on the day's last climb.

Lin excited to join Lakers

Jeremy Lin said Thursday he's looking to establish himself with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he won't be trying to recreate "Linsanity" on the West Coast. The point guard whose unexpected 2012 heroics for the New York Knicks made him a global phenomenon, was traded to Los Angeles by the Houston Rockets earlier this month and was introduced by his new team on Thursday.

National Basketball Association roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - First overall pick Andrew Wiggins signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his future with the team remains in doubt. Wiggins, who receives $5.5 million under the terms of the deal, is the subject of ongoing trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves centered around All-Star forward Kevin Love. The Cavaliers have not officially confirmed Wiggins is part o

Stanley back in form to contend in Canada

(Reuters) - Kyle Stanley has endured a frustrating 2013-14 PGA Tour season with 11 missed cuts in 25 starts but hinted at better things to come as he surged into contention for the Canadian Open in Montreal on Thursday before being overtaken late in the day by Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic. Though Stanley failed to maintain momentum on his homeward nine after racing to the turn in an electrify

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Canadian Open scores

July 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Canadian Open at the par-70 course on Thursday in Ile-Bizard, QC 64 Michael Putnam (U.S.) 64 Tim Petrovic (U.S.) 64 65 Taylor Pendrith (Canada) 65 Kyle Stanley (U.S.) 65 66 Greg Chalmers (Australia) 66 Nick Watney (U.S.) 66 Robert Allenby (Australia) 66 Troy Merritt (U.S.) 66 Justin Hicks (U.S.) 66 Charlie Wi (South Korea) 66 Joel Dahmen

Golf-Stanley back in form to contend in Canada

* Putnam and Petrovic set first-round pace * Local amateur Pendrith opens with a 65 (Updates at end of round) July 24 (Reuters) - Kyle Stanley has endured a frustrating 2013-14 PGA Tour season with 11 missed cuts in 25 starts but hinted at better things to come as he surged into contention for the Canadian Open in Montreal on Thursday before being overtaken late in the day by Michael Putnam and Ti

Major League Baseball roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor. He rejoins Seattle after a brief stint with the Twins. Morales, who signed as a free agent with Minnesota on June 8, appeared in 39 games and batted .234 with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs. He h

National Football League roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season by the NFL after his offseason arrest on an assault charge stemming from an incident with his fiancee. He is eligible to be reinstated Sept. 12, meaning Rice will miss key home games against division rivals - the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and a Week 2

Ohio team first to be inducted into Women's Football Hall of Fame

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A team from the 1970s with the most consecutive wins in professional football history is slated to receive the first slot in the newly formed Women's Football Foundation Hall of Fame on Friday. The Toledo Troopers, one of the country's first pro women's football teams, will be honored along with former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris, a part-time

Trip Tips: Controversy is par for the course at Trump's Scots resort

By Spencer Anderson BALMEDIE Scotland (Reuters) - Just about everyone, including people who don't care about golf, knows that American mogul Donald Trump, sometimes known as "The Donald" as if there were no other, owns a course in Scotland. Before visiting with a golfing buddy, I knew of the controversies - environmentalists had opposed it when Trump bought the land in 2006, some landowners refu

'Linsanity' not on Lin's agenda in new life with Lakers

Two years ago, Jeremy Lin lit up the National Basketball Association with his explosive play for the New York Knicks but he has no desire to recreate 'Linsanity' in his new career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, the 25-year-old point guard is looking forward to making "a fresh start" in Tinseltown without the weight of any self-imposed pressure as he tries to help restore the flagging fort

Cavs ink top draft pick Wiggins

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed top NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract on Thursday, a move that means they won't be able to trade the talented teen for at least 30 days. Wiggins, 19, was taken first overall by the Cavaliers in last month's draft, which was widely considered one of the most talent-laden ever. The Cavaliers gained some room under the salary cap for a possible deal for Love

Tseng gives Taiwan sweep of top seed US at Crown

Tseng Yani sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Thursday to give last-seed Taiwan a stunning sweep over top-seeded United States at the LPGA International Crown matches. Tseng's clutch putt gave her and Phoebe Yao a 1-up victory over world number one Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson after Teresa Lu and Candie Kung ripped Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr 4 and 3.

Ravens' Rice suspended over assault incident

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice avoided jail time in his off-season arrest on an assault charge, but was Thursday suspended two games by the NFL over the incident. Rice was arrested in February and charged with simple assault-domestic violence after an incident involving then-fiancee Janay Palmer at a casino in Atlantic City. Surveillance video posted online by TMZ.com showed Rice lifting

Stanley back in form to set pace in Canada

(Reuters) - Kyle Stanley has endured a frustrating 2013-14 PGA Tour season with 11 missed cuts in 25 starts but hinted at better things to come as he surged into an early one-shot lead at the Canadian Open in Montreal on Thursday. The 26-year-old American, whose short game has especially let him down this year, produced sparkling form with his putter as he racked up six birdies and a bogey in th

Ravens' Rice suspended by league for two games

(Reuters) - Baltimore Ravens' Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice was suspended by the National Football League on Thursday without pay for the first two games of the 2014 regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Rice has also been fined an additional game check for "conduct detrimental to the NFL" for his arrest in February following a fight he had with his then-fiancee, Ja

Golf-European Tour Russian Open scores

July 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Russian Open at the par-72 course on Thursday in Moscow 65 David Horsey (Britain) 65 66 Scott Jamieson (Britain) 66 Peter Whiteford (Britain) 66 67 Jack Doherty (Britain) 67 Jack Wilson (Australia) 67 Oliver Bekker (South Africa) 67 Louis De Jager (South Africa) 67 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 67 Maximilian Kieffer (Germany) 67 Gaganjeet Bhul

Lampard joins New York City on two-year contract

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has signed for new Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York City FC on a two-year contract, the team said on Thursday. Lampard became New York's second major signing following the arrival of ex-Barcelona and Spain forward David Villa to the club which will join MLS next year. The 36-year-old Lampard left Chelsea in June after 13 years with the London club w

Maybin banned 25 games for doping violation

(Reuters) - San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended for 25 games for violating Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program, the league announced on Wednesday. Maybin, whose suspension is effective immediately, tested positive for an amphetamine, the commissioner of baseball's office said in a statement.

Indian sports minister irked by turban row

Basketball's no-headgear rule has irked the Indian sports minister who has reacted with anger after two Sikh members of the men's national team had to remove their turbans before they were allowed to play in the recent Asia Cup in China. Players are not allowed "Headgear, hair accessories and jewelry" under the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules but the Indian duo of Amritpal Singh a

Crown will give clues on 2016 Olympic gold fight

Rivals at the LPGA International Crown see this week's global team matches as a sneak peek at the fight for gold in golf's 2016 Olympic return in Rio de Janeiro. "This is definitely the best preview we have ever had of the Olympics," world number one Stacy Lewis said. After years of watching the Olympics with no chance of playing, the US star marveled at the opportunity she now enjoys. With just

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