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British sprinter Cavendish pulls out of Tour PDF Print E-mail
Written by SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 06 July 2014 09:49

YORK, England (AP) — British sprinter Mark Cavendish pulled out of the Tour de France on Sunday with a serious shoulder injury likely to require surgery.

Cavendish, with his arm in a sling underneath his sweatshirt, said outside the team bus before the start of the second stage that he was "absolutely devastated."

The 29-year-old sprinter known as the "Manx Missile" had made the Tour his main goal this season but saw his hopes of winning his first yellow jersey disappear on Saturday when he hit the ground near the finish of the first stage in his mother's hometown of Harrogate.

Cavendish, who took responsibility for the crash after taking Australian Simon Gerrans down with him, was diagnosed with a separated shoulder.

"Normally, I bounce well when I crash," Cavendish said at York racecourse. "I assessed my body yesterday and for the first time in my career I knew something was wrong. I really had this little bit of optimism that I might be OK this morning but it's just impossible."

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Brazil tries to stay confident after losing Neymar PDF Print E-mail
Written by TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 06 July 2014 09:48

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Still coping with the loss of its biggest star, Brazil is trying to find ways to remain upbeat about its prospects at the World Cup.

The medical helicopter that took Neymar home with a back injury also carried away much of the country's hopes for a sixth world title, but the tournament isn't over yet and Brazil is just days away from a difficult semifinal against Germany.

"We have to try to be mature in a moment like this," Brazil defender David Luiz said. "We are sad because we are missing an important player and someone who was trying to fulfill his dream of winning this title."

One of the tournament's main attractions, Neymar had been decisive for Brazil until the devastating injury late in the team's 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarterfinals on Friday. He was crucial on the field and an essential part of the group trying to win the title at home. He was seen as the joyful youngster who was admired and respected by everyone.

Brazil doctor Jose Luiz Runco said the players were "shocked and saddened" when they heard Neymar would miss the rest of the World Cup.

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House records 1st major-league win for Indians PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Saturday, 05 July 2014 22:10
CLEVELAND (AP) — T.J. House allowed three runs over 6 2-3 innings for his first major league win and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Saturday night.

House (1-2) scattered nine hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter. The rookie left-hander was making the eighth appearance, and seventh start, of his career.

Michael Bourn's leadoff homer sparked a three-run third inning while Nick Swisher's bases-loaded single scored two runs in the fifth and finished Jeremy Guthrie (5-7).

Michael Brantley had three hits, including an RBI single in the eighth, for Cleveland.
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Mentally tough Kvitova wins 2nd major at Wimbledon PDF Print E-mail
Written by DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 06 July 2014 09:47

LONDON (AP) — Winning her first Grand Slam title three years ago at Wimbledon has made it that much easier for Petra Kvitova to handle the aftermath of her second at the All England Club.

There she was, sitting among yet another group of journalists wanting to ask her, probably, the same questions she had just answered in the roomful she faced minutes before.

It was three hours after she had completely dominated Eugenie Bouchard in the Wimbledon final Saturday — a time frame three times longer than her 6-3, 6-0 victory over the Canadian.

But the 24-yearold Czech player was there smiling, joking and looking like she was reveling in the moment.

"I mean I am enjoying this more already than my first one," Kvitova said. "The first time, I didn't know how it would feel, I didn't know what to expect."

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Athletics finalize blockbuster trade with Cubs PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 July 2014 21:51


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The beginning of July's first blockbuster trade occurred about a month ago, when Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane called Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein to ask about Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

Beane told Epstein he liked the starting pitchers, and he was going to be aggressive in an attempt to improve the AL West leaders. Fast forward to this weekend, when Beane proved just how serious he was during that initial call.

Oakland and Chicago announced the big trade on Saturday, with Samardzija and Hammel heading to the West Coast for a package of prospects that included the A's first-round selections in each of the past two drafts.
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