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France beats Swiss 5-2 to take control of Group E PDF Print E-mail
Written by JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 20 June 2014 18:56
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as a rampant France blew away Switzerland 5-2 Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round.
France has six points and can qualify if Ecuador and Honduras draw later Friday.
“It was a great night for us. We hurt them with our quick attacks and with the variety of our play,” France coach Didier Deschamps said.  “You can always ask if it’s us who played well or whether the opponent was weak, but I prefer to focus on how we played.”
Giroud and Blasie Matuidi scored a minute apart and Mathieu Valbuena added another to give France a 3-0 halftime lead.
Benzema made up for a first-half penalty miss with a poacher’s finish in the 67th, and then turned provider for Moussa Sissoko, who made it 5-0 with a neat side-footed effort in the 73rd.
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Big Ten head paints dire picture of paying players PDF Print E-mail
Written by TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 20 June 2014 18:55
\OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The head of the Big Ten painted a dire picture Friday of what college sports would look like if players were paid. He said his conference likely would cease to exist and the Rose Bowl probably would not be played.
Jim Delany said the idea of paying players goes against the entire college experience and he couldn’t see league members agreeing to it. If some did, he said, they likely would be kicked out of the conference because the move would create an imbalance among schools that could not be resolved.
The longtime commissioner said it also would bring about the end of the Rose Bowl as a traditional New Year’s Day game between Big Ten and Pac-12 teams.
“There wouldn’t be a Rose Bowl if either they or we were operating in a very different wavelength in terms of paying players,” Delany said.
Delany followed NCAA President Mark Emmert to the witness stand in a landmark antitrust suit brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and others. They dispute the NCAA’s contention that college sports would be thrown into turmoil if players win the right to be paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses in television broadcasts and videogames.
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Ambrose looking for 1st career Sonoma victory PDF Print E-mail
Written by JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer   
Friday, 20 June 2014 18:52
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Marcos Ambrose wants nothing more than to break Hendrick Motorsports’ four-race winning streak and his best shot comes on the road course at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.
A win Sunday could earn the Australian his first berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and solidify his future at Richard Petty Motorsports. Ambrose’s current deal with the organization is up at the end of the season.
“I’m in a renewal year with Richard Petty for 2015,” Ambrose said. “I’m not really thinking about myself here.  I just want the best for RPM. They have decisions to make ... I want to make sure that RPM are on the right path and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I help them do that.”
Ambrose is in his fourth season driving for the Petty organization, and his two career Sprint Cup victories are with the team. Both of his wins were on the road course at Watkins Glen.
He’s still looking for his first victory at Sonoma, where Ambrose is always considered one of the favorites but hasn’t managed to grab the checkered flag. Ambrose has five finishes of eighth or better in six career starts at the picturesque 1.99-mile track.
“We know that the race here this weekend and in Watkins Glen, the two road races, are our best chance to win a race this year,” he said. “That will automatically lock us into the Chase. Clearly there’s a lot to race for at these two tracks for us. We’ve put a lot of energy and effort into Sonoma.”
Ambrose is 23rd in the Sprint Cup standings, and there are 11 races remaining to set the Chase field. To be one of the 16 drivers, he’ll likely need the berth that comes with a regular-season victory.
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Scott Langley leads Travelers Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Friday, 20 June 2014 18:54

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Scott Langley took the second-round lead in the Travelers Championship on Friday, following his opening 64 with a 65 to reach 11 under 129.
Winless in two seasons on the PGA Tour, the 25-year-old Langley had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey in the second round at TPC River Highlands.
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Greg Biffle still working on extension with Roush PDF Print E-mail
Written by JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer   
Friday, 20 June 2014 18:50
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Greg Biffle said Friday he is still working on a new contract to stay at Roush Fenway Racing.
Biffle admitted he has talked to other teams in the garage, but he was presently negotiating with Roush, the only team he’s driven for since his 1998 rookie season in the Truck Series. He won the Truck Series championship in 2000 and added a Nationwide Series title in 2002.
“My deal is definitely not done,” he told The Associated Press during practice at Sonoma Raceway. “I’m trying to negotiate an extension. Nothing has changed.”
Biffle has maintained all year his priority is not to leave the organization. Roush President Steve Newmark tweeted Friday that the team hopes to have some news soon to announce on Biffle’s No. 16 team “but nothing to report yet.”
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