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In brief – Germany’s Kittel wins third stage of Tour de France

Tue., July 8, 2014

Cycling: Germany’s Marcel Kittel showed he may be the sprinter to beat at the Tour de France, speeding to his second stage win this year in Stage 3 on Monday as cycling’s big event entered London before leaving England for France.

Rain in London doused riders at the end of the 96-mile ride from the university town of Cambridge to a dramatic finish past landmarks like Big Ben and Westminster.

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey with a 2-second lead on the most likely contenders to win the three-week race in Paris on July 27.

The first three stages in England have been a runaway success with fans – notably through Yorkshire’s hills and dales – with many Britons waving French flags and Union Jacks.

Curbs, sidewalks and roadsides teeming with fans again caused trouble for the riders. With about 19 miles left, 2010 Tour winner Andy Schleck of Luxembourg was among riders that had a mishap after an apparent collision with a fan.

Riders were to fly across the Channel for the start of Tuesday’s Stage 4 – a 105-mile ride from Le Touquet-Paris Plage to Lille Metropole on the border with Belgium.

IOC leaves three cities for ’22 Games

Olympics: The International Olympic Committee has retained three bid cities in the race for the 2022 Winter Olympics – Beijing, Oslo and Almaty, Kazakhstan. The host city will be selected in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 31, 2015.

NCAA releases new football guidelines

College football: The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.

The practice guidelines also recommend four contact practices per week during the preseason and no more than eight of the 15 sessions during spring football.

Platzer testimony opens Sterling trial

NBA: A neurologist testified that Donald Sterling likely has Alzheimer’s disease as a trial over the $2 billion Los Angeles Clippers sale got underway.

Dr. Meril Sue Platzer testified that she was hired by Sterling’s wife, Shelly, to evaluate him and made the diagnosis based on imaging tests and a two-hour interview at his home with his wife and an attorney present.

Platzer was the first witness to testify in a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife was authorized under a family trust to single-handedly make the deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Grizzlies agree with Randolph, Adams: The Memphis Grizzlies have finalized a contract extension with forward Zach Randolph and signed first-round draft pick Jordan Adams to a multiyear contract. Randolph exercised his $16.5 million option and agreed on a two-year extension worth $20 million. Adams, from UCLA, was the No. 22 pick in last month’s draft.

• Knicks hire Rambis: The New York Knicks have hired Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis as associate head coach, reuniting him with former Laker and head coach Derek Fisher.

Predators’ Fisher ruptures Achilles

MISCELLANY: Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher has a ruptured Achilles tendon that likely will cause him to miss at least the start of the upcoming season.

• Senators’ GM has cancer: Ottawa Senators general manager and president of hockey operations Bryan Murray, 71, has been diagnosed with cancer. The Senators say he’ll begin treatment immediately.

• American Gay sprints to victory in Paris: Former world champion Tyson Gay ran 10.04 seconds in pouring rain to win the 100 meters at the Montreuil meeting in Paris.

Gay crossed the finish line 0.12 clear of 2008 Olympic runner-up Richard Thompson with a 0.5-meter headwind.

• Magic sign Channing Frye: A person familiar with the deal says veteran forward Channing Frye has agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Orlando Magic

The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be signed until July 10 under NBA free agency rules.

The 31-year-old Frye opted out of the final year of his contract with Phoenix.

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