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  • WATCH: Jesper Parnevik breaks rib in Segway fall

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    Move over,   Brandt Snedeker: the best (worst?) Segway crash in golf now belongs to   Jesper Parnevik.

    Snedeker   strained his ACL   in November when he fell off a Segway while in China for the WGC-HSBC Champions, an injury that shelved him for several weeks. The former   FedEx Cup   champ didn't provide video of his motorized demise, though, which is why Parnevik's recent tumble in a backyard edges out Snedeker's for top honors.

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  • Tour players following Phil Mickelson's pre-Open precedent

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    Fifty-two weeks ago, who could have guessed that Phil Mickelson would be a links golf trendsetter?

    A claret jug can change everything, though, and so a year after Lefty completed the improbable double dip, the Scottish Open field has been transformed from one of its worst in 2013 to arguably its best ever.

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  • Has David Ortiz gotten a free pass for connection to PEDs?

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    Did David Ortiz get a free pass?

    Of course he did. That’s what happens to heroes around here.

    I blame John Lackey for starting this whole mess. After Nelson Cruz tattooed him with a 5-for-5 performance -- just a triple short of the cycle -- on Saturday night, Lackey told the media we should refresh our memories about Cruz, who was suspended for 50 games last year for violation of MLB's drug policy.

    In response to Lackey’s idiotic statement, Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested Lackey look in his own backyard -- meaning at David Ortiz -- before talking about other players. Former big-league pitcher Joe Magrane said on MLB Network that Oritz has received a free pass regarding his alleged PED use.

    We know Cruz tested positive. It was leaked that Ortiz’s name was on a list of players who tested positive during the sample year of 2003. Ortiz has never officially flunked a PED test. But that doesn’t mean he hasn't been given a free pass around here.

    In my opinion, performance-enhancing drugs are a way of life in all sports. Can I prove it? If I dedicated my life to the cause, I probably could.  Do I want to? Not a chance.

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  • The story behind the A's acquisition of Jeff Samardzija

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    The motivating factor for the A’s swinging a blockbuster trade last weekend wasn’t just to bolster the starting rotation, but provide a shot in the arm for a team that needed one.

    That was the viewpoint of A’s general manager Billy Beane, who sat down with CSN California for an exclusive interview Tuesday morning to discuss all things A’s-related.

    Jeff Samardzija looked dominant in winning his A’s debut Sunday against Toronto. Fellow right-hander Jason Hammel will make his first start in green and gold Wednesday against the Giants. Both were acquired from the Cubs on Saturday for two standout prospects, shortstop Addison Russell and outfielder Billy McKinney, right-hander Dan Straily and a player to be named later or cash.

    Beane, who cut his teeth as a baseball executive under former A’s GM Sandy Alderson, said the timing of making such a trade is as important as deciding to pull the trigger in the first place.

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  • 2013 champ Chris Froome abandons Tour de France after three crashes

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    ARENBERG, France -- Reigning champion Chris Froome crashed twice and quit the Tour de France on Wednesday during a chaotic, nerve-jangling, filthy fifth stage full of spills.

    Froome fell even before the seven cobblestone patches on the slick road from Ypres, Belgium, to Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut in France. Riders had known months ago about the bone-jarring course; incessant rain made it even more treacherous.

    The withdrawal of the Team Sky leader left the race wide open with 16 stages still left.

    Overall race leader Vincenzo Nibali wasted little time in speeding ahead, notably after he saw that his other big rival for the title this year, two-time Tour victor Alberto Contador, had trouble on the second run on cobbles.

    Sensing the danger from the rain, race organizers scrapped two of the nine scheduled cobblestone patches, and reduced the stage by three kilometers (two miles). But that still wasn't enough to stop many riders from tumbling.

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  • Sans hair gel, Marcel Kittel takes hard fall on slippery roads

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    Marcel Kittel's well-gelled quiff sets him apart from the crowd of shaved heads in the Tour de France. But the most distinctive coiffure in pro cycling was a victim of heightened airport security on Monday when he tried to board a flight from London only to have his bottle of industrial-strength hair gel confiscated by airport security.

    Kittel, who won Monday's stage from Cambridge to London, had to fly to France for Tuesday's stage near the Belgian border without the offending haircare product, said Geert Broekhuizen, a spokesman for Kittel's Giant-Shimano team. "I'm not worried, I'm sure he had more in his checked bag," Broekhuizen said with a laugh. He must have, because Kittel won again.

    Kittel took a hard spill early in Stage 5 as the wet conditions has taken a multitude of riders down.

    -- The Associated Press

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  • Cobblestones, rain, wind makes Stage 5 most dangerous in Tour de France

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    In the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine race last month, Froome took a spill during a descent and banged up a hip, shoulder and elbow. The next day, he lost the race's yellow jersey to Contador -- citing stiffness in his thighs and a loss of energy from the crash.

    An aching wrist could mean pain ahead for Froome. The cobbles on Wednesday's 155.5-kilometers (97-miles) from Ypres, Belgium, to Arenberg Port du Hainaut, could make it difficult for him to keep his hands on the handlebars. It includes stretches of bumpy road familiar to riders of the famed Paris-Roubaix one-day classic.

    "It's going to be a crazy stage for everyone tomorrow," said Philippe Mauduit, a sports director for Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo Bank team. "We'll do whatever we can to stay near the front to avoid getting involved in crashes or held up by any pileups but that's what everybody wants and therefore the pace will be extremely high."

    Said Nibali: "Tomorrow, we just have to make it through the day. ... Let's hope it's not raining."

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  • Bad luck continues for Chris Froome after another crash on slick roads

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    Defending champion Chris Froome scuffed his left knee and elbow and injured his wrist Tuesday during Stage 4, a crash that couldn't have come at a worse time for him.

    Minutes into the stage, Team Sky leader Froome went tumbling after one rider bumped another -- like a succession of dominoes -- who crossed the Briton's front wheel. He skinned his left knee, left elbow and hurt his left wrist, but got back on his bike. Clinging to the race doctor's car, he got bandaged and rejoined the pack. Then a teammate dropped back to get a splint at Sky's car, and pedaled it up to the ailing Froome.

    Race doctor Florence Pommerie told French TV his injuries amounted to "essentially a few scratches."

    Nibali, said his team informed him through his earpiece about Froome's mishap, and went back to see whether he was OK. Froome responded, "more or less," according to the Italian. The Sky leader went straight into the team bus and didn't speak to reporters after the stage.

    Dave Brailsford, the Sky team boss, said Froome described feeling good at the end. Froome was undergoing X-rays after the stage, but the team didn't immediately comment on the results.

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  • Another stage, another crash for Chris Froome at 101st Tour de France

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    Defending champion Chris Froome took another spill in rainy, slick conditions on Wednesday as the Tour de France began a critical, cobblestoned stage that has preoccupied racers and their teams for months.

    A day after hurting his wrist in a crash in the fourth stage, Froome fell again at the beginning of the 152.5-kilometer (94.5-mile) route from the Belgian town of Ypres to Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut in France.

    The Team Sky rider quickly got back on his bike, though, and rejoined the race.

    Italy's Vincenzo Nibali is wearing the leader's yellow jersey for the fifth stage that includes seven rough, cobblestoned sections toward the end.

    Forecasters are calling for steady rain throughout the race, which will test riders bike-handling skills like no other stage in this year's Tour.

    -- The Associated Press

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  • Most dangerous cobblestones sections on Stage 5 of Tour canceled

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports17 hrs ago

    Due to rain and high wind speeds, sections five and seven of the cobblestones race way has been deemed too dangerous and canceled by Tour organizers to ensure the safety of all riders.

    Ever since the Tour route was unveiled last October, the fifth stage has been the most talked about day of the race. That's because for the first time since 2010, the race will take riders over nine - now seven - sections of rough cobblestones, or "pave" as they are called in French. 

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