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  • Vincenzo Nibali wins 2014 Tour de France

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    Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling's greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains.

    The 29-year-old Sicilian, who called himself "a flag-bearer of anti-doping" during the race, finished in the pack behind Marcel Kittel, who won the 21st stage in a sprint finish.

    PHOTOS: Crashes of the 2014 Tour de France

    Nibali's victory comes after the pre-race favorites -- 2013 champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador -- crashed out with injuries in the first half of this year's Tour.

    Astana team leader Nibali is only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours -- France, Italy and Spain. The last Italian to win the Tour de France was Marco Pantani in 1998.

    After cruising after Kittel, a German who got his fourth stage win, Nibali got pats on the back, kissed his wife and infant daughter, and was mobbed by cameras as race organizers hustled him away to prepare for the final awards ceremony.

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  • Bernhard Langer builds 2-shot lead at Senior British Open

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    BRIDGEND, Wales – Bernhard Langer made a statement of intent when he opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the British Senior Open at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl on Thursday.

    Langer, who threw away a two-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and then was beaten for the title in a playoff, was out in a best-of-the-day 31.

    He birdied the third, fourth, sixth and eighth holes, and went 5 under when he birdied the long 13th. He dropped a shot at the 16th but then hit back immediately with birdies at the two closing holes.

    ''Six under is very satisfying,'' Langer said. ''I played smart, some good, some great.

    ''I kept it out of the bunkers and out of the hay, and gave myself some opportunities. And I'm pleased with a birdie-birdie finish.''

    Langer is trying to add a second British Senior title to the one he won at Carnoustie in 2010.

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  • 2-time cancer survivor Jarrod Lyle fires 67 in U.S. return

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    Jarrod Lyle's first competitive round in the U.S. in more than 29 months was a strong one, as the Aussie opened with a bogey-free 67 at the Web.com Tour's Midwest Classic.

    Lyle, who has now successfully beaten leukemia twice, last teed it up in the U.S. at the 2012 Northern Trust Open, where he notched a career-best T-4 finish. He returned to competition in his native Australia last fall after undergoing chemotherapy, and is teeing it up this week in Overland Park, Kan., with an eye on returning to the PGA Tour for the 2014-15 season.

    Lyle birdied two of his first four holes at Nicklaus GC at Lionsgate, adding consecutive birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to make the turn in 4 under and put his name atop the early leaderboard. The 32-year-old ended his round with nine straight pars, and his score of 4-under 67 left him two shots off the early pace set by Denmark's Sebastian Cappelen. Lyle's stat line included 9 of 14 fairways hit, 16 of 18 greens in regulation and 31 putts.

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  • Jack Nicklaus would pick Tiger Woods for U.S. Ryder Cup team

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    Two-time U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jack Nicklaus told reporters on Thursday during a PGA of America conference call that Tiger Woods’ status for this year’s matches is up to the former world No. 1.

    Woods is currently 70th on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list following the Open Championship, where he finished in 69th place in just his second start since having back surgery on March 31. Woods needs solid starts at next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship if he is going to qualify for the team.

    Otherwise, he will need to be one of U.S. captain Tom Watson’s three picks, which will be announced on Sept. 2.

    For Nicklaus, however, it’s not a question of whether Woods should be on the team in September, but whether he wants to play the matches.

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  • Should NFL's CBA address domestic violence?

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    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has received a two-game suspension in relation to his offseason arrest for domestic violence.

    Andy Gresh joined CSNNE's Arbella Early Edition to discuss whether or not the punishment was enough for his behavior..

    "Should it have been more? Yes," said Gresh. "I think this is something the NFL CBA probably needs, you probably need some hard legislation in here when it comes to issues of domestic violence."

    -- CSNNE.com

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  • Jonathan Papelbon: 'I enjoy when Phillies fans boo me'

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    Yo, Philly, meet your new big brother.

    His name is Jonathan Papelbon.

    The Phillies’ closer was booed lustily when he entered Thursday’s game, but that’s what happens when you blow a save and take the loss in the previous two nights' games.

    Papelbon righted the ship Thursday afternoon. Even after throwing 55 pitches the previous two nights, he answered the call and delivered a 10-pitch save in the Phillies’ sweep-averting, 2-1 win over the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.

    It was his 24th save of the season and the 310th of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Goose Gossage for 21st on the all-time list.

    Papelbon did not mind hearing boos from some of the crowd of 33,358.

    He feeds off wearing the black hat, loves being the villain. Boos don’t bother him.

    They fuel him.

    “I enjoy it,” he said. “I just think that it's fun. It just brings a little bit of energy and life to the park and gives me a little bit of something to look forward to do every day."

    Papelbon regretted that only half the ballpark booed him.

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  • WATCH: Jimmy Fallon hands out Tour de France superlatives

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    While awards such as King of the Mountain and Best Young Rider are given out throughout the Tour de France, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon didn't want to miss out on the fun. Fallon hands out some very special awards in a Tour de France edition of Tonight Show Superlatives.

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  • Clippers' Chris Paul says 'boycott is a real possibility'

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    The Clippers interim CEO painted a bleak picture on the witness stand this week — if Donald Sterling still owns the team when next season starts it could lead to a “death spiral” of players, coaches and sponsors boycotting and trying to get out.

    Chris Paul wants you to know that’s not just hyperbole.

    The Clippers All-Star point guard and team leader was in Las Vegas this week and spoke to ESPN about the possibility of a boycott if Sterling is not removed by the opening tip-off of next season.

    “That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul said on Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later….

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  • Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali knocks away spectator's phone

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    The issue of fan interference during this year's Tour de France has been magnified by the myriad of "selfies" being taken by onlookers to the dismay of the riders. In fact, many of the cyclists have taken to slapping the phones or cameras directly out of fans' hands if those fans happen to be encroaching on the road.

    [PHOTO GALLERY: Crazy fans of the 2014 Tour de France]

    Even the Tour's leader, Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, has used his share of force to clear oblivious, phone-wielding fans out of his path. Watch the video above as the current yellow jersey wearer throws a shoulder at a fan during her ill-fated attempt to get on camera in Stage 18.

    [PHOTO GALLERY: Brutal crashes from this year's Tour de France]

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  • PGA: Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet hope to end Canadian Open drought

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    MONTREAL – Mike Weir was well aware that it has been 60 years since a Canadian won the Canadian Open.

    ''It's going to end at some point, so hopefully, if not myself, it's another Canadian that gets it done this week,'' said Weir, one of 19 Canadians in the field for the tournament that starts Thursday at Royal Montreal. ''It would be nice to get the streak over so we don't have to talk about it.''

    Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver, British Columbia. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.

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