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Thursday, July 4, 2013 - Page updated at 10:30 p.m.

Cavendish wins 5th stage


Cavendish wins 5th stage

Mark Cavendish finally shook off an illness and a drop in form to earn his 24th career stage win at the Tour de France on Wednesday in Marseille and close the gap on rival Peter Sagan for the top sprinter’s green jersey.

The British sprinter relinquished his green jersey to Sagan last year and trails the Slovak again. But by winning the fifth stage, Cavendish cut his deficit to 35 points behind his rival, who finished third.

Australian veteran Simon Gerrans kept the overall leader’s yellow jersey by avoiding two crashes — the first as riders neared the end of the stage and the second moments after Cavendish had comfortably beaten Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen in their dash to the line.

Cavendish needs one more stage win to tie Andre Leducq for third on the all-time list of stage winners.


Police search ‘flop house’

A tip from a friend of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez led authorities to a “flop house” about 11 miles away from his suburban home. Subsequent searches of the apartment turned up boxes of ammunition and clothing that police believe could help prove the murder case against Hernandez, according to court documents.

The items were found June 26, the day Hernandez was arrested for allegedly orchestrating the death of Odin Lloyd, according to search warrant records filed in Wrentham (Mass.) court.

Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty.

The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office erroneously filed an arrest warrant for San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks after allegations that he repeatedly hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle, a prosecutor said.

The district attorney’s office is still investigating the incident and will decide next week whether or not to bring charges.

According to police, Brooks hit teammate Lamar Divens with the bottle three times and then punched him in the face during an early morning argument June 8.


Whitecaps draw at K.C.

Camilo Sanvezzo scored on a free kick just before halftime and the Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw with host Sporting Kansas City.

The Whitecaps (7-5-5) had their three-match winning streak broken. Aurelien Collin scored in the 35th minute on a putback for Sporting (7-5-6).

In other MLS games, Chris Rolfe scored in the 84th minute to lift the host Chicago Fire to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. Patrick Nyarko and Dilly Duka also scored for the Fire (6-7-3). Alan Gordon scored for the Earthquakes (5-8-6).

Hassoun Camara and Marco Di Vaio scored one minute apart in the second half to lift the Montreal Impact to a 3-3 draw with host Toronto FC. Andres Romero also scored for Montreal (9-4-3). Jeremy Brockie, Steven Caldwell and Darren O’Dea scored for Toronto FC (2-8-7).

Javier Morales scored on a penalty kick in the closing seconds of stoppage time to lift host Real Salt Lake to a 2-2 draw with Philadelphia. Luis Gil also had a goal as Salt Lake (10-5-4) extended its unbeaten streak to 11 matches. Conor Casey had a goal and an assist, and Sebastien Le Toux also scored for the Union (7-5-6).


Ovechkin leads All-Stars

Alex Ovechkin is an NHL first-team All-Star for the sixth time, but his first as a right wing. The Washington Capitals star is the second player to make the team at multiple positions, joining Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier.

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby is the only other player in this year’s first-team class to have made it before. The first-timers include Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz, defensemen P.K. Subban of Montreal and Ryan Suter of Minnesota, and Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.


John Savage will remain UCLA’s baseball coach, with a raise and a long contract extension, after USC tried to pry him away. UCLA has offered to extend the national championship-winning coach’s contract through 2025. USC’s offer was more than $1 million per year.

• Goaltender Rick DiPietro cleared waivers and had his long contract bought out by the New York Islanders. New York will pay DiPietro $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years.

• Vancouver Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard was waived as teams scramble to free space under the salary cap before the start of free agency.

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