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pelicans guard on leave to care for wife

NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday is taking indefinite leave to care for his wife, former U.S. women's national soccer team member Lauren Holiday, who is pregnant and needs brain surgery. Lauren, 28, was diagnosed with an operable tumor on the right side of her brain, Jrue, 26, said. Their baby is due in mid October, and in the interest of the health of both, Lauren's surgery will take place about six weeks after delivery, Jrue said. With the U.S. soccer team, Lauren won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012, and last year's World Cup.

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cycling: A surprise attack by Alberto Contador helped Nairo Quintana boost his lead over Chris Froome to 3 minutes, 37 seconds, after the 15th stage of the Spanish Vuelta. An audacious breakaway by Contador's Tinkoff team, joined by Quintana, caught the peloton off-guard at the start of the 74-mile ride starting in Sabinanigo in the Pyrenees. Froome struggled to pursue.

hockey: Slovenia, Norway and Germany clinched the final three spots at the 2018 Olympics with wins in the final qualifying tournament. They join the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Switzerland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and host South Korea. The NHL has not said whether it will once again halt its season to send players to the event.

soccer: Thomas Mueller scored twice as Germany launched a confident start to its World Cup title defense with a 3-0 win over host Norway as qualifying for the 2018 tournament began. Adam Lallana scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to ensure Sam Allardyce a winning start as England manager, clinching a 1-0 win over host Slovakia. Wayne Rooney overtook David Beckham to become England's most-capped non-goalkeeper by making his 116th international appearance.

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