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Froome keeps lead despite broken wheel

LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France — Chris Froome fought back from a bike breakdown to cling onto his race leader's yellow jersey in Stage 15 of the Tour de France, won Sunday with a solo breakaway by Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands.

Froome's back wheel broke just as the AG2R team of close rival Romain Bardet was picking up the pace ahead of the last big climb of the day, a 5-mile slog up the steep Col de Peyra Taillade — scaled for the first time by the Tour.

By the time Froome had stopped and taken a wheel off teammate Michal Kwiatkowski, Bardet's group was about one minute ahead of him.

Aside from Bardet, other top riders were also in that group, including Fabio Aru and Rigoberto Uran — all within 30 seconds of Froome in the overall standings.

"I really thought that that could be the yellow jersey changing shoulders,'' he said.

Froome worked furiously on the climb to reel in Bardet's group, and he takes the jersey and an 18-second overall lead into today's rest day, the last of two, ahead of a final week of racing in the Alps and with a time trial in Marseille.


Dwyer dropped from U.S. Gold Cup roster

Former USF standout forward Dom Dwyer was among players dropped as the United States set its roster for the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Added were forwards Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore, midfielders Michael Bradley and Darlington Nagbe and goalkeepers Tim Howard and Jesse Gonzalez. Other drops were goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Sean Johnson and midfielders Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan and Kelyn Rowe. The United States plays a quarterfinal Wednesday in Philadelphia against an opponent to be determined.


OBITUARY: Bob Wolff, who called Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, the New York Giants-Baltimore Colts epic NFL Championship Game in 1958 and the Knicks' two NBA title runs in a record-setting eight decades as a sports broadcaster, died Saturday in South Nyack, N.Y. He was 96. Mr. Wolff was cited by Guinness World Records in 2012 as having the longest career of any sports broadcaster, starting in 1939 while a student at Duke.

wnba: Washington forward Elena Delle Donne isn't sure how long she'll be out after injuring her right ankle Friday; she seems likely to miss next weekend's All-Star Game.

NFL: Texans running back D'Onta Foreman was arrested in Austin, Texas, early Sunday morning and charged with marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon, both misdemeanors. His attorney said he possessed the handgun legally and that he did not own or use the marijuana.

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