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LeMond races for pride, gets edged out at finish

Maximilian Sciandri won the 11th stage of the Tour of Italy on Thursday, edging Greg LeMond in a two-man sprint for the finish line. LeMond broke away with Sciandri about 42 miles from the finish but lost in the closing sprint. LeMond, who trails the leader by more than 16 minutes, said he is aiming at winning a stage, though he can't win the race. "I was forced to start the sprint too early, because we risked being caught up by the pursuers, and I could not overcome Sciandri's comeback in the final meters," he said. Franco Chioccioli, who finished in the pack five seconds behind the winner, retained his overall lead, one second ahead of Gianni Bugno.Boxing: Former lightweight champion Ras-I (Livingstone) Bramble has a new opponent for his June 14 fight at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa. Bramble will fight Roger Brown (16-13) in a 10-round lightweight battle. The original opponent, Steve Larrimore, will face Angel Hernandez, the WBC's No. 1 junior welterweight contender, on June 21 in Miami.

Superior Court Judge Amos Saunders ruled Thursday that the World Boxing Council cannot hold a purse bid on a proposed heavyweight title fight between champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, stating that only the International Boxing Federation could accept bids from promoters . Tyson's manager, Don King, reportedly wants $25-million, but the decision makes that unlikely. Under the IBF formula, the champion gets 75 percent of the winning purse bid and the challenger 25 percent.

College football: University of Pittsburgh nose tackle Derrick Hicks, linebacker Terrance Wheatley and reserve cornerback Ken Abrams have been suspended indefinitely, allegedly for using a teammate's stolen credit card, the Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. No criminal charges were filed and the players made restitution, reports said. Coach Paul Hackett said their status is up to him after an in-house investigation.

Bowling: Bobby Meadows regained his lead Thursday in the fourth round of the $110,000 Showboat PBA Senior Tournament, finishing with a pinfall of 6,775, a 221.83 average for 30 games. Jimmy Certain moved from fourth to second by winning five of six games in match play.

Gymnastics: Chris Waller scored 57.35 points to lead UCLA teammate Chainey Umphrey and Tom Schlesinger of Nebraska, who were tied for second with 57.15 after the opening round Thursday in the senior men's division of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Defending champion John Roethlisberger of Minnesota was in seventh place and Kurt Thomas, who is attempting a comeback after an 11-year absence, was in 22nd place. The 49 gymnasts are vying for eight places on the U.S. team, which will compete in the World Championship in Indianapolis in September.

Running: The New York City Marathon will offer cash bonuses on a time performance basis instead of a flat amount for finishing in the top 15 this year, race director Fred Lebow said Thursday. The men's and women's winners of the Nov. 10 race can earn as much as $100,000 for breaking the world record and each will win a Mercedes Benz. Other cash awards range from $65,000 to $2,500.

Et cetera: A sample survey suggests that as many as three-fourths of the women in college athletics have bulimic or anorexic-type eating behaviors and that one in five male college atheletes have eating problems that may put their health at risk, said Wanda Koszewski, dietetics program director of Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences. Bob Schul, the last American to win the Olympic 5,000 meters, two-time gold medalist in the 1896 Games Ellery Clark, Track and Field News co-founder Bert Nelson and women's and age group track pioneer Roxanne Andersen were elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, The Athletics Congress announced. The members, selected by the track and field community and the media, will be inducted formally Dec. 6.

_ Compiled by Toni Moore.

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