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Durand makes splash in Tour start

Outsider Jacky Durand of France made the most of the early dry weather Saturday at Saint-Breauc to win the prologue time trial of the Tour de France as the favorites saw their hopes washed away in a rainstorm.

Tony Rominger of Switzerland and four-time defending champion Miguel Indurain of Spain were unwilling to take risks during the 4.5-mile time trial, and finished well down in the standings.

Britain's Chris Boardman went all out in the rain and crashed into the railing on a slow corner of the slippery track. The winner of last year's prologue was hospitalized with a broken wrist and a double fracture of an ankle.

Durand, a local hero, crossed the finish line in 9 minutes, beating Thierry Laurent by 2 seconds and Francis Moreau by 3, as Frenchmen finished 1-2-3 on the opening day of the Tour. Rominger was 26 seconds behind, 5 seconds ahead of Indurain.

BASKETBALL: Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis carried Lithuania to an 80-70 victory over Croatia and a final showdown with Yugoslavia at the European Championship. Predrag Danilovic and Dejan Bodiroga led Yugoslavia to a 60-52 victory over Greece to reach the final today. Yugoslavia is returning to international competition after a 2{-year ban because of U.N. sanctions. Lithuania can win its first title since regaining independence after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

FOOTBALL: Kerwin Bell threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Lucius Floyd and scored on two 1-yard runs as the host Edmonton Eskimos opened the Canadian Football League season with a 45-23 victory over the Toronto Argonauts. Bell, a former Florida star who spent last season with Sacramento, completed 16 of 29 passes for 280 yards.

NBA: A group of Gund Arena contractors wants the Cleveland Cavaliers to pay more than $9-million in outstanding bills owed by the agency that operates the arena. In a letter sent to the Cavaliers on Friday, the group has given the team until July 15 to resolve the issue or face a lawsuit. The contractors blame the team for driving Gateway into debt by demanding frills for which the agency had no money. By doing so, the contractors charged, the Cavs committed fraud.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: An Indianapolis disc jockey is not getting much response in his campaign to raise $30,000 to pay the fine imposed on Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight. The day after the university announced the NCAA had fined Knight for his expletive-laced harangue against a tournament official, Adam Smasher urged WNAP-FM listeners to each send a dollar to help pay the fine. The total raised so far: $167.

BOXING: Naseem Hamed (19-0) remained on course for a world title fight, stopping former champion Juan Polo Perez (36-13-2) in the second round of their scheduled 10-rounder in London. Hamed, 21, danced and weaved his way through an easy first round before unleashing a powerful attack two minutes into the second to floor Polo Perez, 31, twice within 10 seconds.

BOWLING: Marty Schweikert, a Washington native who does his best bowling in the Northwest, averaged 225 to lead 78 rivals through the pre-qualifying round of the $55,000 Twins Falls (Idaho) PBA Senior Bowling Open at Bowladrome. Schweikert, a 60-year-old right-hander from Omak, Wash., last January finished ninth at Kennewick, Wash., and 23rd in Beaverton, Ore. Ed Deines, 61, a right-hander from LaPonte, Colo., wound up second.

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