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SPANIARD WINS TOUR DE FRANCE; EX-LEADER VENTS

MAKING NEWS

Spain's Alberto Contador, above, finished five seconds behind the main pack in Sunday's final stage of the Tour de France, good enough to win the 2,200-mile race (6C). Contador took the lead Wednesday, when the Rabobank team expelled Michael Rasmussen for evading doping controls. Sunday, he commented for the first time, denying he has used performance-enhancing drugs. "There is, perhaps, an expectation that the yellow jersey is doped," he said. "Every day I'm going to wake up and think about not being allowed to win the Tour de France - the race that defines me as a cyclist. I believe it equals getting a Picasso painting stolen. I was working on the greatest piece I could achieve, and it was taken away from me."

OUT OF BOUNDS

Baseball gods have a sense of humor

Barry Bonds, who has denied knowingly taking steroids, hits the road one shy of tying Hank Aaron's homer record. Thursday, he plays at Los Angeles. Beforehand, the Dodgers host a clinic on ... steroid awareness. Not known is what comprises the goodie bags for the 100 or so Little Leaguers expected.

QUOTES OF THE DAY

"I couldn't have asked for anything better."

Colleen Johnson, mother of Ian, the Boise State tailback who got married Saturday, about seven months after proposing to Chrissy Popadics at the Fiesta Bowl; last week, Johnson, who is black, and Popadics, who is white, received racial threats

"I kept my head on. I was very proud of myself."

Michelle Wie, who shot 84 on Saturday then Sunday had a double bogey and three bogeys among the first seven holes at the Evian Masters; but Wie, 17, who has struggled mightily recently, made a 70-foot birdie at No. 5 and finished the back nine at par for 76

NUMBER OF THE DAY

17,056

Tickets sold for Sunday's ArenaBowl in New Orleans, which was sold out several weeks in advance (15,147, some in Mardi Gras style masks, came) and in which San Jose beat Columbus 55-33 (8C); after a one-year hiatus for Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans VooDoo led the league in attendance in 2007 at 16,645 per game

DEVIL RAYS

Tonight

vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg TV/radio: FSN; 1250-AM

CORRECTION

Cal Ripken's 3,000th hit came in Minnesota. A different city was listed in an item Sunday.

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