Sports Watch

Armstrong still third, looks to race next year

TARBES, France (AP) - Lance Armstrong had another strong ride at the Tour de France today, keeping him eight seconds off the pace heading into tomorrow's rest day. Armstrong also hinted that this likely isn't the last time he'll compete in the race.

When asked by a French TV interviewer if this would be his final Tour de France, the 7-time champion, said, "Probably not. Maybe one more Tour."

The 37-year-old Armstrong finished 43rd in the 100-mile ninth stage through the Pyrenees, staying in the same pack as overall leader Rinaldo Nocentini (noh-chehn-TEE'-nee) of Italy. Armstrong's Astana teammate, Alberto Contador, is six seconds behind Nocentini.

Pierrick Fedrigo of France led a two-man breakaway to win today's stage.

Gatti's wife detained

SAO PAULO (AP) - The wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti is being detained as a suspect by Brazilian authorities following his death at a posh seaside resort.

Police said 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues was taken into custody after contradictions in her interrogation. A state civil police spokeswoman says the former junior welterweight champion was apparently strangled with a purse strap. He also had a head injury.

The spokeswoman says authorities are preparing to present a formal accusation against Rodrigues, who denies being involved in her husband's death.

Police say Rodrigues could not explain how she spent nearly 10 hours in their hotel room without noticing that Gatti was dead.

Hoffman, Pena added to All-Star rosters

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Trevor Hoffman will be headed to St. Louis later today.

The Milwaukee Brewers closer will replace Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton on the National League squad for the All-Star game Tuesday night. Hoffman is 1-1 with 20 saves and a 2.05 ERA this season.

Broxton was set to make his first All-Star appearance but has an irritated nerve on his right toe.

There's also a change in the American League roster. Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena will replace Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh), who will skip the game due for family reasons.

Pena leads the American League with 24 homers and will take part in the home run derby tomorrow.

Pedroia's wife is seven months pregnant and been in the hospital since Monday with complications.

Kerr leads by two

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Cristie Kerr (kur) carried a two-shot lead over Eun Hee Ji into the final round of the U.S. Women's Open in Bethlehem Pa. Kerr was the only player below par in the tournament, starting the day 2 under.

Price is right in Minnesota

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) - Andy Bean and Nick Price shared the lead early in the final round of the 3M Championship in Minnesota. Bean and Price were 12-under with 13 holes to play, three shots ahead of Tom Kite and Bernhard Langer.

Three-way tie at Deere

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - There's a three-way tie for the lead heading into the final round of the PGA's John Deere Classic in Illinois.

Matt Jones fired an 8-under-par 63 today to get to 14-under through 54 holes, tying him with second-round leader Darron Stiles and Tim Petrovic.

J.J. Henry, Lee Janzen, Steve Stricker and Brett Quigley were one shot back.

Friday's bad weather is forcing players to complete 36 holes today.

Croatia ousts U.S.

POREC, Croatia (AP) - The United States has been eliminated by Croatia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Marin Cilic (CHIH'-lihch) gave Croatia an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-5 by downing James Blake 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Cilic outlasted Mardy Fish in five sets during Friday's opening singles.

Franchitti has pole

TORONTO (AP) - Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) started from the pole for today's Honda Indy on the street course in Toronto.

Franchitti claimed his third pole by covering the circuit in just over one minute to beat Team Penske's Will Power for the top spot yesterday.

Graham Rahal (RAY'-hawl) was third, followed by Justin Wilson, Canadian Alex Tagliani and rookie Mike Conway.

Webber has F1 pole

NUERBURGRING, Germany (AP) - Red Bull's Mark Webber overcame a penalty to earn his first Formula One victory, beating teammate Sebastian Vettel by 9.2 seconds in the German Grand Prix.

It was the second straight 1-2 for the Austrian team and third overall after nine races.

Webber was penalized for bumping Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello out of the start while defending his pole position.

F1 leader Jenson Button of Brawn GP finished fifth to increase his overall total to 68 points, 21 ahead of Vettel.

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