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CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE
NIMES, France _ A Tour de France jam-packed with unexpected plot twists is saving its biggest surprise for last. With six riders within reach of the podium heading into the toughest final stages in the Alps, the race that resumes Tuesday after the final off-day is tantalizingly poised. Furious racing over the first 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles) through Belgium and France and the uncertain outcome ahead of the grand finale in Paris are conspiring to deliver the most engrossing Tour in recent memory. By John Leicester and Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 800 words, photos.
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland _ No longer in the shadows of Irish golf, Shane Lowry now has his name etched on the base of the silver claret jug. It's on there with more than a century's worth of the best that have conquered the links to win the British Open. Lowry gazed at the oldest trophy in golf as he tried to soak up his storybook finish Sunday at Royal Portrush, a course wet from rain and then from tears. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 950 words, photos.
OLY--TOKYO-1 YEAR MARK
TOKYO _ Despite scandals, rising costs and doubts about the economic payoff, the Tokyo Olympics will be a must-see event - if you can find a ticket or a hotel room - when they open in a year. Tokyo was supposed to be a "safe pair of hands" after Rio de Janeiro's corruption and near-meltdown three years ago. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
SOC--CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW
NYON, Switzerland _ Last season's semifinalist Ajax will start its Champions League campaign against unbeaten Greek title winner PAOK Thessaloniki in the third qualifying round, after the draw was made Monday. Four-time European champion Ajax began in the second preliminary round last July and was one minute from the final before being eliminated by Tottenham's stoppage-time winning goal in May. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 530 words, photos.
SOC--RONALDO RAPE CASE-VEGAS
LAS VEGAS _ Cristiano Ronaldo won't face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, a top prosecutor said Monday. A new investigation by Las Vegas police failed to show that Kathryn Mayorga's claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 570 words, photos.
GWANGJU, South Korea _ Adam Peaty became the first man to win a third 100-meter breaststroke title at the world swimming championships on Monday night. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary also added more gold to her collection. Peaty claimed the title in 57.14 seconds, a night after he became the first man to break 57 seconds in the semifinals. The British swimmer was under his own world-record pace at the turn before coming home a full body-length in front and 1.32 seconds ahead of teammate James Wilby. By Beth Harris. SENT: 880 words, photos.
SWM--WORLDS-TAKING A STAND
GWANGJU, South Korea _ Mack Horton walked into the dining room at the athletes' village and the applause began. It swelled into a standing ovation for the Australian swimmer after his personal protest against China's Sun Yang at the world championships. Horton refused to step onto the podium or shake Sun's hand after losing to Sun in the 400-meter freestyle final on Sunday night. By Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.
GWANGJU, South Korea _ Equipment malfunctions plagued the preliminary heats of the men's 100-meter backstroke at the world swimming championships on Monday. Simone Sabbioni of Italy and Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago both experienced problems with the wedge, a device used to gain leverage off the wall during a backstroke start. By Jolene Latimer. SENT: 270 words, photos.
DIV--WORLDS-LOVE AT THE TOP
GWANGJU, South Korea _ Watching high divers take a nine-story plunge into the waters below is anxiety-inducing enough. Imagine if that person falling through the air is your significant other. For American Ellie Smart and British diver Owen Weymouth, that fear is a regular reality. The couple fell in love not just with the sport of high diving but also with each other. By Jolene Latimer. SENT: 410 words, photos.
ISLAMABAD _ Sri Lanka Cricket will send a security delegation to visit Pakistan next month to assess the possibility of staging a two-match test series there in October. PCB spokesman Sami-ul-Hasan told The Associated Press that the delegation will visit Lahore and Karachi "to inspect and discuss matters relating to security," although the dates for the trip have yet to be confirmed. By Rizwan Ali. SENT: 230 words.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka _ Sri Lanka's sports minister has asked the cricket board to replace the coaching staff headed by Chandika Hathurusingha after the national team's early exit in the recent World Cup, an official said Monday. However, Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva said any decision must be mindful of Sri Lanka's bad reputation for hiring and firing coaches. By Krishan Francis. SENT: 220 words.
SAN DIEGO _ Officials on Monday lifted the suspension of a Bulgarian boxer who kissed a reporter without her consent during a post-fight interview after he completed a sexual harassment course and paid a $2,500 fine. The California State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to allow Kubrat Pulev to reapply for his license with the caveat that future offenses would result in a lifetime ban from fighting in North America. By Julie Watson. SENT: 300 words, photo.
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