2013-07-07 09:01 AM
LONDON -- Ever since she was a kid, practicing until midnight with her father, Marion Bartoli went about playing tennis her own way. This unique Wimbledon, appropriately enough, produced a unique champion in the ambidextrous Bartoli, the 15th-seeded Frenchwoman who won her first Grand Slam title by beating 23rd-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-1, 6-4 Saturday in an error-filled, one-sided final that was far from a classic. Moved. By Howard Fendrich.
CYC-TOUR DE FRANCE
AX 3 DOMAINES, France -- The way Chris Froome dynamited the Tour de France at the first real opportunity, blowing away all of his main rivals in one supersonic uphill effort, felt a bit like the bad old days of Lance Armstrong. But the Briton who is the new leader of the 100th edition and looks more likely than ever to win it says there's a fundamental difference: His achievements, unlike Armstrong's, won't need to erased in a few years for doping. Moved. By John Leicester.
PARIS -- Forget for a moment the laid-back, fun-loving Usain Bolt. Even when he's winning, the six-time Olympic champion is finding fault with his running these days. The Jamaican sprinter only gave himself a grade of 7 out of 10 after running the fastest 200 meters of the season Saturday with a time of 19.73 seconds at the Areva Diamond League meet in Paris. Moved. By Trung Latieule.
LONDON -- Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are building their own Grand Slam rivalry, one that perhaps someday will merit mention alongside Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, or Djokovic vs. Nadal. Moved. By Howard Fendrich.
ISTANBUL -- Substitute Felipe Avenatti scored in extra time to give Uruguay a 1-0 win over Spain in the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup on Saturday. Moved. By Eric Willemsen.
NUERBURGRING, Germany -- Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes its first pole position at the German Grand Prix since 1954 by edging Red Bull's three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel in Saturday's qualifying. Moved. By Nesha Starcevic.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia -- Johnson Wagner shot a 6-under 64 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic. Moved. By John Raby.
-- SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France -- BC-GLF--FRENCH OPEN. Moved. By Trung Latieule.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The Chiefs' defense of their Super Rugby title became more tenuous when they were trounced 43-15 by the Crusaders in the weekend's 19th round, allowing South Africa's Bulls to move atop the table with a cliff-hanger win over the Sharks. Moved. By Steve McMorran.
SYDNEY -- A brutally powerful pack destroyed the Wallabies scrum and fullback Leigh Halfpenny did the damage on the scoreboard, guiding the British and Irish Lions to a record 41-16 thumping on Saturday for their first series victory in 16 years. Moved. By John Pye.
SYDNEY -- Spurred on by the support of friends, teammates and countrymen, Leigh Halfpenny put the emotional pain of missing a potentially series-clinching kick in the second test behind him with a record-shattering performance in the British and Irish Lions' drought-breaking victory over Australia. Moved. By Keiran Smith.
LONDON -- Star England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been included in the 13-man squad for the first Ashes test against Australia. Returning from a knee injury, Pietersen proved his form and fitness ahead of the series by scoring an undefeated 177 for Surrey last month. Moved.
SAN FRANCISCO -- This is supposed to be the most eye-popping America's Cup ever.
Sleek, space-age catamarans capable of sailing three times the speed of the wind will race on San Francisco Bay against a stunning backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the Transamerica pyramid. When British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson was killed in an accident that shattered Artemis Racing's first boat two months ago, it didn't seem quite as much fun anymore. Moved. By Bernie Wilson.
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