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Yates wins final stage in Pyrenees, Alaphilippe loses time

Jul. 21, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

FOIX, France (AP) — Simon Yates of Britain posted a second stage win with a solo raid during the last Pyrenean trek of the Tour de France as Frenchman Thibaut Pinot gained more time on his rivals in the fight for the yellow jersey with a ferocious attack in the final climb on Sunday. Yates triumphed at the...

Teen climate activist gets Normandy's first Freedom Prize

Jul. 21, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has received the first Freedom Prize awarded by France's Normandy region, which last month commemorated the 75th D-Day anniversary. Thunberg, 16, received the award in Caen on Sunday, posing alongside D-Day veterans Charles Norman Shay and...

Ferro beats club teammate Cornet to win Lausanne final

Jul. 21, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Fiona Ferro beat her friend and French club teammate Alizé Cornet 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the Ladies Open Lausanne final on Sunday to win her first WTA singles title. The 98th-ranked Ferro plays for the same club in Nice as No. 48 Cornet, who described her as "like my little...

Li Na sets new mark: first Asian-born player in Tennis Hall

Jul. 21, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Li Na has broken new ground at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The 37-year-old former Chinese star on Saturday became the first Asian-born player to be inducted. She was enshrined along with Mary Pierce of France and Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov during a lengthy on-court ceremony...

The Latest: UK rejects Iran's 'tit for tat' view of tanker

Jul. 21, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The U.K.'s foreign secretary says the seizing of a British-flagged tanker by Iran's Revolutionary Guard "raises very serious questions about the security of British shipping and indeed...

Isner advances to final on Newport's hot grass courts

Jul. 20, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner overcame extremely hot conditions and a first-set tiebreaker loss to beat fourth-seeded Ugo Humbert of France 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Saturday and advance to the Hall of Fame Open final. The 34-year-old American will face Alexander Bublik, a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4...

At Tour, struggling champ Thomas no longer touching the sky

Jul. 20, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

LA MONGIE, France (AP) — When the team of Geraint Thomas was in its pomp at the Tour de France, a time trial followed by a big mountain stage would have been playgrounds for Sky — now in new colors as Ineos — to take cycling's greatest race by the scruff of the neck and leave everyone else...

Taste of the Tour: A festival of lard at high altitude

Jul. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

LA MONGIE, France (AP) — It's one of the unwritten rules of the Tour de France. When the riders go uphill, cholesterol levels do, too. Up in the Pyrenees where crops can't grow, meats replace them on the menu: Sausages, cured ham from the southwestern Bigorre region, duck breast, pork pate, duckling filet...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 19, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows a member of the U.S. women's soccer team giving a Nazi...

A first Tour at 32: Rookie Canadian savoring every moment

Jul. 19, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

PAU, France (AP) — If there was a smiley-face jersey for the happiest rider at the Tour de France, to go alongside the wearer of the iconic yellow shirt, Canadian Mike Woods would be in the running for it. A rookie at cycling's greatest race at an unusually ripe age — 32 — and with an unusual...