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Cycling

After a Spanish Vuelta siesta, Degenkolb wins his 4th stage

SANXENXO, Spain – John Degenkolb won the 10th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday for his fourth victory in this year’s race.

Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain kept the overall lead on the eve of a crucial time trial.

The German rider outsprinted Nacer Bouhanni of France and Daniele Bennati of Italy to finish the 118-mile leg in 4 hours, 47 minutes, 28 seconds.

There were no changes to the overall leading group after the ride through the western province of Galicia following the first rest day in the three-week race.

Rodriguez maintained his 53-second advantage over Christopher Froome of Britain. Alberto Contador is 1 minute behind, while fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde is 1:07 back.

Contador and Froome are the favorites for today’s individual time trial, which is expected to be key in deciding the race winner. The 21-stage race will end in Madrid on Sept. 9.

Golf

Sorenstam will vice-captain Solheim Cup side in Parker

PARKER – Annika Sorenstam has been appointed vice captain for the 2013 European Solheim Cup team.

Captain Liselotte Neumann announced the selection Tuesday at Colorado Golf Club, which will host the event next August. Carin Koch also was named a vice captain.

U.S. captain Meg Mallon announced in July that Dottie Pepper will be her vice captain.

MLB

ESPN extends its TV contract with MLB through 2021

NEW YORK – Major League Baseball and ESPN extended their television contract through 2021 on Tuesday, a deal that almost doubles the amount of money the network will pay annually for baseball content while also all but eliminating blackouts of local broadcasts of ESPN games on Monday and Wednesday nights.

It combines rights for TV, radio, digital and international that had been separate. The new single contract adds new rights to air a wild-card game, along with additional rights to highlights and digital content. It also gives the network more flexibility to show games involving popular teams.

The previous contracts were worth close to $360 million a year combined. A person with knowledge of the new combined deal said it will be worth about $700 million a year over eight years. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the financial figures were not released.

The new agreement will begin in 2014.

Rumor has it, Twins awarded the 2014 All-Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS – A person with knowledge of the decision said MLB’s 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the news has not yet been announced by the Twins or MLB.

The Twins scheduled a news conference for this afternoon to make an unspecified “major announcement regarding an upcoming event to be hosted at Target Field,” which opened in 2010.

Minnesota last hosted the All-Star game in 1985 at the Metrodome. The 2013 All-Star game is set for Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

NHL

NHL issues another proposal to its players and the union

NEW YORK – The NHL issued another proposal to the players’ association as a lockout looms next month.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr confirmed that the league offered a new proposal – its second this summer – during negotiations Tuesday at the NHL offices. The two sides will meet again today.

Speaking outside the headquarters, Fehr said it was “a proposal that we intend to respond to.”

The current collective bargaining agreement will run out Sept. 15, and the NHL has said it will lock the players out if a new deal isn’t reached.

Associated Press