Cummings wins Stage 13; Rodriguez leads Contador
FERROL, Spain – Stephen Cummings won the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, and Joaquin Rodriguez maintained his overall lead.
Rodriguez remained 13 seconds ahead of Alberto Contador and 51 seconds ahead of Tour de France runner-up Christopher Froome of Britain after all three crossed the line with the peloton. Alejandro Valverde of Spain trails by 1:20.
Contador will attempt to challenge for the leader’s red jersey during this weekend’s series of mountain climbs.
Cummings broke off from the leading group about 2 miles from the finish line in the 107.4-mile leg. The Briton finished in 4 hours, 5 minutes, 2 seconds, while Cameron Meyer of Australia and Juan Antonio Flecha of Spain were 4 seconds behind.
The 93-mile stage today features five category climbs including a steep finish at the top of Puerto de Ancares. The climbs include Monday’s stage.
Noh passes Overton, Woods for the Day 1 Deutsche lead
NORTON, Mass. – Seung-yul Noh birdied his last two holes for a 9-under 62 to take a two-shot lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Noh, a 21-year-old from South Korea, played the TPC Boston in the more difficult afternoon conditions Friday but had no problem catching up to Tiger Woods and Jeff Overton, each of whom shot a 64 in the morning.
For Woods, it was his best opening round in three years.
The start was more important for Overton, who grew up in Indiana and played for the Hoosiers. He needs a good tournament to advance to the next FedEx Cup playoff event at Crooked Stick outside Indianapolis.
Noh ran off four consecutive birdies on the front nine and finished with a wedge to 5 feet for birdie and his 62. It was one shot off the course record.
France’s Quesne shoots 65 to lead European Masters
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland – Julien Quesne of France shot a 6-under 65 on Friday for a one-stroke lead in the fog-shortened second round of the European Masters.
Frenchman Gregory Bourdy followed his tournament-leading 63 on Thursday with a 75 to trail Quesne by five strokes.
NFL and the officials’ union rekindle conversation
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The NFL and its on-field officials’ union are negotiating again, hoping to end the lockout that resulted in replacement officials working the preseason.
The league locked out the NFL Referees Association in early June, then hired replacements, whose work in exhibition games has been heavily criticized.
Earlier this week, NFL executive Ray Anderson said the regular season would open with replacement officials and that the league was prepared to use them “as much as necessary.”
NHL breaks off talks after the players’ latest offer
NEW YORK – NHL labor negotiations hit a standstill after talks broke off Friday, two weeks before the league has threatened to lock out its players.
NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr announced the NHL asked that talks be “recessed” after the union presented its latest proposal during negotiations held at the league’s headquarters in New York.
Fehr said the union’s latest proposal “did not bear fruit.”
The NHLPA’s latest offer came three days after the NHL made its first counterproposal.
The current CBA will expire Sept. 15, with the NHL already saying it’s prepared to lock out its players if no deal is reached by then. The NHL regular season is scheduled to open Oct. 11, but that date now is in jeopardy.
The two sides were scheduled to continue negotiations in New York next week, but the status of those talks now are uncertain.