’13 Tour de France will include a l’Alpe d’Huez doubleheader
PARIS – Cyclists in the 100th edition of the Tour de France will face an unprecedented double ascent of the iconic l’Alpe d’Huez as the race tries to move past the downfall of seven-time champion Lance Armstrong.
They’ll start the 2013 Tour on June 29 in Corsica, which will host the race for the first time. The 2,088-mile event will end three weeks later at night against the backdrop of a floodlit Arc de Triomphe in the City of Lights.
Climbers may be favored with a more mountainous route than in recent editions, including 28 high mountain passes.
On July 18, riders will ascend the famous Alpe-d’Huez and its 21 steep switchbacks twice in the same stage – four days after climbing the feared Mont Ventoux.
Harrington hits a Grand Slam in his third PGA at-bat
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda – Padraig Harrington is a winner for the first time in two years, even if the PGA Grand Slam of Golf only was an exhibition.
Four days after Harrington agreed to fill in for British Open champion Ernie Els as an alternate, he ran off three consecutive birdies early on the back nine and closed with a 4-under 67 on Wednesday for a one-shot victory over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson at Port Royal.
Harrington, a three-time major champion, lost in the playoffs at the PGA Grand Slam in 2007 and 2008. He wound up winning on his third try as an alternate in the 36-hole event for the season’s major champions.
Masters champion Bubba Watson had a 71. He tied Keegan Bradley, who had a 67. Bradley replaced PGA champion Rory McIlroy, who is playing in Shanghai.
Williams gets house arrest, but not until after the season
DENVER – Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams will serve 30 days under home arrest for driving under the influence but not until after the season.
Williams was sentenced Wednesday but a judge said he didn’t have to start serving it until Feb. 7, 2013. Prosecutors had asked that Williams serve a month behind bars.
Besides the home arrest, during which time he’ll have to wear an ankle monitor, Williams also must serve two years of probation, have his sobriety monitored and attend alcohol education classes and therapy, all standard punishments for second-time offenders. He also must perform 56 hours of community service and pay $2,390 in court costs.
Williams, six games into a league mandated nine-game suspension for the scrape with the law and a failed drug test, was banned from team headquarters for the first six weeks of the season but was allowed to return last week. He can resume practicing with the team Nov. 12.
Bettman says a full season ‘is not going to be reality’
NEW YORK – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said it looks like a full-82 game schedule “is not going to be a reality” as the lockout nears its seventh week.
In making the NHL’s most recent offer, Bettman said a deal needed to be in place by today for the season to begin Nov. 2 and allow for each team to play a full 82-game slate. With no negotiations scheduled, reaching a deal in one day appears very unlikely.
The players’ association reached out to the NHL on Tuesday night in an attempt to set up a face-to-face bargaining session Wednesday, but the league declined. The NHL’s position is if the union isn’t willing to talk about the league’s offer that is on the table and isn’t prepared to make a new proposal of its own riffing off that offer, there is no reason to talk.
NEW YORK – Now hockey is coming to Brooklyn.
The NHL’s New York Islanders, following the former New Jersey now Brooklyn Nets from the NBA, have agreed to move to the Barclays Center, starting with the 2015-16 season.
The Islanders’ lease agreement is for 25 years.