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Associated Press Updated: July 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm 0

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TOP STORIES

BBO--HALL OF FAME

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, matching the largest class in the hall's 75 years. And with Maddux, Glavine and Cox, this is one fine day for the Atlanta Braves. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Ceremony started 1:30 p.m.

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE

PARIS — Vincenzo Nibali wins the Tour de France, becoming the first Italian since Marco Pantani in 1998 to capture cycling's greatest race. In a sport with a long history of drug scandals, Nibali calls himself "a flag-bearer of anti-doping." He is only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours — France, Italy and Spain. By Jamey Keaten. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— CYC--Tour de France-5 Things. By Greg Keller. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— CYC--Tour de France-Womens' Race. SENT: 300 words.

— CYC--Tour de France-Glance. UPCOMING: 200 words by 5 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-BRICKYARD

INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski — the three strongest drivers all season — lead the field at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Harvick and Gordon already have Brickyard 400 victories. Keselowski and team owner Roger Penske are looking for their first. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Race starts 1 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-Roush-Edwards Out. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— CAR--NASCAR-Brickyard-Pratt. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— CAR--NASCAR-Ambrose-Future. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— CAR--NASCAR-RTA Future. SENT: 250 words.

— CAR--NASCAR-Brickyard-5 Things. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

CAR--HUNGARIAN GP

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull wins the Hungarian Grand Prix, overtaking Ferrari's Fernando Alonso near the end. Lewis Hamilton is third and holds off Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who started from the pole. This is Ricciardo's second victory of the season and his career. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— Also:

— SONOMA, Calif. — CAR--NHRA. UPCOMING: 200 words by 8 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--CANADIAN OPEN

MONTREAL — Jim Furyk takes a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Canadian Open, seeking his third victory in the event and first PGA Tour win since 2010. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

GLF--LPGA INTERNATIONAL CROWN

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With the top-seeded U.S. out of the picture, five countries compete in the final round of the inaugural International Crown: Thailand, Spain, South Korea, Japan and Sweden. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN

BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer wins his second Senior British Open championship by 13 strokes, the largest winning margin in a senior major. The 56-year-old German, who closed with a 4-under 67, also won the 2010 tournament at Carnoustie. SENT: 500 words by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— MOSCOW — GLF--Russian Open. SENT: 300 words.

— OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — GLF--Webcom Tour. UPCOMING: 200 words by 7 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBA--RED SOX-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay, winners of nine straight and just two games under .500, play the last place Red Sox. The Rays, 6 1/2 games off the AL East lead, start Chris Archer in the series finale. Allen Webster goes for Boston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 1:40 p.m.

BBN--DODGERS-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Jake Peavy makes his debut with the Giants a day after his trade from the Red Sox. The Los Angeles Dodgers now lead the NL West. They are a half game ahead of San Francisco, which has lost three in a row. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

BBO--DRAFT DOLLARS

NEW YORK — Major league teams increased their spending on amateur draft picks 1.5 percent this year from a similar point last summer, yet the total dollars remained below the record set in 2011 before restraints were put in place. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

BBA--RED SOX-TALE OF THE RING

NEW YORK — A lost 2013 Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent New York Yankees fan. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

FBN--HALL OF FAME-STRAHAN

Michael Strahan had one goal when he came to the New York Giants as a second-round draft pick in 1993 out of Texas Southern — make some money so he didn't have to move into his parents' house. He's done a whole lot more. Next weekend the defensive end is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 700 words photos. The first of seven Hall of Fame profiles.

NFL

FBN--JETS-VICK THE MENTOR

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Michael Vick believes he can still start in the NFL. The Jets quarterback also believes he can still be a star. Right now, he's in line to back up Geno Smith this season. And, just as he did last year in Philadelphia, he's doing everything he can to mentor a young quarterback. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--REDSKINS-MILITARY COACH

RICHMOND, Va. — On Military Appreciation Day at Washington's training camp, one coach could empathize with the men and women in uniform. Special teams coach Ben Kotwica served in Iraq, South Korea and Bosnia. He thinks the parallels between war and football "get a little bit exacerbated." By Joseph White. SENT: 130 words, photos. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--COWBOYS-BRYANT'S RISE

OXNARD, Calif. — Dez Bryant suddenly finds himself as one of the oldest Dallas receivers, and by far the most accomplished. A leader? Well, he's closer to that than the troubled Cowboys rookie who didn't pay his jewelry bills. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--BILLS-MARIO WILLIAMS

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Mario Williams is not big on accolades, honors or reminders of the impressive numbers the star pass-rusher put up in his second season with the Buffalo Bills. "I don't hold on to anything from last year," Williams said. "I've just got to come out here and get better." It's difficult to fathom how much better Williams can get after leading Buffalo with 13 sacks and contributing to a defense that had a franchise-record 57 sacks. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— RENTON, Wash. — FBN--Seahawks-Kearse. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— SPARTANBURG, S.C. — FBN--Panthers-Hardy. By Steve Reed. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— ST. LOUIS — RBN--Rams-Youth Plays. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— GLENDALE, Ariz. — FBN--Cardinals-Ellington. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— DENVER — FBN--Broncos Camp. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— NASHVILLE, Tenn. — FBN--Titans' Additions. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — FBN--Falcons-Secondary. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — FBN--Patriots Camp. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — FBN--Bears-Safeties. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

HORSE RACING

RAC--HASKELL

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Rosie Napravnik is aboard Untapable, the 2-1 favorite in the filly's race against colts at the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. post time about 5:45 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--FEMALE OFFICIAL

Cat Conti never played sports when she was growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star. Now she is one of four women who will be on-field officials in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season. Her work begins Sept. 6 for the Southeast Missouri State vs. Kansas. By Eric Olson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

TENNIS

— ATLANTA — TEN--Atlanta Open. Defending champion John Isner plays 94th-ranked Israeli Dudi Sela for Atlanta Open title. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

— UMAG, Croatia — TEN--Croatia Open. Pablo Cuevas plays Tommy Robredo for Croatia Open title. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

— GSTAAD, Switzerland — TEN--Swiss Open. Pablo Andujar captures Swiss Open. SENT: 100 words.

— BAKU, Azerbaijan — TEN--Baku Cup. Elina Svitolina wins second straight Baku Cup. SENT: 140 words.

OTHER NEWS

— GLASGOW, Scotland — COM--Doping Tests. Commonwealth Games using "quality over quantity" approach to drug testing in bid to catch cheats. Dennis Passa. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— LONDON — SOC--2018 World Cup Criticism. Britain's deputy prime minister wants Russia stripped of right to host 2018 World Cup. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— ROME — SOC--Italy-Federation Racism. Top candidate for Italian soccer federation president criticized for racist comment. SENT: 250 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--Baseball Capsules.

— BKL--WNBA Capsules.

— SOC--MLS Capsules.

— GLF--Golf Capsules.

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Sunday's Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Washington at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

Arizona at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.

Boston at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m.

Miami at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Detroit at L.A. Angels, 3:35 p.m.

Baltimore at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Colorado, 4:10 p.m.

San Diego at Atlanta, 5:05 p.m.

Oakland at Texas, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 8:05 p.m.

MLS

FC Dallas at Vancouver, 5 p.m.

Portland at Montreal, 8 p.m.

WNBA

Minnesota at Connecticut, 3 p.m.

Atlanta at Washington, 4 p.m.

Chicago at Tulsa, 4:30 p.m.

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