News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, July 5|
Greipel wins Stage 2; Cancellara grabs yellow jersey
Neeltje Jans, Netherlands (SportsNetwork.com) - German Andre Greipel won a
rain-soaked second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.
Greipel beat Slovak Peter Sagan, Swiss Fabian Cancellara and Brit Mark
Cavendish in a sprint finish to claim his seventh stage victory in cycling's
most prestigious race.
Greipel finished the 166-kilometer course, which took the riders along the
Dutch coastline toward the heart of the Zeeland Delta, in 3 hours, 29 minutes
and 3 seconds. Driving rain and heavy winds made it a challenging day for the
Cancellara grabbed the race leader's yellow jersey from Australian Rohan
Dennis. German Tony Martin is three seconds behind in second place, while
Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin is six seconds back in third.
Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali had a flat tire with about 25 kilometers
left and finished 1:28 behind Greipel in 49th place. The Italian is 2:09
behind Cancellara for the overall lead.
American Tejay van Garderen is 44 seconds back in eighth place after two
stages. He is four seconds ahead of Brit Chris Froome, the 2013 Tour winner.
Nats place Strasburg on DL with oblique strain
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals placed right-
hander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained
Strasburg left Saturday's start against San Francisco in the top of the fourth
inning because of the injury.
He was pitching for just the third time since spending more than three weeks
on the DL with a neck injury. The former All-Star is 5-5 this season with a
5.16 ERA in 13 starts.
The Nationals recalled right-hander Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse to
fill the roster spot.
Astros activate OF Marisnick from DL
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros activated outfielder Jake
Marisnick from the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's series finale in
Marisnick had been on the DL since June 19 because of a strained left
hamstring. He has batted .245 with five home runs, eight doubles and 20 RBI in
62 games this season.
The Astros optioned outfielder Domingo Santana to Triple-A Fresno following
Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Red Sox to open a roster spot for Marisnick.
Orioles' Schoop returns from DL
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles activated second
baseman Jonathan Schoop from the 60-day disabled list prior to Sunday's finale
against the Chicago White Sox.
Schoop was placed on the DL April 18 with a sprained right knee and rehabbed
at Double-A Bowie and Class-A Frederick, batting .265 with four home runs and
seven RBI in nine combined games.
In nine games for the Orioles this season, Schoop has hit .259 with three
homers and seven runs batted in.
The Orioles optioned infielder Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk following
Saturday's game to clear a roster spot for Schoop.
Cubs activate Soler from DL
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs activated outfielder
Jorge Soler from the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's game against the
Soler went on DL after spraining his ankle at Miami on June 1. Prior to the
injury, he was batting .265 with a .322 on-base percentage and four home runs
in 49 games.
In four rehab appearances for Triple-A Iowa, the 23-year-old batted 2-for-13.
To make room on the roster for Soler, the Cubs optioned outfielder Matt Szczur
Cards place Garcia on DL with groin strain
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals placed left-
handed pitcher Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a left
groin strain, retroactive to June 25.
The 28-year-old starter pitched through soreness in his last start on June 24
against Miami and missed his next scheduled start before finally going on the
DL with the injury.
After missing much of the 2013 and 2014 seasons with shoulder injuries as well
as nearly the first two months of 2015, Garcia was sharp in seven starts. In
48 innings, he owned a 1.69 earned-run average with 32 strikeouts and just
The Cardinals called up left-hander Tim Cooney to take Garcia's spot on the
active roster, and he is expected to start a game in Tuesday's doubleheader
against the Cubs.
Pirates claim NLCS hero Ishikawa
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed playoff
hero Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
Ishikawa, 31, was designated for assignment by the Giants on Friday. He was
hitless in five at-bats for them this season after beginning the year on the
disabled list with a lower back strain.
He rejoins the Pirates after spending 15 games with the team at the beginning
of last season before being designated for assignment and then signed by the
The Giants won last year's National League pennant on Ishikawa's dramatic
ninth-inning homer against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL championship series.
Ishikawa is a career .257 hitter with 22 home runs and a .321 on-base
percentage in 450 games for San Francisco, Milwaukee, Baltimore, the New York
Yankees and Pittsburgh.
Reports: Lakers will sign Lou Williams
El Segundo, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers have come to terms
with scoring specialist Lou Williams on a three-year deal, according to
multiple reports Sunday.
The deal, which cannot be finalized until July 9, is worth a reported $21
Williams, a 28-year-old combo guard, was drafted 45th overall in 2005 out of
high school by the 76ers and spent the first seven years of his career in
Philadelphia earning the reputation as a volume shooter.
He spent this past season with Toronto after two in Atlanta and averaged a
career-high 15.5 points per game to win the 2015 Sixth Man of the Year award.
Reports: Pierre-Paul injured in fireworks mishap
(SportsNetwork.com) - New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered
a hand injury during a fireworks mishap on Saturday, according to multiple
Pierre-Paul was hurt while attempting to light fireworks and his injury
required hospitalization, NFL.com reported on Sunday.
A spokesman for the Giants said he didn't yet know any facts about the
Pierre-Paul, 26, was drafted by the Giants No. 15 overall in 2010 and has made
two Pro Bowls in five seasons, collecting 42 sacks and 286 tackles in 75
The Giants used their franchise tag on Pierre-Paul in March but he has
apparently not yet signed his $14.8 million tender.
Wiesberger rallies for French Open victory
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Bernd Wiesberger fired a 6-under 65 in
Sunday's final round and the Austrian went on to win by three shots at the
Open de France.
Wiesberger finished the week at 13-under-par 271. It is his third career
victory on the European Tour and first since winning twice back in 2012.
"It's been a great first half of the year for me so far," said Wiesberger.
"I've had a lot of great success, but just couldn't pull it quite off. To
stand here with the trophy right now, it's pretty sweet."
James Morrison was the next-closest finisher to Wiesberger. The Englishman
carded a 4-under 67 to finish alone in second at 10-under 274.
Third-round leader Jaco Van Zyl did not record a single birdie in his final
round en route to a 2-over 73 on the Albatross Course at Le Golf National. He
ended alone in third at 8-under 276.
Martin Kaymer shot a 1-under 70 to finish in fourth at minus-7, while Rafael
Cabrera-Bello (69) ended in fifth at 5-under 279.
Morrison, Van Zyl and Cabrera-Bello earned spots in the Open Championship
field by ending as the top-3 finishers inside the top-10 who were not already
Wiesberger began the day three shots back of the leader Van Zyl. Playing in
the penultimate group, Wiesberger started with three straight pars from one.
Van Zyl bogeyed the second hole, trimming his lead to one and leaving
Wiesberger just two back.
After about an hour delay due to a thunderstorm, Wiesberger went on a tear
that wound up winning him the tournament. He ripped off five birdies in a six-
hole stretch from No. 4, including a chip-in at No. 5, to post an opening-nine
31 and giving him a 4-shot lead.
"I just hit a great shot down the fourth before the horns were blowing and
they took us off the course. I liked my yardage, and had a good shot in there
and had some momentum building, chipped in, holed a long putt," Wiesberger
said about what started his big run. "I felt really comfortable out there. I
had a great weekend, only one bogey, and 66-65 (on the weekend), that's not a
Van Zyl did not do much else in his round. He made one more bogey on eight and
finished up with 10 straight pars to finish up in third.
Morrison, playing alongside Wiesberger, made things a little interesting down
the stretch, but could not quite catch his playing partner. Morrison made one
birdie on No. 3 and 10 pars over his first 11 holes, but was able to pull
within two shots of Wiesberger thanks to birdies on 12, 13 and 16.
Wiesberger was as calm as could be on the back side, however. He drained eight
straight pars from 10 and rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the last to
secure his 3-shot victory.
Kaymer was solid over his first 17 holes as he went bogey-free with three
birdies. However, a double-bogey at the last due to a ball in the water
dropped him into fourth.
Cabrera-Bello had a rough front nine that featured two birdies, a bogey and
two double-bogeys. However, two eagles and two birdies on the back nine saw
the Spaniard shoot a 29 coming in, vaulting him into fifth and securing him a
spot in the Open Championship.
NOTES: Wiesberger is the first Austrian to win this event ... His previous two
victories were at the Ballantine's Championship and the Lyoness Open in 2012
... This is Wiesberger's sixth top-6 finish on tour this season. He also has
two runner-ups ... This will be Cabrera-Bello's fourth appearance at the Open
Championship, while Morrison will be making his second start. Van Zyl has
never played at the Open ... Wiesberger earned 500,000 euros with this victory
... The European Tour is set for the Scottish Open next week, where Justin
Rose won by two shots over Kristoffer Broberg last year.
Allen wins by 1 in England
Denham, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Beth Allen carded a 5-under 67 in
Sunday's final round and she went on to win by a shot at the ISPS Handa Ladies
Allen finished the week at 12-under-par 276 for her first career victory on
the Ladies European Tour.
Following a par at the first, Allen birdied the par-5 second to get into red
figures for the day. A pair of pars at three and four preceded four birdies in
five holes from five.
Making the turn at minus-5, Allen drained four straight pars from 10 and
traded a birdie for a bogey from 14. The American finished up with a trio of
pars to secure her victory.
Amateur Leona Maguire shot a 3-under 69 at Buckinghamshire Golf Club to finish
alone in second at 11-under 277. Third-round leader Nontaya Srisawang (72)
ended two shots back in third at minus-10.
Hamilton prevails in British Grand Prix
Silverstone, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Mercedes driver and defending
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won his home race, the British Grand
Prix, for the third time after bouncing back from a sluggish start.
Hamilton, a 30-year-old Briton, started on the pole, but the Williams duo of
Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who started third and fourth, respectively,
passed Hamilton for position heading into the first corner of the opening lap.
A multi-car crash involving Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado
as well as McLaren teammates Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso on the first
lap forced the deployment of the safety car for the next two laps around the
3.667-mile, 18-turn Silverstone Circuit. Grosjean and Maldonado made contact
and then pushed Alonso into Button.
Grosjean, Maldonado and Button retired from the race, while Alonso continued
on after pitting for a new front wing.
When the race resumed on lap 4, Hamilton attempted to overtake Massa and
Bottas for the lead, but he ran wide off the track, as he remained in third.
After making a very quick 2.4-second pit stop on lap 19, Hamilton took over
the top spot when the round of stops concluded on lap 22. He then built a
comfortable lead before rain began falling on the track.
Hamilton pitted for intermediate tires before the other frontrunners made
their stops due to the rain. He reclaimed the lead on lap 45 and then held it
It was Hamilton's fifth win of the season and the 38th of his F1 career.
"It's been a very special weekend for me," Hamilton said. "The race obviously
got off to a bad start, but the (team) did a great job with the first stop to
turn it around. Then, when the rain came, it was really tough out there in a
"As the one in front, it was so hard to judge where to push, and my front
tires were so cold. I think that's the best pit call I've ever made to come in
at that time (on lap 44). From there, it was just bringing it home."
Hamilton won the British GP for the first time in 2008 when he claimed his
first F1 world championship while driving for McLaren. His second victory in
this race occurred last year.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg ran in fourth after pitting for the final time,
but Rosberg moved ahead of Bottas and then Massa to take second. He ended up
finishing 10.956 seconds behind his teammate Hamilton.
"When the rain came, I was able to ramp up the pace and close the gap to
Lewis, and I really thought I could win the race," Rosberg said. "But then
(Hamilton) made his (last) pit stop, which I thought was the wrong decision at
the moment until suddenly it started to rain heavier.
"It turned out to be the right decision from Lewis, as I had stayed out one
more lap and lost too much time in the wet with my slick (tires). That was
decision that made race, and I had no chance anymore."
With the win, Hamilton increased his lead in the world championship standings
to 17 over Rosberg.
Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari benefited from the rain and the second round of
stops to finish third after he had ran as far back as eighth.
"I had a really bad start, and I nearly didn't get off the line and lost
positions," Vettel said. "We recovered through strategy, mostly by being very
aggressive. We did a great call to pit just in the perfect lap, made up a lot
of ground and finished on the podium."
Massa and Bottas faded in the late stages of this race to place fourth and
fifth. Daniil Kvyat from Red Bull was sixth and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg
Kimi Raikkonen from Ferrari finished eighth and Force India's Sergio Perez
ninth. Alonso rebounded from his incident with Button to finish 10th, allowing
him to score his first point of the season.
07/05 17:59:42 ET