GOLFStricker hangs on by 2
to repeat in John Deere
Even with a big lead, Steve Stricker knew he could be in for a rough final round at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. And that's exactly what he got. He led by seven strokes with 17 holes to play. With five holes to go, the lead was down to two. But he maintained that margin the rest of the way yesterday and won the tournament for the second straight year, shooting a 1-under-par 70 to beat Paul Goydos. Stricker birdied No. 17 after driving into the trees and finished with a 26-under 258 for a tournament record.
Lance Armstrong said his hopes of an eighth Tour de France victory are finished after he was caught up in three crashes in the French Alps during a 117.4-mile eighth stage won by Andy Schleck of Luxembourg. World champion Cadel Evans of Australia took the yellow jersey. Armstrong, 38, finished nearly 12 minutes behind Schleck and fell to 39th overall.
keeps Vick off course
Michael Vick was a no-show at his celebrity golf tournament in Tucker, Ga., after probation officials restricted travel outside Pennsylvania for the Eagles quarterback. The restriction follows a prosecutor's statement that although Vick wasn't involved in a shooting after his birthday party June 25 at a nightclub in Virginia Beach, Va., that he was in a confrontation before the incident.
The Daily Racing Form's website reported Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer could be out the rest of the year because of ankle problems. Trainer Bill Mott said the colt will have a bone scan this week.