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TOUR DE FRANCE

It's a three-way race

The Tour de France is shaping up as a three-way race among leader Cadel Evans of Australia, defending champion Alberto Contador of Spain and Andy Schleck of Luxembourg. Evans leads Schleck by just 20 seconds after Schleck won the hardest stage so far Sunday - a grueling Alpine trek where Lance Armstrong cracked. With two-time Tour winner Contador short of his best form, Evans realizes he has a good chance to win. He slightly injured his left forearm in a minor crash Sunday. Contador trails by 61 seconds ahead of today's ninth stage. The punishing Alpine route featuring two category 1 climbs, and a tougher one that is beyond classification: a 15.9-mile ride up the Col de la Madeleine, one of the Tour's most formidable mountain passes.

BASEBALL

Ryan group sues Rangers

The group backed by Major League Baseball to buy the Texas Rangers sued the team Monday, hoping to force the long-delayed sale and put a halt to the fresh round of bidding that was opened up unexpectedly in the team's bankruptcy case. The lawsuit filed by Hall of Fame pitcher and team president Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg accuses the Rangers of breaching their purchase agreement with the group. It is the latest twist in a complicated fight over the Rangers, who are in first place in the American League West.

- AP

NHL

Rangers sign RW Williams

The Rangers signed right wing Jeremy Williams, 26, who had a career-high 32 goals and 63 points with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League last season. Williams has played 325 AHL games and 31 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (nine goals, two assists) since being drafted in the seventh round in 2003.

NFL

Jets waive DT Toeaina

The Jets waived defensive tackle Simi Toeaina, an undrafted free agent signed out of Oregon. The 6-2, 307-pounder made a recent appearance with fellow Jets rookies at a clinic in Mount Sinai, but the club likely is clearing roster room. Speculation centers on a possible signing of veteran backup quarterback Mark Brunell, 40.

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