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TOUR DE FRANCEFrenchman Fedrigo wins stage

Pierrick Fedrigo of France won the 15th stage of the Tour de France on Monday while Bradley Wiggins kept the overall lead by staying with his rivals in the main pack far behind. The 99-mile route from Samatan to Pau was mostly flat. But with fatigue kicking in, the teams with strong sprinters didn't try to chase down Fedrigo and Christian Vande Velde of the United States in the final breakaway. Vande Velde tried to outsprint Fedrigo in the last 200 yards, but his rival accelerated to the line to become the fourth French rider to win a stage this Tour.

COLLEGESSyracuse Big East exit agreed

The Big East has reached an agreement with Syracuse University, allowing the Orange to leave the league a year early for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Syracuse announced last fall its intention to join the ACC, but under Big East bylaws, the school needed to serve a 27-month exit period. Instead, the Orange will be allowed to leave July 1, 2013, and will have to pay a fee of $7.5 million to depart.-- AP

HOCKEYMartin, Wishart reject Isles' offers

Seeking a larger raise than the 5 percent minimum required in qualifying offers, Islanders forward Matt Martin and defenseman Ty Wishart did not accept their offers and remain restricted free agents, the team announced. Martin, 23, earned $615,000 in salary last season, plus bonuses, for a cap hit of $852,500. He appeared in 80 games, with seven goals, seven assists and 120 penalty minutes. Wishart, 24, played 71 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, posting five goals and 19 points. His two-way contract paid him $67,500 in the AHL and $803,250 in the NHL. The offers were made June 25. NFL

Cowboys' Bryant arrested

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is free on bond after he was arrested on a misdemeanor family violence charge. Bryant turned himself in to police in the southern Dallas suburb of DeSoto. His attorney, Royce West, said Bryant posted $1,500 bond after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Dallas Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple also declined to comment while the team gathered information. Police said details would be released Tuesday. Under state law, family violence is an attack or "a threat" of imminent harm against a member of a family or household. It's a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Rice, Ravens agree on deal

Running back Ray Rice happily shed his franchise tag after reaching agreement with the Baltimore Ravens on a five-year contract worth roughly $40 million . . . Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract.


Manchester United most valuable

Manchester United is the most valuable franchise in sports at $2.23 billion, according to Forbes magazine's annual survey. The club has lucrative global sponsorship deals. Second is Real Madrid, at $1.88 billion. The Yankees and Dallas Cowboys are tied for third at $1.85 billion.

-- AP

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