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POSTED July 9, 2013 1:13 a.m.

CYCLING

• Froome to be offered more protection in Tour bid: SAINT-NAZAIRE, France (AP) — The manager of Chris Froome’s team promises that his star rider will never again be left exposed in his bid to win the Tour de France.

Froome kept the yellow jersey on a ferociously tough mountain stage Sunday. The British rider will wear it when the race resumes Tuesday with Stage 10 following Monday’s rest day.

That Froome had to defend the jersey alone in the ninth stage — because all his Sky teammates had been left behind — offers hope to rivals like two-time champion Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck. If they can again isolate Froome later in the race, perhaps he will be too tired to respond.

“We’ve learnt some lessons, valuable lessons, to take into the rest of the race,” Sky manager Dave Brailsford said Monday. “But I’m not going to spell it out. I’m not going to go into the details of the changes we’re going to make.”

Froome’s key teammate is Richie Porte, an Australian who won the Paris-Nice stage race in March. He was unable to help Froome on Stage 9 and wants to make amends.



TENNIS

• ‘The wait is over’: Brits awake to new tennis era: LONDON (AP) — Britain awoke to a new era on Monday, into a world in which the tennis-loving public finally has its own Wimbledon champion once again.

“After 77 years, the wait is over,” headlined the Daily Telegraph, a day after Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the men’s title at the All England Club.

With the victory, Murray became the first British man to win the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936, a victory that has already sparked talk of a knighthood.

The Times of London writes, “Arise Sir Andrew, knight of the holy grail.”

Murray beat Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 on a warm day under the sun at Centre Court, playing his usual defensive style almost perfectly against an opponent who also plays often-spectacular defensive tennis.



BASKETBALL

• Kaman headed back to LA, this time with Lakers: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Kaman is headed back to Los Angeles, this time with the Lakers.

The 7-foot free agent center who spent the first eight years of his career with the Clippers said Monday on Twitter that he had agreed to join the Lakers. The deal is reportedly for one year at $3.2 million.

Kaman spent last season with Dallas on a one-year, $8 million contract but never emerged as the starting center the Mavericks thought he would be.

He spent the previous season with New Orleans after he was part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers.

The Lakers grabbed Kaman after Dwight Howard chose not to return and agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets.



• AP Source: Cavs meeting with free agent Bynum: CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the visit says the Cleveland Cavaliers are hosting free agent center Andrew Bynum.

The 7-foot Bynum, who didn’t play one game for Philadelphia last season because of a knee injury, is meeting with team officials Monday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of negotiations.

Before he was traded to the 76ers, Bynum played for the Los Angeles Lakers under Cleveland coach Mike Brown.

Bynum’s visit with the Cavs was first reported by ESPN.

With Dwight Howard signing with Houston, Bynum is the most attractive big man on the market and the Cavs may be interested in signing him to a one-year deal.

The Cavs have already agreed to deals with free agent forward Earl Clark and guard Jarrett Jack.



FOOTBALL

• Former NFL player sues Redskins over knee injury: WASHINGTON (AP) — A former NFL player is suing the Washington Redskins, saying his career-ending knee injury resulted from a bounty program in which the team’s coaches encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents.

Barrett Green played linebacker for the Detroit Lions and New York Giants between 2000 and 2005. He says a career-ending knee injury during a game on Dec. 5, 2004 was the result of an “unusual, outrageous and an obvious cheap shot.”

The lawsuit also names former Redskins player Robert Royal, the player who hit Green, and former assistant coach Gregg Williams.

Green initially filed his lawsuit in May in state court in Maryland. It has since been removed to federal court in Greenbelt, Md.

The Redskins declined to comment on the case.



• Judge orders NFL, retired players to negotiate: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the NFL and former players to negotiate over whether claims of concussion-related injuries will move forward in court or in arbitration.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody had planned to rule July 22 in a legal fight involving about 4,200 former players and the league.

However, in an order Monday, she instructs the two sides to try to resolve how the case will proceed by going through mediation with retired U.S. District Judge Layn Phillips of Oklahoma. The retirees want to be able to sue the league. The NFL’s position is the claims fall under the collective bargaining agreement, and should be resolved in arbitration.

Phillips is to report back to Brody on any progress by Sept. 3. Brody also implemented a gag order on lawyers for both sides.

Many former players say they suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions and believe they stem from on-field concussions. The league says safety has always been a top priority.



• Jets’ Rex Ryan runs with bulls twice in Pamplona: NEW YORK (AP) — Rex Ryan spent part of his summer vacation running from angry bulls.

The New York Jets coach joined thousands of thrill-seekers on Sunday and Monday in the annual running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.

The team confirmed Monday that Ryan was uninjured while participating both days in the run, which is the highlight of a nine-day street festival and is televised nationally.

Ben Patton, a contestant on NBC’s matchmaker show “Ready for Love,” tweeted an Instagram photo of himself and some friends posing with Ryan in Pamplona. Ryan is wearing a red T-shirt with a picture of a bull in the middle with the words “Bad Toro” printed underneath.

The Jets report for training camp on July 25 in Cortland, N.Y.

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