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Tour de France: Cadel Evans' victory Sunday made him Australia's first champion in that event. At 34, he's also the second-oldest winner of the 21-stage event and edged the competition by one minute and 34 seconds. (Twice previously, he finished second at the Tour so there is a cycling fairness god!) With the pall of death and doping over the Tour this year, we're glad the race itself stayed riveting.
NFL: It is still close but no cigar for a deal. Maybe today's the day the NFL Players Association will sign. Still at issue is an opt-out clause after seven years, the owners want the agreement to go a full 10. Will the nifty opt-out clause be added in the 11th hour? Players could head to their respective facilities as early as Wednesday. Fingers crossed!
MLB: Hall of Fame inductees -- front office guru Pat Gillick, Bert Blyleven of the nasty curveball and 10-time Gold Glove winner Roberto Alomar (the first Blue Jay inducted) -- celebrated in Cooperstown. Switch hitter Alomar is famous for a more dubious moment when he spit on umpire John Hirschbeck in 1996. That said, the men have long forgotten the incident and Hirschbeck was invited to the ceremony but had a game to call and sent his regrets.
Side notes: Future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera earned a difficult save in the Yankees' 7-5 victory over the A's on Sunday to record 25 saves in 15 consecutive seasons -- a record of course! (I want to know what he eats for breakfast.) ... The trade merry-go-round for the Mets' Carlos Beltran will heat up this week as the July 31 trade deadline looms. Who will grab the talented outfielder?
WNBA: Katie Douglas' go-ahead 3-pointer with 56 seconds left won the WNBA All-Star Game for the East 118-113 Saturday. At halftime, the top 15 players of the last 15 years were given honorary awards from the league to celebrate its anniversary. Congrats!