Thursday, July 8, 2004

Sports briefs



Armstrong takes lead in Tour

The U.S. Postal Service team demolished its competition in Wednesday's fourth stage of the Tour de France, a team time trial, and boosted Lance Armstrong (above) into the overall lead. But with 16 stages to go, Armstrong, who is seeking a record sixth straight victory in cycling's most prestigious event, isn't sure he'll retain the jersey the rest of the way just yet. "We may be willing to give the jersey to another team," he said. "Just as long as we defend it going into Paris. ... The only yellow jersey that matters is the one you wear on the Champs Elysees (in the final stage)." U.S. Postal finished Wednesday's stage 1 minute, 7 seconds ahead of the second-place Phonak squad led by American Tyler Hamilton. Armstrong, a 32-year-old Texan, leads his biggest rival, Germany's Jan Ullrich, by 55 seconds overall, and Hamilton is 36 seconds off the lead.

Colerain football nationally ranked

Colerain is rated No. 8 by PrepNation.com, one of the first preseason football polls published this summer. The Cardinals, who return 15 regulars, are the only Ohio team in the national top 25. Lakewood St. Edward, the 2003 state runner-up to Elder, is listed among the "Next Seven" teams just outside the top 25. Elder, the two-time defending Ohio Division I champion, returns seven regulars and is listed among the next 51 "Others To Watch." St. Xavier also is on the Watch list.

Tom Groeschen

Phelps improves own world record

Michael Phelps surpassed his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Long Beach, Calif., finishing in 4 minutes, 8.41 seconds. Phelps, 19, who in Athens hopes to eclipse Mark Spitz's mark of seven Olympic gold medals set at Munich in 1972, left his closest competitor more than 5 1/2 seconds behind. His previous record in the event was 4:09.09, set at last year's world championships in Barcelona.

Fire up those recruiting engines

The July evaluation period begins today for NCAA coaches seeking recruits for 2005 and beyond. Coaches are allowed to be in gyms watching players, but they cannot talk to prospective recruits or to their coaches.




XAVIER
In reversal, Matta takes OSU job
Miller waiting in wings for XU
Xavier fans a bit blue over Matta's departure

DAUGHERTY COLUMN
A familiar feeling for XU

REDS
Errant toss throws off Reds
Milwaukee no longer a pushover

MORE BASEBALL
AL: Tigers pounce on Yankees once again
NL: Pirates get back to winning ways
Matsui, Abreu will join All-Stars

SUMMER FUN
Grab a racket and get going
Former Met champion ready for new challenge in doubles
Getting started in tennis
Tourney time

OLYMPICS
Area natives named Olympic rowers
Phelps: One event down, one world record broken
IAAF won't suspend accused U.S. athletes

DIGESTS
Sports briefs
Magic sign No.1 draft pick Howard

GOLF
Defending champ alive after hotly contested day

TENNIS
Being on Tour leaves little practice time

TOUR DE FRANCE
Armstrong wears coveted yellow jersey

TV
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