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Sports Briefs: Sanchez wins Stage 14; Wiggins stays in yellow
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FOIX, France — Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain won the 14th stage of the Tour de France and Bradley Wiggins kept the yellow jersey Sunday when at least 30 riders were slowed by flat tires from tacks thrown onto the road.
The tacks apparently were tossed by someone in the crowd near the summit of the final climb, about 25 miles from the finish of a route that took the three-week race into the Pyrenees. Tour officials asked police to investigate.
Defending champion Cadel Evans was among the riders whose tire was punctured. The Australian had to wait nearly two minutes before a teammate got there and gave Evans his rear wheel.
Wiggins didn’t attempt to capitalize on Evans’ misfortune. He asked the main pack to slow to allow the defending champ to return to the pack.
Orioles’ Hammel expected to be sidelined at least a month
BALTIMORE — Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and is expected to be out for at least a month. Baltimore placed Hammel on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
Obtained in a December trade with Colorado, Hammel (8-6, 3.54 ERA) leads Baltimore in wins and strikeouts (106). The right-hander is one of the main reasons why the Orioles have become a playoff contender.
With Hammel out, the Orioles have only one pitcher left from their five-man opening day rotation — Wei-Yin Chen. Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter and Jake Arrieta are pitching for Triple-A Norfolk.
Broncos’ Dumervril charged with assault with firearm
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm in Florida.
Court records show the 28-year-old is facing the third-degree felony charge in Miami-Dade County.
Dumvervil led the NFL in sacks in 2009 with a club-record 17. But he missed all of 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle and was hampered last season by a nagging shoulder injury, followed by an ankle ailment. Still, he had 9.5 sacks and made the Pro Bowl.
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