DISGRACED EXECUTIVE DIES Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s longtime president, has died. He was 72.
Blazer’s death was announced by his lawyers, Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan. At a November 2013 court hearing during which Blazer entered guilty pleas to federal charges, he said he had rectal cancer, diabetes and coronary artery disease.
A Not So Relaxing Day on the Tour
Ahead of two grueling days filled with some punishing ascents, the main contenders in the Tour de France were hoping Wednesday would be a nice, relaxed day on the bike. It was not.
Instead of what riders call a “transition” day, with a comfortable run to the gateway to the Pyrenees, Stage 11 proved to be brutal for some of the top riders as a series of crashes left them nursing cuts and bruises.
When crosswinds made riders nervous toward the end of the 126-mile stage, from Eymet to Pau, the stress became palpable and led to several crashes at the back of the peloton.
The German sprinter Marcel Kittel steered clear of trouble and claimed the stage in a sprint finish, taking his tally to five stage victories.
The Frenchman Romain Bardet, who is third over all behind Chris Froome, fell and slightly hurt his knee, but he was able to continue after changing bikes and did not lose any time.
The two-time champion Alberto Contador went down twice, and Fabio Aru, who is second, lost one of his Astana teammates, Dario Cataldo, who retired with a broken wrist after a crash in the feed zone midway through the stage.
Froome kept his overall lead ahead of the big battle in the Pyrenees. He has an 18-second lead over Aru, with Bardet 51 seconds off the pace.
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