Van Avermaet takes 1st mountain stage and yellow jersey

LE LIORAN, France (AP) — Belgian rider Greg van Avermaet won the first mountain stage of the Tour de France with an audacious solo attack in the Massif Central on Wednesday and also claimed the overall leader's yellow jersey.

  • Written by ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer

Kittel wins Tour de France Stage 4 in a sprint to Limoges

LIMOGES, France (AP) — Hit by a virus, denied a place on the Tour de France and then parting company with his team, not much went right last season for German sprinter Marcel Kittel.

Now he's back with a vengeance.

  • Written by SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer

Kuchar's final putt could have Olympic ramifications

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Matt Kuchar finished with a 12-foot birdie at the Bridgestone Invitational, which had no bearing on the outcome but still had a few ramifications.

  • Written by DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

Tale of 2 Rios: the Olympic city and the rest of town

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Copacabana Beach is an Olympic construction site. The beach volleyball venue is going up, broadcast studios rise on scaffolding above the sand and a mammoth tent is jammed with thousands of pricey souvenirs.

  • Written by RENATA BRITO, Associated Press STEPHEN WADE, Associated Press