ODDS AND ENDS
Cycling: Simon Yates peeled away on the final climb of the day to win the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice, while Julian Alaphilippe retained the lead. Yates moved into overall contention, but the British rider remains 1 minute, 37 seconds behind Alaphilippe with two climbing stages remaining.
Football: Vince Young, 33, signed a two-year deal with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. The former Texas and NFL quarterback last played in an NFL regular-season game in 2011 with Philadelphia and retired in 2014 after being released by Cleveland.
Olympics: The World Anti-Doping Agency expressed dismay after one of its leading critics, pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva, was reappointed to chair the Russian Anti-Doping Agency board.
Isinbayeva missed the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of a ban on the Russian athletics team over widespread doping, something she denounced as a “human rights violation.”
Skiing: American standout Mikaela Shiffrin used a strong burst near the finish to win a giant slalom race as the World Cup returned to Squaw Valley for the first time since 1969. Shiffrin finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 16.42 seconds Friday, eclipsing Federica Brignone of Italy by 0.07 seconds. Soccer: Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet in a preseason exhibition at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on July 29. Tennis: American Bjorn Fratangelo, ranked 112th in the world, upset Australia’s Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday night in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. In the women’s first round, American Varvara Lepchenko upset No. 48 Yaroslava Shvedova 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Former Wimbledon and U.S. Open finalist Vera Zvonareva, 32, is planning a comeback. The Russian is listed as an alternate for the qualifying draw of a low-level ITF tournament in Istanbul this month, two years after she last competed.