ODDS AND ENDS

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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.

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