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'Flag-bearer of anti-doping' Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and the Astana Pro Team take a victory lap Sunday following the Tour de France. Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling’s greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains. More

Vincenzo Nibali all but seals Tour de France triumph with another strong stage

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the 20th stage of the Tour de France Saturday. Barring a total collapse, he will win the Tour. Christophe Ena / Associated Press

Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage Saturday. More

Pair of longtime Manchester United fans get happy surprise

Edward Gardner, 85, left, and his friend Earl Linford, 88, are surprised with soccer tickets Friday at Main Street Crossing in Brighton. They will get to see Manchester United play Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium on Aug. 2. Mark Bialek / Special to Detroit News

For more than 60 years, Edward Gardner and Earl Linford have been connected. They came to Michigan in the 1950s, worked at the Ford Rouge Plant and have been soccer fans since before World War II, when they lived in England. More

'Super Nick,' 63, enjoying role as mixed martial arts corner man

Nick Shepard, 63, will be a corner man at Friday's mixed martial arts event. Bryan Mitchell / Special to Detroit News

Not only does Shepard train fighters, but he also gets inside the cage and is a hands-on guy who can handle himself just as well as the young kids. More

Ramunas Navardauskas is first Lithuanian to win Tour de France individual stage

Ramunas Navardauskas crosses the finish line of the 19th stage on Friday. Doug Pensinger / Getty Images

Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania led a late breakaway in a downpour to win the 19th Stage of the Tour de France on Friday after hitching a ride with his Garmin-Sharp teammates. More

Vincenzo Nibali wins 18th stage, closes in on Tour de France triumph

Vincenzo Nibali celebrates winning the 18th stage on Thursday. Getty Images / Bryn Lennon

Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days. More

Ronaldo to join Real Madrid for match vs. Manchester United at The Big House Aug. 2

Cristiano Ronaldo will join Real Madrid on its U.S. tour, which includes playing Manchester United at Michigan Stadium on Aug. 2. Adam Pretty / Getty Images

The Portuguese international will appear along with Real Madrid teammates Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric. More

'Talented field' challenges duo in AuSable Marathon canoe race

In canoeing, Grayling's Andy Triebold and Mirabel, Quebec, native Steve Lajoie are the standard-bearers. The pair boast a six-year run — two three-peats — in the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. More

Playful Pole Rafal Majka wins Tour stage, as Vincenzo Nibali marches on

Stage winner Poland's Rafal Majka celebrates on the podium of the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 124.5 kilometers (77.4 miles) with start in Saint-Gaudens and finish in Saint-Lary, France, Wednesday. Laurent Cipriani / Associated Press

Even this late in the Tour de France, the Polish rider made winning look easy as he took Stage 17 on Wednesday. More

World Cup star James Rodriguez signs with Real Madrid; Michigan Stadium appearance unlikely

James Rodriguez poses for pictures Tuesday with wife Daniela Ospina and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Getty Images

On Aug. 2, Real Madrid plays Manchester United at Michigan Stadium in a Guinness International Champions Cup match. Rodriguez, however, is not expected to play. More

Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour's 16th stage

Australia's Michael Rogers (right), Colombia's Jose Rodolfo Serpa, and Spain's Imanol Erviti Ollo ride in a breakaway during the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France. Jeff Pachoud / Getty Images

The Pyrenees lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway. More

Alexander Kristoff wins 15th stage, Vincenzo Nibali keeps lead at Tour de France

Alexander Kristoff crosses the finish line Sunday. Doug Pensinger / Getty Images

Alexander Kristoff of Norway captured his second stage win of this year's Tour de France by leading home a pack that overtook two breakaway riders with only about 50 meters to go in a dramatic finish to Stage 15 on Sunday. More

Rafl Majka earns breakaway win in Tour de France's 14th stage

Poland's Rafal Majka celebrates on the podium after winning the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France between Grenoble and Risoul, France. Eric Feferberg / Getty Images

Panting hard with his jersey unzipped and wide open in the heat, Polish rider Rafal Majka sped to a solo breakaway victory on Stage 14 as the Tour de France wrapped up its foray in the Alps on Saturday. More

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