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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah works at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah completed his final workout at Santa Anita before heading south to Del Mar racetrack. The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont winner breezed five furlongs in 59.2 seconds on Sunday. Trainer Bob Baffert plans to ship American Pharoah to Del Mar, north of San Diego, on Monday, along with [more]

Contador bemoans breathing woes in mountains

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LA PIERRE-SAINT-MARTIN, France — Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador says current leader Chris Froome is simply “at a higher level” than the rest of the pack right now. “Froome is superior, and he made a strong punch today,” said Contador after he lost 2 minutes, 51 seconds to the Kenya-born Briton, who won [more]

Basso drops out of Tour with testicular cancer

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PAU, France — Ivan Basso (Tinkoff-Saxo) announced in an emotional rest-day press conference Monday that he has testicular cancer and will withdraw from the Tour de France immediately. Basso, a grand tour winner who was to be a key lieutenant to Alberto Contador as the Tour heads into the mountains, experienced pain in his left [more]