What we're watching (all times EDT unless noted): Sixteen stages in, Thomas Voeckler of France continues to lead the Tour de France, though perhaps not for much longer, now that defending champ Alberto Contador gained 18 seconds on him today. We feel the need to point this out because we can't help but notice the remarkable lack of attention the Tour is receiving this year, at least in the U.S. The harm done by cycling's many doping scandals and internecine sniping about doping scandals may be irreparable. In fact, as this is being written, ESPN's home page has no mention of it except for a tiny headline that pretty much links to a story about stuff like this, while the Wall Street Journal, in addition to its race coverage, has an item about Lance Armstrong accusing the government of leaking discrediting information about him. Round and round it goes.
There's baseball on tonight, with the MLB Network giving you either Phillies-Cubs at 8 or Braves-Rockies at 8:30. ESPN2 has a WNBA game between Seattle and Chicago that tips at 7 p.m.
H/T to Ryan for the weather dong image
Chris Osgood calls it quits at 38: "Osgood won 319 games with the Wings and had 39 shutouts. For his career (with the Wings, New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues), Osgood played 744 games with 50 shutous. His 74 playoff victories rank eighth all-time, and his 15 playoff shutouts are fourth." [Detroit News]
Stamkos to stay in Tampa after all: "The coveted 21-year-old restricted free-agent center, who tallied 96 goals over the last two seasons, has agreed to a 5-year, $37.5 million deal - an annual cap hit of $7.5 million." [Puck Daddy]
Ubaldo Jimenez ain't gonna come cheap: "This isn't a damnation of the Yankees' prospects, as I'm quite eager to write about them this off season. However, acquiring a front of the rotation starter with an insanely team friendly contract is costly, even for the Yankees." [Beyond the Box Score]
Soccer is fixed: "International soccer authorities and law enforcement officials are struggling to combat rampant game fixing by what they describe as sprawling networks of organized crime, a problem that has plagued the sport for decades but appears to have intensified recently." [New York Times]
Horrible commerical interlude:
Ike Davis ain't OK: Speaking to children at Coleman Country Day Camp in Merrick, N.Y., on Long Island, on Tuesday, Davis candidly described his left ankle as "not good." [ESPN New York]
Mr. Vick Goes to Washington: "The unscripted Q&A session showed that Vick wasn't searching for the correct answer, but the genuine response just happened to be the right one. Something that I hadn't heard Vick talk about before was the presence of children around Bad Newz Kennels. 'A child should be doing so much more in his life. Help us to reach out to these kids before they go down the wrong path,' Vick said. "It's up to the parents to take responsibility and make sure it doesn't happen.' " [HyperVocal]
Probation for LSU: The Committee on Infractions found that a former LSU assistant coach provided the prospect with transportation and lodging during an unofficial visit to the school and used a second phone — which he allegedly did not disclose to investigators — to make impermissible recruiting calls. Investigators allege the assistant knowingly committed the infractions. The probe found that ex-assistant coach D.J. McCarthy improperly arranged for transportation and housing for former defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, then later tried to cover up those actions. [ESPN.com]
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