Stories by John Leicester

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Froome wins 2nd Tour de France

Arms over each other's shoulders, linked together in a long line of happiness, Tour de France winner Chris Froome and his teammates pedaled slowly over the finish line, soaking up the applause ...
By John Leicester

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Froome maintains lead in Tour de France

ALPE D'HUEZ, France - Chris Froome's 1 minute, 12 second lead should see him crowned the winner of the Tour de France on Sunday.
By John Leicester

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tour leader blasts rival's 'unsportsmanlike' behavior

LA TOUSSUIRE, France - Chris Froome always expected his rivals to throw everything at him and his Tour de France race lead. He just didn't expect that would happen when he was stopped by the side ...
By John Leicester

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Froome two days away from riding to victory in Tour de France

SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France — The road snaked back and forth like spaghetti stuck to a wall, 18 hairpin bends, climbed for the first time in the 112-year history of the Tour de France.
By John Leicester

Monday, July 20, 2015

Froome's teammate involved in crash

GAP, France - Two bright-yellow Tour de France arrows attached to a telephone pole were telling Geraint Thomas to veer sharp right. He rode straight into them.
By John Leicester

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tour leader claims fan doused him with urine

MENDE, France - Being doused in liquids by roadside fans goes with the terrain of being a Tour de France rider. But this spectator was yelling "doper!" at Chris Froome and the liquid couldn't have ...
By John Leicester

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sagan misses out on stage victory again

RODEZ, France -In a man-to-man duel on an uphill final sprint against Greg van Avermaet,Peter Sagan mistimed his finish, easing up just a fraction too early against the Belgian rider who pushed to ...
By John Leicester

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Alps last major obstacle for Froome

PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France - One mountain range completed, one more to go. Only the Alps loom as the last major obstacle between Chris Froome and a second Tour de France victory in Paris.
By John Leicester

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Froome takes charge on climb

LA PIERRE-SAINT-MARTIN, France - Chris Froome used the first high-mountain stage of this year's Tour de France to take control of the race.
By John Leicester

Monday, July 13, 2015

Basso diagnosed with cancer, drops out of Tour de France

PAU, France - Stunning the Tour de France on its first rest day, doctors diagnosed a tumor in the left testicle of two-time Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso on Monday, forcing him out of the ...
By John Leicester

Sunday, July 5, 2015

All-Star likes what he sees of pioneering girl at MLB camp

PARIS - As a two-time All-Star, Steve Finley knows more than most what it takes to shine in Major League Baseball. So can he hazard a guess at whether she'll go on to become MLB's first female player?
By John Leicester

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

French teen is 1st female to achieve MLB eligibility

Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers. Becoming the first ever woman on Major League Baseball's international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by ...
By John Leicester

Friday, May 22, 2015

Rafael Nadal has a long road ahead of him at French open

PARIS - The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay ...
By John Leicester

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Column: Colorful cyclist at the end of his road

Dust off the cut-out-and-wear sideburns. Just one last time. In honor of Bradley Wiggins, a Tour de France champion unlike any other who ends his road-racing career this weekend.
By John Leicester

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Not every Formula One season has to be a classic

Anyone who tells you this new Formula One season will be a classic, packed full of thrilling uncertainties, is stretching the truth.
By John Leicester

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Guingamp finds a way to compete against world's best

With one of the puniest budgets in France's top division, Guingamp can't splash the cash like some of the mammoths it competes against and humbles from time to time.
By John Leicester

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

FIFA vows unity is back in government

MARRAKECH, Morocco - Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked.
By John Leicester

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Remaining candidates for 2022 Olympics are both lacking

PARIS - How do you turn one of sport's most magical events into unappealing mush? Let the International Olympic Committee manage it.
By John Leicester

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Leicester: British Olympic team wouldn't be same without Scots

Fact is, if the Scots pull out, what remains of Team Great Britain won't be quite so great.
By John Leicester

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Leicester: More pain inflicted on once proud soccer power

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Even for an 84-year-old tournament drenched in history, Germany 7, Brazil 1 will be remembered as one of the craziest World Cup matches ever. 
By John Leicester
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