The scandal-rocked Tour de France ventured into the wine country of Burgundy on Friday, with another team dropping out of the cycling showcase even before the day's racing began in Autun, France.
The Dutch team TVM pulled out two days before the finish in Paris. That reduced the field to 14 teams compared to 21 at the start. Just 96 cyclists started the 19th leg, about half the number that began the Tour.
And more legal action came, with the first cyclist placed under formal investigation, one step short of being charged.
The day's stage was won by Magnus Backstedt, the first Swede to win a leg in the history of the Tour. Maarten Den Bakker of the Netherlands was second, followed by Italy's Eddy Mazzolini and France's Pascal Derame.
The standings of the top three didn't change as the riders ended a brief trip into Switzerland for a 151-mile ride to Autun, in Burgundy.
Italy's Marco Pantani leads by a commanding 5 minutes, 42 seconds. He is followed by Bobby Julich of the United States and defending champion Jan Ullrich of Germany.
FOOTBALL: Two Clemson defensive backs who were suspended after their arrests on marijuana possession charges were back on the team after taking urine tests.
Coach Tommy West said Friday he reinstated Darrel Crutchfield of Jacksonville, Fla., and Alex Ardley of Tallahassee, Fla., after reviewing the case.
BOXING: The aim was to stage a fight in the Georgia Dome on Sept. 19. Vaughn Bean was the probable opponent.
Now, chances of an Evander Holyfield heavyweight bout in the Dome appear to have faded because promoters have been unable to get the Atlanta business community interested in coming up with the desired financial support.
BASKETBALL: Rhode Island basketball coach Jim Harrick and his son were at opposite ends of the sideline trying to beat one another when they met in the NCAA tournament last season.
Next season, they will be working for the same team.
Rhode Island announced Friday that it has hired Jim Harrick Jr. as an assistant. The younger Harrick, 33, had been an assistant at Marshall since July.
-- Georgia Southern's 1998-99 schedule will feature games with the University of Florida and Florida State. Southern hasn't played Florida since 1954 and the last time the Eagles met Florida State was 1979. The school's Southern Conference schedule tips off on Dec. 3, against Tennessee-Chattanooga. Georgia Southern went 10-18 overall last year, 4-10 in the league.
TENNIS: Bohdan Ulihrach of the Czech Republic ousted second-seeded defending champion Felix Mantilla of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) in a quarterfinal match Friday in the $400,000 Croatia Open in Umag, Croatia.
In the semifinals today, Ulihrach will face Mariano Puerta of Argentina, who beat fourth-seeded Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5).
Also advancing to the semifinals was Juan Antonio Marin of Costa Rica, who defeated Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
Marin's opponent in the semifinals will be Sweden's Magnus Norman, the sixth seed, who ousted Karol Kucera of Slovakia 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
-- Alberto Costa led the advance into the semifinals of the Generali Open with a rain- interrupted victory over defending champion Filip DeWulf on Friday in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
The third-seeded Costa won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, rallying after downpours stopped the match for more than two hours.
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