PARIS (AP) – Lance Armstrong rode into history Sunday, winning a record sixth Tour de France and cementing his place as one of the greatest athletes of all time.
The ride into Paris and its famous tree-lined boulevard was a lap of honor Armstrong savored with a glass of champagne in the saddle. Even Jan Ullrich, his main adversary in previous years, gulped down a glass offered by Armstrong’s team manager through his car window.
Belgian rider Tom Boonen won the final sprint, with Armstrong cruising safely behind with the trailing pack to claim his title. Armstrong’s winning margin over second-placed Andreas Kloden was 6 minutes, 19 seconds, with Italian Ivan Basso in third (6:40).
TORONTO (AP) – Former Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen retired Saturday in the middle of a poor season for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 35-year-old right-hander is 2-9 with a 6.95 ERA after returning to the Blue Jays last offseason.
Hentgen won the 1996 AL Cy Young Award, going 20-10 with a 3.22 ERA. The three-time All-Star spent 14 seasons in the majors, going 131-112 with a 4.32 ERA. He also pitched for St. Louis and Baltimore.
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) – Club pro Peter Oakley shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to fend off Tom Kite and Eduardo Romero and win the Senior British Open, his first Champions Tour title.
Oakley, the pro at The Rookery in Rehoboth Beach, Del., who had to qualify for the tournament, chipped out of a greenside bunker and rolled in an 10-foot par putt on the 18th at Royal Portrush to win the major championship by one stroke.
Oakley shot a 4-under 284 over the four days.
Tom Kite shot a 69 and Eduardo Romero a 67 to tie for second at 3 under.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Carlos Franco won for the second time in Milwaukee on Sunday, shooting a 3-under-par 67 to win the U.S. Bank Championship.
Franco’s 13-under 267 bested Fred Funk (66) and Brett Quigley (69) by two strokes each on a cool, breezy day at Brown Deer Park.
Patrick Sheehan (70), Billy Andrade (67) and Olin Browne (67) finished three shots back, tied for fourth place.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Andy Roddick used his trademark blistering serve and powerful groundstrokes to overwhelm Nicolas Kiefer 6-2, 6-3 Sunday and win a second straight RCA Championships title.
Roddick hit 10 aces, routinely topping 140 mph, and Kiefer couldn’t keep up.
Jordan Kerr and Jim Thomas defeated Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyet 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 6-3 for the doubles title.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) – Lindsay Davenport defeated top-seeded Serena Williams 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour Sunday to win the JPMorgan Chase Open, her fourth career title in eight finals appearances of her hometown tournament.
A week ago, Davenport beat Venus Williams in a riveting three-set match to win the Bank of the West title at Stanford.
The victories ended Davenport’s four-year losing streak to both sisters.
Davenport beat Serena for the first time since the 2000 U.S. Open quarterfinals. She had lost five matches in a row, including the 2001 and 2002 U.S. Opens.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) – Kurt Busch moved from ninth to sixth in the Nextel Cup points race with his convincing victory in the Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday.
Busch was the only driver to stay with poll-winner Ryan Newman through most of the 300-mile race, passing him twice and, finally, pulling away from Newman and runner-up Jeff Gordon at the end for his second win of the season and 10th of his career.
HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) – Michael Schumacher won the German Grand Prix on Sunday to tie his own record with 11 victories in a season and close in on his seventh championship.
It was Schumacher’s sixth straight victory, matching Alberto Ascari’s single-season record set in 1952. Schumacher, who has won all but one race this season, finished 8.3 seconds ahead of Jenson Button. Fernando Alonso was third.
LIMA, Peru (AP) – Even without most of its top players, Brazil won its first South American soccer championship since 1999.
Adriano scored the tying goal three minutes into second-half injury time, and the World Cup champions beat Argentina 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 2-2 tie Sunday in the final of the Copa America.
While both nations were missing many regular starters, given the tournament off following long European club seasons and tough World Cup qualifiers, Brazil brought along almost no veterans.
Cristian Gonzalez converted a penalty kick in the 20th minute after Luisao brought down Luis Gonzalez in the penalty area, but Luisao tied the score when he headed in Alex’s free kick one minute into first-half injury time.
Argentina, seeking its first title since 1993, took a 2-1 lead with in the 88th minute on Cesar Delgado’s goal. Adriano then tied it with his tournament-high seventh goal.
There was a brawl between the teams at the end of regulation, with Argentina players unhappy with taunts from Brazil’s bench. Referee Carlos Amarilla of Paraguay requested riot police to separate the sides.