Sports in brief


Tim Montgomery failed to qualify for the Athens Games in the 100meter Sunday.

His exit came a day after his girlfriend, Marion Jones, alsofailed to qualify for the Olympics in the 100. But while Jonesstill can make the U.S. team in the 200 and the long jump,Montgomery is out of chances.

Montgomery finished seventh in a U.S. track and field trialsfinal won by reigning Olympic champion Maurice Greene in 9.91seconds. Justin Gatlin was second in 9.92 and Shawn Crawford tookthe third Olympic spot in 9.93. Montgomery’s time was 10.13.


QUIMPER, France (AP)
Norway’s Thor Hushovd won Sunday’s hilly but fast stage of the Tourde France, using a closing burst of speed to claim the 104-milestage from Lamballe to Quimper in 3 hours, 54 minutes, 22 seconds.Lance Armstrong remained in sixth place overall, 9 minutes and 35seconds behind leader Thomas Voeckler.

American Tyler Hamilton is 36 seconds behind Armstrong in theoverall standings, and rival Jan Ullrich is 55 seconds behind the32-year-old Texan.


Ken Griffey Jr. went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a tornright hamstring and will miss the All-Star game.

The Cincinnati outfielder was injured Saturday night whiletrying to run down Brady Clark’s fourth-inning drive toright-center in the fourth inning of a 5-0 loss to Milwaukee. AnMRI on Sunday revealed a partial tear of the muscle.

Carlos Beltran switched All-Star teams Sunday.

Voted to the AL squad by fellow players before being traded fromKansas City to Houston, the center fielder was picked for the NLroster to fill the opening created when Ken Griffey Jr. was hurtSaturday night.

Beltran became the first player to be chosen for one All-Starteam and wind up on the other side, the commissioner’s officesaid.


Tony Stewart ran away with the Tropicana 400 on Sunday, but hisfirst victory since October was marred by a collision with rookieKasey Kahne that touched off a fight in the pits.

Stewart dominated the race, leading 160 of the 267 laps on the 11/2-mile oval and running as much as seven seconds ahead. He tookthe lead for good on lap 241 and beat Nextel Cup points leaderJimmie Johnson by 2.925 seconds – almost 20 car lengths.

Kahne was leading the race with Sterling Marlin second andStewart third as the field got ready to run green again on lap 127.But all three were bunched tight in a pack with several cars not onthe lead lap in front of Kahne.

After the restart, Stewart passed Marlin on the outside and slidin behind Kahne. But something happened – just what is at the heartof the dispute – and Stewart’s Chevrolet tapped the back end ofKahne’s Dodge, sending it headfirst into the wall while Stewartdarted out of harm’s way and into the lead.

NASCAR officials said afterward that the collision was simply aracing accident and there won’t be any penalties.

But a few seconds after the wreck, Kahne’s crew chief TommyBaldwin charged into Stewart’s pit. Baldwin and Greg Zipadelli,Stewart’s crew chief, shouted at each other, and then members ofthe crews began fighting.

The pit crews mixed it up for a few minutes before order wasrestored.

Michael Schumacher won for the 10th time in 11 races this season,but not before holding off last-ditch challenges from McLaren’sKimi Raikkonen and Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello.

Schumacher prevailed for the 80th victory of his career.Raikkonen finished 2.1 seconds behind with Barrichello anothersecond back.


Mark James shot a 1-over 73 and held off Jose Maria Canizares for aone-stroke victory Sunday at the Senior Players Championship.

James finished at 13-under 275 and is the first European to wina Champions Tour major.

Mark Hensby tapped in for par on the second playoff hole at theJohn Deere Classic, finally breaking through Sunday for his firstcareer victory.

Hensby shot a 66 to finish at 16-under 268, and got the victorywhen John Morgan hit his drive on the par-3 16th far left of thegreen.

The victory would have earned Hensby a trip to next week’sBritish Open at Royal Troon, but he declined.

The PGA Tour initially announced the spot went to Morgan as therunner-up. But long after the tournament was over, a PGA officialannounced that the spot did not go to Morgan. After speaking withBritish Open organizers, the Tour was told there is no clause thatallows the winner to pass the spot on to the next highestfinisher.

Meg Mallon completed her North American double, running away to winthe Canadian Women’s Open on Sunday – a week after winning the U.S.Women’s Open.

Leaning heavily on her sharp putting stroke, Mallon shot afinal-round 2-under 70, finishing with an 18-under 270. Defendingchampion Beth Daniel finished second, four strokes back.


Austria upset the United States in the Fed Cup for the second timein three years Sunday to join defending champion France, Russia andSpain in the semifinals.

The Austrians, who beat the 17-time Fed Cup champions in April2002, got a heroic effort from Barbara Schwartz, who outlasted LisaRaymond 7-6 (3), 4-6, 10-8 to clinch the best-of-five series inInnsbruck. That gave the hosts a 3-1 lead, and they made it 4-1 bywinning the doubles, dealing Martina Navratilova her first Fed Cuploss after 40 victories.

GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP)
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer beat Igor Andreev 6-2, 6-3, 5-7,6-3 Sunday to win the Swiss Open for the first time.

It’s the tour-leading seventh title of the season for thetop-ranked Federer, who has won his last nine finals.