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POPS-A-SHOT Kobe Bryant found the driving a little bumpy against Pops Mensah-Bonsu in Team USA's pre-Olympic exhibition against Great Britain last Thursday. It was a rare act of resistance by the hosts in the U.S.'s 118--78 rout.

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AT BRIT'S END A Union-Jacked Bradley Wiggins accepted the congratulations of a nation in Paris on Sunday after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France (page 19). The British bounty went well beyond Wiggins's triomphe: Christopher Froome finished second overall and Mark Cavendish won three of the race's 20 stages.

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FOURTH-INNING STRETCH Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and a fan found themselves in a meshy situation on this Darwin Barney foul ball in the fourth frame of St. Louis's 4--1 victory over the Cubs last Friday night. The Redbirds would go on to sweep their archrivals, outscoring them 23--1 in the three games.