Sports briefs 7/6/04
Tuesday, July 6, 2004
Barry Bonds became baseball's all-time walks leader Sunday, breaking Rickey Henderson's major league record when he drew his 2,191st from Oakland reliever Chad Bradford in the eighth inning. Bonds has 121 walks in the Giants' first 82 games -- including 63 intentional passes -- and is on pace to shatter his single-season record of 198 set in 2002.
Carl James, a former Big Eight Conference commissioner who led the league through expansion, died Saturday. James, 75, of Cornelius, N.C., died at his home. James, a Raleigh native, was a football and track star at Duke in 1949-51 who went on to become athletic director at Maryland and his alma mater before taking over as commissioner of the Big Eight Conference in 1980. He retired in 1996 after helping to add four Texas schools to what became the Big 12 Conference.
While Lance Armstrong played it safe, Robbie McEwen sprinted to victory Monday in a crash-filled second stage of the Tour de France. Armstrong kept his drive for a record sixth straight Tour victory on track by placing comfortably down in the field -- along with several key rivals -- in 85th place. Armstrong's biggest threat, 1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich, finished 38th, in the same time as the Texan. Armstrong is in fourth place overall, 18 seconds behind leader Thor Hushovd of Norway.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Rodger Ward died at a hospice in Anaheim, Calif., Indianapolis Motor Speedway said. At 83, Ward was the oldest living winner of the race. He won in 1959 and 1962, during a six-year span in which he finished no worse than fourth.
Jeff Gordon left Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip and everyone else behind in the Pepsi 400 Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. It was Gordon's second victory in a row, fourth of the season and 68th of his career. . The four-time series champion came up with his eighth restrictor plate victory and second in a row.
The tournament of upsets produced the biggest one of all in the final. Greece, a 100-1 shot that had never won a game in a major soccer tournament before coming to Portugal, captured the European Championship. The Greeks beat Portugal 1-0 Sunday when Angelos Charisteas scored on a 57th-minute header off a corner kick. It was the Greeks' second victory over the host after a 2-1 win in the opener. The Greeks also ousted defending champion France in the quarterfinals and the heavily favored Czech Republic in the semis.
-- From wire reports
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