Australian wins Vuelta time trial, Yates pads overall lead — Australian Rohan Dennis won his second time trial at the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, while Simon Yates added a few more seconds to his lead over Alejandro Valverde. Dennis dominated the 19.8-mile stage with a time of 37 minutes, 57 seconds, nearly a minute faster than his closest competitors, Joseph Rosskopf and Jonathan Castroviejo. Steven Kruijswijk was the day’s fourth-fastest rider and gained the most in the general classification by moving to third overall, 52 seconds behind Yates. Nairo Quintana dropped to fourth and was more than a minute behind the pace. Valverde lost seven seconds to Yates ahead of Wednesday’s 97.5-mile 17th stage from Getxo to Balcon de Bizkaia in Basque country, where a tough climb awaits riders. Bend’s Ian Boswell, riding for Katusha Alpecin, finished 117th in Tuesday’s stage and is 134th through 16 stages. The 21-stage race concludes Saturday.
Seahawks likely without Baldwin at Chicago — The Seattle Seahawks are likely to be without wide receiver Doug Baldwin for at least next week’s game at Chicago and possibly longer due to an MCL injury to his right knee. Coach Pete Carroll was vague Tuesday about the specifics of Baldwin’s injury but indicated it would be difficult for Baldwin to make it back to face the Bears and that it could be a couple of weeks. Baldwin was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s 27-24 loss to Denver. With Baldwin expected to be out, there is likely to be a greater emphasis on Seattle’s running game going into next Monday’s game at Chicago. Carroll said he was pleased with the performance of running back Chris Carson in the opener. But Carson and rookie Rashaad Penny had just 14 combined runs. Seattle had 16 total runs among 55 offensive plays.
Raiders bringing back WR Martavis Bryant — Martavis Bryant, the wide receiver acquired for a third-round draft pick and released at the cutdown to 53 players, returned to the Raiders on Tuesday, with sources confirming reports that originated with the NFL Network. According to another NFL Network report, Bryant would be signed to one-year contract and could play as soon as Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Bryant told Pittsburgh-based ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler he was pleased to be back, saying he was “thankful for the opportunity to take care of his family.” Bryant was with the Steelers from 2014-17. When Bryant was released, coach Jon Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie said it was for “competitive” reasons and not because of a looming year-long drug suspension from the league for violation of the policy on substance abuse. As recently as Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Bryant was facing a year-long suspension. The first weekend of the season passed without the NFL announcing a suspension, leaving open the possibility Bryant had won his case on appeal. Regardless, Bryant would be eligible to play until discipline is imposed.
Tyler Adams scores 1st goal to lift U.S. over Mexico — Tyler Adams scored his first international goal, four minutes after Angel Zaldivar was ejected for a studs-up tackle, and the United States rebounded from a poor first half for a 1-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday night in Nashville, Tennessee, the Americans’ first win over their rival in three years. Adams, a 19-year-old who made his national team debut last November, scored after Kellyn Acosta passed to a sprinting Antonee Robinson on the left flank. Robinson crossed for Adams, who one-timed the ball from the penalty spot past goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez, who played his first match for El Tri at age 28. The improved U.S. has three wins, two losses and three draws under interim coach Dave Sarachan, who took over last October after Bruce Arena quit when the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup. New general manager Earnie Stewart plans to announce a permanent coach later this year.
Yzerman steps down as Lightning GM — Steve Yzerman stepped down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning after building them into a perennial contender, handing the reins to longtime assistant Julien BriseBois just two days before training camp. Yzerman will move to a senior adviser role working under BriseBois and he said he was “100 percent committed” to the Lightning this season. Beyond that, Yzerman’s future is cloudy and BriseBois is now in charge. It was a surprising move for a powerhouse team, one that reached the Eastern Conference final last season. The 53-year-old Yzerman spent the past eight seasons as Tampa Bay’s GM, a tenure that included five playoff appearances, three trips to the conference final and an appearance in the 2015 Stanley Cup final.
— From wire reports