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Armstrong plays supporting role on rain-drenched day in the mountains

| Saturday, April 23, 2005

DAHLONEGA, Ga.-- His stomach aching and soaked from a grueling, stormy day in the mountains, Lance Armstrong settled for a supporting role at the Tour de Georgia.

Brian Vandborg of Denmark won the fourth stage on Friday, holding off the Armstrong-led Discovery Channel team on a 133-mile course that took the cyclists over peaks stretching as high as 3,260 feet and through a harrowing thunderstorm.

One of Armstrong's teammates, Viatcheslav Ekimov, was edged at the line by Vandborg. Another Discovery Channel rider, Jose Luis Rubiera, set the pace much of the day.

Floyd Landis kept the yellow jersey as the overall race leader for the second day in a row, though he'll face a tough challenge keeping it today on the climb to 4,787-foot Brasstown Bald -- the highest point in Georgia.

Armstrong cruised across the line in seventh place. While he moved up one spot to eighth in the overall standings, he remained 1 minute, 42 seconds behind Landis.

District

  • Penn State basketball coach Ed DeChellis received signed letters of intent from Milos Bogetic, a 6-foot-10, 255-pound center from Podgorica, Montenegro, and 6-9 forward Joonas Suotamo, from Espoo, Finlanda, a day after junior college guard David Jackson signed.

  • Washington & Jefferson freshman Kaitlyn Orstein and her father, Mike Orstein, the school's swimming and diving coach, will be featured on the nationally televised show 'CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA." The broadcast will include a segment on the Orstein's success at the 2005 Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in March in Holland, Mich.

  • Indiana (Pa.) heads a list of three district men's golf programs from the East Region to qualify for the NCAA Division II Northeast/East Super Regional on May 2 in Jackson, N.J. The Indians are the top-seeded team from the region and will be joined by a field that also includes second-seeded Clarion and fourth-seeded West Liberty State.

  • West Liberty State cruised to its second West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's golf championship after posting a tournament-low 411 in Wheeling, W.Va. Wheeling Jesuit's Sara Hicks finished second in the individual scoring with a two-day total 166, nine strokes off the lead.

  • The annual Duquesne Red-Blue spring football game will be held at 6:40 p.m. today at Rooney Field. The date of the game was incorrectly listed in Friday's editions.

    Hockey

  • The ECHL suspended Bakersfield Condors right wing Ashlee Langdone for eight games for a blindside hit that injured NHL star Scott Gomez, who was playing for the Alaska Aces. The hit occurred during the second period of an April 16 playoff game.

  • Prospects for NHL players taking part in the 2006 Olympics are dwindling because of the ongoing lockout, commissioner Gary Bettman said yesterday. "If we don't have a deal by the time we have to schedule, I assume it would be difficult to have Olympic participation," he said during the Associated Press Sports Editors annual meeting with league commissioners.

    Olympics

  • New York was cleared by the IOC yesterday of breaking any rules in bidding for the 2012 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee opened an inquiry Tuesday into whether New York and London violated regulations by offering incentives to sports federations and national Olympic bodies.

    Soccer

  • The national soccer teams of Ecuador and Paraguay will play an exhibition game at Giants Stadium on May 4. Ecuador is third in South American qualifying for the 2006 World Cup at 6-5-2 and 20 points, eight behind Argentina (8-1-4) and four back of Brazil (6-1-6). Paraguay (5-4-4) is next with 19 points, three ahead of Uruguay (4-5-5).

    Tennis

  • Top-seeded Andy Roddick powered his way into the semifinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships yesterday, firing four straight aces to close out a 6-4, 6-1 win over Peru's Luis Horna. In another quarterfinal match, Austria's Jurgen Melzer overcame a loss in the first set and eliminated defending champion Tommy Haas, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

  • Juan Carlos Ferrero defeated reigning French Open champion Gaston Gaudio, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, to reach the semifinals of the Open Seat Godo, the second consecutive tournament in which he has reached the semis. Ferrero broke the second-seeded Gaudio at 4-3 in the deciding set yesterday and then served out the match. He will meet Russia's Nikolay Davydenko in today's semis. Davydenko defeated Belarus' Max Mirnyi, 6-4, 6-4.

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