Colin Cowherd is leaving ESPN. Cowherd has been a visible figure at the company since 2003, particularly on the radio side, and ESPN sought to retain him. But his contract was up and he will move to Fox Sports for a role that has not yet been determined.

ESPN president John Skipper acknowledged Cowherd's pending departure, saying, "We've enjoyed a mutually beneficial run with Colin for over a decade. He came to national prominence on ESPN with his unique perspective on sports and society. Endings also bring new beginnings, for ESPN and Colin, and we thank him and wish him the best."

Cowherd would be the third prominent, outspoken figure to leave ESPN this year, joining Bill Simmons and Keith Olbermann.

tour de france

Froome keeps comfortable lead

Chris Froome came out of the toughest Pyrenees stage, won by Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain, with his Tour de France lead comfortably intact, leaving the Alps as the last major obstacle between the British rider and a second victory in Paris Rodriguez rode alone through driving rain on the day's final steep climb to take his second stage win of this Tour.

Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali, who were considered Froome's major rivals before he crushed them on the first stage in the Pyrenees, tried to test him on the ascent, taking turns with bursts of accelerations. But he didn't wilt under the pressure.


Na takes Marathon lead

Ha Na Jang birdied the par-5 18th for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic. Nannette Hill, Wei-Ling Hsu, Lee-Anne Pace and Sarah Kemp were tied for second. Kemp bogeyed the final hole to drop out of a tie for the lead. ... Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer's grandson, shot a 7-under 64 to take the first-round lead in the inaugural Barbasol Championship. Jason Gore was a stroke back at 65.

Minnesota scene

Gophers to face Temple

The Gophers men's basketball team will face Temple in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff this fall, CBS Sports reported. The eight-team tournament will take place in San Juan on Nov. 19-22.

... Joey Paciorek had an RBI double and Dan Kaczrowski had an RBI single as the St. Paul Saints scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to edge the Sioux Falls Canaries 6-5.


NBA: Free-agent forward Josh Smith agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum with the Clippers. ... The Kings voided the contract of former Timberwolf forward Luc Mbah a Moute after he failed a team physical.

NHL: Predators center Mike Ribeiro and his wife settled a lawsuit in which their nanny accused the player of sexual assault.

WNBA: Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points, Aneika Henry as Atlanta beat Los Angeles 76-72. ... Tina Charles had 22 points and 12 rebounds as New York beat Connecticut 64-57.

NFL: Cam Heyward, one of the new leaders of the Steelers defense, signed a contract for six years and $59.25 million.

Soccer: Former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb was extradited to the United States following his arrest in Switzerland on racketeering and bribery charges filed by American prosecutors.

staff and wire reports