Pereiro receives yellow jersey for '06 Tour win

Oscar Pereiro finally got his hands on the winner's yellow jersey from the 2006 Tour de France on Monday.

"Finally, we have a winner and it's Oscar," Tour director Christian Prudhomme said. "Oscar, you have won the Tour out on the road."


The Spaniard moved up from second to first after Floyd Landis' disqualification for doping.

"I have the feeling of arriving at the end of a thriller, after having spent 14 months thinking about it and not being able to concentrate as I should have on my job," Pereiro said. "It is essentially a kind of release."


The International Cycling Union formally declared Pereiro the winner on Sept. 21, one day after a U.S. arbitration panel voted 2-1 to remove the title from Landis for using synthetic testosterone during the Tour.

It's the first time in the 105-year history of the race that a winner has been stripped of the title.


Wie's agent quits

The losses for Michelle Wie keep piling up even though her LPGA Tour season is over. The latest came Monday when her agent resigned after less than a year on the job. Greg Nared, a former Nike business manager whom the William Morris Agency hired a year ago to manage Wie, resigned as vice president of golf. His announcement came one day after Wie finished 19th in a 20-player field at the Samsung World Championship. Wie turned pro in October 2005 and was managed by Ross Berlin, a former PGA Tour executive hired by William Morris as Wie's agent. Berlin had disagreements with Wie's parents on her schedule.

MORE GOLF: The PGA Tour event in Los Angeles has a new title sponsor for the first time in nearly two decades, with Chicago-based Northern Trust signing a five-year deal and giving the tournament a new name. The Northern Trust Open will be played Feb. 14-17 at Riviera Country Club.


Boulerice put on waivers


Jesse Boulerice, who last week was given the longest single-season suspension in NHL history for hitting a player in the face with his stick, was placed on waivers by the Flyers on Monday. The 29-year-old Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the league for cross-checking the Canucks' Ryan Kesler in the face on Wednesday. Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said the decision was based on the team's need for more roster space while dealing with injuries.

MORE NHL: Anaheim Ducks right winger Todd Bertuzzi was placed on the injured list because of a concussion sustained a night earlier against Minnesota. He is expected to be out at least a week, the team said. . . . Ales Kotalik scored a power-play goal with four seconds left in overtime to give the host Buffalo Sabres a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Murray beats Stepanek

Andy Murray pressured Radek Stepanek into early errors before pulling away for a 6-4, 6-1 win Monday on the opening day of the Madrid Masters in Spain. Murray's groundstrokes forced Stepanek into 32 unforced errors, and the 17th-ranked Briton hit 14 winners. Murray will face 15th-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela.

The Scotsman will meet with ATP officials today to discuss comments he made last week about gambling. Murray backed off earlier claims that fixed matches were common knowledge.


Also Monday, American qualifier Robby Ginepri defeated Jurgen Melzer 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4. The 72nd-ranked Ginepri will play defending champion Roger Federer, who beat the American in last year's quarterfinals.

MORE TENNIS: Serena Williams has qualified for next month's WTA Championships. Williams, the Australian Open champion who is playing at the Zurich Open in Switzerland this week, is the fifth player to qualify for the tournament in Madrid.


"Those guys in Las Vegas, I guess they don't get fooled very often. Florida's a 7-point favorite and we just beat the No. 1 team in the nation? How does that equate? It's pretty interesting stuff."

-- Kentucky football Coach Rich Brooks on his team's national perception




The number of people expected to testify at a coroner's inquest to determine if anyone bears responsibility for the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer.



Aaron Boone hits a pennant-winning homer leading off the bottom of the 11th in New York's 6-5 win over Boston in Game 7 of the ALCS.



One-time golf phenom Michelle Wie has lost two agents since turning pro two years ago. Something besides her game isn't quite right.