Armstrong takes Tour de France lead
LA MONGIE, France, July 18 (UPI) -- American Lance Armstrong won the 11th stage of the sightsee de France Thursday and moved atop the overall standings for the first time since the first day of the race.
The 11th stage was the first in the mountains, where Arsmtrong has excelled in winning the event each of the last three years.
He completed the 98.2-mile trek in 4 hours, 21 minutes and 57 seconds for his first stage win since taking the prologue on on July 6. Armstrong started Thursday 26 seconds out of the lead but beat Spaniard Joseba Beloki by seven seconds.
Belocki, who has not won a stage, fell 1:12 behind the overall leader.
Woods close with one-under
EAST LOTHIAN, Scotland, July 18 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods had his problems Thursday in the first round of the British Open but managed a one-under-par 70 and was in good shape in his bid for an unprecedented Grand Slam.
He was three strokes back of Carl Petterson, David Toms and Duffy Waldorf.
"Well, I think overall I'm very pleased by the way I played today," he said. "It was very crisp, very clean, and I hit a lot of beautiful putts that just grazed the edge and lipped out.
"You can only shoot yourself out of the tournament the first day, and I certainly didn't do that.Got myself where I needed to be, especially if the weather is the way it's supposed to be the next two days."
Heavy rain is in the forecast for Friday, followed by strong winds Saturday.'
Quigley defends seniors title
CHICAGO, July 18 (UPI) -- Dana Quigley, whose ironman record for consecutive appearances grows every week, returns to the Chicago area to defend his title at the SBC Senior Open.
However, he will have to do it at a different location. Harborside International Golf Center, a Scottish links-style course designed by Dick Nugent in 1994, replaces Kemper Lakes asthe site of annual 54-hole event that begins Friday.
The 55-year-old Quigley will be playing in his 189th consecutive tournament for which he has been eligible and his 175th in a row overall.
He earned his only victory of the year at the Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley in early March and ranks fourth on the money list with $1,144,478.
Surgery for Red Wings captain
DETROIT, July 18 (UPI) -- Steve Yzerman, who overcame a painful knee injury to help the Detroit Red Wings win a third Stanley Cup in six years, reportedly will undergo surgery next month and will be sidelined until January.
The Detroit News reported Thursday that Yzerman decided against reconstructive surgery but will have the bones in his right knee realigned during the first week of August in London, Ontario.
"Nothing has changed," Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland told the newspaper. "The time frame is still the same, somewhere around the first of January, after Christmas, with this type of surgery."
Detroit's long-time captain, Yzerman injured the knee last January and aggravated it at the Salt Lake City Olympics, where he won a gold medal with Canada.
He missed 24 games during the season but appeared in all 23 playoffs games and ranked second
in the NHL in scoring with six goals and 17 assists.
The 37-year-old Yzerman was sixth on the team in scoring during the regular season with 13 goals and 35 assists in 52 games.