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Alberto Contador may be the man to beat when the European cycling season gets under way Sunday with the Paris-Nice race.

With his new teammate Lance Armstrong sitting out, the 26-year-old Spaniard, one of only five men to win the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Spanish Vuelta, returns to the weeklong event after his Astana team was barred last year in the wake of doping scandals.

“It’s a race I’ve always loved, and has already been lucky for me,” Contador said in Saturday’s edition of the French sports daily L’Equipe. “I was frustrated not to be at the start last year and returning with an ambition means a lot to me.”…  Details


 Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, was transported by ambulance from the infield care center at Atlanta Motor Speedway to the emergency room of a local hospital, where he is being treated for kidney stones, NASCAR officials confirmed Saturday….  Details

It wasn’t the only time Tony Stewart has been at odds with Goodyear over the tires it brought to a Sprint Cup race, but the rant he went on before, during and after last spring’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway was certainly one of his most passionate.

So now, one year later, with Goodyear having brought a new tire to run in this Sunday…  Details


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