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DUESSELDORF, Germany | One of Alberto Contador’s key support riders has failed a doping test and been suspended from the Trek-Segafredo team four days before he was slated to start the Tour de France. The UCI says Andre Cardoso of Portugal was notified that he tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO following an out-of-competition test about 10 days ago.


SAN FRANCISCO | Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has gone on the 10-day disabled with a strained right shoulder that had kept him out the past three games. Manager Bud Black said Monday, ahead of the series opener against the Giants, that neither the training staff nor Gonzalez were sure he would even be ready by the start of a weekend series Friday at Arizona, so this was the best decision.


SAN FRANCISCO | The Colorado Rockies have traded for another left-hander, getting Zac Rosscup from the Chicago Cubs for righy Matt Carasiti. The Rockies made the deal Monday. They also put lefty starter Tyler Anderson on the disabled list. Colorado said Rosscup would be optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. | At 31 and entering his 14th NBA season, eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard says his best basketball is ahead of him. Wearing a teal suit with black trim, a smiling Howard insisted Monday he can return to being a dominant center with the Charlotte Hornets, where he will be reunited with coach Steve Clifford and play for one of his childhood heroes, team owner Michael Jordan.


As New York Rangers players cleaned out their lockers after a second-round playoff exit, all the talk was about impending change. That’s just getting started — for the Rangers and the rest of the NHL. Big moves leading up to and at the draft by the Rangers, rival New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks and others set up a potentially crazy week to come going into free agency.


COLUMBIA, S.C. | Tim Tebow’s final week with Columbia Fireflies was much like most of the others — a few promising moments interspersed among struggles at the plate. Tebow had two doubles Thursday in a loss to Kannapolis (N.C.) as the Fireflies opened the second half of the season Thursday night. He then he went 0 for 9 his next three games. Still, it didn’t stop the New York Mets from promoting the former Heisman Trophy winner up to St. Lucie of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League on Sunday.


LOS ANGELES | The Los Angeles Dodgers unleashed yet another weapon to continue their winning streak. The vaunted wild pitch. The Dodgers made some history Sunday, albeit with a great assist from the Colorado Rockies, scoring a record five runs in the final two innings on four wild pitches by Adam Ottavino.