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Published: Wednesday, 7/23/2008

LeBron injures ankle in USA scrimmage


LAS VEGAS - U.S. forward LeBron James left practice yesterday with what the team called a mild right ankle sprain.

James landed on Kevin Durant's foot during a scrimmage between Team USA and a select squad of young NBA players.

"He thinks it's a mild sprain," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Our trainers think it's a mild sprain. So we'll find out tomorrow. But I don't think it's anything serious."

JAUSIERS, France - Frank Schleck of Luxembourg kept the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, with riders pushing themselves through the Alps as the race left Italy and returned to France.

French rider Cyril Dessel won the 16th stage for his first stage victory in this race. He led a breakaway group of four to a downhill finish, completing the 98-mile trip from Cuneo, Italy, in 4 hours, 31 minutes, 27 seconds.

Schleck refrained from attacking during the mountain climbs, choosing to stay with his closest rivals. He gained ground on two rivals - Russia's Denis Menchov and Christian Vande Velde, an American.

A bigger test will come today, when the Tour's toughest stage ends with the serpentine climb to L'Alpe d'Huez.

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