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UMPS FILE GRIEVANCE: Umpires, believing owners are looking over their shoulders too much, filed a grievance to keep the commissioner's office from pressuring them to reduce the pitches in their games.

The grievance, filed late Saturday, says the commissioner's office violated the umpires' new labor contract by keeping track of the average number of pitches in games worked behind the plate by each umpire.

Auto racing

MOLSON INDY: Michael Andretti, shuffled to last place on the first lap of the Molson Indy in Toronto, took advantage of 11 caution periods to win the race for the seventh time in its 16-year history.

Andretti's second straight Toronto victory broke a CART record he shared with Al Unser Jr. for most wins in one event. Unser won Long Beach six times when he raced in CART.

Alex Tagliani was second, followed by Adrian Fernandez, Alex Zanardi and rookie Scott Dixon.


GSTAAD OPEN: A surprised Jiri Novak won the $600,000 Gstaad Open in Switzerland, beating Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in a final shortened to three sets because of rain.

PALERMO OPEN: Isabel Medina Garrigues of Spain won her first WTA title, beating compatriot Cristina Torrens Valero 6-4, 6-4 in a clay-court final of the $110,000 Palermo Open in Sicily.

HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIPS: Neville Godwin of South Africa won his first ATP title, defeating Martin Lee of Britain 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the $400,000 Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, R.I.


TOUR DE FRANCE: Erik Dekker of the Netherlands won the rain-soaked eighth stage of the Tour de France, with Lance Armstrong in the main pack about 30 minutes behind.

Dekker, who rides for Rabobank, edged Spain's Aitor Gonzalez in the final sprint on a day when another Spanish rider, Txema Del Olmo, became the Tour's first cyclist to fail a drug test.

Horse racing

SWAP STAKES: Congaree made a successful return to racing, winning the Swaps Stakes in a leisurely pace to give trainer Bob Baffert back-to-back victories in the $500,000 race in Inglewood, Calif.