Tour de France: Adam Yates holds the lead while Lutsenko interrupts the sixth stage

Tour de France: Adam Yates holds the lead while Lutsenko interrupts the sixth stage

An untroubled Adam Yates, of Mitchelton-Scott, retained the overall lead in the 2020 Tour de France on a day in which the main favourites took a back seat and allowed a stage-long breakaway to run its course. Alexey Lutsenko of Astana emerged from a small but select group of escape artists to win the sixth stage of this year’s race to Mont Aigoual in the Cévennes, while the overall contenders were happy to give some of the lesser lights their moment in the sun. The eight-man breakaway built a big…

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Political protests from NBA players ‘will lead to the destruction of basketball,’ Trump said

Political protests from NBA players ‘will lead to the destruction of basketball,’ Trump said

Donald Trump has claimed that what he viewed as political activity by the National Basketball Association would destroy the sport. After star players such as Lebron James refused to take the court for playoff games this week in protest at the Kenosha police shooting, the US president expanded his attack on the boycott. “I think what they’re doing to the NBA in particular is gonna destroy basketball,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Friday night. He said it would be “threatening” to the NBA. NBA players halted play…

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Lionel Messi told Barcelona that he wants to leave, but faces legal action over the clause

Lionel Messi told Barcelona that he wants to leave, but faces legal action over the clause

Lionel Messi has told Barcelona that he wants to leave the club immediately – and on a free transfer. The Argentinian, who according to RAC1 radio had told the new manager, Ronald Koeman, that he felt “more out than in”, has sent a fax to Barcelona informing them of his desire to go. Messi’s camp believes that a clause in his contract means he can walk away for no fee. Barcelona, by contrast, insist that he is still bound by a €700m (£629m) buy-out clause. The bombshell dropped on Tuesday…

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Tottenham to strengthen goalkeeping positions with Joe Hart deal

Tottenham to strengthen goalkeeping positions with Joe Hart deal

he former England goalkeeper Joe Hart is having a medical at Tottenham with a view to finalising a two-year deal. The 33-year-old is a free agent following his release from Burnley and would challenge Paulo Gazzaniga to be Hugo Lloris’s No 2, with Spurs looking for a third goalkeeper following Michel Vorm’s release last month. Hart left Turf Moor on 30 June after two years at the club where he fell behind Tom Heaton and then Nick Pope in the pecking order, making three appearances in the 2019-20 season. His…

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Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylan fired after once again missed playoffs

Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylan fired after once again missed playoffs

The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, the new front office beginning its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again. The Bulls were 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. That meant they wouldn’t make the postseason for the fourth time in five years. Chicago then hired Arturas Karnisovas as executive vice president of basketball operations, and on Friday he decided he wanted a new coach. “This was a very difficult decision, but it…

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Brooks Koepka overcomes concerns about injuries to go down in history at the US PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka overcomes concerns about injuries to go down in history at the US PGA Championship

During various moments of this US PGA Championship’s second round, injury appeared the greatest danger to Brooks Koepka’s bid to make history. Koepka was seen flat on his back, undergoing physiotherapy treatment in scenes that raised fears over his very ability to complete this event. Beware the injured golfer, they say. By the time Koepka walked from Harding Park’s 18th green, he had just converted a birdie putt from 10ft after playing the shot of the day from a fairway bunker. A 68 moved Koepka to six under and within…

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U.K. Sports Minister says rugby union outside the elite may have to move away from machinations

U.K. Sports Minister says rugby union outside the elite may have to move away from machinations

The sports minister Nigel Huddleston has indicated that there will have to be changes to the way recreational rugby union is played before it is allowed to return, including potentially no scrummages until after Christmas. Community rugby remains on the second stage of a six-part roadmap for a phased return, with players allowed to exercise within a small group of six players provided they maintain social distancing. However, no face-to-face contact is permitted and equipment sharing must be kept to a minimum. The RFU, which has submitted detailed proposals for…

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Marshals offended by refusal to test them for Covid-19 at British Grand Prix

Marshals offended by refusal to test them for Covid-19 at British Grand Prix

British marshals have expressed anger and disappointment that they will not be tested for Covid-19 at the forthcoming British Grand Prix and the 70th anniversary grand prix which follows it at Silverstone. Critical to driver safety at races, marshals had originally been told they would be tested as part of Formula One’s coronavirus safety protocols. However, those working outside the paddock will not be tested, a decision they described as a slap in the face and potentially a health risk. F1 has successfully completed three grands prix using its coronavirus…

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Lewis Hamilton tempests to shaft position for Hungarian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton tempests to shaft position for Hungarian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton delivered another masterclass to take pole for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The Briton said his remarkable achievements over the single lap, with 90 poles now and counting, were almost hard to take in. His Mercedes team, however, served blunt evidence in Budapest they are in a class apart, locking out the front row and to what could be considered the front-four places. Hamilton now occupies rarefied air indeed in the qualifying pantheon. His seventh pole in Hungary matches the track record held by Michael Schumacher and he is…

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Flemish cycling organization has decided that fans will have to cover up their faces

Flemish cycling organization has decided that fans will have to cover up their faces

Fans watching Flemish cycling events in person will in future have to don a face covering Cycling Vlaanderen, the Flemish cycling organization has decided. Until now social distancing was deemed to be sufficient, but experience showed this wasn’t really the case. Social distancing was the norm at the start and finish of all Flemish cycling races, but Cycling Vlaanderen noticed that enthusiastic cycling fans get so excited they forget about such matters and all got too close. The organization felt duty bound to intervene.  For the cyclists themselves, carers and…

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