Tour de France 2019: the contenders battling for yellow and green

Adam Yates seems the main danger for Geraint Thomas, while this could be the year Peter Sagan loses his grip on green The race for yellow Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) France, Age 29 The French rider has this year skipped the Giro dItalia to focus on the Tour and so far, with a dominant win in the Tour de lAin and some other eye-catching performances, so good. The mountainous route will suit him and the stage six summit finish in the …

Hall of Fame trainer banned from Santa Anita after latest horse death

Jerry Hollendorfer was banned by the ownership of Santa Anita after a fourth horse from his stable died and the 30th overall at the Southern California track Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was banned by the ownership of Santa Anita on Saturday after a fourth horse from his stable died and the 30th overall at the Southern California track. The Stronach Group, which owns the track, said in a statement that effective immediately Hollendorfer is no longer welcome to …

Lieke Martens scores last-minute penalty and Dutch eliminate Japan

Lieke Martens scored from the spot in the 90th minute to add to her first-half effort in the Netherlands last-16 victory over Japan at Roazhon Park in Rennes Refereeing was again in the spotlight as a controversial late penalty put the Netherlands into a quarter-final against Italy at the expense of a Japan side in the ascendancy. In the 88th minute Vivianne Miedema smashed the ball goalwards but it rocketed off the limp arm of Saki Kumagai and the referee …

Harry and Meghan greeted Yankees and Red Sox players ahead of their London series

(CNN)Baseball royalty met real-life royalty Saturday when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeted players from the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Not to be outdone by their New England rivals, the Yankees opted to give the couple an infant-sized jersey embroidered with Archie’s name and the number 19 for his birth year. Clearly, the gift won Harry over. “You guys have beaten next door’s present, by the way,” he told the team. Harry threw out the first pitch …

Lewis Hamilton: F1 governance must change after ugh French Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he is unimpressed with how Formula One is being run and says its governance must change Lewis Hamilton has revealed he is unimpressed with how Formula One is being run and says its governance must change. Speaking after his dominant victory at the French Grand Prix, Hamilton said Formula One teams who have their own vested interests should not be allowed to frame the sports regulations after he Hamilton won at Paul Ricard from pole, untroubled …

In the era of player power, the Raptors’ NBA dynasty may be over before it begins

Toronto brought in Kawhi Leonard to win a title quickly, and he could be gone by the end of the summer. Other teams will be willing to take similar risks It took titanic performances from Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam, and Kawhi Leonard doing Kawhi Leonard things, for the Toronto Raptors to seal their first-ever NBA championship, when they beat Golden State it was LeBron Jamess Miami Heat in 2014, now he has beaten the Curry-Thompson-Green Warriors in 2019. This …

Brazil and Argentina should fear Copa Amrica giantkillings | Jonathan Wilson

Brazil face their old enemies Paraguay in the quarter-finals and Argentina have no cause for confidence against Venezuela Hello nemesis, old friend. For Brazil and Argentina, the Copa Amrica quarter-finals feel as if they are playing out of a series of psychodramas in which they must face both an old enemy and their own greatest neuroses and failings. Paraguay and Venezuela may have nothing like their long-term history of success, but they do have recent history of causing the giants …

Champions League final battle on flanks will underline importance of full-backs | Jonathan Wilson

Liverpool and Tottenham rely on the role to wreak havoc in attack and Saturdays game will illustrate how the position has evolved It is quarter of a century since Jack Charlton observed after the 1994 World Cup that full-back had become tactically the most important position in football, and with each passing year his words have come to seem increasingly true. It is entirely possible likely, even that Saturdays Champions League final could be decided by the performance of the …

A soft penalty and questionable selection: the US got lucky against Spain | Hope Solo

Questions remain over the US defense and goalkeeping. When they face France in the quarter-final they may need to rely on their talented attack The United States like the one they played against Brazil so I hope they havent given us all they have. As the host nation, they have the weight of their country on their shoulders. We dont yet know if that expectation is going to be an extra player for France or the US.