Froome with a view: Cyclist tops mountain climb

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LA PIERRE-SAINT-MARTIN, France (AP) Chris Froome used the first high-mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France to take control of the race, powering up a punishing climb in the Pyrenees on Tuesday at a pace none of his rivals could match.

Froome and his Sky teammates killed off the hopes of one contender after another, including 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali, the first of the big favorites to crack on the final ascent of Stage 10 to the ski station of La Pierre-Saint-Martin.

As Sky led the way, with three support riders strung out in front of Froome to tug him up the gradients, the lead group shrunk to less than a dozen of the hardiest climbers.

Alberto Contador, the 2007 and 2009 winner, was the next former champion to wilt as Sky rider Richie Porte generated another burst of speed.

With six kilometers (four miles) to go, on some of the steepest sections, Froome tore away alone, out of the saddle as he accelerated. The last rider to stay with him, 2013 runner-up Nairo Quintana, couldn’t respond and finished third behind Froome and Porte.

“Froome has landed a hammer blow on the Tour,” said Nibali, the Astana team leader. “I have no more to give. I’m not even the younger brother of the Nibali from last year.”

Froome, who was already wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey after nine stages, is now nearly three minutes in front.

Closest is still Tejay van Garderen, an American on the BMC team. But he’s 2 minutes, 52 seconds behind Froome overall.

Quintana lost more than a minute to Froome on the ascent and is now trailing the British rider by 3:09, in third.

Contador rode in nearly three minutes behind Froome and slipped back to sixth overall, 4:04 behind the leader. Nibali is 6:57 behind Froome in 10th place and looking nothing like the champion who won last year. He lost 4:25 on the climb and was the 21st rider across the line.

“Dream, dream scenario just to hear all those big names being dropped,” Froome said. “I couldn’t have asked for it to go any better.”

Froome also won the first high-mountain stage in 2013 on his way to his first Tour victory. There are still two more climbing days in the Pyrenees, followed by ascents in the Alps.

“Froome rode away and showed his authority,” Contador said. “I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t get my legs to work. It really was a bad day.”

Riding like this, it’s hard to see anyone catching Froome on the last 11 stages to Paris unless he crashes, gets sick or has a disastrous off-day.

On the final 15-kilometer (9-mile) climb to the ski station, with steep gradients of between 9 percent and almost 11 percent, Sky showed itself to be the strongest climbing team at the race, which will help protect Froome on ascents to come.

Spectators who cycled up in the morning lined the road that snakes to an altitude of 1,610 meters (5,280 feet), in a moonscape of grey rocks and ski runs long devoid of snow. In cycling parlance, the climb is “Hors Categorie” – so tough that it defies categorization.

Porte’s second place at the finish sharpened the blow for Quintana, denying the Colombian six bonus seconds he would have got had he ridden in behind Froome. Instead, Quintana had to settle for 4 bonus seconds awarded for third place, while Froome got 10 seconds shaved off his overall time for winning.

Sky’s Geraint Thomas was sixth, making it the only team with three riders in the stage’s top 10.

The 167 kilometers (104 miles) ridden in 4 hours 22:07 by Froome, from Tarbes in the Pyrenees’ foothills, took the peloton through plunging valleys of great beauty with buzzards flying overhead. It also took riders past a reminder of the worst human ugliness: a concentration camp used by the pro-Nazi Vichy government during World War II to lock up Jews who were later deported to death camps.

The arduous final climb and searing summer temperatures were a rude awakening for riders coming off their first rest day Monday, following the Tour’s east-to-west swing over nine stages from the Netherlands through Belgium and across northern France.

How to watch Miami Dolphins vs LA Chargers: TV, live stream info for Sunday night’s game

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It’s the Miami Dolphins vs LA Chargers this Sunday night at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock with Football Night in America. See below for additional information on how to watch tonight’s game.

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Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins (8-4) currently hold one of the AFC’s Wild Card spots after a tough 33-17 loss against the 49ers last Sunday afternoon that ended Miami’s 5-game win streak. Tagovailoa finished 18-of-33 for 295 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble). He did not return for the game’s final play after injuring his ankle on a strip sack late in the 4th quarter but is expected to start this Sunday. Despite last Sunday’s performance, which was Tagovailoa’s worst of the season, the Dolphins QB has exceeded expectations in year 3. In the 10 games he’s played this season, Tagovailoa has already surpassed his career highs in touchdown passes (21) and passing yards (2,859). He also leads the NFL in passer rating (112.0) and yds/attempt (9.02).

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LA Chargers

Justin Herbert and the LA Chargers (6-6)  fell 27-20 to the Raiders last Thursday night picking up their 3rd loss in the last 4 games. The team, which is seeking its first playoff appearance since 2018, currently sits one game behind the NY Jets and outside of playoff position. Herbert finished 28-of-47 for 335 passing yards–his most in a game since Week 4–and one touchdown. WR Keenan Allen had 6 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown while RB Austin Ekeler had 5 receptions for 57 receiving yards and picked up 35 yards on the ground. The 6th-year RB leads the Chargers’ offense with 85 receptions this season and is second on the team with 564 receiving yards.

How many times have Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert gone head-to-head?

Third-year QBs Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert went 5th and 6th overall, respectively in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, Sunday night’s matchup will be just the second meeting between two players who have quickly become some of the best young quarterbacks in the league. Tagovailoa and Herbert met in Week 10 of their rookie season when the Dolphins defeated the Chargers 29-21. Tagovailoa threw for 169 yds and 2 touchdowns in the win, while Herbert passed for 187 yds, 2 touchdowns, and an interception in the Chargers loss.

Both quarterbacks are looking to make their first career playoff appearance this season.


How to watch the Miami Dolphins vs LA Chargers:

  • Where: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
  • When: Sunday, December 11
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App

What time is kickoff for the Miami Dolphins vs LA Chargers game?

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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Novak Djokovic to start 2023 in Adelaide ahead of Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic will open his 2023 campaign in Adelaide as he prepares for a shot at a 10th Australian Open crown a year after having his visa revoked on the eve of his title defense.

The 21-time major winner has been granted a visa by the Australian government and has been listed to play at the Adelaide International, which starts Jan. 1.

Serbia isn’t contesting the inaugural United Cup team competition, leaving Djokovic free to play regular warmup tournaments head of the Jan. 16-29 Australian Open.

He’ll be joined in the men’s draw at Adelaide by Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada and Andy Murray.

Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka will headline the women’s draw.

Immigration Minister Andrew Giles last month confirmed Djokovic had been granted a visa to compete in Australia in January. The 35-year-old Serbian had been facing a possible three-year ban after being deported last January over his stance against COVID-19 vaccination.

Djokovic has won the Australian Open a record nine times, including the last three times he played. Rafael Nadal won this year’s title in Djokovic’s absence.

Djokovic was not vaccinated against COVID-19 when he arrived in Melbourne ahead of the 2022 tournament, but Australia has since lifted strict rules for unvaccinated travelers.