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Tour de France 2016: Chris Froome completes third race victory

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 13:36
Chris Froome reaches the finish line in Paris to become the first British rider to defend the title and win three Tours de France.

André Greipel holds off Peter Sagan to win final stage of Tour

Guardian Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 13:35
• Froome becomes first Briton to win three Tour titles
Froome deserves respect for win that puts him among the greats

Chris Froome crossed the line arm-in-arm with his Team Sky team-mates to confirm victory in the 2016 Tour de France. He now joins a small group of elite cyclists in the history books and becomes Britain’s first ever three-time winner.

Related: Chris Froome deserves respect for Tour de France victory that puts him among greats | William Fotheringham

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Man City Women stay top after thrashing Notts County

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 13:27
Jane Ross scored twice as Manchester City inflicted Notts County's heaviest ever WSL defeat to stay top of the table.

New York Red Bulls v New York City FC: MLS – live!

Guardian Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 13:25

The third Hudson River derby of the season takes place at Red Bull Arena. Can the visitors extend their lead at the top of the conference? Join Tim Hill

6.25pm BST

No matter! From the corner, Zubar heads powerfully home for 2-0!

6.25pm BST

22 min: Oh, Grella! Kljestan played him in, on the right side, but Grella tried to turn inside Allen when he probably would have been better off shooting. It’s a corner, but it could have been more.

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Why the Tour de France will never follow a script | William Fotheringham

Guardian Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 13:20
Chris Froome and Sir Dave Brailsford provided a race lacking in suspense for almost half its distance, despite the best efforts of the organisers

You cannot help but feel for Christian Prudhomme. In his 10 years at the head of the Tour de France the amiable Frenchman has set himself the mission of livening up the event, making it less predictable and processional, and, as far as possible, ensuring suspense is maintained to the end. The route has been endlessly tweaked, with every sacred traditional cow apart from the finish on the Champs Élysées consigned to the abattoir. The Tour has been turned into a made-for-television sports event rather than a bike race that happens to be shown on the small screen.

Prudhomme cannot, however, have reckoned with Chris Froome and Sir Dave Brailsford. This year, in spite of his best efforts, they provided a race lacking in suspense for almost half its distance. The Tour was won after Froome opened decisive gaps in the Ardeche time trial on the second Thursday. Those stages in the Alps and Jura, carefully plotted by Prudhomme’s No2 Thierry Gouvenou, included new climbs, steep climbs, short climbs, long climbs, magnificent backdrops and insanely spectacular hairpins, but the same spectacle: Brailsford’s climbers chugging up and down the slopes with Froome sitting pretty in yellow in their wake.

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Serena Williams out of Rogers Cup with injury

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 13:20
World number one Serena Williams withdraws from the Rogers Cup in Toronto due to a shoulder injury.

Senior Open: Paul Broadhurst wins title as Miguel Angel Jimenez falters at Carnoustie

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 13:18
England's Paul Broadhurst wins the Senior Open at Carnoustie by two shots as overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez falters.

England v Pakistan: Joe Root on his double hundred

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 13:09
England batsman Joe Root speaks to BBC Sport's Pat Murphy following his career-best 254 against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Formula 1: Kimi Raikkonen calls for changes to 'joke' F1 rules

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 13:04
Kimi Raikkonen says Formula 1's rules are "a joke" after a controversial weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

America's Cup World Series: Sir Ben Ainslie's team top leaderboard

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 12:50
Sir Ben Ainslie and Britain's America's Cup team claim a tight victory on day two of World Series event in Portsmouth.

Rio Olympics 2016: Usada criticises IOC for creating a confusing mess on Russia ruling

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 12:27
Anti-doping body Usada criticises IOC for a lack of leadership over its decision on Russian athletes competing at Rio.

Gale leads way as Tigers beat Wakefield

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 12:27
Luke Gale scores 18 points as Castleford ultimately cruise to victory in Sunday's Super League derby at Wakefield.

Horse racing tips: Monday 25 July

Guardian Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 12:15
Chester Street (7.30 Windsor) is the nap; Kissy Suzuki (7.40 Wolverhampton) is next best


2.00 Heir Of Excitement 2.30 Cymraeg Bounty 3.05 Mister Mischief 3.40 Assisted 4.10 Buonarroti 4.40 Moonlightnavigator 5.10 Gone With The Wind

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IOC decides not to ban Russia from Rio 2016: ‘They deserve chance to rebut allegations’ – audio

Guardian Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 11:40

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says athletes will still have to meet ‘very strict criteria’ to be allowed to compete

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Blocked toilets and exposed wiring: Olympic Village dismays Australia team

Guardian Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 11:13
• Australia’s Olympic team refuses to move into official Rio quarters
• Plumbing issues not resolved despite extra maintenance staff hired

The Australia team will not move into the Olympic Village for the time being for next month’s Rio Games because of problems including “blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring”, the head of the country’s delegation, Kitty Chiller, said on Sunday.

Related: Russia team escape blanket ban from IOC for Rio Olympic Games

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Top British athletes on need for a clean Olympics

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 11:11
British athletes Dina Asher-Smith, Lynsey Sharp, Adam Gemili and Mo Farah tell BBC Sport there needs to be a stand against doping offences.

Sport picture of the day: championship leader Hamilton trumps Rosberg

Guardian Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 11:05

A playful Lewis Hamilton leaps from his car after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix. He is now six points ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who conceded top spot in the drivers’ championship for the first time this season

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Watch: Wahab caught as Pakistan bowled out for 198

BBC Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 11:01
Wahab Riaz is caught on the mid-wicket boundary as England bowl Pakistan out for 198, but opt against enforcing the follow-on despite a first-innings lead of 391.

Celtic sign former Liverpool defender Kolo Touré on one-year deal

Guardian Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 10:44
• Touré played under Brendan Rodgers during three-year Liverpool spell
• Rodgers: ‘He looks after himself and he’s a wonderful professional’

Celtic have completed the signing of Kolo Touré in a move that reunites the defender with his former manager at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers. The 35-year-old joins on a one-year contract.

Related: Liverpool sign former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger

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Chris Froome set to win third Tour de France in Paris – live!

Guardian Sport - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 10:20

3.20pm BST

The top three on the GC are now riding together, with Romain Bardet and Nairo Quintana offering Froome a congratulatory handshake. Here’s a few of your 2016 highlights:

@niallmcveigh It's been reported to death, but the highlight will be of Froome running up Ventoux. How could it not be? Madness.

@niallmcveigh 2016 hero: Julian Alaphilippe. Prime member of #NameThatBreakaway with a surname to beat. The Cote de l'Ermitage will be his!

3.11pm BST

The race has begun in Chantilly, albeit in an early, neutralised phase around the Chateau de Chantilly. These cobbled roads hosted the start of the Paris-Roubaix race for 10 years, between 1966 and 1976. Jersey winners Froome, Peter Sagan, Rafal Majka and Adam Yates ride out in front.

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