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Bradley Wiggins set to miss Tour de France

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Bradley Wiggins, one of the stars of the London Olympics and the 2012 Tour de France winner, expects to miss this year’s Tour de France, stoking his rivalry with Team Sky teammate and defending Tour champion Chris Froome.

“I am gutted,” Wiggins, who co-owns the British record with seven Olympic medals, told the BBC on Friday. “I feel I am in the form where I was two years ago at the 2012 Tour de France. I also understand that cycling is a team sport, and at the end of the day it’s about the team winning, and that team is Team Sky, and Chris is defending champion.

Wiggins said he could still be on the Team Sky roster for July’s Tour de France if Froome suffers injury in next week’s Criterium du Dauphine.

“As defending champion, [Froome] has a say who he has around him,” Wiggins, 34, told the BBC. “He’s had guys that go to all his buildup races, training camps throughout the year, his kind of group of riders. Obviously, I’ve been following a different path.”

Wiggins and Froome have had icy relations since at least the 2012 Tour, when Wiggins was Team Sky’s leader with Froome as a support rider. Wiggins went on to win Olympic gold in the time trial in London, with Froome bagging bronze.

Froome won the 2013 Tour de France as Team Sky’s leader, but Wiggins was absent from the stage race, citing a knee injury. Wiggins and Froome have not ridden together in any race this season.

Wiggins had previously said since last year that he was willing to return to the Tour as a support rider for Froome.

Wiggins’ contract with Team Sky is up at the end of the season.

“Now if I want to go to the Tour again, the reality is that I might have to go elsewhere,” he said.

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2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships to be in San Jose

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The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.

It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.

The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.

San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.

Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.

The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.

Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.

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Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Ro Dakuwaqa of Fiji and Fiji head coach Ben Ryan celebrate after the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.

Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.

Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.

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