Tour de France photo finish decided by 5 millimeters (video)

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Marcel Kittel won one of the closest Tour de France finishes in history, by five millimeters, claiming a Stage 7 bunched sprint by a fraction of his tire tread on Friday.

The German came from behind Edvald Boasson Hagen‘s back wheel to edge the Norwegian. Kittel stretched his arms forward to throw his bike toward the finish line, while Boasson Hagen did not.

“I really had no clue if I won or not,” said Kittel, who tied the retired Erik Zabel for most Tour stage wins by a German. “On the finish line, I just thought, OK, this is going to be close.”

Boasson Hagen said he had “no clue” who won.

Finish line judge Severine Jamain said Kittel edged by Boasson Hagen by five millimeters when examining a finish-line camera that takes 10,000 frames per second, according to NBC Sports. It was the closest finish Jamain had seen in her 10 years.

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It’s Kittel’s third win of this year’s Tour and 12th stage victory of his career. He grabbed the green jersey for top sprinter from Arnaud Demare and now leads the Frenchman by 15 points.

There were no significant changes in the overall race standings, still led by three-time Tour champion Chris Froome.

A four-man breakaway was caught with four miles left on the 133-mile stage.

Overall Standings
1. Chris Froome (GBR) — 28:47:51
2. Geraint Thomas (GBR) — +:12
3. Fabio Aru (ITA) — +:14
4. Dan Martin (IRL) — +:25
5. Richie Porte (AUS) — +:39
7. Romain Bardet (FRA) — +:47
8. Alberto Contador (ESP) — +:52
9. Nairo Quintana (COL) — +:54

The Tour returns to the mountains this weekend, beginning moderately with Saturday’s Stage 8. It features an up-and-down 117 miles, with three categorized climbs, the toughest a category one in the last 15 miles.

NBC Sports Gold coverage starts at 6:05 a.m. ET. NBC’s coverage starts at 8 a.m.

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Green Bay Packers pull another Olympic sport TD celebration

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We’re halfway to a decathlon of Olympic sport touchdown celebrations over the last two seasons.

After the hurdles, the long jump, the bobsled and the relay came the race walk on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, once part of a three-man bobsled team, led three other teammates in a race walk after scoring in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. (Adams later left the game with a concussion.)

Adams won the race walk, which was much, much shorter than the standard Olympic distances of 20km and 50km, over teammates Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.

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Canada in control of hockey rivalry going into Olympics

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Four years ago, the U.S. women’s hockey team rode a four-game winning streak over rival Canada into the Olympics, then lost both games in Sochi, including a gut-wrenching overtime final.

This time, Canada goes into the Winter Games having won four straight.

The Canadians beat the Americans 2-1 in overtime in Edmonton on Sunday night, taking their pre-Olympic series 5-3 overall.

“I don’t think it was our best performance,” Canada coach Laura Schuler said. “There’s still more work to do.”

The Canadians were led by their stalwarts — captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored in regulation, Sochi gold medalist Jennifer Wakefield scored 26 seconds into overtime and longtime goalie Shannon Szabados stopped 34 of 35 shots.

Hilary Knight netted the U.S. goal, with Maddie Rooney making 24 saves.

“The goal for us is to be hitting on all cylinders in February,” U.S. coach Robb Stauber said.

The U.S. appeared to be in that kind of form until about two weeks ago.

Before this losing streak, the U.S. had a 12-4 record against Canada since the start of 2015, including taking the last three world championship finals.

At one point, the U.S. won six straight games over a 12-month stretch, its longest streak over Canada since it famously won eight straight going into the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics then lost the gold-medal game.

Canada also beat the U.S. in their last four meetings before the 2006 Olympics and five straight going into the 2010 Olympics.

The U.S. Olympic team will be announced Jan. 1. The national-team roster is at 25 players (22 skaters, three goalies), but the Olympic roster is 23 (20 skaters, three goalies).

“Can’t live in the past, can’t live in the future, so tonight we were worried about this game,” U.S. captain Meghan Duggan said, according to the Canadian Press. “We weren’t looking ahead to February.”

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