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Frenchman wins Tour de France stage on Bastille Day (video)

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Warren Barguil became the first Frenchman to win a Tour de France stage on Bastille Day since 2005, finishing nearly two minutes ahead of the yellow-jersey contenders Friday.

Barguil, a 25-year-old from Brittany, made his first career Tour stage victory one to remember on France’s national holiday.

The leader of the King of the Mountains standings won in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 29 seconds, on the shortest road stage in modern Tour history, just 63 miles. The last Frenchman to win on Bastille Day was David Moncoutie in 2005.

Barguil led a four-man group to the finish, with Nairo Quintana and two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador crossing in the same time and Spaniard Mikel Landa two seconds back.

Later, the group of overall Tour contenders Fabio AruChris FroomeRomain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran finished 1:48 behind.

They remain the top four in the overall standings, in that order, with eight stages left, separated by just 35 seconds. It has turned into the tightest yellow jersey battle in Tour history.

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Saturday’s Stage 14 features a pair of three-category climbs on a 113-mile road to Rodez that should not be selective. Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium won here two years ago.

NBC Sports Gold coverage starts 6:55 a.m. ET, with NBCSN coming on air at 7:30.

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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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