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Chris Froome regains Tour de France lead over Fabio Aru

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Chris Froome retook the Tour de France overall lead from Fabio Aru as Australian Michael Matthews won Stage 14 on Saturday.

Froome, eyeing his fourth Tour title, finished seventh in Saturday’s stage, one second behind Matthews. Aru was 30th, 26 seconds behind Matthews.

The top 30 or 40 riders finished in a group strung out enough that Tour organizers counted time gaps rather than giving all cyclists in the peloton the same time.

Froome came into the day six seconds behind Aru after ceding the lead to the Italian on Thursday. Now, he leads by 19 seconds over Aru with seven stages remaining.

The top four in the overall standings are separated by 29 seconds. It has turned into the tightest yellow jersey battle in Tour history.

“It’s still so close between the main rivals,” Froome said. “Every second here is worth really fighting for. … I expect it’s going to be a war again tomorrow.”

Froome has an advantage over the 2015 Vuelta a Espana winner Aru in his supporting cast. Team Sky is clearly stronger than Aru’s Astana, which is lacking star Jakob Fuglsang, who abandoned Friday due to a broken wrist.

TOUR: Results/Standings | Highlights | Broadcast Schedule

  1. Chris Froome (GBR) — 59:52:09
  2. Fabio Aru (ITA) — +:19
  3. Romain Bardet (FRA) — +:23
  4. Rigoberto Uran (COL) — +:29
  5. Mikel Landa (ESP) — +1:17

Sunday’s Stage 15 is 118 miles with four categorized climbs, but none of the most difficult variety.

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

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After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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