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Sullivan Award nominees announced

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Olympic champions David Boudia and Katie Ledecky were among 19 nominees for the Sullivan Award announced Monday.

Boudia, 24, became the first U.S. Olympic men’s diving gold medalist in 20 years when he won the platform in London in 2012. The swimmer Ledecky, 16, broke Janet Evans‘ American record in winning the 800m freestyle at the London Games.

The Sullivan Award honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete for 2013, so Boudia and Ledecky’s Olympic successes shouldn’t factor in.

They did, however, perform well at the 2013 World Championships. Boudia won silver in the platform, and Ledecky won four gold medals and was named the female swimmer of the meet in Barcelona.

Olympians or Paralympians won the Sullivan Award nine of the last 13 years, including swimmer Missy Franklin last year.

Public voting here through March 23 will account for one-third of an athlete’s overall score to determine the winner.

Three finalists will be named no later than March 28. The winner will be announced April 11 in Orlando, Fla.

Here’s the full list of 19 nominees:

Ashley Bishop, Baton Twirling
Blake Bortles, Football
David Boudia, Diving
Liz Brenner, Volleyball/Basketball/Track and Field
Rachel Fattal, Water Polo
Joy Woog-Garvey, Inline Hockey
Bria Hartley, Basketball
Robert Herbst Powerlifting
Alex Johnson, Volleyball
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Tre Mason, Football
A.J. McCarron, Football
Cory McGee, Track and Field
John Michael Nagel, Taekwondo
Kelsey Robinson, Volleyball
Jude Schimmel, Basketball
Shoni Schimmel, Basketball
John Urschel, Football
Alli Williams, Basketball

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Mikaela Shiffrin returns with mantra, stuck to her helmet, to carry forever

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Look close at Mikaela Shiffrin as she steps into a race start gate for the first time in eight months on Oct. 17.

Shiffrin, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Cup overall champion, plans to wear a helmet with two special stickers on the back.

She’s donned the first decal for years — the initials ABFTTB, which stand for “Always Be Faster Than The Boys,” a personalized autograph motto from retired Olympic Alpine skier Heidi Voelker.

The new sticker reads, Be nice. Think first. Have fun.

Those lines came from Shiffrin’s father, Jeff — the mantra instilled in her and older brother Taylor, also a young ski racer at the time.

After Jeff died on Feb. 2, Shiffrin regularly remembered the question that Jeff posed years ago: “What are the golden rules?”

Be nice. Think first.

When the Shiffrin siblings were old enough, Jeff added the third rule.

“He felt like we could understand that having fun wasn’t just about going and doing whatever you want because it’s instantly gratifying,” Shiffrin told NBC Sports’ Alex Azzi in an On Her Turf interview. “Fun is doing something well and the satisfaction you get from sticking to something.”

She plans to race all season with the golden rules sticker on her helmet, right next to ABFTTB.

Shiffrin detailed more about her prep for a very different World Cup campaign, in conjunction with a new fund in honor of her late father, in this On Her Turf report.

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2020 Tour de France results

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2020 Tour de France results for the yellow jersey, green jersey, white jersey and polka-dot jersey …

Overall (Yellow Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 87:20:05
2. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — +:59
3. Richie Porte (AUS) — +3:30
4. Mikel Landa (ESP) — +5:58
5. Enric Mas (ESP) — +6:07
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — +6:47
7. Tom Dumoulin (NED) — +7:48
8. Rigberto Uran (COL) — +8:02
9. Adam Yates (GBR) — +9:25
10. Damiano Caruso (ITA) — +14:03
13. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — +25:53
15. Sepp Kuss (USA) — +42:20
17. Nairo Quintana (COL) — +1:03:07
29. Thibaut Pinot (FRA) — +1:59:54
36. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) — +2:19:11
DNF. Egan Bernal (COL)

Sprinters (Green Jersey)
1. Sam Bennett (IRL) — 380 points
2. Peter Sagan (SVK) — 284
3. Matteo Trentin (ITA) — 260
4. Bryan Coquard (FRA) — 181
5. Wout van Aert (BEL) — 174

Climbers (Polka-Dot Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 82 points
2. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — 74
3. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — 67
4. Marc Hirschi (SUI) — 62
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — 51

Young Rider (White Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 87:20:13
2. Enric Mas (ESP) — +6:07
3. Valentin Madouas (FRA) — +1:42:43
4. Dani Martinez (COL) — +1:55:12
5. Lennard Kamna (GER) — +2:15:39

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