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Watch Drake Relays, Penn Relays on NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday


Olympic gold medalists Aries Merritt, Ashton Eaton, LaShawn Merritt, Justin Gatlin, Dawn Harper-Nelson and Sanya Richards-Ross are among the U.S. stars in action at the Drake Relays and Penn Relays this weekend.

On Friday, the Drake Relays will be broadcast on Universal Sports and USATF.TV from 8-9:30 p.m. ET.

Key events include the 110m hurdles (8:13) with Olympic champion and world record holder Aries Merritt, 2013 World champion David Oliver and Eaton, the Olympic decathlon champion.

World champion LaShawn Merritt leads the 400m field (8:24) against Olympic champion Kirani James, U.S. champion Gil Roberts, World silver medalist Tony McQuay and Josh Mance, rounding out the four fastest Americans in the event last year.

The men’s 400m hurdles (8:36) includes the 2008 and 2012 Olympic silver and bronze medalists — Michael Tinsley, Javier Culson, Kerron Clement and Bershawn Jackson.

The women’s 800m (9:00) includes all three 2013 World Championships team members — Brenda Martinez, Alysia Montano and Ajee’ Wilson.

On Saturday, the Penn Relays will be on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra from 12:30-3 p.m. ET.

Here’s the schedule of USA vs. the World relays (potential headliners):

12:38 – Men’s 4×100 (Justin Gatlin, Asafa Powell)
12:50 – Women’s 4×100 (Kaylin Whitney, Kerron Stewart)
2:00 – Women’s 4×200 (Kaylin Whitney, Kerron Stewart)
2:10 – Men’s 4×200 (Gatlin, Wallace Spearmon)
2:35 – Women’s 4×400 (Dee Dee Trotter)
2:52 – Men’s 4×400

Later Saturday, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will broadcast the Drake Relays from 3-5 p.m. ET.

The marquee events will be the 100m hurdles (3:30) featuring 2008 Olympic champion Harper-Nelson and the women’s 400m (4:05) with the two fastest women in the world last year — Francena McCorory and Olympic champion Richards-Ross.

The full Drake Relays schedule is here. The full Penn Relays schedule is here.

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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