Matt Ladley wins X Games snowboard halfpipe shortened due to snow

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Heavy snow forced the X Games’ marquee event, men’s snowboard halfpipe, to end after one of a scheduled three runs in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday night.

The shortened competition led to a surprising podium — winner Matt Ladley, followed by Ben Ferguson and Australian Olympian Scotty James — all first-time X Games medalists. Full results are here.

Ladley, who failed to make the four-rider 2014 U.S. Olympic team, scored 82.33 points, competing in a Peyton Manning Denver Broncos jersey.

“Getting ready for two [more] runs and, oh, by the way, we’re done,” Ladley told ESPN. “Maybe not the way I saw it happening, but weather comes in, and it’s one of those things you can’t control.”

Pre-event favorites Danny Davis (two-time defending champion), Ayumu Hirano (Olympic silver medalist) and Iouri Podladtchikov (Olympic champion) were ninth, 10th and 12th in the 12-rider field.

The competition lacked eight-time X Games halfpipe champ Shaun White, who missed the event for the second time in three years but is slated to compete in X Games Oslo next month.

Earlier, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris won snowboard slopestyle for the fourth time in five years, landing back-to-back triple cork 1440s for a 92.66 (video below). Full results are here.

U.S. Olympic champion Sage Kotsenburg was 10th after placing fifth last year and 15th in 2014, one month before his Olympic stunner. Kotsenburg has made the X Games slopestyle podium once in seven tries.

The X Games conclude Sunday, highlighted by the women’s halfpipe with three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark and defending champion Chloe Kim.

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Remco Evenepoel fractures pelvis in crash over bridge wall into ravine

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Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel fractured his pelvis crashing his bike and flipping over a bridge wall into a ravine at the Tour of Lombardy in Italy on Saturday.

Video showed Evenepoel, the 20-year-old world time trial silver medalist, being put in an ambulance on a stretcher minutes after the crash.

His team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, reported he remained conscious while being put on a stretcher, into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. He also suffered a right lung contusion.

In 2019, Evenepoel became the youngest-ever male podium finisher in a senior world road cycling championships event, according to Gracenote. In 2018, he swept the junior road race and time trial world titles.

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Noah Lyles raises black-gloved fist, wins 200m in Monaco

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Noah Lyles said he had plans going forward to make statements, beyond his rapid sprint times. He did that in Monaco on Friday.

Lyles raised a black, fingerless-gloved right fist before getting into the blocks to win a 200m in his first international race of the season, conjuring memories of the famous 1968 Olympic podium gesture.

He clocked 19.76 seconds, leading a one-two with younger brother Josephus. Full results are here.

“As athletes it’s hard to show that you love your country and also say that change is needed,” was posted on Lyles’ Instagram, along with hashtags including #blacklivesmatter. “This is my way of saying this country is great but it can be better.”

Lyles, the world 200m champion, also paid respect to 1968 Olympic 200m gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos three hours before the race.

He tweeted an iconic image of Smith and Carlos raising their single black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the Mexico City Games. Thirteen minutes earlier, Lyles posted an Instagram Story image of his socks for the meet — plain, dark colored.

Smith and Carlos wore black socks without shoes on the podium to signify endemic poverty back in the U.S. at the time.

Lyles is known for his socks, often posting images of colorful pairs he wears before races, themes including Speed Racer, R2-D2 and Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We are at the point where you can’t do nothing anymore,” Lyles said Wednesday. “There aren’t any rules set out. You’re kind of just pushing the boundary as far as you can go. Some people have said, even if there were rules, they’re willing to go farther than that.”

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