Nastia Liukin, Tim Daggett
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Nastia Liukin, Tim Daggett analyze first night of P&G Championships

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Who impressed NBC Olympics gymnastics analyst Tim Daggett and Nastia Liukin at the P&G Championships on Friday night?

Start with Simone Biles, who takes a whopping 2.45-point lead into the final night of competition Sunday (9 ET, NBC and NBC Sports app). The three-time reigning U.S. and world all-around champion had the highest scores on balance beam (15.7), vault (16) and floor exercise (16.1).

She is a lock to make the five-woman Olympic team, the favorite to earn the only automatic berth available to the winner of the Olympic Trials all-around in two weeks.

Simone Biles, the rest of the world is just quaking in their boots,” Daggett said. “If her stock could have gotten any higher, it did tonight.”

Liukin was impressed by the two 2012 Olympians attempting to become the first U.S. women’s gymnasts to make back-to-back Olympic teams since 2000.

Aly Raisman tonight, especially, went out there and proved how consistent and how reliable she is on three events,” Liukin said. “Gabby Douglas, too, she went out there, maybe had a few mistakes here and there, but overall, she’s looking good.”

Raisman had the night’s second-highest scores on beam, vault and floor. Douglas tied for third and fourth on floor and uneven bars, respectively, but struggled on balance beam.

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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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