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WATCH LIVE: Canoe/kayak, sailing and shooting on Olympics Day 3

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On Monday there will be competitions in the canoe and kayak competitions, with the men’s canoe double slalom and women’s kayak single heats taking place. Germany’s tandem of Franz Anton and Jan Benzien are viewed by many as the favorites to win gold in the men’s canoe double slalom, and Jonas Kaspar and Mark Sindler of the Czech Republic should be in the mix as well. Americans Casey Eichfeld and Devin McEwan are also viewed as contenders for a medal.

In the women’s kayak single, reigning world champion Jessica Fox of Australia will look to win a gold medal after getting silver in London four years ago. Also in the competition is American Ashlee Nee, who’s competing in her third Olympic Games.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s canoe double slalom, women’s kayak single heats — 11:30 a.m.

The sailing competitions get going Monday, with the men’s RS:X and women’s Laser Radial events on the schedule. Among those competing are gold medal favorite Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands in the men’s RS:X, with Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey and Pedro Pascual of the United States among those looking to win medals as well. In the women’s laser radial, Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands, Belgium’s Evi Van Acker and Paige Railey of the United States are part of the field.

WATCH LIVE: Olympic Sailing, Day Three — 12:00 p.m. Eastern

Medals in two shooting competitions will be handed out Monday, with the men’s 10 meter air rifle and trap disciplines being contested. Among those competing in the air rifle competition are Lucas Kozeniesky and Daniel Lowe of the United States. No Americans are competing in the men’s trap competition, but all three medalists from London are in the field led by gold medalists Giovanni Cernogoraz of Croatia.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s 10 meter air rifle final — 11 a.m. Eastern

WATCH LIVE: Men’s trap final — 2 p.m. Eastern

Geraint Thomas attacks, takes Tour de France lead ahead of Chris Froome

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British Olympic track cycling champion Geraint Thomas grabbed the Tour de France lead, attacking with three and a half miles to win a summit finish on Stage 11 on Wednesday.

Thomas now leads a Team Sky one-two in the overall standings, 85 seconds ahead of four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, as the three-week Grand Tour passed the halfway mark.

“Froome is the [Team Sky] leader here, so there’s no pressure on me,” Thomas said Tuesday, according to Cyclingnews.com. “It’s a bonus for me to be up there, and hopefully I can be there for as long as possible.”

The Tour continues Thursday with stage 12 to Alpe d’Huez, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold (full broadcast schedule here).

The 109-mile stage features three beyond-category climbs — Col de la Madeleine, Croix-de-Fer and the iconic Alpe d’Huez finish after 21 switchbacks to close out the Tour’s three days in the Alps. The overall standings are sure to change.

Greg Van Avermaet, the Rio Olympic road race champion, went into stage 11 with a 2:22 lead, which he had tripled on the first mountain day Tuesday.

But Van Avermaet, who predicted he would lose the yellow jersey before stages Tuesday and Wednesday, cracked on the second of three major climbs Wednesday. He finished in a group 22 minutes after Thomas.

Van Avermaet is a super one-day racer but not a strong climber.

Thomas showed his climbing prowess, finishing 20 seconds ahead of 2017 Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin and Froome.

Thomas dons the yellow jersey for a second straight Tour. The 2008 and 2012 Olympic track cycling gold medalist won the opening stage in 2017 and wore the maillot jaune four days before Froome took over en route to his fourth title in Paris.

There was talk before and during this year’s Tour that Thomas could challenge Froome as Sky’s team leader, even though Froome has won the last three Grand Tours and is going for record-tying fifth Tour de France crown.

But Thomas and Sky have played that down.

Dumoulin moved into third overall, 1:44 behind Thomas and 19 seconds back of Froome.

The other top contenders — 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet — finished 59 seconds behind Thomas on Wednesday.

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U.S. Olympic, USA Gymnastics leaders set for another Senate hearing

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Recently replaced U.S. Olympic Committee acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry and Michigan State interim president John Engler are scheduled witnesses for a Senate subcommittee hearing next Tuesday on reforms following the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes.

The hearing is titled, “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” and will stream live at https://www.commerce.senate.gov/ on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

“The hearing will focus on changes made by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics (USAG), and Michigan State University (MSU) to protect Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse,” according to the subcommittee’s website. “It will examine recent reforms to provide safe environments for athletes and how these reforms are being implemented.”

The subcommittee held hearings April 18 and June 5 with testimonies from gymnasts and other athletes who were abused, former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon and former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics Rhonda Faehn. Former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny also attended the June 5 hearing but refused to answer questions.

Lyons and Perry were questioned at a House subcommittee hearing May 23.

The USOC last Thursday named Sarah Hirshland its new CEO, replacing Lyons, who had been in the role on an interim basis since Scott Blackmun resigned in February. Blackmun, who had been CEO since January 2010, left citing prostate cancer and the USOC’s need to immediately address the USA Gymnastics sexual-abuse scandal.

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