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Few teams are quite as dominant as the Canadian men’s snowboard slopestyle team. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see four Maple Leafs at the top of the standings. Mark McMorris and Max Parrot are the two big names to look out for today and could quickly put Canada atop the overall medal race. These two athletes, whose trickery on the slopes is boundless, are nearly beatable; yet, the American team did pull off a surprising gold medal in 2014. Do look out for Red Gerard. His strong performance on Friday keeps him in the hunt to become one of the youngest American Olympic medalists.

Elsewhere around the grounds, the figure skating team competition resumes with the ladies short program and short dance. Airing on NBC primetime, Team USA will be competing to remain in the hunt to advance to the second phase of the competition. Currently sitting 2nd, a decent showing will essentially secure a place in the latter stages of the tournament.

Figure Skating

Bradie Tennell will be making her Olympic debut tonight in the ladies short program. The Olympic rookie will be taking a page out of Korean culture, performing to a medley of songs from the film Taegukgi. She will be followed by Maia and Alex Shibutani, who will be performing the pairs ice dance. The Shibutanis have some Olympic experience, competing in the Sochi Games (though not for the team event).

Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. EST

Snowboard

While the Norwegian, Canadian teams are grabbing the spotlight in the slopestyle competition, New Zealand’s Carlos Garcia Knight posted a very strong performance in qualification, finishing second in his heat behind McMorris. Don’t sleep on this Kiwi; he could very well spoil the party.

Meanwhile, Jamie Anderson will begin her Olympic gold medal defense as the women’s snowboard slopestyle qualification begins. Anderson remains a top candidate to win gold. Hailey Langland and Julia Marino could be two potential dark horses for the tournament.

Men’s Slopestyle Final Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Women’s Slopestyle Qualifying Stream Live Here 11:30p.m. EST / 8:30p.m. PST

Curling

After a 4-6 loss to China, Becca and Matt Hamilton’s chance of medaling in the mixed doubles event is essentially dashed. Canada and Norway, meanwhile, have been looking like serious medal contenders throughout round robin play. Canada faces a difficult test tonight, though, taking on hosts South Korea.

NOR vs. CHN Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST / 4:05p.m. PST

FIN vs. USA Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST / 4:05p.m. PST

SUI vs. OAR Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST / 4:05p.m. PST

CAN vs. KOR Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST / 4:05p.m. PST

Alpine Skiing

The sport’s first medal event, the men’s normal downhill, will be featured tonight. Kjetil Jansrud, one of Norway’s “Attacking Vikings,” netted the fastest time in training and is expected to maintain his sharp form; meanwhile, Austria’s Matthias is hoping to defend his 2014 Olympics gold medal. The current leader atop the World Cup rankings, Beat Feuz, is also expecting to dethrone Matthias.

Stream Live Here 9:00p.m. EST / 6:00p.m. PST

Richie Porte crashes out of Tour de France again

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Australian Richie Porte crashed out of the Tour de France on the ninth stage for a second straight year, suffering a fractured right clavicle six miles into Sunday’s stage.

“Obviously I’m devastated,” Porte said, according to Team BMC. “For the second year in a row I am ending the Tour de France like this. I was on the ground before I knew it, and straight away felt pain in my right shoulder.”

Porte, who finished fifth in the 2016 Tour de France and was an overall podium contender these last two years, was seen sitting on the side of the road, gritting his teeth and crossing his right arm over his chest.

There was a mass stoppage of riders, with at least one spectator down on the side of the narrow road. The crash came well before the Tour stage was to hit 15 arduous cobblestone sections totaling 13 miles.

Porte was in 10th place after eight stages, 57 seconds behind race leader and BMC teammate Greg Van Avermaet. Avermaet and American Tejay van Garderen, in third place, were expected to work for Porte in the mountains later this week, hoping to put him in the yellow jersey.

Now, Van Garderen is in line to be the team leader.

In 2017, Porte fractured his clavicle and pelvis on a ninth-stage crash on a descent and had to abandon the Tour.

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Chris Froome, other stars crash on Tour de France cobblestones stage

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Richie PorteTejay van GarderenRigoberto UranMikel Landa. Even Chris Froome.

Stage nine of the Tour de France promised to rattle the top riders, and the 15 sections of cobblestones totaling 13 miles delivered just that. All of the named men crashed on Sunday, with Porte abandoning the Grand Tour altogether (albeit he crashed before the first cobbles section, six miles into the stage).

In the end, German John Degenkolb got the stage win ahead of overall race leader Greg Van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert.

Van Avermaet, the Olympic road race champion from Belgium, retained the yellow jersey for a sixth straight day, extending his lead to 43 seconds over Brit Geraint Thomas. Van Avermaet rides for Team BMC, which lost its team leader in Porte.

American van Garderen presumably became the new team leader, but he crashed later in the stage and also suffered three flat tires.

Van Garderen entered the day third in the overall standings, nine seconds behind Van Avermaet. He ended it in 30th place, 6:05 behind Van Avermaet.

The best-placed favorite to finish on the podium in Paris on July 29 is now the four-time Tour winner Froome, in eighth place, 1:42 behind Van Avermaet. Froome is trying to tie the record of five Tour titles shared by Jacques AnquetilEddy MerckxBernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

The Tour takes its first of two rest days Monday, resuming with the first day in the Alps on Tuesday live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold (full broadcast schedule here). Stage 10 features a beyond-category climb and three category-one climbs.

“I’m relieved to get through today and looking forward to getting into the mountains now where the real race for GC (general classification) will start,” Froome said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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