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Tadej Pogacar is 1st-ever Slovenian winner of COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday, becoming the second-youngest winner of the 117-year-old event. Team UAE Emirates rider Tadej Pogacar, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, celebrates Sunday after becoming the first Slovenian to win the Tour de France. (Thibault Camus/ AFP via Getty Images) In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday. Pogacar became the second-youngest winner of the 117-year-old event that this year braved, and overcame, France’s worsening coronavirus epidemic. Turning him from promising prodigy into cycling superstar, Pogacar became t...

Djokovic gets obscenity warning amid contested calls in Italian Open semifinal win

Two weeks after he was defaulted from the U.S. Open and a day after he was warned by the chair umpire for breaking his racket, Novak Djokovic received an obscenity warning midway through a 7-5, 6-3 win over Casper Ruud in the Italian Open semifinals Sunday. Novak Djokovic was given an obscenity warning in the third game of the second set of Sunday’s semifinal match against Casper Ruud at the Italian Open. It came a day after he damaged his racket in a fit of anger. (Riccardo Antimiani/Pool/Getty Images) Novak Djokovic knows it isn’t model behaviour when he loses his cool on the tennis court. Yet he just can’t help himself. Exactly two weeks after he was defaulted from the U.S. Open, and a day after he was warned by the chair umpire for breaking his racket, Djokovic receiv...

Simona Halep to play for elusive Italian Open title after 13th straight win

Chasing her first title in Rome, top-seeded Simona Halep reached her third Italian Open final after beating Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Sunday to improve her record in tennis’ restart to 9-0. Romania’s Simona Halep returns the ball to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza during Sunday’s three-set victory in the Italian Open semifinals. Halep, who has won 13 straight matches, will play for her first event title on Monday. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via Associated Press) Chasing her first title in Rome, top-seeded Simona Halep reached her third Italian Open final after beating Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Sunday to improve her record in tennis’ restart to 9-0. Muguruza struggled with her serve and double faulted on the final two points of the two-hour 16-minute match. H...

Whitecaps muster win over under-manned Real Salt Lake

David Milinkovic and Lucas Cavallini scored on Saturday, leading the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake in Utah. Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder David Milinkovic celebrates his second half goal against the Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. (Jeffrey Swinger/USA TODAY Sports) David Milinkovic and Lucas Cavallini scored on Saturday, leading the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake in Utah. Fredy Montero had a pair of assists for Vancouver (5-7-0) Michael Baldisimo and Cristian Dajome also had helpers. Justin Meram tallied the lone goal for Salt Lake (3-4-5), with an assist from Maikel Chang. Real Salt Lake were forced to play short a man after Kyle Beckerman was ejected in the 63rd minute. WATCH | Whitecaps Montero and Cavallini connect for game-winner: Bot...

Celtics bounce back from consecutive losses to beat Heat

Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 and the Celtics got right back into the East finals with a 117-106 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Saturday night. Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics react during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 19, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getting big leads has been relatively easy for the Boston Celtics in these Eastern Conference finals. This time, they also found a way to finish the job. And just like that, the East title series got a whole lot closer. Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 and the Celtics got right ...

Senators open pop-up COVID-19 assessment centres outside Canadian Tire Centre

Two parking lots at the Ottawa Senators’ home arena are being converted into pop-up COVID-19 assessment centres. Home rink of the Ottawa Senators the “Canadian Tire Centre” is pictured in Ottawa on March 12, 2020. The Ottawa Senators say owner Eugene Melnyk has now “personally pledged” to pay part-time arena staff impacted by the suspension of the NHL season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press) Two parking lots at the Ottawa Senators’ home arena are being converted into pop-up COVID-19 assessment centres. The team says in a statement that parking lots 5 and 6 at the Canadian Tire Centre will serve as drive-through locations, and appointments will not be required in advance. The Sens say they’re working with Ottawa Public...

Tadej Pogacar, 21, set to become youngest Tour de France champ, post-WWII

In an incredible climax to the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar crushed fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic in the last stage Saturday before the finish in Paris, all but guaranteeing that he’ll win the title at cycling’s greatest race. An emotional Tadej Pogacar crosses the finish line at the end of the 20th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France on Saturday. His win over fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic all but sealed the title for the soon-to-be 22-year-old. (Christophe Ena/AFP via Getty Images) In an incredible climax to the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar crushed fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic in the last stage Saturday before the finish in Paris, all but guaranteeing that he’ll win the title at cycling’s greatest race. Set, at one day shy of 22, to become the yo...

Novak Djokovic damages racket in fit of anger during Italian Open quarter-finals

Less than two weeks after getting defaulted from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic lost his cool again midway through a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over German qualifier Dominik Koepfer in the Italian Open quarter-finals Saturday. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic had another meltdown Saturday in his quarter-final match at the Italian Open, slamming his racket to the red clay. He was disqualified from the U.S. Open earlier this month after striking a line judge accidentally with a ball. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Less than two weeks after getting defaulted from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic lost his cool again midway through a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over German qualifier Dominik Koepfer in the Italian Open quarter-finals Saturday. When Djokovic was broken at love to even the second set at 3-3, he slammed his rac...

Albert Pujols, 40, homers twice to pass Willie Mays for 5th place all-time

After Albert Pujols needed nearly five weeks to tie Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, it took only five days for the Angels slugger to pass him. He hit No. 661 in the fifth inning Friday against Texas, then connected again in his next at-bat. Albert Pujols, left, homered twice in a 6-2 Angels win over the visiting Rangers on Friday night to give him 662 for his career, trailing only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696). (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) Albert Pujols needed nearly five weeks to tie Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list. It took only five days for the Los Angeles Angels slugger to pass him. Pujols hit No. 661 in the fifth inning on Friday night against the visiting Texas Rangers to break the ti...

Calgary wants to be World Cup freestyle, snowboard hub city

Calgary is making a pitch to be a World Cup hub for both freestyle skiing and snowboard, a proposed series of up to 12 halfpipe, slopestyle and big air events, plus a freestyle ski moguls World Cup, at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park. Calgary is proposing a series of up to a dozen halfpipe, slopestyle and big air events, plus a freestyle ski moguls World Cup, at Canada Olympic Park as a hub city after the International Ski Federation previously chose to skip North American stops altogether this season, including Lake Louise, Alta., pictured. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press/File) Calgary is making a pitch to be a World Cup hub for both freestyle skiing and snowboard. A proposed series of up to a dozen halfpipe, slopestyle and big air events, plus a freestyle ski moguls World Cup, would b...

Bucks’ Antetokounmpo wins 2nd NBA MVP award

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s most valuable player for the second consecutive season on Friday. Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, seen above during a recent game in the Orlando bubble, averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game during the regular season. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Giannis Antetokounmpo’s historic year earned him a historic awards sweep. The Milwaukee forward is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season, receiving that award Friday. He got the Defensive Player of the Year award earlier in these NBA playoffs. The 25-year-old Antetokounmpo becomes just the third player in league history to win MVP and defensive player of the year in the same season, joining only Hall o...

Denis Shapovalov turns to music to express himself, releases 2nd single

Denis Shapovalov had his second rap single come out on Friday, a track in French and English featuring fellow ATP Tour player Corentin Moutet called “Drip.” Denis Shapovalov, right, and French tennis player Corentin Moutet have collaborated on a rap song. (Instagram/@denis.shapovalov) Struggling to express what it’s like to be a professional tennis player, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has found his voice in music. The product of Richmond Hill, Ont., had his second rap single come out on Friday, a track in French and English featuring fellow ATP Tour player Corentin Moutet called “Drip.” It follows “Night Train,” a song about life on the road that Shapovalov released on Aug. 3. “I feel like it’s the best way to show people who you rea...

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