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Tour de France: Audacious breakaways or power meters?

The pack rides during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 217 kilometres (135 miles) with start in Saint-Flour and finish in Albi, France, Monday, July 15, 2019 | AP / Christophe Ena

BY SAMUEL PETREQUIN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ALBI, France (July 16)  — With all the technology stacked against them, the six breakaway riders at the Tour de France had no hope of making it to the finish without being caught.

Race directors were watching their every move on TV screens set up in their cars, and rival competitors riding behind were informed in instant time of the gap through earpieces. It was a day for a bunch sprint, and it could not be any different. Continue reading

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Under the knife: Exposing the US’s youth basketball crisis

Basketball Canada, Raptors TV and the sports media promote the US as the “Go to” country for Canadian youth to develop their skills and make it as professionals. All six Canadians in the recent 2019 NBA draft, a record, went to US private basketball schools – in high school. Yet this occurs when the frenzied regimen of the US program is causing untold damage to American youth; players too often exhausted by marathon schedules, without proper training and with promising careers cut short because of it | Part II of a two-part series by BAXTER HOLMES, EPSN Senior Writer

(July 12) – A 3-YEAR-OLD BALL of energy named Noah bounds around a former live music venue one block from the beach in Santa Barbara. He’s surrounded by about a dozen top prep prospects from around the U.S., all here at P3 Applied Sports Science, a performance lab that has assessed the biomechanics of hundreds of the world’s best athletes, including about 350 NBA players over the past 11 years. Continue reading

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‘These kids are ticking time bombs’: The threat of youth basketball US-style

Basketball Canada, Raptors TV and the sports media promote the US as the “Go to” country for Canadian youth to develop their skills and make it as professionals. All six Canadians in the recent 2019 NBA draft, a record, went to US private basketball schools – in high school. Yet this occurs when the frenzied regimen of the US program is causing untold damage to American youth; players too often exhausted by marathon schedules, without proper training and with promising careers cut short because of it | Part I of a two-part series by BAXTER HOLMES, EPSN Senior Writer

(July 11) – STAPLES CENTER FALLS graveyard silent and still, a sellout crowd staring at the rookie beneath the basket, surrounded by medical personnel. His eyes are wet with tears. His head coach tells him to stay strong. It’s Oct. 28, 2014, the Lakers’ regular-season opener and the NBA debut for Julius Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward and the Lakers’ first first-round pick in seven years, a foundation of their post-Kobe Bryant future. Continue reading

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Australia: Rugby players say anthem does not represent Indigenous peoples

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NSW Blues player Cody Walker has criticized the lack of Indigenous representation from the song. | Photo: NRL.com

Australia’s first Aboriginal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Ken Wyatt says changing the anthem is not something he supports at this stage because there are more pressing problems.

A second Indigenous player who is scheduled to participate in the upcoming State of Origin series – an annual rugby league series – has spoken out against the composition of the country’s national anthem. Continue reading

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Canadian soccer players pledge part of their salaries to Common Goal movement

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Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod waves to fans after defeating Switzerland 1-0 in a FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 soccer match in Vancouver on June 21, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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IOC knew Russian athletes were clean, but concealed evidence of their innocence – lawyer

2016.06.21.ioc staff dismantle a backdrop after a news conference after the olympic summit on doping in lausanne, switzerland

Staff of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dismantle a backdrop after a news conference after the Olympic Summit on doping in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 21, 2016 | Reuters / Denis Balibouse

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We need to talk about concussions, right now

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