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  • Eli “can get real sick of” Beckham antics, except when he’s making plays

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    Eli Manning, in case you haven’t noticed, isn’t the most demonstrative guy.

    But the Giants quarterback admitted that while he might not be the biggest fan of wide receiverOdell Beckham Jr.’s antics, he’s a lot more forgiving when it comes with the kinds of plays he makes.

    The day after Beckham caught a game-winning touchdown against the Ravens (and was then penalized for pulling off his helmet), Manning said in an interview on WFAN that he was willing to overlook certain things.

    “I think with the win you can ignore it a little bit easier,’’ Manning said, via the New York Post . “Kind of let the coach handle — obviously we got to be careful about getting penalties late in the game and putting our defense in a bind right there.’’

  • U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas’s spot on the Olympic roster may be in jeopardy

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    This was not supposed to be part of the story reigning Olympic champion Gabby Douglas had in mind when she set her sights on Rio.

    A revelation in London four years ago, Douglas figured her bid for another shot at glory would be easy. Hard to blame her considering the way she so effortlessly reached the top of the podium in 2012, a soaring victory that made her a crossover star.

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    “I came back and said, ‘Yes, this is going to be cake,'” Douglas said.

    For a stretch last fall and this spring, it was. A silver medal in the all-around at the 2015 world championships showed her return was hardly just vanity run amok. Her professional effort while capturing events in New Jersey and Italy in March stirred inevitable comparisons to her sprint to Olympic gold.

    “I think there’s more expectations now than there were before,” she said. “I’ve just got to go out there and just do it, not just shy away and test the water. I’ve got to dive in.”

  • Alberto Contador abandons Tour de France, blames virus

    NBC Sports at NBC Sports 3 mths ago

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    ARCALIS, Andorra (AP) Diminished by a fever and still reeling from crashes on the opening two days of the race, two-time champion Alberto Contador pulled out of the Tour de France during the toughest Pyrenean stage on Sunday.

    Slightly more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the end of Stage 9 from the Spanish town of Vielha to the ski resort of Arcalis in Andorra, the 33-year-old Spaniard stopped at the side of the road, hopped off his bike and got into the passenger seat of his team car.

    Contador crashed in each of the opening stages - damaging his right shoulder, elbow and hip - and had lost time on the other overall favorites.

    He was in 20th position at the end of Saturday's eighth stage, 3 minutes, 12 seconds behind leader Chris Froome.

    During Sunday's stage, Contador dropped back to his team car four times before finally withdrawing.

    He had started the stage in a bright fashion, though, attacking alongside fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde to catch a group of early breakaway riders on the first climb.

    The withdrawal occurred on Contador's home roads near the town of Vilamur in Spain.


  • Cavendish finally gets his yellow jersey at Tour de France

    NBC Sports at NBC Sports 3 mths ago

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    Get caught up on all of the action you may have missed from the opening stage of the 103rd Tour de France, where Mark Cavendish was able to claim his first-ever yellow jersey in the race.

    The British cyclist won a sprint in the crash-marred opening stage of the Tour de France and took the overall lead on Saturday following a picturesque first stage that finished on Utah Beach, where Allied troops landed on D-Day in 1944.

    It was Cavendish’s 27th stage win in the French classic — third on the all-time list behind Eddy Merckx (34) and Bernard Hinault (28) — but he had never won the opening leg, which is often a time trial.

    German rival Marcel Kittel and Slovakian standout Peter Sagan finished second and third, respectively.

    Two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador crashed midway through the stage and several riders were involved in an ugly crash on the final straight.


  • Almirola celebrates 'first' Xfinity win at Daytona

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    Aric Almirola admits that he didn't know right away that he had won the Xfinity race at Daytona, but is glad to celebrate what he calls his "first" Xfinity win with his kids.

  • McIlroy fires 66, shares lead at French Open

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    Second-round action from the Open de France where Rory McIlroy joins Thongchi Jaidee, Mikko Ilonen, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang for share of lead at 5 under par.

  • Spieth, Day chasing McGirt at Bridgestone

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    It wasn’t pretty, and it certainly wasn’t easy, but it got the job done for Jason Day.

    The world No. 1 didn’t have his best stuff for the opening round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but thanks to some adept scrambling, he managed to card a 3-under 67 that left him just three shots behind William McGirt.

    “Some days I go out there and flush it, and I shoot worse. It happens,” Day said. “Right now all I’m trying to do is just grind it out. I really want to get myself into contention Sunday and hopefully either have the lead Sunday or be around the lead.”

    With Firestone’s South Course playing firm and fast, Day found birdies hard to come by but still managed two on each side, dropping his lone shot on the par-4 fourth hole. After the round, he pointed to a clutch par save on No. 9, where he hit a bunker shot from an awkward lie to inside 6 feet.

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  • Anticipate mayhem for start of Tour de France Saturday

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports 3 mths ago

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    Our NBC Sports crew previews Stage 1 of the Tour de France and says that between the weather and the course, it will be chaos.

    One of the favorites, Chris Froome likes his chances of defending his title on a route that plays to his all-around riding skills.

    Two individual time trials and 28 tough climbs will be on the schedule in July, organizers announced Tuesday.

    “It suits me better than this year’s Tour did,” Froome said.

    The 3,519-kilometer (2,186-mile) trek will scale the Pyrenees before the Alps, just as the Tour did this year, again going counter-clockwise around France. That breaks with tradition, because generally the Tour alternates between clockwise and counter-clockwise.

    Froome, who also won in 2013, is strong both on climbs and in individual time trials, making him an early favorite for 2016.

    “It’s not any certain stage or discipline that’s going to decide next year’s Tour. It’s a combination of everything. It’s going to take a very well-rounded rider to win,” the Team Sky rider said. “It’s going to test every aspect of cycling.”

    “It’s so hard,” sprinter Mark Cavendish said. “For 21 days, it’s going to be full gas.”

  • Report: Johnny Manziel plans to go 'completely sober' — Friday

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports 3 mths ago

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    Maybe Johnny Manziel is taking seriously all the good advice people keep giving him to clean up his act.

    At least he says he plans to, after this one sweet kegger he’s throwing in Mexico.

    Manziel told TMZ that he’s “going completely sober starting July 1st.”

    Of course, that gives him between now and Friday to get it all out of his system, and it seems like plenty of people with him aren’t taking the same pledge. TMZ has photos of a woman holding what appears to be an illicit substance, but Manziel said the drugs weren’t his and he didn’t know who the woman was.

    That’s a perfect recipe for sobriety, of course. Just like giving yourself time for one last big blowout before becoming an adult.

    - Darin Gannt, Pro Football Talk, NBC Sports