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  • For riders at 2014 Tour de France, free time isn't in surplus

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    Though riders spend only four to six hours per day on a bike, their days are filled with supplementary care and maintenance that drags their days long into the night. Former pro cyclist Christian Vande Velde breaks down exactly what a day in the life of a Tour rider looks like.

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  • American Tejay van Garderen: Team BMC will be cautiously aggressive

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    The highest-ranked American at the 2014 Tour, Tejay van Garderen previews a mountainous Stage 10 and says his squad, BMC Racing Team, will be aggressive where that aggression is warranted.

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  • Colin Montgomerie wins second major at U.S. Senior Open in playoff

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    EDMOND, Okla. – Colin Montgomerie is getting used to winning these big events.

    The Scotsman defeated Gene Sauers in a playoff to claim the U.S. Senior Open title Sunday at Oak Tree National.

    Montgomerie failed to win in 71 PGA Tour majors and four Champions Tour majors until May, when he won the Senior PGA Championship. Now, he has won two of his past three majors to become just the fifth golfer to win both the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open in the same year.

    The 51-year-old said he has become more patient with age.

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  • Chandler Parsons headed to Mavericks, Rockets not matching offer

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    The Houston Rockets have decided not to match the three-year, $46 million offer sheet for Chandler Parsons. That means not only will Parsons no longer be in a Rockets uniform, he will be staying in the Southwest division to play for the Mavericks.

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  • How difficult will it be for LeBron James to win a title in Cleveland?

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports2 days ago

    Matt Stroup and Kurt Helin break down LeBron James' decision to return to Cleveland. The guys discuss LeBron's article published by Sports Illustrated in which "The King" speaks about how difficult it was for him to leave his hometown in 2010. Stroup wonders how courageous of a move this is for LeBron to return to a place where he failed to deliver a championship.

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  • LeBron James to return home, sign with Cleveland Cavaliers

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports2 days ago

    Thomas Wolfe was wrong, at least about LeBron James. You can go home again.

    LeBron James is heading back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he announced the decision on his own terms.

    LeBron, via Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated:

    I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.

    Wow. Wow. Wow.

    For a long time, many didn’t believe the Cavs had a serious chance to lure LeBron back, but they did it.

    In Cleveland he will be welcomed home like the prodigal son. 

    [ RELATED: Why LeBron is going home, in his own words ]

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  • Photo finish: Trentin edges Sagan in Stage 7 of Tour de France

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports2 days ago

    NANCY, France -- Matteo Trentin of Italy won Friday's seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after a group crash and a hilly final section split the pack.

    Fellow Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead. U.S. rider Tejay van Van Garderen, who crashed within the last 17 kilometers, was the big loser on the day -- with his fall costing him more than a minute in the title chase.

    The sun finally broke through clouds that had dumped rain over riders in recent days for the 234.5 kilometer (146 mile) ride from Epernay, the capital of Champagne country, to the eastern city of Nancy.

    Trentin, a 24-year-old rider who won a stage in the Tour of Switzerland earlier this year, beat Slovakia's Peter Sagan by what looked like no more than a centimeter or two on the finish-line photo of the final sprint.

    Trentin patted the Cannondale rider on the back after crossing the line. Sagan, who has come close several times, has yet to win a stage this year.

    France's Tony Gallopin was third.

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  • Grady Sizemore back in bigs after Phillies call-up

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports2 days ago

    Grady Sizemore is set to join the Phillies.

    Following Thursday's 9-1 win over the Brewers, the Phils optioned right-handed pitcher David Buchanan to Triple A Lehigh Valley and selected Sizemore's contract from the IronPigs. To make room for Sizemore on the 40-man roster, Cliff Lee was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

    Sizemore, 31, went 13 for 45 (.289) with a double and a homer in 10 games for Lehigh Valley and can play all three outfield positions. He'll join the Phils on Friday, when they open a three-game set with the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

    Sizemore previously hit .216 with 14 extra-base hits in 52 games for the Red Sox this season. Boston released the former three-time All-Star on June 18, and he signed with the Phils on June 24.

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  • Chicago Fire, MLS seeing post-World Cup rise in popularity

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports2 days ago

    If this year's World Cup has taught us anything, it's that soccer is pretty darn popular in America these days.

    And though the best leagues in the world might play their games on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S.'s league is gaining in popularity, as well.

    The MLS and the Chicago Fire are seeing spikes in their popularity thanks not only to the World Cup but also to the overall adoption as soccer as a mainstream sport in the U.S.

    "The league has grown leaps and bounds, whether it's new teams that are coming in, the players that are coming into the league," Fire chief operating officer Atul Khosla said in an interview with CSN. "And that has helped grow the popularity of the league and the sport in general.

    "We're seeing the biggest growth with the young fans. It's 25, 35-year-olds that are growing up with the sport or have grown up with the sport for the first time. And that is a generation shift from where things were seven, eight years ago."

    The MLS recently inked a national TV deal that will last eight years and net the league about $100 million.

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  • WATCH: Horses ride alongside peloton at Tour de France

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports2 days ago

    As if the Tour de France isn't picturesque enough, the countryside added an extra element of beauty-in-motion to Stage 7. As the riders cruised through a flat straightaway between Epernay and Nancy in northern France, three eager onlookers stayed neck and neck with the peloton ... on horses. 

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