Saturday, April 21, 2018
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TOUR DE FRANCE

FROOME STILL LEADS BEFORE REST DAY

ARCALIS, Andorra — Through hail, heat and constant pressure from his main rivals, Chris Froome rode strong during the toughest stage in the Pyrenees of the Tour de France on Sunday.

The British rider's furious pedaling in an uphill finish padded his lead and put him in control with the yellow jersey entering the race's first rest day.

"That was a tough stage and the weather made it even tougher," Froome said. "One minute we were pouring water over our heads and ice packs down our backs and the next minute there was ice falling from the sky."

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin won the ninth leg with a solo breakaway on the beyond-category finishing climb. Meanwhile, two-time champion Alberto Contador pulled out due to a fever.

MMA

A breakthrough at UFC 200

Amanda Nunes became the UFC's first openly gay champion with a first-round submission of Miesha Tate for the bantamweight title at UFC 200 late Saturday night in Las Vegas. "This is amazing," Nunes (13-4) said after pointing to her girlfriend, Nina Ansaroff. "The most important thing is I'm happy with my life. … She means everything to me. This girl, she helped me every day."

PRO BASKETBALL

Heat gets busy filling holes

Udonis Haslem is coming back for a 14th season in Miami, Tyler Johnson's move to Brooklyn might be getting cancelled and a Heat roster that had plenty of holes suddenly seems revamped. Haslem, a former Gator, signed a one-year deal worth $4 million as the Heat made a flurry of moves while facing an 11:59 p.m. deadline to decide if it would match a $50 million, four-year offer Johnson received from the Nets. SG Wayne Ellington ($12 million for two years) and F James Johnson ($4 million for one year) signed their contracts, and a deal with F Derrick Williams ($5 million for one year) became finalized. The Heat also acquired F Luke Babbitt from New Orleans for cash considerations and a 2018 second-round pick.

MORE NBA: The Trail Blazers matched the Nets' offer sheet for G Allen Crabbe. … The Grizzlies acquired G Troy Daniels from the Hornets and agreed to terms with him on a three-year deal.

WNBA: Angel McCoughtry had 26 points to help visiting Atlanta hold off Connecticut 67-63. … Host New York never trailed in a 75-65 win over San Antonio.

ET CETERA

NFL: San Diego voters will decide in November on the Chargers' proposal to raise hotel taxes for a downtown stadium and convention facility.

SOCCER: In MLS, visiting Portland held on for a 0-0 tie with New York to extend its unbeaten streak to seven games. And host Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-1 win over New York City FC.

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