The Latest: Michigan-Illinois men's hoops postponed
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Michigan’s men’s basketball game Thursday against Illinois has been postponed. That came after several positive tests for a new COVID-19 variant that transmits at a higher rate. Michigan said it expects to resume the men’s basketball season Feb. 14 at Wisconsin. ___The Boston College women’s basketball team is going back into a COVID shutdown for the second time in a month. The Atlantic Coast Conference postponed BC’s next two games after a positive test and contact tracing within the program.
Defending champion Egan Bernal withdraws from Tour de France
Colombia's Egan Bernal and Slovakia's Peter Sagan ride at the end of the 16th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 164 kilometers from La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)GRENOBLE – Defending Tour de France champion Egan Bernal has pulled out of the race ahead of a mammoth stage in the Alps, his Ineos Grenadiers team said Wednesday. Bernal was in 16th place overall, 19 minutes and fours seconds behind race leader Primoz Roglic. “This is obviously not how I wanted my Tour de France to end, but I agree that it is the right decision for me in the circumstances," Bernal said. ___More Tour de France coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/TourdeFrance and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Andersen wins Stage 14 at Tour de France led by Roglic
Denmark's Soren Kragh Andersen crosses the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 194 kilometers (120,5 miles) with start in Clermont-Ferrand and finish in Lyon, France, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)LYON – Soren Kragh Andersen broke clear in a fast-changing finish on the roads of Lyon to win Stage 14 of the Tour de France on Saturday. Primoz Roglic, the overall leader, had a drama-free day to finish safely and keep the yellow jersey he claimed last Sunday. After two sharp climbs and several attacks in the last 10 kilometers (six miles), Andersen broke away with three kilometres (two miles) left to finish 15 seconds ahead of the chasing pack. In a stellar Tour for Slovenia, Luka Mezgec took the sprint for second and Simon Consonni was third.
Seventh heaven: Furious stage kick-starts Tour de France
(Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP)LAVAUR The most furious day of racing so far at the Tour de France produced multiple winners Friday. Among them were Alexander Kristoff, the winner of Stage 1, and Caleb Ewan, who won Stage 3. In a mid-stage sprint and again later at the finish, Sagan picked up sufficient points to wrest back the jersey from Bennett. He also won Stage 5. ___More Tour de France coverage: https://apnews.com/TourdeFrance and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Late but still going: The strangest Tour de France sets off
Alexander Kristoff of Norway celebrates on the podium after winning the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 156 kilometers (97 miles) with start and finish in Nice, southern France, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Riders will have daily health checks and coronavirus tests during the race, and can be tossed out if they fail them. Entire teams could be sent home if two or more riders or staff test positive for COVID-19 within a week. But the Tour, delayed from July, survived and is becoming a gauge of the feasibility of continuing to hold sporting mega-events during the pandemic. Another crash took out a heap of riders in the dash to the line on Nice's splendid seafront.