Sport Tour de France tweaks 2021 dates, avoids Olympic clash
NFL, NFLPA reach agreement on 2021 salary cap
The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to some compromises regarding finances. Next year’s salary cap will be no lower than $175M, Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo of NFL.com report. Rather than borrowing money from projected future revenues through 2030 — as the players initially sought — this agreement will take projected funds through 2024 to help guard against a salary cap free fall this season could cause, Mark Maske of the Washington Post tweets. Read more here.
The 2021 Tour de France will start a week earlier than originally scheduled, avoiding an overlap with the start of the Tokyo Olympics that were postponed to next year.
“The French stage race will finish on 18 July, the weekend before the first weekend of the Olympics,”Tuesday.
The 2021 Tour was originally scheduled to start July 2 in Copenhagen, setting up for a July 25 finish in Paris.
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That was before the Olympics were postponed by one year, to open July 23, 2021. The men’s road race, traditionally one of the first medal events, is scheduled July 24.
The 2020 Tour de France was also originally scheduled a week earlier that normal to avoid an Olympic clash. The 2020 Tour was postponed to an Aug. 29 start due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Having the Tour end a week before the Olympics better allows top cyclists to compete in both events.
Australian Rohan Dennis, the 2018 and 2019 World time trial champion, previously said he might have to skip the 2021 Tour if it overlapped with the Tokyo Games.
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NFL, NFLPA agree on training camp setup, opt-out system
Days before full teams are scheduled to report to training camp, the NFL and NFLPA have reached agreements on other fronts as well. Here is the latest on the solutions the sides reached after months of negotiations:Training camps will still begin July 28, but the acclimation period players sought will take place. No full-padded practices will occur until August 17, Lindsay Jones of The Athletic tweets. Eight days of strength and conditioning will first take place before four days of helmets-and-shells work commences, Jones adds. Days 1-6 of camp will consist of COVID-19 testing and virtual meetings, per SI.
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