Say hello to the 2012 Tour de France champ

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Say hello to the 2012 Tour de France champ

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PARIS (AP) -- After making history in Paris, Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins is heading home to London hoping to add an Olympic gold medal to go with his yellow jersey. The first Briton to win cycling's showcase event will start the Olympic time trial Aug. 1 as a big favorite for the gold, after dominating the event twice during the Tour de France. The 32-year-old Londoner showed during the Tour that he can beat all comers in the race-against-the-clock, even after 2,175 miles of racing over three weeks in one of the ultimate endurance tests in all of sports. After donning his winner's yellow jersey on the Champs-Elysees, Wiggins immediately began turning his focus to his Olympic race in just over a week. He even promised to forgo the Tour winner's traditional glass of champagne. "Everything turns to the Olympics and I'll be out on the bike tomorrow and I've got an Olympic time trial to try and win," Wiggins said. Sacrificing the traditional Tour winner's party was difficult but necessary, Wiggins said, because winning in his home Olympics "is a higher priority than anything else." "It's a little weird to leave Paris without a party because it would be nice to spend time with the team and really enjoy it," Wiggins said. Mark Cavendish, Wiggins' teammate on Team Sky, also is aiming to transition quickly from Parisian boulevards to English lanes. The world champion from Britain's Isle of Man wants to follow up his dominating sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday with a win in the Olympic road race on July 28. If anything, Cavendish is even more heavily favored to win the road race than Wiggins is in the time trial. Regarded as the fastest man on a bike, the road world champion has not been as successful this year as in previous Tours. He kept his personal ambitions somewhat in check to put Wiggins in yellow during the Tour. He still won three stages along the way, taking his career total to 23, putting him in fourth place at the relatively young age of 27. Any other cyclist would consider that a very successful Tour, but Cavendish admitted he felt frustrated at times not being able to nab five or six stage victories as he has during his domination of sprints in recent years. Cavendish knew before the Tour this year's race would not be set up for him. He spent the first half of the season training specifically for the road race at the London Olympics, losing nine pounds (four kilograms) to be able to tackle the nine climbs of Box Hill in Surrey on Saturday. Wiggins enjoyed a perfect Tour from the start and secured the victory with a dominating performance in Saturday's final time trial to extend his already commanding lead. And with Cavendish having sacrificed some opportunities for more stage wins by helping his teammate protect the yellow jersey, Wiggins was all too happy to pay him back over the final miles of the race -- normally a time when the winner is merely cruising along and already receiving congratulations from other riders. Wiggins pulled ahead to lead the Sky train shortly before it pulled onto the Champs-Elysees for the final time as the team set Cavendish up for the sprint. "It's hard to take in as it happens," Wiggins said. "Every lap of the Champs-Elysees was goose-pimple stuff. We had a job to do with Mark today and we were all motivated to do that so it made it go a lot quicker. The concentration was high and for Mark to finish it off like that ... well, it couldn't get any better." Cavendish -- widely regarded as the best sprinter in the world -- won the final stage of the Tour for the fourth year in a row. After Wiggins pulled back, Edvald Boasson Hagen delivered the perfect lead-out for Cavendish to sprint away from his rivals at the end of the 74.6-mile stage. Cavendish accelerated coming out of the final corner, never looked back and raised four fingers as he crossed the line. "That was incredible, what a sight," Cavendish said. "The yellow jersey, Brad Wiggins pulling at the end. ... I just gave everything to the line, I wanted it so bad. It's the cherry on top of an amazing Tour for us." The seven stage wins was a record haul for British riders in the Tour, beating the previous record of six stage wins -- all by Cavendish -- in 2009. This time the victories were divided up between Cavendish (3), Wiggins (2), David Millar (1) and Christopher Froome (1). All four, with Ian Stannard, will compete in Saturday's road race on the opening day of the Olympics with the aim of propelling Cavendish to another triumph. "We won seven stages in total, that's one out of three stages won by a British rider," Cavendish said. "The guys in the Olympic team have one more job to do, but it's been an incredible few weeks for us."

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How Wizards can acquire pick (and from whom) in tonight's NBA draft

How Wizards can acquire pick (and from whom) in tonight's NBA draft

When a team doesn't have any draft picks, as is the case with the Wizards going into tonight, it can buy its way in from teams that are overloaded with too many.

The Wizards shipped their No. 52 selection to the New Orleans Pelicans late Wednesday for Tim Frazier, banking on him being better than any of the options expected to be available. League sources told CSNmidatlantic.com that they'll be actively pursuing another pick for tonight's event that begins at 7 p.m. ET.

But there are several teams that are bogged down with picks. The Philadelphia 76ers, who have the No. 1 overall selection, also have four second-rounders.

The Boston Celtics, who traded down to No. 3 overall in a deal with the Sixers a week ago, have three second-round picks. 

It's simple math for NBA teams. There's a cap on the size of the roster they can carry during the offseason (20) and when the regular season begins (15 + two "two-way" players). The offseason roster includes free agents signed after the draft -- often for little or no guaranteed money -- to attend summer league play in July and training camp in September.

The Sixers have nine guaranteed contracts for 2017-18 and four non-guaranteed deals to decide on. 

[RELATED: 5 things to know about new Wizards point guard Tim Frazier]

Not intrigued by what they saw left on the board when they were set to pick 46th in 2014, the Wizards sold their spot to the L.A. Lakers for $1.8 million. Russ Smith, Cameron Bairstow, Devyn Marble and Cory Jefferson were among the players who were drafted in the next 14 picks which speaks to how difficult it is to find a player who can actually contribute this deep. 

Frazier was available but went undrafted out of Penn State. Tyler Johnson and Langston Galloway also weren't chosen but currently are firmly planted in the NBA. 

In the 2017 collective bargaining agreement, teams were given a bump from $3.6 million to $5.1 million for cash transactions per season that a team can send or receive. This money can be used to buy picks.

In the 2016 draft, for instance, the Golden State Warriors purchased the No. 38 pick from the Milwaukee Bucks to take Patrick McCaw who came off the bench to make key plays in Game 5 of their NBA championship win earlier this month. The move cost $2.4 million.

Tonight, the Sixers' four second-round picks fall from Nos. 36-50; the Celtics own Nos. 37, 53 and 56; the Orlando Magic have Nos. 33 and 35; the Atlanta Hawks hold Nos. 41 and 60; the Utah Jazz have Nos. 42 and 55; the Knicks own Nos. 44 and 58; the Houston Rockets have Nos. 43 and 45; and the Denver Nuggets possess Nos. 49 and 51.

[RELATED: Reasons why dealing for Tim Frazier works for Wizards]

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NHL releases Capitals 2017-2018 regular season schedule

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NHL releases Capitals 2017-2018 regular season schedule

The Washington Capitals' 2017-2018 season includes 34 home games at Verizon Center and two, four-game homestands.

The Caps open the season in Ottawa against the Senators Thursday, Oct. 5.

The first home game of the season will be against the Montreal Canadians Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Verizon Center.

Here are some other notable dates on the schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 11 — The Caps host defending Stanley Cup champion and rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Friday, Nov. 10 — The Caps travel to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins

Tuesday, Nov. 14 — The Caps face the defending Western Conference champions, the Nashville Predators in Nashville.

Saturday, Nov. 18 to Friday, Nov. 24 — The Caps host a four-game homestand against Minnesota, Calgary, Ottawa and Tampa Bay respectively.

Saturday, Dec. 2 to Friday, Dec. 8 — The Caps host a four-game homestand against Columbus, San Jose, Chicago and the Rangers respectively.

Saturday, Dec. 23 — The Caps travel to Las Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the first time.

Saturday, Jan. 13 to Wednesday, Jan. 17 — BYE WEEK

Saturday, Jan. 27 to Sunday, Jan. 28 — All Star Weekend

Friday, Feb. 2 — The Caps travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins for the third time this season.

Sunday, Feb. 4 — The Caps host the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Super Bowl Sunday.

Saturday, Mar. 3 — The Caps host the Mape Leafs for their Stadium Series game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

Sunday, Apr. 1 — The Caps travel to Pittsburgh for the fourth and final time.

Thursday, Apr. 5 — The Caps host the Nashville Predators in their second to last game of the season.

Saturday, Apr. 7 — The Caps regular season ends at home against the New Jersey Devils.

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