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  • 12 Jun
    BERNE, Switzerland -- Forget thoughts of Adam Yates settling for what he has already achieved in this Tour de France: hes ready to attack Chris Froomes overall lead.Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) has shown throughout the Tours 16 stages that he is more than capable of mixing it with the worlds best, having worked his way into third place overall and holding the white jacket of best young rider.Froome leads the Tour by one minute 47 seconds to Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) with Yates two minutes 45 seconds behind his compatriot. However, the Bury cyclist is ready to attack Froome in the Alps.Nobody is fresh. Nobody is feeling good. But you just have to push past it. And if I do have good legs then I will try something, said Yates, who began the Tour with winning a stage as one of his goals.Asked if he would attack Froome, Yates said: Why not? He is looking pretty strong and he has shown it for the whole race so far. I cant really see him having a bad day, because he is going that well.He seems to be much stronger than everyone else. If he does have a moment of weakness, then why cant you try something ... why wouldnt try something?Yates was then asked what he thought about Froomes earlier remark that, while he really admired Yates performance so far, he did not think his countryman would attack him.Froome said of Yates: He has a really aggressive race so far. Hes coping well. Is he a threat for the overall? I wouldnt look at him in the same light as Quintana. I wouldnt expect him to put me under pressure and attack in a big mountain stage. But he is holding his spot, which is extremely impressive for a rider his age.When asked about Froomes belief that Yates would not attack him, Yates replied: He wouldnt? ... Oh, well see what happens.As for whether being underestimated by Froome could be used to his advantage?Nothing is really going to change, Yates said. Sky is still going to be on the front at a super strong, super-fast tempo. People are still going to attack him. It is just whether Im feeling good and I can try something. But in terms of actual tactics, nothings really changed.However, Yates understood why Froome would consider Quintana before him as a threat. The Colombian has finished second to Froome in the two Tours he has won -- in 2013 and 2015 -- after making a late charge that ultimately came too late into the race. Quintana also became the first Colombian to win the Giro dItalia in 2014.Its my first time riding with the GC [general classification] boys, said Yates, who made his Tour debut last year for the experience. Im the underdog, Quintana has won [a] grand tour ... They should be attacking. [Australian Richie] Porte (BMC) has ridden high. Im just doing my best.The Tour resumes on Wednesday for the first of four days in the mountain range, the 184.5km from Berne to Finhaut-Emosson in Switzerland that has a summit finish.Thursdays 18th stage pits the riders over a 17km mountain time trial from Sallanches to Megève. Then on Friday, stage 19 is 146km from Albertville to Saint Gervais Mont Blanc.The last day in the Alps is Saturdays 146.5km 20th stage from Megève to Morzine. The Tour finishes on Sunday with a flat 113km stage from Chantilly to the Champs élysées in Paris. Cheap Air Max 720 China Discount . It was the kind of score that might make everyone else wonder which course he was playing. Except that Graeme McDowell saw the whole thing. Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, McDowell looked over at the powerful American and said, "Ive probably seen 18 of the best drives Ive seen all year in the last two days. Discount Air Max Sale . 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God if we had done this as coaches, maybe we would have won every one of those games.Outside of a second half meltdown at Miami earlier this month, hes right. Pitts three other losses -- to Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina -- were by a combined 11 points.Yet Narduzzi and the Panthers (7-4, 4-3) have done an excellent job of not getting caught up in what might have been. Theyre surging toward the finish line following a 56-14 romp over Duke last weekend that may have been their most complete performance in Narduzzis two-year tenure. And while Pitt still needs to beat Syracuse (4-7, 2-5) to match its eight-win total of last season, the feeling this time around is decidedly different.Without a doubt, its a much better group, Narduzzi said.One that didnt let the raw emotions of disappointment bleed from one Saturday to the next, something Narduzzi credited in part to the maturity of a team featuring 19 seniors and 16 redshirt juniors.It tells you what kind of leadership we have, that (finishing strong) is what theyre talking about, not girls and where theyre going tonight, he said.Knowing the offense is going to find innovative ways to move the ball week in and week out certainly helped.The Panthers have already set a school record for points in a season (432) with two more games to go thanks to the creative tinkering by first-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada. A unit that began the year with no proven playmakers at wide receiver is averaging 39.27 points..dddddddddddd. Pitt has thrived behind junior running back James Conner, steady play by senior quarterback Nate Peterman, do-everything wide receiver/returner Quadree Henderson and a seemingly endless variety of formations designed to highlight mismatches and take advantage of a big and experienced offensive line.You come in on Mondays, you dont know what (Canada is) going to throw at you, offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty said. All the motion we do, you just never know what hes going to do. Sometimes I feel he sits in that offense a little too long (and) draws up some plays that are unreal. They just seem to work.The Panthers have needed them to work while one of the nations worst pass defenses figured things out. Even after holding Duke to 243 yards through the air, Pitt is still 127th in the nation against the pass. Yet that hasnt stopped it from being on the cusp of winning eight games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008-2009.Its a different world (than when I got here in 2012), Bisnowaty said. I think the program is about winning ... My first year we won six games or so, last year we won eight. This year we have a chance to win more than that. Its just going back to playing the best football we can play.Game notes Conner was named the winner of the 2016 Disney Sports Spirit Award on Monday. The award is given annually to the nations most inspirational player. Conner was diagnosed with cancer last Thanksgiving and went through months of draining chemotherapy but has returned to the form that helped him capture the 2014 ACC Player of the Year. Conner became the ACCs all-time leading touchdown scorer last week when his two scored against Duke gave him 53 on his career.---More AP college football: and ' ' '