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America’s Cup weekend, Portsmouth

Massive weekend of racing at Portsmouth for the 2016 America’s Cup.  Leaderboard: Bar [UK] 82 points, Oracle [USA, current holders] 81 points.

Watch highlights on BBC Red Button and online from 23:30-00:30 BST on Sunday, 24 July and 13:45-14:45 on BBC Two on Monday, 25 July.

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These are early days. There is much racing to take place before the real stuff begins:…

Froome set to win the Tour de France

chris froomePity Wiggia’s not still here, so it will have to be me mentioning it.

If you look at the past few results [further down], including tomorrow’s, that makes 4 out of 5 for British riders, which is pretty impressive but all the more impressive for Chris Froome, it will be [if he doesn’t have an accident] his third and back-to-back at that.

Chris Froome is set to become the first Briton to win three Tour de France titles after safely negotiating a rain-soaked penultimate stage in the Alps.

The stormy weather made for treacherous racing on slippery roads but Team Sky’s Froome survived the final descent into Morzine to maintain his overall lead.

Froome’s lead over Romain Bardet of four minutes five seconds will not be tested on the final stage in Paris.

The Foodies

Were you not brought up on his humour, which most over here were not but millions of Americans, over two decades were, you’d have missed the big spat with Leno, Letterman and him.

Also, it takes some getting used to. Even after the one episode, there is that whiff of the set-up and the surliness of Jordan then becomes understandable, not unlike Dame Edna’s Madge, but with an edge.

The nice thing about his shows are the way he brings in his staffers as the co-stars, especially his long suffering Armenian assistant, Sona, who is good value, plus the overseas or on the road clips involving the locals.

To me, that lifts his show out of the ordinary. Some I can take or leave, such as the put-downs but there are two episodes this evening I’m going to run, showing the power of TV to educate if it wishes to. Information-lite, yes but giving a feel for Armenia.…