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Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 4

FINAL ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Buffalo 35% 19
Houston -4.5 65% 22
FINAL ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Tennessee 31% 20
New England -5.5 69% 13

Sunday, Jan. 5

FINAL ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Minnesota 23% 26
New Orleans -8.5 77% 20
FINAL ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Seattle 31% 17
Philadelphia -5.5 69% 9
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2019-2020 NBA prediction Jan.

Saturday, Jan. 11

  5 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Timberwolves 20%
Rockets -8.5 80%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 32%
Pistons -5 68%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans 19%
Celtics -9 81%
8 p.m.
Lakers 47%
Thunder -1 53%
8:30 p.m.
76ers 38%
Mavericks -3 62%
9 p.m.
Cavaliers 7%
Nuggets -16 93%
10 p.m.
Bucks -3 62%
Trail Blazers 38%

Sunday, Jan. 12

  3:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat -6 73%
Knicks 27%
3:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Jazz -2 59%
Wizards 41%
6 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hawks 38%
Nets -3 62%
6 p.m.
Warriors 22%
Grizzlies -8 78%
6 p.m.
Spurs 23%
Raptors -7.5 77%
8 p.m.
Hornets 17%
Suns -10 83%
8 p.m.
Clippers 42%
Nuggets -2 58%

Monday, Jan. 13

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans -2 57%
Pistons 43%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
76ers PK 50%
Pacers 50%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 15%
Celtics -11 85%
8 p.m.
Thunder 38%
Timberwolves -3 62%
10 p.m.
Hornets 14%
Trail Blazers -11 86%
10 p.m.
Magic 41%
Kings -2 59%
10:30 p.m.
Cavaliers 8%
Lakers -15 92%

Tuesday, Jan. 14

  7:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Suns 50%
Hawks PK 50%
  7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Jazz -4.5 67%
Nets 33%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Rockets -4.5 68%
Grizzlies 32%
8 p.m.
Knicks 5%
Bucks -18 95%
10:30 p.m.
Cavaliers 6%
Clippers -16.5 94%
10:30 p.m.
Mavericks -5.5 72%
Warriors 28%

Wednesday, Jan. 15

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nets 12%
76ers -12 88%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pistons 14%
Celtics -11.5 86%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Spurs 24%
Heat -7.5 76%
8 p.m.
Pacers 34%
Timberwolves -4 66%
8 p.m.
Raptors 47%
Thunder -0.5 53%
8 p.m.
Wizards 46%
Bulls -1 54%
9 p.m.
Hornets 7%
Nuggets -16 93%
9:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers 18%
Rockets -9.5 82%
10 p.m.
Mavericks -1 54%
Kings 46%
10:30 p.m.
Magic 15%
Lakers -11 85%

Thursday, Jan. 16

  7:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Suns -4 65%
Knicks 35%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Celtics 20%
Bucks -8.5 80%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Jazz 42%
Pelicans -2 58%
10:30 p.m.
Nuggets -3 61%
Warriors 39%
10:30 p.m.
Magic 11%
Clippers -13.5 89%

Friday, Jan. 17

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 15%
76ers -10.5 85%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Timberwolves 38%
Pacers -3 62%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Wizards 18%
Raptors -9.5 82%
8 p.m.
Cavaliers 24%
Grizzlies -7 76%
8 p.m.
Heat 33%
Thunder -4.5 67%
8:30 p.m.
Hawks 30%
Spurs -5.5 70%
9:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers 19%
Mavericks -9 81%

Saturday, Jan. 18

  3:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Clippers -1 53%
Pelicans 47%
6 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bucks -5 69%
Nets 31%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Suns 23%
Celtics -7.5 77%
7:30 p.m.
Pistons 43%
Hawks -2 57%
7:30 p.m.
76ers -6.5 73%
Knicks 27%
8 p.m.
Cavaliers 32%
Bulls -4.5 68%
8 p.m.
Raptors -1 54%
Timberwolves 46%
8:30 p.m.
Lakers 36%
Rockets -3.5 64%
8:30 p.m.
Magic 48%
Warriors -0.5 52%
9 p.m.
Trail Blazers 27%
Thunder -6.5 73%
9 p.m.
Kings 17%
Jazz -10 83%

Sunday, Jan. 19

  3 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat -0.5 51%
Spurs 49%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pacers 18%
Nuggets -9.5 82%

Monday, Jan. 20

  2 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pistons 28%
Wizards -6 72%
2:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Raptors -5 70%
Hawks 30%
3 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
76ers -1.5 56%
Nets 44%
5 p.m.
Bulls 9%
Bucks -14.5 91%
5 p.m.
Pelicans -0.5 52%
Grizzlies 48%
5 p.m.
Knicks 27%
Cavaliers -6.5 73%
5 p.m.
Thunder 22%
Rockets -8 78%
5 p.m.
Magic -2 58%
Hornets 42%
5 p.m.
Kings 32%
Heat -4.5 68%
7:30 p.m.
Lakers 45%
Celtics -1 55%
8 p.m.
Nuggets 44%
Timberwolves -1.5 56%
9 p.m.
Pacers 15%
Jazz -10.5 85%
9 p.m.
Spurs 25%
Suns -7 75%
10 p.m.
Warriors 27%
Trail Blazers -6.5 73%

Tuesday, Jan. 21

  8:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Clippers 44%
Mavericks -1.5 56%

Wednesday, Jan. 22

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Thunder 48%
Magic -0.5 52%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
76ers 32%
Raptors -4.5 68%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Kings 46%
Pistons -1 54%
7:30 p.m.
Clippers -5 69%
Hawks 31%
7:30 p.m.
Lakers -10.5 85%
Knicks 15%
7:30 p.m.
Grizzlies 19%
Celtics -9 81%
7:30 p.m.
Wizards 26%
Heat -6.5 74%
8 p.m.
Timberwolves -0.5 52%
Bulls 48%
8 p.m.
Spurs 21%
Pelicans -8 79%
9 p.m.
Pacers 36%
Suns -3.5 64%
9:30 p.m.
Nuggets 29%
Rockets -5.5 71%
10 p.m.
Jazz -4.5 68%
Warriors 32%

Thursday, Jan. 23

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Wizards 44%
Cavaliers -1.5 56%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Lakers -2.5 60%
Nets 40%
10:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks -2 58%
Trail Blazers 42%

Friday, Jan. 24

  3 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bucks -14 90%
Hornets 10%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Celtics -1 55%
Magic 45%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Grizzlies 45%
Pistons -1.5 55%
7:30 p.m.
Raptors -9 81%
Knicks 19%
8 p.m.
Hawks 18%
Thunder -9 82%
8 p.m.
Nuggets 43%
Pelicans -1.5 57%
8 p.m.
Rockets -2.5 59%
Timberwolves 41%
8 p.m.
Clippers -2 57%
Heat 43%
8 p.m.
Kings 46%
Bulls -1 54%
8:30 p.m.
Suns 43%
Spurs -1.5 57%
10:30 p.m.
Pacers -0.5 51%
Warriors 49%

Saturday, Jan. 25

  5 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks 35%
Jazz -4 65%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nets -0.5 53%
Pistons 47%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 34%
Cavaliers -4 66%
8 p.m.
Thunder 42%
Timberwolves -2 58%
8:30 p.m.
Lakers 47%
76ers -1 53%

Sunday, Jan. 26

  3:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Rockets 39%
Nuggets -2.5 61%
4 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Raptors -3.5 63%
Spurs 37%
6 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nets -1.5 56%
Knicks 44%
6 p.m.
Celtics 42%
Pelicans -2 58%
6 p.m.
Clippers -4.5 67%
Magic 33%
6 p.m.
Suns 41%
Grizzlies -2.5 59%
6 p.m.
Wizards 46%
Hawks -1 54%
9 p.m.
Pacers 39%
Trail Blazers -3 61%

Monday, Jan. 27

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Cavaliers 32%
Pistons -4.5 68%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Magic 23%
Heat -7.5 77%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks 47%
Thunder -1 53%
8 p.m.
Spurs 35%
Bulls -4 65%
8 p.m.
Kings 31%
Timberwolves -5 69%
9 p.m.
Rockets 34%
Jazz -4 66%

Tuesday, Jan. 28

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Warriors 12%
76ers -12.5 88%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Knicks 33%
Hornets -4.5 67%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hawks 13%
Raptors -11.5 87%
7:30 p.m.
Celtics -0.5 52%
Heat 48%
7:30 p.m.
Pelicans -5.5 70%
Cavaliers 30%
8 p.m.
Nuggets -2 58%
Grizzlies 42%
8 p.m.
Wizards 14%
Bucks -11.5 86%
8:30 p.m.
Suns 24%
Mavericks -7.5 76%
10 p.m.
Clippers 39%
Lakers -2.5 61%

Wednesday, Jan. 29

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 24%
Pacers -7 76%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pistons 27%
Nets -6 73%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Grizzlies -3 61%
Knicks 39%
8:30 p.m.
Jazz -3 62%
Spurs 38%
10 p.m.
Rockets -3.5 64%
Trail Blazers 36%
10 p.m.
Thunder 50%
Kings PK 50%

Thursday, Jan. 30

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hornets 19%
Wizards -9 81%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Raptors -6 73%
Cavaliers 27%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
76ers -5 70%
Hawks 30%
  8 p.m.
Warriors 15%
Celtics -11 85%
10:30 p.m.
Kings 11%
Clippers -13 89%
10:30 p.m.
Jazz 26%
Nuggets -6.5 74%

Friday, Jan. 31

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Raptors -3.5 64%
Pistons 36%
  7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 28%
Nets -6 72%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Mavericks 33%
Rockets -4.5 67%
8 p.m.
Grizzlies 24%
Pelicans -7.5 76%
9 p.m.
Nuggets 21%
Bucks -8.5 79%
9 p.m.
Thunder 46%
Suns -1 54%
10:30 p.m.
Trail Blazers 16%
Lakers -10.5 85%
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2019-20 NBA Predictions-Monday, Jan. 6-Sunday, Jan. 12

2019-20 NBA Predictions

Monday, Jan. 6

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Nets 27%
Magic -6 73%
  7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Celtics -4 65%
Wizards 35%
  7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pacers -2.5 60%
Hornets 40%
7 p.m.
Thunder 21%
76ers -8 79%
7:30 p.m.
Nuggets -3.5 64%
Hawks 36%
8 p.m.
Jazz 42%
Pelicans -2 58%
8:30 p.m.
Bulls 16%
Mavericks -10.5 84%
8:30 p.m.
Bucks -7.5 78%
Spurs 22%
10 p.m.
Warriors 21%
Kings -8.5 79%

Tuesday, Jan. 7

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pistons 49%
Cavaliers -0.5 51%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Trail Blazers 24%
Raptors -7 76%
  7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Thunder -1 54%
Nets 46%
8 p.m.
Timberwolves 46%
Grizzlies -1 54%
  9 p.m.
Kings 28%
Suns -6 72%
10:30 p.m.
Knicks 6%
Lakers -17 94%

Wednesday, Jan. 8

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat 43%
Pacers -2 57%
  7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Spurs 12%
Celtics -12.5 88%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Raptors -5.5 70%
Hornets 30%
7 p.m.
Wizards 31%
Magic -5 69%
7:30 p.m.
Nuggets 34%
Mavericks -4 66%
7:30 p.m.
Rockets -6.5 73%
Hawks 27%
8 p.m.
Bulls 22%
Pelicans -8 78%
9 p.m.
Knicks 7%
Jazz -16 93%
10 p.m.
Bucks -9 81%
Warriors 19%

Thursday, Jan. 9

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Celtics 25%
76ers -6.5 75%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Cavaliers 23%
Pistons -7.5 77%
8 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Trail Blazers 32%
Timberwolves -4.5 68%
9:30 p.m.
Rockets -0.5 52%
Thunder 48%

Friday, Jan. 10

  7 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hawks 31%
Wizards -5 69%
7:15 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans -6 73%
Knicks 27%
7:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat 47%
Nets -0.5 53%
8 p.m.
Pacers 46%
Bulls -1 54%
8 p.m.
Spurs 31%
Grizzlies -5 69%
9 p.m.
Hornets 9%
Jazz -14.5 91%
9 p.m.
Magic 35%
Suns -3.5 65%
9:45 p.m.
Lakers 41%
Mavericks -2 59%
10 p.m.
Bucks -6 73%
Kings 27%
10:30 p.m.
Warriors 8%
Clippers -15.5 92%

Saturday, Jan. 11

  5 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Timberwolves 16%
Rockets -10 84%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Bulls 27%
Pistons -6 73%
7 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Pelicans 21%
Celtics -8.5 79%
8 p.m.
Lakers 49%
Thunder PK 51%
8:30 p.m.
76ers PK 50%
Mavericks 50%
9 p.m.
Cavaliers 8%
Nuggets -15.5 92%
10 p.m.
Bucks -4 66%
Trail Blazers 34%

Sunday, Jan. 12

  3:30 p.m. Eastern RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Heat -5.5 71%
Knicks 29%
3:30 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Jazz -1 55%
Wizards 45%
6 p.m. RAPTOR SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Hawks 30%
Nets -5.5 70%
6 p.m.
Warriors 27%
Grizzlies -6.5 73%
6 p.m.
Spurs 13%
Raptors -12 87%
8 p.m.
Hornets 17%
Suns -10 83%
8 p.m.
Clippers 49%
Nuggets -0.5 51%
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Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 11

4:35 p.m. Eastern ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Minnesota 33%
San Francisco -5 67%
8:15 p.m. ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Tennessee 13%
Baltimore -13 87%

Sunday, Jan. 12

3:05 p.m. Eastern ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Houston 17%
Kansas City -11 83%
6:40 p.m. ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Seattle 26%
Green Bay -7.5 74%
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The 10 best performances of the 2019 road season

We take a look at the performances that left us in awe in 2019.

10. Marianne Vos, La Course

Marianne Vos wins La Course 2019 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

2019 was the year that Marianne Vos emerged from her relative slumber to return to something like her very best. Perhaps her victories weren’t quite in the swashbuckling manner of her peak years, but she did establish a habit of winning through a mixture of sprints and punchy late accelerations, best epitomised by her devastating acceleration to win La Course.

With 400 metres to go Vos burst out of the peloton, catching Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) – who had moments earlier still seemed capable of surviving – in a flash, then sprinting all the way to the finish line without anyone else getting anywhere near her. She had time to sit up, celebrate, and still finish several seconds ahead of everyone else.

9. Remco Evenepoel, Clásica San Sebastián

Remco Evenepoel at the Clásica San Sebastián 2019 (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

If the peloton had maybe underestimated Remco Evenepoel before the junior sensation made his WorldTour debut at San Sebastián, they certainly won’t anymore after what happened in that race. When he attacked with Toms Skujiņš 20km from the finish, it initially was interpreted as a covering move in service of his more senior team-mates, with little urgency shown by the favourites for the race to chase them down.

Fast forward half an hour, however, and Evenepoel was crossing the line with his arms aloft and not another rider in sight, having used the diesel engine that would see him win the European time trial title a week later and silver at the Worlds a month later to drop Skujiņš and solo to victory.

8. Thomas De Gendt, Tour de France stage eight

Thomas De Gendt wins stage eight of the 2019 Tour de France (Sunada)

Every year the breakaway specialist-par excellence Thomas De Gendt produces at least one of the season’s best rides, and two of his wins from 2019 could easily have made this list. Ultimately we went for his triumph at the Tour de France over the Volta a Catalunya stage he won by over two-and-a-half-minutes due to the unmatched prestige of the race and considerable calibre of the opposition.

De Gendt himself ranks this as one of his very best, perhaps better even than his famous success on the Stelvio seven years ago, and it’s easy to see why. From the moment he slipped into the breakaway at the start of the day to when he crossed the finish line five hours later, he was forced to dig deep, first battling with his breakaway companion Alessandro De Marchi over relentlessly undulating terrain, then holding off a chasing group of stars to seal a typically hardy victory .

7. Annemiek van Vleuten, Giro Rosa stage five

Annemiek van Vleuten on stage five of the 2019 Gior Rosa (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Annemiek van Vleuten wasted no time in making her move on the queen stage of the Giro Rosa in June. After landslides forced a redesigned route that removed the Passo di Gavia, the Dutchwoman was determined to make the very most of the climbing that did remain, and attacked from the very bottom of the revised finishing climb, the Passo Fraele.

She immediately opened up a gap, which got bigger and bigger throughout the climb, and she eventually reached the summit with a huge advantage of nearly three minutes. That such a crushing ride does not even rank as Van Vleuten’s best this year (more on that later) demonstrates just what an exceptional 2019 she had.

6. Mathieu van der Poel, Tour of Flanders

Mathieu van der Poel will not ride the 2019 Paris-Roubaix (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Finishing fourth on debut at the Tour of Flanders, one of the world’s toughest races, is a fine achievement in itself, but that result alone doesn’t tell half the story of what Mathieu van der Poel did that day. At 60km from the finish, the Dutchman had a lapse in concentration while looking to dismount for a mechanical, tumbling over the handlebars and hitting the tarmac hard.

It looked like his race was over there and then, and he spent a considerable amount of time nursing his injuries before remounting. However, he refused to give up, and demonstrated extraordinary resilience to slowly work his way back up the field to eventually rejoin the group of favourites, and sprint for fourth. Without the crash, it’s fair to say that he probably would have won the race by a country mile.

5. Tadej Pogačar, Vuelta a España stage 20

Tadej Pogačar wins stage 20 of the Vuelta a España 2019 (Oscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)

A star was born in 2019 in the form of Tadej Pogačar, and his star-making ride came on the penultimate day of the Vuelta a España. The 20-year-old Slovenian had already wowed everyone on his Grand Tour debut by winning two stages to place fifth overall going into the stage, but he wasn’t done there.

Showing considerable ambition as well as bold endeavour, he caught everyone off guard by attacking with almost 40km still to ride, and somehow – despite having for the first time in his career accumulated three whole weeks of racing in his young legs – managed to distance all the other GC riders to not only win the stage, but leap all the way up to third overall.

4. Julian Alaphilippe, Tour de France stage 14

Geraint Thomas and Julian Alaphilippe on the slopes of the Tourmalet (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Many of Julian Alalphilippe’s performances could have made this list – his late attack to win Milan-San Remo, his untouchable sprint up the Mur de Huy to win Flèche Wallonne, and an unexpected Tour de France time trial victory in a discipline that had been perceived as a weakness.

But the one ride that we think best reflects his combative spirit was his defence of the yellow jersey on the Col du Tourmalet. He had already defied the odds on La Planche des Belles Filles and the aforementioned time trial to retain the overall lead, but going wheel-to-wheel with the peloton’s establishment of climbers on one of the world’s most iconic climbs to finish second behind Thibaut Pinot at the summit was his zenith.

3. Chloe Dygart, World Championships elite women’s time trial

Chloe Dygert at the UCI Road World Championships elite women’s time trial in Yorkshire (Sunada)

Heading into the women’s time trial at the Yorkshire Worlds this year, 22-year-old prodigy Chloe Dygart had been touted as a potential contender on the basis of her exploits on the track and in domestic road time trials. But no-one was prepared for the extent to which she would trounce the field on this blustery day in Harrogate.

The young American produced one of the all-time great performances against the clock, defeating runner-up Anna van der Breggen by 1-33, the biggest ever margin in an individual Worlds time trial, and passing a whole seven different riders who started out on the course before her. Whatever she goes on to achieve in the future, this extraordinary ride will live long in the memory.

2. Mathieu van der Poel, Amstel Gold Race

Mathieu van der Poel wins the 2019 Amstel Gold Race (BELGA / SUNADA)

Prior to Amstel Gold Race, we’d seen enough of cyclocross superstar Mathieu van der Poel to know that he was going to be good on the road. We just didn’t realise he was this good.

In just one race the 24-year-old seemed to rewrite the laws of what was possible in road racing. Received wisdom has it that anyone foolhardy enough to chase down a breakaway on their own without the help of any of the riders around him would find himself too tired to triumph come the finishing sprint.

However, the reverse happened in this case – instead of Van der Poel, who was doing all the pulling, it was the riders clinging onto his wheel who had nothing left at the finish, allowing the Dutchman to pull-off a jaw-dropping victory. It was a performance that whet the appetite for what he might go on to achieve in the future.

1. Annemiek van Vleuten, World Championships elite women’s road race

Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Yorkshire World Championships women’s road race (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Winning from a solo attack 100km from the finish in any circumstances would be enough to make headlines. To do so in the biggest race of the season, with some of the best riders in the world chasing you down on relentlessly challenging terrain, is to put in a performance for the ages.

“All day I thought it was super stupid, what I was doing,” Annemiek van Vleuten admitted after pulling off her remarkable feat in Yorkshire, yet what initially looked at best a decoy move in service of her teammates and at worst an overamibitous folly turned out to be a masterstroke, as Van Vleuten kept going and going to ultimatley win by over two minutes.

Three months on, you still feel that the enormity of her achievement hasn’t quite sunk in, but there will be plenty of time to reflect next season as the Dutchwoman proudly sports the rainbow jersey.

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NHL rumors 2019-20: Will Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators be early sellers?

The NHL is under its annual holiday roster freeze until 12:01 a.m. ET on Dec. 28. With the Feb. 24 trade deadline only two months away, non-contending clubs will be targeted by playoff hopefuls attempting to bolster their rosters with rental players.

Here’s a look at five clubs that could soon become early sellers in the trade market.

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Detroit Red Wings

Mired at the bottom of the standings, the once-mighty Red Wings have more rebuilding ahead of them. First-year general manager Steve Yzerman made a couple of early-season additions by acquiring Robby Fabbri from St. Louis and Brendan Perlini from Chicago. Given his club’s ongoing difficulties, he could be motivated to get an early start shedding players who no longer fit into his plans.

Unrestricted free agents like defensemen Mike Green and Trevor Daley are obvious trade candidates. Center Andreas Athanasiou could be another; he’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights whose production is well down from last season’s career-best 30-goal performance.

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New Jersey Devils

Having traded former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall last week to the Arizona Coyotes, Devils GM Ray Shero might not be done dealing. While he’s dismissed the notion that the Hall trade signaled the start of another rebuild, he could shop one or two pending UFAs before the trade deadline.

Defensemen Sami Vatanen and Andy Greene, along with winger Wayne Simmonds, fall into that category. There’s also talk winger Miles Wood could be available. He’s signed through 2020-21 with an affordable $2.75-million annual salary-cap hit.

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Los Angeles Kings

The Kings’ Stanley Cup glory years are well behind them. Attempts at quick fixes, such as the 2018 signing of aging winger Ilya Kovalchuk, ended in failure. Last week, they and Kovalchuk mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

With the Kings in need of a long-overdue rebuild, free agents such as Tyler Toffoli, Trevor Lewis and Kyle Clifford could soon hit the trade block. Rival clubs could come calling about defenseman Alec Martinez once he returns from injury. Signed through next season with an annual average value of $4 million, he’ll draw interest from teams seeking blueline depth beyond this season.

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Chicago Blackhawks

Another former champion fallen on tough times, the Blackhawks’ efforts at rebuilding are hampered by having too many veterans carrying expensive, almost untradeable contracts. GM Stan Bowman could be forced to peddle a couple of pending free agents.

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson isn’t expected to be re-signed and regularly pops up in this season’s rumor mill.  Bowman will have to choose between re-signing long-time starting goalie Corey Crawford or 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist Robin Lehner. One of them could be shopped in the coming weeks.

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Ottawa Senators

The rebuilding Senators are more competitive than expected this season. They’re getting good results from talented youngsters including Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk and reclamation projects like winger Anthony Duclair.

While the Sens appear to have a bright future, they could be forced to shop some pending free agents. Topping the list is leading scorer Jean-Gabriel Pageau, whose speed and two-way skills make him an attractive trade target for playoff contenders. Center Vaclav Namestnikov and blueliners Dylan DeMelo and Mark Borowiecki could also draw interest.

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Australian Open prize pool jumps to $49 million, biggest gains for early rounds

Players losing in the first round of qualifying at the year’s first Grand Slam will take home A$20,000, up by a third from last year, while singles players who exit in the first round of the main draw will earn A$90,000, a jump of 20%.

Before the start of the 2018 Australian Open, Serb champion Novak Djokovic had to distance himself from media reports that he had pushed for a revolt over the way revenues from the four Grand Slams were distributed to help reward a larger group of players.

“We have long been committed to improving the pay and conditions for a deeper pool of international tennis players,” tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement, noting that overall prize money has more than tripled since 2007.

“This year … we pushed to reward players competing early in the tournament in both singles and doubles.”

The 2020 women’s and men’s singles champions will receive smaller increases in prize money, with both winners taking home A$4.12 million, up $20,000.

Players can usually secure a main draw appearance in the tournament, which starts on Jan. 20, by having a ranking in the top 100.

Naomi Osaka of Japan is the reigning women’s singles champion at the Australian Open while Djokovic claimed a record seventh title by defeating great rival Rafa Nadal in the 2019 final.

In a report published last year, an International Review Panel commissioned to address betting-related and other integrity issues said that players in the lowest tiers were susceptible to being corrupted because of the difficulty of making a living, with only 250-350 players earning enough money to break even.

The International Tennis Federation last week announced a series of measures as part of its fight against corruption in the sport’s lower levels.

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Formula 1: 2019 season in review

Just days away from the new year of 2020, let’s take one final look at everything the 2019 Formula 1 season had to offer.

It has been close to a month since the 2019 Formula 1 season came to an end on Sunday, December 1, but with just days remaining before the calendar flips to 2020, let’s take one final look at what this past season had to offer.

The 2019 season consisted of 21 races, which tied the all-time record that was set in the 2016 season and then first matched in the 2018 season, and it resulted in Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton winning yet another championship. Once again, he locked up the world title with three races remaining on the calendar.

The 34-year-old Briton has now won three consecutive championships, all in decisive fashion, and he has won five of the six titles that have been decided since the V6 turbo hybrid era began back in 2014, only slightly failing to win the 2016 title in a five-point defeat to teammate Nico Rosberg.

As a result, Hamilton is now a six-time champion, bringing him to within one title of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven, a record that he is favored to match in 2020.

With another 11-win season in 2019, the third of his career and the second in a row, and a sixth straight season with at least nine victories, Hamilton is also poised to break Schumacher’s all-time wins record next year. Hamilton has now taken the checkered flag on 84 occasions, while Schumacher managed to do so 91 times over the course of his legendary career.

Aside of Hamilton, four other drivers won at least one race in the 2019 season, with three of them winning multiple races. While Hamilton tied his career-high single-season win total, the three drivers who won multiple races all set new career-highs in wins.

 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas won four races after entering the season with three career wins, all in the 2017 season, while Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen won three races after entering the season with five career wins and a career-high of two in a single season.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc entered the season with a career-high finish of sixth place, as he spent his rookie season in 2018 driving for Sauber before receiving a promotion to Ferrari to replace 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen ahead of the 2019 campaign. He won two races to become the first first-time winner since Verstappen in 2016, beating teammate Sebastian Vettel, who won just one.

Mercedes dominated the constructor standings, finishing well clear of Ferrari and Red Bull Racing with 15 victories compared to their three apiece. Their constructor title was their sixth in a row and made them the second team in Formula 1 history to win six in a row; Ferrari won six in a row from 1999 to 2004.

McLaren and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. won the unofficial “best of the rest” constructor and driver titles, respectively, and Sainz did it with a sixth place finish in the standings, not a seventh.

This is because of what happened with Red Bull Racing’s second seat throughout the season. Looking at entry totals, this seat would have finished sixth in the driver standings. However, after 12 races, Red Bull Racing promoted rookie Alexander Albon from sister team Toro Rosso to replace the struggling Pierre Gasly.

Sainz, Gasly and Albon all ended up finishing within just four points of one another (96-95-92). The second Red Bull Racing seat accounted for 139 of the 187 points scored by Gasly and Albon.

Ironically, it was Gasly who ended up finishing in the best position that a “best of the rest” driver has finished since Raikkonen won the 2013 season opener driving for Lotus, and he did so after being demoted back to Toro Rosso with a second place finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

In total, “best of the rest” drivers secured three podium finishes in 2019, up from just one in 2018. Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat finished in third place in the German Grand Prix while Sainz drove from last (20th) to third in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Albon did finish as the highest rookie in the driver standings in eighth place. McLaren’s Lando Norris, Alfa Romeo Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Williams’ George Russell finished in 11th, 17th and 20th, respectively, although Russell had a dominant season over teammate Robert Kubica that is not at all reflected by his position as the sport’s only scoreless driver.

The 2020 Formula 1 season is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, March 15 with the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia. What does the 2020 season, which is slated to feature a record 22 races, have in store?