ILLINI

Kane enters transfer portal

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois center Samba Kane has entered the transfer portal.

The sophomore center averaged 1.5 points per game in 18 games last season. The news was first reported by Jeff Borzello of ESPN, and was later confirmed by an Illinois team spokesperson.

Kane, a 7-foot sophomore from Dakar, Senegal, had a career high eight points against UNLV last season. He becomes the second Illini basketball player to announce his intent to transfer, joining Anthony Higgs.

Illinois has added front court players in freshmen Kofi Cockburn, Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk and Bernard Kouma, the latter is not on campus yet.

The Illini have two open scholarships remaining.

TOUR DE FRANCE

Groenewegen sprints to win

CHALON-SUR-SAONE, France — Less than a week ago in Brussels, Dylan Groenewegen sat dejected in the middle of a road, his body language oozing disappointment as he was attended by the Tour de France doctor.

One of the fastest sprinters in the world with one of the most powerful teams, the Dutch sprinter was expected to win the opening stage and seize the yellow jersey. Instead, he was caught in a crash and forced to watch his lead out man at Jumbo-Visma, Mike Teunissen, claim all the honors.

To add to his torment, Teunissen and Groenewegen are roomates on the Tour, meaning he had to spend the night with the yellow jersey in his room.

Banged up and demoralized, Groenewegen took a few days to recover, well beaten in the sprints that followed. He finally put his poor Tour start to bed with the tightest of wins in the longest stage on Friday.

"It was not the start I wanted," Groenewegen candidly said after pointing a finger in celebration as he crossed the line. "Over the last days, I focused on today. My team did a really good job. The tactics was to go full gas, and I took the win."

Groenewegen edged Australian rival Caleb Ewan and former world champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia to claim his fourth career stage win of the Tour.

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