(REUTERS) – Tour de France champion Chris Froome said yesterday that he had escaped unhurt while having his bike written off by an impatient car driver in a hit-and-run incident.The 31-year-old three-time winner of the world’s biggest bike race, tweeted a picture of the twisted remains of his “totalled” training bike, saying he had been deliberately knocked off by the driver.The Team Sky rider said he was “okay” after the incident that happened during a training ride near his home in the south of France.Sky News reported that it understood Froome would be reporting the incident to police.“Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver, who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I’m okay. Bike totalled. Driver kept going!”, the Team Sky rider wrote, adding an emoji of hands clasped in prayer.Team Sky said the Monaco-based Froome had continued his training session after returning home to get a spare bike.Froome is training for June’s Criterium du Dauphine, his familiar warm-up event before the Tour de France between July 1 and 23. He is favourite to win the event for a third successive year.The incident was just another reminder of the continued perils faced by professional cyclists on the road during training rides.It occurred less than three weeks since the death of 37-year-old Michele Scarponi, the former Giro d’Italia winner, who was struck by a van while training in Italy.His team, Astana, described the death of Scarponi, a husband and father of two, as a ‘tragedy too big to be written’.
Rivalries never die.That seems to be especially true for former Oklahoma quarterback and current Cleveland Browns signal-caller Baker Mayfield, who once again is stirring up the pot with college rival Texas. Oklahoma may have got the last laugh with a win in the Big 12 championship game, but it seems Ehlinger will at least have the confidence knowing he can beat Oklahoma heading into 2019. It’s also worth noting Mayfield and Ehlinger have a history of talking smack. When Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown turned in an abysmal combine performance ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft, prompting Ehlinger to make fun of him, Mayfield was quick to respond, saying, “He’s never beat Lake Travis, and he also hasn’t beat OU, so leave it at that.”All that to say: Clear your calendars on Oct. 12, when Texas and Oklahoma face off in the Red River Rivalry. The Longhorns are coming off a 10-4 season and Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia, prompting some high expectations for their 2019 campaign. They rank No. 6 in Sporting News’ preseason top 25 and are one of our four picks to make the College Football Playoff. Mayfield, when asked what he thinks of such expectations, was happy to shoot down such lofty goals.MORE: SN’s post-spring preseason top 25″They said the same thing when they beat Notre Dame a couple of years ago, and they won like three games after that,” Mayfield told reporters (via ESPN). “I’m sick of that crap.”Mayfield was especially vocal about Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who like Mayfield played high school football in Austin, Texas. Mayfield played at Lake Travis, while Ehlinger played at rival Westlake. “He couldn’t beat Lake Travis, so I don’t really care (about) his opinion on winning,” Mayfield said of Ehlinger. “Westlake is a great program, but the two best quarterbacks to come out of there are Drew Brees and Nick Foles. Sam can stay down there in Texas.”That will stir the pot,” Mayfield said. “He doesn’t like me, and I hope he knows I don’t like him either.”MORE: SN bowl projections, All-Americans and moreWhile it’s true Ehlinger never beat Lake Travis, he did manage to break through against Oklahoma in 2018, helping down the Sooners 48-45 in the Red River Rivalry on Oct. 6, 2018 with a 314-yard, two-touchdown performance through the air. He also scored three rushing touchdowns.