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CHERBOURG-EN-COTENTIN, France -- A gastronomical, sporting and cultural glance at Stage 2 of the Tour de France on Sunday:Region: Remaining in Normandy, Stage 2 started in Saint-Lo, a city that had its 13th century Notre-Dame cathedral split in two by Allied bombings in 1944. Saucony Schweiz Sale . The damage is still visible to this day.Baguette and butter: World champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia made the most of a steep and short climb in a frenzied finale to win the 183-kilometer (114-mile) leg to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and claim the overall leaders yellow jersey.Plat du jour: Dont miss the oysters of St-Vaast-La-Hougue, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of Cherbourg. A true gourmet delicacy, this shellfish is famous for its generous meat, golden-yellow color and sour notes.Culture: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg was the original title) was a 1964 hit film and musical starring Catherine Deneuve.Vin du jour: Normandy is not really a wine-making region but there are still plenty of good things to drink. A traditional beverage in the area, Poire (pronounced puah-REY) is a refined cousin of the local apple cider. Made from pears, it has a pale yellow color, refreshing acidity and a low alcohol content making it an ideal summer drink.History: Fought after the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944, the month-long Battle of Cherbourg allowed the Allies to establish a key port. Located directly across the channel from Britain, Cherbourg was also claimed by the English at times in the Middle Ages.Stat of the Day: Five. Five future winners of the Tour have won a stage in Cherbourg: Gustave Garrigou, Henri Pelissier, Ottavio Bottecchia, Philippe Thys and Andre Leduck -- all before World War II.Quote of the Day: I didnt know I won the stage because I thought there were two riders in front. Sagan on why he didnt celebrate.Dessert: Confiture de pomme et canelle, a delightly spiced apple-cinnamon spread.Next order: Starting in Granville, Frances leading shellfish port, Stage 3 Monday moves out of the Normandy region over a southeasterly 223.5-kilometer (139-mile) route that concludes in Angers, in the Pays de la Loire region. The mostly flat leg should set up well for sprinters, meaning Sagan should be able to hold onto the yellow jersey. Saucony Schuhe Shop . 1 position. The Mustangs (6-0), who beat Queens 50-31 last weekend, earned 17 first-place votes and 287 points in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada. Western was last ranked first in the country in October 2011. Saucony Sneaker Schweiz . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite. . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. SALT LAKE CITY -- Some of Utahs most influential Mormons, including Mitt Romney, Gov. Gary Herbert and the president of the Utah Jazz, lobbied to get the private, Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University an invitation to join the lucrative Big 12 athletic conference.Jazz President Steve Starks said BYU was asked not to directly lobby other universities, so he instead worked to drum up support for the Provo school and enlisted help from the governors office.Starks, a Mormon, didnt attend BYU but said hes always been a fan and the universitys entrance into the conference would have been good for Utah and Utah sports.Big 12 university presidents and chancellors authorized Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to begin evaluating potential expansion candidates in July, and BYU was among several schools that made it clear theyd like to become members of the Power Five conference.But the Big 12 Conference announced Monday that it has decided against expansion from its current 10 schools.To make a case for BYU, Starks said there were several of us that I think have pulled out our Rolodexes and made phone calls. He declined to name names beyond Romney and Herbert, but said there were many others.Romney, the most prominent Mormon in the country, called Oklahoma State billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens to make a pitch for his alma mater, Pickens told reporters in September.Messages left with a representative for Romney were not returned, but Starks said he didnt ask Romney to get in involved in the effort because the 2012 presidential candidate already was making calls.Starks called the Utah governors office to see if Herbert, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, would reach out to his counterparts in states with Big 12 power schools to urge their support for BYU.In August, Herbert called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to urge support for BYU and days later made a similar pitch to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin while they attended a Republican Governors Association meeting in Colorado, said Herberts Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.While Utah officials said a spot for BYU in the Big 12 would have brought prestige to the school and showcased the state to football fans elsewhere, it was also personal for Herbert. He attended BYU, as did his children, and his son-in-law, former Canadian football player Ben Cahoon, is the schools receivers coach.Herbert, a Republican, was not the only elected official to wade into the issue -- governors in Texas and Ohio issued tweets or wrote letters on behalf of schools in their states. In Texas, the lieutenant governor, Republican Dan Patrick, issued a formal statement urging the conference to not only take Houston but also the private Soouthern Methodist University. Saucony Schuhe Outlet. Entrance into the Big 12 would have entitled BYU to a piece of the Big 12s shared revenue. Conference members split a record $304 million in net revenue, about $30.4 million per school for the 2015-16 school year.BYU athletics broke away from the Mountain West Conference in 2011 as the university looked for better opportunities. The football program became an independent after not making the cut when the Pac-12 expanded from 10 to 12 teams. Most of the other sports joined the West Coast Conference.Independence has allowed the football team to play more high-profile games without a mandatory conference schedule against mid-major teams. The opportunity to reach the College Football Playoff from a non-Power 5 conference is slim.University of Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has said his schools entrance into the Pac-12 Conference in 2011 was the most significant thing to happen to its football program. From a pure monetary standpoint, Utah has seen its athletic department revenues jump from $26.165 million in 2009-10 to $59.271 million in 2014-15. The national TV revenue grew from $1.222 million to $18.084 million.For BYU, joining the Big 12 would have also opened recruiting doors that can be closed otherwise. The highest caliber athletes in the country typically lean toward playing in a Power 5 conference, which besides the Big 12 and Pac-12 include the SEC, Big Ten, and ACC.The expansion talk came as federal education officials investigate how the school handles sexual assault reports. The scrutiny followed complaints from students and alumni about BYUs practice of opening honor code investigations of students who report sexual abuse.The strict honor code bans premarital sex and alcohol consumption, among other things. Gay rights groups also pushed back against the schools inclusion, arguing it has discriminatory policies.Rachel Sanders, executive director of left-leaning watchdog group Al