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Chris Johnson, Devin Hester racing a cheetah adds to track stars sprinting against animals

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The news that NFL speedsters Chris Johnson and Devin Hester raced a cheetah in a made-for-TV event is certainly intriguing, but track and field has seen several similar scenarios.

Let’s start with perhaps the most famous sprinter vs. animal showdown of all: Jesse Owens raced horses multiple times after his quadruple gold performance at the 1936 Olympics.

Oscar Pistorius joined Owens in beating a horse in a race in Doha late last year.

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Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Olympic champion in the 200 meters, took on a giraffe and a zebra on the Fox show “Man vs. Beast.”

British world indoor 400-meter champion Jamie Baulch also raced a horse. This video appears to be well after Baulch’s career ended. He got creamed.

Disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, who won the 1988 Olympic 100 meters but was stripped due to doping, went up against two horses and a race car in 1998.

In a commercial, Michael Johnson lined up against NFL cornerback Jason Sehorn, a horse named “Lightening Bolt” and NASCAR driver John Andretti.

There’s also South African rugby star Bryan Habana, who raced a cheetah in 2007.

One more note on Johnson vs. Hester vs. Cheetah. Three-time Olympic swimming champion Brooke Bennett served as the sideline reporter.

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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