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Ryan Lochte, Katie Ledecky lead U.S. swimming roster for Duel in the Pool

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This year’s Duel in the Pool may finally live up to its title.

The U.S. has won all five duels handily, including a 181.5-80.5 whipping of a European all-star team at the last edition in 2011 in Atlanta.

The rosters for the 2013 edition were announced Thursday for the U.S.-Europe meet in Glasgow, Scotland, Dec. 20-21. Olympic and world champions Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky will lead the U.S., while Olympic and world champions Yannick Agnel and Ranomi Kromowidjojo will lead Europe.

The U.S. is missing its two most successful female swimmers of this century — Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin — as well as breaststroker Rebecca Soni, who is taking a break from competitive swimming, and Olympic and world butterfly champion Dana Vollmer.

The men are missing the retired Michael Phelps, of course, and Olympic and world champions Nathan Adrian and Matt Grevers.

On Wednesday, Franklin said she couldn’t fit it into her freshman schedule at California, whose fall semester ends Dec. 20.

“For freshman year with finals and everything going on, it may not be the best time for an international trip,” she said. “But I would love to in the future, and I was honored to be asked. The timing didn’t work out too well this time.”

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Ledecky’s classes at her Bethesda, Md., high school also end Dec. 20.

“We’ve assembled a nice mix of veteran performers and rising stars on the U.S. roster, and we look forward to racing some of the top swimmers in Europe,” USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch said, according to a press release.

Europe, too, will go into the meet without a few champions — Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (world champion in both individual medleys), Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (world champion, 100m fly), Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte (Olympic and world champion, 100m breast) and Italian Olympic and world champion Federica Pellegrini.

“The European all-stars features by far the strongest lineup we’ve ever seen in what will be the third of these exciting biennial events,” British swim coach Bill Furniss said. The first two duels were U.S.-Australia affairs.

Early predictions tip the Europeans, which would win if based solely on 2013 times in individual Olympic events, though this is a short-course meet.

NBC will air the Duel in the Pool on Dec. 22 from 4-6 p.m. Eastern time.

Here is the complete U.S. Duel in the Pool roster:

Women
Cammile Adams — 2012 Olympian
Sarah Denninghoff
Claire Donahue — 2012 Olympic champion
Jessica Hardy — 2012 Olympic champion
Megan Hawthorne
Sarah Henry
Breeja Larson — 2012 Olympic champion
Katie Ledecky — 2012 Olympic champion
Micah Lawrence — 2012 Olympian
Caitlin Leverenz — 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
Simone Manuel
Megan Romano
Gillian Ryan
Olivia Smoliga
Kendyl Stewart
Chloe Sutton — 2008, 2012 Olympian
Shannon Vreeland — 2012 Olympic champion

Men
Tyler Clary — 2012 Olympic champion
Kevin Cordes
Conor Dwyer — 2012 Olympic champion
Anthony Ervin — 2000 Olympic champion, 2012 Olympian
Jimmy Feigen — 2012 Olympic silver medalist
Nic Fink
Eugene Godsoe
Cullen Jones — 2008, 2012 Olympic champion
Chase Kalisz
Michael Klueh
Ryan Lochte — 11-time Olympic medalist
Tom Luchsinger
Michael McBroom
Matt McLean — 2012 Olympic champion
Cody Miller
Shane Ryan

Here is the complete European Duel in the Pool roster:

Women
Sophie Allen (GBR)
Simona Baumrtova (CZE)
Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP)
Charlotte Bonnet (FRA)
Jazmin Carlin (GBR)
Michelle Coleman (SWE)
Melanie Costa (ESP)
Fiona Doyle (IRL)
Lotte Friis (DEN)
Francesca Halsall (GBR)
Femke Heemskerk (NED)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)
Hannah Miley (GBR)
Camille Muffat (FRA)
Jeanette Ottesen-Gray (DEN)
Lauren Quigley (GBR)
Daryna Zevina (UKR)

Men
Yannick Agnel (FRA)
Bence Biczo (HUN)
Frederick Bousquet (FRA)
Konrad Czerniak (POL)
Damir Dugonjic (SLO)
Fabien Gilot (FRA)
James Guy (GBR)
Michael Jamieson (GBR)
Pal Joensen (FAR)
Radoslaw Kawecki (POL)
Yannick Lebherz (GER)
Florent Manaudou (FRA)
Craig McNally (GBR)
Roberto Pavoni (GBR)
Robbie Renwick (GBR)
Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB)
Jeremy Stravius (FRA)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (GBR)
Andrew Willis (GBR)

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Mondo Duplantis, Elaine Thompson-Herah win to end Diamond League season

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Mondo Duplantis completed one of the greatest seasons in track and field history, under some of the most unusual circumstances for much of the year, by winning the last Diamond League meet of 2020 in Doha on Friday.

Duplantis outdueled pole vault rivals Sam Kendricks and Renaud Lavillenie in the Qatari capital, the site of his last defeat to Kendricks at the 2019 World Championships.

Duplantis, who was raised in Louisiana and competes for his mother’s birth country of Sweden, won on countback with a 5.82-meter clearance.

Back in February, the 20-year-old Duplantis twice raised the world record at indoor meets, ultimately to 6.18 meters. Eight days ago, Duplantis cleared the highest outdoor height in history, taking Ukrainian legend Sergey Bubka off the record books.

Full Doha results are here.

While the Diamond League is finished for 2020, one major event in the sport remains this year — the London Marathon on Oct. 4 at 2 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

The two fastest men in history, Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, headline the fields on an adapted looped course.

In other events Friday, Kenyan Hellen Obiri surged to the lead after the bell in a 3000m that included five women who won 2019 World Championships medals across four different events. Obiri clocked 8:22.54 in the non-Olympic event, holding off world 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop and world 3000m steeplechase champion Beatrice Chepkoech.

Jamaican Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah won the 100m in 10.87 seconds, eight days after clocking the fastest time in the world this year of 10.85.

Thompson, who swept the 100m and 200m in Rio, has traded world-leading times with countrywoman and 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100m champ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce the last two seasons.

Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon made a rare 800m start, winning in a personal-best 1:57.68. The only woman to run faster over the last two years is double Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya, who is now barred from events from the 400m through the mile unless she takes testosterone-suppressing measures.

Aaron Mallett won the 110m hurdles in a personal-best 13.15 seconds, making him the third-fastest American over the last three years behind Grant Holloway and Daniel Roberts. The top three at Olympic Trials next June make the Tokyo team.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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