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Shaun White falls, takes third in Copper Mountain slopestyle

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Shaun White fell on a snowboarding run for the second straight week, but he moved closer to qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team in slopestyle on Sunday.

White, the two-time reigning Olympic halfpipe champion, took third place behind Norwegian winner Staale Sandbech in Copper Mountain, Colo. Sandbech scored 97.00 points in his second of two runs.

White scored 90.75 in his first run (video here). He fell after performing an opening rail trick in his second run and glided down the rest of the course. He did not appear to injure himself.

“This is top-30 finish, top American finish, so I’m very happy,” White said, according to The Associated Press.

Last week, White suffered an ankle injury in halfpipe at the first of five Olympic selection events in Breckenridge, Colo. He skipped last week’s slopestyle final and this week’s halfpipe.

He was the top qualifier into last week’s slopestyle final before pulling out and the eighth qualifier this week. Olympic favorite Mark McMorris of Canada, last week’s winner, was not in the field this week.

White would make the U.S. Olympic Team in slopestyle if it was named today, thanks in part to underwhelming results from other American riders.

Up to three U.S. men and two women who have had a top-four result in Olympic selection events will be named to the Olympic team.

So far, White is the only U.S. men’s slopestyle snowboarder with a top-four result through two of five Olympic selection events.

If more than three men and two women have had a top-four result, then a tiebreaker ranking system comes into play.

The tiebreaker rankings are based on an athlete’s two best finishes in Olympic selection events, with standings only counting American finishers.

Also Sunday, Czech Sarka Pancochova won the women’s event with a second-run 92.25.

Ty Walker, 16, was the top American in fourth to jump into the Olympic selection tiebreaker rankings.

Jamie Anderson, who won in Breckenridge last week, was the second highest American on Sunday, in seventh, to maintain her lead in the tiebreaker rankings.

The next Olympic selection event is in Breckenridge in January.

“Now, I get two weeks of practice,” White said, according to the AP.

Here are the slopestyle Olympic selection tiebreaker rankings, counting only those with top-four results:

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Shaun White — 1,320

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Jamie Anderson — 1,800
2. Ty Walker — 1,500

Olympic champion snowboarder makes fourth Olympic team

Anna van der Breggen is first cyclist to sweep road world titles in 25 years

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Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen added the road race crown to her time trial victory at the world road cycling championships, becoming the second rider in history to win both events at the same edition.

“This is, for me, pretty good so far,” she said.

Van der Breggen, the Rio Olympic road race champion, won after a solo attack with more than 25 miles left of an 89-mile course in Imola, Italy, on Saturday.

She prevailed after more than four hours of racing by 80 seconds over countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, the 2019 champion. Van Vleuten raced nine days after breaking her left wrist in a Giro Rosa crash.

Italian Elisa Longo Borghini took bronze in the same time as van Vleuten after losing a photo-finish sprint. Lauren Stephens was the top American in 11th.

Full results are here.

The race lacked American standout Chloé Dygert, who crashed out of the time trial while leading on Thursday and required leg surgery.

Van der Breggen joined Frenchwoman Jeannie Longo as the only male or female cyclists to sweep the time trial and road race at a single worlds. Longo did so in 1995 at age 36.

Van der Breggen, 30, said in May that she will retire after the 2021 Olympic season.

It will be the end of one of the great cycling careers. She is now a three-time world champion and nine-time world medalist to go along with her road race gold and time trial bronze in her Olympic debut in Rio.

Worlds conclude Sunday with the men’s road race. A TV and stream schedule is here.

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2020 French Open TV, live stream schedule

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Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams can each tie Grand Slam singles titles records at the French Open, with daily live coverage among NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel.

NBC coverage starts Sunday with first-round action at Roland Garros, its 38th straight year covering the event. Tennis Channel airs the majority of weekday coverage. Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming service, has middle weekend broadcasts.

All NBC TV coverage alo streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Nadal is the primary men’s storyline, favored to tie Roger Federer‘s male record of 20 major titles and extend his own record of 12 French Open crowns. Federer is absent after knee operations earlier this year.

The Spaniard’s primary competition is top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion whose only defeat in 2020 was a U.S. Open default for hitting a ball that struck a linesperson in the throat.

Williams bids again to match the overall Grand Slam singles mark of 24 held by Australian Margaret Court. Williams, a three-time French Open champion, lost in the third and fourth round the last two years and is coming off a U.S. Open semifinal exit.

The women’s field is led by 2018 champion Simona Halep but 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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French Open TV Schedule

Date Time (ET) Network Round
Sunday, Sept. 27 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
12-3 p.m. NBC
Monday, Sept. 28 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Tuesday, Sept. 29 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Wednesday, Sept. 30 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Thursday, Oct. 1 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Friday, Oct. 2 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
Saturday, Oct. 3 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Sunday, Oct. 4 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Monday, Oct. 5 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Tuesday, Oct. 6 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Oct. 7 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Thursday, Oct. 8 5 a.m.-2 p.m. Tennis Channel Women’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Friday, Oct. 9 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis Channel Men’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 10 9 a.m. NBC Women’s Final
Sunday, Oct. 11 9 a.m. NBC Men’s Final