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Jason Brown goes on Arsenio Hall show (video)

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U.S. figure skater Jason Brown has known Arsenio Hall since birth. The two reconnected on Hall’s talk show to discuss the Olympics, a car accident and those double toilets in Sochi on Friday.

Hall knows Brown, 19, through Brown’s mother. Marla Brown was executive producer of “The Arsenio Hall Show,” which ran from 1989 to the spring of 1994. Brown was born in December 1994. Here are more details of their friendship.

On Friday, Hall asked Brown what it’s like to be an Olympian.

“It’s all so surreal,” said Brown, the youngest U.S. male Olympic singles skater since 1976. “It’s so exciting, all at the same time. You dream about being an Olympian your whole life. One day you just wake up and you are one. And that’s like, what?”

Brown also detailed his car accident shortly before leaving his training base in Colorado for the U.S. Championships in Boston two weeks ago.

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Jason Brown’s totaled car.

“In Colorado, they don’t exactly salt the roads,” Brown said. “They sand them. In Chicago, where I’m from, the snow plows are out, right as it happens. I was driving home back from practice, two days before I left for Nationals, changing lanes, and I don’t know what happened. My car was spinning. It was hitting things. Luckily, I didn’t hit another car. I was going on the highway. I smashed into the median, and it stopped. The car was totaled. It’s so sad.

“The first thing you think about in the moment is, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to tell my parents,'” Brown said. “So I called my dad, and I was like, ‘I’m fine. The car is totaled. No one else is hurt.'”

Hall then brought up the infamous double toilet photo at the Sochi Olympic biathlon venue. It has made the rounds among U.S. Olympic figure skaters.

“We have a group text, the entire team,” Brown said. “We were dying. We were like, this is not happening. It’s not gonna happen.”

In the unlikely case it does, Brown will be ready.

Hall presented three gifts — toilet paper, ear-covering headphones and a bathroom stall wall he said he would ship to Sochi.

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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