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Preview: Canada could provide bumpy competition in moguls

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday – Women’s qualification 9 a.m. ET

Saturday – Women’s qualification 9 a.m. ET; women’s gold medal round 1 p.m. ET

Feb. 10 – Men’s qualification 9 a.m. ET; men’s final round 1 p.m. ET

TV SCHEDULE

Thursday – Women’s qualification, 8 p.m. ET, NBC-TV

Saturday – Women’s gold medal final, 2 p.m. ET, NBC-TV

Feb. 10 – Men’s gold medal final, 8 p.m. ET, NBC-TV

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FORMAT CHANGE

NBC’s Jason Stahl succinctly breaks down the changes from Vancouver to Sochi:

The format in Vancouver included two runs. There was a qualification run, your scores cleared, then you had a finals run. That was the medal round. Heading into Sochi, there’s now two separate days for moguls – for both men and women. There’s going to be a qualification day and if you move on to a second day of competition with three more rounds, knockout-style, that culiminates in the final round, also known as the “super final.” Scores do not carry over and the athlete with the top score from this one run wins.

U.S. skier Heather McPhie seems thrilled about the changes, for one.

“It’s very different,” McPhie said. “It adds an endurance component to our sport that’s not common in singles. For me, it’s great. I workout a lot and I’ve been really preparing for that format.”

If that wasn’t enough, NBCOlympics.com passes along word that there have been some issues with the moguls course in Sochi. There could be some variables at play during these events.

U.S. OUTLOOK

Kearney is the big name in the women’s event, as she defends her gold from 2010 and hopes to become the first freestyle skier to win multiple Olympic gold medals in the process. She’s been dominant since winning it all in Vancouver, as her 16 consecutive World Cup victories set a new record.

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Other American women include McPhie, Heidi Kloser and Eliza Outtrim.

The U.S. boasts two men’s moguls competitors in Patrick Deneen and Bradley Wilson. Deneen, 26, came in second at the 2013 World Championships, edging Mikael Kingsbury. Wilson, 21, hopes to match his brother Byron (who won a bronze in 2010).

Model Olympian: Patrick Daneen

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

Canada may provide the greatest competition in both the men’s and women’s formats.

Alex Bilodeau became the first Canadian to win it all on home soil when he won men’s moguls gold in Vancouver. He’ll hope to back up that performance with consecutive gold medals, with fellow Canadian Mikael Kingsbury ranking among his best competition. Depending upon whom you ask, Kingsbury may very well be the favorite instead of Bilodeau.

Canada also boasts Marc-Antoine Gagnon and Torino gold medalist Dale Begg-Smith (coming out of retirement), while Russia’s Aleksandr Smyshlyayev is being trained by former Canadian coach Stephen Fearing.

Alex Bilodeau takes it ‘slo’ training in Chile

On the women’s side, a trio of Canadian sisters could give Kearing a run for her money. Maxime, Chloe and Justin Dufour-Lapointe bring in varied levels of hype and hope to build off their experiences from Vancouver. Justine, 19 and the youngest, might be the most formidable of the three.

Japan’s Miki Ito and Aiko Uemura join Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva, Australia’s Britteny Cox and the Czech Republic’s Nikola Sudova are other names to watch.

Tale of the Tape: Hannah Kearney vs. Justine Dufoir-Lapointe

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