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Preview: Can U.S. finally score first Olympic biathlon medal?

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EVENT SCHEDULE
Today – Men’s 10km sprint, 9:30 a.m. ET
Sunday – Women’s 7.5km sprint, 9:30 a.m. ET
Feb. 10 – Men’s 12.5km pursuit, 10 a.m. ET
Feb. 11 – Women’s 10km pursuit, 10 a.m. ET
Feb. 13 – Men’s 20km individual, 9 a.m. ET
Feb. 14 – Women’s 15km individual, 9 a.m. ET
Feb. 16 – Men’s 15km mass start, 10 a.m. ET
Feb. 17 – Women’s 12.5km mass start, 10 a.m. ET
Feb. 19 – Mixed relay, 9:30 a.m. ET
Feb. 21 – Women’s 4 x 6km relay, 9:30 a.m. ET
Feb. 22 – Men’s 4 x 7.5km relay, 9:30 a.m. ET

TV SCHEDULE
Today – 2:30-6 p.m. ET, NBC
Sunday – 2-6 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 10 – 3-5 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 11 – 12:05-1:05 a.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 13 – 3-5 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 14 – 3-5 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 16 – 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 3-6 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 17 – 1:30-3 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 3-5 p.m. ET on NBC
Feb. 19 – 1-2 a.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 21 – 9:30 a.m. ET, LIVE on NBCSN; 3-5 p.m. ET on NBC
Feb. 22 – 2:30-6 p.m. ET, NBC

MORE: NBCOlympics.com video – Focusing on the target

U.S. OUTLOOK
Tim Burke’s silver medal at the 2013 world championships has fueled hopes that Team USA can finally earn its first Olympic biathlon medal in Sochi. It’ll be a tough mission to complete, but the first American ever to lead the sport’s World Cup is capable of doing the job. Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee are also worth keeping tabs on.

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK
We’ll start with 40-year-old Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who is one medal away from tying fellow Norwegian Bjorn Daehlie (cross-country skiing) and his Winter Olympic record of 12 medals. Another top contender is France’s Martin Fourcade, a silver medalist in Vancouver that may not be this Olympics’ Michael Phelps but will be a threat for multiple golds. Last but not least, there’s Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen, your current world champion in the sprint and pursuit disciplines.

The women’s field features yet another Norwegian set to lead the pack in Tora Berger, who came away with the Olympic title four years ago in the 15km individual. Belarus’ Darya Domracheva (the world champion in mass start) and the Czech Republic’s Gabriela Soukalova should be among Berger’s top rivals.

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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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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