Preview: Get on up – it’s bobsled time

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Sunday – Two-man, Runs 1 and 2, 11:15 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. ET
Monday – Two-man, Runs 3 and 4, 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon ET
Tuesday – Women (two-man), Runs 1 and 2, 10:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. ET
Wednesday – Women (two-man), Runs 3 and 4, 11:15 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. ET
Saturday – Four-man, Runs 1 and 2, 11:30 a.m. – 2:05 p.m. ET
Feb. 23 – Four-man, Runs 3 and 4, 4:30 a.m. – 7:05 a.m. ET

Sunday – 7-11 p.m. ET, NBC
Monday – 1-2 a.m. ET (Late Night), NBC
Tuesday – 12 Noon – 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN (also 8-11:30 p.m. ET on NBC)
Wednesday – 8-11:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Saturday – 8-11 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 23 – 4-7 a.m. ET, LIVE on NBCSN (also 2-6 p.m. ET on NBC)

After snapping a 62-year gold medal drought for the U.S. in the four-man at Vancouver, Steven Holcomb now looks to end another drought at Sochi in the two-man, where the Americans have not won a medal since 1952. Holcomb rattled off seven straight wins to open this year’s World Cup and four of those were in the two-man, so he definitely stands a shot. But everyone’s wanting to see what Holcomb and his teammates can do in “Night Train 2,” the updated version of the four-man sled that won the day four years ago.

On the women’s side, driver Elana Meyers – who served as Erin Pac’s brakewoman in their Vancouver bronze run – appears to have the best chance of taking the gold with Lauryn Williams, who could become the second Olympian ever to win a gold in both Summer and Winter Games. But we’ll have to see if the team can recover from sustaining damage to their sled in a training incident earlier on Saturday. Another brakewoman, Lolo Jones, has also grabbed headlines leading up to these Games; she’ll be in the third U.S. sled with Jazmine Fenlator. Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans are in the No. 2 sled.

Three-time bronze medalist Beat Hefti of Switzerland gets to drive for the first time at an Olympics and could be a factor considering he won the Sochi test event in two-man last February. He’ll likely get competition from Aleksandr Zubkov of Russia, who enjoys home-ice advantage and knowledge, and Lyndon Rush of Canada, the reigning two-man world champ. But they’ll all have to contend with the Germans, who have won the last three two-man golds and had a 12-year Olympic win streak going in four-man until Holcomb and Team USA stopped it in 2010.

Team Canada’s duo of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse are back to defend their Olympic women’s title. They believe they’ve come into their own since their Vancouver glory and they could definitely come up big again. Also, watch out for Sandra Kiriasis of Germany, a past gold medal winner and the only competitor that’s raced in every Olympic women’s bobsled competition; she won the Sochi test event over Meyers and Humphries.

NBA participation in Tokyo Olympics could be limited, Adam Silver says

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the Tokyo Olympics’ effect on the league’s schedule planning for 2021 is unclear, but that it’s possible that Olympic participation may be limited.

“There are a lot of great U.S. players, and we may be up against a scenario where the top 15 NBA players aren’t competing in the Olympics, but other great American players are competing,” Silver told Bob Costas on CNN on Tuesday. “Obviously, there are many NBA players who participate in the Olympics from other countries. That’s something we’re going to have to work through. I just say, lastly, these are highly unique and unusual circumstances. I think, just as it is for the Olympic movement, it is for us as well. We’re just going to have to sort of find a way to meld and mesh those two competing considerations.”

Silver said his best guess is that the next NBA season starts in January with a goal of a standard 82-game schedule and playoffs. A schedule has not been released.

In normal NBA seasons that start in late October, the regular season runs to mid-April and the NBA Finals into mid-June.

The Tokyo Olympic Opening Ceremony is July 23. If an NBA season is pushed back two or three months to a January start, and the schedule is not condensed, the Olympics would start while the NBA playoffs are happening.

The current NBA season is in the conference finals phase in an Orlando-area bubble after a four-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is a factor in our planning,” Silver said of the Olympics. “It would be tough for us to make a decision in January based on the Olympics happening on schedule when that’s so unclear.”

The NBA has participated in every Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Games. Monday was the 29th anniversary of the announcement of the first 10 members of the original Dream Team on an NBC selection show (hosted by Costas).

Before the NBA era, U.S. Olympic men’s basketball teams consisted of college players.

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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 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