Meryl Davis and Charlie White win Olympic ice dancing gold

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On the final free skate of the night, Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned the one thing they’d worked for four years to attain: The first Olympic ice dancing gold in U.S. history.

Davis and White had another world-record skate, earning a 116.63 in their free portion for a total score of 195.52 that lifted them over 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada to the historic victory.

It also marked one of the biggest moments so far for Team USA as a whole in these Sochi Olympics, going alongside their slopestyle (ski/snowboard) golds and the thrilling men’s hockey triumph over Russia this past weekend.

As you’d expect, Virtue and Moir didn’t give up their Olympic title without a fight.

VIDEO: Watch their gold-medal routine

Their “Petit Adagio” free skate was a beautiful one, and the judges thought so as well – giving them a 114.66 for a total score of 190.99 that put them in the lead with three pairs to go.

The two top Russian duos then followed, with the Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov pairing cementing the bronze medal after a free score of 110.44 put them with a total of 183.48.

Then, to close out the evening, Davis and White took to the ice with the whole world watching.

With the pressure on, they performed brilliantly to “Scheherazade” and made sure that they lived up to the expectations set for them after they won silver behind Virtue and Moir four years ago in Vancouver.

source: AP
The results are in…And Davis and White have got the gold. Photo: AP

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FIGURE SKATING – ICE DANCING
1. Davis/White (USA), 195.52
2. Virtue/Moir (CAN), 190.99
3. Ilinykh/Katsalapov, 183.48

8. Chock/Bates (USA), 164.64
9. Shibutani/Shibutani (USA), 155.17

Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail, fails to finish world championships time trial

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail and failed to finish the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title in Imola, Italy.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, her legs appearing bloodied, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital.

“All we know is that she is conscious and talking,” according to USA Cycling, about 25 minutes after the crash. “More updates to come.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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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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