Vladimir Putin speaks on U.S.-Russia disallowed goal controversy

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Yesterday, Russian hockey fans vented their frustrations outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow over Russia’s disallowed goal in their game against Team USA on Saturday.

But their president wasn’t as angry as they were about the subject.

Vladimir Putin has spoken about the controversial call, which led to an eight-round shootout and a 3-2 U.S. win when T.J. Oshie scored the game-winner.

While noting that “referees sometimes make mistakes,” Putin was relatively pragmatic in his comments.

“You and I shouldn’t forget that sport isn’t only about skill but also about the athletes’ courage, and even a good slice of luck,” he said according to R-Sport.

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With less than five minutes remaining in the third period of Saturday’s game, it appeared Russia had taken a 3-2 lead after Fedor Tyutin put a shot past U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick.

However, the referees called “no goal,” citing that the goal itself had come loose from the ice beforehand.

The call set off howls of protest from the Russian crowd at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, and after the game’s conclusion, multiple Russian players claimed that Quick had dislodged the net himself.

Both teams were able to get wins in their next games on Sunday; the U.S. cruising over Slovenia, the Russians winning in a shootout over Slovakia.

2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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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, results

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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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