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Adidas Grand Prix schedule, broadcast info, events to watch

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NEW YORK — Some of the track and field season’s most anticipated events are approaching, and the busy stretch begins with the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Saturday.

It’s the sixth of 14 Diamond League meets and the final one before the U.S. Championships in two weeks in Sacramento, Calif. The New York headliners have sparingly competed in the first five Diamond League meets, some not at all. They include Mary Cain (her last meet before a driver’s test and graduation), Jenn Suhr, Lolo JonesYohan Blake and David Rudisha.

The Adidas Grand Prix will be their showcase before focus jumps to the U.S. Championships, Tyson Gay‘s return (against Justin Gatlin) on July 3, the Commonwealth Games and Usain Bolt‘s hopeful 2014 debut later this summer.

NBCSN will have live coverage Saturday from 4-6 p.m. ET. The full schedule and entry lists can be found here.

Here’s the Saturday schedule of notable senior events (all times Eastern):

11:45 a.m. — Men’s discus
12:20 p.m. — Women’s triple jump
1:20 — Women’s javelin
2:35 — Men’s long jump
2:40 — Women’s pole vault
3:37 — Women’s 800m
4:04 — Men’s 400m hurdles
4:13 — Women’s 3000m
4:15 — Men’s high jump
4:29 — Men’s 400m
4:38 — Women’s 3000m steeplechase
4:51 — Women’s 400m
4:55 — Women’s shot put
5:01 — Women’s 1500m
5:20 — Women’s 100m hurdles
5:29 — Men’s 200m
5:35 — Men’s 100m
5:42 — Men’s 800m
5:50 — Women’s 100m
6:05 — Women’s 200m

Here are five events to watch:

Women’s pole vault

Jenn Suhr competes three days after vaulting in New York’s Herald Square with the Empire State Building among other scenery as a backdrop. She’s been lying low so far this outdoor season, attaching to a new carbon pole after winning Olympic gold and World silver with a traditional fiberglass model.

Suhr will not be facing longtime rival Yelena Isinbayeva, who is taking time off to start a family. But she will go up against the other woman to win medals at the Olympics and World Championships — Cuban Yarisley Silva.

Women’s 1500m

In Eugene two weeks ago, World champion Abeba Aregawi lost a Diamond League 1500m for the first time since Aug. 17, 2012. Her conqueror, Kenyan Hellen Obiri, is not running in New York, making 2011 World champion Jenny Simpson the biggest threat. Simpson was fourth in Eugene in a personal best, setting her up to potentially take down Aregawi at last.

Women’s 100m hurdles

Crossover Olympian Lolo Jones makes her 2014 Diamond League debut. Jones, who finished 11th in bobsled in Sochi, didn’t enter this meet until after she notched a 12.74-second victory in Morocco on Sunday. Her addition came with the withdrawal of Olympic champion Sally Pearson due to a hamstring problem.

World champion Brianna Rollins is also absent, but Jones faces a familiar group of top U.S. women — 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson, 2014 World Indoor 60m hurdles champion Nia Ali and veteran Queen Harrison.

Men’s 100m

Before last Saturday, Yohan Blake clocked 9.76, 9.69 and 9.75 in his last three 100m races. Problem is, they were all in August 2012. What kind of form is the Jamaican Olympic silver medalist in after last year’s hamstring injury?

His only open sprints this year were a 10.02 over 100m in a low-key Jamaican meet last Saturday and a nondescript 20.49 over 200m in Kingston in March. Hopefully he gets pushed at Icahn Stadium by American Marvin Bracy, the World Indoor 60m silver medalist. Watch for Bracy to set a personal best and possibly break 10 seconds for the first time.

Men’s 800m

Olympic champion and world-record holder David Rudisha hurt his knee running in Central Park last year and wound up missing more than a calendar’s worth of competition.

The Kenyan returned in Eugene, where he looked strong for about 600m before fading from first to seventh. The field here is weaker, with American Duane Solomon the top rival. Solomon, though, owns fourth- and 10th-place finishes in two Diamond League races this season, despite entering with American record aspirations.

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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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