Matt Grevers wins, Michael Phelps sixth in 100m back; Missy Franklin prevails (videos)

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IRVINE, Calif. — Matt Grevers won the 100m backstroke at the U.S. Championships on Saturday night, keeping Michael Phelps winless in three events at his first Nationals in two years.

Grevers, the Olympic and World champion, clocked 52.75 seconds, the third-fastest time in the world this year.

He qualified for the Pan Pacific Championships with the victory, which is particularly notable for the 6-foot-8 video game lover.

Four years ago, Grevers entered Nationals as the Olympic 100m back silver medalist and failed to make Pan Pacs, which also kept him out of the 2011 World Championships.

“I never had doubt in my swimming career until 2010, and it kind of changed me completely,” Grevers said. “From then on, no matter how good I feel, I’m always like, oh, it could happen again. So it’s good that it didn’t happen again, and I’m swimming pretty well.”

Phelps was sixth in 53.95 in the 100m back, an event he doesn’t swim often. He was also seventh in the 100m free and second in the 100m butterfly and has the 200m individual medley left Sunday.

Phelps has also already qualified for Pan Pacs, which would be his first major international meet since the London Olympics.

He said this meet, a mix of great, mediocre and poor swims, has been a learning experience and a new experience.

“Whatever I really put my mind to, I know I can accomplish,” Phelps said. “I’m not going to use the excuse of taking off a year and a half to two years.”

Missy Franklin won her fifth straight U.S. title in the women’s 100m back, clocking 59.38, the third-fastest time in the world this year.

She finished the meet with three wins and one second-place finish, behind Katie Ledecky in the 200m freestyle.

She was pleased with her overall performance, especially because she was coming off a college freshman season where she swam a lot of longer distances.

“Coming in your first big national meet with a brand-new coach, you’re definitely going to be tested,” Franklin said. “[California women’s coach] Teri [McKeever] and I are definitely still learning how I taper with her.”

In other events Saturday, Olympians Jessica Hardy and Micah Lawrence tied for the women’s 100m breaststroke title in 1:06.51.

Cody Miller stunned defending champion Kevin Cordes to win the men’s 100m breast in 59.91 for his first national title.

Ledecky breaks another world record

Anna van der Breggen is first cyclist to sweep road world titles in 25 years

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Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen added the road race crown to her time trial victory at the world road cycling championships, becoming the second rider in history to win both events at the same edition.

“This is, for me, pretty good so far,” she said.

Van der Breggen, the Rio Olympic road race champion, won after a solo attack with more than 25 miles left of an 89-mile course in Imola, Italy, on Saturday.

She prevailed after more than four hours of racing by 80 seconds over countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, the 2019 champion. Van Vleuten raced nine days after breaking her left wrist in a Giro Rosa crash.

Italian Elisa Longo Borghini took bronze in the same time as van Vleuten after losing a photo-finish sprint. Lauren Stephens was the top American in 11th.

Full results are here.

The race lacked American standout Chloé Dygert, who crashed out of the time trial while leading on Thursday and required leg surgery.

Van der Breggen joined Frenchwoman Jeannie Longo as the only male or female cyclists to sweep the time trial and road race at a single worlds. Longo did so in 1995 at age 36.

Van der Breggen, 30, said in May that she will retire after the 2021 Olympic season.

It will be the end of one of the great cycling careers. She is now a three-time world champion and nine-time world medalist to go along with her road race gold and time trial bronze in her Olympic debut in Rio.

Worlds conclude Sunday with the men’s road race. A TV and stream schedule is here.

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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 NBCSports.com/live 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