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Jordan Burroughs sprains MCL, wins bronze at World Wrestling Championships

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Jordan Burroughs sprained an MCL in his first-round match at the World Championships, advanced to the semifinals, suffered his first-ever defeat to a foreign opponent and rebounded to win a bronze medal Tuesday.

Burroughs, the reigning Olympic and World champion in the 163-pound freestyle division, said he felt a “pretty good pop” during his victory over his first opponent, Augusto Midana of Guinea-Bissau.

“I just remember in the first period, I kind of tweaked it a little bit, trying to run corners,” Burroughs told reporters in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. “It just limited my mobility a little bit. But that’s what happens. You’ve got to protect yourself. Part of being great is being able to stay injury free.”

Burroughs said Midana apologized to him afterward.

“It wasn’t his fault at all,” Burroughs said. “It’s just the nature of the game.”

After that, Burroughs won two more matches and then lost to Russian Denis Tsargush 9-2 in the semifinals while wrestling with a wrapped left leg (video here). Tsargush went on to win gold.

“Obviously, it wasn’t the same, but Tsargush was well prepared,” Burroughs said of his injury, but said later he didn’t feel pain. “I’m not going to make an excuse as to why I lost today. I don’t want to even go there. I don’t want to say that pain was the terms of why I didn’t compete well in the semifinals.”

He came back to win bronze, pinning Ukraine’s Rustam Dudaiev.

“Jordan couldn’t move like he usually does,” U.S. coach Bruce Burnett said, according to USA Wrestling. “He did the best he could. He showed a lot of character and resolve and guts. … He’s a class act and a great leader for our team. I would’ve liked to have seen him wrestle Tsargush when both guys were 100 percent.”

Burroughs moved to 92-2 in his international career, having suffered his first loss to countryman Nick Marable on Feb. 15.

Tsargush won the 2009 and 2010 World Championships, before Burroughs began his run of three straight global titles in 2011.

Tsargush, 27, was the only man to push Burroughs, 26, to three periods at the 2012 Olympics, in the semifinals. He did the same at the 2011 World Championships in the round of 16. They did not meet at the 2013 Worlds, won by Burroughs four weeks after breaking an ankle.

“I didn’t go home with what I wanted, which was gold, but I still got a bronze, so I’m happy about that,” Burroughs said. “There’s going to be a lot more years to come of great wrestling between us two.”

The U.S.’ other 2012 Olympic wrestling champion, Jake Varner, lost in the second round of the 213-pound division Tuesday and was later eliminated from medal contention.

The 2015 World Championships are in Las Vegas.

“I was real excited going into this year,” Burroughs said. “I’m like, man, I’m injury free, I’m feeling good, I’ve been training hard for a long time. This is it. This is my chance to become legendary. I still think I’ve done a pretty good job in this sport. It’s not over for me yet. I’m going back to the drawing board.”

Burroughs said his goal is still to match two-time Olympic champion John Smith‘s U.S. record of six global championships.

“John, if you’re watching, I’m still coming for you,” Burroughs said. “It’s going to take a couple years longer, maybe, but I’m still going for six.”

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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