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Simone Biles dominates in World Gymnastics Championships qualifying

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World Gymnastics Championships qualifying wrapped up Monday. When every routine finished and all scores were given, the standard of excellence on the women’s side was clear.

American Simone Biles was the world’s best gymnast (in qualifying, mind you) on three of four apparatuses.

She had the highest scores out of 209 gymnasts on floor exercise, 216 gymnasts on balance beam and 28 on vault (that number is tiny because that event requires two separate vaults to qualify for the event final this weekend).

Biles, 17, erred on her weak event, uneven bars (video here), yet still had a higher, four-event, all-around qualifying total than anybody else by more than seven tenths of a point.

Biles finished fourth on uneven bars at the 2013 World Championships, the only event in which she did not win a medal, in her Worlds debut. It was arguably the greatest single-meet performance by a U.S. gymnast ever — men and Olympics included.

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura receives plenty of praise for being a level above every other men’s gymnast in the world. Deservedly so, but Biles is arguably more dominant.

Uchimura was not No. 1 on any of the six men’s apparatuses in qualifying last week. He was second on high bar, fifth on floor exercise, didn’t perform two vaults and was outside the top 10 on the rest. Uchimura can win a maximum of three medals this week.

Biles, with two fewer apparatuses than the men, can win five medals this week. If all of the qualifying scores repeat in finals, she will win five gold medals, which has never been done by a woman at a single World Championships. One man has done so, the Soviet Union’s Boris Shakhlin in 1958, according to International Gymnast.

With five medals this week, Biles would move one behind Alicia Sacarmone for the most career World Championships medals in U.S. history. Sacramone earned 10 medals over five World Championships. These are Biles’ second World Championships.

Much has been made of the turnover in U.S. women’s gymnastics. No woman has made back-to-back U.S. Olympic teams since 1996 and 2000. Of the seven members of the 2010 U.S. World Championships team, only Aly Raisman hung on to make the 2012 Olympics.

For Biles to earn another great title, Olympian, she still has plenty of work ahead.

World Gymnastics Championships broadcast schedule

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 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