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Hannah Kearney emotional about final moguls season

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Hannah Kearney performed the last of more than 6,000 career jumps off a water ramp over seven years of training in Lake Placid, N.Y., two weeks ago. She threw her ski poles away. Then she felt it.

“The idea that I was getting choked up over something that I wasn’t really going to miss is like, uh-oh, I’m going to be a wreck in March,” Kearney said while getting her hair done in Midtown Manhattan last week.

Kearney, the most decorated U.S. freestyle skier ever, will retire after the 2014-15 season. The 2010 Olympic moguls champion decided before the Sochi Olympics that they would be her final Winter Games. She contemplated not coming back even for post-Olympic competition after a heartbreaking experience in the Russian mountains.

Kearney attempted to become the first freestyle skier to win back-to-back golds last February. She was a heavy favorite. She took bronze instead and shed tears sharing a podium with Canadian sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe.

“No one in life wants the best part of their career to be behind them,” Kearney told reporters on the first night of medal competition at the Sochi Olympics. “Unfortunately, that’s what it feels like right now, that I was at my best in the past.”

Kearney, 28, isn’t changing her primary goal going into her 13th and final season, starting in Finland on Dec. 13. Win the overall World Cup title for a sixth time, which would break a tie for the record with Canadian Jenn Heil and American Donna Weinbrecht.

She publicly declared her retirement plans to hold herself accountable. Nagging knee pain in training last month felt like a reminder that she may have made the wrong decision in continuing one more season. Kearney had a left knee arthroscopy following a torn meniscus in July.

“I know in my heart that I need to move on,” said Kearney, who completed her freshman slate at Dartmouth in three years between Vancouver and Sochi, chopped up by competition. “In order to accomplish anything else in my life, I’ve got to start doing it now.”

Kearney, who started moguls skiing before women were allowed to do back flips in competition, will miss plenty about traveling the world to compete. The smell of her favorite bakery in Are, Sweden. The view of the Matterhorn from her Swiss hotel. But not the 2 a.m. alarms to drive from Norwich, Vt., to the Manchester, N.H., airport.

She still thinks about that Sochi Olympic bronze daily.

“I can get choked up talking about it, but I will get over it,” Kearney said. “I know everything happens for a reason. I’m just not sure why.”

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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