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Katie Ledecky swims wearing cap of student seriously hurt in car crash

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In the first meet of her senior year, Katie Ledecky wore a cap belonging to a swimmer from another school who was seriously injured in a car crash.

Ledecky, the Olympic 800m freestyle champion and multiple world record holder, swam for Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart while wearing a Gonzaga College High School swim cap in a meet involving both schools.

Ledecky’s cap had the name “Johannessen” on it. It belongs to Patrick “PJ” Johannessen, a Gonzaga senior swimmer who was seriously injured in a two-car crash that killed one student on Nov. 1.

The gesture came after Ledecky emailed her high school coach and texted with her fellow team captains before Tuesday’s meet.

“We had a group message going to try to figure out what we could do,” Ledecky said, according to reachforthewall.com. “We have all our meets with these guys. … We feel like we’re one team.

“Once this happened we knew we had to do something to show our support. I have a brother who went to Gonzaga, and a number of kids in the Stone Ridge senior class know Gonzaga and some of the kids who were involved.”

The Stone Ridge team, not just Ledecky, wore purple Gonzaga caps at the meet, according to the report. Gonzaga is an all-boys school.

Ledecky won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke at the meet. On Wednesday, she submitted her letter of intent to attend Stanford.

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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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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