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Aly Raisman spurred by London tiebreaker in comeback

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Aly Raisman thinks about how she lost an Olympic all-around medal due to a tiebreaker “all the time” and uses it as motivation in her comeback.

Raisman, 20, finished tied for third with Russian Aliya Mustafina in the London Olympic all-around. Both scored 59.566. The tiebreaker meant subtracting each gymnast’s lowest score from the four apparatuses. That tiebreaker favored Mustafina, dropping Raisman to fourth.

“I think about how painful that was for me,” Raisman said in a USA Gymnastics interview. “It will always bother me.”

Raisman returned to a U.S. national team training camp in October for the first time in more than two years. She’s back on the national team and hoping to become the first U.S. female gymnast to make back-to-back Olympic teams since Amy Chow and Dominique Dawes in 1996 and 2000.

“I still feel like it’s almost never enough,” Raisman, who won team and floor exercise gold and balance beam bronze in London, said of her desire to return. “You can still try for more.”

Raisman has said her goal is to return as an all-around gymnast. No more than two gymnasts per nation can compete in the all-around final at a World Championships or Olympics.

The world’s best all-around gymnast is an American, two-time reigning World champion Simone Biles. Biles’ presence, along with Raisman’s Olympic teammates Kyla Ross and another woman planning a comeback, London all-around champion Gabby Douglas, could create quite a competition for those two spots at the 2015 World Championships and/or 2016 Olympics.

That’s not to mention rising junior gymnasts. Raisman was the only member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team who was a senior gymnast two years before the London Games.

She returned to the gym last year, learning from former training partner Alicia Sacramone‘s comeback after taking one year off following the 2008 Olympics. Raisman started out focusing on conditioning and basics and short gym sessions.

“My goal is to be more confident than last time,” said Raisman, who added she already accomplished her dream, winning an Olympic gold medal. “I want to do it to prove to myself that I can do it again. And if I don’t, then that’s OK. At least I know that I tried.”

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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.

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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