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Lindsey Vonn plans to race 3 or 4 times at World Championships

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Lindsey Vonn plans to enter at least three of a possible five individual races at the World Championships in two weeks — the downhill, super-G, giant slalom and possibly the super combined.

Vonn, 30, has won four times in eight races since December, her first competitions in nearly one year following a second major right knee surgery that forced her to miss the Sochi Olympics.

She appears a gold-medal favorite in the downhill and potentially the super-G, depending on how this weekend’s downhill and super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, turn out.

The World Championships are in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo., from Feb. 2-15 with record coverage on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Live Extra and Universal Sports.

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Vonn hasn’t raced anything other than downhill and super-G since Jan. 26, 2013 — no giant slalom, no slalom, no super combined.

She does expect to race giant slalom at Worlds, on top of downhill and super-G. If she does, she will almost surely be racing against a field that includes Mikaela Shiffrin for the first time since before Vonn’s crash at the February 2013 World Championships. Shiffrin is ranked third in the World Cup giant slalom standings.

Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, was second in the World Cup giant slalom standings in 2012 and third in the slalom in 2009. She recently cast doubt she would ever race slalom again, a discipline in which she has not made a World Cup podium since 2009.

Vonn won a World Cup super combined every season from 2008 through 2012, and she hopes to race it at Worlds. Super combined is a mix of one downhill run and one slalom run.

She said the Worlds super combined is “a little bit up in the air” because she hasn’t skied slalom in 2 1/2 years.

Vonn said she is unlikely to race in the World Championships team event.

In 2013, Vonn raced once at the World Championships, crashing in the super-G and requiring the first of her two major knee surgeries.

In 2011, Vonn raced twice at the World Championships, winning downhill silver and placing seventh in the super-G before ending her competition due to symptoms from a pre-Worlds concussion.

In 2010, Vonn raced all five events at the Olympics, winning downhill gold and super-G bronze. She did not finish in the giant slalom, slalom and super combined.

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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