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Jason Brown attempts quadruple jump at Four Continents (video)

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Joshua Farris skated a personal-best short program, while U.S. champion Jason Brown and Adam Rippon struggled at the Four Continents Championships in Seoul on Thursday.

Farris, the 20-year-old who was third at last month’s U.S. Championships, scored 84.29 points without a quadruple jump for fifth place. He trails leader Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, who did land a quad, by 13.32.

“I was thinking about doing [a quad] in the short, but from Nationals to now wasn’t enough time to train it, and it wasn’t super consistent with the footwork going into it,” Farris said, according to U.S. Figure Skating. “I’m going to work on it, and 100 percent guaranteed will do it at [World Championships].”

Brown, who won his U.S. title without a quad, added a quad toe loop Thursday but two-footed his landing and totaled 75.86 for ninth place.

Brown said his coach, Kori Ade, told him right after the U.S. Championships that he would add a quad for Four Continents, the top international event before the World Championships in March.

“My goal was that I wanted to integrate a quad and do it to the best of my ability in that moment, and once it was over, leave it there and continue on,” Brown said, according to U.S. Figure Skating. “There is no better time to try it than right now and leading up to worlds and try to see how it goes. If it does get more consistent for Worlds, I can look back and know that I’ve tried it before in competition.”

Rippon, the U.S. silver medalist, put his hands down on two jumps, including a quadruple Lutz. He scored 68.37 for 12th place.

“It was bad today,” Rippon said, according to U.S. Figure Skating. “I wanted to go out and do the quad Lutz, which is the hardest being attempted in competition today. I really wanted to do that to challenge the best skaters in the world. When I had a bad attempt on it, it kind of threw the program off.”

Farris, Brown and Rippon will go to the World Championships in Shanghai in March trying to keep the U.S.’ three spots for the 2016 World Championships. To do that, the top two U.S. men’s finishes at Worlds must add up to no greater than 13 (for example, sixth and seventh).

What happened Thursday shows how tough that will be. Farris and Brown add up to 14 in a field that doesn’t include World Championships favorites Yuzuru Hanyu, Javier Fernandez and Russians Sergey Voronov and Maksim Kovtun.

Earlier Thursday, U.S. Olympians Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia and Alex Shibutani went one-two in the short dance. U.S. pairs champions Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim were fifth in their short program.

The Four Continents Championships continue with the women’s short program Friday, including Gracie Gold.

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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