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Doug E. Doug reflects on ‘Cool Runnings’

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Doug E. Doug has said he still has his character’s lucky eggs from “Cool Runnings,” the 1993 Disney film loosely based on the 1988 Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. They’re rubber.

Doug, now 45, recently reflected on his most well-known role while at the Tribeca Film Festival debut of his new film, “The Wannabe.”

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native has said he’s asked about “Cool Runnings” daily and called it a “sideline occupation” but is also proud of the fame.

Here are excerpts from Doug’s interview:

OlympicTalk: Did you follow the Jamaican bobsled team’s return to the Olympics in Sochi?

Doug: Yeah, I’m friends with Devon Harris. He’s one of the original Jamaican bobsledders and head of the bobsled federation. So it’s disappointing that they haven’t been able to be medal contending [Jamaica was 29th out of 29 finishers in the Sochi two-man event]. But a lot of that has to do with fundraising, so we’re working together with the federation to make sure that they have enough funds to train for the entire year, so they’re not unprepared.

OlympicTalk: Are the other actors involved with fundraising?

Doug: We reached out to them. Hopefully they’ll come aboard as well.

OlympicTalk: What was it like going back to Calgary for the film’s 20th anniversary in 2013?

Doug: Myself and Leon [who played driver Derice Bannock] were both there. It was incredible. The city was going wild. I was kind of surprised because it was so long ago. They had events and treated us very well.

OlympicTalk: How long had it been since you were in Calgary?

Doug: Since we did the movie.

OlympicTalk: What memories did it bring back?

Doug: How cold it wasn’t [in 1988]. We expected for it to be cold, so we had to pretend like it was cold [while filming]. I guess they call it a Chinook wind, like it was a warm winter that year.

OlympicTalk: Did you go to the 20th anniversary screening?

Doug: We had several screenings. They were all packed. I kind of walked out because I’ve seen it like 30 times. We had a Q&A afterwards. I tried to humor them [the crowd].

OlympicTalk: What was the most interesting question you were asked?

Doug: They asked me what I’ve been doing since. I thought that was really funny. I said if you have to ask, then probably not much.

OlympicTalk: Did you go on a bobsled run while you were there?

Doug: I actually did not bobsled there [in Calgary]. They also didn’t allow me to do it while we were shooting the movie. You know, insurance. I bobsledded for the first time in Utah in Park City a couple of years ago.

OlympicTalk: What was the first bobsled run like?

Doug: I was shocked [laughs]. It’s like something I can’t really describe. People describe it as several Gs of force on your face, so it’s like jumping out of a building. I was shocked how elastic my face was, but I would do it again.

OlympicTalk: What do fans say to you when they bring up “Cool Runnings?”

Doug: They say, “Where’s your lucky egg?” and “Sanka, are you dead, man?” I say, “Ya man!”

OlympicTalk: How’s your Jamaican accent?

Doug: It’s still intact. It was more like a Jamaican Jerry Lewis in that movie. My father is from Jamaica, so everybody from Jamaica tells me that’s not a real Jamaican accent. I’m like, I really know how to do one.

Jamaican bobsledder Winston Watts part of The Rock’s HBO series

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