Watch Drake Relays, Penn Relays on NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday

Justin Gatlin

Olympic gold medalists Aries Merritt, Ashton Eaton, LaShawn Merritt, Justin Gatlin, Dawn Harper-Nelson and Sanya Richards-Ross are among the U.S. stars in action at the Drake Relays and Penn Relays this weekend.

On Friday, the Drake Relays will be broadcast on Universal Sports and USATF.TV from 8-9:30 p.m. ET.

Key events include the 110m hurdles (8:13) with Olympic champion and world record holder Aries Merritt, 2013 World champion David Oliver and Eaton, the Olympic decathlon champion.

World champion LaShawn Merritt leads the 400m field (8:24) against Olympic champion Kirani James, U.S. champion Gil Roberts, World silver medalist Tony McQuay and Josh Mance, rounding out the four fastest Americans in the event last year.

The men’s 400m hurdles (8:36) includes the 2008 and 2012 Olympic silver and bronze medalists — Michael Tinsley, Javier Culson, Kerron Clement and Bershawn Jackson.

The women’s 800m (9:00) includes all three 2013 World Championships team members — Brenda Martinez, Alysia Montano and Ajee’ Wilson.

On Saturday, the Penn Relays will be on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra from 12:30-3 p.m. ET.

Here’s the schedule of USA vs. the World relays (potential headliners):

12:38 – Men’s 4×100 (Justin Gatlin, Asafa Powell)
12:50 – Women’s 4×100 (Kaylin Whitney, Kerron Stewart)
2:00 – Women’s 4×200 (Kaylin Whitney, Kerron Stewart)
2:10 – Men’s 4×200 (Gatlin, Wallace Spearmon)
2:35 – Women’s 4×400 (Dee Dee Trotter)
2:52 – Men’s 4×400

Later Saturday, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will broadcast the Drake Relays from 3-5 p.m. ET.

The marquee events will be the 100m hurdles (3:30) featuring 2008 Olympic champion Harper-Nelson and the women’s 400m (4:05) with the two fastest women in the world last year — Francena McCorory and Olympic champion Richards-Ross.

The full Drake Relays schedule is here. The full Penn Relays schedule is here.

French Open: Daniil Medvedev stunned by 172nd-ranked qualifier

Thiago Seyboth Wild

No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev was eliminated by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild in one of the biggest French Open first-round upsets,

Seyboth Wild, a 23-year-old in his second-ever Grand Slam main draw match, prevailed 7-6 (5), 6-7 (8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in more than four hours on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

“I’ve watched Daniil play for, like, my entire junior career until today, and I’ve always dreamed about playing on this court, playing these kind of players,” he said. “In my best dreams, I’ve beaten them, so it’s a dream come true.”

Seyboth Wild overcame the ranking disparity, the experience deficit (it was his first five-set match) and cramps. He began feeling them in the second set, and it affected his serve.

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Seyboth Wild, who had strictly played in qualifying and lower-level Challenger events dating to February 2022, became the first man to take out a top-two seed at the French Open since Mark Philippoussis ousted No. 2 Pete Sampras in 2000.

It’s the most seismic win by a Brazilian at the French Open — and perhaps any major — since the nation’s most successful man, Gustavo Kuerten, won his third Roland Garros title in 2001.

Tuesday marked the 26th anniversary of Kuerten’s first big splash in Paris, a third-round win over 1995 French Open champion Thomas Muster en route to his first Roland Garros title.

As a junior, Seyboth Wild won the 2018 U.S. Open and reached a best ranking of eighth in the world. Since, he played eight Grand Slam qualifying tournaments with a 1-8 record before advancing through qualifying last week.

The 2021 U.S. Open champion Medvedev entered the French Open having won the first clay tournament title of his career at the Italian Open, the last top-level event before Roland Garros.

Seeds to advance Tuesday included No. 6 Coco Gauff, who rallied past 71st-ranked Spaniard Rebeka Masarova 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, plus No. 4 Elena Rybakina and No. 7 Ons Jabeur in straight sets.

The second round begins Wednesday, featuring Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz.

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Olympians, Paralympians star on Top Chef World All-Stars in Paris


U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls get a taste of Paris in this week’s episode of Top Chef World All-Stars, premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Olympic medalists Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Suni Lee and Paralympic medalists Mallory Weggemann and Hunter Woodhall team up with contestants for a cooking challenge in front of the Eiffel Tower, one year before the French capital hosts the Games.

Olympians have appeared on Top Chef before.

A 2020 episode set at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Coliseum included Diana Taurasi, Rai Benjamin, Nastia Liukin, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Christian Coleman and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

A January 2018 episode featured figure skater Meryl Davis, freeskier Gus Kenworthy and skeleton slider John Daly, one month before the PyeongChang Winter Games.

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