Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin finish Santa Clara meet with differing results

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Michael Phelps won two of his five events at a Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara, Calif., this weekend, capping the competition with a 200m individual medley victory Sunday.

Missy Franklin went winless in five events in her first meet since the NCAA Championships in March.

Santa Clara marked the biggest meet between now and the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, that start Aug. 2. Phelps will not swim at the World Championships as part of punishment for his September DUI arrest.

On Sunday, Phelps won the 200m individual medley in 1:59.39, his fastest time in that event this year and ranking 18th fastest in the world for 2015. Phelps, the three-time reigning Olympic 200m IM champion, swam it in 1:56.04 in 2014 to rank third in the world.

Phelps also finished ninth in the nine-man 200m backstroke, an event he rarely swims at the international level. Rising California junior Ryan Murphy won that race in 1:57.06, adding to his 100m back victory Saturday.

Phelps won the 200m butterfly on Saturday to snap a six-race winless streak. In his last meet in Charlotte in May, Phelps finished no better than third in all of his races for the first time since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

“I’m happy where I am now,” Phelps told media in Santa Clara. “I’m happy I’m finishing races like I have.”

Phelps said he will head to Colorado for altitude training on Monday for three weeks and next compete in a smaller meet in July before he heads to the U.S. Championships in San Antonio, Aug. 6-10.

Franklin, a four-time 2012 Olympic champion, placed third in the 200m backstroke and sixth in the 100m freestyle Sunday. She had finished third in the 100m back Saturday and third in the 200m freestyle and eighth in the 50m back Friday.

“A lot of mixed feelings,” said Franklin, who doesn’t think she will compete again before Worlds. “I haven’t raced this tired in a long time [due to hard training] … All my strokes felt really strong and powerful. There just wasn’t a whole lot of speed there, which, I guess, is right where I want to be right now going into Worlds.”

Franklin was beaten in both backstrokes by Hungary’s FINA Swimmer of the Year Katinka Hosszu, who capped a five-win meet with 200m IM and 200m back victories Sunday.

Hosszu, nicknamed the “Iron Lady” for her heavy workloads, won 14 of her 21 races over the last three Pro Swim Series meets in Mesa, Ariz., Charlotte, N.C., and Santa Clara, setting her up well for the World Championships.

The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk followed her 200m free win Friday by taking the 100m free Sunday in 53.64. Heemskerk and Australian Cate Campbell are the only women to break 53 seconds this year, both going 52.69 in April.

World silver medalist Lotte Friis of Denmark won the women’s 800m free in 8:25.33, well off Olympic and World champion Katie Ledecky‘s 8:11.21 from January. Nobody has been within 10 seconds of Ledecky’s best time this year.

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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