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Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid is official

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Los Angeles is bidding for the 2024 Olympics.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun made the announcement Tuesday afternoon in nearby Santa Monica, one hour after the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously in favor of the bid and two weeks before the International Olympic Committee deadline for 2024 Olympic bid submissions.

Los Angeles previously hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, but Blackmun called the city’s quest for a third Olympics the ushering in of “a new Olympic era.”

“L.A. has the proven experience in hosting the Games, and knows how to deliver world-class events for athletes and an extraordinary experience for fans,” Blackmun said in a press release. “Coupled with the city’s culture of creativity and innovation, we are confident L.A. can deliver an outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.”

Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Rome previously announced bids. IOC members will vote to choose the 2024 host city in 2017.

On Aug. 12, USOC leaders said they hoped to wrap up a Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid by the end of August, a replacement bid two weeks after the Boston 2024 bid was dropped.

“We did not take the most direct route to get here today,” Blackmun said, citing “challenging circumstances.”

Los Angeles 2024 bid chairman Casey Wasserman added, “What should have taken nine months we got done in two weeks.”

L.A. City Council member Mitch O’Farrell compared what lies ahead for a potential Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid to a marathon.

“We are the tortoise, and perhaps the other cities [Hamburg, Paris and Rome] are the hare,” O’Farrell said. “We are in a pretty good place entering into this marathon.”

Los Angeles was one of four finalists last year, with Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., for the U.S. bid. Boston was chosen Jan. 8.

Last week, Los Angeles officials published a bid book with details of the 2024 plan, including venues, renderings and a logo. L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti called the plan prudent, responsible, fully achievable and completely sustainable.

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“This city is the world’s greatest stage,” Garcetti said at the Santa Monica press conference, surrounded by Olympic champions such as swimmer Janet Evans, diver Greg Louganis, decathlete Bryan Clay, gymnast Peter Vidmar, boxer Oscar De La Hoya and sprinter Carmelita Jeter, plus 2000 Olympic baseball champion manager Tommy Lasorda. “This is the greatest sporting city on the face of the Earth.”

The Los Angeles bid proposes 2024 Olympic dates of July 19 through Aug. 4, the same dates as the Atlanta 1996 Olympics and of the failed Boston 2024 Olympic bid. The Paralympics would be Aug. 14-27.

Los Angeles will try to join London as the only cities to host an Olympics three times. Paris is also vying for its third Olympics, 100 years after it last hosted the Games.

“The Olympics are in our DNA,” Garcetti said.

The U.S. is in the midst of its longest stretch between hosting Olympics since the 28-year gap between Los Angeles 1932 and the Squaw Valley 1960 Winter Games.

It last hosted a Winter Games in 2002 (Salt Lake City) and a Summer Games in 1996 (Atlanta).

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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