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Benjamin Raich, two-time Olympic champion, retires from Alpine skiing

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Austrian Benjamin Raich announced his retirement from Alpine skiing Thursday, ending a career that included two Olympic gold medals, four overall Olympic medals, a World Cup overall title and more than 440 World Cup starts (a record) over 20 seasons.

”I don’t have the motivation anymore to go the limit and you need that in ski racing,” Raich, 37, said, according to The Associated Press.

Raich won the giant slalom and slalom at the Torino 2006 Winter Games, after taking bronze in the slalom and combined at Salt Lake City 2002. He also won seven individual World Championships medals.

He also won the World Cup overall title in 2006 during a stretch where he finished in the top three of the World Cup overall standings seven straight years.

Raich won 36 World Cup races since his 1996 debut, more than any other active men’s skier, his last win coming Feb. 25, 2012. He had not finished in the top five of any World Cup discipline standing since 2010.

Four other Austrian skiers retired during this offseason — Olympic medalists Nicole Hosp, Mario Matt, Andrea Fishbacher and Kathrin Zettel.

The 2015-16 Alpine skiing World Cup season begins Oct. 24 in Soelden, Austria.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field 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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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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