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Anna Fenninger stops ski training due to knee injury

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Anna Fenninger, the two-time reigning World Cup overall champion, stopped ski training in Austria on Tuesday due to persistent knee problems, according to Austrian reports.

The World Cup season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, is Oct. 24.

Fenninger, 26, is favored to win her third straight World Cup overall title this season given last year’s runner-up, Tina Maze, is taking this season off.

The biggest threats to Fenninger are Americans Lindsey Vonn, who owns four World Cup overall titles, and Mikaela Shiffrin, the Olympic, World and World Cup slalom champion. Vonn and Shiffrin were third and fourth in the World Cup overall standings last season.

Vonn, 30, suffered an ankle fracture in a New Zealand training crash Aug. 13 but plans to train in Austria in mid-October and race in Soelden, according to Austrian media reports quoting the head of her ski equipment company last week. Vonn’s camp has not confirmed the reports.

Vonn missed Soelden the last two seasons as she worked her way back from major knee surgeries. Fenninger and Shiffrin shared the Soelden win to open last season.

Vonn and Fenninger are best at the speed events of downhill and super-G. The first World Cup speed event of this season is not until Dec. 4.

Vonn has said her primary goal this season is to win her first World Cup overall title since 2012.

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UPDATE: Fenninger’s social media pages said Wednesday that she hoped to return to snow next week.

am schnee war's die woche kürzer als geplant – aber das ist nichts ungewöhnliches. mir geht's gut. das knie meldet sich…

Posted by Anna Fenninger on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail, fails to finish world championships time trial

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail and failed to finish the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title in Imola, Italy.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, her legs appearing bloodied, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital.

“All we know is that she is conscious and talking,” according to USA Cycling, about 25 minutes after the crash. “More updates to come.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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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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