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Bode Miller to skip season, 2018 Olympics ‘really unlikely’

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Bode Miller will leave all the racing this season to his horses.

The six-time Olympic medalist is taking a break from competing on the World Cup circuit to spend more time with his family, test out a new line of ski equipment and oversee a barn full of promising thoroughbreds he owns.

Don’t read this as any sort of retirement, though. Not yet, anyway, even if Miller did turn 38 earlier this week. He is still keeping that door open, although he finds it unlikely that he will be flying out of the starting gate at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

“It would be a cool thing to share with your kids, competing at a high level,” Miller said Thursday. “And fitness-wise, my body feels excellent. You never know, but I would say it’s really unlikely I’d go in ’18.”

Skiing took a backseat in May when he and his wife, pro beach volleyball player Morgan Beck Miller, welcomed a son.

“I haven’t slept in 4½ months,” cracked Bode Miller, who has two kids from previous relationships. “My priorities are so focused on the baby and family stuff. It’s really hard to manage all the other stuff.”

Miller is also getting more involved in projects such as training horses. He and a business partner own 15 horses and a barn in Maryland. Among his good friends is Bob Baffert, the trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

“Our program is a super, super elite training program,” Miller said. “It’s training, but you can’t really call it training. In ski racing, it’s conditioning. That’s what we’re doing — conditioning the [the horses] mentally and physically to compete.”

One of his horses is Ravenheart, who will compete this weekend at the Maryland Million Nursery. Miller picked out Ravenheart and named him after his favorite fantasy novel.

“Each one of these horses is like my kid,” Miller said. “When you really invest yourself and your energy into an animal, you’re much more invested in the outcome. It hurts more when they lose or when they hurt themselves. But you get a lot more when they win.”

Miller has captured 33 World Cup races and two overall titles. He has also earned three Olympic silver medals and two bronze to go with a gold in the super-combined at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

He had surgery in November to fix a herniated disk in his back and didn’t return until the world championships three months later in Beaver Creek, Colorado. He crashed during the super-G and severed his right hamstring tendon.

Miller skied in Europe and Chile over the summer with no trouble — or hint of pain.

“My hamstring seems to have no real impact on my ability to ski, and my body feels great,” said Miller. “My back feels fine. In terms of that, everything feels great.”

Miller, who split from his sponsor Head, has been testing out equipment for Bomber Ski, a company he is collaborating with that makes handcrafted skis in a race lab in Italy.

U.S. ski coach Sasha Rearick doesn’t think the world has seen the last of Miller on a race hill.

“He’s Bode Miller. He loves it. He loves expressing himself on snow,” Rearick recently said. “He loves pushing the limits. If he’s got a new challenge, find something fun for him, he’s going to go full at it.”

As for when he might retire, well, Miller explained it this way: “The way it works in ski racing — you just don’t show up anymore.”

Sort of like this?

“I would tell people, ‘Look, I’m not going to do this anymore,’ and lay it out my plans,” Miller said. “I haven’t drafted that up yet. As of now, it’s not the likely outcome. But you never know.

“I’m juggling a lot of different things, and my family is my top priority. It comes down to whether or not we can manage [ski racing] with my family.”

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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