U.S. leads after first day of Duel in the Pool

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Ryan Lochte helped the U.S. to a healthy lead over Europe on the first day of Duel in the Pool, a Ryder Cup-style meet, in Indianapolis on Friday night.

Lochte won the 400m individual medley and, about 25 minutes later, took third in the 200m backstroke.

The U.S. leads Europe 74-48 halfway through the two-day meet. Full results can be found here.

In each event, first-place finishers get five points, second gets three points and third gets one point. Relays are winner-take-all for seven points.

Lochte has rarely contested the 400m IM since he won the 2012 Olympic title.

“I might need another day to recover,” Lochte told NBC’s Carolyn Manno. “I haven’t done that event in a long time.”

Europe was led by Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who swept the women’s 400m IM and 200m back in the same 25-minute span.

From the media mixed zone, Hosszu heckled Lochte and asked how he fared in the double.

“It hurt,” he said. “I can definitely tell that I’m getting old. It felt good though to get those races back in and doing the doubles again. Definitely know I need more training because I should have been a lot better in the backstroke.”

Missy Franklin took third in the 200m back. She is the Olympic champion and world-record holder in the event in 50-meter pools, but the Duel in the Pool is contested in a 25-meter pool.

The U.S. swept the men’s and women’s 200m breaststrokes and 4x100m medley relays.

A U.S. quartet with no Olympic experience broke the women’s medley relay world record that had been set by Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Franklin in 2011.

The U.S. also went one-two in both 100m freestyles thanks to Simone Manuel and Lia Neal and Nathan Adrian and Josh Schneider.

Duel in the Pool concludes Saturday (2 p.m. ET, USASwimming.org). NBC will air coverage of the meet Dec. 19 from 4-6 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports analyst Rowdy Gaines doesn’t see the U.S. having to change much in order to maintain their lead over the European team.

“They don’t have to get a lot of wins,” he said. “They can just get a bunch of second and thirds, some splits here and there. I can’t see them losing the relays – that’s 14 points right there.”

The U.S. won all six previous Duel in the Pool competitions, which have been held in odd-numbered years. The first three came against Australia before the switch to U.S.-Europe.

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NBC Olympics swimming producer Rachel Lutz contributed to this report from Indianapolis.

NBA participation in Tokyo Olympics could be limited, Adam Silver says

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the Tokyo Olympics’ effect on the league’s schedule planning for 2021 is unclear, but that it’s possible that Olympic participation may be limited.

“There are a lot of great U.S. players, and we may be up against a scenario where the top 15 NBA players aren’t competing in the Olympics, but other great American players are competing,” Silver told Bob Costas on CNN on Tuesday. “Obviously, there are many NBA players who participate in the Olympics from other countries. That’s something we’re going to have to work through. I just say, lastly, these are highly unique and unusual circumstances. I think, just as it is for the Olympic movement, it is for us as well. We’re just going to have to sort of find a way to meld and mesh those two competing considerations.”

Silver said his best guess is that the next NBA season starts in January with a goal of a standard 82-game schedule and playoffs. A schedule has not been released.

In normal NBA seasons that start in late October, the regular season runs to mid-April and the NBA Finals into mid-June.

The Tokyo Olympic Opening Ceremony is July 23. If an NBA season is pushed back two or three months to a January start, and the schedule is not condensed, the Olympics would start while the NBA playoffs are happening.

The current NBA season is in the conference finals phase in an Orlando-area bubble after a four-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is a factor in our planning,” Silver said of the Olympics. “It would be tough for us to make a decision in January based on the Olympics happening on schedule when that’s so unclear.”

The NBA has participated in every Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Games. Monday was the 29th anniversary of the announcement of the first 10 members of the original Dream Team on an NBC selection show (hosted by Costas).

Before the NBA era, U.S. Olympic men’s basketball teams consisted of college players.

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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