Lindsey Vonn
AP

Lindsey Vonn skis out, loses more ground in World Cup standings

Leave a comment

Lindsey Vonn will enter 2016 looking up to Lara Gut in the World Cup overall standings.

Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion skiing with a reported cold, missed a gate and failed to finish her first run of a World Cup giant slalom in Lienz, Austria, on Monday.

Meanwhile, the World Cup overall leader Gut won for the third time in four races. Gut was second in the first run and then overtook Slovenian Ana Drev, who fell in the second run.

Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather was second, .12 behind, followed by German Viktoria Rebensburg. Full results are here.

Gut, 24, now leads Vonn, 31, by 158 points after 13 of a scheduled 41 races, after picking up 100 points to Vonn’s zero on Monday. The season concludes in March.

“I hope there will be no snow anymore and they have to cancel all remaining races,” Gut said, according to The Associated Press. “It’s cool, but I have to keep going instead of starting to calculate. A few starts and no points, that can happen. It’s all running smoothly now.”

Vonn’s stated goal going into this season was to earn a fifth World Cup overall crown and first since two major knee surgeries kept her from defending her Olympic downhill title in Sochi.

She knew she’d have to pick up points in giant slalom, in addition to dominating downhill and super-G as she has done, to top the overall standings.

The absences of the last two women’s overall winners — Tina Maze (break) and Anna Fenninger (injury) — plus Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (injury) seemed at first to benefit Vonn.

But now Gut may be benefiting more. The Olympic downhill bronze medalist has notched victories this season in downhill, giant slalom and super combined, showing more versatility than Vonn. In four GS starts this season, Vonn has a win, a 13th and two DNFs.

The final scheduled World Cup race of the year is Tuesday in Lienz, a slalom that Vonn is not expected to enter as it’s her worst discipline.

Vonn’s next likely race is a two-run, sprint downhill in Zauchensee, Austria, on Jan. 9.

MORE: Norwegian Alpine legend dies in Utah

Anna van der Breggen is first cyclist to sweep road world titles in 25 years

Anna van der Breggen
Getty Images
Leave a comment

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.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: A more equal future for women’s cycling? Lizzie Deignan has high hopes

2020 French Open TV, live stream schedule

Leave a comment

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.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: How Jay-Z, Beyonce helped Naomi Osaka come out of her shell

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