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Richard Browne, IPC World champion sprinter, details getting hit by truck

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Richard Browne jokes about it now, but the ringing and the flashes are serious reminders.

The U.S.’ best Paralympian sprinter and world-record holder counts himself fortunate after he said a pickup truck ran a red light and slammed into the passenger side where he was sitting in a Ford Fusion in early January.

“I’m happy it was on my prosthetic [leg] side, because if it was on my good side, I probably would have lost another leg,” he said, laughing, inside the Beverly Hills Hilton on Wednesday.

In 2007, Browne ripped his right leg when crashing through a glass door. He endured 13 surgeries before choosing amputation over the constant pain in 2010. He earned a Paralympic silver medal two years later and swept the 100m and 200m at the 2015 IPC World Championships in world-record times.

Browne’s story was profiled by USA Track and Field in a video published in October.

In January, the 24-year-old Browne was the lone passenger in a car driven by a friend in Orlando. He remembers pieces of the crash — a shower of broken glass and airbags deploying.

“Ringing, just a lot of ringing,” he said. “It was just like flashes. I remember an ambulance getting there and then … not much after, not much after.”

Browne suffered two broken ribs, another cracked rib and a concussion. The driver did not accrue major injuries.

“She walked out like it was nothing, kept apologizing” he said, adding that they both wore seat belts.

Browne’s manager put out a press release later that week after Browne was released from the hospital. Former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper, Usain Bolt and Browne’s chief rival, Brit Jonnie Peacock, reached out to check on him.

“It was really able to keep me upbeat,” Browne said. “I was more worried about missing so much training.”

The concussion kept him out three weeks.

“You literally can’t do anything except drink water,” he said. “Being around my [three] kids, they make loud noises, that hurt.”

This week, Browne joined more than 100 other U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in Beverly Hills, Calif., for a pre-Games media summit.

Despite the crash, he’s sticking to a goal of competing in the U.S. Olympic trials 200m in Eugene in July. Browne broke the IPC world record in his division when he clocked 21.27 seconds to win the World title on Oct. 25.

He said Wednesday that he has run even faster, 21.0. The USA Track and Field qualifying standard to get into the trials is 20.50 seconds.

Can he knock off another half-second in the next three months, after what he’s been through?

“That’s easy,” Browne said.

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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 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