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World Indoor Track and Field Championships broadcast schedule; athletes to watch

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The U.S. will host its second-ever World Indoor Track and Field Championships, in Portland, Ore., from Thursday through Sunday, with live daily coverage on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Here’s the competition schedule.

Here’s the broadcast schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday
10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra 

Friday
1:30-5:45 p.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra
8 p.m.-12 a.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra

Saturday
12:30-2 a.m. — NBCSN (tape)
2-5 p.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra
8-11 p.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra
9:30-11 p.m. — NBCSN (live)

Sunday:
3:30-6 p.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra
4-6 p.m. — NBCSN (live)

Here are five athletes to watch (all times Eastern):

Jenn Suhr (Pole Vault, Thursday, 10:05 p.m.): The Olympic champion is trying to rebound after missing the World Outdoor Championships podium in August. She’s well on her way, having broken her 2013 indoor world record with a 5.03-meter clearance on Jan. 30.

Ashton Eaton (Heptathlon, Friday and Saturday): The Olympic and World champion and world-record holder in the decathlon is also the World champion in the indoor heptathlon. Eaton owns the four highest point totals in the event’s history, led by his world record 6,645 from the 2012 World Indoors. He came 13 points shy of that mark in his last heptathlon at the 2014 World Indoors. Last Friday, Eaton needed six stitches in his forehead after a pole-vault bar fell on him.

Trayvon Bromell (60m, final Friday 8:40 p.m.): The 20-year-old shared 100m bronze at last summer’s World Championships. He’s the only man from that podium competing in Portland, with Usain BoltJustin Gatlin and Andre De Grasse absent. His primary competition in the 60m will come from veterans Asafa Powell, 33, and Kim Collins, 39, and countrymen Marvin Bracy and Mike Rodgers.

Vashti Cunningham (high jump, Sunday, 1 p.m.): The high school senior broke the world junior record en route to winning the U.S. indoor title with the highest clearance in the world this year last Saturday. The daughter of NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham could become the youngest U.S. Olympic track and field competitor since 1976 this summer. But first, she’ll make her global championship debut in Portland.

Genzebe Dibaba (3000m, Sunday, 1:45 p.m.): Dibaba is the greatest distance runner in the world today and arguably the greatest track and field athlete, too. The Ethiopian owns world records outdoors (1500m) and indoors (1500m, mile, 3000m and 5000m). Her indoor 3000m world record, which she may try to break Sunday, is 7.12 seconds faster than any other woman in history. The No. 2 woman all time, countrywoman Meseret Defar, is also entered in the 3000m in Portland.

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

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, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

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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