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Jarryd Hayne retires from NFL to pursue Rio Olympics

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San Francisco 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne announced his NFL retirement Sunday to pursue a bid to make Fiji’s Olympic rugby team, 82 days before the Rio Games open Aug. 5.

“I am retiring from the NFL because the Fiji rugby sevens team reached out to me about the opportunity to join the team for the upcoming Olympics, and I simply could not pass that chance up,” Hayne said in a press release. “The Olympics has been something I have admired since I was a little boy, and it is an opportunity I feel very similar to me joining the NFL.”

Hayne, 28, played in eight games in his rookie NFL season after spending the previous nine years playing in Australia’s National Rugby League.

Hayne was born in Australia but has a Fijian father and has represented Fiji internationally in the past.

Fiji is the world’s best men’s rugby sevens program, having won the 2014-15 World Series season title and likely to repeat this season with one leg remaining.

Hayne will join Fiji in London for a camp leading into that final World Series leg this week. The camp includes 14 players from which 12 can be chosen for the World Series roster, according to Fiji coach Ben Ryan on Twitter.

The to-be-named Olympic roster will also be 12 players.

“I have no promises he is going to make the 12, but we will see how he goes,” Ryan said in a press release. “He will then come into Fijian camp for the Olympic period. It is a huge challenge for Jarryd, but if he gets into the squad it is only going to be on form, because he is a blinding rugby player.”

Fiji has never won an Olympic medal.

Hayne is not the only athlete with NFL experience eyeing Rio.

New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner is going for the U.S. rugby team, and it was reported last month the head coach said Ebner had a “50-50” chance of making it.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin hopes to make his second straight Olympic team in the long jump. Goodwin leaped a personal-best 8.45 meters on Saturday, the best jump in the world this year.

Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is reportedly trying to make the Saint Lucia Olympic track and field team in the 100m.

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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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