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Jeremy Wariner a longshot for 4th Olympic team 12 years after gold medal

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The Olympic champion 12 years ago, Jeremy Wariner is not done with his track career just yet. His injuries have made more headlines than his times the past few years, but the 32-year-old thinks he has one more Olympics in him.

He’ll compete in the 400m at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials this weekend hoping to make a fourth Olympic team. Preliminary rounds for his event start Friday. He’ll likely need to post his best time in five years to earn a berth.

Wariner took gold in the 400m at the 2004 Athens Games with a time of 44.00 seconds. He followed with world titles in 2005 (43.93) and 2007 (43.45, the fifth-fastest time ever).

Wariner was upset at the 2008 Beijing Games by compatriot LaShawn Merritt, who crossed nearly a second ahead (43.75 to 44.74). But the silver was Wariner’s third of four Olympic medals (he also won gold in the 4x400m relay in both Athens and Beijing).

He qualified for the 2012 London Games only for the relay squad, but ultimately had to pull out after tearing his hamstring while training in London. He returned to win an indoor national title in 2013, but his outdoor times haven’t gone under 44 seconds since 2012.

Wariner’s fastest time in 2016 is 45.55. That’s well behind Merritt’s top American time of 44.22. In fact, 22 American men have posted better 400m times than Wariner this season.

But if he can finish in the top three at Trials, he’ll go to Rio. The third-fastest time for a U.S. 400m runner this year is 44.88 by Gil Roberts. If that’s the time to meet or beat, Wariner hasn’t gone that low since 2011. He could also earn another spot only on the relay team.

As a husband and father of three children, Wariner has begun to look at life after running. According to LetsRun.com, he’s running a Jimmy John’s franchise in Dallas.

Part of the reason he chose Jimmy John’s, Wariner said, was because the restaurant’s slogan is “Freaky fast.” That’s how he’ll need to run this weekend if he wants to run in Rio.

NBC 5 News in Dallas featured Wariner this week:

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 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