Michael Phelps cruises into 200m butterfly final, scratches 100m freestyle

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Phelps looked as dominant as ever in his first event of the trials.

He was more than a second ahead of the next-fastest swimmer in the semifinals of the 200-meter butterfly Tuesday at U.S. Olympic swimming trials, powering through the water with ease while his 7-week-old son, Boomer, watched from the stands. Phelps touched in 1:55.17.

The 200m butterfly final is Wednesday night. In 2015, Phelps clocked the fastest time in the world in this event (1:52.94) since 2009. On Tuesday morning, he was the fastest man in the prelims.

Later Tuesday, Phelps scratched out of the 100m freestyle, an event he wasn’t expected to swim. Earlier in the week he also pulled himself out of the 200m free. That leaves his participation in the freestyle relays in Rio up in the air.

Phelps was seeded second in the 100m free, meaning he’d still be a strong candidate to be selected for the Olympic relay squad. It will be up to Phelps’ longtime coach, Bob Bowman, who is also the U.S. Olympic men’s coach.

Phelps is now down to just three events at trials: 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley and 100m butterfly. The last time he swam only three events at an Olympic Trials was 2000, when he placed second in the 200m butterfly, 11th in the 400m IM and 20th in the 200m IM. He was 15 then and will turn 31 on Thursday.

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Meanwhile Tuesday, Phelps couldn’t help but notice all the newcomers on the U.S. team – as many as 17 likely claiming spots through the first three days of the meet.

“I don’t even know half of them,” he said. “It’s exciting to have new faces, where people are really pumped to come up in the sport. That’s a good thing to see as I’m on my way out.”

Phelps, who already has 18 golds and 22 medals overall, came out of retirement seeking to win a few more before he calls it quits again.

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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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