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Cheryl Miller’s cartwheel in front of Pat Summitt put 1984 Olympic hopes in peril

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When Tennessee coach Pat Summitt lost her NCAA Championship Game debut in 1984 to USC, then-Trojans star Cheryl Miller did a cartwheel in celebration. Right in front of Summitt.

Summitt, then still known to Miller as Pat Head, would be the coach of the to-be-named Olympic team that summer.

The cartwheel might have been a mistake.

“My teammates were like, ‘You’re not going to make the Olympic team, you just did a cartwheel in front of Pat Head!'” Miller said in a phone interview Tuesday. “You just committed Olympic suicide right there.”

Miller appealed to her USC coach, Linda Sharp.

“So, I probably shouldn’t have done the cartwheel,” Miller said.

“That probably wasn’t the smartest thing,” Sharp replied.

Miller did end up making the Los Angeles 1984 team coached by Summitt to the first U.S. Olympic women’s basketball title.

But at one point leading up to the Olympics, before the team was named, Miller and the U.S. team had an awful first half in a game. And Summitt let them know about it in the locker room.

“She walked up to me and goes, ‘Cheryl Miller, I will win or lose a gold medal without you,'” Miller recalled. “And I got benched the second half.”

Two days later, Miller and Summitt had a one-on-one meeting in Miller’s room. This is how Miller remembered the conversation:

Summitt: How did you feel about what I said?

Miller: You won’t win a gold medal without me.

Summitt: Yeah, you might be right.

Miller: What do you want from me coach? I give you my everything.

Summitt: I need you to be the player on the planet. You’re already the best player in the country. I need you to be the best player in the world.

“From that day forward, practices took on another level,” Miller said. “I was diving for loose balls, taking charges, doing everything she needed me to do.”

After Miller earned her place on the Olympic team, she remembered another exchange with Summitt.

Summitt: I don’t get you, and I sometimes don’t like you, but I know I can’t win without you.

Miller: Coach, I can’t win without you.

In the Olympic final, Miller paced the U.S. with 16 points, including leading a 14-0 run in the second half after South Korea had cut the lead to 10 points, according to The New York Times.

Miller’s post-game celebration at the Forum was far different than at the NCAA final at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion four months earlier.

Miller helped carry Summitt on the court after the U.S. beat South Korea 85-55. Her father has a photo of it, and Miller called him on Tuesday to retrieve it and then posted it on social media.

“We didn’t know if we should raise her up because we didn’t know if she would get angry,” Miller said. “Once we dropped her on the floor, she looked at me and said well done, Miller, well done.”

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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 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