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271 athletes approved to represent Russia in Rio de Janeiro

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With the doping controversy surrounding Russia’s national team entering the Rio Olympics, it was anyone’s guess who all would be allowed to compete when the games officially begin Friday. Thursday it was announced by the Russian Olympic Committee that 271 athletes have been approved for competition by a panel appointed by the International Olympic Committee to scrutinize past testing history of each athlete. That number is 118 fewer than Russia’s original list of competitors, and they’ll have fewer athletes in Rio than 11 other countries.

Four years ago Russia took 436 athletes to London according to the New York Times, with the nation winning a total of 82 medals. The process of approving athletes for Rio was a confusing one, with the IOC essentially leaving the process up to each sport’s governing body. And with the lack of a uniform policy there was some confusion, as one would expect.

Last month, Olympic officials asked each sport’s governing body to make preliminary decisions they would review. They instructed authorities to consider Russian athletes tainted by the state-run doping system unless their testing histories proved otherwise.

Those instructions were not necessarily interpreted uniformly by the various governing bodies, with some ratifying all Russian athletes within hours, as tennis did, and others deliberating for the last week and seeking further guidance.

Also of note in the ruling was that the IOC’s decision to ban any athlete with prior failed drug tests was ruled to be “unenforcable” by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which opens the door for appeals to be made. Track and field, which was banned by the IAAF, rowing and weightlifting remain banned at this time, but CAS secretary-general Matthieu Reeb told Reuters that the door isn’t necessarily closed on those athletes when it comes to competing in Rio.

“We can do an appeal in 24 hours, so anything is possible,” Reeb said according to Reuters. “It’s a first step. There’s now potentially a way to get through.”

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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