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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 6

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Saturday the action at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro get underway in earnest, and the action begins bright and early in Brazil. all of the action will be streamed at NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app. Among the sports in action Saturday are men’s basketball, including Team USA’s opener against China, and women’s soccer with the top ranked American women facing FIFA No. 3 France in the most anticipated match of the group stage. All the action will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Men’s gymnastics will also get underway, with the United States men looking to earn a place in the team final and their individual competitors aiming for spots in the all-around and event finals. Swimming opens Saturday, with Americans such as Connor Jaeger (men’s 400m freestyle), Elizabeth Beisel and Maya DiRado (both in the 400m individual medley) looking to earn medals. Capping things off Saturday will be the women’s beach volleyball tandem of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross making their Olympic debut at 11:15 p.m. at the beach volleyball venue on the famed Copacobana beach. Walsh-Jennings won gold in each of the last three Olympics, with Misty May Treanor serving as her partner in those triumphs.

Rowing Qualifying Heats – WATCH LIVE

The Games start early when the men’s cycling road race begins at 8:30 am ET, with Team USA’s Taylor Phinney trying to better his fourth-place finish from London as he furiously pedals through the streets of Rio.

Men’s Cycling Individual Road Race – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Water Polo
The United States men’s water polo team, which finished seventh at last year’s World Championships in Kazan, Russia, opens up competition at 8:00 a.m. against Croatia, and the Americans will look to build on a 2016 in which they won silver at the 2016 FINA Water Polo World League in Hong Kong. Croatia finished second in the last World Championships, falling to a Serbian team that enters the Olympics as the favorites to win gold in the gold medal match.

8:00 a.m.: Serbia vs. Hungary (Group A)- WATCH LIVE

9:20 a.m.: United States vs. Croatia (Group B)- WATCH LIVE

10:40 a.m.: Spain vs. Italy (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Greece vs. Japan (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

6:30 p.m.: France vs. Montenegro (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

7:50 p.m.: Brazil vs. Australia (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

Archery

8:00 a.m.: Men’s Round of 16 – WATCH LIVE

1:00 p.m.: Men’s Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Medal matches – WATCH LIVE

Table Tennis (Singles)

8:00 a.m.: Men’s prelims, Women’s prelims, Women’s round 1 (Table 1) – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Men’s prelims, Women’s prelims, Women’s round 1 (Table 2) – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Men’s prelims, Women’s prelims, Women’s round 1 (Table 3) – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Men’s prelims, Women’s prelims, Women’s round 1 (Table 4) – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 1 (Table 1) – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 1 (Table 2) – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 1 (Table 3) – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 1 (Table 4) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 2 (Table 1) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 2 (Table 2) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 2 (Table 3) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 2 (Table 4) – WATCH LIVE

Fencing

8:00 a.m.: Blue Piste, Women’s individual epee fencing Rounds of 64, 32, 16 and quarterfinals – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Red Piste, Women’s individual epee fencing Rounds of 64, 32, 16 and quarterfinals – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Green Piste, Women’s individual epee fencing Rounds of 64, 32, 16 and quarterfinals – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Yellow Piste, Women’s individual epee fencing Rounds of 64, 32, 16 and quarterfinals – WATCH LIVE

3:00 p.m.: Women’s individual epee fencing semifinals, bronze medal bout, gold medal bout – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Handball

8:30 a.m.: Norway vs. Brazil (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

10:30 a.m.: Netherlands vs. France (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

1:40 p.m.: Russia vs. South Korea (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

3:40 p.m.: Montenegro vs. Spain (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

6:50 p.m.: Angola vs. Romania (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

8:50 p.m.: Sweden vs. Argentina (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Volleyball

8:30 a.m.: Japan vs. South Korea (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

10:30 a.m.: China vs. Netherlands (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Brazil vs. Cameroon (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: United States vs. Puerto Rico (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

7:30 p.m.: Russia vs. Argentina (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

9:30 p.m.: Serbia vs. Italy (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Field Hockey

9:00 a.m.: Argentina vs. Netherlands (Pool B) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m.: India vs. Ireland (Pool B) – WATCH LIVE

11:30 a.m.: Belgium vs. Great Britain (Pool A) – WATCH LIVE

12:30 p.m.: Australia vs. New Zealand (Pool A) – WATCH LIVE

5:00 p.m.: Canada vs. Germany (Pool B) – WATCH LIVE

6:30 p.m.: Spain vs. Brazil (Pool A) – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Field Hockey

4:00 p.m.: United States vs. Argentina – WATCH LIVE

7:30 p.m.: Great Britain vs. Australia – WATCH LIVE

Judo

9:00 a.m.: Prelims and Quarterfinals, Women’s 48kg and Men’s 60kg (Mat 1) – WATCH LIVE

9:00 a.m.: Prelims and Quarterfinals, Women’s 48kg and Men’s 60kg (Mat 2) – WATCH LIVE

2:30 p.m.: Repechage, semifinals and medal matches, Women’s 48kg and Men’s 60kg – WATCH LIVE

Equestrian

9:00 a.m.: Eventing individual and team dressage Day 1 – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Beach Volleyball

9:00 a.m.: Preliminary Match, Carambula/Rangheri (Italy) vs. Doppler/Horst (Austria) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m.: Preliminary Match, Alison/Bruno Schmidt (Brazil) vs. Binstock/Schacter (Canada) – WATCH LIVE

3:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Gibb/Patterson (United States) vs. Jefferson/Cherif (Qatar) – WATCH LIVE

4:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Brouwer/Meeuwsen (Netherlands) vs. Liamin/Barsouk (Russia)- WATCH LIVE

8:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Losiak/Kantor (Poland) vs. Bockermann/Fluggen (Germany) – WATCH LIVE

9:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Herrera/Gavira (Spain) vs. Huber/Seidl (Astria) – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Beach Volleyball

11:00 a.m.: Preliminary Match, Bawden/Clancy (Australia) vs. Alfaro/C.Charles (Costa Rica) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Elsa/Liliana (Spain) vs. Gallay/Klug (Argentina) – WATCH LIVE

2:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Agatha/Barbara (Brazil) vs. Hermannova/Slukova (Czech Republic) – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Meppelink/Van Iersel (Netherlands) vs. Pazo/Agudo (Venezuela) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Forrer/Verge-Depre (Switzerland) vs. Wang/Yue (China) – WATCH LIVE

11:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Walsh Jennings/Ross (United States) vs. Artacho Del Solar/Laird (Australia) – WATCH LIVE

Shooting

9:30 a.m.: Women’s 10m air rifle final – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Men’s 10m air pistol final – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Gymnastics

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Vault – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

Subdivision 1 teams: Mixed Group 3 (Greece/2, Canada, Cuba/2, Republic of South Africa, Monaco), Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Mixed Group 6 (Lithuania, Belgium, Belarus, Chile, Colombia, Turkey, Israel) and the Netherlands.

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 Vault – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m. Subdivision 2 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

Subdivision 2 teams: Great Britain, France, Mixed Group 5 (Hungary, Vietnam, People’s Republic of Korea, Italy), United States, Mixed Group 4 (Norway, Azerbaijan, Chinese Taipei, Armenia, New Zealand), and Germany.

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Vault – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

Subdivision 3 teams: Ukraine, Mixed Group 1 (Croatia, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic, Algeria, Ireland), Switzerland, China, Mixed Group 2 (Romania/2, Finland, Spain/2, Cypress, Portugal) and Russia.

Tennis

9:45 a.m.: Men’s singles first round, Ramos-Vinolas (Spain) vs. Nishikori (Japan) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m. Women’s singles first round, Keys (United States) vs. Kovinic (Montenegro) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m.: Women’s singles first round, Strycova (Czech Republic) vs. Wick mayer (Belgium) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m.: Women’s singles first round, Errani (Italy) vs. Bertens (Netherlands) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m.: Men’s singles first round, Berankis (Lithuania) vs. Millman (Australia) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Ivanovic (Serbia) vs. Navarro (Spain) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs. Cilic (Croatia) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Sock (United States) vs. Taro (Japan) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Wilson (Great Britain) vs. Peng (China) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Bacsinszky (Switzerland) vs. Zhang (China) – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Jaziri (Turkey) vs. Tsonga (France) – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Zheng (Canada) vs. Radwanska (Poland) – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, King (Barbados) vs. Johnson (United States) – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Baker (United States) vs. Sugita (Japan) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Coric (Croatia) vs. Simon (France) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Bouchard (Canada) vs. Stephens (United States) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Dzumhur (Bosnia & Herzegovina) vs. Sela (Israel) – WATCH LIVE

5:45 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Flipkens (Belgium) vs. V. Williams (United States) – WATCH LIVE

8:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Monfils (France) vs. Pospisil (Canada) – WATCH LIVE

Boxing Carlos Balderas in morning session, Nico Hernandez in evening session

10:00 a.m.: Men’s Prelims (Light flyweight, flyweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: Men’s Prelims (Light flyweight, flyweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight) – WATCH LIVE

Rugby

10:00 a.m.: France vs. Spain (Pool B), New Zealand vs. Kenya (Pool B), Great Britain vs. Brazil (Pool C), Canada vs. Japan (Pool C), United States vs. Fiji (Pool A), Australia vs. Colombia (Pool A) – WATCH LIVE

3:00 p.m.: France vs. Kenya (Pool B), New Zealand vs. Spain (Pool B), Great Britain vs. Japan (Pool C), Canada vs. Brazil (Pool C), United States vs. Colombia (Group A), Australia vs. Fiji (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Basketball

11:00 a.m.: Turkey vs. France (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

1:15 p.m.: China vs. Canada (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

4:30 p.m.: Brazil vs. Australia (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

6:45 p.m.: Belarus vs. Japan (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Basketball

Day 1 also features the debut of the new-look U.S. men’s basketball team, led by NBA all-stars Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony at 6:00 pm ET. All six teams in Group A are in action Saturday, with the matchup between Australia and France boasting a number of current NBA players including San Antonio Spurs teammates Tony Parker (France) and Patty Mills (Australia).

1:15 p.m.: Australia vs. France (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: United States vs. China (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

9:30 p.m.: Venezuela vs. Serbia (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

Swimming

12:00 p.m.: Heats (Men’s and women’s 400m individual medley; women’s 100m butterfly; men’s 400m freestyle; men’s 100m breaststroke; women’s 4x100m freestyle relay) – WATCH LIVE

9:00 p.m.: Finals (men’s and women’s 400m individual medley; men’s 400m freestyle; women’s 4x100m freestyle relay), women’s 100m butterfly semis, men’s 100m breaststroke semis – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Soccer

The United States’ matchup with France is the headliner on the women’s soccer schedule, with the teams currently ranked first and third respectively in the FIFA rankings. The two clubs met in the group stage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, with the United States winning by the final score of 4-2 with Alex Morgan scoring twice. France scored twice in the first 14 minutes of the match, with the United States answering with four unanswered goals to grab all three points. Both teams won their opening match in Brazil Wednesday, with the United States beating New Zealand 2-0 and France rolling past Colombia by the final score of 4-0.

2:00 p.m.: Canada vs. Zimbabwe (Group F) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: United States vs. France (Group G) – WATCH LIVE

5:00 p.m.: Germany vs. Australia (Group F) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: South Africa vs. China (Group E) – WATCH LIVE

7:00 p.m.: Colombia vs. New Zealand (Group G) – WATCH LIVE

9:00 p.m.: Brazil vs. Sweden (Group E ) – WATCH LIVE

Chris Froome wins Giro d’Italia, is 3rd cyclist to hold all three Grand Tours

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Chris Froome joined Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault as the only cyclists to hold all three Grand Tour titles at once, wrapping up his first Giro d’Italia on the ceremonial ride into Rome on Sunday.

Froome, a 33-year-old, Kenyan-born, South African-raised Brit, also became the seventh rider to win all three Grand Tours in a career, joining Merckx, Hinault, Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali.

Froome has won four Tours de France (2013, 2015-17) and claimed his first Vuelta a España in September. He also owns two Olympic bronze medals and a world championships bronze medal.

Froome all but clinched the Giro title in Friday’s 19th stage. With an audacious solo attack up the Colle delle Finestre, the three-week stage race’s highest climb, he went from three minutes down to three minutes up in the standings, taking the pink leader’s jersey for the first time in his career.

“I had some very, very tough moments, so to come back and win yesterday and defend the jersey [Saturday] is very, very special,” Froome said Saturday. “This was the biggest battle of my career.”

GIRO: Overall Standings

Froome raced the Giro for the first time since 2010, when he was a relative nobody in the sport and disqualified for holding onto a motorbike, also during stage 19.

Froome could become the first rider to notch the arduous Giro-Tour de France double in the same year since Italian Marco Pantani in 1998. That is, if he even starts the Tour in a little over a month.

In December, Froome was ordered to explain to the International Cycling Union (UCI) why a urine sample he provided at the Vuelta showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permitted level. It remains unclear when the UCI will rule on the case.

“I know inside that I didn’t do anything wrong,” Froome said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Venus Williams, defending champion upset on first day of French Open

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PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams and defending champion Jelena Ostapenko are out of the French Open on the opening day.

Williams, the 2002 runner-up and ninth-seeded American, lost 6-4, 7-5 to Wang Qiang of China in the first round on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday.

Wang avenged her loss to Williams in the first round at Roland Garros last year. The 85th-ranked player was also beaten by Williams at Wimbledon a few weeks later and had never beaten Williams before Sunday.

It’s the fourth time Williams exits the French Open in the first round in 21 appearances. She also lost in the first round at the Australian Open in January.

The Latvian Ostapenko, whose 2017 title at Roland Garros was her first on the WTA Tour, was bounced by Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova 7-5, 6-3. She became the second French Open women’s champion to lose in the first round the following year after Russian Anastasia Myskina in 2005.

Reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens needed less than an hour to move into the second round.

The 10th-seeded Stephens advanced with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands. It was Stephens’ first win at a Grand Slam tournament since claiming her first major title in New York last September.

“I tried to do way more than I should have after the U.S. Open, and I should have just shut it down,” Stephens said when asked about her poor recent results. “My heart was there but my body wasn’t. So when the two things aren’t connected, it’s never a good thing.”

The American, who lost in the first round at the Australian Open in January, hit 17 winners and spent just 49 minutes on court on Day 1 in Paris. Rus was in the first round as a “lucky loser.”

On a sunny and warm day, Stephens was joined in the second round by fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who defeated Ajla Tomljanovic, 7-5, 6-3 after recovering from a 5-1 deficit in the opening set.

In the men’s draw, fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov found out about his opponent around 30 minutes before stepping onto Court Philippe Chatrier but had no problem adapting to the situation.

Dimitrov, a semifinalist at Monte Carlo this season, was slated to play Viktor Troicki but instead faced Mohamed Safwat of Egypt because Troicki withdrew with pain in his back. Dimitrov hit 31 winners and prevailed 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (1).

“I just needed, like, five, ten minutes to disconnect from what I had in mind to play and what I wanted to do and kind of look at the few videos of the way he was playing,” Dimitrov said. “After that, I just had to go out and do the best that I can. I think it was a good start.”

Safwat, the first Egyptian man to compete at a Grand Slam since Tamer El Sawy at the 1996 US Open, was cheered off the court.

Gael Monfils, one of six Frenchmen in action on Sunday, overcame a slow start and an upset stomach and headache to advance by defeating compatriot and wild card Elliot Benchetrit. Monfils won 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.

“I was stressed and even sick at the beginning,” Monfils said. “Then experience played in my favor.”

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