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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 8

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History will be made on Day 3 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games when he first Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in women’s rugby.

Another first will come in women’s fencing, where first-time Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad will become the first U.S. athlete to compete while proudly wearing her hijab, the head covering worn in public by Muslim women.

MORE: FULL Day 3 streaming schedule

Also, the men’s USA Basketball team is in action against Venezuela, and Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross return to the court for their second match in beach volleyball.

What to Watch: Day 3, Aug 8

8 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Fencing: Individual sabre

Team USA’s two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis looks to bounce back after missing the podium in London, and Muhammad will also make her debut on the pistes of Rio.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Gymnastics: Team final

The Chinese men topped the podium in the team final in London, besting the silver medalists and their rivals, Team Japan, by four points, while Great Britain took the bronze.  All three teams will hope to claim medals again in Rio, while the U.S. men will also hope to improve on their fifth-place finish from London.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Diving: Synchronized platform final

Returning to the event where he won bronze in London, Team USA’s David Boudia looks for an improved finish with new partner Steele Johnson, the young diver he has mentored for 10 years. The U.S. duo will have to best the heavily favored Chinese team of Chen Aisen and Lin Yue if they want to leave Rio with the gold.

3:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. Austria

Known for his loud on-court antics and signature Mohawk, U.S. beach volleyball player Casey Patterson battles alongside veteran Jake Gibb as they take on Austria’s Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl on Day 3 in Rio.

6 p.m. EDT– WATCH LIVE — Men’s Basketball: Venezuela vs. United States

The United States faces a Venezuelan squad making their first Olympic appearance in the men’s tournament since 1992.

6 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Rugby: Gold medal match

For the first time in history, an Olympic gold medal will be awarded for women’s rugby sevens.

9 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Swimming: Day 3 Evening Session

Men’s 200m freestyle final

Women’s 100m backstroke final

Men’s 100m backstroke final

With both U.S. defending Olympic champions Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers out, Day 3 proves to be the Australian backstroke show: 2015 World Champions in the 100m backstroke Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin look to prove their mettle on an Olympic stage. The 200m freestyle is more of a wildcard, with 2012 Olympic champion Yannick Agnel of France, 2015 world champion James Guy of Great Britain, China’s Sun Yang and U.S. star Conor Dwyer all in contention.

11 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. China

The top U.S. team and No. 3 seed entering Rio, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross face off against China’s best: 17th seeded Fan Wang and Yuan Yue

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