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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 11

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Day 6 in Rio marks the return of golf to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence. Watch to see if PGA Tour pros Bubba Watson (USA), Henrik Stenson (SWE) and Rickie Fowler (USA), the top three qualifiers for the Olympics, can carve up Rio’s brand new championship course.

Also, men’s rugby will award gold, silver and bronze in the inaugual Olympic rugby sevens competition.

MORE: FULL Day 6 streaming schedule

Across town, Simone Biles is expected to compete for her first individual Olympic medal in the women’s all-around competition, while Kayla Harrison hopes to repeat her gold-medal-winning experience from London for the U.S. in judo.

Swimming fans will look forward to the final of the men’s 200m individual medley, where Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte could go head-to-head one last time, after Phelps edged out Lochte for gold at the last Olympic Games.

What to Watch: Day 6, Aug 11

6:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Golf: Round 1

With the guys named Day, Johnson, Spieth, McIlroy and Scott electing to stay home, look for a Bubba (Watson), Rickie (Fowler), Sergio (Garcia) and Henrik (Stenson) to make headlines in the first Olympic golf tournament since 1904


Men’s rugby

11:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Semifinals and placing

4:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gold Medal Match


2 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Archery: Individual medal matches

South Korea’s Ki Bo-Bae looks to become the first woman to repeat as Olympic gold medalist in individual archery.


Beach volleyball

2 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Fendrick/Sweat (USA) vs. Ukolova/Birlova (RUS)

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) vs. Nicolai/Lupo (ITA)

Dalhausser and Lucena square off against Italy’s Nicolai and Lupo, the same team who, in 2012, knocked Dalhausser and partner Todd Rogers out of the Olympic tournament in London in the round of 16.


3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Gymnastics: Individual all-around final

All eyes will be on the U.S.’ Simone Biles as she enters her first Olympic all-around competition as the overwhelming favorite to leave Rio with gold.  2012 Olympic bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina, China’s Shang Chunsong and Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber could also be contending for a medal.


9 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Judo: -78kg Eliminations

3:40 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Judo: -78kg medal matches

World No. 1 Kayla Harrison attempts to defend her 2012 Olympic gold medal against judoka which includes her biggest rival, Brazil’s own Mayra Aguiar.


9 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Stream Live Swimming: Day 6 Evening Session

Must see:

Men’s Men’s 50m freestyle semifinals

Men’s 100m butterfly semifinals

Men’s 200m individual medley final

Women’s 100m freestyle final

For swimming fans, Day 6 in Rio could be a day to remember, if Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte can both make it into the men’s 200m individual medley final and have one last duel in the pool. The two U.S. swimmers account for six of the last nine Olympic medals awarded in the event (three gold for Phelps, two silver and one bronze for Lochte).


9:35 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Volleyball: Brazil vs. United States

The U.S. men’s team walks into volleyball-crazed Brazil to face the host nation on Day 6.  Expect a packed house at Maracanãzinho, known in Brazil as “the spiritual home of volleyball.”

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