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Boxing: USA’s Shakur Stevenson will fight for gold after Russian walkover

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Shakur Stevenson will be boxing for gold with a significant advantage, after Russian boxer Vladimir Nikitin was forced to pull out of the semifinal bout with injury.

Stevenson will fight either Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba or Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan for gold in the bantamweight class, and both will have fought more than Stevenson in Rio.

In the case of Ramirez, he’s risen from the Round of 32 in the bottom half of the bracket. If he beats Akhmadaliev, Ramirez ‘s fight with Stevenson would be his fifth in 10 days. If Akhmadaliev wins, it’ll be his fourth in 10.

Stevenson, 19, beat Brazil’s Robenilson de Jesus 3-0 in the Round of 16 before handling Mongolia’s Erdenebatyn Tsendbaatar 3-0 in the quarters. All semifinalists are guaranteed at least bronze.

Nikitin was bloodied but beat Ireland’s Michael Conlan in a bout that caused much chagrin and helped lead to some serious consideration from boxing’s governing body.

Here’s more on Stevenson’s “walkover”, from NBCOlympics.com.

Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail, fails to finish world championships time trial

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail and failed to finish the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title in Imola, Italy.

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, her legs appearing bloodied, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital.

“All we know is that she is conscious and talking,” according to USA Cycling, about 25 minutes after the crash. “More updates to come.”

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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