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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 18

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On Day 13, the United States could have its first gold medal-winning woman in freestyle wrestling.

Team USA’s Adeline Gray went to the London Olympics as an alternate and training partner, where her weight class was not part of the program. All of that changed when the three-time world champion’s -75kg division was added for Rio. Easily qualifying at U.S. Trials, Gray showed she is on a mission to win gold in Rio all while becoming the face of women’s wrestling.

Beach volleyball concludes on Day 13 with the men’s gold medal match, while the women’s indoor volleyball competition stretches into the semifinals. Women’s basketball also sees two semifinal matchups on Day 13. USA is involved in three of those competitions (Sorry, Phil and Nick).

The decathlon concludes with the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the running of the 1500m. See if the U.S.’ Ashton Eaton has the stamina to finish at the top of his second Olympic decathlon podium.

What to Watch: Day 13, Aug 18

6:30 a.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Women’s Golf: Round 2


8:30 a.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Track and Field

Must see:

Decathlon – 110m hurdles

Decathlon – Discus

Women’s 4x100m relay Round 1

Men’s 4x100m relay Round 1

On Day 13, decathletes return to the stadium at the halfway point of their grueling event. Will Ashton Eaton of the United States hold onto his title of “World’s Greatest Athlete” or will someone new take gold in Rio?  Also, catch the round one races for the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay where it will be decided which nations will run in the finals for one of the most exciting contests in track and field.

The U.S. women set the world record for the event in London, and it’s looking like they may just do it again in Rio. Meanwhile, in the men’s round one 4x100m relays, watch for Jamaica, with star sprinter Usain Bolt, to cruise into the finals.


10 a.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Men’s Triathlon

London gold and bronze medalist brothers, Great Britain’s Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee return to the Olympics in the triathlon, but watch for Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya as he tries to capture his first Olympic medal, after sweeping the world championships from 2013 to 2015.


10 a.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Women’s Wrestling: -75kg qualifying

5:35 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Women’s Wrestling: -75kg finals

Women’s Freestyle – 53kg Bronze Medal Match 1

Women’s Freestyle – 53kg Bronze Medal Match 2

Women’s Freestyle – 53kg Gold Medal Match

Since its inclusion in 2004, a U.S. woman has not won an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. This summer the U.S. team brings three-time world champion Adeline Gray to Rio. Gray is ranked No. 1 in the world at -75kg and is a heavy favorite to be on top of the medal ceremony podium at the end of Day 13.


Women’s volleyball semifinals

Noon EDT – STREAM LIVE – USA vs. Serbia

9:15 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – China vs. Netherlands


Women’s basketball semifinals

2 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Spain vs. Serbia

6 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – France vs. USA


3 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Women’s Diving: 10m platform final

At the 2015 World Championships, the women’s 10m platform was the only Olympic diving discipline in which China’s divers did not claim gold. The top spot on the podium went to Kuk Hyang Kim of North Korea; China’s Ren Qian and Si Yajie were second and fourth, respectively. Reigning Olympic champion Chen Ruolin of China won’t be competing in this event, but look for Team USA’s Jessica Parratto and Katrina Young.


5:35 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Track and Field: Day 13 Evening Session

Must see:

Decathlon – Javelin

Decathlon – 1500m

Men’s 200m final

Men’s shot put final

The decathlon in Rio comes to a close with the running of the 1500m.  The men’s 200m final shapes up to be another battle on the track between Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and his U.S. counterpart Justin Gatlin. Also, in the men’s shot put final, see if Poland’s Tomasz Majewski can win his third-straight Olympic gold medal, or if the U.S.’ reigning world champion, Joe Kovacs, can be the spoiler.


Men’s Beach Volleyball

9 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Gold Medal Match – Semenov/Krasilnikov (RUS) vs. Dalhausser/Lucena (USA)

11 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Gold Medal Match – Alison/Bruno Schmidt (BRA) vs. Nicolai/Lupo (ITA)

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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