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Freestyle Skiing: Lillis out

World champion Jonathon Lillis was eliminated in the second round of the finals, finishing eighth in a round that awarded the top six a spot in the penultimate round.

Oleksandr Abramenko won the gold medal for Ukraine.

Full aerials recap available here 

Speed Skating: Bowe just misses out on medal

Brittany Bowe just missed out on an Olympic medal. In the 11th pair, Bowe took advantage of the inside lane heading into the finish to lead the field with a time of 37.53 seconds. Four skaters from the last three pairs ended up finishing better than Bowe, including Nao Kaodira who won the gold by setting a new Olympic Record.

The American team – Joey Mantia, Emery Lehman, and Brian Hansen – were eliminated in the first heat of the men’s team pursuit. The U.S., who were in the fourth pairing alongside Netherlands, finished eighth out of eighth.

Alpine Skiing: Hirscher wins second gold 

The Austrian skier was considered to be one of the greatest athletes not to have won an Olympic medal, but Hirsher laid that premonition to rest earlier this week by winning his first medal. He doubled that tally count tonight when he won the men’s giant slalom by a massive 1.27 second margin.

Ted Ligety failed to make much of an impact in the men’s giant slalom, finishing tied for 15th.

Full recap available here

 

Hockey

Germany won their first game of the Olympics following a shootout victory over winless Norway. Germany were given a five minute power play after a dangerous check by a Norwegian player, but failed to capitalize on that and had to settle for a shootout win.

Czech Republic defeated Switzerland, clinching a first round bye in the quarterfinals.

In the women’s classification phase, an over-time goal by Toko Ayaka gave Japan a 2-1 victory, their second this tournament.

Men’s Tournament

CZE def. SUI 4-1

GER def. NOR 2-1 (SO)

Women’s Tournament

Classification: JPN def. SWE 2-1

 

Cross-Country: Norway win 4x10km relay 

Simen Hanstead Krueger began Norway’s mid-race surge to Olympic gold in the men’s 4x10km relay, making up a gap that was stretched to more than 20 seconds. It was the spring champion, Johannes Klaebo who put the race to bed in the final 1.5km.

Olympic Athletes from Russia and France finished second and third, respectively.

Two-time Olympic champions Sweden had a disappointing day, finishing in fifth place.

Biathlon: Fourcade wins mass start in photo finish 

It was a race down to the last 100 meters between heavy gold medal favorite Martin Fourcade and Simon Schempp. Both biathletes were part of the leading trio with Erik Lesser. Once Lesser missed two of his shots in the final round, the former two sprung ahead.

Mere millimeters separated Fourcade from Schempp, and it was the Frenchman who just barely crossed the line first.

Curling: Canada win second straight game 

The Canadian women now improve to 2-3, slowly making up for their disastrous start to the Olympics, after a 10-8 victory of Switzerland. The Swiss held a 7-4 lead at one point during the game, but Canada were able to battle back in the 10th end.

Sweden saw off a difficult opponent in Great Britain and now move to 5-0, further cementing their status as the team to beat.

Women’s Tournament

KOR def. CHN 12-5

CAN def. SUI 10-8

SWE def. GBR 8-6

Full curling recap available here 

Ski Jumping: Stoch defends gold medal

Kamil Stoch of Poland successfully defended his Olympic gold medal in the large hill, outperforming Andreas Wellinger. Stoch is just one of three ski jumpers to win three Olympic medals.

Full ski jumping recap available here

 

 

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