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WATCH LIVE: French Open women’s final

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Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousva meet in one of the unlikeliest French Open women’s finals, live on NBC Sports.

Neither Barty, the No. 8 seed, nor Vondrousova, ranked No. 38, had been past the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam coming into Roland Garros. Only one other time since 1980 has a major final featured two players who had never made it to the last four (2005 French Open, Rafael Nadal over Mariano Puerta.)

One player will end Saturday lifting the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, signifying the biggest win of her career.

WATCH LIVE: French Open Women’s Final — 9 a.m. ET

The draw opened up for both players in an upset-filled two weeks.

Barty, the 2011 Wimbledon junior champion who left tennis to play cricket in 2015, was in Serena Williams‘ section and Naomi Osaka‘s quarter. But both of those favorites were upset in the first week.

Barty proved her Australian Open quarterfinal and Miami Open title earlier this season were no fluke, dumping three straight Americans to make the final (Sofia KeninMadison Keys and Amanda Anisimova).

She’s trying to join Sam Stosur as the only Australian women to win a Grand Slam singles title in the last 40 years.

Vondrousova, a 19-year-old Czech, was an even bigger surprise, becoming the first teen in a major final since Caroline Wozniacki at the 2009 U.S. Open.

She beat four straight seeded players (none in the top 10, though), getting to the final without dropping a set. The last woman to win Roland Garros with a perfect sets record was Justine Henin in 2007.

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Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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