Mikaela Shiffrin picks one race over another this weekend; TV, stream schedule

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Mikaela Shiffrin‘s plan is to race Sunday’s World Cup combined event but not Saturday’s downhill in Zauchensee, Austria, streaming live for NBC Sports Gold “Snow Pass” subscribers.

Saturday: Downhill, 5:45 a.m. ET
Sunday: Combined, 3:15 and 5:45 a.m. ET

Shiffrin’s plan agrees with her selective policy toward speed events of downhill and super-G, racing only when comfortable. She is more suited (and the favorite in) the combined, which on Sunday is one run of super-G and one run of slalom.

Shiffrin can afford to pass on races given she is well on her way to her ultimate goal — leading the World Cup overall standings en route to a fourth straight season title. And that most of her rivals also skip races, although her closest pursuer, fellow slalom and giant slalom star Petra Vlhova (313 points behind), is taking downhill training runs in Zauchensee.

Shiffrin skipped last season’s combined races — at the world championships and on the World Cup circuit in Switzerland. Her last combined start came at the PyeongChang Olympics, where she took silver behind Swiss Michelle Gisin.

Also this weekend, the men’s World Cup heads to Adelboden, Switzerland for a giant slalom on Saturday and slalom on Sunday, both at 7 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. GS is the top discipline for the American men given 2014 Olympic champion Ted Ligety and Tommy Ford, who won the Beaver Creek GS on Dec. 8.

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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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