Breakfast at Wimbledon on NBCSN: What to watch on Monday night

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Serena WilliamsVenus WilliamsBjorn BorgJohn McEnroePete Sampras and Andre Agassi headline NBCSN’s Breakfast at Wimbledon coverage on Monday night.

Coverage begins at 7 ET, also streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app, with the 2003 Wimbledon final between the Williams sisters.

It marked the fifth time in a six-Grand Slam run that they met in the final. Serena won all five, but 2003 Wimbledon was the only one of the bunch where she dropped the first set to her older sister. Venus was slowed by an abdominal injury.

Serena was just 21 years old. She has since won another 17 Grand Slam singles titles, breaking Steffi Graf‘s Open Era record.

Later Monday, Borg and McEnroe face off in the 1980 Wimbledon Final (9:30 p.m.) in what was largely considered the greatest tennis match until 2008. Borg prevailed in five for his fifth straight Wimbledon title, but only after dropping an 18-16, 22-minute fourth-set tiebreak.

The 3-hour, 53-minute epic marked Borg’s last Wimbledon title. In fact, he only played one more Wimbledon in 1981, mysteriously fading away from the sport at age 25. The match endured, inspiring a documentary 31 years later and a movie 37 years after.

Finally Monday, Sampras and Agassi meet at Wimbledon for the second and last time in the 1999 final (12:30 a.m.). Sampras swept his 1990s rival in their first Grand Slam meeting in four years.

“He walked on water today,” Agassi said.

During that break, Agassi’s marriage to Brooke Shields fell apart, he was sidelined by a wrist injury and saw his ranking fall to No. 141, leading him to play Challenger events. He roared back to win the 1999 French Open, capturing the career Grand Slam that eluded Sampras.

Sampras won his sixth Wimbledon in seven years in 1999 in one of the greatest performances of his career.

He broke Borg’s Open Era record for men’s Wimbledon titles. With his 12th Slam overall, Sampras tied Roy Emerson‘s record. He finished with 14 but now ranks fourth behind Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (19) and Novak Djokovic (17).

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EVENT TIME (ET) NETWORK
2003 Wimbledon Ladies’ Final 7 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
1980 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final 9:30 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
1999 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final 12:30 a.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK

 

Finn Christian Jagge, 1992 Olympic slalom champion, dies at 54

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Finn Christian Jagge, the surprise 1992 Olympic slalom champion, has died at age 54, according to Norway’s Olympic Committee.

Jagge’s wife, Trine-Lise Jagge, posted on Facebook that he died of an acute illness.

Jagge, then 25, won the slalom at the Albertville Games in Savoie, France, stunning defending champion Alberto Tomba of Italy. Jagge had the fastest first run by 1.07 seconds and relegated Tomba to silver by .28 of a second after the second run. Tomba was going for his fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

Jagge’s father won a Norwegian record 42 national tennis championships. His mother competed in Alpine skiing at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics, according to Olympedia.org.

Jagge won his first Norwegian national title at age 18. After knee and back injuries, he won seven World Cup slaloms in the 1990s, retiring in 2000.

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Posted by Trine-Lise Jagge on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin, Olympian, world champion snowboarder, drowns in spearfishing accident

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Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, an Olympian and world champion snowboarder, drowned while spearfishing on Australia’s Gold Coast on Wednesday.

A police spokesperson said a 32-year-old man, later identified as Pullin, was unresponsive when taken from the water and died despite receiving CPR from lifeguards and emergency treatment from paramedics.

The accident happened at Palm Beach around 10:40 a.m. local time. Pullin had been diving on an artificial reef when he was found by a snorkeler.

“Another diver was out there and located him on the sea floor and raised the attention of nearby surfers who sought lifeguards to bring him in,” police said. “He didn’t have an oxygen mask. We understand he was free diving and spearfishing out on the reef.”

Pullin competed in Olympic snowboard cross in 2010, 2014 and 2018 with a best finish of sixth. He won back-to-back world titles in 2011 and 2013. He carried Australia’s flag at the Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2014.

“We are all in shock today as one of the most beloved members of our close snow sport community, Chumpy, has sadly lost his life in what appears to be a tragic accident,” Snow Australia CEO Michael Kennedy said in a statement. “He was a mentor to so many of our younger snowboarders, giving up his time to coach and provide advice to our future Olympians. His loss will be felt right across our community.

“We know it won’t just be here in Australia that Chumpy’s legacy will be remembered, but throughout the international snowboarding community. It wasn’t just his ability to deliver results that will be missed, but his leadership and the path that he laid for so many.”

His parents owned a ski and snowboard shop in the Australian Alps, where Pullin began riding at age 8. Older friends gave him the nickname “Chumpy,” and it stuck.

Pullin, who spent time as a frontman for the surf-reggae band love Charli, often brought a guitar with him while traveling for competitions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.