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‘Countdown to Tokyo’ highlights NBC Sports one year out Olympic specials

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“Dreams Live On: Countdown to Tokyo” and “Lighting the Flame: Iconic Ceremony Moments” highlight two weeks of Olympic programming on NBCSN and Olympic Channel starting Friday.

More than 100 hours of historic Olympic moments and specials on Tokyo Olympic hopefuls mark one year out from the Games. Full TV schedules are here for the first week and the second week.

“Dreams Live On: Countdown to Tokyo” premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The one-hour special features U.S. stars training amid the coronavirus pandemic that postponed the Olympics to 2021. Gymnast Simone Biles and sprinter Allyson Felix are among the featured athletes.

“Lighting the Flame: Iconic Ceremony Moments” first airs Friday at 10 p.m. on NBCSN. The half-hour program chronicles memorable moments from Opening Ceremonies. The Tokyo Olympic Opening Ceremony, originally set for Friday, will be July 23, 2021.

Another new program, “What Moves Me,” premieres Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBCSN. The 30-minute show highlights Olympic athletes, including diving gold medalist David Boudia, overcoming obstacles en route to achieving goals.

That’s followed by “Journey to Tokyo,” a miniseries following U.S. athletes preparing for Tokyo, including Biles, Felix, sprinter Noah Lyles and skateboarder Nyjah Huston.

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Olympic Programming — Friday

SHOW TIME (ET) NETWORK
Barcelona 1992 Opening Ceremony 2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Atlanta 1996 Opening Ceremony 5 p.m. Olympic Channel
Return to Rio: Track & Field: Men’s Sprints 6 p.m. NBCSN
Return to Rio: Best of Team USA 7 p.m. NBCSN
Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Dreams Live On: Countdown to Tokyo 9 p.m. NBCSN
Lighting the Olympic Flame 10 p.m. NBCSN
Return to Rio: Women’s Gymnastics: Team Final 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
Athens 2004 Opening Ceremony 11 p.m. Olympic Channel

Olympic Programming — Sunday

SHOW TIME (ET) NETWORK
What Moves Me 7 p.m. NBCSN
Journey to Tokyo 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
Journey to Tokyo 8 p.m. NBCSN
Return to London: Women’s Swimming 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Journey to Tokyo 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
Journey to Tokyo 9 p.m. NBCSN
Return to London: Women’s Swimming 9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Journey to Tokyo 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
Journey to Tokyo 10 p.m. NBCSN
Return to Rio: Women’s Swimming 10 p.m. Olympic Channel
Journey to Tokyo 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
Journey to Tokyo 11 p.m. NBCSN
Journey to Tokyo 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Journey to Tokyo Midnight NBCSN
What Moves Me 12:30 a.m. NBCSN

2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field 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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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, results

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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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