Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick’s favorite hockey call? An Olympic moment comes to mind.


It’s difficult for Mike “Doc” Emrick to pick out a favorite call from his hockey broadcasting career of more than 3,750 games in 47 professional seasons, but the first one that came to mind when asked Monday afternoon was from the Olympics.

Emrick remembered his signoff from the 2014 Sochi Winter Games men’s preliminary-round contest the U.S. and Russia, which memorably went to five sudden-death shootout rounds with T.J. Oshie potting the game-winner.

Emrick noted that, 34 years earlier, the U.S. played an even more memorable Olympic game against the Soviet Union — the Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid. After the Sochi game, Emrick asked the producer to get a shot of the crowd leaving the arena.

As the broadcast showed fans leaving the exits, Emrick uttered this line that he repeated Monday.

So many paid their rubles to see the home team win. Not this game. Not tonight.

Emrick borrowed those last five words from 1980 U.S. Olympic coach Herb Brooks, who used them in his pregame speech made famous in the 2004 film “Miracle.”

What made it more special was an interaction that Emrick had with Oshie after returning to the U.S. Emrick asked if it was the most significant thing that happened in Oshie’s life.

No, Oshie said, noting the birth of his first child shortly after he returned from the Games.

“That was awesome,” Emrick said Monday, after announcing his retirement from play-by-play at age 74. “A springboard to another story that I think is far more significant.”

Oshie’s daughter Lyla was born three weeks after the Olympics and needed surgery for a birth defect involving her stomach. Lyla is now 6 years old.

In his Olympic career, Emrick called four of the most five famous gold-medal games of the last 40 years — the Sweden-Canada shootout at Lillehammer 1994, the first women’s final between the U.S. and Canada at Nagano 1998, Sidney Crosby‘s golden goal at Vancouver 2010 and the U.S.-Canada women’s overtime game at Sochi 2014.

Emrick, who also covered water polo at the Summer Olympics, said covering the 1998 U.S. team created his favorite Olympic women’s hockey memories.

“They had never had a major win over Canada — and this time — it was two in a week,” Emrick wrote in an email, noting a come-from-behind win in preliminary play three days before the final. “It was a team coached by Ben Smith, who, when they were presented the Lester Patrick [Trophy the next year] in Boston, said what a lot of coaches have said, ‘The secret to good coaching was to get off the bus with the best players.'”

Emrick, in speaking with reporters for more than an hour, also mentioned a story from working with 1980 U.S. Olympic captain Mike Eruzione in the mid-1980s.

Emrick asked Eruzione what would have happened if he hit the crossbar against the Soviets, rather than scoring the game-winning goal, and the U.S. didn’t win.

“I’m probably painting bridges in Boston with my father,” Eruzione told him.

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Having turned 22 on Wednesday, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round.

No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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2023 French Open Women’s Singles Draw

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Jessica Pegula upset in French Open third round

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Jessica Pegula, the highest-ranked American man or woman, was upset in the third round of the French Open.

Elise Mertens, the 28th seed from Belgium, bounced the third seed Pegula 6-1, 6-3 to reach the round of 16. Pegula, a 29-year-old at a career-high ranking, had lost in the quarterfinals of four of the previous five majors.

Down 4-3 in the second set, Pegula squandered three break points in a 14-minute game. Mertens then broke Pegula to close it out.

“I feel like I was still playing good points. Elise was just being really tough, not making a lot of errors and making me play every single ball. And with the windy conditions, I felt like it definitely played into her game,” Pegula said.

Pegula’s exit leaves No. 6 seed Coco Gauff, last year’s runner-up, as the last seeded hope to become the first U.S. woman to win a major title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major span without an American champ is the longest for U.S. women since Monica Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

Mertens, who lost in the third or fourth round of the last six French Opens, gets 96th-ranked Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the 2021 French Open runner-up, for a spot in the quarterfinals.

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Also Friday, No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus won a third consecutive match in straight sets, then took questions from a selected group of reporters rather than conducting an open press conference. She cited mental health, two days after a tense back and forth with a journalist asking questions about the war, which she declined to answer.

“For many months now I have answered these questions at tournaments and been very clear in my feelings and my thoughts,” she said Friday. “These questions do not bother me after my matches. I know that I have to provide answers to the media on things not related to my tennis or my matches, but on Wednesday I did not feel safe in press conference.”

Sabalenka next plays American Sloane Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion now ranked 30th, who reached the fourth round with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, the former world No. 3, is into the fourth round of her first major since October childbirth. She’ll play ninth-seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina.

Novak Djokovic continued his bid for a men’s record-breaking 23rd major title by dispatching No. 29 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-2. Djokovic’s fourth-round opponent will be No. 13 Hubert Hurkacz of Poland or 94th-ranked Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas.

Later Friday, top seed Carlos Alcaraz faces 26th seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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