Sofia Kenin of the U.S. plays a shot against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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Sofia Kenin is the third different American woman to reach the French Open final in the last five years. 

On Saturday, the No. 4 seed will try to win on the Paris clay, which is what Serena Williams in 2016 and Sloane Stephens in 2018 failed to do. 

Kenin is attempting to become the first American singles champion at Roland Garros since Williams in 2015. 

Standing in the way of her second-career major victory is Iga Swiatek, a 19-year-old Polish player that has taken the event by storm.

Swiatek is one of two players left in the tournament in either singles draw that has not lost a set yet. The other is Rafael Nadal, who is a 12-time champion at Roland Garros. 

                    

French Open Women’s Final Information

Start Time: 9 a.m. ET

TV: NBC

Prize Money: $1.88 million to the winner

      

Prediction

Sofia Kenin over Iga Swiatek

Although Kenin’s set record at Roland Garros is worse than Swiatek’s, she carries a significant edge in experience.

Kenin won her first Grand Slam final appearance at the Australian Open and has been beaten just once in  major tournaments this season. 

Her handling of the moment and overall form could help her take the first sets off Swiatek at Roland Garros. 

The American comes into the women’s singles final off two controlling performances. The first was in the third set against Danielle Collins in which she did not concede a game. She followed that up with a straight-set win over her only seeded opponent, Petra Kvitova. 

Kenin admitted after the win over Kvitova that she is playing some of her best tennis, per ESPN.com’s D’Arcy Maine.

“It took some time for me to get my motivation back,” Kenin said.. “I finally got it. I feel like I’m playing the best

Today, the Nobel Committee bestowed this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on the World Food Programme, citing its herculean efforts to combat hunger, especially in war-torn areas. In doing so, the Committee stated that it “wishes to turn the eyes of the world towards the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger.”

As COVID-19 threatens to push 132 million more people into extreme hunger (and has already pushed 100 million people into its corollary, extreme poverty), it’s more critical than ever to invest in sustainable market solutions that strengthen rural livelihoods. So let’s turn our eyes toward smallholder farmers, then come back to the role of small business and entrepreneurship. First, some numbers:

  • Two billion people—26% of the global population—experienced hunger or food insecurity in 2019, with 690 million of them facing chronic hunger. Worse yet, this number has been rising over the last five years.
  • 75% of the world’s hungry are smallholder farmers and their families, despite the fact that they produce a significant amount of the world’s food.

Smallholder farmers—particularly in sub-Saharan Africa—are the face of hunger. But let’s be clear: The problem is not that there isn’t enough food to nourish everyone; the problem is that too many can’t afford to put food on the table. Global action to reverse this trend and get back on track for the UN’s 2030 “zero hunger” target must therefore have rural livelihoods at its center.

To build sustainable livelihoods, smallholder farmers need at least three things: access to reliable incomes, resources to invest in the growth and health of their farms, and support to tackle livelihood shocks like COVID-19 or climate change. But the typical smallholder farmer lives hundreds of miles from accessible markets, leaving them with few choices but to sell their crops

Nelly Korda watches her tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the LPGA's ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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Having fallen just short in the ANA Inspiration, Nelly Korda heads to Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, on a mission as the 2020 Women’s PGA Championship prepares to tee off.

Korda was one of three golfers tied for the lead in the ANA Inspiration as the final round concluded. A birdie on the first playoff hole gave Mirim Lee the title. Lee and Korda will be two of the top contenders for the next major championship on the schedule.

The Women’s PGA Championship will begin Thursday at 8:10 a.m. ET. The trio of Esther Henseleit, Ellen Ceresko and Jing Yan will start at No. 1 while Wichanee Meechai, Kristy McPherson and Jennifer Borocz take to the No. 10 tee.

            

When: Oct. 8-11

Watch: Golf Channel, NBC Sports, NBCSports.com

Tee Times: Women’s PGA Championship official site

          

Golf Channel and NBC are splitting the television coverage over the four days. The former will carry the bulk of the tournament, with the latter airing the conclusion of the third and fourth rounds.

  • Thursday, Oct. 8: 1-5 p.m., Golf Channel
  • Friday, Oct. 9: 1-5 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Saturday, Oct. 10: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET Golf Channel; 12-3 p.m. ET, NBC
  • Sunday, Oct. 11: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET, Golf Channel; 12-2 p.m. ET, NBC

A total of $4.3 million will be on the line at Aronimink, an increase of $450,000 from last year’s purse. It’s also the third-biggest payout of the season, narrowly trailing the AIG Women’s Open ($4.5 million) and falling behind the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open ($5.5 million).

Korda is looking for her first major championship victory, and she remains winless over the abbreviated 2020 LPGA Tour calendar. She has finished in the top five in each of her last three tournaments, though, so this could

Swiss Skydiver (4), with Robby Albarado aboard, wins the 145th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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A month ago, Authentic was the Kentucky Derby spoiler in a thrilling head-to-head faceoff with Tiz the Law. 

Swiss Skydiver gave Authentic a taste of its own medicine Saturday. The filly outlasted Authentic by a neck to take home the 2020 Preakness Stakes, concluding the Triple Crown cycle with three different winners for each race.  

Swiss Skydiver is the first filly to win a Triple Crown race since Rachel Alexandria in 2009 and just the 12th in horse racing’s history. Six fillies have won the Preakness, making it the likeliest Triple Crown race to produce a female winner.

2020 Preakness Stakes Finish/Payout

1. Swiss Skydiver ($600,000)
2. Authentic ($200,000)
3. Jesus’ Team ($110,000)
4. Art Collector ($60,000)
5. Max Player ($30,000)
6. Excession
7. Mr. Big News
8. Thousand Words
9. NY Traffic
10. Pneumatic
11. LiveYourBeastLife

“Just a real honor to be around a horse like this,” trainer Kenny McPeek told reporters after the reace. “It’s a special moment.”

Swiss Skydiver and Authentic turned in a classic head-to-head battle, with no other horse coming within 10 lengths of the two. Swiss Skydiver was able to get to the inside rail after Authentic jockey John Velazquez moved to the outside and took advantage to take the lead in the final stretch and hold off the Bob Baffert-trained colt.

Jesus’ Team, who came into the race as a 40-1 underdog, finished third. Art Collector turned in a disappointing effort to finish fourth. Many considered Art Collector as the best challenger to Authentic with Tiz the Law sitting out the final leg of the Triple

Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, right, crosses the finish line ahead of Jockey Manny Franco riding Tiz the Law to win the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Authentic is the favorite in the 2020 Preakness Stakes after his upset victory over Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law in the Kentucky Derby last month.

Saturday’s race will mark the end of a unique Triple Crown season that’s coming to a close in early October rather than early June because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the timeline has changed, the action on the track hasn’t lost any of its luster thanks to a strong three-year-old class.

Let’s check out all of the important information for the 145th edition of the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, including a look at the full 11-horse field. That’s followed by a race preview.

                  

Key Details

Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore

When: Saturday, Oct. 3 at 5:45 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live

Prize Money: $1 million purse

                 

Race Field and Odds

1. Excession: 30-1

2. Mr. Big News: 12-1

3. Art Collector: 5-2

4. Swiss Skydiver: 6-1

5. Thousand Words: 6-1

6. Jesus’ Team: 30-1

7. Ny Traffic: 15-1

8. Max Player: 15-1

9. Authentic: 9-5

10. Pneumatic: 20-1

11. Liveyourbeastlife: 30-1

Morning-line odds via the race’s official website.

                 

Preakness Predictions

It wasn’t a surprise when Authentic surged to the front in the Derby but his ability to hold off Tiz the Law during the stretch run after setting the pace for nearly the entire race showed a level of endurance he hadn’t previously displayed, and it raises his outlook moving forward.

Expect jockey John Velazquez to utilize a similar game plan in the Preakness. The fact the final jewel of the Triple Crown is happening after a month-long break gives Authentic a better opportunity to duplicate his strong run at Churchill Downs, as well. So he’s the rightful favorite.

That