Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet for the ninth time in a Grand Slam final Sunday at the 2020 French Open. 

The two legendary players have not met in a title clash at a major since the 2019 Australian Open. Most of their head-to-head showdowns in Grand Slam finals occurred at the start of their reigns atop the men’s game alongside Roger Federer.  

Nadal is chasing after his 20th overall major and 13th crown on the clay at Roland Garros, while Djokovic is trying to capture his second title in Paris and 18th overall major. 

As he typically does in Paris, Nadal dominated his first six matches on the path to the final, as he won every set. 

Djokovic faced more difficulties in the previous two rounds, and he will enter at a disadvantage based off those recent struggles and Nadal’s career-long form on clay.

           

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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

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Where the pandemic has weighed down on Levi Strauss & Co’s revenue, it has propped up an emerging part of the longtime denim company.

Despite a double-digit drop in revenue in the third quarter, Levi’s managed to not only turn a profit but also make its e-commerce business profitable, CEO Chip Bergh told CNBC’s Jim Cramer Wednesday.

“We’re going to see e-commerce continue to grow,” he said in a “Mad Money” interview. “We’re profitable a year ahead of schedule, despite all of the accelerated investments that we’ve made.”

Levi’s total revenue plunged almost 27% during the three-month period ended Aug. 23, but some of the lost business was offset by 52% growth in the company’s e-commerce sales. E-commerce made up 8% of the apparel company’s $1.06 billion in revenues, double its rate from a year ago, Bergh said.

Seven in 10 of the shoppers on the jean maker’s website were

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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

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John Velazquez rides Authentic as they lead the pack into turn one in the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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The Triple Crown might not be in play in the 2020 Preakness, but there’s still a whole lot of money to be won. 

An 11-horse field led by Kentucky Derby winner Authentic will be in competition for a share of a $1 million purse at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore on Saturday. 

The Preakness is the final jewel of the crown in a unique 2020 edition of the series. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Belmont became the first leg this year, while the Preakness was moved from its traditional middle spot to the finale. 

Belmont winner Tiz the Law was not entered in this race. Instead, his connections have moved their focus to the Breeders’ Cup Classic. However, Authentic will look to become the 24th horse to win both the Derby and the Preakness. 

Here’s a quick guide with everything you need to know to catch

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*** The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season and twice-a-week in the summer. (Sign up here for a free subscription.) This edition, from Sept. 29, has been made available in archived form.


The Hotline has long believed that schedule reveals, if handled properly, can be big deals — opportunities for the Pac-12 to promote teams and players, engage fans and generate headlines.

This season, that goes quadruple.

The Pac-12 will disclose version 3.0 of the 2020 football schedule sometime this week.

We know the seven-game season starts on the weekend of Nov. 6-7 and ends on the weekend of Dec. 18-19.

We know there will be games on Fridays (but not Thursdays) and that the Saturday kickoff times will be released, as usual, six or 12 days in advance.

We know the intrigue resides with the one crossover matchup.

Here’s what we don’t know:

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Dominic Thiem, of Austria, returns a shot to Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, during a men's semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Dominic Thiem’s time may finally be here. The 27-year-old Austrian is in the final of the 2020 U.S. Open, one win away from his first Grand Slam title. And this time, there’s not a member of the “big three” of men’s tennis awaiting him in the championship match.

Thiem reached the final of the French Open in 2018 and 2019, but he lost both times to Rafael Nadal, who didn’t play in this year’s U.S. Open. His only other appearance in a final came at the Australian Open earlier this year when he lost to Novak Djokovic, who was disqualified in the U.S. Open’s round of 16 for inadvertently hitting a line judge with a ball.

And Roger Federer isn’t Thiem’s U.S. Open final opponent, either, as he’s out following knee surgery.

It will be No. 5-seeded Alexander Zverev taking on Thiem, the No. 2 seed, on

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AUGUSTA — Mt. Abram High School boys soccer coach Darren Allen was in the middle of a workout Thursday when athletic director Kristina Stevens came in with some news.

The decision was in. Soccer was a go for the fall, albeit with some restrictions.

“I screamed in jubilation,” he said. “I was excited. I’m excited for the kids. It’s what I live for every fall. … Every fall is soccer, and this would have been the first fall without soccer in eons.”

It won’t be, however, as the Maine Principals’ Association, along with state officials, announced that it would sponsor boys and girls soccer and field hockey this fall, giving life to two sports that faced uncertain fates going into the week.

“The opportunity to play is all we asked,” Allen said. “I did not want to get my hopes up. I was just preparing myself for the worst.”

“It

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How soon could your second stimulus check come? We lay out some possible dates from the time the bill is passed to when your money could actually arrive.


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How quickly might you get a second stimulus check from the IRS? The answer lies entirely with Congress. Lawmakers must either pass another coronavirus economic stimulus package that includes a new round of payments for eligible Americans, or else greenlight a piece of standalone legislation for another direct payment. The good news is that leaders on both sides of the aisle haven’t wavered from a desire to start negotiations again.

“We’ve had some good conversations with Democrats on Capitol Hill. I think there is common ground,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday. 

But talks are unlikely to resume until after the Republican National Convention concludes on Thursday. Once a rescue act is signed into law,

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How soon could your second stimulus check come? We lay out some possible dates from the time the bill is passed to when your money could actually arrive.


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How fast could you get a second stimulus check from the IRS? The answer depends on whether or not Congress passes another coronavirus economic stimulus package that includes a new round of payments for eligible Americans. The good news is that leaders for both political parties say they want to start negotiations again.

“We’ve had some good conversations with Democrats on Capitol Hill. I think there is common ground,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday. “I know they want a deal and they’re willing to make compromises. It’s time that we reach a compromise. And hopefully we will.”

Talks to reach that agreement have been at a standstill for weeks. And it’s unlikely they pick

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