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Watch the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix of Japan

Click on the video player above to watch live figure skating action from the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix of Japan.

Coverage begins on Friday at 1:15 a.m. ET with the ladies short program, followed by ice dance at 3:15 a.m. ET, and men at 5:05 a.m. ET.

Return on Saturday at 1:25 a.m. ET for the ladies free program, followed by ice dance at 3:15 a.m. ET, and men at 5:35 a.m. ET.

Coverage concludes on Sunday at 12:15 a.m. ET with the gala exhibition.

That Figure Skating Show

If you’re looking for more figure skating coverage, CBC Sports’ That Figure Skating Show, hosted by former Canadian national team members Asher Hill and Olympian Dylan Moscovitch is back for another season.

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Watch the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix of Russia

Click on the video player above to watch live figure skating action from the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix of Russia from Moscow.

Coverage continues on Saturday at 5:30 a.m. ET with the men’s event, followed by ice dance (7:40 a.m. ET), pairs (9:30 a.m. ET), and ladies (11:10 a.m. ET).

The event concludes on Sunday at 7 a.m. ET with the gala exhibition.

That Figure Skating Show

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Watch the Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Cup of China

Click on the video player above to watch live figure skating action from the Grand Prix of Figure Skating’s Cup of China event.

Coverage continues on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. ET with ice dance, followed by the ladies (2:45 a.m. ET), men’s (4:10 a.m. ET) and pairs (5:35 a.m. ET) competitions.

Men’s Free Program figure skating is featured from Chongqing, China. 0:00

Pairs Free Program figure skating is featured from Chongqing, China. 0:00

Return on Sunday at 1:30 a.m. ET for gala coverage.

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Watch the Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Skate America

Click on the video player above to watch figure skating live action from the Grand Prix of Figure Skating’s Skate America event in Las Vegas. 

Coverage begins on Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET with the ladies competition, followed by the men (8:55 p.m. ET), pairs (10:45 p.m. ET), and wraps with the ice dance competition (12:35 a.m. ET).

Return on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. for more Skate America action.

That Figure Skating Show

If you’re looking for more figure skating coverage, CBC Sports’ That Figure Skating Show, hosted by former Canadian national team members Asher Hill and Olympian Dylan Moscovitch is back for another season.

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Nadal dominates Djokovic to win French Open, tie Grand Slam titles record

Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final.

Nadal equalled long-time rival Federer for the most major singles tennis championships won by a man and added to his own record at Roland Garros with No. 13 on the red clay, courtesy of a surprisingly dominant 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over the No. 1-ranked Djokovic on Sunday.

When Nadal ended it with an ace, he dropped to his knees, smiled widely and pumped his arms.

He did not cede a set in his favourite tournament this year.

Nadal, No. 2 in the rankings, improved to 100-2 at the French Open, including a combined 26-0 in semifinals and finals, and picked up his fourth consecutive title in Paris. The 34-year-old left-hander from Spain previously put together streaks of four French Open championships from 2005-08, then five in a row from 2010-14, to go alongside his four trophies at the U.S. Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open.

Nadal is now even with Federer for the first time since each man had zero Slams to his name in 2003. Federer’s first arrived at Wimbledon that year; Nadal, naturally, earned his first in France in 2005, by which point he trailed 4-0.

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Nadal reaches French Open final, closes in on Federer’s Grand Slam record

Novak Djokovic seemed well on his way to yet another ho-hum victory, yet another French Open final, yet another matchup against rival Rafael Nadal. And then, suddenly, what had been a gallop became a grind.

Slightly more than two hours into his semifinal against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday night, Djokovic was serving for the match, one point from ending things in straight sets. Just. One. Point. But a down-the-line backhand veered a tad wide, Djokovic rolled his eyes and, eventually, he was stuck in a serious situation, somehow pushed to five sets.

As is usually the case, though, he was up to the task when it mattered the most. Djokovic got back in gear down the stretch to hold off the much younger, much less accomplished Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 to reach his fifth title match in Paris.

“Yes, I stayed calm on the surface, but deep down, it was a totally different matter,” Djokovic said. “But I think that when I lost the third set, I stayed mentally strong.”

WATCH | Djokovic escapes Tsitsipas in semis:

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic blew a match point chance in the third set, but rebounded to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets, 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 and advance to the final of the French Open. 1:25

Standing in the way of No. 1 Djokovic, a 33-year-old from Serbia, on Sunday at Court Philippe Chatier — he is pursuing a second trophy there and 18th from all Grand Slam tournaments — will be, as it’s been so often, No. 2 Nadal, a 34-year-old from Spain.

It will be their 56th meeting, a record between two men in the professional era (Djokovic leads 29-26), 16th at a major (Nadal leads 9-6) and eighth at Roland Garros (Nadal leads 6-1).

“It’s his house, with all the titles he’s won here,” Djokovic said.

In addition to closing in on an unfathomable 13th French Open championship with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (0) win Friday over 12th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, Nadal now gets a chance to tie Roger Federer for the men’s record of 20 Slam titles.

As has been the case for quite some time, Nadal didn’t want to address the idea of pulling even with Federer, saying it’s fine for others to talk about such matters, but his focus remains squarely on the task at hand.

“I’m playing the most important tournament of the year — that’s what motivates me,” Nadal insisted.

WATCH | Nadal cruises into his 13th French Open final:

Rafael Nadal of Spain is through to a 13th French Open final after beating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (0) in the French Open semifinals. 0:58 

In the women’s final Saturday, Sofia Kenin of the U.S. faces 19-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland.

While Nadal only dealt with the slightest tension late in his third set Friday, that’s when everything became more interesting for Djokovic against Tsitsipas, a 22-year-old from Greece in his second Slam semifinal.

Djokovic broke to lead 5-4 in the third and served for the win, holding that match point at 40-30. He would require another 1 hour, 45 minutes to finish the job.

That one misstep left the door a bit ajar, and Tsitsipas barged through. He got his first break all match when Djokovic sent a forehand long, making it 5-all. Tsitsipas then broke again to steal that set and force a fourth when Djokovic netted a forehand. Tsitipas then got things to a fifth.

What changed? Tsitsipas began pushing forward more, taking the action to Djokovic, whose misses began to increase with less time to properly calibrate himself.

And there was a massive swing in who had greater success at key moments.

Djokovic started by converting 4 of 5 break points, then went through a stretch where he was 1 for 13.

Tsitsipas, in contrast, began 0 for 10 on his break chances, then cashed in 4 of 5.

A lengthy changeover after the fourth set — when Djokovic changed socks and shoes, and Tsitsipas got a medical visit for a check of his left leg — offered time to examine their respective histories in such situations.

Djokovic not only was 31-10 in five-setters, but he came into the day with a 215-1 record when taking the opening two sets of a Grand Slam match. Tsitsipas? He was 2-3 in five-setters, his only comeback from two sets down happening last week in the first round.

Maybe it made sense, then, that Djokovic, so reliant on drop shots all match and all tournament, used a perfect one to claim a 10-stroke exchange and finally get his fifth break for a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Then it became 4-1, when Tsitsipas double-faulted.

Djokovic never let up and is now 37-1 in 2020, the only setback coming via a disqualification at the U.S. Open last month.

WATCH | Djokovic defaults from U.S. Open after striking line judge:

Novak Djokovic’s U.S. Open was cut short after he hit a line judge with a discarded tennis ball during his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreño Busta. 4:17

Nadal improved to 99-2 at the French Open — go ahead, read that again — including a combined 25-0 in semifinals and finals, as he seeks a fourth consecutive title in Paris. That would add to his previous streaks of four in a row from 2005-08 and five from 2010-14, to go along with four trophies at the U.S. Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open.

He has won all 15 sets he’s played over the past two weeks, making a mockery of the supposed explanations for why this year, so different for so many reasons, might be different for Nadal in the City of Lights.

The shift in dates from May-June to September-October, bringing cooler weather. New, slightly heavier, tennis balls. Nadal’s decision to skip the U.S. Open, leaving him with only three matches since tennis resumed in August. Then there was this: Schwartzman upset Nadal in straight sets on clay at the Italian Open last month.

“He improved,” Schwartzman said, comparing these past two encounters, “and I just played little bit worse.”

The late-afternoon sun at Court Philippe Chatrier created awkward shadows over much of the court and blinding brightness at one end, prompting Schwartzman to flip around his backward baseball hat so the brim could shield his eyes.

With the 5-foot-7 Schwartzman jumping to reach for two-handed backhands in reply to his formidable foe’s high-bouncing topspin forehands, Nadal was content as ever to engage in long, energy-sapping exchanges. The opening game required 14 minutes to complete merely 14 points, six of which lasted at least 10 strokes, with a high of 28, before Nadal held.

That established how things would go in that set: 22 of 69 points included double-digit shot counts. And Nadal’s 16-6 advantage in total winners in that set made the difference; the numbers were 38-24 by match’s end.

Only 1,000 spectators are being allowed on the grounds daily, owing to the rising COVID-19 cases in France, and the sparse crowd on hand was cheering for Schwartzman late in the third, likely not so much because they really were invested in a victory for him but because they wanted to watch more tennis.

By the end, fans were chanting, “Ra-fa! Ra-fa!” as they have so many times in the past.

“It’s important to go through all the process. You have to suffer. You can’t pretend to be in a final of Roland Garros without suffering. That’s what happened there,” Nadal said about the tight third set. “But I found a way, no?”

So, too, did Djokovic.

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Supreme Court blocks release of secret Mueller grand jury testimony to House of Representatives

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the disclosure to a Democratic-led House of Representatives committee of grand jury material redacted by President Donald Trump’s administration from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report documenting Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In a brief order, the justices put on hold a March ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which had decided that the material must be disclosed to lawmakers.

The order gave the administration until June 1 to formally appeal that ruling, meaning that if the justices decide to hear the case, a final resolution may not be reached until after the Nov. 3 election in which the Republican president is seeking a second four-year term. If the justices refuse to hear the appeal, the materials would need to be handed over.

Mueller submitted his report to U.S. Attorney General William Barr in March 2019 after a 22-month investigation that detailed Russia’s operation of hacking and propaganda to boost Trump’s candidacy as well as multiple contacts between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

Barr, a Trump appointee who Democrats have accused of trying to protect the president politically, released the 448-page report in April 2019 with some parts redacted. Some Democrats have expressed concern that Barr used the redaction process to keep potentially damaging information about Trump secret.

The House judiciary committee last year subpoenaed the redacted grand jury material as part of a bid by Democrats to build a case for removing Trump from office through impeachment. The Democratic-led House impeached Trump in December on two charges unrelated to Russian election meddling. The Republican-led Senate acquitted him and left him in office in February.

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review: Luxurious, Solid on Any Road Surface

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is almost a decade old, and yet it’s currently the best-selling midsize SUV on the market: 242,969 sold last year, 200,000-plus most for much of the past two decades. The current body design has been around since 2011, there are 13 trim lines (model variants), multiple drivetrains, and varying levels of driver assistance technology.

Both despite its age and because of it – when the factory builds the same car year after year, reliability tends to improve – the Grand Cherokee has good fit and finish, a nicely controlled ride, a very nice interior on most trims, comfortable seats, and a solid infotainment system. Other than standard blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, driver-assist features are optional or require higher-end trim lines. The two rows of seats are both roomy, but no third-row seat is offered.

If one owner says their Grand Cherokee does fine off-road but the interior looks just okay and the center stack display is small, a second owner says it’s pretty luxe and the display is nice, and a third says the cockpit looks great and did you know it goes 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, that’s because, with all those trim lines, there’s one that costs $ 33,000, a couple that run around $ 50,000-$ 60,000, and one that runs $ 88,000 with a 707-hp engine. (No, that’s not a typo.) You decide how much off-road capability, acceleration, and rear-seat entertainment you want, and you pay accordingly.

On the Road

I test drove the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit. It is the premier Grand Cherokee for people who don’t feel the need to have a strong Dodge Viper flavor to their SUV, in which case there’s the performance-oriented Grand Cherokee V8 SRT and the high-performance Trackhawk. My test car totaled $ 62,775 with a four-wheel-drive system – not just all-wheel-drive – that added $ 3,000, a V8 engine that added $ 3,795, an eight-speed automatic, telematics, onboard Wi-Fi, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an AC socket and plenty of USB jacks, and a $ 1,995 rear entertainment system. At this point, you’re pushing into Audi-BMW-Mercedes territory.

My time in the Grand Cherokee Summit included a late-winter run into the New York State Adirondacks area around Lake Placid. A detour through hilly, rutted dirt roads covered with about eight inches of snow proved no problem at all.

The ride up and back into the northwoods, on interstate highways, was pleasurable, with a comfortable driving position, decent audio, and very little road noise. The Grand Cherokee Summit is plenty comfortable for four adults and a weekend’s worth of luggage. Even with cupholders front and back and bins in the doors, in-cabin storage for little items was lacking.

Good Navi, but Audio Could Be Better

The UConnect 4 infotainment system on my car was quite easy to use. But note that not all Grand Cherokees get UConnect 4 and 8-inch center stack screens. For years, Chrysler-Dodge-Ram products have had very good navigation and infotainment. It doesn’t hurt that when you press the NAV button, the screen asks you, “Where to?” The only people who don’t get that are grade-school teachers looking for a verb and a complete sentence.

This was the first Harman Kardon premium audio system I’ve driven that wasn’t breathtaking. It had 19 speakers and the issue – to me – was the woofer in the driver’s kick panel area. It was so heavily boosted that with the volume up and listening to my workout playlist (you know: the songs you’re too embarrassed to share), the sound pressure made my pant legs flap. So much so it felt like a Rockford Fosgate system, a brand happy to be known for heavy – sorry, deep – bass. It was much improved by turning the bass setting below the midpoint.

Not Enough Driver Assists

The advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are not all state-of-the-art and too many are extra-cost. Nothing wrong with blind-spot detection (standard) or lane keep assist (included on some trim lines). The optional ParkSense backup system auto-stops the car if you get too close to a stopped object. That’s all good. Adaptive cruise control goes down to zero but you have to manually resume forward travel, and if you’re stopped more than three seconds, ACC disengages.

Forward collision warning, a technology that requires a low-cost front-facing camera, is optional. Of the 18 midsize, two-row SUVs on the market, the only non-Jeep product lacking FCW is the revived Chevrolet Blazer, which, despite its heritage, is not a hard-core off-roader. Automatic emergency braking for highway and for city situations are also optional, and pedestrian AEB is not offered.

My Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4 was rated at 14 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 17 mpg overall. I averaged 20 mpg in a week of primarily highway driving.

So Many Models to Choose From

The 2020 Grand Cherokee comes in a dazzling array of trim lines, or model variants. Currently, there are 13. These prices include $ 1,495 shipping.

Laredo, $ 33,735 rear drive / $ 35,735 four-wheel drive
Laredo E, $ 35,390 / $ 37,390
Upland, $ 37,685 / $ 39,685
Altitude, $ 39,830 / $ 41,830
North Edition, $ 40,285 4WD standard
Limited, $ 41,545 / $ 43,545
Limited X, $ 46,640 / $ 48,640
Trailhawk $ 46,645 4WD standard
Overland, $ 47,985 / $ 50,985
High Altitude, $ 50,730 / $ 53,730
Summit, $ 54,085 / $ 57,085
SRT, $ 70,085 4WD standard
Trackhawk, $ 88,590 4WD standard

It’s hard to describe each model other than to note the Laredo E is a nicer Laredo, not a hybrid; North Edition and Trailhawk target wintry off-roading and off-roading; and SRT and Trackhawk are high-performance SUVs that also go off-road and tow boats.

Should You Buy?

The Grand Cherokee is the best of the seven Jeep models you can buy in terms of modern-day amenities and reliability without sacrificing heavy snow / off-road driving. It’s also the best-selling, with 26 percent of Jeep’s 923,2981 2019 sales. By our count, there are nearly 25 midsize, mainstream-price SUVs, and almost as many premium midsize SUVs. The top sellers, mainstream or premium, are:

SUV 2019 Sales Change
Jeep Grand Cherokee 242,969 +8%
Toyota Highlander 239,437 -2%
Jeep Wrangler 228,042 -5%
Ford Explorer 187,061 -28%
Subaru Outback 181,178 +1%

(Note: The big falloff for the Ford Explorer came in the wake of quality-control problems while getting the sixth-generation Explorer and the sibling Lincoln Aviator into production at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant.)

The Jeep Cherokee is not an entry edition of the Grand Cherokee but a separate model eight inches shorter than Grand Cherokee’s 190 inches, with a base four-cylinder engine and not quite as refined.

The Grand Cherokee is your best choice among midsize SUVs if you want an one that goes off-road, not just negotiate a lightly plowed gravel road near the ski slope, and does it with a reasonable amount of passenger comfort. As a bonus, some Grand Cherokees can tow up to 7,200 pounds; the rest tow at least 3,500 pounds. If you have little kids (two), the dual rear entertainment system may be worth the healthy price. The V6 engines are good and the V8s are better but gas mileage suffers.

The mainstream trim lines fare well against the Chevrolet Blazer and Ford Edge. The roomier, longer, three-row Ford Explorer is also a competitor for those who value towing capacity. The Toyota 4Runner is very good off-road but not as smooth otherwise. If you want a competent all-around vehicle, look also at the Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Hyundai Santa Fe. The Dodge Durango is a cousin to the Grand Cherokee, is longer, and has three rows of seats, but isn’t as skilled off-roading.

The Grand Cherokee upper trim lines compete nicely against premium brands. But it’s hard to match the NVH and highway manners of say, a BMW X5, when you go into battle in a design released the same year Ke$ ha debuted We R Who We R.

Other top midsize SUVs don’t map to Grand Cherokee’s off-roader ethic. The Lexus RX is all-around excellent but is not what you want going off-road or hauling a trailer. The Mazda CX-9 is the sportiest and most fun to drive, but without the cargo capacity.

Jeep’s other sales advantage is that Grand Cherokee buyers are predisposed toward USA vehicles. According to JD Power research, 76 percent of Grand Cherokee owners say they prefer buying from a domestic company versus 58 percent for the midsize SUV segment as a whole. That means Grand Cherokee owners may not cross-shop the sporty Korean-flagged Kia Telluride (three rows but still midsize), even it’s built in Alabama, and the similar Hyundai Palisade. The Grand Cherokee would win on off-road driving. But in other areas, Kia and Hyundai are extremely competitive, particularly NVH and driver assists.

A new Grand Cherokee should be introduced this year as a 2021 model. Given how well Jeep has done to keep the existing fourth-generation model competitive, the new model should be impressive.

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Brad Jacobs wins the National to claim 2nd straight Grand Slam title

Brad Jacobs, Marc Kennedy, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden just weren’t going to be beat this week.

In a clinical curling performance Sunday afternoon inside the Conception Bay South Arena, Jacobs and his team held reigning world champion Niklas Edin to just one point all game, winning the Boost National Grand Slam title 3-1. 

That’s back-to-back Slam wins for a team brimming with confidence right now.

“I would say it’s exceeded expectations,” Jacobs said after the win. “What else can I say? It’s been a while since we’ve won this much.”

Slow start

It was a cautious start to the championship game with both teams trying to find room in the house to hides rocks early. But their skill and strategy led to three consecutive blanks to begin the men’s final.

Finally, Jacobs scored the first point of the game with a steal in the fourth end.

They’d steal another single in the fifth end after Edin missed a double takeout on his last rock to make it 2-0 heading to the sixth end.

Edin then had a delicate tap for two, a nearly impossible shot, and played it perfectly, but his thrown stone rolled too far. He’d have to settle for a single, cutting Jacobs’ lead to 2-1.

Jacobs played a double takeout on his last throw with hammer in the seventh end to score a single point and make it 3-1 heading to the eighth and final end. That’s as close as Edin would get to the Jacobs’ Rink – the northern Ontario skip made a takeout with his last stone to run the Swedes out of rocks and secure the victory.

“We’ve been disciplined and have a lot of good habits as a team which is paying off. We’re hoping to make winning more of a habit,” Jacobs said.

“You have to be near perfect out here if you want to win championships in men’s curling now.”

Marc Kennedy provides spark

Marc Kennedy curls during the Boost National Grand Slam of Curling final in Conception Bay South, N.L. on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (Jeffrey Au/World Curling Federation )

During the offseason Jacobs made a change at third, bringing in Marc Kennedy in place of long-time teammate Ryan Fry. The lineup shakeup has provided the team with new energy – and a lot of victories.

“I’d say Marc has brought excitement and energy. A new perspective,” Jacobs said. “We needed those things and he’s brought that. He’s also reignited a love of the sport for the three of us.” 

In the final two games of the Slam this week, Kennedy curled 100 per cent.

“It felt good this week. I got comfortable with the ice. I just love being out here and don’t take any of these finals for granted,” he said.

The newly formed team has now won four of eight events they’ve played in.

“Four good curlers. Great chemistry. And we’re having a lot of fun,” Kennedy said. “We played great. We had a game plan coming in and executed it pretty well. What a season so far.”

Kennedy took a year off from the sport after playing with Kevin Koe for years. He stepped away from curling after the Olympics, partly due to a nagging hip injury. That time away from the sport has provided Kennedy with a new appreciation for being on the ice.

“The year off was wonderful for so many reasons. I found a way to love this game again. I coached some kids last year and remembered why I love this sport,” Kennedy said.

It’s reignited four curlers who continue to grow and learn on the ice together – which means trouble for their opposition as this season rolls along.

“We’ve been doing a great job of being critical of ourselves and being open-minded too. Not only for the sport of curling but as people too” Jacobs said.

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