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Sochi Olympic curling schedule released

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Be ready to adjust your sleep schedule to watch U.S. curling at the Sochi Olympics.

Organizers released the complete Olympic schedule Monday. The U.S. has qualified a women’s team but not (yet) a men’s team. The specific team(s) will be determined at the U.S. Olympic Trials from Nov. 10-17 in Fargo, N.D.

The men’s winner from trials will compete at the Olympic Qualification Event from Dec. 10-15 in Germany, where two of eight nations will grab the final two Olympic berths.

Here’s when and who the U.S. women will be playing in round robin action in Sochi:

Monday, Feb. 10 — U.S. vs. Switzerland, (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 — U.S. vs. Russia (9 a.m. Sochi/12 a.m. New York)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 — U.S. vs. Great Britain (2013 world champion) (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Wednesday, Feb. 12 — U.S. vs. TBD Qualifier (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Thursday, Feb. 13 — U.S. vs. TBD Qualifier (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Friday, Feb. 14 — U.S. vs. Denmark (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Saturday, Feb. 15 — U.S. vs. Sweden (2010 Olympic champion) (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Sunday, Feb. 16 — U.S. vs. Canada (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Monday, Feb. 17 — U.S. vs. South Korea (9 a.m. Sochi/12 a.m. New York)

The men’s and women’s semifinals and finals:

Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Women’s semifinals (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Men’s semifinals (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Thursday, Feb. 20 — Women’s bronze-medal game (12:30 p.m. Sochi/3:30 a.m. New York); gold-medal game (5:30 p.m. Sochi/8:30 a.m. New York)
Friday, Feb. 21 — Men’s bronze-medal game (12:30 p.m. Sochi/3:30 a.m. New York); gold-medal game (5:30 p.m. Sochi/8:30 a.m. New York)

The U.S. women were 10th out 10 teams at the 2010 Olympics after placing eighth in 2006, while the U.S. men won bronze in 2006. The 2013 U.S. champion women’s rink was skipped by Erika Brown, 40, who was on the 1988 U.S. curling team at the Calgary Olympics as a 15-year-old, when curling was a demonstration sport.

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Ida Keeling, 100 years old, sets world record at Penn Relays (video)

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Ida Keeling electrified the Penn Relays crowd with her 100-meter dash in 1 minute, 17.33 seconds on Saturday afternoon.

Keeling set a world record for fastest 100m by a woman 100 years and older. There is no data on USA Track and Field and masters athletics websites for a previous record holder.

“I’ll be 101 in a couple of weeks,” Keeling pointed out to NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno after the race, a mixed-gender event for athletes 80 and older. “I’ve never seen nothing like this crowd. Maybe that’s what the excitement was.”

Keeling’s advice?

“Love yourself, do what you have to do and what you want to do,” she said. “Eat for nutrition, not for taste. And exercise at least once a day.”

More on Keeling is here.

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U.S. sprinters past, present trade relay barbs

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The only loss for the Americans at the Penn Relays came in the men’s 4x100m, as the U.S. team bobbled its victory away on a bad baton handoff between Tyson Gay and Isiah Young for the final leg, which led to a disqualification.

Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin gave the Americans an early lead in the race, and things were moving along well during Gay’s third leg. But the muffed handoff for the final leg cost the Americans. Both the winning Jamaican squad and the second American team surpassed them.

Young finished third, but the team was disqualified because the handoff occurred outside the pass zone. The second U.S. team of Sean McLean, Wallace Spearman, Calesio Newman and Remontay McLain finished in 39.02.

The mistake led to some inflammatory comments from U.S. great Leroy Burrell about continued problems with handoffs by U.S. relay teams.

“Well, I think we’ve got to put our team together a little earlier, possibly,” Burrell said in a television interview. “I think, we’ve had the same coaches working with these guys for many years, and we’ve had failure after failure. So it’s possible that, you know, it might be time for a bit of a regime change with the leadership.

“I think the athletes have to be the catalysts that make that happen. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get the stick around. I saw thousands of relay teams yesterday — maybe not thousands, but hundreds of relay teams get it around. But the professionals can’t. That’s just not good for our sport.”

Rodgers didn’t take kindly to those remarks.

“People keep pointing their fingers and downing us, but nobody has ever tried to come out there and help us,” he said. “Nobody from the past. Not Carl [Lewis] or Leroy. They haven’t been out there. I can’t really respect their opinions because they’re supposed to be leaders in our sport and in the USA, and they’re not coming out there to drop some knowledge on us, so I don’t care what they have to say.”

Lewis criticized U.S. relays in March.

Gatlin was equally critical of Burrell.

“I’m tired of people who have been part of Team USA take shots at Team USA,” Gatlin said. “To put us in the same boat as high schoolers is insulting.”

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