Rico Roman

Sochi Paralympics broadcast schedule

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NBC and NBCSN will carry 52 hours of coverage of the Sochi Paralympics, beginning with a live broadcast of the Opening Ceremony on Friday.

The full competition schedule can be found here, and TeamUSA.org will also stream coverage.

Here’s the complete NBC/NBCSN broadcast schedule:

Date Time (ET) Network Event
Friday, March 7 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (live) NBCSN Opening Ceremony
Saturday, March 8 1-5 a.m. (live) NBCSN Alpine Skiing (Downhill)
Saturday, March 8 1-2 p.m. (tape) NBC Opening Ceremony
Saturday, March 8 5:30-8:30 p.m. NBCSN Daily Coverage
Sunday, March 9 1-5:30 a.m. (live) NBCSN Cross-Country Skiing
Sunday, March 9 11 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN Daily Coverage
Monday, March 10 2-5 a.m. (live) NBCSN Alpine Skiing (super-G)
Monday, March 10 Noon-3 p.m. NBCSN Daily Coverage
Tuesday, March 11 2-4:30 a.m. (live) NBCSN Biathlon
Tuesday, March 11 3-5 p.m. (tape) NBCSN U.S.-Russia ice sledge hockey
Wednesday, March 12 1:30-4:30 a.m. (live) NBCSN U.S.-China wheelchair curling
Wednesday, March 12 3-5 p.m. NBCSN Daily Coverage
Thursday, March 13 5-7 a.m. (live) NBCSN Ice sledge hockey semifinal
Thursday, March 13 Noon-2 p.m. (live) NBCSN Ice sledge hockey semifinal
Friday, March 14 3-6 a.m. (tape) NBCSN Snowboarding
Friday, March 14 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN Daily Coverage
Saturday, March 15 3:30-5:30 a.m. (live) NBCSN Cross-Country Skiing
Saturday, March 15 Noon (live) NBC Ice sledge hockey final
Saturday, March 15 6:30-9 p.m. (tape) NCBSN Wheelchair curling final
Sunday, March 16 4:30-6:30 a.m. (live) NBCSN Alpine Skiing (giant slalom)
Sunday, March 16 3:30-5:30 p.m. (tape) NBCSN Closing Ceremony
Saturday, March 22 1-2 p.m. NBC Review Show

Complete U.S. Paralympic Team roster

Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross beat top-ranked Brazilians for first time

Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross
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Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross beat Brazil’s best beach volleyball team for the first time and extended the longest winning streak of their partnership in winning the Moscow Grand Slam on Sunday.

“That just shows our growth,” Ross said. “We’re still on the up and up.”

Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic champion, and Ross, an Olympic silver medalist, beat world No. 1 Larissa and Talita 22-20, 22-20 in the final for their third straight international title.

Walsh Jennings and Ross have now won 22 straight FIVB World Tour matches, the best run of their three-year parternship. Walsh Jennings last reached a streak this long from 2007 to 2010, when she won 78 straight international matches with Misty May-Treanor and Nicole Branagh, according to BVBInfo.com

The Americans had lost all three of their previous matches (one a one-set exhibition) versus Larissa and Talita:

Feb. 27, 2015 — 26-24 in Rio de Janeiro
Aug. 23, 2015 — 21-18, 21-16 in Long Beach, Calif.
March 20, 2016 — 22-20, 21-19 in Vitoria, Brazil

Larissa and Talita, seeking to become Brazil’s first Olympic women’s beach volleyball champions in 20 years, have won 12 of their 20 international tournaments since pairing in July 2014.

The FIVB World Tour continues in Hamburg, Germany, next week, the final event in Olympic qualifying. Walsh Jennings and Ross are expected to play there.

Walsh Jennings and Ross and Larissa and Talita are already qualified for the Rio Games.

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Joe Kovacs goes wild after winning Pre Classic shot put (video)

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Joe Kovacs put together an incredible series of throws to win the Pre Classic shot put on Friday night, and he topped it off with perhaps an even more impressive celebration.

The World champion Kovacs, who is listed at 6 feet and 276 pounds, let out bellowing roars and a “Hell yeah!” after his final throw of 22.13 meters.

Kovacs threw farther with every throw in Eugene, Ore., on Friday night:

20.41
20.49
21.26
21.57 (farthest in the world this year)
21.66 (farthest in the world this year)
22.13 (farthest in the world this year)

Kovacs has come a long way in four years. He finished fourth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with a then-personal-best throw of 21.08 meters. His last throw Friday night would have won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

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