U.S. Figure Skating Championships broadcast schedule

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The U.S. Figure Skating Championships will determine national champs as well as the world championships team and early 2018 Olympic contenders, live on NBC Sports next week in Kansas City.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal HD will combine to air live coverage of all eight short and long programs from Thursday through Sunday. NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app will stream broadcast coverage.

The headliners include past U.S. champions Ashley WagnerGracie GoldJason Brown and Maia and Alex Shibutani, plus new phenom Nathan Chen, seeking at 17 to become the youngest U.S. men’s champion since 1966.

Check out NBCsports.com/USFIGS for all-access coverage all week.

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Here’s the TV schedule for the U.S. Championships (all times Eastern):

Thursday — NBCSN
Pairs short program — 5:30-7:30 p.m. | STREAM LINK
Women’s short program — 9:30 p.m.-midnight | STREAM LINK

Friday — NBCSN, Universal HD
Short dance — 6-8 p.m., NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Men’s short program — 8:30 p.m.-midnight, Universal HD

Saturday — NBC
Pairs free skate; free dance — 3-6 p.m. | STREAM LINK
Women’s free skate — 8-11 p.m. | STREAM LINK

Sunday — NBC
Men’s free skate — 4-6 p.m. | STREAM LINK

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Decker scores twice, U.S. women’s hockey team beats Canada 5-2

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QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.

Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.

Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.

The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.

World downhill champion Ilka Stuhec tears ACL

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Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.

Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.

Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.

According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.

“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.

In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”

The Olympics start in less than four months.