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How to watch Boston Marathon

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U.S. Olympic medalists Meb Keflezighi and Galen Rupp headline the 121st Boston Marathon, live on NBCSN and streamed via NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” on Monday at 8:30 a.m. ET.

NBC Sports coverage of the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile race begins Sunday with a preview show at 4 p.m. ET.

On race day, NBC Sports coverage will include an online finish-line camera stream, which will allow viewers to see every runner cross the Boylston Street finish.

That feed on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app will will be available online for 30 days after the race.

Keflezighi is the only American runner to win either the men’s or women’s race since 1985, but this year the U.S. has chances to win on both sides. Though they are by no means favorites.

Keflezighi, a 41-year-old who won Boston in 2014, one year after twin bombings rocked the race, is set to race Boston for the fifth and final time. Keflezighi plans to retire from elite marathon running after his 26th marathon in New York City this fall.

Rupp, the 2016 Olympic marathon bronze medalist, makes his city marathon debut in Boston.

Ethiopian Lemi Berhanu Hayle returns to defend his title.

The women’s field includes U.S. Olympian Desi Linden, the runner-up in Boston in 2011. Linden is the top American female hope after Shalane Flanagan withdrew due to injury.

The international women’s field includes the last three Boston winners (Ethiopians Buzunesh Deba and Atsede Baysa and Kenyan Caroline Rotich) and Kenyan stars Gladys CheronoEdna Kiplagat and Joyce Chepkirui.

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IOC expects decisions on Russian doping cases next month

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Investigators at the International Olympic Committee expect to have “a number” of doping cases involving Russians at the Sochi Olympics resolved by the end of November, but they have no plans to dictate the eligibility of these athletes for next year’s Winter Games in PyeongChang.

The leader of an IOC delegation in charge of reviewing 28 cases involving athletes at Sochi wrote to the head of the IOC Athletes Commission this week to update the timeline of cases stemming from a report detailing a Russian doping scheme at the 2014 Olympics and beforehand.

Denis Oswald said that of the cases his committee is reviewing, priority has been given to those involving athletes looking to compete in PyeongChang. Top priority goes to six cross-country skiers whose provisional suspensions expire Oct. 31.

Oswald also said his committee would rule on these athletes’ results for Sochi, but will not determine their eligibility for PyeongChang, instead handing over evidence to their respective sports federations to decide.

The IOC also appointed a task force to look at the Russian doping scandal as a whole, the results of which could have wider repercussions on the country’s eligibility at next year’s Olympics.

In a separate letter sent to worldwide sports leaders, IOC President Thomas Bach said only that the Schmid Commission is continuing its evaluation and that “I hope that the IOC Executive Board will still be able to take a decision this year because none of us want this serious issue to overshadow” the upcoming Olympics.

The updates come amid a growing chorus of calls for a timely decision and for Russia’s ouster from PyeongChang.

The IOC commissions are operating off information from the McLaren Report, the first part of which was released in July 2016.

In explaining the timeline, Oswald wrote that because the Russian scheme involved exchanging dirty urine samples with clean ones, it took time to adopt methods to verify that samples had been tampered with — in part by finding evidence of scratch marks on collection bottles that had been opened and re-sealed.

“The task has not been easy in both establishing a methodology in an area in which there are no established protocols,” he wrote, “and then moving through the necessary scientific analysis of each individual sample in a way which would withstand legal challenge.”

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Two-time Olympian becomes first woman to lead U.S. national swim team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two-time Olympian Lindsay Mintenko has been picked to lead the U.S. national swimming team. She is the first woman to hold the title.

USA Swimming made the announcement Wednesday.

Mintenko replaces Frank Busch, who retired Oct. 1 as managing director. She has been a member of the national team staff since 2006.

During her swimming career, Mintenko won gold medals as a U.S. team captain at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics 800m freestyle relay and added a silver in 2004 on the 400m freestyle relay.

USA Swimming also announced an organizational restructuring that will place all technical divisions, including the national team, under the oversight of chief operating officer Mike Unger.

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