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How to watch World Team Trophy figure skating

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The U.S. goes for its third straight World Team Trophy figure skating title starting Thursday, with coverage airing on NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

The U.S. team of singles skaters, pairs teams and ice dance couples includes current and past national champions Nathan ChenAshley WagnerJason BrownKaren Chen and Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

The international headliners are world champion Yevgenia Medvedeva (Russia), every 2017 World men’s medalist (Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno of Japan and Jin Boyang of China) and three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada.

In World Team Trophy, the six nations accumulate points for both short program and free skate scores in each discipline, similar to the Olympic team event that debuted in Sochi.

Each nation enters two singles skaters, one pairs team and one dance couple with a maximum of 12 points available for first place per discipline in each program.

World Team Trophy is the last event of the figure skating season.

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Date Time (ET) Program Network
Thursday 2:15 a.m. Short Dance Icenetwork.com*
3:35 a.m. Women’s Short Icenetwork.com*
5:40 a.m. Men’s Short Icenetwork.com*
12 p.m. Highlights NBCSN, Streaming
Friday 3 a.m. Pairs Short Icenetwork.com*
4:25 a.m. Free Dance Icenetwork.com*
6 a.m. Men’s free Icenetwork.com*
12 p.m. Highlights NBCSN, Streaming
Saturday 2:15 a.m. Pairs free Icenetwork.com*
3:50 a.m. Women’s Free Icenetwork.com*
2:30 p.m. Highlights NBCSN, Streaming

*For Icenetwork.com subscribers.

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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