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NBC Sports to broadcast every AVP tournament this year

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All eight AVP beach volleyball tournaments this season will air on NBC Sports, beginning in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Sunday.

The AVP is beach volleyball’s domestic U.S. tour headlined by Olympians. They also play on the international FIVB World Tour, which includes the world championships in Vienna in July and August.

Rio Olympians April RossPhil DalhausserNick LucenaJake Gibb and Casey Patterson are among the players signed up for AVP this season.

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DATE EVENT TIME NETWORK
Sunday, May 7 Huntington Beach 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sunday, May 21 Austin 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sunday, June 11 New York 4:30 p.m. NBC
Sunday, June 25 Seattle 6 p.m. NBCSN
Sunday, July 9 San Francisco 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
Sunday, July 23 Hermosa Beach 4 p.m. NBCSN
Sunday, August 20 Manhattan Beach 2:30 p.m. NBC
Sunday, September 3 Chicago 12 a.m. NBCSN

Team USA Opening Ceremony uniforms have heaters

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The U.S. Olympic team uniforms for the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony contain heating components that will last up to 11 hours.

Ice dancers Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani and bobsledder Aja Evans wore the uniforms on TODAY on Monday.

The heat technology will come in handy.

The PyeongChang Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 (live streaming on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app) will be in an outdoor stadium, likely in below-freezing temperatures.

From USA Today:

“The athletes can set the temperature (there are three settings) via their cellphones. The heat can last up to five hours on the high setting and 11 hours on the low setting, fully charged.”

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Jamaica misses Olympic men’s bobsled by one spot

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The only Jamaican bobsled team in PyeongChang will be its women’s bobsled team.

Jamaica missed qualifying a two-man bobsled team for the Olympics by one spot in rankings finalized last week.

Jamaica still had a chance to sneak into the 30-sled Olympic field if one of the qualified nations declined a spot, but that didn’t happen.

The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation made it official Monday, publishing the Olympic fields for each event.

At least one Jamaican men’s sled competed in every Olympics from 1988 through 2002, then again in 2014.

Sochi driver Winston Watts retired, but a new team was formed in this Olympic cycle that included former Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals running back Michael Blair.

New driver Seldwyn Morgan competed on the lower-level North American Cup the last three seasons with a top finish of seventh.

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