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World Beach Volleyball Championships broadcast schedule

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Olympic medalists April Ross and Phil Dalhausser lead eight U.S. pairs into the world beach volleyball championships on NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA starting Friday.

All 74 center-court matches from Vienna will stream live on NBCSports.com/live, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app, including the medal matches Aug. 4 and 5. That’s in addition to broadcast coverage on NBC Sports and Olympic Channel.

Ross split from three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings three months ago, less than a year after taking bronze in Rio together. Walsh Jennings withdrew from worlds on Tuesday after dislocating her shoulder in a match last Saturday.

Ross, a 2009 World champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist with Jennifer Kessy, is now paired with Rio Olympian Lauren Fendrick. They made the World Series of Beach Volleyball final earlier this month.

The other U.S. women’s pairs at worlds are Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, Olympian Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross and 2008 Olympian Nicole Branagh and Emily Day.

Rio gold medalists Kira Walkenhorst and Laura Ludwig of Germany and top Brazilians Larissa and Talita headline the women’s field.

On the men’s side, the 2008 Olympic champion Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are medal contenders. They have won three of their last five events together, one season after being bounced in the Rio quarterfinals by eventual winners Alison and Bruno.

The other U.S. men’s teams each have one Olympian — Casey Patterson with Theo BrunnerJake Gibb with Taylor Crabb and John Hyden with Ryan Doherty.

MORE: April Ross discusses playing without Kerri Walsh Jennings

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Broadcast Schedule

Day Session Time (ET) Network
Friday, July 28 Pool Play 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Saturday, July 29 Pool Play 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sunday, July 30 Pool Play 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Monday, July 31 Pool Play 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Monday, July 31 Pool Play 3-5 p.m. NBCSN
Tuesday, Aug. 1 Pool Play 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Tuesday, Aug. 1 Pool Play 3-5 p.m. NBCSN
Wednesday, Aug. 2 Playoffs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Wednesday, Aug. 2 Playoffs 3-5 p.m. NBCSN
Thursday, Aug. 3 Playoffs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Friday, Aug. 4 Playoffs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Olympic Channel
Friday, Aug. 4 Playoffs 9-11 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, Aug. 5 Playoffs 1 p.m. Olympic Channel
Saturday, Aug. 5 Women’s Final 2-3 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Aug. 5 Playoffs 9-11 p.m. NBCSN
Sunday, Aug. 6 Men’s Medal Matches 12:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Monday, Aug. 7 Men’s Medal Matches 12-1 a.m. NBCSN

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.

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard mourns after 17-year-old aerials skier found dead

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Mikey Lillis, a 17-year-old aerials skier, died in his sleep at his home in East Rochester, N.Y., overnight Saturday, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

“We are a family, and as a family our entire team grieves for Mikey, his own family and his teammates,” U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw said in a statement. “We’ll remember him for the pathway he was following and the goals he was beginning to achieve. Our condolences go out to his parents Bernie and Jamie and the entire Lillis family.”

Lillis was working his way to join his two older brothers at the elite international level. He made three podiums on the Nor-Am Cup tour between the last two seasons.

Jon Lillis, 23, is the reigning world champion in aerials. Chris Lillis, 19, won the FIS Rookie of the Year award last season with four top-10 finishes on the World Cup.