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How to watch men’s freestyle wrestling world cup

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Olympic champions Kyle Snyder and Jordan Burroughs lead the U.S. in the men’s freestyle wrestling world cup in Iowa City this weekend with live coverage on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Saturday (ET)
Olympic Channel, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (USA-India)
NBCSN, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (USA-Japan)

Sunday
Olympic Channel, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (USA-Georgia)
NBCSN, 5-7 p.m. (Gold-Medal Match)
*All coverage also streaming.

The annual meet includes eight nations — chosen from the top teams at the previous year’s world championships — split into two pools for two days of competition, culminating in medal matches Sunday afternoon.

The U.S. was the top team at 2017 Worlds, with Snyder and Burroughs leading the way with gold medals. Others on the U.S. roster this weekend include Rio bronze medalist J’den Cox, 2016 World champion Logan Stieber and two-time world medalist James Green.

WORLD CUP: Schedule | Rosters

The meet lacks three of the world’s top men’s freestyle nations — Russia, Iran and Turkey. Iran and Turkey withdrew.

Last month, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. of trying to bar Russian wrestlers as the U.S. embassy in Moscow said it was unable to fulfill a late visa request by the Russian Wrestling Federation to travel to Iowa City.

Russia, Iran and Turkey combined to win four of the six Olympic men’s freestyle gold medals in Rio. Iran won the men’s freestyle world cup the last six years. Russia was runner-up three of the last five years.

The U.S. last won in 2003.

Americans are preparing for the world team trials in June and the world championships in October in Budapest.

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WATCH LIVE: London Marathon

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Watch the world’s best distance runners chase world records at the London Marathon, live on NBCSN and commercial free on the NBC Sports Gold “Track and Field Pass” for subscribers on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. ET.

NBCSN coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

WATCH LIVE: London Marathon
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Sunday’s race start times (ET)
3:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
4:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
4:15 – Elite Women’s Race
5:00 – Elite Men’s Race, Mass Race

The men’s field features arguably the two greatest distance runners of all time — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.

Kipchoge, the Rio Olympic marathon champ, ran the fastest marathon ever recorded — 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-two-hour attempt last May in non-record-eligible conditions.

Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history under legal conditions, having run six seconds shy of Kenyan Dennis Kimetto‘s world record of 2:02:57 from 2014.

In the women’s race, Kenyan Mary Keitany, already the world-record holder in a women’s-only race, looks to take down Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers set in London 15 years ago. That time is 2:15:25.

Keitany is challenged by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, the third-fastest female marathoner in history behind Keitany and Radcliffe.

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Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

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