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World Figure Skating Championships broadcast schedule

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Nathan Chen headlines the U.S. roster for the world figure skating championships in Milan, Italy, next week, with live coverage of every session between Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBCSN.

Coverage will also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

Chen, the 18-year-old U.S. champion, looks to continue his rebound from disastrous short programs at the Olympics. He did record the best free skate, with five quadruple jumps, to rise from 17th to fifth in the individual event in PyeongChang.

He is a clear medal favorite in Milan, aided by the absence of Olympic gold and bronze medalists Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Javier Fernandez of Spain. Skaters often bow out of the worlds held one month after the Olympics due to exhaustion, off-ice opportunities or retirement.

Chen is joined in the men’s field by Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan and fourth-place finisher Jin Boyang of China.

The other U.S. men are Vincent Zhou and Max Aaron, the latter replacing Adam Rippon.

U.S. champion Bradie Tennell and Mirai Nagasu, the only U.S. woman to land a triple Axel at the Olympics, face a field lacking 2017 World champion and Olympic silver medalist Yevgenia Medvedeva of Russia, who is injured. Gold medalist Alina Zagitova is the clear favorite.

In ice dance, U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and two-time world medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates could both make the podium. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, the Olympic gold and bronze medalists, are not in the world field.

Olympic champions Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany headline the pairs’ event that also includes U.S. champions Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Christopher Knierim.

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Day Program Time (ET) Network
Wednesday Women’s Short 6 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel (LIVE)
Women’s Short 12-2 p.m. NBCSN
Pairs’ Short 2-6 p.m. Olympic Channel (LIVE)
Thursday Men’s Short 5-10 a.m. Olympic Channel (LIVE)
Men’s Short 12-2 p.m. NBCSN
Pairs’ Free 3-5 p.m. NBCSN (LIVE)
Friday Short Dance 6-11 a.m. Olympic Channel (LIVE)
Short Dance 1:30-3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Women’s Free 3:30-5:30 p.m. NBCSN (LIVE)
Saturday Men’s Free 5-9 a.m. Olympic Channel (LIVE)
Free Dance 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel (LIVE)
Free Dance 12-2 p.m. NBCSN (LIVE)
Men’s Free 5-7 p.m. NBCSN
Sunday Exhibition 4:30-7 p.m. Olympic Channel
April 8 Recap 3-6 p.m. NBC


Watch Stephen Hawking speak at 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony

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Stephen Hawking, the renowned British theoretical physicist, died at age 76 on Wednesday.

Hawking owed one part of his fame to his triumph over amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a degenerative disease that eats away at the nervous system. When he was diagnosed aged only 21, he was given only a few years to live.

But Hawking defied the normally fatal illness for more than 50 years, pursuing a brilliant career that stunned doctors and thrilled his fans. Even though a severe attack of pneumonia left him breathing through a tube, an electronic voice synthesizer allowed him to continue speaking, albeit in a robotic monotone that became one of his trademarks.

Hawking received loud applause when he appeared at the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and delivered these words:

“The Paralympic Games is also about transforming our perception of the world. We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit. What is important is that we have the ability to create. This creativity can take many forms, from physical achievement to theoretical physics. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.

The Games provide an opportunity for athletes to excel, to stretch themselves and become outstanding in their field. So let us together celebrate excellence, friendship and respect. Good luck to you all.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Curler Matt Hamilton gets his own bobblehead

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The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is producing what it says is the first curling bobblehead, of U.S. Olympic champion Matt Hamilton.

Hamilton was part of skip John Shuster‘s team that earned surprise gold in PyeongChang, winning its last five games after a 2-4 start for the first U.S. Olympic title in the sport.

Hamilton also competed in the first Olympic mixed doubles tournament with sister Becca Hamilton.

The bobblehead, whose design hasn’t been finalized yet but is available for preorder here, is expected to ship in June.

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