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Watch Mo Farah, Matthew Centrowitz go head-to-head

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Olympic champions Mo Farah and Matthew Centrowitz will race head-to-head at the USATF Distance Classic on Thursday night, streaming live on NBC Sports Gold.

The Los Angeles meet, with events from 800m to 5000m, also includes Rio 1500m bronze medalist Jenny Simpson and Olympians Shannon Rowbury and Brenda Martinez.

Entry lists are here. Here’s the schedule (all times Eastern):

9:05 p.m. — Women’s 800m (4 heats)
9:30 — Men’s 800m (2 heats)
9:45 — Women’s 3000m Steeplechase (1 heat)
10 — Men’s 3000m Steeplechase (1 heat)
10:15 — Women’s 1500m (3 heats)
10:40 — Men’s 1500m (3 heats)
11:05 — Women’s 5000m (1 heat)
11:25 — Men’s 5000m (1 heat)

Farah, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion, opens the final outdoor track season of his career by racing the 1500m on Thursday. The Somalian-born Brit plans to transition to marathons following the world championships in London.

Centrowitz, who in Rio became the first U.S. Olympic 1500m champ in 108 years, will race in the same 1500m heat as his training partner Farah.

Centrowitz and Farah will go head-to-head for the third time, according to Tilastopaja.org. They previously raced together in Diamond League 1500ms in Monaco in 2013 and 2015, with Farah finishing ahead of Centrowitz both times (but not winning).

U.S. runners are preparing for the U.S. Championships in Sacramento from June 23-25, the qualifying meet for the world championships in August.

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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

Katie Ledecky leads Olympic champions in Atlanta; broadcast schedule

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Katie Ledecky headlines a USA Swimming Pro Series meet in Atlanta, a tune-up for the U.S. Championships, live on NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app starting Friday.

The four-time Rio Olympic champion Ledecky is joined by fellow gold medalists Simone ManuelLilly KingRyan MurphyAnthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian. Plus individual U.S. medalists Chase KaliszCody MillerConor Dwyer and Katie Meili.

The field also includes Olympic champions Joseph Schooling (Singapore), Park Tae-hwan (South Korea) and Penny Oleksiak (Canada). Full entry lists are here.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Friday: 7-8:30 p.m. ET (STREAM LINK)
Saturday: 7-8:30 (NBCSN, STREAM LINK)
Sunday: 7-8:30 (STREAM LINK)

It’s the penultimate Pro Series meet before the U.S. Championships from June 27-July 1 in Indianapolis, where the top two in each individual event qualify for the world championships later in July in Budapest.

Ledecky posted the fastest times in the U.S. this year in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyles and the 400m individual medley at a Pro Series meet in Mesa, Ariz., in April, her first long-course meters meet since the Rio Olympics.

Ledecky raced in the fall and winter in short-course yards for Stanford.

She is entered in five races in Atlanta — the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m frees and the 400m individual medley. Ledecky, known for her freestyle prowess, said last month the 400m IM is not on her radar for worlds.

Atlanta marks the first long-course meters meet for Olympic 100m breast champ King since October and the first for Schooling since Rio, where he upset Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly.

Both King and Schooling also competed collegiately this season for Indiana and Texas, respectively.

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