World Track and Field Championships

World Track and Field Championships broadcast schedule

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The World Track and Field Championships begin Saturday in Moscow, which is eight hours ahead of Eastern Time. NBC and Universal Sports will provide telecasts throughout the nine days with 46 hours of total coverage from Luzhniki Stadium, home of the 1980 Olympic Games.

The broadcast team will be led by the NBC Olympics team of Tom HammondAto BoldonLewis Johnson and Dwight Stones.

In addition to NBC and Universal Sports, the NBC Sports Live Extra App will stream coverage on Saturday, Aug. 10 (3:30-5 p.m.), and Sunday, Aug. 11 (12:30-2 p.m.).

Here’s the daily broadcast schedule with key events:

Date Time (ET) Network Session Key Events
Saturday, Aug. 10 1:30-5:30 a.m. (live) Universal Sports Day Decathlon
Saturday, Aug. 10 3:30-5 p.m. NBC, Live Extra Evening M100 Round 1, M10,000
Saturday, Aug. 10 7-8:30 p.m. (re-air) Universal Sports Evening M100 heats, M10,000
Sunday, Aug. 11 1-5 a.m. (live) Universal Sports Day Decathlon, M400 heats
Sunday, Aug. 11 12:30-2 p.m. NBC, Live Extra Evening M100, Decathlon
Sunday, Aug. 11 7-8:30 p.m. (re-air) Universal Sports Evening M100, Decathlon
Monday, Aug. 12 1:30-4:30 a.m. (live) Universal Sports Day M/W400H heats
Monday, Aug. 12 12-2 p.m. (live) Universal Sports Evening W100, M110H, W400
Tuesday, Aug. 13 1:30-5:30 a.m. (live) Universal Sports Day M5000 heats
Tuesday, Aug. 13 12-2 p.m. (live) Universal Sports Evening M400, M800
Wednesday, Aug. 14 12:30-4 a.m. (live) Universal Sports Day M1500 heats
Thursday, Aug. 15 1:30-4 a.m. (live) Universal Sports Day W200 heats
Thursday, Aug. 15 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live) Universal Sports Evening W200 semis, M400H
Friday, Aug. 16 1:30-4 a.m. (live) Universal Sports Day M200 heats
Friday, Aug. 16 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live) Universal Sports Evening M200 semis, W200
Saturday, Aug. 17 12-12:30 p.m. (live) NBC Evening M200
Saturday, Aug. 17 12:30-2:30 p.m. Universal Sports Men’s Marathon
Saturday, Aug. 17 2:30-4 p.m. NBC Evening W100H, W4x400
Saturday, Aug. 17 9-10:30 p.m. (re-air) Universal Sports Evening M200, W100H
Sunday, Aug. 18 2:30-4 p.m. NBC Evening M/W 4×100
Sunday, Aug. 18 7-8:30 p.m. Universal Sports Evening M/W 4×100

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Alysa Liu rallies to win Junior Grand Prix with another quadruple jump

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U.S. figure skating champion Alysa Liu landed a quadruple Lutz for a second straight Junior Grand Prix, rallying from fourth after the short program to win an event in Poland on Friday.

Liu, who in January became the youngest U.S. champion in history at age 13, won both of her starts in her first season on the Junior Grand Prix to become the first U.S. woman to qualify for the six-skater Junior Grand Prix Final since 2013 (Polina Edmunds and Karen Chen). The Final is held with the senior Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy, in December.

She won Friday by 6.63 points by surpassing a pair of Russians, a rarity in this era. Her free skate is here.

Liu trailed by 4.03 points after doubling a planned triple loop in the short program. She was the lone skater in the field to attempt a triple Axel (landing three of them, including two in combination and one with a negative grade of execution) or a quad.

Liu tallied 138.99 points in the free skate and 203.10 overall. She ranks sixth in the world this season by best total scores among junior and senior skaters, though some top skaters have yet to compete.

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Rafaela Silva, first Brazilian gold medalist at Rio Olympics, claims innocence after positive drug test

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Rafaela Silva, the judoka who grew up in Rio’s most famously violent favela to become Brazil’s first gold medalist at the Rio Olympics, reportedly tested positive for a banned substance last month.

Silva tested positive for fenoterol, a substance that can be legal to treat asthma if an athlete has a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). Silva did not have a TUE before testing positive at the Pan American Games in August, according to Brazilian media.

A possible punishment has not been announced.

Silva claimed innocence at a news conference Friday afternoon, saying that a young child with whom she had bodily contact at her training location used the substance, and she plans to compete at a domestic event this weekend, according to O Globo.

Silva, 27, backed up her Rio Olympic 57kg title by taking bronze at the world championships later in August. If she is punished for the positive test, Silva could lose that bronze medal, though she said Friday that she had a clean drug test at worlds, according to O Globo.

Silva, from Rio’s Ciadade de Deus favela, has the Olympic rings tattooed on her right bicep with the inscription “God knows how much I’ve suffered and what I’ve done to get here.”

Brazil’s top female swimmer, Etiene Medeiros, reportedly tested positive for fenoterol in May 2016 but was cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics.

In PyeongChang, Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol and was scratched before his nation’s last game before it was announced. Jeglic was suspended from the Games and, later, was suspended eight months.

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