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Sochi Olympic curling schedule released

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Be ready to adjust your sleep schedule to watch U.S. curling at the Sochi Olympics.

Organizers released the complete Olympic schedule Monday. The U.S. has qualified a women’s team but not (yet) a men’s team. The specific team(s) will be determined at the U.S. Olympic Trials from Nov. 10-17 in Fargo, N.D.

The men’s winner from trials will compete at the Olympic Qualification Event from Dec. 10-15 in Germany, where two of eight nations will grab the final two Olympic berths.

Here’s when and who the U.S. women will be playing in round robin action in Sochi:

Monday, Feb. 10 — U.S. vs. Switzerland, (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 — U.S. vs. Russia (9 a.m. Sochi/12 a.m. New York)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 — U.S. vs. Great Britain (2013 world champion) (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Wednesday, Feb. 12 — U.S. vs. TBD Qualifier (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Thursday, Feb. 13 — U.S. vs. TBD Qualifier (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Friday, Feb. 14 — U.S. vs. Denmark (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Saturday, Feb. 15 — U.S. vs. Sweden (2010 Olympic champion) (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Sunday, Feb. 16 — U.S. vs. Canada (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Monday, Feb. 17 — U.S. vs. South Korea (9 a.m. Sochi/12 a.m. New York)

The men’s and women’s semifinals and finals:

Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Women’s semifinals (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Men’s semifinals (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Thursday, Feb. 20 — Women’s bronze-medal game (12:30 p.m. Sochi/3:30 a.m. New York); gold-medal game (5:30 p.m. Sochi/8:30 a.m. New York)
Friday, Feb. 21 — Men’s bronze-medal game (12:30 p.m. Sochi/3:30 a.m. New York); gold-medal game (5:30 p.m. Sochi/8:30 a.m. New York)

The U.S. women were 10th out 10 teams at the 2010 Olympics after placing eighth in 2006, while the U.S. men won bronze in 2006. The 2013 U.S. champion women’s rink was skipped by Erika Brown, 40, who was on the 1988 U.S. curling team at the Calgary Olympics as a 15-year-old, when curling was a demonstration sport.

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U.S. falls to Sweden in men’s hockey worlds semifinals

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The U.S. men’s hockey team could not end the drought.

The Americans, whose only title at a standalone world championship came in 1933, saw their gold-medal hopes extinguished in a 6-0 loss to Sweden in Saturday’s semifinals in Denmark.

Viktor Arvidsson (two goals, including an empty-netter), Magnus Paajarvi, Patric Hornqvist, Mattias Janmark and Adrian Kempe all beat U.S. goalie Keith Kinkaid. The Vancouver Canucks’ Anders Nilsson became the first goalie to shut out the U.S. in their ninth game.

Sweden, eyeing a repeat world title, will play Switzerland in Sunday’s gold-medal game. The Swiss upset Finland in the quarterfinals and Canada 3-2 in Saturday’s later semifinal. Switzerland has never won an Olympic or world title.

The U.S. plays Canada for bronze Sunday. The U.S. earned bronze in 2013 and 2015 and hasn’t finished higher than third since its last silver medal in 1950.

The U.S., with all NHL players save one on its roster, reached the final four for the fourth time in six years. The Olympic team made up of non-NHL players lost to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals in PyeongChang.

Patrick Kane headlines a U.S. roster that also includes NHL All-Stars Johnny GaudreauDylan Larkin and Cam Atkinson.

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Katie Ledecky crushes 200m freestyle field in Indianapolis

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Katie Ledecky made it three wins in three days in Indianapolis, taking the 200m freestyle by 2.64 seconds at the Pro Series meet on Friday.

Ledecky clocked 1:55.42, which ranks third in the world this year. The two fastest swimmers, Canadian Taylor Ruck and Australian Ariarne Titmus, were not in Friday’s race.

Earlier in the meet, Ledecky smashed her 1500m freestyle world record by five seconds on Wednesday and swam the second-fastest 400m free in history on Thursday.

Her 200m free on Friday, while 1.69 seconds off her personal best from the Olympics, came an hour after she placed third in a 400m individual medley.

“I’m pretty happy with it coming off the 400m IM,” Ledecky said on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

Full meet results are here. The meet finishes Saturday, with Ledecky entered in the 200m individual medley and 800m freestyle. NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app will air live coverage at 7 p.m. ET.

Also Friday, 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte competed for the first time this spring, placing fourth in the 200m free and 100m butterfly at a meet in Atlanta. Lochte is scheduled for three meets in four weeks, including his first Pro Series meet since the Rio Olympics and his 10-month suspension in Santa Clara, Calif., next month.

Swimmers are preparing for the U.S. Championships in July and Pan Pacific Championships in August, the two meets that will determine the 2019 World Championships team.

An hour before her 200m free, Ledecky placed third in the 400m IM, an event she doesn’t swim at major meets. Melanie Margalis, fourth in the 200m IM at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 Worlds, and NCAA champion Ella Eastin went one-two in personal-best times.

Ledecky clocked 4:38.88, 1.93 seconds behind Margalis and .45 behind her Stanford teammate Eastin. Ledecky’s time was her third-fastest ever in the 400m IM, trailing her personal best of 4:37.93.

In other events, world champion Chase Kalisz won the men’s 400m IM by 6.54 seconds in 4:10.55, the second-fastest time in the world this year behind his own 4:08.92 from March 2.

Simone Manuel took the 50m free in 24.59, the fastest time by an American this year. Manuel is the Olympic silver medalist and world bronze medalist in the splash and dash. Australian Cate Campbell has the fastest time in the world of 23.78, but she’s not in Indianapolis.

Eight-time Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian won the men’s 50m free in 21.97, well off Brit Pen Broud‘s fastest time this year of 21.30. Neither Proud nor world champion Caeleb Dressel were in the field.

World bronze medalist Jacob Pebley prevailed in a 200m backstroke that lacked Olympic champ Ryan Murphy. Pebley clocked 1:57.03, 1.18 seconds off his fastest time this year.

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