Preview: Panting for curling

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Feb. 10 Round Robin games: Men’s – midnight ET; women’s 5 a.m. ET; men’s 10 a.m. ET

Feb. 11 Round Robin games: Women’s – midnight ET; men’s 5 a.m. ET; women’s 10 a.m. ET

Feb. 12 Round Robin games: Men’s – midnight ET; women’s 5 a.m. ET; men’s 10 a.m. ET

Feb. 13 Round Robin games: Women’s – midnight ET; men’s 5 a.m. ET; women’s 10 a.m. ET

Feb. 14 Round Robin games: Men’s – midnight ET; women’s 5 a.m. ET; men’s 10 a.m. ET

Feb. 15 Round Robin games: Women’s – midnight ET; men’s 5 a.m. ET; women’s 10 a.m. ET

Feb. 16 Round Robin games: Men’s – midnight ET; women’s 5 a.m. ET; men’s 10 a.m. ET

Feb. 17 Round Robin games: Women’s – midnight ET; men’s 5 a.m. ET; women’s 10 a.m. ET

Feb. 18 Tie-breaker games: Men/Women’s – midnight ET; Men/women’s 10 a.m. ET

Feb. 19 Semifinals: Women’s 5 a.m. ET; men’s 10 a.m. ET

Feb. 20 Women’s bronze: 3:30 a.m. ET; women’s gold: 8:30 a.m. ET

Feb. 21: Men’s bronze: 3:30 a.m. ET; men’s gold: 8:30 a.m. ET

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OUTFITS

Might as well get this out of the way: here are a few images of Norway’s audacious curling get-ups:

source: AP

source: AP

MORE: Where’d you get those pants?

Norwegians get treated like royalty because of their pants

HOW IT WORKS

Want to know the rules? Vernon Davis guided Arsenio Hall through the process, which you can enjoy in video form here.

US OUTLOOK

Men: Skip John Shuster heads into his third Olympics hoping for a better finish than 2010’s last-place mark. The United States barely made the tournmanet, needing an Olympic qualifying win against the Czech Republic to clinch a spot. A men’s curling medal for the U.S. would likely be an enormous upset.

Women: The U.S. women’s team probably has higher hopes than the men. All four United States curlers have been to the Olympics at least once, with skip Erika Brown being the headliner. Unfortunately, they remain underdogs as well, having not won a medal at a major international even in seven years.

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

Men: Canada has been a dominant force in curling, winning the last two Olympic gold. Sweden beat Canada at the 2013 World Championships, keeping them on the radar. Norway cannot be ignored, and not just because of their pants.

MORE: Sweden features Niklas Edin, a curler who has been compared to John McEnroe.

Women: Canada could mop up gold in curling, as its women’s team is a favorite as well. The Canadian women’s team hasn’t had the same luck grabbing gold at the Olympic level as the men, however, failing to do so in the past 16 years.

Great Britain and Sweden could round out the rest of the podium favorites followed by Switzerland.

Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

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Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final