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World Figure Skating Championships pairs, men’s start orders

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The World Figure Skating Championships begin with pairs and men’s short programs in Saitama, Japan, on Wednesday, which means overnight viewing for U.S. followers tonight.

To minimize sleep deprivation, here’s a list of key skaters and when they’re scheduled to take the ice:

Pairs — Tuesday night/Wednesday morning ET
9:41 p.m. — Felicia Zhang/Nate Bartholomay (2014 U.S. Olympians)
12:07 a.m. — Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (2014 Olympic silver medalists from Russia)
12:28 a.m. — Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (four-time world champions from Germany)
12:35 a.m. — Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir (2014 U.S. Olympians)

Here’s the full pairs short program start order.

Men — Wednesday morning ET
6:17 a.m. — Jeremy Abbott (two-time U.S. Olympian)
6:30 a.m. — Max Aaron (2013 U.S. champion)
6:50 a.m. — Tatsuki Machida (2014 Olympics, fifth place, from Japan)
7:17 a.m. — Yuzuru Hanyu (2014 Olympic champion from Japan)
7:30 a.m. — Javier Fernandez (2013 world bronze medalist from Spain)

Here’s the full men’s short program start order.

Previews: Men | Women | Pairs | Ice Dance

World Figure Skating Championships daily schedule

WATCH LIVE: French Open on NBC, streaming

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NBC’s coverage of the French Open begins Sunday at 12 p.m. ET, streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

WATCH LIVE: French Open, Rd. 1 — STREAM LINK

Notables in action on the first day at Roland Garros include Venus Williams, 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko and No. 2 men’s seed Alexander Zverev.

Williams, 37, is the oldest woman in the draw. She reached the fourth round the last two years, her best results in Paris since her last quarterfinal in 2006. The seven-time major champion has reached one French Open final, losing to little sister Serena Williams in 2002.

Ted Robinson handles play-by-play for NBC’s coverage, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. This is NBC’s 36th straight year broadcasting the French Open.

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FRENCH OPEN: TV/Stream Schedule | ScoresMen’s Draw (PDF) | Women’s Draw (PDF) 

17-year-old runs 3:52 mile at Pre Classic

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Jakob Ingebrigtsen, a 17-year-old Norwegian, clocked 3:52.28 at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, faster than Alan Webb‘s U.S. high school record set at Pre in 2001.

“My goal was to take Alan Webb’s record,” Ingebrigtsen told media in Eugene, Ore.

It’s the second-fastest mile in history recorded by somebody younger than 18, according to the IAAF. Qatar’s Hamza Driouch ran 3:50.90 in 2012, clocked two months before two years of his results would be annulled by a doping ban.

Webb famously ran 3:53.43 as an 18-year-old at Pre in 2001, which led to him appearing on “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Ingebrigtsen, who ran 3:58 at Pre last year to become the youngest sub-4-minute miler in history, finished fourth in a field of the world’s best middle-distance runners. His two older brothers, Filip and Henrik, are also middle-distance runners (but weren’t in Saturday’s race).

Ingebrigtsen beat Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz (fifth) and Olympic 800m bronze medalist Clayton Murphy (sixth) in the Bowerman Mile. The race’s second-place finisher is 18 years old — Ethiopian Samuel Tefera ran 3:51.26

Webb was at Saturday’s meet, in part to award the 400th man to run a sub-4-minute mile in Pre Classic history.

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