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Ashley Wagner in Grand Prix Final fight after finishing behind Russians at Trophee Bompard (video)

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Ashley Wagner finished third after a flawed free skate at Trophee Bompard on Saturday, putting her hopes of making a third straight Grand Prix Final in jeopardy.

Wagner, who finished seventh at the Sochi Olympics and March’s World Championships, fell on a triple flip but managed to keep her standing from Friday’s short program in Bordeaux, France. She held one of her arms across her stomach as she walked to and sat in the kiss-and-cry area.

“I just don’t want to puke,” Wagner said as she waited for her score (177.74 points). “That’s way better [of a score] than I thought it was going to be.”

Russian Yelena Radionova won for the second time in five Grand Prix series events with 203.92 points. Radionova, who is 15 years old and was too young for the Sochi Olympics, became the first woman to crack 200 points this Grand Prix season.

Another Russian, Yulia Lipnitskaya, took second. Lipnitskaya was the star of the Sochi Olympic team event, helping Russia win gold.

Radionova, Lipnitskaya and countrywomen Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Anna Pogorilaya have qualified for four of the six spots in the Grand Prix Final in three weeks in Barcelona.

The field for the Grand Prix Final, the top annual international competition outside the World Championships, is made up of the top skaters from the Grand Prix series’ six events. The series concludes with NHK Trophy in Japan next week.

Wagner could make her third straight Grand Prix Final but must wait to see what happens at NHK Trophy. Only one other U.S. woman has made three straight Grand Prix Finals, Michelle Kwan.

NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will air Trophee Bompard coverage Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Trophee Bompard women’s results
1. Yelena Radionova (JPN) — 203.92
2. Yulia Lipnitskaya (RUS) — 185.18
3. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 177.74
4. Courtney Hicks (USA) — 172.58
7. Samantha Cesario (USA) — 161.7

Leaders in Grand Prix season
1. Yelena Radionova (RUS) — 203.92 (Trophee Bompard)
2. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 196.6 (Cup of China)
3. Yelena Radionova (RUS) — 195.47 (Skate America)
4. Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) — 191.81 (Skate Canada)
5. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 189.62 (Skate America)
6. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 186 (Skate Canada)
7. Yulia Lipnitskaya (RUS) — 185.18 (Trophee Bompard)
8. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 181.75 (Skate Canada)
9. Gracie Gold (USA) — 179.38 (Skate America)
10. Rika Hongo (JPN) — 178 (Rostelecom Cup)
Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova is out with a torn ankle ligament.

U.S. leaders in Grand Prix season
1. Ashley Wagner — 186 (Skate Canada)
2. Gracie Gold — 179.38 (Skate America)
3. Ashley Wagner — 177.74 (Trophee Bompard)
4. Samantha Cesario — 174.58 (Skate America)
5. Courtney Hicks — 174.51 (Skate Canada)
6. Courtney Hicks — 172.58 (Trophee Bompard)
7. Mirai Nagasu — 165.88 (Rostelecom Cup)
8. Samantha Cesario — 161.7 (Trophee Bompard)
9. Polina Edmunds — 161.27 (Cup of China)

Grand Prix Final qualifiers
1. Yelena Radionova (RUS)
2. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS)
3. Anna Pogorilaya (RUS)
4. Yulia Lipnitskaya (RUS)
5. TBD
6. TBD

Fighting for final two Grand Prix Final spots
1. Ashley Wagner (USA)
2. Satoko Miyahara (JPN)
3. Gracie Gold (USA)
4. Kanako Murakami (JPN)
5. Polina Edmunds (USA)

If Miyahara, Gold, Murakami or Edmunds wins NHK Trophy, she will make the Grand Prix Final.

If one of those four wins NHK Trophy and one of Miyahara, Gold and Murakami finishes second, the second-place finisher and Wagner will go to a tiebreaker for the last Grand Prix Final spot. The tiebreaker is which skater has a higher combined point total from their two events this season (Wagner led that tiebreaker after the four skaters’ first events).

If none of those four wins NHK Trophy (such as Russian Alena Leonova winning), Wagner will make the Grand Prix Final. In that scenario, if Miyahara, Gold or Murakami finishes second, she will also make the Grand Prix Final.

Olympic cycling champion faces army reprimand for bare-bottom White House photo

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BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic cycling champion Nino Schurter faces being reprimanded by the Swiss Army after posting a photo on social media showing his bare bottom with the White House in the background.

The army confirmed details reported in Swiss media that the 33-year-old mountain biker faces a possible warning from his senior officers over the incident this month, though any disciplinary action will not be announced.

The Rio gold medalist and record eight-time world champion is supported in his career by Switzerland’s military.

Schurter was on service duty between races in the United States two weeks ago when he posted a photo on Instagram with three team colleagues all dropping their pants while facing the White House.

The photo, since deleted but viewable here, was tagged to President Donald Trump and included the message “white (peach emoji) for the White House.”

The Swiss Army says it did not want to make a scandal of the incident, and Schurter had apologized to his commanding officer. He told Swiss media taking the photo had been spontaneous and he loved being in the U.S.

Schurter is the current Swiss sportsman of the year, beating tennis great Roger Federer into second place in December in a public vote.

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2019 World Road Cycling Championships TV, live stream schedule

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The World Road Cycling Championships begin Sunday in Yorkshire, Great Britain. Every race streams live for NBC Sports Gold “Cycling Pass” subscribers.

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBCSN also air TV coverage of the eight-day championships.

Look for a possibly wide-open men’s time trial on Wednesday given 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands is out after missing the Tour de France with a knee injury. Australian Rohan Dennis, last year’s winner, is a bit of an unknown after quitting the Tour de France in a dispute with his team.

Slovakian Peter Sagan looks to reclaim the road race on the final day on Sept. 29. Sagan won three straight titles before 39-year-old Alejandro Valverde of Spain took last year’s event on a climber’s course.

Dutch women swept the time trial and road race titles the last two years. They’re once again led by Anna van der Breggen, the reigning Olympic and world road race champion, and Annemiek van Vleuten, who recovered from her head-first Rio Olympic crash to win the last two world time trials.

But look out for another Dutch veteran, Marianne Vos, a 32-year-old having a resurgent season. The London Olympic road race champ seeks her first world medal since the tail end of her single-day road dominance in 2013.

The U.S. roster is led by Amber Neben, who won her second time trial world title in 2017 at age 42, and Chloe Dygert Owen, the 22-year-old track world champion who wants to make the Olympic team in both disciplines.

The American men feature Chad Haga, who won the final-stage time trial at the Giro d’Italia in June, and fellow Tour de France veterans Brent Bookwalter and Lawson Craddock.

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Date Event Time (ET) Network
Sept. 22 Team Time Trial Mixed Relay 8:10 a.m. Streaming
5:30 p.m.* Olympic Channel
Sept. 23 Women’s Junior Individual Time Trial 5 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s Junior Individual Time Trial 8:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Sept. 24 Men’s U23 Individual Time Trial 5 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s Individual Time Trial 9:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Sept. 25 Men’s Individual Time Trial 8 a.m. Olympic Channel
Sept. 26 Men’s Junior Road Race 7 a.m. Olympic Channel
Sept. 27 Women’s Junior Road Race 3:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s U23 Road Race 9 a.m. Olympic Channel
Sept. 28 Women’s Road Race 5:40 a.m. Streaming
2:30 p.m.* Olympic Channel
Sept. 29 Men’s Road Race 3:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
10 p.m.* NBCSN

*Same-day delayed broadcast.