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Figure skating broadcast schedule for 2015-16 season

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NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports will broadcast more than 30 hours of figure skating coverage this season, capped by the World Championships in Boston in March and April.

The season kicks off in earnest with live Skate America coverage on NBC in Milwaukee in three weeks. It also includes live coverage of all four disciplines of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minn., in January.

Here’s the full broadcast schedule:

Broadcast Date

2015 Grand Prix Series

Time (ET)

Network

Oct. 24, 2015

2015 Skate America

5-6 p.m.

NBC

Oct. 25, 2015

2015 Skate America

10-11:30 p.m.

NBCSN

Oct. 31, 2015

2015 Skate Canada International: Free Dance

4-5:30 p.m.

Universal

Oct. 31, 2015

2015 Skate Canada International: Pairs Free

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 1, 2015

2015 Skate Canada International

4:30-6 p.m.

NBC

Nov. 6, 2015

2015 Cup of China: Ladies and Men’s Short Programs

12-2 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 7, 2015

2015 Cup of China: Free Dance/Pairs Free

12-3 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 8, 2015

2015 Cup of China

12-1:30 p.m.

NBC

Nov. 13, 2015

2015 Trophee Bompard (France): Ladies/Men’s Shorts

8-10 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 14, 2015

2015 Trophee Bompard: Free Dance/Pairs Free

6-9 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 15, 2015

2015 Trophee Bompard

12-2 p.m.

NBC

Nov. 20, 2015

2015 Rostelecom Cup (Russia): Men’s/Ladies Shorts

8-10 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 21, 2015

2015 Rostelecom Cup: Free Dance/Pairs Free

4-7 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 22, 2015

2015 Rostelecom Cup

12-1:30 p.m.

NBC

Nov. 28, 2015

2015 NHK Trophy (Japan): Men’s/Ladies Shorts

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 29, 2015

2015 NHK Trophy: Pairs Free

11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 29, 2015

2015 NHK Trophy: Free Dance

5-6:30 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 29, 2015

2015 NHK Trophy

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Dec. 10, 2015

2015 Grand Prix Final: Pairs/Men’s Shorts

8-10 p.m.

Universal

Dec. 11, 2015

2015 Grand Prix Final: SD/Pairs FS/Ladies SP

8-11 p.m.

Universal

Dec. 12, 2015

2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final: FD

8-9 p.m.

Universal

Dec. 20, 2015

2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final

4-6 p.m.

NBC

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Broadcast Date

2016 U.S. Championships

Time (ET)

Network

Jan. 17, 2016

Preview Show

4-5 p.m.

NBC

Jan. 23, 2016

Pairs Free Skate and Free Dance

3-6 p.m.

NBC

Jan. 23, 2016

Ladies Free Skate

8-11 p.m.

NBC

Jan. 24, 2016

Men’s Free Skate

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Jan. 30, 2016

Smucker’s Skating Spectacular

4-6 p.m.

NBC

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Broadcast Date

2016 ISU Championship Events

Time (ET)

Network

Jan. 25-31, 2016

2016 European Championships

TBD

Universal

Jan. 31, 2016

2016 European Championships

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Feb. 16-20, 2016

2016 Four Continents Championships

TBD

Universal

Feb. 20, 2016

2016 Four Continents Championships

2-4 p.m.

NBC

March 28-April 3, 2016

2016 World Championships

TBD

Universal

April 2, 2016

2016 World Championships

9-11 p.m.

NBC

April 10, 2016

2016 World Championships

3-6 p.m.

NBC

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Justin Morneau nixes Olympic baseball qualifying return

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Justin Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP with the Minnesota Twins, was taken off Canada’s Olympic baseball qualifying roster before he would have played his first competitive game in more than two years.

Morneau, 38, experienced an unspecified setback in training and was replaced on Canada’s roster for next month’s Premier12. The global tournament marks the first opportunity for many world baseball powers to qualify for the sport’s return to the Olympics.

Morneau never played in the Olympics before baseball was cut from the Games after 2008; active MLB players have never competed in the Games. But he was on Canada’s roster at all four World Baseball Classics from 2006 through 2017.

At November’s Premier12, the top nation from North and South America will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Japan and Israel are already qualified. Those that do not qualify will get another chance next year.

Morneau could become the second Major League Baseball MVP to play Olympic baseball as a medal sport. The other was Jason Giambi, who made the U.S. team in 1992, the same summer he was drafted in the second round by the Oakland Athletics.

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Kolohe Andino is first U.S. Olympic surfing qualifier; Kelly Slater faces last chance

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Kolohe Andino is the first American to qualify for surfing’s Olympic debut, which leaves one spot left for 47-year-old Kelly Slater to chase at the final contest of the season.

Andino, a 25-year-old Californian whose first name means “rascal” in Hawaiian, clinched his place in Tokyo on Friday at the penultimate stop on the World Surf League Championship Tour in Portugal. He is ranked fifth in the world, trailing a trio of Brazilians.

One more American man will join Andino on the Olympic team. It will be one of Slater, the 11-time world champion, John John Florence, the 2016 and 2017 World champion, and rising 22-year-old Hawaiian Seth Moniz.

Slater was handed a golden opportunity to qualify when Florence announced in early July that he tore an ACL for the second time in 13 months. Florence had won two of the first five events this season.

Slater has been chasing the sidelined Florence in the standings ever since. But it has not been easy.

Slater hasn’t made the quarterfinals in any of his last seven contests going into December’s finale — the prestigious Billabong Pipeline Masters on the North Shore of Oahu.

“Ninth place, to me, used to be a pretty awful result. I’m used to at least a quarterfinal on for most of my career,” he said in July, noting a back injury. “I’m not horrified by my results, but I’m also not surprised. Maybe other people are because everyone focuses on my age and that kind of thing. It’s not like I’m going to all of a sudden forget how to do this thing, you know?”

Slater, who won the Pipe Masters seven times between 1992 and 2013, must reach the quarterfinals at this year’s event to have any chance of passing Florence to qualify for the Olympics.

Complicating matters: Florence said in August it was his “goal to get better for Pipeline in case I have to come back and compete and gain points,” according to ESPN.com. If Florence does return for the December contest, and makes the quarterfinals, Slater could only pass him with a victory.

Moniz goes into the finale ranked one spot behind Slater, meaning he, too, can grab that second and final Olympic spot with a win or a runner-up.

Slater, who turns 48 on Feb. 11, would be the oldest U.S. Summer Olympic rookie competitor in a sport other than equestrian, sailing or shooting (or art competitions!) in the last 100 years, supplanting Martina Navratilova, according to the OlyMADMen.

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