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How to watch World Cup Alpine skiing on NBC Sports this weekend

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U.S. Olympic champions Lindsey VonnMikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety are in World Cup action this weekend, with every race streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Vonn gets it started at her favorite course — Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

The 2010 Olympic downhill champion has won 15 times in 38 World Cup starts at Lake Louise, which is nicknamed “Lake Lindsey” for her dominance. That’s a record for victories at a single venue.

Vonn is skiing this season with an eye on a fifth World Cup overall title, which would move her one crown shy of the record held by retired Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll. Vonn, at 31, would be the oldest women’s World Cup overall winner ever.

She’s also trying to close the gap on the overall World Cup wins record of 86 held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark. Vonn is at 67 victories and wiped out in her first start this season, in a giant slalom last week in Aspen, Colo.

Vonn will be favored in Lake Louise downhills on Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday.

Shiffrin joins the field Sunday, marking the slalom queen’s World Cup speed event debut. She’s coming off two dominant slalom wins in Aspen last weekend but is not expected to make the podium in her new event Sunday.

Shiffrin, tapped to vie with Vonn for the World Cup overall title this season, finished 24th and 10th in two lower-level downhill races two weeks ago.

The men will race in Beaver Creek, Colo., from Friday through Sunday.

World Championships downhill silver medalist Travis Ganong will be the top U.S. hope in a downhill on Friday and a super-G on Saturday.

The 2014 Olympian placed third and fourth in a downhill and super-G in Lake Louise last weekend, both won by returning Norwegian star Aksel Lund Svindal.

Ted Ligety finishes the weekend off in his best event, the giant slalom, on Sunday. The Olympic and World champion won the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 25.

Bode Miller, the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier with six medals, will make his broadcast debut on NBC for the men’s races.

“I’m comfortable with my knowledge based on skiing,” the 38-year-old Miller, who is taking this season off and might not compete again, told media in Beaver Creek on Wednesday. “If it’s fun, then I would do it [more broadcast work in the future], but it’s not really in me to do things that I don’t really enjoy and find exciting and fun. If it’s work, then don’t expect to see me again.”

Here’s the full broadcast and streaming schedule (all times Eastern):

Friday
12:30 p.m. — Men’s downhill — LIVE on NBCSN and Live Extra
2:30 p.m. — Women’s downhill — LIVE on Live Extra

Saturday
1 p.m. — Men’s super-G — LIVE on NBCSN and Live Extra
2:30 p.m. — Women’s downhill — LIVE on Live Extra

Sunday
1 p.m. — Women’s super-G — LIVE on Live Extra
5 p.m. — Men’s giant slalom – LIVE on NBC and Live Extra

World champion wins doping case citing bodily fluids from boyfriend

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A world champion canoeist won a doping case Monday after persuading a tribunal that her positive test was caused by bodily fluid contamination from her boyfriend.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) ended its investigation into 11-time world champion Laurence Vincent Lapointe, who tested positive for a steroid-like substance in July. She faced a four-year ban and could have missed her event’s Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.

The Canadian canoe sprint racer and her lawyer detailed in a news program that laboratory analysis of hair from her then-boyfriend showed he was likely responsible for a tiny presence of ligandrol in her doping sample.

“The ICF has accepted Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s evidence which supports that she was the victim of third-party contamination,” the governing body said in a statement, clearing her to return to competition.

The legal debate is similar to tennis player Richard Gasquet’s 2009 acquittal in the “cocaine kiss” case. The Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted Gasquet’s defense that kissing a woman who had taken cocaine in a Miami nightclub, after he had withdrawn injured from a tournament, caused his positive test.

The 27-year-old Vincent Lapointe was provisionally suspended for almost six months and missed the 2019 World Championships, which was a key qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics. American 17-year-old Nevin Harrison won the 200m world title in her absence.

She can still qualify for the Olympic debut of women’s canoe sprint events with victory at a World Cup event in May in Germany.

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U.S. women’s soccer team begins Olympic qualifying, which should rest on one match

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The U.S. women’s soccer team has never been in danger in Olympic qualifying, but that doesn’t change this fact: It must win on Feb. 7 to reach the Tokyo Games.

The CONCACAF tournament begins Tuesday in Houston, where the world champion Americans face world No. 72 Haiti. The last two group games are against No. 68 Panama on Friday and No. 37 Costa Rica on Feb. 3. The top two nations from the group advance to Feb. 7 semifinals.

The U.S. roster, with 18 of its 20 players coming from the 2019 World Cup team, is here.

Since CONCACAF qualifies two nations to the Olympics, the semifinals are the deciding games.

Should the U.S. win its group, it would face the runner-up from the other group in a winner-goes-to-Tokyo match. The other group (world ranking):

Canada (8)
Mexico (37)
Jamaica (53)
St. Kitts and Nevis (127)

Chaos could result in the unlikely event that either the U.S. or Canada finishes second in its group, and the two North American powers play a semifinal.

The U.S. is undefeated in Olympic qualifying history, since the tournament format began in 2004 — 15-0 with a goal differential of 88-1 (not counting matches played once they’ve already clinched qualification). The lone goal allowed came in a group-stage match in 2008, when the U.S. was already assured a spot in the semifinals.

Still, the U.S. knows the feeling of one poor outing in an important match. In 2010, it lost to Mexico in a winner-to-the-World Cup match. The U.S. was forced to win a last-chance, home-and-home playoff against a UEFA team — Italy — for the last spot in the World Cup.

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