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Shaun White to compete at Dew Tour Mountain Championships

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Two-time Olympic halfpipe champ Shaun White will compete for the second time since the Sochi Olympics at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in  Breckenridge, Colo., beginning Thursday, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC will also air coverage Saturday (2:30-4 p.m. ET) and Sunday (1-3 p.m. ET).

White, who won Olympic gold in 2006 and 2010, finished fourth at the Sochi Olympics and fourth at the Winter X Games on Jan. 22 in his last two competitions.

White has said he’s hoping to be at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, which would be his fourth Winter Games.

White, now 29, was the oldest U.S. Olympic men’s halfpipe snowboarder at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics and, in 2018, would be older than any previous U.S. Olympic men’s halfpipe snowboarder. The sport debuted at the Olympics in 1998.

At Dew Tour, he’s scheduled to compete in the halfpipe semifinals Thursday and, should he advance, the final Saturday.

Also slated for Dew Tour action are Olympic champions Kelly Clark and Iouri Podladtchikov (snowboard halfpipe) and David Wise (ski halfpipe) plus snowboarder Chloe Kim, who at 14 became the youngest Winter X Games gold medalist ever on Jan. 24.

Here’s the full Dew Tour schedule of events that will stream on NBC Sports Live Extra (all ET), with all events preceded by a 30-minute preshow:

THURSDAY
11:30 a.m. — Men’s ski slopestyle (semifinals)
2:30 p.m. — Men’s snowboard halfpipe (semifinals)

FRIDAY
11:15 a.m. — Women’s ski halfpipe
12:15 p.m. — Women’s snowboard slopestyle
2 p.m. — Men’s ski halfpipe (semifinals)
2:15 p.m. — Men’s snowboard slopestyle (semifinals)

SATURDAY
11 a.m. — Women’s ski slopestyle
12:30 p.m. — Women’s snowboard halfpipe
2:30 p.m. — Men’s snowboard halfpipe (also on NBC)
6 p.m. — Men’s ski halfpipe

SUNDAY
1 p.m. — Men’s ski slopestyle (also on NBC)
3:45 p.m. — Men’s snowboard slopestyle

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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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