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World Figure Skating Championships broadcast schedule

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The World Figure Skating Championships will be held in the U.S. for the first time since 2009, in Boston from March 30-April 3 on NBC, NBCSN and streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports will air 29 hours of coverage of Worlds.

Competition will feature U.S. Olympians Gracie GoldAshley Wagner and Mirai Nagasu looking to snap a 10-year medal drought for American women, the longest in the Winter Olympic era.

They’ll go up against formidable talent from Russia and Japan, led by Grand Prix Final champion Yevgenia Medvedeva and three-time World champion Mao Asada.

A U.S. man last earned a medal in 2009, when Evan Lysacek took gold in Los Angeles. This year’s trio of Adam RipponMax Aaron and Grant Hochstein look to end that dry spell.

However, the favorites will be the last three World champions — Javier FernandezYuzuru Hanyu and Patrick Chan.

In ice dance, U.S. champions Maia and Alex Shibutani and 2015 World silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates are medal contenders.

And in pairs, U.S. champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea will make their Worlds debut along with Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, who this season were the first U.S. pair to qualify for the Grand Prix Final since 2007.

WORLDS PREVIEWS: Men | WomenPairsIce Dance

START ORDERS: Ice Dance | Men

Date Time (ET) Program Network
Wed., Mar. 30 Noon Ice Dance Short Dance (LIVE) NBCSN, Live Extra
Wed., Mar. 30 Midnight Men’s Short Program NBCSN, Live Extra
Thurs., Mar. 31 4 p.m. Ladies’ Short Program (LIVE) NBCSN, Live Extra
Thurs., Mar. 31 8 p.m. Ice Dance Free Dance (LIVE) NBCSN, Live Extra
Fri., April 1 3 p.m. Pairs’ Short Program (LIVE) NBCSN, Live Extra
Fri., April 1 9 p.m. Men’s Free Skate (LIVE) NBCSN, Live Extra
Sat., April 2 2 p.m. Pairs’ Free Skate (LIVE) NBCSN, Live Extra
Sat., April 2 9 p.m. Ladies’ Free Skate (LIVE) NBC, Live Extra
Sun., April 3 2 p.m. Gala Exhibition (LIVE) NBCSN, Live Extra
Sat., April 9 1 p.m. Encore Universal HD
Sun., April 10 3 p.m. Encore NBC
Mon., April 18 5 p.m. Encore Universal HD

Caster Semenya allowed to race 800m at Pre Classic

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Caster Semenya has been switched from the 3000m to the 800m at next week’s Pre Classic, marking her first scheduled 800m since a Swiss Supreme Court ruling allowed her to race her Olympic gold-medal distance while she appeals a new IAAF testosterone rule.

“Caster’s representation requested that she be moved from the 3,000 meters (where she was originally entered) to the 800 meters, and we are happy to comply,” Prefontaine Classic meet director Tom Jordan said in a statement, confirming a Reuters report.

NBC Sports airs live Pre Classic coverage on June 30 from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Semenya, the two-time Olympic 800m champion, was originally entered in the 3000m because the rule bars her from races between 400m and the mile unless she takes testosterone-suppressing measures, under which she would be allowed to return to those distances late this year. Semenya refuses to take those measures.

A Swiss Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago lifted the restriction for Semenya — but not other athletes — while her appeal is pending. The IAAF has until Monday to respond to the court before a ruling could be made. A resolution could still be months away, with Semenya possibly able to race until that day comes.

Semenya has won 30 straight 800m races dating to 2015, including the Rio Olympics and 2017 World Championships. All three Rio Olympic 800m medalists have said they are affected by the new rule capping testosterone in women’s races between the 400m and mile.

That meant none raced at Diamond League stops in Stockholm and Rabat, Morocco, earlier this month. Last Sunday’s Rabat meet offered Semenya a late invite, more than a week after her restriction was lifted, but Semenya said it was too late for her to travel in time to race.

American record holder Ajeé Wilson won the Stockholm 800m without any of the Olympic medalists in the field.

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Geraint Thomas crashes out of Tour de France prep race

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BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas crashed in a cycling race, days after teammate Chris Froome was involved in a season-ending accident in France.

Team INEOS said Thomas should be fine to start the Tour de France on July 6 despite having to drop out of the fourth stage of the nine-day Tour de Suisse race in Switzerland.

“Clearly it’s frustrating and a small setback for my Tour de France preparations, but there’s still plenty of time before we start in Brussels in a few weeks’ time,” Thomas said, according to the team.

The team says on Twitter that Thomas “was alert and speaking to the team after the crash and will be taken to hospital for checks.”

Thomas had a ripped jersey and cuts on his back and shoulder after hitting the road with about 18 miles left in the stage. He was in eighth place, 28 seconds behind race leader Peter Sagan.

Thomas won the 2018 Tour after Froome won four times between 2013 and 2017.

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