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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 6

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Saturday the action at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro get underway in earnest, and the action begins bright and early in Brazil. all of the action will be streamed at NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app. Among the sports in action Saturday are men’s basketball, including Team USA’s opener against China, and women’s soccer with the top ranked American women facing FIFA No. 3 France in the most anticipated match of the group stage. All the action will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Men’s gymnastics will also get underway, with the United States men looking to earn a place in the team final and their individual competitors aiming for spots in the all-around and event finals. Swimming opens Saturday, with Americans such as Connor Jaeger (men’s 400m freestyle), Elizabeth Beisel and Maya DiRado (both in the 400m individual medley) looking to earn medals. Capping things off Saturday will be the women’s beach volleyball tandem of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross making their Olympic debut at 11:15 p.m. at the beach volleyball venue on the famed Copacobana beach. Walsh-Jennings won gold in each of the last three Olympics, with Misty May Treanor serving as her partner in those triumphs.

Rowing Qualifying Heats – WATCH LIVE

The Games start early when the men’s cycling road race begins at 8:30 am ET, with Team USA’s Taylor Phinney trying to better his fourth-place finish from London as he furiously pedals through the streets of Rio.

Men’s Cycling Individual Road Race – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Water Polo
The United States men’s water polo team, which finished seventh at last year’s World Championships in Kazan, Russia, opens up competition at 8:00 a.m. against Croatia, and the Americans will look to build on a 2016 in which they won silver at the 2016 FINA Water Polo World League in Hong Kong. Croatia finished second in the last World Championships, falling to a Serbian team that enters the Olympics as the favorites to win gold in the gold medal match.

8:00 a.m.: Serbia vs. Hungary (Group A)- WATCH LIVE

9:20 a.m.: United States vs. Croatia (Group B)- WATCH LIVE

10:40 a.m.: Spain vs. Italy (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Greece vs. Japan (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

6:30 p.m.: France vs. Montenegro (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

7:50 p.m.: Brazil vs. Australia (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

Archery

8:00 a.m.: Men’s Round of 16 – WATCH LIVE

1:00 p.m.: Men’s Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Medal matches – WATCH LIVE

Table Tennis (Singles)

8:00 a.m.: Men’s prelims, Women’s prelims, Women’s round 1 (Table 1) – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Men’s prelims, Women’s prelims, Women’s round 1 (Table 2) – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Men’s prelims, Women’s prelims, Women’s round 1 (Table 3) – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Men’s prelims, Women’s prelims, Women’s round 1 (Table 4) – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 1 (Table 1) – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 1 (Table 2) – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 1 (Table 3) – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 1 (Table 4) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 2 (Table 1) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 2 (Table 2) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 2 (Table 3) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: Men’s round 1, Women’s round 2 (Table 4) – WATCH LIVE

Fencing

8:00 a.m.: Blue Piste, Women’s individual epee fencing Rounds of 64, 32, 16 and quarterfinals – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Red Piste, Women’s individual epee fencing Rounds of 64, 32, 16 and quarterfinals – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Green Piste, Women’s individual epee fencing Rounds of 64, 32, 16 and quarterfinals – WATCH LIVE

8:00 a.m.: Yellow Piste, Women’s individual epee fencing Rounds of 64, 32, 16 and quarterfinals – WATCH LIVE

3:00 p.m.: Women’s individual epee fencing semifinals, bronze medal bout, gold medal bout – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Handball

8:30 a.m.: Norway vs. Brazil (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

10:30 a.m.: Netherlands vs. France (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

1:40 p.m.: Russia vs. South Korea (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

3:40 p.m.: Montenegro vs. Spain (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

6:50 p.m.: Angola vs. Romania (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

8:50 p.m.: Sweden vs. Argentina (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Volleyball

8:30 a.m.: Japan vs. South Korea (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

10:30 a.m.: China vs. Netherlands (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Brazil vs. Cameroon (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: United States vs. Puerto Rico (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

7:30 p.m.: Russia vs. Argentina (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

9:30 p.m.: Serbia vs. Italy (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Field Hockey

9:00 a.m.: Argentina vs. Netherlands (Pool B) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m.: India vs. Ireland (Pool B) – WATCH LIVE

11:30 a.m.: Belgium vs. Great Britain (Pool A) – WATCH LIVE

12:30 p.m.: Australia vs. New Zealand (Pool A) – WATCH LIVE

5:00 p.m.: Canada vs. Germany (Pool B) – WATCH LIVE

6:30 p.m.: Spain vs. Brazil (Pool A) – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Field Hockey

4:00 p.m.: United States vs. Argentina – WATCH LIVE

7:30 p.m.: Great Britain vs. Australia – WATCH LIVE

Judo

9:00 a.m.: Prelims and Quarterfinals, Women’s 48kg and Men’s 60kg (Mat 1) – WATCH LIVE

9:00 a.m.: Prelims and Quarterfinals, Women’s 48kg and Men’s 60kg (Mat 2) – WATCH LIVE

2:30 p.m.: Repechage, semifinals and medal matches, Women’s 48kg and Men’s 60kg – WATCH LIVE

Equestrian

9:00 a.m.: Eventing individual and team dressage Day 1 – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Beach Volleyball

9:00 a.m.: Preliminary Match, Carambula/Rangheri (Italy) vs. Doppler/Horst (Austria) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m.: Preliminary Match, Alison/Bruno Schmidt (Brazil) vs. Binstock/Schacter (Canada) – WATCH LIVE

3:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Gibb/Patterson (United States) vs. Jefferson/Cherif (Qatar) – WATCH LIVE

4:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Brouwer/Meeuwsen (Netherlands) vs. Liamin/Barsouk (Russia)- WATCH LIVE

8:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Losiak/Kantor (Poland) vs. Bockermann/Fluggen (Germany) – WATCH LIVE

9:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Herrera/Gavira (Spain) vs. Huber/Seidl (Astria) – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Beach Volleyball

11:00 a.m.: Preliminary Match, Bawden/Clancy (Australia) vs. Alfaro/C.Charles (Costa Rica) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Elsa/Liliana (Spain) vs. Gallay/Klug (Argentina) – WATCH LIVE

2:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Agatha/Barbara (Brazil) vs. Hermannova/Slukova (Czech Republic) – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Meppelink/Van Iersel (Netherlands) vs. Pazo/Agudo (Venezuela) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Forrer/Verge-Depre (Switzerland) vs. Wang/Yue (China) – WATCH LIVE

11:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Walsh Jennings/Ross (United States) vs. Artacho Del Solar/Laird (Australia) – WATCH LIVE

Shooting

9:30 a.m.: Women’s 10m air rifle final – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Men’s 10m air pistol final – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Gymnastics

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Vault – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE

9:30 a.m.: Subdivision 1 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

Subdivision 1 teams: Mixed Group 3 (Greece/2, Canada, Cuba/2, Republic of South Africa, Monaco), Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Mixed Group 6 (Lithuania, Belgium, Belarus, Chile, Colombia, Turkey, Israel) and the Netherlands.

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 Vault – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m.: Subdivision 2 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m. Subdivision 2 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

Subdivision 2 teams: Great Britain, France, Mixed Group 5 (Hungary, Vietnam, People’s Republic of Korea, Italy), United States, Mixed Group 4 (Norway, Azerbaijan, Chinese Taipei, Armenia, New Zealand), and Germany.

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Vault – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m.: Subdivision 3 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

Subdivision 3 teams: Ukraine, Mixed Group 1 (Croatia, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic, Algeria, Ireland), Switzerland, China, Mixed Group 2 (Romania/2, Finland, Spain/2, Cypress, Portugal) and Russia.

Tennis

9:45 a.m.: Men’s singles first round, Ramos-Vinolas (Spain) vs. Nishikori (Japan) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m. Women’s singles first round, Keys (United States) vs. Kovinic (Montenegro) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m.: Women’s singles first round, Strycova (Czech Republic) vs. Wick mayer (Belgium) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m.: Women’s singles first round, Errani (Italy) vs. Bertens (Netherlands) – WATCH LIVE

10:00 a.m.: Men’s singles first round, Berankis (Lithuania) vs. Millman (Australia) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Ivanovic (Serbia) vs. Navarro (Spain) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs. Cilic (Croatia) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Sock (United States) vs. Taro (Japan) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Wilson (Great Britain) vs. Peng (China) – WATCH LIVE

12:00 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Bacsinszky (Switzerland) vs. Zhang (China) – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Jaziri (Turkey) vs. Tsonga (France) – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Zheng (Canada) vs. Radwanska (Poland) – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, King (Barbados) vs. Johnson (United States) – WATCH LIVE

2:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Baker (United States) vs. Sugita (Japan) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Coric (Croatia) vs. Simon (France) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Bouchard (Canada) vs. Stephens (United States) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Dzumhur (Bosnia & Herzegovina) vs. Sela (Israel) – WATCH LIVE

5:45 p.m.: Women’s singles first round, Flipkens (Belgium) vs. V. Williams (United States) – WATCH LIVE

8:00 p.m.: Men’s singles first round, Monfils (France) vs. Pospisil (Canada) – WATCH LIVE

Boxing Carlos Balderas in morning session, Nico Hernandez in evening session

10:00 a.m.: Men’s Prelims (Light flyweight, flyweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: Men’s Prelims (Light flyweight, flyweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight) – WATCH LIVE

Rugby

10:00 a.m.: France vs. Spain (Pool B), New Zealand vs. Kenya (Pool B), Great Britain vs. Brazil (Pool C), Canada vs. Japan (Pool C), United States vs. Fiji (Pool A), Australia vs. Colombia (Pool A) – WATCH LIVE

3:00 p.m.: France vs. Kenya (Pool B), New Zealand vs. Spain (Pool B), Great Britain vs. Japan (Pool C), Canada vs. Brazil (Pool C), United States vs. Colombia (Group A), Australia vs. Fiji (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Basketball

11:00 a.m.: Turkey vs. France (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

1:15 p.m.: China vs. Canada (Group B) – WATCH LIVE

4:30 p.m.: Brazil vs. Australia (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

6:45 p.m.: Belarus vs. Japan (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Basketball

Day 1 also features the debut of the new-look U.S. men’s basketball team, led by NBA all-stars Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony at 6:00 pm ET. All six teams in Group A are in action Saturday, with the matchup between Australia and France boasting a number of current NBA players including San Antonio Spurs teammates Tony Parker (France) and Patty Mills (Australia).

1:15 p.m.: Australia vs. France (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: United States vs. China (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

9:30 p.m.: Venezuela vs. Serbia (Group A) – WATCH LIVE

Swimming

12:00 p.m.: Heats (Men’s and women’s 400m individual medley; women’s 100m butterfly; men’s 400m freestyle; men’s 100m breaststroke; women’s 4x100m freestyle relay) – WATCH LIVE

9:00 p.m.: Finals (men’s and women’s 400m individual medley; men’s 400m freestyle; women’s 4x100m freestyle relay), women’s 100m butterfly semis, men’s 100m breaststroke semis – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Soccer

The United States’ matchup with France is the headliner on the women’s soccer schedule, with the teams currently ranked first and third respectively in the FIFA rankings. The two clubs met in the group stage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, with the United States winning by the final score of 4-2 with Alex Morgan scoring twice. France scored twice in the first 14 minutes of the match, with the United States answering with four unanswered goals to grab all three points. Both teams won their opening match in Brazil Wednesday, with the United States beating New Zealand 2-0 and France rolling past Colombia by the final score of 4-0.

2:00 p.m.: Canada vs. Zimbabwe (Group F) – WATCH LIVE

4:00 p.m.: United States vs. France (Group G) – WATCH LIVE

5:00 p.m.: Germany vs. Australia (Group F) – WATCH LIVE

6:00 p.m.: South Africa vs. China (Group E) – WATCH LIVE

7:00 p.m.: Colombia vs. New Zealand (Group G) – WATCH LIVE

9:00 p.m.: Brazil vs. Sweden (Group E ) – WATCH LIVE

Lindsey Vonn and her dog to host Amazing Race-like series

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Lindsey Vonn and one of her three dogs, Lucy, will host “The Pack,” an “Amazing Race”-like series where dogs and their humans compete in challenges across continents.

The Amazon Prime show filmed earlier this year and will premiere later in 2020. Production included a team of veterinarians and dog experts to ensure “a positive experience for everyone.”

Twelve teams vie for a prize of $500,000, plus $250,000 for the animal charity of their choice.

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion and female record holder with 82 World Cup wins, retired after the February 2019 World Championships, four shy of the overall victories record held by Swede Ingemar Stenmark.

She traveled the last few years of her career with Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that she got in Italy in January 2016. Lucy required German, Italian and American passports to accompany Vonn on the ski circuit.

Vonn previously adopted rescue dogs Leo, a brindle boxer to help her through recovery from knee surgery that kept her out of the 2014 Olympics, and Bear.

Vonn’s previous broadcast credits included a 2010 appearance as a secretary on “Law & Order,” two judge spots on “Project Runway” and an episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” in 2016.

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London Marathon mass event canceled; Kipchoge, Bekele still to race

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The London Marathon will not hold a mass participation race of 40,000-plus runners, but will have an elites-only event featuring the fastest marathoners in history on a different course.

Organizers announced that the World Marathon Major, previously rescheduled for Oct. 4 from April 26, will be restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Elite runners, including world-record holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei and Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest man in history, will instead race but not on the usual route around London landmarks.

They will run on an enclosed looped in St. James’s Park in a “secure biosphere” without spectator access. Elite wheelchair racers, including past champions David Weir and Manuela Schar, will also compete.

Before canceling, London Marathon organizers planned to use Bluetooth and wideband ranging to monitor every participant’s distance from each other, though they did not specify if the event would have still included more than 40,000 runners.

If a participant spent more than 15 minutes within a specified distance of anyone else, and if somebody had informed organizers they contracted the virus within two weeks after the race, he or she would have been contacted.

“Despite all our efforts, the fantastic support from all of our partners and the progress that has been made on planning for the return of smaller mass participation events that are not on the roads, it has not been possible to go ahead with a mass socially distanced walk or run,” event director Hugh Brasher said in press release.

Four of the other five annual World Marathon Majors this year were canceled — Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City. The earliest major, Tokyo, was held March 1 with elite runners only.

Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion from Kenya, and Bekele, a three-time Olympic track champion from Ethiopia, were previously announced as headliners for London in the winter, before the pandemic.

Kipchoge lowered the world record to 2:01:39 at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. Bekele clocked 2:01:41 in Berlin last September. They are the only men to ever break 2:02 in a marathon. Kipchoge also clocked 1:59:40 at a non-record-eligible event in Vienna on Oct. 12 instead of racing a fall marathon.

Kipchoge has won 11 of 12 marathons since moving to road racing after failing to make Kenya’s 2012 Olympic track team.

Bekele, the more accomplished track athlete with Olympic golds and world records at 5000m and 10,000m, has been a roller-coaster road runner.

Bekele owns two of the seven fastest marathons in history, recorded three years apart in Berlin. In between, he failed to finish two marathons and, in his last London start in 2018, clocked a pedestrian 2:08:53 for sixth place.

That was more than four minutes behind Kipchoge, who is undefeated in four London starts and has beaten by Bekele by at least 100 seconds in all four of their head-to-head marathons.

The Kenyan Kosgei took 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record on Oct. 13, clocking 2:14:04 to win the Chicago Marathon.

The 2021 London Marathon will also be held in October to give a better chance of holding a mass race than in April.

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