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Wrestling: Snyder romps to gold medal match; Molinaro will go for bronze

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American wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Frank Molinaro had varying degrees of success Sunday in the Olympics.

Snyder had a magnificent morning, and will wrestle for gold this evening in the 97kg class when he meets Azerbaijan’s Khetag Gazyumov.

Molinaro lost his second match in the 65kg class but his loss came to a finalist, so he’ll battle for bronze.

Both Americans won their first matches, as Snyder built a first period lead in his first match before dominating the second to win 10-3 over Cuba’s Javier Cortina Lacerra, a man he outweighed by 11 pounds.

His second opponent was a better match on paper, but Snyder rolled to a 7-0 win against Romania’s Albert Saritov.

That gave him a semifinal against Georgia grappler Elizbar Odikadze who had made a buzzsaw run through the field. Odikadze won 6-1 and 8-1 in his first two matches, and quickly had a 4-0 lead on Snyder.

That wouldn’t last. Snyder boosted nine-straight points, all in the second half, to stun the Georgian and move onto the final with a 9-4 win.

Molinaro started with a razor-thin decision over Poland’s Magomedmurad Gadzhiev. The 2-2 score line tipped in Molinaro’s favor thanks to a 3-1 edge in tech points.

Unfortunately, Molinaro gave up seven pounds and 10 points to Azerbaijan’s Toghrul Asgarov in a second match shutout.

Asgarov went onto the final, so Molinaro will enter the repechage with a chance for bronze. He’ll get to battle Ukraine’s Andrii Kviatkovskyi and then Frank Chamizo of Italy. Two wins would give him Olympic bronze.

 

Adam Rippon leads Olympians in ESPN the Magazine Body Issue

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Figure skater Adam Rippon is among seven Olympians announced for the 10th edition of ESPN the Magazine‘s Body Issue.

Rippon, a team event bronze medalist, is joined by fellow PyeongChang Olympian Jessie Diggins (gold, cross-country skiing) and Summer Olympians Tori Bowie (track and field), Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart (basketball) and Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn (Soccer),

Non-Olympian athletes include Saquon Barkley and Jerry Rice (football), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (soccer), Greg Norman (golf), Karl-Anthony Towns (basketball), Dallas Keuchel and Yasiel Puig (baseball), Lauren Chamberlain (softball) and Charlotte Flair (WWE).

Images will be published online Monday, and the magazine hits newsstands June 29, according to ESPN.

Past Olympians in the Body Issue include Serena Williams (on the first cover in 2009), Michael PhelpsKerri Walsh JenningsAly Raisman and Gus Kenworthy,

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2018 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships broadcast schedule

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NBC Sports, NBC Sports Gold and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA combine to air daily live coverage of the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships from Thursday through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Athletes will compete for national titles and spots on the team for the first Athletics World Cup in London next month. More details on Athletics World Cup qualifying here.

While veteran Olympic champions will miss the event, a new generation of sprinters headlines the entry lists. A full competition schedule is here.

Noah Lyles and Michael Norman, who were fourth and fifth in the 2016 Olympic Trials 200m as 18-year-olds, have been the most impressive U.S. male sprinters this season and go head-to-head for the first time in two years.

Sydney McLaughlin, who reached the Rio Olympic 400m hurdles semifinals as a 17-year-old, is entered in the 400m.

Olympic and world champions also scatter the distance races and field events, including Matthew Centrowitz and Jenny Simpson (1500m), Emma Coburn (3000m steeplechase), Christian Taylor (Olympic triple jump champ also entered in the 400m), Tianna Bartoletta and Jeff Henderson (long jump), Jenn Suhr (pole vault) and Michelle Carter and Ryan Crouser (shot put).

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Day Time (ET) Network Key Events
Thursday 2-11 p.m. NBC Sports Gold 100m first round, 10,000m finals
Friday 12:30-11 p.m. NBC Sports Gold 100m finals, 400m semifinals
6-9 p.m. Olympic Channel
11 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN, Gold
Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. NBC Sports Gold Finals: 400m, 1500m, 100m hurdles
4-6 p.m. NBC, Gold
Sunday 12:30-6 p.m. NBC Sports Gold Finals: 200m, 5000m, 110m hurdles
4-6 p.m. NBC, Gold