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USATF Outdoor Championships broadcast schedule

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NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold will air comprehensive live coverage of the USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., part of the TeamUSA Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast.

The U.S. Championships serve as a qualifying meet for the world championships in London in August. The top three finishers per event this week make the worlds team, should they reach the qualifying times or marks.

In addition to the top three, reigning world champions from 2015 and Diamond League champions from 2016 receive automatic byes into worlds, should they toe the start line in Sacramento.

That list includes Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt in the 400m, Christian Taylor in the triple jump and Keni Harrison in the 100m hurdles.

The headliners include most of the 40 U.S. athletes who earned medals in Rio. A full schedule of events is here.

The nine-time Olympic medalist Felix is expected to contest the 100m and 200m in Sacramento. She has a bye into the worlds 400m.

Five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin faces a new crop of sprinters in his bid to make the worlds team at age 35. Only one American in history has raced a 100m at an Olympics or worlds at a more advanced age — Gail Devers at Athens 2004 at 37.

Notable absentees will be retired decathlete Ashton Eaton and 100m hurdles gold medalist Brianna Rollins, who is serving a suspension.

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Day Time (ET) Network Key Events
Thursday 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. NBC Sports Gold 100m first round, 10,000m finals
Friday 3:45-10:30 p.m. NBC Sports Gold 100m semis, men’s triple jump final
Friday 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. NBCSN, Gold 100m finals, 5000m finals
Saturday 1:45-4 p.m.; 6-6:30 NBC Sports Gold 200m first round, men’s pole vault
Saturday 4-6 p.m. NBC, Gold 400m finals, men’s 1500m final
Sunday 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m.; 6-6:10 NBC Sports Gold 200m semis, men’s shot put
Sunday 4-6 p.m. NBC, Gold 200m finals, 110m hurdles final

World Alpine Skiing Championships on for 2021 after request to delay rejected

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GENEVA (AP) — A request by the organizers of next year’s skiing world championships in Italy to postpone the event by one year was rejected Thursday by the International Ski Federation.

FIS ruled that the event will go ahead from Feb. 9-21, 2021, in Cortina d’Ampezzo — the highlight of an Alpine season that faces challenges to find safe protocols for international travel and attending races in Europe, North America and China.

The Veneto region of northern Italy was hit hard by the coronavirus and the season-ending World Cup races in Cortina in mid-March were canceled. That week-long event was to be a test for the 2021 worlds.

“The last month of efforts to come to this solution demonstrates the strong collaborative spirit of the ski family and stakeholders.” FIS president Gian-Franco Kasper said.

Organizers in Italy have said they expect losses of about 30 million euros ($34 million) if the worlds are also canceled. They asked for a postponement to March 2022, which would be only weeks after the Beijing Olympics.

“But we will be ready in any case and we will show that these world championships can change the history of a region despite the current difficulties,” Alessandro Benetton, president of the Cortina organizing committee, said in a statement.

Italian racer Sofia Goggia, the 2018 Olympic downhill champion, said she was “happy for Cortina because it will host the first major international event after the coronavirus epidemic.”

Cortina, which hosted the 1956 Olympics, will co-host the 2026 Winter Games with Milan and use the worlds as a showcase for the resort.

The women’s World Cup downhill on the Olympia delle Tofane course each January is one of the most scenic in the sport with a signature jump between tall outcrops of jagged rock.

The Dolomites venue was awarded the 2021 worlds by FIS after missing out as a candidate four straight times from 2013-19.

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Russia track and field athlete clearance frozen due to unpaid fine

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MONACO (AP) — The program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally will be frozen because the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time, World Athletics said Thursday.

The Russian track federation, known as RusAF, owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics said RusAF missed Wednesday’s deadline to pay.

World Athletics said it would freeze the work of the Doping Review Board, which vets Russian athletes who want the “authorized neutral athlete” status that allows them to compete internationally, and its taskforce monitoring RusAF’s anti-doping reforms.

World Athletics said both bodies will be “put on hold” until its council meets to discuss the situation at the end of July.

“RusAF is letting its athletes down badly,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said in a statement. “We have done as much as we can to expedite our ANA process and support RusAF with its reinstatement plan, but seemingly to no avail.”

RusAF president Yevgeny Yurchenko earlier told the Tass state news agency that his federation’s finances were damaged by the coronavirus pandemic and that it had asked for more time to pay.

World Athletics’ statement didn’t directly address that issue, but said Russia hadn’t indicated when it would pay.

Russia was fined $10 million by World Athletics in March, with $5 million suspended for two years, after the federation admitted to breaking anti-doping rules and obstructing an investigation.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said fake documents were used under the previous management to give an athlete an alibi for missing a doping test.

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