World Road Cycling Championships broadcast schedule

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Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air daily live coverage of the world road cycling championships from Bergen, Norway, starting Sunday.

Events will stream live on NBC Sports Gold’s Cycling Pass.

Olympic Channel coverage will be live streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Live timing is here.

The championships start with team and junior events before the elite races begin Tuesday.

Headliners include Slovakian Peter Sagan, who hopes to become the first man to win three straight world titles in the elite road race on Sept. 24.

Sagan was kicked out of the Tour de France on July 4 after making contact with Mark Cavendish, who then fell in a bunched sprint stage finish, suffering a broken right shoulder-blade. Cavendish remains out of action.

The men’s time trial on Wednesday features a summit finish.

That could favor Chris Froome, who is coming off sweeping the Tour de France and Vuelta a España this summer. The Kenyan-born, South African-raised Brit took Olympic time trial bronze medals in 2012 and 2016.

German Tony Martin will be looking to break the record for most world time trial titles with his fifth crown. He’s tied with retired Swiss Fabian Cancellara.

American Amber Neben, 42, defends her world time trial title on Tuesday. The Dutch team features the last two Olympic road race champions — Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen.

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Day Time (ET) Event
Sunday, Sept. 17 6-8:15 a.m. Women’s Team Time Trial
9:30-11:45 a.m. Men’s Team Time Trial
Monday, Sept. 18 4:30-6:10 a.m. Women’s Junior Time Trial
7-11:55 a.m. Men’s U23 Time Trial
Tuesday, Sept. 19 5:30-7:50 a.m. Men’s Junior Time Trial
9:50-11:35 a.m. Women’s Elite Time Trial
Wednesday, Sept. 20 7 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Men’s Elite Time Trial
Friday, Sept. 22 4-6:35 a.m. Women’s Junior Road Race
7:10-11:55 a.m. Men’s U23 Road Race
Saturday, Sept. 23 2:55-6:45 a.m. Men’s Junior Road Race
7:10-11:35 a.m. Women’s Elite Road Race
Sunday, Sept. 24 4-11:10 a.m. Men’s Elite Road Race

 

Beach volleyball player’s dog becomes social media sensation

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Norwegian beach volleyball player Mathias Berntsen‘s dog, Kiara, captivated social media this weekend.

A video of Kiara peppering with Berntsen and a pair across the net on a grass field spread from Berntsen’s Instagram across platforms. Kiara now has 12,000 Instagram followers, more than twice the total of Berntsen.

Berntsen, 24, is one half of Norway’s second-best beach volleyball team.

He and partner Hendrik Mol are ranked 45th in the world and well outside the Tokyo Olympic picture (24 teams go to the Games), but could get in the mix depending on how qualification is amended once sports resume.

Berntsen and his cousin Mol are part of a group called the Beach Volley Vikings. Mol’s younger brother, Anders, and family friend Christian Sorum are the world’s top-ranked team (profiled here).

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FIFA rules on Olympic men’s soccer tournament age eligibility

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For the first time since 1988, some 24-year-olds will be eligible for the Olympic men’s soccer tournament without using an over-age exception.

FIFA announced Friday that it will use the same age eligibility criteria for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 that it intended to use in 2020 — that players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997 are eligible, plus three over-age exceptions. FIFA chose not to move the birthdate deadline back a year after the Olympics were postponed by one year.

Olympic men’s soccer tournaments have been U-23 events — save those exceptions — since the 1992 Barcelona Games. In 1984 and 1988, restrictions kept European and South American players with World Cup experience ineligible. Before that, professionals weren’t allowed at all.

Fourteen of the 16 men’s soccer teams already qualified for the Games using players from under-23 national teams. The last two spots are to be filled by CONCACAF nations, potentially the U.S. qualifying a men’s team for the first time since 2008.

The U.S.’ biggest star, Christian Pulisic, and French superstar Kylian Mbappe were both born in 1998 and thus would have been under the age limit even if FIFA moved the deadline to Jan. 1, 1998.

Perhaps the most high-profile player affected by FIFA’s decision is Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus. The Manchester City star was born April 3, 1997, and thus would have become an over-age exception if FIFA pushed the birthdate rule back a year.

Instead, Brazil could name him to the Olympic team and still keep all of its over-age exceptions.

However, players need permission from their professional club teams to play in the Olympics, often limiting the availability of stars.

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