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How to watch Grand Prix Final

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Nathan Chen leads a record-tying six U.S. entries in this week’s Grand Prix Final airing live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

All Olympic Channel coverage will also stream on NBCSports.com/live, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app for subscribers.

The Grand Prix Final is the biggest international figure skating event before the Olympics, gathering the top six per discipline from the fall Grand Prix series.

It is the single best indicator of Olympic medal favorites, though reigning world champions Yuzuru Hanyu and Yevgenia Medvedeva are out with injuries.

The U.S. champion Chen is the only male skater to win both of his Grand Prix events this fall.

A victory this week in Nagoya, Japan, would mark the biggest international victory for an American in any discipline since Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first U.S. Olympic ice dance champions in Sochi.

Chen is joined in the six-man Grand Prix Final field by the two skaters who preceded him as U.S. champions — Adam Rippon and Jason Brown. Strong showings this week will boost their chances to make the three-man Olympic team named after nationals in early January.

The other U.S. entries are all in ice dance.

Maia Shibutani and Alex ShibutaniMadison Chock and Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue make up half of the Grand Prix Final dance field for the third straight year.

Full Grand Prix Final fields and top scores this season are here.

MORE: Figure skating season broadcast schedule

Grand Prix Final broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)

Thursday Pairs Short 4:30-5:30 a.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Men’s Short 5:30-6:30 a.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Short Dance 6:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Friday Women’s Short 5-6 a.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Men’s Free 6:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Saturday Pairs Free 2:30-3:30 a.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Free Dance 4-5 a.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Women’s Free 5:30-6:30 a.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Sunday Highlights 4-6 p.m. NBC, NBCSports.com/live, NBC Sports app

*Olympic Channel stream available for subscribers.

Christian Coleman expects to be cleared in doping whereabouts case

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U.S. sprinter Christian Coleman, whose time of 9.81 seconds in the 100m is the fastest in the world this year, released a statement Saturday denying reports that he has missed three doping tests in 12 months, a “whereabouts” violation that could result in a two-year ban.

“I’m not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I’m never concerned about taking drug tests, at any time,” Coleman said. “What has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply not true. I am confident the upcoming hearing on September 4th will clear the matter and I will compete at World Championships in Doha this fall. Sometime after the hearing, I will be free to answer questions about the matter, but for now I must reserve and respect the process.”

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency records show the agency has tested Coleman 11 times through Aug. 20. The agency requires elite athletes to give “whereabouts,” a few details on where they expect to be each day, so that they may take out-of-competition tests.

The 23-year-old sprinter would be the heavy favorite in the world championships, following up his silver medal between Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt in 2017, two months after he won the NCAA title. He is one of only eight athletes to break the 9.8-second mark in the 100m, and he posted the world’s best time in 2017 and 2018.

READ: Gatlin and Coleman beat Bolt in Jamaican star’s farewell championship

Since a loss to Noah Lyles in Shanghai in May, a race in which both Americans posted a time of 9.86, Coleman has won all three events he has entered — the Bislett Games in June, the Prefontaine Classic later in June, and the USATF Championships in July.

He withdrew from last week’s Diamond League meet in Birmingham.

The world championships start Sept. 27 in Doha.

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U.S. men’s basketball roster named for FIBA World Cup, includes one Olympian

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Kemba Walker and one player with Olympic experience, Harrison Barnes, headline the U.S. roster for next month’s FIBA World Cup, where the U.S. is still expected to clinch its Tokyo Olympic spot despite an absence of the NBA’s best players and Saturday’s exhibition loss to Australia.

An injured Kyle Kuzma was dropped from the 13 finalists who gathered in Australia for pre-tournament exhibitions. Walker and Khris Middleton are the only two players on the team who were All-Stars last season. The full roster:

Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
Derrick White, San Antonio Spurs

The U.S. group play schedule:

Sept. 1 vs. Czech Republic
Sept. 3 vs. Turkey
Sept. 5 vs. Japan

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will make his U.S. head coaching tournament debut at the World Cup, succeeding Mike Krzyzewski, who led the Americans to Olympic titles in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Many notables dropped out before or during this month’s training camp and practices: including Olympians Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kevin Love and Kyle Lowry. Other 2020 Olympic hopefuls such as LeBron James and Stephen Curry withdrew before the camp roster was named.

It has become custom for the World Cup team to include few Olympians. The 2014 roster included two players from the London Olympics (Davis, Harden). The 2010 World Cup team had zero Beijing Olympians.

Saturday’s loss to Australia marked the U.S.’ first defeat with NBA players since the 2006 World Championship, snapping a 78-game win streak.

The U.S. will qualify for the Tokyo Games if it is one of the top two teams from the Americas at the World Cup. There is also a last-chance qualifying tournament next year.

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