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Olympic Channel to air classic Olympic figure skating marathon

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The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air nine days’ worth of classic Olympic figure skating coverage leading up to the U.S. Championships.

The “Olympic Skating Spectacular” runs from Tuesday through Jan. 3.

It includes free skates from the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympics, featuring Sarah HughesYevgeny PlushenkoEvan LysacekYuna KimMeryl Davis and Charlie White.

There will be 30-plus hours of coverage from Tuesday through Jan. 2, then a marathon of women’s free skates Jan. 3.

More here from NBC Sports PR.

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MORE: Figure skating season broadcast schedule

Day Time (ET) Event
Tuesday, Dec. 26 7 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Pairs
9 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Men
Wednesday, Dec. 27 7 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Ice Dance
9 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Women
Thursday, Dec. 28 7 p.m. Torino 2006: Pairs
8:30 p.m. Torino 2006: Men
Friday, Dec. 29 7 p.m. Torino 2006: Ice Dance
9 p.m. Torino 2006: Women
Saturday, Dec. 30 7 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Pairs
9 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Men
Sunday, Dec. 31 7 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Ice Dance
9 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Women
Monday, Jan. 1 6 p.m. Sochi 2014: Team Event
9 p.m. Sochi 2014: Pairs
10 p.m. Sochi 2014: Men
Tuesday, Jan. 2 7 p.m. Sochi 2014: Ice Dance
8:30 p.m. Sochi 2014: Women
Wednesday, Jan. 3 2:30 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Women
4:30 p.m. Torino 2006: Women
7 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Women
9 p.m. Sochi 2014: Women

New Zealand sweeps Rugby World Cup Sevens, celebrates with haka

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SAN FRANCISCO — New Zealand has won a World Cup Sevens double for the second time after the men’s team beat England 33-12 in San Francisco on Sunday to follow the Black Ferns’ win in the women’s tournament.

The New Zealand teams won the men’s and women’s titles in Russia in 2013 and again were dominant.

Sione Molia scored two of New Zealand’s five tries in the men’s final, and South Africa held off Olympic champion Fiji 24-19 to take bronze.

The weekend results mean New Zealanders are the men’s and women’s World Cup holders in the traditional 15-a-side rugby and the sevens.

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Tour de France rider expelled for punching cyclist

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CARCASSONNE, FRANCE (AP) — Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon was expelled from the Tour de France on Sunday after he appeared to deliberately hit a fellow cyclist during the race.

The Italian lashed out at French rider Elie Gesbert of Team Fortuneo while both were competing during Stage 15 from Millau to Carcassonne.

“I’m sorry for today’s incident, and I totally regret my actions,” Moscon said. “I would like to personally apologize to Elie Gesbert…. What happened was wrong and was a bad example coming from me to everyone, and I want to publicly apologize. … I make no excuse for it and accept the decision of the race organizers.”

Team Sky director Dave Brailsford said the team would consider taking further action against Moscon after the Tour concludes next weekend.

The 24-year-old Moscon was suspended by Sky for six weeks last year for using a racial slur against an opponent.

His expulsion leaves Sky with seven riders.

Sky’s Geraint Thomas is leading the race ahead of teammate Chris Froome after 15 of 21 stages.

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