Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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It’s a big night tonight for curling, as serious medal contenders face off and fates can be sealed. The Canadian women are in survival mode after starting a horrendous 0-3, and hosts South Korea have been performing above expections. For those looking for a preview of what the gold medal match might be like, switch over to watch the Britons challenge the Swedes. The American men are also in action as they continue to push for a semifinal bid, where they take on Norway.

Elsewhere tonight, the Dutch look to continue their dominant results in speed skating whilst the men’s aerials competition concludes in freestyle skiing.


Curling

It’s a big game tonight in the women’s field between Great Britain and Sweden. With Canada’s repeat bid looking ever more insecure, these two medal contenders have stepped up their game to fill the vacuum that the Canadians abandoned at the top. Sweden are currently sitting at a perfect 4-0, whilst Great Britain only lost once in a surprising defeat to the USA. This could be a preview of the gold medal match later next week.

The American men have an opportunity to really push for a semifinals bid when they take on Norway, who currently sit 1-3. This begins a stretch of games that will really push this team, who’ve yet to play against Canada and Great Britain. A victory today for the USA will effectively eliminate the Norwegians and bring the Americans one step closer to the semifinals as the round robin begins to wind down.

Women’s Tournament

CHN vs. KOR Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

CAN vs. SUI Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

GBR vs. SWE Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

Men’s Tournament

DEN vs. KOR Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

ITA vs. GBR Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

SWE vs. JPN Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

USA vs. NOR Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

Cross-Country

Sweden come into the men’s relay as defending gold medal champions, but the Norwegians are good enough to cause the upset. Sochi silver medalists, Olympic Athletes from Russia, haven’t been performing well in the cross-country this year.

Men’s 4x10km Relay Stream Live Here 1:15a.m. EST / 10:15p.m. PST

Hockey

The Czechs had a big game the other day, defeating the Canadians in overtime. They should be good enough to see of their Swiss opposition in their final game of the preliminary phase.

Men’s Tournament

CZE vs. SUI Stream Live Here 2:40a.m. EST / 11:40p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament

Classification Stage: JPN vs. SWE Stream Live Here 2:40a.m. EST / 11:40p.m. PST

Freestyle Skiing

Mac Bohonnon was expected to be one of the serious medal contenders for the final, but the American failed to even qualify. Instead the U.S. will be placing its hope in Jon Lillis, who posted the highest score in the qualifying round.

Freeski Men’s Aerials Finals Stream Live Here 6:00a.m. EST / 3:00a.m. PST

Speed Skating

The Dutch will most likely continue their gold medal streak alive in the men’s team pursuit. They’ve already won gold in six of seven events in speed skating in PyeongChang.

Men’s Team Pursuit Stream Live Here 6:00a.m. EST / 3:00a.m. PST

Women’s 500m Stream Live Here 6:00a.m. EST / 3:00a.m. PST

 

U.S. women win record 27th consecutive FIBA World Cup game

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SYDNEY — There’s been a long legacy of success for the U.S. women’s basketball team at the World Cup.

The names change over time, but the results don’t seem to.

Kelsey Plum scored 20 points, Chelsea Gray added 16 and the United States routed Bosnia and Herzegovina 121-59 on Tuesday to break the team record for consecutive wins at the World Cup.

The victory was the 27th in a row in World Cup play for the Americans, who haven’t lost since the 2006 semifinals against Russia. The U.S. won 26 in a row from 1994-2006 leading up to that game. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 straight wins from 1959-86.

“It’s kind of amazing,” said Breanna Stewart, who has been part of the last three World Cup teams. “Obviously, been here for some of it, but you understand the legends before that who really kind of started the streak. It goes to show that no matter who is playing on USA Basketball, we’re always trying to chase excellence.

“This streak doesn’t mean much right now because we’re going into the quarterfinals and focusing on winning a gold medal, but it’s something to kind of hang your hat on later.”

What started with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles has now been passed on to Stewart and A’ja Wilson. A legacy of excellence that doesn’t appear it will end anytime soon.

“The players change and, you know, there was a lot of concern about who’s next,” U.S. coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It was a concern when Dawn Staley and Lisa Leslie were playing and who was going to be next. Then it was Sue and (Taurasi) and then other great players, too. Now with this group they are saying, hey, we’re pretty good, too.”

MORE: FIBA World Cup Schedule, Results

The U.S. last lost a group play game in 1975, according to Bill Mallon of Olympedia.org.

“We know the responsibility when you put on this jersey. There’s a lot more than yourself,” Plum said. “Everyone puts pride to the side. We have a common goal. We have some amazing players on this team.”

The Americans (5-0) won their pool games by an average of 46.2 points and never trailed in any of them. Now they play Serbia in the quarterfinals.

The U.S. was coming off a record rout of South Korea in which the team broke the World Cup record for points with 145. While the Americans didn’t match that number, they put the game out of reach in the first 10 minutes, going up 33-15.

The lead ballooned to 63-31 at halftime. Bosnia and Herzegovina put together a small run to start the third quarter, but the U.S. scored the final 19 points of the period.

Once again they used a dominant inside performance, outscoring Bosnia and Herzegovina 84-28 in the paint led by Wilson, Stewart and Brionna Jones.

“It’s a huge part of our identity,” Reeve said. “Ninety-whatever we had yesterday and 84 today, we just know what we’re good at and we have players that are really understanding their opportunities for that.”

The U.S. was missing Jewell Loyd, whom the team said was resting. Kahleah Copper started in her place and finished with 11 points.

Nikolina Elez scored 19 points to lead the Bosniaks (0-5), who were playing in their first World Cup.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France 74, Mali 59 Group B
4 a.m. Australia 69, Serbia 54 Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada 70, Japan 56 Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium 85, Bosnia and Herzegovina 55 Group A
11:30 p.m. Serbia 81, Mali 68 Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA 145, South Korea 69 Group A
2 a.m. France 67, Japan 53 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 95, Puerto Rico 60 Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia 75, Canada 72 Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 92, South Korea 73 Group A
11:30 p.m. China 81, Belgium 55 Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA 121, Bosnia and Herzegovina 59 Group A
2 a.m. Canada 88, Mali 65 Group B
3:30 a.m. Serbia 68, France 62 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 71, Japan 54 Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. USA vs. Serbia
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Canada vs. Puerto Rico
4 a.m. China vs. France
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Belgium
Fri., Sept. 30 3 a.m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final