Winter Olympics: What to watch/stream

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Ted Ligety features on NBC’s primetime coverage, as the skier goes back to the slopes for the men’s giant slalom. Ligety returns to PyeongChang as the defending champion, but will face stiff competition.

The man who’ll be leading that front is Marcel Hirscher, who entered PyeongChang as perhaps the best athlete never to have won an Olympic medal. That moniker changed when he won the super combined event just a couple of days ago. Now, bristling with confidence, the Austrian is poised to make a run for gold at Ligety’s expense.

Continue reading to find out what else is on tap in PyeongChang tonight.


Alpine Skiing

Hirscher and Ligety currently hold the most World Cup podium finishes and are the two men to beat on Saturday night. Matts Olsson of Sweden and Alexis Pinturault are also serious medal contenders.

Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Stream Live Here 8:15p.m. EST / 5:15p.m. PST

Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Stream Live Here 11:45p.m. EST / 8:45p.m. PST

Freestyle Skiing

The U.S. swept the podium in this event four years ago, but they face a couple of challenges this year. Gus Kenworthy, who won the silver, broke his thumb just a couple days ago. Though he’s still competing in the event, it will be a slight hindrance in his medal hopes.

A strong international field also awaits the men’s team, with Canada and Sweden bringing in particularly strong teams.

Full men’s freeski slopestyle preview here 

Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Qualification Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Finals Stream Live Here 11:15p.m. EST / 8:15p.m. PST

Curling

The American men’s curling team have been performing above expectations so far, currently at 2-2. Only four teams qualify for the knockout phase, and with Sweden and Canada both perfect four games in, the U.S. are one of four teams at .500 right now. They’ve got a very winnable match against Japan, and a positive result could really put the Americans in a good chance to progress.

The U.S. women, too, have been a pleasant surprise this year. They’ll face down-on-their-luck Canada, who are astonishingly 0-3 in the tournament. With the defending gold medal champions’ hopes fading by the day, it’s a perfect opportunity for the U.S. women to make a go in the group stage.

Men’s Tournament

DEN vs. NOR Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST / 4:05p.m.PST

USA vs. JPN Stream Live Here 7:05p.n. EST / 4:05p.m. PST

CAN vs. SUI Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST  4:05p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament

USA vs. CAN Stream Live Here 5:00p.m. EST / 2:00p.m. PST

Hockey

Germany and Norway are both sitting on 0 wins so far. Neither were pegged to get positive results against group mates Sweden and Finland.

Men’s Tournament

GER vs. NOR Stream Live Here 10:10p.m. EST / 7:10p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament

Classification Game 1 COR vs. SUI Stream Live Here 10:10p.m. EST / 7:10p.m. PST

 

 

Dmitriy Balandin, surprise Olympic swimming champion, retires

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Dmitriy Balandin, the Kazakh swimmer who pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2016 Rio Olympics, retired at age 27.

“Today I would like to announce the end of my sports career,” Balandin said last week, according to Kazakhstan’s Olympic Committee. “I am still inspired. A new phase of my life begins. I have a lot of cool projects in my head that will soon be implemented.”

Balandin reportedly has coaching aspirations.

In 2016, he won the Olympic men’s 200m breaststroke out of lane eight as the last qualifier into the final. He edged American Josh Prenot by seven hundredths of a second and became Kazakhstan’s first Olympic swimming medalist.

He followed that up with 11th- and 17th-place finishes in the breaststrokes in Tokyo last year.

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U.S. women’s basketball team scores most points in FIBA World Cup history

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SYDNEY — A’ja Wilson and the U.S. put on quite a show, breaking the World Cup scoring mark in a record rout of South Korea.

Brionna Jones scored 24 points and Wilson added 20 to help the U.S. beat South Korea 145-69 on Monday. Shakira Austin’s layup with 9 seconds left helped the Americans break Brazil’s record of 143 points set in 1990.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a team that can score the basketball like this,” Wilson said. “This is crazy, we put up 145 points. I think when you look at us and just knowing how talented we are, we just came together and we play together very, very well.”

The U.S. always has the most talented and deepest roster of any team in the World Cup with 12 WNBA stars on the roster. Still, the Americans had never come close to that sort of offensive output during it’s storied World Cup history. The previous team record was 119 points against Angola in 2014 and China in 2006. The scoring margin was also the biggest in U.S. history as well surpassing the 75-point win over Angola in 2014.

The win was also the 26th in a row in World Cup play for the Americans, who haven’t lost since the 2006 semifinals when they fell to Russia. The U.S. also won 26 in a row from 1994-2006. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 straight wins from 1959-1986.

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What started with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles has now been passed on to Breanna Stewart and Wilson. A legacy of excellence that doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon.

The U.S. (4-0), which has been playing stellar defense, was challenged by South Korea early. The teams were trading baskets for the first 8 minutes and it was tied at 21 before the Americans took control, scoring the final 11 points of the period.

Kahleah Copper came off the bench for the first time of the tournament and scored six points during that spurt. The Americans kept the streak going to start the second quarter, scoring nine of the first 11 points to put the game away.

By the time the game reached the half the U.S. was up 68-40, including scoring 44 points in the paint against the undersized Koreans.

“We were trying to get the ball inside,” Jones said. “We had an advantage there.”

The only suspense in the second half was how many records the Americans could break. They took down their own scoring mark on Sabrina Ionescu’s 3-pointer with 6:15 left in the game and kept putting up points with Austin’s layup capping off the contest.

Other records broken on Monday included the 62 field goals made, 36 assists and 94 points in the paint.

“Our size was a problem for them and I thought we shared the ball,” U.S. coach Cheryl Reeve said.

The Americans were well rested for the game after having their first day off of the tournament on Sunday.

Despite the rout, South Korea (1-3) can still advance to the quarterfinals with a win over Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Leeseul Kang, who had 37 points in a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, scored 10 points. Hyejin Park had 17 to lead the team.

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