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World Indoor Track and Field Championships TV schedule

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Christian Coleman headlines the World Indoor Track and Field Championships, airing on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming for NBC Sports Gold subscribers starting Thursday.

The four-day world indoors in Birmingham, Great Britain, marks the lone global meet of the year, since outdoor worlds are held in odd-numbered years, and the next Olympics are in 2020.

A full schedule of events is here.

Coleman, the 2017 World 100m silver medalist between Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt, twice went faster than Maurice Greene‘s 60m world record of 6.39 this winter.

He clocked 6.37 at his first meet of the season in January then 6.34 at the USATF Indoor Championships on Feb. 18. The 60m is the standard sprint at indoor meets, not the 100m.

Coleman is the marquee name at world indoors with Gatlin sitting out the indoor season and Bolt retired.

He is joined on the U.S. roster by Olympic champions Aries Merritt (60m hurdles) and Brittney Reese (long jump), world-record holder Keni Harrison (60m hurdles) and defending champion Vashti Cunningham (high jump), among others.

International stars include Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, world 200m champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and mile world-record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia.

Here’s the broadcast schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday
Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold — 2-3:30 p.m. (LIVE)

Friday
Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold — 5-8:30 a.m. (LIVE)
Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold — 1-5:10 p.m. (LIVE)
NBCSN/NBCSports.com/live and NBC Sports app — 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Saturday
Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold — 5-8:40 a.m. (LIVE)
Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold — 12:40-4:40 p.m. (LIVE)
NBCSN/NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app — 5-7 p.m.

Sunday
Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold — 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (LIVE)
NBCSN/NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app — 4-6 p.m.

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Chinese figure skating judges banned for biased Olympic scoring

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Two Chinese figure skating judges were suspended by the International Skating Union for biased judging at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng had “preferential marking” for top Chinese skaters Jin Boyang (fourth place in PyeongChang) and the silver medalist pairs’ team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, respectively, according to the ISU.

Chen was banned two years and excluded from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Huang got a one-year ban.

Chen awarded her highest grades of execution scores of the men’s competition to Jin, as well as her second-highest program components scores, trailing only gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. Both sets of scores, in both the short and long programs, were out of line with the other eight judges.

“There is evidence of preference for the Chinese skater and prejudice against his strongest competitors,” an ISU report read. “Her marks were completely unrealistic.”

The pairs’ judge Huang “obviously favored his pair also vis-à-vis the other top candidates for the Olympic gold medal,” the ISU said in a report, referencing inflated scores for Sui and Han and lower scores for gold and bronze medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.

Huang was warned one month before the Olympics by the ISU for biased judging at the December 2017 Grand Prix Final pairs’ event.

Both suspensions are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Javier Fernandez to skip Grand Prix, still compete next season

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Javier Fernandez, who in PyeongChang became the first Spanish Olympic figure skating medalist, will skip the fall Grand Prix series but return for January’s European Championships, which could be his final competition.

Europeans will be Fernandez’s focus for the season, his agent said Tuesday.

Fernandez, 26, added an Olympic bronze medal to his 2015 and 2016 World titles. He has said that his third Olympics in PyeongChang would be his last. But Fernandez did not say he would retire after the Winter Games, though he did skip the world championships in March.

Fernandez now plans to compete in his 13th straight European Championships in Minsk in January. He won the last six titles. It’s unknown if he will continue on to the world championships in Saitama, Japan, in March.

In Fernandez’s absence, the top male singles skaters in the fall Grand Prix season should be double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, PyeongChang silver medalist Shoma Uno and American Nathan Chen, who was fifth at the Olympics after a disastrous short program but ran away with March’s world title by the largest margin in history.

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