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PyeongChang Paralympics TV, streaming schedule

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NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and the NBC Sports app will combine to air and stream more than 250 hours of coverage of the PyeongChang Paralympics, a record for a single Paralympics.

Coverage starts with the Opening Ceremony, live on NBCSN and streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Friday at 6 a.m. ET.

The Paralympics run through the Closing Ceremony on March 18.

Coverage includes 94 hours on TV, with Carolyn Manno returning as host. On most days, NBCSN will air daytime programming from 2-5 p.m. ET.

Highlights include live coverage of the sled hockey gold-medal game on March 17 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

All NBC and NBCSN TV coverage will also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. All Olympic Channel TV coverage will also stream on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app.

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Date Time (ET) Event Network
March 9 6 a.m. Opening Ceremony NBCSN | STREAM
7:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing Olympic Chan. | STREAM
8 p.m. Biathlon (Sitting) STREAM
9:45 p.m. Biathlon (Standing) STREAM
10 p.m. Sled Hockey: Norway-Italy STREAM
11 p.m. Biathlon, Alpine Skiing NBCSN | STREAM
March 10 12:35 a.m. Curling: USA-South Korea STREAM
1:30 a.m. Hockey: South Korea-Japan STREAM
5 a.m. Hockey: Canada-Sweden STREAM
1 p.m. Biathlon, Alpine Skiing NBC | STREAM
7:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing Olympic Chan. | STREAM
7:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing STREAM
7:35 p.m. Curling: USA-Germany STREAM
8 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing STREAM
10 p.m. Hockey, Curling NBCSN | STREAM
10 p.m. Hockey: USA-Japan STREAM
March 11 1:30 a.m. Hockey: South Korea-Czech Republic STREAM
6 a.m. Hockey: Canada-Italy STREAM
6:35 a.m. Curling: USA-Sweden STREAM
9 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing Olympic Chan. | STREAM
9 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing STREAM
9:30 p.m. Snowboard Cross STREAM
11 p.m. Hockey: USA-Czech Republic STREAM
11:30 p.m. Snowboarding, Hockey NBCSN | STREAM
March 12 1:35 a.m. Curling: USA-Finland STREAM
2:30 a.m. Hockey: Canada-Norway STREAM
6 a.m. Hockey: Italy-Sweden STREAM
6:35 a.m. Curling: USA-Neutral Athletes STREAM
Noon Hockey, Curling, Snowboarding NBCSN | STREAM
8:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing STREAM
9 p.m. Alpine Skiing, Hockey NBCSN | STREAM
9 p.m. Biathlon (Sitting) STREAM
11 p.m. Hockey: USA-South Korea STREAM
11:30 p.m. Biathlon (Standing) STREAM
March 13 1:35 a.m. Curling: USA-China STREAM
2 a.m. Alpine Skiing STREAM
2:30 a.m. Hockey: Norway-Sweden STREAM
6 a.m. Hockey: Czech Republic-Japan STREAM
6:35 a.m. Curling: USA-Canada STREAM
2 p.m. Hockey, Curling NBCSN | STREAM
8:30 p.m. Curling Olympic Chan. | STREAM
8:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing STREAM
8:35 p.m. Curling: USA-Switzerland STREAM
9 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing (Qualifying) STREAM
11 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing (Finals) STREAM
March 14 12 a.m. Alpine Skiing, Curling NBCSN | STREAM
1 a.m. Alpine Skiing STREAM
1:35 a.m. Curling: USA-Great Britain STREAM
3 a.m. Hockey (5th-8th Playoffs) STREAM
7 a.m. Hockey (5th-8th Playoffs) STREAM
2 p.m. Hockey Playoffs, Curling NBCSN | STREAM
8:35 p.m. Curling: USA-Norway STREAM
9 p.m. Curling Olympic Chan. | STREAM
11 p.m. Hockey Semifinal 1 NBCSN | STREAM
March 15 1 a.m. Alpine Skiing, Hockey NBCSN | STREAM
6:35 a.m. Curling: USA-Slovakia STREAM
7 a.m. Hockey Semifinal 2 STREAM
2 p.m. Hockey Semifinal (Encore) NBCSN | STREAM
8:35 p.m. Curling Tiebreak STREAM
9 p.m. Curling Olympic Chan. | STREAM
9 p.m. Biathlon (Sitting) STREAM
9:30 p.m. Snowboarding STREAM
11 p.m. Biathlon (Standing) STREAM
March 16 1 a.m. Snowboarding, Biathlon NBCSN | STREAM
2:35 a.m. Curling Semifinal 1 STREAM
2:35 a.m. Curling Semifinal 2 STREAM
3 a.m. Hockey 7th Place Game STREAM
7 a.m. Hockey 5th Place Game STREAM
7 p.m. Alpine Skiing, Hockey NBCSN | STREAM
8:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing STREAM
8:35 p.m. Curling Bronze-Medal Game STREAM
9 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing (Standing) STREAM
11 p.m. Hockey Bronze-Medal Game STREAM
11:40 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing (Sitting) STREAM
March 17 1 a.m. Alpine Skiing STREAM
2 a.m. Curling Final Olympic Chan. | STREAM
8:30 p.m. Hockey, Curling NBCSN | STREAM
8:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing STREAM
9 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing (Mixed Relay) STREAM
10 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing (Open Relay) STREAM
11 p.m. Hockey Final NBCSN | STREAM
11:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing STREAM
March 18 7 a.m. Closing Ceremony STREAM
12 p.m. Alpine, Cross-Country Skiing Olympic Chan. | STREAM
4:30 p.m. Sled Hockey NBCSN | STREAM
11:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony NBCSN | STREAM
March 24 1 p.m. Highlight Show NBC | STREAM

*All dates and times subject to change

USOPC proposes more athletes on board as part of overhaul

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DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is proposing an increase in athlete representation on its board and a recasting of its mission statement to include the job of promoting athletes’ well-being.

These changes are part of a proposal, released Monday, to rewrite the USOPC bylaws.

The rewrite comes 20 days after federal lawmakers — looking for a shake-up in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal that has tainted the U.S. Olympic movement — proposed their own drastic overhaul of the law governing the USOPC.

The USOPC portrayed its proposals as merely a first step, and, indeed, the measures lack many of Congress’ more aggressive proposals.

But they would heed athletes’ calls for more representation, by increasing their makeup on the board from 20% to 33%.

They would also change the mission statement to read: “empower Team USA athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence and well-being,” where previously the well-being part was not mentioned.

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Why a 62-year-old played at the world badminton championships

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Mathew Fogarty said badminton’s European elite made fun of him for playing professionally at age 59. That was three years ago. Fogarty still competes at the sport’s highest level, taking part in the world championships that began Monday in Basel, Switzerland.

Fogarty, who turns 63 on Oct. 30, is older than any U.S. Olympian in any sport since the St. Louis 1904 Games, according to the OlyMADMen.

“I play because I can, and I’m a doctor, and I think sports is a really important part of people’s health and fitness,” said Fogarty, who has played competitively since age 7, whose full-time job is a psychoanalyst and who is based in the Los Angeles area. “I’ll stop badminton when I can no longer qualify. There’s still opportunity, and I love the sport. I’m going to continue to do the best I can.”

He lost in the first round of mixed doubles at worlds on Monday. Fogarty and partner Isabel Zhong, a 27-year-old with an IMBD profile, saw their world championships end in 23 minutes, a 21-9, 21-10 loss to a Ukrainian pair.

That was more competitive than Fogarty’s last two worlds appearances — a 21-6, 21-4 loss with Zhong in 2018 and a 21-2, 21-4 loss with another partner in 2017. Fogarty’s only international match wins in the last two years came via walkover or the one time his singles opponent retired after three points, according to his World Badminton Federation profile. He won an international tournament as recently as 2011 and said his career-high mixed doubles world ranking was 32.

He and Zhong paired because they were part of the same Manhattan Beach Badminton Club, and she wanted to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games, Fogarty said. Zhong did not respond to an interview request.

“I told her I didn’t know if we could do it, but we could try,” Fogarty said. “It’s extremely remote [chances] … slim to nil.”

The top mixed doubles team from the North and South American region is in line to qualify for the Olympics. The leaders in qualifying so far are Canadians ranked 19th in the world. Fogarty and Zhong, though they are the only U.S. mixed doubles team at worlds, are 67th in the world in Olympic qualifying and third among Americans.

The U.S. has never earned an Olympic medal in badminton, which debuted at the 1992 Barcelona Games. Mixed doubles was added starting at Atlanta 1996, but the U.S. has put just one mixed team into an Olympics, getting swept out of pool play in Rio.

Fogarty, who has never played at the Olympics, is able to play at worlds for a few reasons: he can fund his way to international events to accumulate ranking points; the U.S. is historically weak and has a lack of players with professional ambitions; mixed doubles is the least common of the Olympic disciplines.

“Matt takes it seriously,” said Dean Schoppe, a fellow 62-year-old who has known and played with Fogarty for nearly a half-century. Schoppe recently retired from pro badminton himself. “Matt still approaches the matches with the actual idea of winning,”

Schoppe called Fogarty the best American junior player of his generation in the late 1970s.

“Most badminton players retire at about 26 or 27 with their first catastrophic injury, which is usually a torn Achilles,” he said. “There are people who are born [to play], you see it in every sport. Magic Johnson, they have the peripheral vision. They have the balance. They have all the intangibles that other people have to try to learn and can’t.

“He has the gift. He can look at you peripherally and see that you’re leaning. … Fogarty can hold the serve and turn his shoulders and do crap that makes you fall over, and that infuriates.”

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Fogarty took breaks from the sport for medical school in the 1980s and ’90s. He returned in the late 1990s and kept playing deep into his 40s, 50s and now 60s in part, he said, to challenge corruption within the sport.

Fogarty had legal battles with USA Badminton. He said that past officials broke up his Olympic hopeful partnership with a teenager in men’s doubles to push others toward the 2000 Sydney Games.

“The last thing they wanted was a 42-year-old with an 18-year-old trying to make the Olympics,” Schoppe said.

USA Badminton recently had mass resignations among its board and top officials amid reports of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee threatening decertification.

USA Badminton’s new interim CEO, 1992 and 1996 Olympian Linda French, declined comment on Fogarty’s past issues with the organization because she was not formally involved at the time.

“We’re hopeful to move forward in a positive manner and wish all our athletes continued success,” French said.

Fogarty does not know how much longer he will travel the world, or even the U.S., to play competitively. A 43-year-old told him at a recent event that Fogarty was his inspiration to keep playing.

“The nature of sports is you can’t predict what it’s going to be,” Fogarty said.

Schoppe dismissed a question of whether it’s easier to play badminton at such a ripe age than other physically demanding sports.

“Imagine pulling out James Worthy and say, OK, James you are now starting for Golden State and you’re playing the Lakers tomorrow,” Schoppe said. “You cannot be old in badminton and do well in badminton. It’s nothing like baseball.

“We were the anomaly of anomalies to have success in our 40s. Nobody does.”

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