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Figure skating season TV schedule on NBC Sports

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NBC Sports will air an unprecedented 80-plus TV hours of figure skating coverage this season, starting in two weeks with Skate America.

NBC (30-plus hours), NBCSN (50-plus hours) and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will combine to air the Grand Prix series this fall, the U.S. Championships in January and the world championships in March, plus other events.

NBC Sports Gold will feature live and on-demand streaming of every skater in every discipline throughout the season ad-free through the “Figure Skating Pass.”

It all starts in Everett, Wash., with the return of world champion Nathan Chen.

Chen, the first skater to land seven quadruple jumps at one event, bounced back from his 17th-place Olympic short program to top the Olympic free skate (leaping to fifth overall), then routed the world championships field by the largest margin in history.

The Grand Prix series also includes Olympic champions Yuzuru Hanyu and Alina Zagitova, as well as U.S. champion Bradie Tennell, who beat Olympic silver medalist Yevgenia Medvedeva at her first competition this season for her first international victory.

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Date

Grand Prix Series

Time (ET)

Network

Saturday, Oct. 20

Skate America

6-8 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Sunday, Oct. 21

Skate America

12:30-1:30 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Oct. 21

Skate America

4-6 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Saturday, Oct. 27

Skate America

3-6 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Oct. 28

Skate Canada

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Nov. 4

Grand Prix Finland

1-3 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Nov. 11

NHK Trophy

12-1:30 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Nov. 18

Rostelecom Cup

12-1:30 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Nov. 25

Internationaux de France

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Friday, Dec. 7

Grand Prix Final

11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, Dec. 8

Grand Prix Final

8-10 p.m.

NBCSN

Sunday, Dec. 9

Grand Prix Final

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Date

U.S. Championships — Detroit

Time (ET)

Network

Thursday, Jan. 24

Pairs Short Program

5-7 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Thursday, Jan. 24

Ladies Short Program

9-11 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Friday, Jan. 25

Rhythm Dance

4-6 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Friday, Jan. 25

Ladies Free Skate

8-11 p.m.

NBC (Live)

Saturday, Jan. 26

Pairs Free, Men’s Short

1:30-4:30 p.m.

NBC (Live)

Saturday, Jan. 26

Free Dance

7-9 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Sunday, Jan. 27

Men’s Free Skate

3:30-6 p.m.

NBC (Live)

Saturday, Feb. 16

Skating Spectacular

2:30-4 p.m.

NBC

Date

ISU Championships

Time (ET)

Network

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Europeans: Men’s Short

4:30-6:30 p.m.

NBCSN

Thursday, Jan. 24

Europeans Pairs Free

7-9 p.m.

NBCSN

Thursday, Jan. 24

Europeans: Ladies Short

11 p.m.-1 a.m.

NBCSN

Friday, Jan. 25

Europeans: Rhythm Dance

2-4 p.m.

NBCSN

Friday, Jan. 25

Europeans: Men’s Free

6-8 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, Jan. 26

Europeans: Free Dance

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

NBCSN

Sunday, Jan. 27

Europeans: Ladies & Men’s Free

1:30-3:30 p.m.

NBC

Thursday, Feb. 7

Four Continents: Ladies Short

5-7:30 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Friday, Feb. 8

Four Continents: Men’s Short

12 a.m.-2 a.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Saturday, Feb. 9

Four Continents: Ladies Free

12 a.m.-2 a.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Saturday, Feb. 9

Four Continents: Men’s Free

11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Sunday, Feb. 10

Four Continents: Free Dance

1-3 a.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, Feb. 16

Four Continents: Ladies, Men’s Frees

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Wednesday, March 20

Worlds: Ladies Short

3-5 p.m.

NBCSN

Thursday, March 21

Worlds: Pairs Free

1-3 p.m.

NBCSN

Thursday, March 21

Worlds: Men’s Short

3-5 p.m.

NBCSN

Friday, March 22

Worlds: Rhythm Dance

7-9 p.m.

NBCSN

Friday, March 22

Worlds: Ladies Free

9-11 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, March 23

Worlds: Ladies & Men’s Free

8-10 p.m.

NBC

Saturday, March 23

Worlds: Men’s Free

2-4 p.m.

NBCSN

Sunday, April 14

Worlds: Recap

3-6 p.m.

NBC

 

Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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