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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

 

U.S. swimmers sweep relays, break world record at short course worlds

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Caeleb Dressel and the U.S. 4x100m freestyle relay broke a nine-year-old world record to open the world short-course swimming championships in Hangzhou, China, on Tuesday.

Dressel, the seven-time 2017 World champion, led off a quartet that included fellow Rio 4x100m free gold medalists Ryan Held and Blake Pieroni, plus Michael Chadwick. Dressel opened a .56 lead that the Americans never relinquished, holding off Russia by .08.

The U.S. also won the women’s 4x100m free, anchored by Kelsi Dahlia, who earned four relay golds at the 2017 Worlds. Mallory Comerford overtook the Netherlands on the third leg, with Dahlia holding off triple Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo by .24.

Short course worlds are held in even-numbered years in a 25-meter pool rather than the 50-meter pool used at the Olympics. U.S. Olympic champions Katie LedeckySimone Manuel and Lilly King are among those not competing this week.

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In other events Tuesday, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu extended her all-stroke dominance, winning the 400m individual medley by 4.44 seconds over American Melanie Margalis. Hosszu swept the IMs at the Rio Olympics, the last three long-course world championships and the 2016 short-course worlds.

Daiya Seto, in line to be one of the host nation’s stars at the Tokyo Olympics, broke Chad le Clos‘ world record in the 200m butterfly and edged the South African by .08 for gold.

The U.S. also earned individual silvers in the 200m free (Comerford) and 200m IM (Josh Prenot).

Worlds continue Wednesday, live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

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Steven Lopez, Olympic taekwondo champion, removed from banned list

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DENVER (AP) — Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez won arbitration Monday in a sexual-misconduct case and had his name removed from the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s banned list.

Lopez was permanently banned in September for sexual misconduct involving a minor. He has denied the allegations.

This marks the first case to be overturned by arbitration in the 21-month history of the center. SafeSport spokesman Dan Hill said arbitration is part of the center’s “code that is built on fairness and has a process for both parties.”

Lopez’s brother and coach, Jean Lopez, remains on the interim restricted list.

The Lopezes are named as defendants in a sex-trafficking lawsuit filed against the SafeSport center, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Taekwondo.

The lawsuit alleges the organizations were long aware that the Lopezes were sexual predators but kept sending young women with them to competitions and practices.

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