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

 

Teri McKeever fired by Cal as women’s swimming coach after investigation

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Teri McKeever, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Olympic swimming head coach, was fired by the University of California at Berkeley after an investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of swimmers that she denied.

McKeever was put on paid administrative leave from her job as head women’s swimming coach in May after an Orange County Register report that 20 current or former Cal swimmers said McKeever verbally and emotionally bullied her swimmers.

Cal athletics director Jim Knowlton wrote in a letter to the Cal team and staff that a resulting independent law firm report detailed “verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values.”

“I strongly believe this is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our swimming program and Cal Athletics as a whole,” Knowlton said of McKeever’s firing in a press release. “The report details numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination.”

The Orange County Register first published what it says is the full independent report here.

“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation,” McKeever said in a statement Tuesday confirming her firing and expressing disappointment in how the investigation was conducted. “While I am disappointed in the way my CAL Career will conclude, I wish to thank and celebrate the many student-athletes and staff that made my time in Berkeley a true blessing and gift.”

McKeever’s lawyer wrote that McKeever “will be filing suit to expose the manner in which gender has affected not only the evaluation of her coaching but harmed and continues to harm both female and male athletes.”

McKeever led Cal women’s swimming and diving for nearly 30 years, winning four NCAA team titles and coaching Olympic champions including Missy FranklinNatalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer.

In 2004, she became the first woman to be on a U.S. Olympic swim team coaching staff, as an assistant. In 2012, she became the first woman to be head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. She was an assistant again for the Tokyo Games.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

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Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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