Buenos Aires Youth Olympics
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Youth Olympics TV schedule; break dancing among new sports

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The third Summer Youth Olympics, held in Buenos Aires, will air daily on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, starting with live coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday. OlympicChannel.com will also live stream 24/7 coverage of the 12-day Games.

The Youth Olympics, for athletes ages 14 to 18, debuted in Singapore in 2010, followed in 2014 in Nanjing, China. Youth Winter Games were in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012 and Lillehammer, Norway, in 2016.

Buenos Aires becomes the second South American host of an Olympic event after the Rio 2016 Games.

The Youth Olympics include most Summer Olympic sports — notably gymnastics, swimming, track and field — and some sports and events that are not on the Olympic program. Three-on-three basketball was a highlight of the 2014 Youth Olympics and has since been added to the Olympic program, to debut at Tokyo 2020.

In Buenos Aires, break dancing appears on an Olympic event program for the first time.

“Breaking (also called b-boying or b-girling) is an urban dance style,” according to the Games’ official website. “The urban dance style originated during the mid 1970s in the Bronx borough of New York City.”

Boys, girls and mixed-gender team events will be held in break dancing. Medalists will be determined by judges using six criteria: creativity, personality, technique, variety, perfomativity and musicality.

The U.S. does not have a breakdancing entrant, but it does boast an 87-member roster overall. One American, table tennis player Kanak Jha, competed at the Rio Olympics.

The 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic roster included future senior-level stars Noah Lyles (track and field), Arike Ogunbowale (basketball) and Shakur Stevenson (boxing).

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Date Time (ET) Event
Saturday, Oct. 6 7 p.m. Opening Ceremony
Sunday, Oct. 7 7 p.m. Day 1*
Monday, Oct. 8 7 p.m. Day 2*
Tuesday, Oct. 9 7 p.m. Day 3*
Wednesday, Oct. 10 7 p.m. Day 4*
Thursday, Oct. 11 7 p.m. Day 5*
Friday, Oct. 12 7 p.m. Day 6*
Saturday, Oct. 13 7 p.m. Day 7*
Sunday, Oct. 14 7 p.m. Day 8*
Monday, Oct. 15 7 p.m. Day 9*
Tuesday, Oct. 16 7 p.m. Day 10*
Wednesday, Oct. 17 7 p.m. Day 11*
Thursday, Oct. 18 7 p.m. Day 12 & Closing Ceremony*

*Same-day delay coverage

No medal for David Boudia as China extends perfect run at diving worlds

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David Boudia is very much a work in progress in his first year as a springboard diver. That much was evident in his dive list for Thursday’s final at the world championships, where Boudia had the lowest total degree of difficulty.

Boudia, a four-time Olympic platform medalist who earned individual platform silver at his last three world championships, took fifth in the springboard final in Gwangju, South Korea while performing easier dives than the other 11 men.

It marked Boudia’s first major international meet since Rio. He took 2017 off from diving to sell homes. In February 2018, he suffered a concussion on a badly missed dive in training off the 10-meter platform, sparking the switch to springboard, a common move for divers late in their careers.

Boudia will spend the next year — the next six months in particular — trying to close the gap on the medalists. China’s Xie Siyi and Cao Yuan went one-two.

Great Britain’s Jack Laugher was in position to become the first non-Chinese diver to take gold in 10 events this week before failing his last dive for 30.6 points, the lowest-scoring dive of the 72 in the final. Laugher scored at least 9.0s on his first five dives, including a 10, before recording between 2s and 3s from the seven judges in the last round and squandering a 31.1-point lead.

Laugher had 21.6 points in difficulty in Thursday’s final. Xie had 21.3 and Cao 21.2. Boudia had 19.9, arguably putting him out of the running for the podium before he stepped on the springboard.

Boudia, a 30-year-old father of three, accomplished his goal for worlds simply by making the final.

Boudia and Rio Olympian Michael Hixon reached the top 12 to ensure the U.S. gets two men’s springboard spots at Tokyo 2020, to be filled at June’s Olympic trials in Indianapolis. Hixon, who was 10th in Rio and 20th at the 2017 Worlds, finished seventh in Gwangju.

Diving worlds continue with the women’s springboard final, featuring Chinese Olympic champion Shi Tingmao but no Americans, on Friday. The men’s platform final is Saturday.

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Chris Froome wins 2011 Vuelta a Espana

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AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — Chris Froome has become the 2011 Spanish Vuelta winner because of Juan Jose Cobo’s disqualification for blood doping.

The International Cycling Union says Cobo did not meet a deadline to challenge his three-year ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The UCI says Cobo’s suspension announced last month is confirmed, and he is stripped of results at the 2009 world championships and Vuelta, and the 2011 Vuelta which he won.

Froome was runner-up eight years ago and becomes the winner of his first Grand Tour title, and seventh overall.

Froome also becomes the first British winner of any of the major stage races — the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, or Vuelta.

That honor was held by Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour winner who rises from third to be runner-up at the 2011 Vuelta.

The 38-year-old Cobo is retired from racing. His doping ban was announced days after Froome suffered season-ending injuries crashing at the Dauphine race in France.

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