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

Serena Williams battles, then rolls into French Open second round

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Serena Williams overcame early struggles, sweeping past countrywoman Kristie Ahn 7-6 (2), 6-0 to reach the French Open second round.

Williams, again eyeing a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, started out like somebody who went 16 months between clay-court matches. She needed 74 minutes to take the first set from the 102nd-ranked Ahn, recovering twice after having her serve broken.

She dominated the second set in 27 minutes, advancing to play Bulgarian and fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova, a rematch of their three-set U.S. Open quarterfinal three weeks ago.

Williams, in long sleeves and tights, had 15 winners to 28 unforced errors in the first set in cloudy, sub-60-degree weather on Monday.

“I hate the cold. I’m from L.A. and I live in Florida,” Williams said before the tournament, which was postponed from its usual May/June slot due to the coronavirus pandemic. “For half my life I’ve never seen snow. Cold weather and me do not mix.”

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Williams also noted before the tournament that she was “not at 100 percent physically” and spent most of her time in France “rehabbing” without giving specifics. She took a medical timeout with a left Achilles injury in her last match, a U.S. Open semifinal loss to Victoria Azarenka,

“I wouldn’t be playing if I didn’t think I could perform,” Williams said Saturday. “I don’t know any athlete that ever plays physically when they’re feeling perfect. That’s just something I think as athletes we have to play with.”

Earlier Monday, newly crowned U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem rolled 2014 U.S. Open winner Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

Thiem, the 2018 and 2019 French Open runner-up, next gets American Jack Sock, a former top-10 player now ranked No. 310. Sock took out countryman Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 for his first main draw win at the French Open in four years.

Rafael Nadal begins his quest for a record-extending 13th French Open title and male record-tying 20th Grand Slam singles title later Monday.

The French Open first round concludes Tuesday with top-ranked Novak Djokovic in action.

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Tokyo Olympic torch relay sets date to resume

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The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will resume on March 25 and follow its originally planned route and schedule, starting in the Fukushima Prefecture.

Organizers are discussing torch relay modifications given the coronavirus pandemic. Possible changes include the number of officials and staff involved and reducing the size of vehicle convoys.

As it stands, the relay will visit all 47 prefectures of Japan with emphasis on the area affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

With the motto “Hope Lights Our Way,” it will visit the three prefectures most affected by the tsunami and earthquake (Fukushima (March 25-27), Iwate (June 16-18) and Miyagi (June 19-21)) for three days each.

The relay leads up to the Opening Ceremony on July 23.

The torch relay originally began last March 12 in Olympia. The Greek portion of the relay, originally scheduled for eight days, was called off on March 13 due to the pandemic after actor Gerard Butler was among the torch bearers in Sparta.

An unexpectedly large crowd gathered in Sparta despite recommendations to the public not to focus on the ceremony.

The flame remained in Greece until it was flown to Japan as scheduled on March 20.

On March 24, it was announced the Tokyo Games were postponed to 2021. The Japan portion of the torch relay was suspended, too, two days before it was to start.

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