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Olympic champions Jordan Burroughs, Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis lead Team USA at the world wrestling championships, with live coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA beginning Sunday from Budapest.

Burroughs, Snyder and Maroulis earned the three American golds at last year’s worlds, all repeating as world champs. For Burroughs, it was redemption after a shocking exit before the medal matches in Rio. Snyder and Maroulis had each taken gold at their first Olympics in Rio.

This year, the 2012 Olympic champ Burroughs can grab a share of the record he has for so long coveted — John Smith‘s six combined Olympic and world titles, most by an American — in the first day of finals Sunday.

Snyder and Maroulis are also wrestling for history.

Snyder, the youngest U.S. Olympic and world champion in wrestling, could once again face The Russian Tank — Abdulrashid Sadulayev — in the 97kg final Tuesday (or earlier in the bracket, pending the random draw). Snyder won the showdown at last year’s worlds, clinching the U.S.’ first men’s freestyle team title since 1995 in what was dubbed the Match of the Century.

Maroulis can tie Tricia Saunders for the U.S. female record of four combined Olympic and world titles with a gold on Thursday. All of Saunders’ golds came at worlds, since she competed before women’s wrestling debuted on the Olympic program in 2004.

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Day Time (ET) Network Finals
Sun. 1-3:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men FR 61, 74, 86, 125
12-1 a.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Mon. 12-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men FR 57, 65, 79, 92
Tues. 12-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men FR 70, 97; Women 55, 59
6-7 p.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Wed. 12-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Women 65, 68, 72, 76
12:30-1:30 a.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Thur. 12-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Women 50, 53, 57, 62
6-7 p.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Fri. 12-3 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men GR 55, 63, 72, 82
6-7 p.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Sat. 12-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men GR 60, 67, 87
9:30-11 p.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Sun. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men 77, 97, 130
11 p.m.-1a.m.* NBCSN | STREAM

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Maria Sharapova wraps up tennis career after nearly two decades, career Slam

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Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement after a professional tennis career that includes five Grand Slam wins, 36 singles titles and an Olympic silver medal.

Sharapova was only 17 when she won her first major in 2004 at Wimbledon. She won the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008 before completing her career Grand Slam in the 2012 French Open. She won the French Open again in 2014.

After moving from Russia to Florida at age 9 to train at the Bollettieri Academy, she made her professional debut just after her 14th birthday in 2001. She graduated to top-level events and majors within two years and reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2003.

In 2004, she upset Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams at Wimbledon and beat Williams again at the Tour Championships.

By 2005, the 6-foot-2 player had claimed the top spot in the world rankings. She remained in the top five for most of the next four years before suffering an injury to her right shoulder that limited her tournament schedule in 2008 and 2009. By 2011, she had reclaimed her status as a top-five player and remained there until 2016.

Her career declined after a positive drug test at the 2016 Australian Open. The substance in question, meldonium, had been given by Russian doctors to many athletes.

An initial suspension of two years was reduced to 15 months, but she wasn’t able to get back to her previous form. She won one more tournament in 2017 and reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 French Open, but she fared poorly in sporadic appearances in 2019. Her last match was a loss to Donna Vekic in the first round of the Australian Open in January.

SEE: Sharapova discusses reduced ban on TODAY

Her meldonium suspension also cost her commercial sponsorships and her role as a UN Development Program ambassador, which she earned with her work to help survivors of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

She was involved in the Olympics as a silver medalist in 2012, losing to Williams in the final, and as one of the final torch bearers in the relay to the 2014 Olympics opening ceremony in her home country.

She’s also third on the all-time WTA earnings list behind Serena and Venus Williams, taking in more than $38m in her career on top of lucrative endorsement deals.

Federica Brignone hopes World Cup rival Mikaela Shiffrin will return soon

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Mikaela Shiffrin‘s prolonged absence from the World Cup Alpine skiing circuit has opened the door for Italy’s Federica Brignone to break the American’s grip on the season title, but Brignone hopes her friend and rival will be back in competition soon.

“I really do hope that she will return soon for herself so she can do again what she loves most,” Brignone said.

Brignone took the season lead from Shiffrin, who has won the last three World Cup overall titles, on Sunday and has a 73-point advantage with 11 of the season’s 40 races remaining. She also leads Shiffrin by 74 points in the giant slalom standings.

READ: Brignone moves into World Cup lead

No Italian woman has won the overall World Cup. Brignone was fifth in 2017 and won the Alpine combined discipline title last season.

Brignone will have a chance to clinch another Alpine combined discipline title and extend her overall lead in her home country this weekend. While some other sports events in Italy have been canceled or otherwise affected by the coronavirus outbreak, the host resort of La Thuile has so far been spared from the virus’ spread.

Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, the only other skier with a realistic chance of winning the overall trophy, is dealing with a knee injury and might not be able to race this weekend. Vhlova leads Shiffrin by 20 points in the slalom standings.

Shiffrin has not competed since the death of her father Feb. 2, and she has not announced plans to return. She was not on pace to match her astounding 17-win 2018-19 season but still had six wins and had reached the podium in 13 of 19 races.

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