Jordan Burroughs, Kyle Snyder, Helen Maroulis
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How to watch 2018 World Wrestling Championships

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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

*Tape delay

Asbel Kiprop, Olympic 1500m champ, banned 4 years

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Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic 1500m champion and a three-time world champ, was banned four years after testing positive for EPO in November 2017, according to track and field’s doping watchdog organization.

The ban is backdated to Feb. 3, 2018, when the 29-year-old was provisionally suspended after the failed test.

Kiprop repeatedly denied doping since last May, when he first acknowledged the positive test. Most recently, a 3,000-word defense from his lawyer was posted on Kiprop’s Facebook page.

Kiprop’s defenses included saying he was a victim of extortion and that he was offered “a reward” of becoming an anti-doping ambassador if he admitted guilt. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the IAAF’s independent organization to monitor doping and corruption, denied the latter last May.

A disciplinary panel dismissed six defenses from exonerating him, including the possibility his sample was spiked, in handing out the four-year ban.

Kiprop, the pre-eminent 1500m runner of the last decade, can appeal the ban.

At 19, he finished second in the Beijing Olympic 1500m but was upgraded to gold a year later after Bahrain’s Rashid Ramzi failed a drug test. He is the youngest Olympic 1500m medalist of all time, according to the OlyMADMen.

Kiprop went on to earn three straight world titles in the 1500m in 2011, 2013 and 2015, matching the feats of retired legends Noureddine Morceli and Hicham El Guerrouj.

He struggled in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, finishing last in the London final with a hamstring injury and sixth in the Rio final won by American rival Matthew Centrowitz.

Kiprop has targeted El Guerrouj’s world record of 3:26:00, missing the mark by .69 of a second in 2015.

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Maggie Nichols is second woman in 20 years to repeat as NCAA all-around champ

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Oklahoma junior and world champion gymnast Maggie Nichols became the first woman to repeat as NCAA all-around champion in 12 years, returning from a heel injury to compete on all four events for the first time since January on Friday.

Nichols, a Rio Olympic hopeful before being beset by a torn meniscus in 2016, joined 2004 Olympic silver medalist Courtney Kupets as the only women to win back-to-back NCAA all-arounds in the 2000s.

A junior, Nichols can next year join Jenny Hansen as the only women to three-peat in NCAA history.

Oklahoma goes for a third team title in four years on Saturday night against UCLA (featuring Olympic champions Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross), LSU and Denver.

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NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships Individual Results
All-Around
1. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma) — 39.7125
2. Lexy Ramler (Minnesota) — 39.6625
2. Kyla Ross (UCLA) — 39.6625
4. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) — 39.65
5. Kennedi Edney (LSU) — 39.6

Vault
1. Kennedi Edney (LSU) — 9.95
1. Derrian Gobourne (Auburn)
1. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma)
1. Kyla Ross (UCLA)

Uneven Bars
1. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) — 9.95

Balance Beam
1. Natalie Wojcik (Michigan) — 9.95

Floor Exercise
1. Alicia Boren (Florida) — 9.95
1. Lynnzee Brown (Denver)
1. Brenna Dowell (Oklahoma)
1. Kyla Ross (UCLA)