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2019 World Beach Volleyball Championships TV, streaming schedule

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Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat play their biggest tournament since partnering — the world beach volleyball championships in Hamburg, Germany, which start Friday.

NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA coming for live daily coverage of the event. All coverage streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

Walsh Jennings and Sweat are among nine men’s and women’s teams trying to become the first Americans to win a world title in a decade.

That group includes April Ross, who earned that 2009 title with Jennifer Kessy. Ross, an Olympic silver and bronze medalist, is now with Alix Klineman. They’re coached by Kessy and the top-ranked U.S. team in the world, seeded fifth in Hamburg.

Walsh Jennings and Sweat got in via wild card because four other U.S. pairs had more world ranking points. But Walsh Jennings and Sweat proved they belonged by winning an event in China last month, just seven months into their partnership.

The top U.S. men’s team continues to be 2008 Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser and his Rio partner, Nick Lucena. They’re seeded sixth in a field topped by Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum, who won eight of their last 11 international events together.

All teams are vying for Olympic qualifying points, too, ahead of next June’s cutoff to determine the Tokyo 2020 field. No more than two pairs per gender per country can make the Games.

MORE: The origins of beach volleyball’s A-Team

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Date Event TV Time (ET)
Fri., 6/28 Day 1 – Pool Play Olympic Channel 8 a.m.
NBCSN 12 p.m.
Olympic Channel 2:30 p.m.
Sat., 6/29 Day 2 – Pool Play Olympic Channel 8 a.m.
Olympic Channel 12 p.m.
NBCSN Midnight*
Sun., 6/30 Day 3 – Pool Play Olympic Channel 8 a.m.
NBCSN Midnight*
Mon., 7/1 Day 4 – Pool Play Olympic Channel 8 a.m.
NBCSN 12 p.m.
Olympic Channel 2:30 p.m.
Tues., 7/2 Day 5 – Pool Play Olympic Channel 8 a.m.
NBCSN 12 p.m.
Olympic Channel 2:30 p.m.
Wed., 7/3 Day 6 – Women’s Playoffs Olympic Channel 8 a.m.
NBCSN 12 p.m.
Day 6 – Men’s Pool Play Olympic Channel 2:30 p.m.
Thurs., 7/4 Day 7 – Playoffs Olympic Channel 8 a.m.
Fri., 7/5 Day 8 – Playoffs Olympic Channel 6:30 a.m.
Day 8 – Women’s Semifinals Olympic Channel 5 p.m.*
Day 8 – Women’s Semifinals NBCSN Midnight*
Sat., 7/6 Day 9 – Men’s Quarterfinals & Women’s Final Olympic Channel 5:45 a.m.
Day 9 – Men’s Semifinals Olympic Channel 11 a.m.
Day 9 – Women’s Final Olympic Channel 7 p.m.*
Day 9 – Women’s Final NBCSN 10 p.m.*
Sun., 7/7 Day 10 – Men’s Final Olympic Channel 10 a.m.*
Day 10 – Men’s Final NBCSN 1 p.m.*

*Indicates Same Day Delay (SDD)

Adeline Gray breaks U.S. record with fifth world wrestling title

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U.S. wrestlers have won more than 60 gold medals in the history of the world championships. Adeline Gray is at the top of that list.

Gray earned her American record-breaking fifth world title in Kazakhstan on Thursday, taking the 76kg final 4-2 over Japanese Hiroe Suzuki.

She broke her tie of four world titles with Olympic gold medalists John Smith and Jordan Burroughs and Tricia Saunders, who earned her crowns in the 1990s before women’s wrestling was added to the Olympics in 2004. Burroughs can match Gray later this week.

“I’ve got to mark that off my bucket list,” said Gray, who earned her seventh medal Thursday, six weeks after right hand surgery. “Kristie Davis was a nine-time world medalist, and I’m still chasing that.”

Gray, 28, earned her fourth straight world title and continued an impressive rebound. She had a two-year win streak before being upset in the Rio Olympic quarterfinals, missing the chance to become the first U.S. Olympic women’s wrestling champion.

Though Gray keeps a pyramid with goals — including five-time world champion, Olympic champion and to “be exciting” — she purposely grounds herself with acronyms and conversations with friends to lessen the hype.

“I had a lot of those thoughts before 2016, and I think that let it creep up to me a little bit in a negative way,” Gray said in June. “Just the fact that some people were saying, like, hey, you’ve had a great career. It’s awesome what you’ve done. You’re already written in the history books kind of thing.”

Gray revealed six months after that Rio disappointment that she wrestled in Brazil with a shoulder injury. She underwent surgeries on that shoulder and to repair a torn meniscus in her knee in January 2017 and went 11 months between matches, missing that year’s world championships.

During that break, she married U.S. Army Capt. Damaris Sanders. She scaled 14,000-foot mountains. Gray wasn’t sure about returning. She thought about trying to have a baby instead. Even when she did get back on the mat, she considered phasing out if she started losing matches.

“It took a little bit of figuring out what I wanted and figuring out why I wanted to come back,” she said Wednesday, after reaching the final. “Really, the reason I’ve been sticking around is because coach Terry [Steiner]‘s been whispering in my ear, making sure I know that I’m good enough to be winning at this level. And there’s something more than that. There’s this huge wave of women’s sports, and I’m part of that. It’s something special.”

Earlier Thursday, American Tamyra Mensah-Stock reached Friday’s 68kg final, one year after taking bronze in the division. Mensah-Stock routed Japan’s Olympic champion Sara Dosho 10-1 in the quarterfinals.

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Genzebe Dibaba, 1500m world record holder, to miss world championships

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Genzebe Dibaba, the 1500m world record holder, will miss the world track and field championships that start next week due to a right foot injury, according to her agency.

The Ethiopian Dibaba lowered the 1500m world record to 3:50.07 in 2015, then won the world title a month later. Kenyan Faith Kipyegon relegated her to silver at the Rio Olympics. Dibaba was last in the 12-woman final at the 2017 Worlds, then withdrew from the 5000m at that meet, citing illness.

Dibaba’s absence further opens the door for Americans Shelby Houlihan (second-fastest in the world last year) and Jenny Simpson, the Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist.

Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan is fastest in the world this year and broke the mile world record on July 12. Hassan has range from 800m through 10,000m, and it’s not guaranteed she will contest the 1500m in Doha starting with the first round Oct. 2.

The event is already lacking Caster Semenya, the two-time Olympic 800m champion who took bronze in her world 1500m debut in 2017. Semenya is excluded from races from 400m through the mile under the IAAF’s new rule capping testosterone in those events.

MORE: U.S. roster for track and field worlds

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