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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.

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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)

USOPC seeks to revoke USA Badminton’s status

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U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland filed a complaint to revoke USA Badminton’s status as the national governing body for the sport, a year after a USOPC audit found the organization lacked athlete safety requirements.

USA Badminton “failed to meet its responsibilities as an NGB and consistently failed to meet its obligations to its members and to U.S. athletes,” according to the USOPC. “Further, USAB has failed to conduct itself in a manner that demonstrates it can fulfill those responsibilities.”

Asked for reaction, USA Badminton interim CEO Linda French said, “I’m very disappointed in the USOPC and the conduct of their staff.”

USA Badminton recently had mass resignations among its board and top officials amid governance issues and the USOPC threatening decertification. A 2018 USOPC audit found four “high risk” areas in USA Badminton’s athlete safety and SafeSport compliance that, by March, had not been fully resolved.

“We have attempted to work with USAB’s leadership over the course of the last year to address our concerns, however those efforts have not yielded the results necessary to give me confidence in USAB’s ability to continue to serve its athletes as an NGB,” Hirshland wrote. “We remain committed to working with USAB’s leadership to address our concerns but have so far not found a willing partner.”

The next step is for Hirshland to appoint an independent panel to hear the complaint. There is no specific timeline for a resolution, though Hirshland said it will take a minimum of several weeks.

If USA Badminton’s status is revoked, the USOPC would assume control on an interim basis.

Last November, the USOPC filed the same complaint against USA Gymnastics, seeking to revoke its status after the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes came to light followed by several leadership changes.

USA Gymnastics since filed for bankruptcy and named former college gymnast and NBA executive Li Li Leung its new CEO in February. It remains the sport’s NGB with eight months until the Tokyo Olympics.

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Sun Yang should get lengthy ban if he loses doping hearing, WADA says

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency wants China’s star swimmer Sun Yang banned for up to eight years for alleged doping rules violations.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday ahead of a rare appeal hearing in open court on Friday that WADA requests a ban of two to eight years. Sun served a three-month ban in 2014 for a positive test.

If WADA wins, the three-time Olympic freestyle champion will miss the Tokyo Games.

WADA has challenged world swimming body FINA’s ruling to merely warn Sun after a disputed attempt by sample collectors to take blood and urine from him at his home in China in September 2018. The late-night confrontation lasted from 11 p.m. to beyond 3:30 a.m.

The day-long hearing will examine why a secure box storing a glass vial of blood came to be destroyed by Sun’s entourage, who questioned the sample team’s authority. A FINA tribunal panel agreed the officials lacked proper credentials to make the sample collection valid.

WADA believes Sun broke anti-doping rules by refusing to submit to a sample collection.

All sides agreed to Sun’s request to hold a first CAS appeal in public for 20 years.

A verdict is unlikely until early next year.

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