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WATCH LIVE: Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman cap USATF Outdoor Champs

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Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman look to go head-to-head for the U.S. 200m title, live on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold on Sunday.

NBC Sports Gold streaming begins at 4 p.m. ET with second-day heptathlon events and field finals.

NBCSN starts TV coverage at 7, with the broadcast switching to NBC at 8.

There are 18 finals total on the last day of the four-day USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, where the top three per individual event are in line to qualify for the world championships in Doha in two months.

GOLD: 4-9 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK
NBCSN: 7-8 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK
NBC: 8-9 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK

Olympic champions are in action in the pole vault (Jenn Suhr, 6:10 p.m.), long jump (Jeff Henderson, 7 p.m.) and shot put (Michelle Carter, 7:20 p.m.).

The headline track sprints start with the women’s 400m hurdles at 8:04. Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad, Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer and Sydney McLaughlin, fastest in the world in 2018 and 2019, dot the field.

The world’s top two 110m hurdlers this year, Grant Holloway and Daniel Roberts, try to make their first global championship team against a field including Rio Olympian Devon Allen. Semifinals and the final are Sunday.

In the 1500m (8:33), Olympic champ Matthew Centrowitz goes for his sixth national title to tie Steve Scott for the most men’s 1500m crowns in the last 100 years.

And finally, Lyles and Coleman look to advance from separate semifinals (6) for their first 200m duel since the 2015 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in the final at 8:51. Lyles is the world’s fastest in the 200m this Olympic cycle, while Coleman has been the top 100m sprinter three years running.

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Salwa Eid Naser, world 400m champion, provisionally banned

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Salwa Eid Naser, the world 400m champion of Bahrain, was provisionally suspended for missing three drug tests in a 12-month span.

“I’ve never been a cheat. I will never be,” Naser, 22, said in an Instagram live video. “I only missed three drug tests, which is normal. It happens. It can happen to anybody. I don’t want people to get confused in all this because I would never cheat.”

Naser said “the missed tests” came before last autumn’s world championships, where she ran the third-fastest time in history (48.14 seconds) and the fastest in 34 years.

“This year I have not been drug tested,” she said. “We are still talking about the ones of last season before the world championships.”

The Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping cases for track and field, did not announce whether Naser’s gold medal could be stripped.

“Hopefully, it’ll get resolved because I don’t really like the image, but it has happened,” she said. “It’s going to be fine. It’s very hard to have this little stain on my name.”

Naser, the 2017 World silver medalist, upset Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas for the world title in Doha on Oct. 3.

The only women who have run faster than Naser, who was born Ebelechukwu Agbapuonwu in Nigeria to a Nigerian mother who sprinted and a Bahraini father, were dubious — East German Marita Koch (47.60) and Czechoslovakia’s Jarmila Kratochvilova (47.99).

“I would never take performance-enhancing drugs,” Naser said. “I believe in talent, and I know I have the talent.”

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When Laurie Hernandez winked at the Olympics

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Blink, and you may have missed one of the social-media-sensation moments of the Rio Olympics.

Laurie Hernandez, then 16, was the youngest woman on the U.S. Olympic team across all sports. She was about to start arguably the most important floor exercise routine of her life.

So, she winked.

“The amazing thing about the Olympics is that you feel so many different emotions in the span of a few days, and they are all intense,” she wrote in her 2017 book, “I Got This,” a nod to what she told herself before her balance beam routine earlier that night. “So it was nice to have at least one totally playful moment.”

The U.S., on its fourth and final rotation, already had the team gold all but locked up. Knowing she was nervous, Hernandez’s teammates confirmed to her that they were a few points ahead.

Then Hernandez heard the beep, and it was time to go. She was in the view of an out-of-bounds judge at the Rio Olympic Arena.

“Well, I looked straight at her and suddenly felt this surge of confidence to wink,” she wrote. “Later, a woman came up to me while I was watching Simone [Biles] and Aly [Raisman] compete in their all-around finals and she said, ‘Wow, I just want you to know that when you winked at the judge, it really worked.’ I didn’t know how to respond, so I just said, ‘Thank you. That’s very nice of you to say.’ That’s when she told me she was the out-of-bounds judge! All I could say was ‘Oh my goodness.'”

Hernandez, a New Jersey native, finished the Olympics with a team gold and balance beam silver.

She took more than two years off before making a comeback in earnest last year, announcing she planned to return to competition this spring under new coaches in California. Now that’s on hold given the coronavirus pandemic, which pushed the Tokyo Olympics to 2021.

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