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2019 U.S. Swimming Championships TV, stream schedule

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Caeleb DresselRyan Lochte and a retiring Dana Vollmer headline the U.S. Swimming Championships, live on NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA from Wednesday through Sunday.

Swimmers will compete for national championships and national team spots at Stanford. All NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

Dressel competes on the heels of taking six gold medals at the world championships, setting up a potential slate of a Phelpsian seven or eight events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Should he make the team in all of them at June’s Olympic trials.

Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist and fellow former Florida Gator, races for the first time since June 2018. Lochte, who turns 35 on Saturday, served a 14-month suspension for receiving an IV infusion of a legal substance above the limit of 100 milliliters. During that time, he got help for alcohol addiction.

Vollmer, the 2012 Olympic 100m butterfly champion, races for the last time of her career in the 100m fly on Friday. Vollmer, who came back from childbirth to earn a medal of every color in Rio, is leaving the sport at age 31.

Also entered at nationals are newly crowned world champions Regan Smith and Olivia Smoliga.

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Day Session Time (ET) Network
Wednesday Day 1 Finals 8-9:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thursday Day 2 Finals 8-9:30 p.m. NBCSN
Friday Day 3 Finals 8-9 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday Day 4 Finals 8-9:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sunday Day 4 Finals 12:30-2 a.m. NBCSN*
Finals 4 p.m. NBC*
Day 5 Finals 8-9:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Monday Day 5 Finals 1-2:30 a.m. NBCSN*

*Delayed broadcast

World champion wins doping case citing bodily fluids from boyfriend

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A world champion canoeist won a doping case Monday after persuading a tribunal that her positive test was caused by bodily fluid contamination from her boyfriend.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) ended its investigation into 11-time world champion Laurence Vincent Lapointe, who tested positive for a steroid-like substance in July. She faced a four-year ban and could have missed her event’s Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.

The Canadian canoe sprint racer and her lawyer detailed in a news program that laboratory analysis of hair from her then-boyfriend showed he was likely responsible for a tiny presence of ligandrol in her doping sample.

“The ICF has accepted Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s evidence which supports that she was the victim of third-party contamination,” the governing body said in a statement, clearing her to return to competition.

The legal debate is similar to tennis player Richard Gasquet’s 2009 acquittal in the “cocaine kiss” case. The Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted Gasquet’s defense that kissing a woman who had taken cocaine in a Miami nightclub, after he had withdrawn injured from a tournament, caused his positive test.

The 27-year-old Vincent Lapointe was provisionally suspended for almost six months and missed the 2019 World Championships, which was a key qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics. American 17-year-old Nevin Harrison won the 200m world title in her absence.

She can still qualify for the Olympic debut of women’s canoe sprint events with victory at a World Cup event in May in Germany.

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U.S. women’s soccer team begins Olympic qualifying, which should rest on one match

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The U.S. women’s soccer team has never been in danger in Olympic qualifying, but that doesn’t change this fact: It must win on Feb. 7 to reach the Tokyo Games.

The CONCACAF tournament begins Tuesday in Houston, where the world champion Americans face world No. 72 Haiti. The last two group games are against No. 68 Panama on Friday and No. 37 Costa Rica on Feb. 3. The top two nations from the group advance to Feb. 7 semifinals.

The U.S. roster, with 18 of its 20 players coming from the 2019 World Cup team, is here.

Since CONCACAF qualifies two nations to the Olympics, the semifinals are the deciding games.

Should the U.S. win its group, it would face the runner-up from the other group in a winner-goes-to-Tokyo match. The other group (world ranking):

Canada (8)
Mexico (37)
Jamaica (53)
St. Kitts and Nevis (127)

Chaos could result in the unlikely event that either the U.S. or Canada finishes second in its group, and the two North American powers play a semifinal.

The U.S. is undefeated in Olympic qualifying history, since the tournament format began in 2004 — 15-0 with a goal differential of 88-1 (not counting matches played once they’ve already clinched qualification). The lone goal allowed came in a group-stage match in 2008, when the U.S. was already assured a spot in the semifinals.

Still, the U.S. knows the feeling of one poor outing in an important match. In 2010, it lost to Mexico in a winner-to-the-World Cup match. The U.S. was forced to win a last-chance, home-and-home playoff against a UEFA team — Italy — for the last spot in the World Cup.

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