2019 World Track and Field Championships TV, live stream schedule

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NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel combine to air live daily coverage of the world track and field championships in Doha starting Friday.

In addition, NBC Sports Gold streams live coverage of every event over the 10-day meet.

The U.S., which more than doubled the next-best nation in medals at the Rio Olympics and 2017 Worlds in London, once again boasts a roster full of favorites at the first global championship in the post-Usain Bolt era.

Americans are the fastest qualifiers in one gender or the other in every track event from 100m through 800m. They also have reigning Olympic or world champions at 1500m, the 3000m steeplechase, the pole vault, shot put, long jump and triple jump.

Christian Coleman, the world’s fastest man every year of this Olympic cycle, gets things started as the 100m favorite over the meet’s first two days. Later, he is slated to face off against the world’s top 200m runner, Noah Lyles, then join Lyles on the 4x100m.

Another U.S. head-to-head is expected in the women’s 400m hurdles in week two between Olympic champion and world-record holder Dalilah Muhammad and 20-year-old phenom Sydney McLaughlin.

Then there’s the most decorated female track and field athlete in history, 25-time Olympic and world medalist Allyson Felix, expected to be part of the 4x400m on the last weekend of competition in her ninth world championships and first as a mom.

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2019 World Track and Field Championships Live Broadcast Schedule

Date Key Events Time (ET) Network
Fri., Sept. 27 M100 Heats 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. NBCSN
Women’s Marathon 5-8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sat., Sept. 28 M100m Semifinals 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
M100m Final 2:30-3:30 p.m. NBC
Sun., Sept. 29 M200 Heats 12-1:30 p.m. NBC
W100 Final 1:30-4:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., Sept. 30 W200m Heats, W400m Heats 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel
WSteeple, 800m, M400mH 1-4 p.m. Olympic Channel
Tues., Oct. 1 M400m Heats 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. NBCSN
M200m, M800m 1:30-4 p.m. NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 2 W200m, M110mH 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thurs., Oct. 3 W400m, Decathlon Day 2 9:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., Oct. 4 W400mH, M400m 1-3:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sat., Oct. 5 W100mH Heats 10-11 a.m. Olympic Channel
W1500m 12:30-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
W4x100m, M4x100m 2:30-3:30 p.m. NBC
Men’s Marathon 5-8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sun., Oct. 6 M4x400m, W4x400m 12-2:30 p.m. NBC

Beach volleyball player’s dog becomes social media sensation

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Norwegian beach volleyball player Mathias Berntsen‘s dog, Kiara, captivated social media this weekend.

A video of Kiara peppering with Berntsen and a pair across the net on a grass field spread from Berntsen’s Instagram across platforms. Kiara now has 12,000 Instagram followers, more than twice the total of Berntsen.

Berntsen, 24, is one half of Norway’s second-best beach volleyball team.

He and partner Hendrik Mol are ranked 45th in the world and well outside the Tokyo Olympic picture (24 teams go to the Games), but could get in the mix depending on how qualification is amended once sports resume.

Berntsen and his cousin Mol are part of a group called the Beach Volley Vikings. Mol’s younger brother, Anders, and family friend Christian Sorum are the world’s top-ranked team (profiled here).

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FIFA rules on Olympic men’s soccer tournament age eligibility

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For the first time since 1988, some 24-year-olds will be eligible for the Olympic men’s soccer tournament without using an over-age exception.

FIFA announced Friday that it will use the same age eligibility criteria for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 that it intended to use in 2020 — that players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997 are eligible, plus three over-age exceptions. FIFA chose not to move the birthdate deadline back a year after the Olympics were postponed by one year.

Olympic men’s soccer tournaments have been U-23 events — save those exceptions — since the 1992 Barcelona Games. In 1984 and 1988, restrictions kept European and South American players with World Cup experience ineligible. Before that, professionals weren’t allowed at all.

Fourteen of the 16 men’s soccer teams already qualified for the Games using players from under-23 national teams. The last two spots are to be filled by CONCACAF nations, potentially the U.S. qualifying a men’s team for the first time since 2008.

The U.S.’ biggest star, Christian Pulisic, and French superstar Kylian Mbappe were both born in 1998 and thus would have been under the age limit even if FIFA moved the deadline to Jan. 1, 1998.

Perhaps the most high-profile player affected by FIFA’s decision is Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus. The Manchester City star was born April 3, 1997, and thus would have become an over-age exception if FIFA pushed the birthdate rule back a year.

Instead, Brazil could name him to the Olympic team and still keep all of its over-age exceptions.

However, players need permission from their professional club teams to play in the Olympics, often limiting the availability of stars.

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