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2019 U.S. Open swimming TV, live stream schedule

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Katie LedeckySimone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel headline the U.S. Open, swimming’s biggest domestic winter meet, live on NBC Sports this week.

U.S. Olympic hopefuls are looking to establish themselves this week in Atlanta, six months out from the trials.

Finals are at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday on USASwimming.org, plus Friday and Saturday on NBCSN and streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. The 800m freestyle will kick things off on Wednesday at 6 p.m. on USASwimming.org.

Ledecky is entered in her full complement of freestyles (100m through 1500m), plus the 200m and 400m individual medleys, which she sometimes races domestically but never on the major international level.

After being hit by illness at the summer world championships, Ledecky was back in form at a Pro Series stop a month ago, sweeping the 200m, 400m and 800m frees.

Manuel, the American record holder and world champion in the 50m and 100m frees, is entered in both sprints, plus the 200m free (anticipated showdown with Ledecky), the 100m backstroke and the 100m butterfly.

Manuel’s 200m free is of particular interest. She has never swum it individually at an Olympics or worlds but ranks second in the U.S. in the event this year behind Ledecky. If she adds it for the Olympic trials, she could be looking at a seven-event lineup in Tokyo when including four relays.

Dressel, who could go for a Phelpsian eight events in Tokyo, is entered in five individual events in Atlanta — 100m and 200m free, 100m and 200m fly and the 200m IM. He could face training partner Ryan Lochte in the medley. Lochte, at 35, is bidding to become the oldest U.S. Olympic male swimmer in an individual event since 1904.

The U.S. Open also features Olympic or world champions Regan SmithLilly KingChase Kalisz, Matt Grevers and the oldest swimmer of the meet, 38-year-old Anthony Ervin, who took 50m free gold in 2000 and 2016.

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Coronavirus forces Olympic soccer and boxing qualifiers to move

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Olympic qualifying events in two sports were moved from the Chinese city of Wuhan on Wednesday because of an outbreak of a deadly viral illness.

A four-nation Asian qualifying group for the women’s soccer tournament was switched from the city at the center of the health scare to Nanjing.

The Asia-Oceania boxing qualifying tournament scheduled for Feb. 3-14 in Wuhan was cancelled. No new plans were announced.

The decisions followed Chinese health authorities telling people in Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings.

The Asian Football Confederation said the round-robin group — featuring host China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand — will be played on Feb. 3-9, retaining the same dates, in Nanjing.

More than 500 people have been infected and at least 17 killed since the outbreak emerged last month. The illness comes from a newly identified type of coronavirus.

Cases have also been reported in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. All involve people from Wuhan or who recently traveled there.

In the soccer qualifiers in China, two teams advance to a four-nation playoff round in March. That will decide which two teams from Asia join host Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Russia trounces U.S. boys’ hockey team to wrap up Youth Olympic Games

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Russia routed the U.S. 4-0 in the boys’ hockey gold medal game Wednesday, the final day of the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The U.S. had more penalties (three) than shots (two) in the first period. Russia’s Matvei Michkov converted the first power play and added an even-strength goal later in the period. Another power-play goal in the second period ran the score to 3-0.

Michkov just turned 15 and is projected as a top pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The gold medal was Russia’s ninth of the Games, excluding events that featured mixed-nationality teams, and 27th overall medal. Both numbers were the best of the competition.

Switzerland finished second in the medal tally with nine golds and 22 total. Japan, the surprise winner in girls’ hockey, matched Switzerland with nine golds among its 17 medals.

The U.S. had two gold medals and 11 total. Kiernan Fagan took gold in the boys’ ski slopestyle and silver in ski big air. Dusty Henricksen won the boys’ snowboard slopestyle.

Fagan, who turned 18 during the Games, already has a couple of World Cup podiums and finished 12th in slopestyle in last year’s world championships. He also took silver in big air and slopestyle in last year’s world junior championships.

Henricksen, who’ll turn 17 next month, placed 17th in the World Cup big air event last month in Atlanta.

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