Hilary Knight the latest U.S. hockey star to add NHL game broadcast role

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Hilary Knight, arguably the greatest goal scorer of her generation, will shift roles this week.

She will be NBC Sports Washington’s inside-the-glass analyst for a Washington Capitals-Chicago Blackhawks game on Saturday.

“To be honest, I want to just make sure I don’t get hit with the puck,” Knight said with a laugh, according to the Washington Post. “But I’m excited to be at ice level and see how the game unfolds.”

Knight previously served as an NBC Sports guest studio analyst for one night during last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Knight’s PyeongChang teammates to previously test out broadcast roles include two-time Olympic captain Meghan Duggan, who gave birth to son George on Feb. 29. Duggan appeared on NBC Sports Boston’s postgame show during the 2018 and 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Also, Monique Lamoureux-Morando (NHL All-Star Skills commentator), Kendall Coyne Schofield (San Jose Sharks game analyst, plus an inside-the-glass analyst for last Sunday’s St. Louis Blues-Blackhawks game on NBCSN) and Haley Skarupa (NBC Sports Washington broadcast team during 2018 playoffs).

Of those players, Knight and Coyne Schofield made the roster for the world championship tournament that ended up being canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

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Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

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World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.

American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.

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2024 Tour de France to end with Nice time trial due to Paris Olympics

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The 2024 Tour de France will end on the French Riviera instead of the French capital because of the Paris Olympics.

The finish of cycling’s marquee race leaves Paris for the first time since 1905.

Tour organizers said on Thursday the last stage of its 111th race will take place in the Mediterranean resort of Nice on July 21. Five days later, Paris opens the Olympics.

Because of security and logistical reasons, the French capital won’t have its traditional Tour finish on the Champs-Elysees. Parting with tradition of a sprint on the Champs-Elysees, the last stage will be an individual time trial along Nice’s famed Promenade des Anglais.

The start of the 2024 race, which will begin for the first time in Italy, was brought forward by one week, a customary change during an Olympic year. The Tour will start on June 29 in Florence.

Nice has hosted the Tour 37 times, including its start twice, in 1981 and in 2020. Two years ago, the start was delayed until Aug. 29 due to lockdowns and travels bans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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