NBCSN Olympics TV schedule: Next 2 weeks features Phelps, Bolt, Biles, more

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The NBCSN Olympics TV schedule will air nearly 100 hours of classic Olympic programming nightly from April 13-26, featuring Michael PhelpsUsain BoltSimone Biles and official Olympic films.

The first week features “Return to Rio” and “Return to London” programs of the last two Summer Olympics, highlighted by gymnastics, swimming and diving and track and field.

The second week, starting April 20, kicks off with Beijing Olympic highlights, including Phelps’ record eight gold medals and Bolt’s breakout with world records in the 100m and 200m.

The NBCSN Olympics TV schedule concludes with other Olympic classics — basketball and gymnastics finals scattered from 1988 through 2016. Plus, Olympic films featuring Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games and “1968,” which tells the intersection of sports and politics leading up to and during the Mexico City Olympics, narrated by Serena Williams.

All coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Olympic Highlights
Rio 2016

  • Michael Phelps’ last Olympics, including five gold medals
  • Usain Bolt‘s last Olympics, including three gold medals
  • Simone Biles‘ four gold medals
  • Katie Ledecky‘s four gold medals
  • Lilly King‘s rivalry with Russian Yuliya Efimova
  • Wayde van Niekerk‘s 400m world record
  • Matthew Centrowitz winning the U.S.’ first 1500m title since 1908
  • Ashton Eaton repeating as decathlon champion

London 2012

  • Michael Phelps becomes most decorated Olympian in history
  • Usain Bolt repeats as 100m and 200m champion
  • Gabby Douglas wins all-around, leads U.S. gymnastics team to gold
  • Misty May-TreanorKerri Walsh Jennings three-peat
  • Missy Franklin sweeps backstrokes, breaks world record
  • Katie Ledecky wins first gold medal at age 15
  • Allyson Felix wins first individual Olympic title
  • David Boudia wins first U.S. diving title since 2000

Beijing 2008

  • Michael Phelps goes 8 for 8
  • Usain Bolt breaks 100m, 200m world records
  • Nastia LiukinShawn Johnson go one-two in all-around
  • U.S. sweeps beach volleyball golds

NBCSN Olympics Games Week TV Schedule

Date Time (ET) Program Events
April 13 7 p.m. Return to Rio Best of Team USA
9 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Gymnastics Team Final
11 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Gymnastics All-Around
April 14 1 a.m. Return to Rio Women’s Road Cycling
7 p.m. Return to Rio Track and Field Men’s Sprints
8 p.m. Return to Rio Gymnastics Event Finals
10 p.m. Return to Rio Michael Phelps
11 p.m. Return to Rio Track and Field Women’s Sprints
April 15 12 a.m. Return to Rio Track and Field Men’s Distance
1 a.m. Return to Rio Track and Field Women’s Distance
2 a.m. Return to Rio Track and Field Multi/Field Events
7 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Swimming
9 p.m. Return to Rio Men’s Swimming
11 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Diving
April 16 12 a.m. Return to Rio Men’s Diving
1 a.m. Return to Rio Men’s Gymnastics Team Final
2 a.m. Return to Rio Women’s Water Polo Final
7 p.m. Return to London Women’s Gymnastics Team Final
9 p.m. Return to London Women’s Gymnastics Finals
11 p.m. Return to London Men’s Gymnastics All-Around
April 17 12 a.m. Return to London Men’s Diving
1 a.m. Return to London Women’s Diving
2 a.m. Return to London Women’s Water Polo Final
8 p.m. Return to London Women’s Swimming
10 p.m. Return to London Men’s Swimming
April 18 12 a.m. Return to London Women’s Soccer: USA-Canada
2 a.m. Return to London Women’s Beach Volleyball Final
10 p.m. Return to London Track and Field Men’s Sprints
11 p.m. Return to London Track and Field Women’s Sprints
April 19 12 a.m. Return to London Women’s Soccer Final
2 a.m. Return to London Track and Field Men’s Distance
2 p.m. Return to Rio Gymnastics Individual Finals
10:30 p.m. Olympic Films Tokyo 1964
April 20 1 a.m. Olympic Films London 2012
7 p.m. Return to Beijing Men’s Beach Volleyball Final
8:30 p.m. Return to Beijing Michael Phelps
10 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Beach Volleyball Final
11 p.m. Return to Beijing Men’s Volleyball Final
April 21 1 a.m. Return to Beijing Michael Phelps
2:30 a.m. Return to Beijing Beijing Olympic Stories
7 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Gymnastics Team Final
8:30 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Gymnastics All-Around
10:30 p.m. Return to Beijing Usain Bolt
11 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Soccer Final
April 22 2 a.m. Return to Beijing Usain Bolt
2:30 a.m. Return to Beijing Beijing Olympic Stories
7 p.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 2008 Final
9 p.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 1992 Final
11 p.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 2012 Final
April 23 1 a.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 2000 Final
2:30 a.m. Mary Carillo Summer Olympic Adventures
7 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Basketball 1996 Final
8:30 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Basketball 2000 Final
10 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Basketball 2004 Final
April 24 12 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Basketball 2016 Final
2 a.m. Olympic Films Jesse Owens and Berlin 1936
8 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 1996 Team
10 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2004 AA
April 25 12 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2008 AA
2 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 1988 AA
8 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2012 Team
10 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2012 AA
11:30 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2016 AA
April 26 1:30 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2004 Team
10:30 p.m. Olympic Films 1968 documentary
April 27 12 a.m. Olympic Films Sydney 2000
2:30 a.m. Mary Carillo Summer Olympic Adventures

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Germany opens bobsled worlds with double gold; Kaillie Humphries gets silver

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Germans Laura Nolte and Johannes Lochner dethroned the reigning Olympic and world champions to open the world bobsled championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, this weekend.

Nolte, the Olympic two-woman champion driver, won the four-run monobob by four tenths of a second over American Kaillie Humphries, who won the first world title in the event in 2021 and the first Olympic title in the event in 2022. Another German, Lisa Buckwitz, took bronze.

In the two-man, Lochner became the first driver to beat countryman Francesco Friedrich in an Olympic or world championships event since 2016, ending Friedrich’s record 12-event streak at global championships between two-man and four-man.

Friedrich, defeated by 49 hundredths, saw his streak of seven consecutive world two-man titles also snapped.

Lochner, 32, won his first outright global title after seven Olympic or world silvers, plus a shared four-man gold with Friedrich in 2017.

Swiss Michael Vogt drove to bronze, one hundredth behind Friedrich. Geoff Gadbois and Martin Christofferson filled the top American sled in 18th.

Americans Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton were the last non-Germans to win a world two-man title in 2012.

Bobsled worlds finish next weekend with the two-woman and four-man events.

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Novak Djokovic wins 10th Australian Open, ties Rafael Nadal for most men’s Slam titles

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic climbed into the Rod Laver Arena stands to celebrate his 10th Australian Open championship and record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title Sunday and, after jumping and pumping his fists with his team, he collapsed onto his back, crying.

When he returned to the playing surface, Djokovic sat on his sideline bench, buried his face in a white towel and sobbed some more.

This trip to Australia was far more successful than that of a year ago, when he was deported from the country because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19. And Djokovic accomplished all he could have possibly wanted in his return: He resumed his winning ways at Melbourne Park and made it back to the top of tennis, declaring: “This probably is the, I would say, biggest victory of my life.”

Only briefly challenged in the final, Djokovic was simply better at the most crucial moments and beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5). As a bonus, Djokovic will vault from No. 5 to No. 1 in the ATP rankings, a spot he already has held for more weeks than any other man.

“I want to say this has been one of the most challenging tournaments I’ve ever played in my life, considering the circumstances. Not playing last year; coming back this year,” Djokovic said, wearing a zip-up white jacket with a “22” on his chest. “And I want to thank all the people that made me feel welcome, made me feel comfortable, to be in Melbourne, to be in Australia.”

The 35-year-old from Serbia stretched his unbeaten streak in Melbourne to 28 matches, the longest run there in the Open era, which dates to 1968. He adds trophy No. 10 to the seven from Wimbledon, three from the U.S. Open — where he also was absent last year because of no coronavirus shots — and two from the French Open, to match rival Rafael Nadal for the most by a man.

Only two women — Margaret Court, with 24, and Serena Williams, with 23 — are ahead of him.

This was also the 93rd ATP tour-level title for Djokovic, breaking a tie with Nadal for the fourth-most.

“I would like to thank you for pushing our sport so far,” Tsitsipas told Djokovic.

Djokovic was participating in his 33rd major final, Tsitsipas in his second — and the 24-year-old from Greece also lost the other, at the 2021 French Open, to Djokovic.

On a cool evening under a cloud-filled sky, and with a soundtrack of chants from supporters of both men prompting repeated pleas for quiet from the chair umpire, Djokovic was superior throughout, especially so in the two tiebreakers.

He took a 4-1 lead in the first, then reeled off the last three points. He led 5-0 in the closing tiebreaker and, when it finished, he pointed to his temple before screaming, a prelude to all of the tears.

“Very emotional for us. Very emotional for him,” said Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic. “It’s a great achievement. It was a really tough three weeks for him. He managed to overcome everything.”

Perhaps surprisingly, Tsitsipas was willing to engage in the kind of leg-wearying, lung-searing back-and-forths upon which Djokovic has built his superlative career. How did that work out? Of points lasting at least five strokes, Djokovic won 43, Tsitsipas 30.

Then again, on those rare occasions that Tsitsipas did charge the net, Djokovic often conjured up a passing shot that was too tough to handle.

It’s not as though Tsitsipas played all that poorly, other than a rash of early miscues that seemed to be more a product of tension than anything.

It’s that Djokovic was too unyielding. Too accurate with his strokes, making merely 22 unforced errors, 20 fewer than his foe. Too speedy and flexible chasing shots (other than on one second-set point, when, running to his left, Djokovic took a tumble).

“I did everything possible,” said Tsitsipas, who also would have moved to No. 1 with a victory, replacing Carlos Alcaraz, who sat out the Australian Open with a leg injury.

Perhaps. Yet Djokovic pushes and pushes and pushes some more, until it’s the opponent who is something less than perfect on one swing, either missing or providing an opening to pounce.

That’s what happened when Tsitsipas held his first break point — which was also a set point — while ahead 5-4 in the second and Djokovic serving at 30-40. Might this be a fulcrum? Might Djokovic relent? Might Tsitsipas surge?

Uh, no.

A 15-stroke point concluded with Djokovic smacking a cross-court forehand winner that felt like a statement. Two misses by Tsitsipas followed: A backhand long, a forehand wide. Those felt like capitulation. Even when Tsitsipas actually did break in the third, Djokovic broke right back.

There has been more than forehands and backhands on Djokovic’s mind over the past two weeks.

There was the not-so-small matter of last year’s legal saga — he has alternately acknowledged the whole thing served as a form of motivation but also said the other day, “I’m over it” — and curiosity about the sort of reception he would get when allowed to enter Australia because pandemic restrictions were eased.

He heard a ton of loud support, but also dealt with some persistent heckling while competing, including applause after faults Sunday.

There was the sore left hamstring that has been heavily bandaged for every match — until the final, that is, when only a single piece of beige athletic tape was visible.

And then there was the complicated matter of his father, Srdjan, being filmed with a group of people with Russian flags — one with an image of Vladimir Putin — after Djokovic’s quarterfinal. The tournament banned spectators from carrying flags of Russia or Belarus, saying they would cause disruption because of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Djokovic and his father said it was a misunderstanding; Srdjan thought he was with Serbian fans.

Still, Srdjan Djokovic did not attend his son’s semifinal or the final.

No matter any of it, Djokovic excelled as he so often has.

“He is the greatest,” Tsitsipas said, “that has ever held a tennis racket.”

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