2019 World Swimming Championships Week set for Olympic Channel

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Olympic Channel’s 2019 World Championships Weeks continues next week with seven days and more than 50 hours of coverage from swimming worlds in Gwangju, South Korea.

All coverage on the Olympic Channel will also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

At worlds last summer, Caeleb Dressel became the first swimmer to earn eight medals at a single worlds, breaking a record he shared with Michael Phelps. Dressel also broke Phelps’ 100m butterfly world record en route to six golds overall, his medal total boosted by mixed-gender relays that weren’t on the program when Phelps competed.

Simone Manuel earned a female record seven medals, sweeping the 50m and 100m frees for a second straight worlds.

Katie Ledecky missed races in Gwangju with what she believed was a stomach virus, which put her in an emergency room for seven hours. Still, the most dominant swimmer of the decade extended her seven-plus-year win streak in the 800m freestyle.

Regan Smith, then 17, broke three world records in two events — winning the 200m backstroke and lowering the 100m back record as part of a record-breaking 4x100m medley relay. Lilly King won another duel with Russian rival Yuliya Yefimova in the 100m breaststroke.

Internationally, Hungary had a standout worlds. Kristof Milak broke Phelps’ 200m butterfly world record. Katinka Hosszu swept the 200m and 400m individual medleys for a fourth straight worlds.

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty lowered the 100m breast world record for a fifth time, bringing it under 57 seconds. He was already the only man to break 58.

China’s Sun Yang was the most polarizing figure of the meet, the reason for podium protests after he won the 200m and 400m frees. Sun was later banned eight years in a doping case that began before worlds.

The next 2019 World Championships Week broadcasts feature gymnastics (week of May 25) and diving (week of June 1).

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DAY SESSION TIME (ET) KEY EVENTS
Monday Day 1 8 p.m. Men’s, women’s 400m frees, 4x100m frees
Day 2 10 p.m. Men’s 100m breast, women’s 100m fly, 200m IM
Tuesday Day 3 8 p.m. Men’s, women’s 100m back, women’s 100m breast
Day 4 10 p.m. Women’s 200m free, men’s 200m fly
Wednesday Day 5 8 p.m. Men’s 100m free, 200m IM, women’s 4x200m free
Day 6 10 p.m. Women’s 100m free, 200m breast, men’s 200m back
Thursday Day 7 8 p.m. Men’s 50m free, 100m fly, women’s 200m back
Day 8 10 p.m. Medley relays, women’s 50m free
Friday Day 2 8 p.m. Men’s 100m breast, women’s 100m fly, 200m IM
Day 3 9:30 p.m. Men’s, women’s 100m back, women’s 100m breast
Day 4 11:30 p.m. Women’s 200m free, men’s 200m fly
Saturday Day 1 10: 30 a.m. Men’s, women’s 400m frees, 4x100m frees
Day 2 12:30 p.m. Men’s 100m breast, women’s 100m fly, 200m IM
Day 3 2 p.m. Men’s, women’s 100m back, women’s 100m breast
Day 4 4 p.m. Women’s 200m free, men’s 200m fly
Day 5 6 p.m. Men’s 100m free, 200m IM, women’s 4x200m free
Day 6 8 p.m. Women’s 100m free, 200m breast, men’s 200m back
Day 7 10 p.m. Men’s 50m free, 100m fly, women’s 200m back
Sunday Day 8 12 a.m. Medley relays, women’s 50m free
Day 1 8:30 a.m. Men’s, women’s 400m frees, 4x100m frees
Day 2 10:30 a.m. Men’s 100m breast, women’s 100m fly, 200m IM
Day 3 12 p.m. Men’s, women’s 100m back, women’s 100m breast
Day 4 2 p.m. Women’s 200m free, men’s 200m fly
Day 5 4 p.m. Men’s 100m free, 200m IM, women’s 4x200m free
Day 6 6 p.m. Women’s 100m free, 200m breast, men’s 200m back
Day 7 8 p.m. Men’s 50m free, 100m fly, women’s 200m back
Day 8 10 p.m. Medley relays, women’s 50m free

Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

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Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final