Noah Lyles, Allyson Felix headline USATF Grand Prix at Oregon Relays on NBCSN

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Noah Lyles and Allyson Felix are among the headliners for the USATF Grand Prix at Oregon Relays on NBCSN and Peacock Premium on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. ET.

Earlier Saturday, the Drake Relays air on NBCSN and Peacock Premium from 3-5, featuring 100m hurdles world-record holder Keni Harrison, Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser and Olympic pole vault silver medalist Sandi Morris.

The USATF Grand Prix at Oregon Relays marks the first professional track and field meet at the newly renovated Hayward Field in Eugene.

The current fields also include Olympic medal favorites Sydney McLaughlin (100m hurdles), Michael Norman (400m) and Vashti Cunningham (high jump).

Lyles, who bids this summer to sweep the Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m, is entered in the 100m against a field including another Olympic medal favorite, countryman Trayvon Bromell.

Felix, trying at age 35 to make her fifth Olympic team this summer (and first as a mom), races the 100m on Saturday. For Olympic Trials in June at Hayward, she is expected to enter the 400m and the 200m. The top three per individual event make the team.

Here’s the schedule of events (all times Eastern; 4-5 p.m. on USATF.TV):
4 — Men’s Hammer
4:15 — Women’s 100m Heats
4:15 — Men’s Javelin
4:15 — Men’s Long Jump
4:15 — Women’s High Jump
4:20 — Women’s Triple Jump
4:28 — Men’s 100m Heats
4:42 — Women’s 5000m
5:04 — Women’s 400m
5:12 — Women’s 1500m
5:22 — Men’s 200m
5:30 — Women’s 800m (college)
5:39 — Women’s 100m
5:40 — Men’s Triple Jump
5:46 — Men’s 100m
5:50 — Women’s Hammer
5:53 — Men’s 800m (College)
6 — Women’s Shot Put
6:04 — Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
6:18 — Women’s 800m
6:25 — Men’s 800m
6:32 — Women’s 100m Hurdles
6:41 — Men’s 1500m
6:53 — Men’s 400m

Here are five races to watch:

Women’s 400m — 5:04 p.m.
Olympic gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas has said she plans to race the 200m at the Olympics, but she’s entered in the one lap here against four of the seven fastest Americans since the start of 2019. That includes Wadeline Jonathas, the top American at 2019 Worlds in fourth, and the 2017 World champion Phyllis Francis.

Women’s 1500m — 5:12 p.m.
Jenny Simpson
, the Rio bronze medalist, bids this summer to become the oldest American to contest an Olympic 1500m at age 34. Here, in her first 1500m since the 2019 Worlds, she’ll get a look at some of the younger challengers. That includes 2019 World Championships teammate Nikki Hiltz and fellow former Colorado Buffalo Dani Jones (who won NCAA titles indoors, outdoors and in cross-country). The field also includes top Brit Laura Muir and Eritrean Weini Kelati (an NCAA cross-country and 10,000m champion).

Women’s 100m — 5:39 p.m.
Felix is the biggest name here, but not the favorite in one of her non-primary events. The field includes the first- and third-place finishers from the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships — Teahna Daniels and Morolake Akinosun. Plus, Kayla White, the second-fastest American since the start of 2019, and Briana Williams, a 19-year-old who is Jamaica’s brightest young star.

Men’s 100m — 5:46 p.m.
Lyles is not only the world 200m champion, but also the joint-world’s fastest man since the start of 2019 among those expected to contest the 100m this summer. Bromell, who emerged as a teen star in the last Olympic cycle, then was sidelined by injuries, re-emerged as the world’s fastest man for 2020 among those expected to contest the 100m this summer. The field also includes sub-10 men Mike RodgersRonnie BakerMarvin BracyCameron BurrellCravon GillespieJaylen BaconChris Belcher and Nigerian Divine Oduduru, who matched Lyles’ 9.86 in 2019.

Men’s 400m — 6:53 p.m.
In April 2019, Norman clocked 43.45 seconds to become the joint-fourth-fastest man in history. Injuries slowed him at both nationals and worlds that year, but he goes into the Olympic year a medal favorite. Potentially a gold-medal favorite if he posts fast times over the next two months. Here, Norman faces a field including training partner Rai Benjamin, the world 400m hurdles silver medalist.

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Scotty James wins fifth X Games snowboard halfpipe title

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Scotty James doesn’t have Olympic gold, but he remains king of the X Games halfpipe.

James, the Australian snowboarder who took bronze and silver at the last two Olympics, earned his fifth Aspen gold, repeating as champ of the biggest annual contest under falling snow in the Colorado Rockies. Only the retired Shaun White has more X Games men’s snowboard halfpipe titles with eight.

Nobody on Friday night attempted a triple cork, which was first done in competition by Japan’s Ayumu Hirano last season en route to the Olympic title. Hirano placed sixth Friday.

“It was a tough night, pretty interesting conditions,” James said. “Had to adjust the game plan. The show goes on.”

In a format introduced three years ago, athletes were ranked on overall impression over the course of a three-run jam session for the entire field rather than scoring individual runs.

Earlier, Olympic gold medalist Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand repeated as women’s snowboard slopestyle champion, passing Olympic bronze medalist Tess Coady of Australia on the final run of the competition. Sadowski-Synnott, the only snowboarder or skier to win Olympic, world and X Games slopestyle titles, capped her finale with back-to-back 900s.

The competition lacked 2014 and 2018 Olympic champion Jamie Anderson, who announced her pregnancy last month.

Canada’s Megan Oldham landed the first triple cork in women’s ski big air competition history to beat Olympic silver medalist Tess Ledeux of France, according to commentators. Oldham, a 21-year-old ex-gymnast, was fourth at the Olympics.

Eileen Gu, the Olympic champion from China, did not compete but is entered in halfpipe and slopestyle later this weekend.

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Isabeau Levito wins U.S. figure skating title at age 15, followed by comeback stories

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Isabeau Levito won her first U.S. figure skating title at age 15, cementing her status as the new leading American woman to open the new Olympic cycle.

Levito, the world junior champion, tallied 223.33 points between two strong programs in San Jose, California. She distanced two-time U.S. champion Bradie Tennell, who went 19 months between competitions due to foot and ankle injuries in 2021 and 2022 and scored 213.12.

Tennell was just two hundredths behind Levito after Thursday’s short but had multiple jumping errors in the free skate.

Levito followed her as last to go in the free and nailed the most pressure-packed performance of her young career, including the hardest jump combination done of the entire field. She didn’t receive a single negative mark from a judge for her 19 technical elements in her two programs.

Moments later, she was in tears backstage.

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“I was just so proud of myself for staying so calm and staying so focused, doing exactly what I aimed to do,” Levito, who hasn’t finished off the podium in more than 20 events dating to November 2016, said on NBC. “I’m ready to start bouncing off the walls.”

Amber Glenn, 23, placed third and will likely become the oldest U.S. women’s singles skater to make her world championships debut in at least 45 years. Glenn botched her 11th attempt to join the list of U.S. women to land a clean triple Axel (tally according to Skatingscores.com) but still moved up from fourth after the short program, passing Starr Andrews.

Last year, Glenn entered nationals as the fourth-ranked U.S. woman and a hopeful for the three-woman Olympic team. She placed 14th in the short program, competing unknowingly with COVID-19, then tested positive and withdrew before the free skate.

In 2021, Glenn was the U.S. silver medalist, yet passed over for a spot on the two-woman world team in favor of the more experienced Karen Chen, who finished 35 hundredths behind Glenn at those nationals.

Levito, Tennell and Glenn are expected to make up the team for March’s world championships, decided by a committee.

Gracie Gold, a two-time U.S. champion who was fifth after the short program, popped a pair of planned triple Lutzes and dropped to eighth.

None of the three 2022 U.S. Olympians competed. Alysa Liu and Mariah Bell retired. Chen is a student at Cornell and might not return.

Nationals continue Saturday with the free dance and pairs’ free skate, live on NBC Sports and Peacock.

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