U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Curling Trials TV, live stream schedule

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The first of five U.S. Olympic Trials for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Curling Trials are underway this week in Eveleth, Minnesota.

Extensive live coverage of the six-day tournament is being presented on NBCSN, Olympic Channel, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.

Ten teams that have qualified over the better part of two years for Trials are playing a round-robin format Tuesday through Friday, with tiebreakers set for Friday and Saturday if needed, followed by page playoffs on the latter. The final day of action features a semifinal broadcast on Olympic Channel and the winner-takes-all final on NBCSN Sunday night.

The teams feature a who’s who of elite curlers in the United States, including eight Olympians and four Youth Olympians.

Mixed doubles made its Olympic debut four years ago in PyeongChang, with one man and one woman playing together on each team. Siblings Becca and Matt Hamilton won the 2018 Trials and finished sixth in Korea.

They return, though hardly as favorites, as the field also includes the past four U.S. championship teams, all of whom have world championship experience.

Cory Christensen and John Shuster, who were runners-up to the Hamiltons at Trials last quad, are among those favorites after earning bronze at the 2019 World Championships. Both are Olympians in the traditional four-person curling, with Shuster representing the U.S. at the past four Winter Games and skipping his team to a historic gold in 2018.

Olympians Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo also have a world medal, bronze in 2016, and won nationals in 2016 and 2019.

Other top contenders include 2012 Youth Olympians Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin, who were fifth at worlds in 2015 and earned two Grand Final medals together in 2019, and 2021 U.S. champions Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys. Plys is on Shuster’s men’s team that is favored to go to Beijing for that event.

Other teams to watch this week include 2018 Olympian Aileen Geving with 2016 Youth Olympic medalist Luc VioletteJenna Burchesky and Violette’s Youth Olympic teammate Ben Richardson, and Jamie Sinclair, skip for the fourth-place team at the 2018 women’s worlds, with 2018 men’s team Olympic Trials runner-up Rich Ruohonen.

Many of the same athletes will be back in action Nov. 12-21 for the Olympic Trials that will select the U.S. men’s team and women’s team for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Curling Schedule

Date Key Events Time (ET) Network
Tuesday, Oct. 26 Draw 1: Christensen/Shuster vs. Hamilton/Hamilton 1 p.m. NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Draw 2: Burchesky/Richardson vs. Persinger/Plys 8 p.m. NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Wednesday, Oct. 27 Draw 3: Peterson/Polo vs. Anderson/Dropkin 11 a.m. NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Draw 4: Geving/Violette vs. Walker/Leichter 3:30 p.m. NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Draw 5: Sinclair/Ruohonen vs. Bear/Stopera 8 p.m. NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Thursday, Oct. 28 Draw 6: Persinger/Plys vs. Christensen/Shuster 1 p.m. NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports all
Draw 7: Hamilton/Hamilton vs. Peterson/Polo 8 p.m. NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Friday, Oct. 29 Draw 8: Bear/Stopera vs. Geving/Violette 1 p.m. NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Draw 9: Anderson/Dropkin vs. Sinclair/Ruohonen 7 p.m. NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Tiebreaker #2 if necessary 10 p.m. NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Saturday, Oct. 30 Tiebreaker #1 if necessary 9 a.m. NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
Page playoffs 1 p.m. NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Sunday, Oct. 31 Semifinal 12 p.m. Olympic Channel | NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app
Final 8 p.m. NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | NBC Sports app

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