2022 U.S. Olympic Curling Trials TV, live stream schedule

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NBC Sports, NBCOlympics.com and Peacock combine to air daily live coverage of the U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s curling trials, culminating in the finals determining the teams for the Beijing Winter Games.

NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app stream one game of every round-robin session from Friday through next Thursday in Omaha, Nebraska.

The best-of-three finals are Nov. 19-21, preceded by tiebreakers if necessary. Those air on NBCSN, NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock.

Surprise 2018 Olympic gold medalist John Shuster and his team headline the fields (six teams each for men and women).

After leading the first U.S. Olympic curling champion team in PyeongChang, Shuster won national titles in 2019 and 2020 and placed fifth at a pair of world championships.

The team made one change from four years ago. Tyler George, a Duluth liquor store owner who competed in eight-year-old Skechers, stepped away from competition later in 2018. He was replaced by Chris Plys, who in 2010 was subbed in at the Olympics while a struggling Shuster was benched.

Gold medalists Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner are back on Team Shuster.

It’s been five years since Shuster last failed to win a nationals, but three of the other five teams in Omaha are skipped by men who own U.S. titles — Korey Dropkin, 50-year-old Rich Ruohonen and Greg Persinger.

The standout women’s team at trials is skipped by PyeongChang Olympian Tabitha Peterson.

Peterson, along with 2018 Olympic teammates Nina Roth and Becca Hamilton, younger sister Tara Peterson and alternate Aileen Geving, took bronze at the world championship in May, the first medal for a U.S. women’s team since 2006.

Challengers include teams skipped by Cory Christensen and Jamie Sinclair, each a runner-up for the 2018 Olympic team who won a national title in this Olympic cycle.

MORE: Persinger, Plys win Olympic mixed doubles curling trials

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U.S. Olympic Curling Trials Broadcast Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup Platform
Nov. 12 8:30 p.m. Men’s Draw 1: Shuster vs. Brundidge NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
Nov. 13 10 a.m. Women’s Draw 1: Strouse vs. Peterson NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
3 p.m. Men’s Draw 2: Ruohonen vs. Dropkin NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. Women’s Draw 2: Christensen vs. Sinclair NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
Nov. 14 10 a.m. Men’s Draw 3: Dunnam vs. Brundidge NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
3 p.m. Women’s Draw 3: Rhyme vs. Bear NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. Men’s Draw 4: Persinger vs. Shuster NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
Nov. 15 9 a.m. Women’s Draw 4: Sinclair vs. Peterson NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
1 p.m. Men’s Draw 5: Brundidge vs. Ruohonen NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
5 p.m. Women’s Draw 5: Strouse vs. Christensen NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
9 p.m. Men’s Draw 6: Shuster vs. Dunnam NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
Nov. 16 10 a.m. Women’s Draw 6: Peterson vs. Rhyme NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
3 p.m. Men’s Draw 7: Persinger vs. Dropkin NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. Women’s Draw 7: Sinclair vs. Strouse NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
Nov. 17 10 a.m. Men’s Draw 8: Dunnam vs. Ruohonen NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
3 p.m. Women’s Draw 8: Bear vs. Christensen NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. Men’s Draw 9: Dropkin vs. Shuster NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
Nov. 18 10 a.m. Women’s Draw 9: Rhyme vs. Sinclair NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
3 p.m. Men’s Draw 10: Ruohonen vs Persinger NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. Women’s Draw 10: Peterson vs Strouse NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. Men’s Tiebreaker (if necessary) NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
Nov. 19 10 a.m. Women’s Tiebreaker (if necessary) NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
2 p.m. Men’s or Women’s Tiebreaker (if necessary) NBCOlympics.com | LIVE STREAM
6 p.m. Men’s Final Game 1 NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock
9 p.m. Women’s Final Game 1 NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock
Nov. 20 6 p.m. Men’s Final Game 2 NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock
9 p.m. Women’s Final Game 2 NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock
Nov. 21 6 p.m. Men’s Final Game 3 (if necessary) NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock
9 p.m. Women’s Final Game 3 (if necessary) NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock

 

Teri McKeever fired by Cal as women’s swimming coach after investigation

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Teri McKeever, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Olympic swimming head coach, was fired by the University of California at Berkeley after an investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of swimmers that she denied.

McKeever was put on paid administrative leave from her job as head women’s swimming coach in May after an Orange County Register report that 20 current or former Cal swimmers said McKeever verbally and emotionally bullied her swimmers.

Cal athletics director Jim Knowlton wrote in a letter to the Cal team and staff that a resulting independent law firm report detailed “verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values.”

“I strongly believe this is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our swimming program and Cal Athletics as a whole,” Knowlton said of McKeever’s firing in a press release. “The report details numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination.”

The Orange County Register first published what it says is the full independent report here.

“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation,” McKeever said in a statement Tuesday confirming her firing and expressing disappointment in how the investigation was conducted. “While I am disappointed in the way my CAL Career will conclude, I wish to thank and celebrate the many student-athletes and staff that made my time in Berkeley a true blessing and gift.”

McKeever’s lawyer wrote that McKeever “will be filing suit to expose the manner in which gender has affected not only the evaluation of her coaching but harmed and continues to harm both female and male athletes.”

McKeever led Cal women’s swimming and diving for nearly 30 years, winning four NCAA team titles and coaching Olympic champions including Missy FranklinNatalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer.

In 2004, she became the first woman to be on a U.S. Olympic swim team coaching staff, as an assistant. In 2012, she became the first woman to be head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. She was an assistant again for the Tokyo Games.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

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Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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