Mikaela Shiffrin takes lead into World Cup Finals; winter sports TV, live stream schedule

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Mikaela Shiffrin duels with rival Petra Vlhova for the biggest annual prize in ski racing, live on on Peacock this week.

Alpine skiing’s World Cup Finals headline the winter sports schedule as seasons wind down.

At the Finals in France, the men and women race once in each of the four disciplines — downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom — to close out the campaign.

Crystal globes are awarded to the top skier over the course of the season in each discipline, plus a larger crystal globe for the overall champions combining results from all 37 races dating to October.

Most of the crystal globes are already clinched — men’s super-G (Aleksander Aamodt Kilde) and giant slalom (Marco Odermatt), women’s super-G (Federica Brignone) and slalom (Petra Vlhova) — or nearly clinched — men’s overall (Odermatt) and women’s downhill (Sofia Goggia).

The women’s overall is the most compelling storyline of the five-day finals. Shiffrin has a 56-point lead over Vlhova with four races left, meaning it could come down to the final race of the season on Sunday.

Race winners receive 100 points, with second place getting 80 and third getting 60 on a descending scale through 15th place at the Finals. Shiffrin will look to pad that cushion in the downhill and super-G, eyeing a fourth overall title to match Lindsey Vonn for second in women’s history.

The best route for Vlhova, who last year became the first Slovakian to win the overall, is to win the slalom on Saturday and giant slalom on Sunday and hope Shiffrin misses a podium or two in those technical events.

Elsewhere, the world women’s curling championship begins in Canada.

Both Scotland and the U.S. entered their reigning national champion teams, which means the field does not include Olympic champion Eve Muirhead‘s foursome, since the Scottish Championships began without Muirhead the day after the Olympics.

Nor does it include the U.S. Olympic team skipped by Tabitha Peterson, which last year won the nation’s first women’s world medal (bronze) in 15 years. Cory Christensen‘s team, runner-up at the Olympic Trials, won the most recent national championship in May 2021.

Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals — Courchevel/Meribel, France

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Wednesday 5 a.m. Men’s Downhill Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Women’s Downhill Peacock | STREAM LINK
Thursday 5 a.m. Women’s Super-G Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Men’s Super-G Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 7 a.m. Mixed Team Parallel Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
5:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
5:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK

Women’s Curling World Championship — Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 5 p.m. USA vs. Czech Republic Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Sunday 10 p.m. USA vs. Japan Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK

Biathlon World Cup — Oslo, Norway

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 10:35 a.m. Women’s Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 10:35 a.m. Men’s Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7:42 a.m. Women’s Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:50 a.m. Men’s Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 7:40 a.m. Women’s Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:50 a.m. Men’s Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Oberstdorf, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 12:15 p.m. Men Qualifying Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 11 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 11 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Megeve, France (Moguls) and Veysonnaz, Switzerland (Ski Cross)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 1 p.m. Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 5 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:40 a.m. Dual Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK

Snowboarding World Cup — Rogla, Slovenia and Berchtesgaden, Germany (Alpine), Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic (Slopestyle) and Veysonnaz, Switzerland (Snowboard Cross)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Wednesday 8 a.m. Parallel Giant Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7 a.m. Slopestyle Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:45 a.m. Parallel Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6 a.m. Team Parallel Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Snowboard Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK

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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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Mo Farah likely to retire this year

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British track legend Mo Farah will likely retire by the end of this year.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics, and I think 2023 will probably be my last year,” the 39-year-old Farah said, according to multiple British media reports.

Farah, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m golds at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, was announced Tuesday as part of the field for the London Marathon on April 23.

Last May, Farah reportedly said he believed his career on the track was over, but not the roads.

London might not be his last marathon. Farah also said that if, toward the end of this year, he was capable of being picked to run for Britain again, he would “never turn that down,” according to Tuesday’s reports.

It’s not clear if Farah was referencing the world track and field championships, which include a marathon and are in Budapest in August. Or selection for the 2024 British Olympic marathon team.

The fastest British male marathoner last year ran 2:10:46, ranking outside the top 300 in the world. Farah broke 2:10 in all five marathons that he’s finished, but he hasn’t run one since October 2019 (aside from pacing the 2020 London Marathon).

Farah withdrew four days before the last London Marathon on Oct. 2, citing a right hip injury.

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah’s best London Marathon finish in four starts was third place in 2018.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

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