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Doha to Host 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships

Doha (Shutterstock) MONACO, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Qatar’s emergence as a global sporting hub gained further clout when Doha was chosen as host city for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships on Tuesday. The fast-growing city alongside the Arabian Gulf will become the first from the Middle East to stage the blue riband event. Overlooked […]

Estonian Team Set for World Cup Opener

The Estonian Ski Jumpers and Nordic Combined athletes started their seasons with a sponsor and partner meeting where past achievements were recognised and predictions for the upcoming winter made before it is off to a training camp in Finland for the Estonian athletes. The brothers Piho who live and train in Trondheim since this spring […]

Premiere of Team SCA: No Ordinary Women

Tune in for the premiere of Team SCA: No Ordinary Women on Universal Sports Network on Monday, Nov. 17 at 8 PM ET. The inspirational series follows the lives of a group of determined women in the build-up to sailing’s toughest contest, the Volvo Ocean Race. Find out what drives these women to sail the first all-female Volvo […]

Germany plans doping law with prison terms for offenders

(Reuters) – The German government on Wednesday will unveil a draft bill that foresees jail terms and stiff fines for top athletes, coaches and managers who use or acquire banned substances, in an effort to crack down on drug users in elite sports. The draft bill will still need to be discussed in parliament and […]

Olympic Sports Notes

UniversalSports.com presents Olympic Sports Notes, a one-stop-shop for the latest in Olympic Sports related news. Check back often for updates. Friday, November 14, 2014 OLYMPICS ALPINE SKI – MIKAELA SHIFFRIN: FROM ONE BREAKTHROUGH TO THE NEXT LINDSEY VONN – GOPRO TRAINING VIDEO FROM Wednesday SPEED SKATING – US LONG TRACK SPEED SKATERS READY TO REBOUND […]

Prize Purse Doubled for Arena Grand Prix Series

Katie Ledecky (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) With twice the prize money as last season on the line, many of the world’s best swimmers will face top-flight competition on United States soil in USA Swimming’s 2014-15 Arena Grand Prix Series. As part of USA Swimming’s partnership with swimwear leader Arena, the six-event Arena Grand Prix Series […]

Fall of Berlin Wall and hopes of sports superpower status

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/THOMAS PETER (Reuters) – Berliners had only just started taking pickaxes to the Berlin Wall in the days after its dramatic demise on November 9, 1989 when the world of sport began confidently predicting a golden future for a reunited Germany. German officials talked about staging an historic Olympics in East and West […]

Hollande wants France to host 2024 Olympic Games

(Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that he was in favor of France applying to host the OlympicGames in 2024, and that the country was a candidate to host the World Expo the following year. “Yes, France will apply for the World Expo. That’s 50 million visitors,” Hollande said during a live […]

2014-2015 Speed Skating Schedule

Date Event TV Time (ET) Live Online (ET) 11/8 ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating: Salt Lake City 10:00 PM  – 11/9 ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating: Salt Lake City 10:00 PM  – 11/24 Apolo Ohno Invitational 3:00 PM  – 1/10 ISU European Speed Skating Championships 4:00 PM TBD 1/11 ISU European Speed Skating Championships […]

World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships on USN

Watch live coverage from Daytona on Saturday, November 8 at 7 PM ET and on Sunday, November 9 at 5 PM ET on TV on Universal Sports and online here.  Team USA, led by individual 2013 World medalists Kristle Lowell and Alex Renkert, has arrived in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the 2014 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships.  The event, which features competition in individual and […]

All Blacks Game Could Be Catalyst for U.S. World Cup Bid

USA Rugby Men’s Eagles (Michael Lee/USA Rugby) Click here to receive information about the Rugby World Cup 2015. By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The All Blacks test against the United States in Chicago could provide the springboard rugby needs in the competitive American sports market and even prove a catalyst to bid for […]

One Year to Go Until IRB Rugby World Cup 2015

USA Rugby Men’s Eagles (Michael Lee/Taiwan Mike Photography) Click here for the 2014-2015 rugby viewing schedule. Universal Sports Network and NBC Sports Group today announced multi-platform coverage plans for next year’s IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 one year out from the tournament final at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. From September 18 through October 31, 2015, […]

USA Rugby vs. All Blacks Preview

USA Eagles vs. All Blacks (Meghan Wojnowski/USA Rugby) Click here to receive information about the Rugby World Cup 2015. The USA Rugby Men’s Eagles will take on the New Zealand All Blacks in a historic match on November 1. Here’s what you need to know: Television Coverage Universal Sports Network will host a pre-game show at […]

FIS President Warns FIFA over Confict with 2022 Winter Games

By Manuele Lang SOELDEN, Austria, Oct 26 (Reuters) – International Ski Federation (FIS) president Gian-Franco Kasper has warned FIFA against holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the same time as the Winter Olympic Games. Kasper, who is also an outspoken member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was reacting to comments last week […]

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Preview

Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team) The 2014-2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season begins Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 AM ET LIVE on Universal Sports. Click here for the full viewing schedule. Play-by-play announcer Steve Porino helped analyze the major storylines for upcoming season: On the expectations for Americans Ted Ligety and Mikaela […]

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five-Year Jail Term

Oscar Pistorius is led to a prison van (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings) By Joe Brock PRETORIA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world. His uncle, […]

Biles Poised to Leap into Rio Spotlight

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/CHINA DAILY (Reuters) – Her training headquarters is a small warehouse in Spring, Texas, but bigger things are expected for petite gymnast Simone Biles, who is on track to become a darling of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The powerfully-built 4-foot-9 American is back from Nanning, China, where last weekend she won four world championship gold […]

2014-2015 FIS Alpine World Cup Viewing Schedule

Click here to watch these events in the Winter Sports section DATE EVENT TV (ET) LIVE Online (ET) 10/25 Soelden: Ladies’ Giant Slalom 6:30 AM LIVE 3:30 AM 10/26 Soelden: Men’s Giant Slalom 7:30 AM ET LIVE 4:30 AM 11/15 Levi: Ladies’ Slalom 6:30 AM ET LIVE 4:00 AM 11/16 Levi: Men’s Slalom 6:30 AM ET LIVE 4:00 AM 11/29 Lake […]

Nanjing Athletes Pledge for a Brighter Future

In the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games, during the closing ceremony of Nanjing 2014, the 3,800 athletes pledged to become ambassadors both on and off the field of play, while encouraging those around them to embrace the Olympic values and help inspire a generation. Included for the first time in Olympic history, the athletes’ […]

Apolo Ohno Completes Ironman Kona

Apolo Ohno after finishing the Ironman World Championship (AP Photo/Karin Stanton) Relive the 2014 Ironman World Championships on Monday, November 17 at 9 PM ET on Universal Sports Network. Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time, finished the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 9 hours, 52 minutes and 27 seconds. Here’s […]

Costs and bidding process scare off European hopefuls

(Reuters) – What do European cities Stockholm, Oslo, Krakow, Lviv, St Moritz and Munich have in common? They have all turned down or pulled out of bidding for the Winter Olympics in 2022 and triggered alarm bells at the International Olympic Committee. The withdrawals, with Oslo pulling out as recently as last week, have highlighted […]

Tom Daley Not Concerned about Competing in Russia

Tom Daley (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) By Michael Hann LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – British diver Tom Daley is not concerned about competing in Russia despite the country’s anti-gay stance and has no plans to make a political protest ahead of next year’s World Aquatic Championships in Kazan. Daley, who won a bronze medal in the men’s 10 […]

Gymnastics: Dominant U.S. retain women’s team gold

(Reuters) – The United States retained their women’s team title at the Gymnastics World Championships on Wednesday with a massive victory margin over hosts China, with Russia claiming bronze. Reigning world all-around champion Simone Biles joined Kyla Ross, Alyssa Baumann, Madison Kocian, Ashton Locklear and MyKayla Skinner to score 179.280 points, 6.693 ahead of China. […]

U.S. Retain Women’s Team Gymnastics Gold

U.S. gymnasts pose with their gold medals at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships (REUTERS/China Daily) Click here for the remaining 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships schedule. Oct 8 (Reuters) – The United States retained their women’s team title at the Gymnastics World Championships on Wednesday with a massive victory margin over hosts China, with Russia […]

China wins sixth men’s gymnastics world team title in a row

(Reuters) – China’s all conquering men roared back from an abysmal start to snatch their sixth consecutive team title by the narrowest of margins at the world gymnastics championships on Tuesday thanks to Zhang Chenglong’s high-flying horizontal bar routine. China, whose title defense looked in jeopardy after the first rotation when Cheng Ran sat down […]

Justin Gatlin Candidate for IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award

Justin Gatlin (REUTERS/Eric Vidal) The IAAF is pleased to announce the names of the 10 men and 10 women who have been shortlisted for the 2014 World Athlete of the Year Award. The candidates have been selected by an international panel of athletics experts which include representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF. […]

Oslo 2022 Games pullout no blow but changes needed – IOC

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – Oslo quitting the race to stage the 2022 Winter Olympics has not hurt the International Olympic Committee but has underlined that changes are needed to make the Games more attractive to bidders, president Thomas Bach told Reuters on Thursday. IOC head Bach said that Norway’s decision to pull out was […]

2014-2015 Figure Skating Viewing Schedule

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Oct. 2, 2014) – NBC Sports Group, Universal Sports Network and U.S. Figure Skating announced today the broadcast schedule for the 2014-15 figure skating season. NBC Sports Group will broadcast more than 30 hours of coverage throughout the season, including 13.5 hours of live and taped coverage of the seven-event ISU Grand […]

FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup

Click here for a synchronized swimming photo gallery.  A new page of history will be written this week as Université Laval’s PEPS aquatic center hosts the 13th FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup for the first time on Canadian soil. Of the 250 national team members present, 107 athletes will be in action over four days of competition […]

2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards Nominees

Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After claiming a combined 10 medals at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) and Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) headline the nominees for the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards, set for Monday, Nov. 24, at the New York Marriott Marquis. The nation’s […]

Shalane Flanagan Targets the American Women’s Marathon Record

Shalane Flanagan will attempt to set the American women’s marathon record at the Berlin Marathon (Bob Levey/Getty Images) By Seth Rubinroit What to know before watching the 2014 Berlin Marathon on Universal Sports on Sunday, September 28 at 12 PM ET (or LIVE online at 2:30 AM ET). World’s Fastest Course The Berlin Marathon is […]

Qatar takes a stand in hijab row at Asiad

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-MIN/SPORTS CHOSUN (Reuters) – The issue of religious freedom took center stage at the Asian Games on Wednesday when Qatari women forfeited a basketball game after refusing to remove the Islamic head scarf, dealing another blow to an event that trumpets diversity and inclusiveness. Organizers of Incheon’s Asian Games, which have welcomed 9,500 […]

Team USA Roster for FIVB Women’s Indoor Volleyball World Championships

CLICK HERE for the schedule to watch the FIVB Women’s Indoor Volleyball World Championships LIVE online. By Bill Kauffman  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked second in the world and holding a 22-6 record in 2014, announced today its 14-player roster for the upcoming FIVB Volleyball Women’s World […]

BMC beat holders Omega Pharma to claim team time trial gold

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JEROME PREVOST/POOL (Reuters) – BMC Racing beat pre-race favorites and holders Omega Pharma-Quick Step to claim gold in the team time trial at the road cycling world championships on Sunday. BMC, with American Tejay van Garderen, Italians Manuel Quinziato and Daniel Oss, Slovak Peter Velits, Swiss Silvan Dallier and Australian Johan Dennis, set a […]

2014 UCI Road World Championships

Tejay van Garderen, right, and Taylor Phinney (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) CLICK HERE for the USA Cycling roster for the 2014 UCI Road World Championships. LOS ANGELES (September 18, 2014) – Universal Sports Network presents exclusive national television and online coverage of the 2014 UCI Road World Championships from Ponferrada, Spain, beginning with the women’s team time trial events this […]

Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide

Oscar Pistorius reacts as Judge Thokozile Masipa (unseen) delivers her verdict (REUTERS/Alon Skuy) (Reuters) – Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and will now battle to avoid going to prison. The 27-year-old double amputee, […]

Pistorius Cleared of Murder, Culpable Homicide Verdict to Come

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS (Reuters) – Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide. The double-amputee, once one of the biggest names in world athletics, […]

Battle of the Continents for Track and Field’s Best

Lashawn Merritt (REUTERS/Ruben Sprich) Watch the IAAF Continental Cup on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, at 9 PM ET on Universal Sports or watch LIVE online.  Bernard Lagat was one of the stars of the last IAAF Continental Cup, winning both the 3000m and 5000m in Split. At this year’s edition in Marrakech in 13-14 […]

IOC to Respect Scotland Vote, Athletes Protected

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee promised Scottish athletes’ interests would be “safeguarded” ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics should Scotland vote in favor of independence on Sept. 18. If Scotland votes to break away from the United Kingdom, Scottish athletes who competed for Britain at the 2012 summer Olympics in London […]

2014-2015 Rugby Viewing Schedule

Date Event TV Time (ET) Live Online (ET) 10/10 Rugby Sevens World Series: Gold Coast  –  7:30 PM 10/11 Rugby Sevens World Series: Gold Coast  –  7:15 PM 10/12 Rugby Sevens World Series: Gold Coast 11:00 PM  – 11/1 Barbarians FC vs. Australia 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 11/1 USA Eagles vs. All Blacks Pre Show 3:00 PM 3:00 PM 12/6 Rugby Sevens World […]

A year after winning Olympics, Tokyo faces hurdles in move from bid to build

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KYODO/FILE (Reuters) – Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics were meant to be different: compact, on budget and on time. But now, as the Japanese capital moves to leap from bid to building a year after winning thegames, the optimism is ebbing. The National Stadium, built when Japan hosted the Olympics in 1964, symbolizes the woes. […]

U.S. Broadcast Details for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships

Tejay van Garderen, right, and Taylor Phinney (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) LOS ANGELES and RICHMOND, Va. (September 8, 2014) – Richmond 2015 and Universal Sports Network announced today a media partnership for next year’s 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Va., September 19-27, 2015. The deal provides unprecedented coverage in the United States of the UCI’s […]

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 14: Stage Winner

In a difficult uphill battle, Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) takes the stage win from Oliver Zaugg (SUI) in a total of 5:18:10. Alberto Contador (ESP) still remains the GC Leader.

Bradley Wiggins Looks to Repeat at Tour of Britain

Bradley Wiggins at the 2013 Tour of Britain (Courtesy of Tour of Britain) Click HERE for the Tour of Britain schedule on Universal Sports. LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Bradley Wiggins has the chance to end a frustrating year on a high as he attempts to defend his Tour of Britain title and win a first […]

Allyson Felix Races for Diamond Race Trophy

Allyson Felix (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports) Brussels will host the second of two finals for the 2014 IAAF Diamond League series as 16 more Diamond Race winners will be crowned on Friday, September 5 at 2 PM ET LIVE on Universal Sports Network. Of those 16 events, the Diamond Race champions have already been decided […]

USN’s 2014 Endurance Gear Guide

Universal Sports Newtwork presents a list of essential gear that will keep endurance athletes on track during their Summer 2014 (and beyond) training. Take a look at some of our favorite products from brands like The Feed, High Sierra, Asics and Timex.  Pro Box by The Feed   If you’re looking to take your nutrition game to […]

Xu takes 400 meters hurdles in photo finish, Bach praises China

(Reuters) – China were left celebrating more Youth Olympic gold in dramatic style on Monday as Xu Zhihang won the men’s 400 meters hurdles in a photo finish after clocking the same time as Tunisian Fares Mohamed Jlasi. The two crossed the line at the Nanjing Stadium in 50.61 seconds after Jlasi closed the gap […]

Youth Olympians Experience Culture in Nanjing

Athletes at the welcome party in the Youth Olympic Village (Courtesy of the FIVB) By Seth Rubinroit At all hours of the day, the Youth Olympic Village looks like the quad of a bustling college campus. Athletes eat together in the cafeteria, make friends with other athletes from different countries, and even take seminars on life […]

Usain Bolt Ends 2014 Season Early

Usain Bolt (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett) Aug 24 (Reuters) – World record holder and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has decided to end his 2014 season and will not compete in the 100 meters in Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League Final in Zurich, organizers said on Sunday. The decision, which Bolt’s manager Ricky Simms confirmed to Reuters, came […]

Simone Biles Wins Senior Women’s All-Around Championship

Simone Biles at the 2014 P&G Championships (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) PITTSBURGH, Pa., Aug. 23, 2014 – Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, won her second consecutive senior women’s all-around title at the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center. Biles repeated with a two-day total of 122.550 points. Biles began on floor […]

Usain Bolt Races on the Beach in Rio

Usain Bolt runs on Copacabana beach (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes) By Seth Rubinroit Usain Bolt ran his first 100m race of 2014, winning with a time of 10.06 seconds. The race took place on Sunday on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janiero. Bolt missed the beginning of the 2014 season while recovering from a foot injury. He returned […]

Youth Games action starts without Ebola-struck nations

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – Australian triathlete Brittany Dutton won the first gold of the Youth Olympics as competition kicked-off on Sunday without Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria who withdrew because of the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday they had banned three west African athletes from competing […]

2014 Vuelta a España Viewing Times

Universal Sports Network will air more than 52 hours of exclusive LIVE multiplatform coverage of Spain’s premier cycling event, the 2014 Vuelta a España, beginning this Saturday, August 23, at 1 p.m. ET. LIVE coverage of the remaining 20 stages of the third and final Grand Tour of the season continues daily starting at 10 […]

USN & NBC Olympics Presents Coverage of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games

NBC OLYMPICS AND UNIVERSAL SPORTS COMBINE TO PRESENT 54.5 HOURS OF 2014 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES FROM NANJING, CHINA Josh Elliott & Mary Carillo to Host Opening Ceremony on Saturday, August 16 at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN Youth Olympic Games Televised for First Time on NBC and NBCSN – 24.5 Hours of Coverage Across 16 […]

Oscar Pistorius verdict hangs on ‘possible improbabilities’

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/THEMBA HADEBE/POOL (Reuters) – Eighteen months ago when he granted Oscar Pistorius bail after the killing of his girlfriend, South African magistrate Desmond Nair noted a number of “improbabilities” in the Olympic and Paralympic star’s account of the shooting. After 41 days of testimony and drama in the Pretoria High Court, Pistorius’s freedom hangs […]

 
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