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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 […]

Pistorius murder trial ends, prosecutor demands ‘consequences’

  PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO (Reuters) – The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius wrapped up on Friday with the prosecution making a final plea for the South African athlete to “face the consequences” of shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa, only the second black woman to be appointed a high court judge in […]

2014 Youth Olympic Games on Universal Sports Network

The Youth Olympic Games aim to bring together and celebrate the world’s best young athletes, promote the Olympic values to youth communities throughout the world, and raise sports awareness and participation among young people. NBC Olympics and Universal Sports Network will combine to present 54.5 hours of the upcoming 2014 Youth Olympic Games from Nanjing, […]

Meya Bizer: The Human Sledgehammer

Click here for the schedule of IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup matches on Universal Sports. By Seth Rubinroit There is no mystery why Meya Bizer is nicknamed “The Human Sledgehammer.” Bizer has earned a reputation for delivering bone-crushing hits, despite being far from one of USA Rugby’s biggest players at 5-foot-8, 158 pounds. Watch some of her hardest […]

Ten Years On, Athens 2004 Gives Greece Little to Cheer

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/YANNIS BEHRAKIS (Reuters) – It was billed as a chance to transform Greece’s image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world’s greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Many of the once-gleaming Olympic venues which crackled with activity have […]

Marathon man Brasher inspires London to get riding

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/LUKE MACGREGOR/FILES (Reuters) – As race director of the London Marathon Hugh Brasher was not exactly short of things to do with his time but when the invitations went out for bidders to organize and run a mass cycling event on a similar scale he jumped at the chance. His organization duly got […]

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte Set for Duel at U.S. Nationals

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Matt York) Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are expected to race at USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships on Wednesday, August 6, at 9 PM ET LIVE on Universal Sports. Aug 5 (Reuters) – Olympic swim king Michael Phelps and reigning Swimmer of the Year Ryan Lochte will wage […]

Michael Phelps Signs Endorsement Deal With New Swimsuit Company

Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman (Courtesy of Aqua Sphere) Michael Phelps is expected to race at USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships on Wednesday, August 6, at 9 PM ET LIVE on Universal Sports. VISTA, Calif. (August 5, 2014)— Aqua Sphere, the premier swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness and recreational swimming, aquatic exercise, and triathlons, […]

USA Women’s Eagles Win Big In World Cup Match Over Kazakhstan

USA Women’s Eagles (Michael Lee/USA Rugby) By Jonathan Swart PARIS, France – The Women’s Eagles had two goals against Kazakhstan – win and score four tries. With “Final in ‘14” on the line, they accomplished exactly what they needed to by defeating the Nomads, 47-7. “We talked about getting four tries and it was great […]

Glasgow revels in Bolt buzz and warm glow

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ANDREW WINNING   (Reuters) – The Glasgow Commonwealth Games proved to be much more than just ‘Friendly’ as Scottish culture, sport and six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt combined to create a memorable 11-day event. The success of the Games was assured with the golden seal of approval from Bolt, the world’s most recognisable athlete, […]

Usain Bolt Anchors Jamaica to 4x100m Title

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt at the 2014 Commonwealth Games (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett) By Michael Hann GLASGOW, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt stole the show to give the Commonwealth Games the moment it had been waiting for by leading Jamaica to gold in the 4×100 metres relay on Saturday. After weeks of build-up, anticipation […]

Meb Keflezighi and Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki to Run 2014 NYC Marathon

 Meb Keflezighi (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)  New York— Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston Marathon champion and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and Caroline Wozniacki, formerly the top-ranked player in the world and winner of the recent Istanbul Cup, will run as Team for Kids Ambassadors at the 2014 TCS New York City […]

U.S. Swimming Stars Set to Compete at Phillips 66 Nationals

Michael Phelps (Mike Lewis/OlaVistaPhotography.com) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nearly 1,000 swimmers, including Olympic gold medalists and world-record holders Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.), Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.), Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.), are expected to complete at next week’s USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California. The five-day meet […]

FIVB World Grand Prix Preview

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will be in search of its sixth FIVB World Grand Prix title as Team USA opens the tournament’s first of three preliminary round weekends Aug. 1-3 in Ankara, Turkey. The Americans begin the 2014 edition on Aug. 1 versus No. 6 Russia at 6 a.m. […]

Team USA’s Torrin Lawrence Dies in Car Accident

Torrin Lawrence (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) INDIANAPOLIS — USA Track & Field mourns the loss of Torrin Lawrence, who died early Monday morning in a car accident.  A Jacksonville, Fla. native, Lawrence represented Team USA at both the inaugural IAAF World Relays in 2014 and USA vs. The World in 2013. Lawrence was a multi-time NCAA […]

2014 La Course by Tour de France

A few hours before the men’s peloton arrives in Paris, with live broadcast on France Télévisions and Eurosport International, the world’s elite women cyclists will race the circuit in the historic heart of the city before fighting out a final sprint.

IAAF World Junior Championships Throwback Photos

Aries Merritt (Courtesy of IAAF) By Seth Rubinroit and Max Meyer Track and field’s future stars are currently competing at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Past competitors, including Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix, have made a name for themselves at the IAAF World Junior Championships. Many have gone on to become Olympic […]

Americans Claim Gold and Silver in World Juniors 100m

Trayvon Bromell, left, and Kendal Williams at the IAAF World Junior Championships (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) By Parker Morse Kendal Williams of the host USA ran 10.21 to win the men’s 100m final at the end of the second day of competition at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014. Williams led a US 1-2 sweep, as […]

World Cup will inspires Rio Olympics, says IOC’s Bach

(President of Brazil’s Olympic Committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman (L) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.) PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/UESLEI MARCELINO (Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro will host a successful Olympic Games in 2016 after the World Cup showed Brazil can cope with staging the biggest sporting events, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said […]

Six Senior U.S. Titles Won At 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships

PHOTO CREDIT: John Chang The 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., wrapped up with the finals in junior and senior trampoline, senior rhythmic gymnastics and junior and senior acrobatic gymnastics. The final six senior champions are: rhythmic gymnastics, all-around – Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics […]

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Visits Long Beach

April Ross, left, and Kerri Walsh Jennings (Courtesy of FIVB) The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour makes its only stop in the United States from July 22-27 at the 2014 ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, CA. At the 2013 event, Americans Phil Dalhausser/Sean Rosenthal won the gold medal in the men’s competition while the […]

Trayvon Bromell and Mary Cain Highlight 2014 IAAF World Juniors

Trayvon Bromell (Kirby Lee/USA Today) Click here for the complete 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships television schedule. By Parker Morse Trayvon Bromell, one of USA’s top hopes for a gold medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, has been running fast for a long time this season. Starting with a 10.01 100m at […]

Universal Sports Network and IAAF Extend Media Rights Partnership

Usain Bolt at the 2013 IAAF World Championships (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images) Los Angeles – Universal Sports Network and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced today a multiyear extension of their current media rights agreement to air IAAF’s marquee track & field events in the U.S. through 2019. The deal, finalized with the IAAF’s […]

2014 Race Unlikely Between Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin

Usain Bolt (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports) (Reuters) – Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website on Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now unlikely to race against Justin Gatlin this year. The six times Olympic gold […]

Olympians at the 2014 ESPYS

From left: Jamie Anderson, Lolo Jones and Mikaela Shiffrin (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images) By Max Meyer The ESPYS were held Wednesday on a hot, sunny day in Los Angeles, which meant that the Winter Olympians were supposed to be out of their element. Yet on the red carpet at L.A. Live, they looked like naturals. Jamie Anderson […]

Diamond League Monaco Preview

Allyson Felix (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Tune in to IAAF Diamond League from Monaco Friday, July 18 at 2 PM ET LIVE on Universal Sports. Click here for the full IAAF Diamond League schedule.  By Mike Rowbottom Monaco’s IAAF Diamond League meeting on Friday (18) has much to live up to this year after 2013’s […]

Lindsey Vonn Plays Roger Federer in Tennis on Glacier

Roger Federer and Lindsey Vonn (Reuters/Denis Balibouse) By Max Meyer Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn may never play in a tennis Grand Slam, but she did get to play tennis in a Glacier Slam against superstar Roger Federer. Vonn and Federer played on a makeshift court on a glacier at an altitude of 3,475 meters. The match […]

10 Teens to Watch at 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships

The scene in Oregon (Twitter: @Oregon14WJC) Click here for the TV schedule on Universal Sports Network. The best young athletes from nearly 200 countries will soon be on their way to Eugene for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, which begin in exactly one week’s time on July 22. As featured in the latest edition of SPIKES, […]

USA Fencing Team Travels to Senior Worlds

Miles Chamley-Watson (Nicole Jomantas/USA Fencing) (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The USA Fencing Team had one of its most successful Senior World Championships in 2013 and Team USA’s medalists will be back for more in Kazan, Russia from July 15-23. Individual preliminary rounds will take place from July 15-17 for athletes ranked outside the top 16 […]

Ann Arbor Named “America’s Top Swim City” by USA Swimming

University of Michigan pool (Courtesy of University of Michigan) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 14, 2014) – Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the best swim city in America, according to a new study commissioned by USA Swimming and leading swimwear brand Speedo. The community claimed the highest aggregate score in categories such as percentage of active swimmers […]

Gwen Jorgensen Continues WTS Streak with Victory in Hamburg

HAMBURG, Germany — American Gwen Jorgensen again reached historic heights on Saturday, winning ITU World Triathlon Hamburg for her seventh career ITU World Triathlon Series victory and her fourth consecutive win this season. Beer showers for @gwenjorgensen @ejjacko @K3Sport! pic.twitter.com/CwgnICAQVo — TriathlonLIVE (@triathlonlive) July 12, 2014 Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) clinched her win on the […]

Ian Thorpe Comes Out in TV Interview

Ian Thorpe (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Reuters) – Ian Thorpe, Australia’s most decorated Olympian, revealed he was gay in an emotional television interview on Sunday, ending years of speculation about the champion swimmer’s sexuality. The five-times Olympic gold medalist made the admission to British journalist Michael Parkinson in a pre-recorded interview on Australia’s Channel 10 […]

Interview with Professional Cyclist Kathryn Bertine

Kathryn Bertine (Courtesy of George Deswijzen Jr.) Kathryn Bertine is the co-founder of Le Tour Entier, which was instrumental in successfully persuading race organizer Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) to create a women’s Tour alongside the men’s Tour de France. The inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France will be broadcasted LIVE on Universal Sports […]

Lolo Jones Gets Stitches Two Days Before Race

(UPDATE JULY 12): Lolo Jones managed to finish second in the women’s 100m hurdles in Glasgow on Saturday just two days after her gruesome injury. By Seth Rubinroit Lolo Jones received stitches on her right leg on Thursday, according to her Twitter account. She is in Glasgow for the IAAF Diamond League, and still plans on […]

Diamond League Glasgow Preview

Carmelita Jeter (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports) By Max Meyer Glasgow is the ninth leg of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League. This is the first time since 1968 that Glasgow will host the Diamond League, as the meet is usually held in London. Here are the top events to watch on Friday and Saturday. Friday at 2 PM ET LIVE on […]

Team USA Roster for IAAF World Junior Championships

Trayvon Bromell (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY) INDIANAPOLIS — Record-setting high schoolers and NCAA champions highlight Team USA’s 89-member roster for the 8th IAAF World Junior Championships, scheduled for July 22-27 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The roster includes eight individual medalists from 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships, four NCAA champions and seventeen athletes with […]

USA Women’s Eagles Announce Roster For Rugby World Cup

The USA Women’s National Rugby Team (Twitter: @USARugby) BOULDER, Colo. — The Women’s Eagles have been selected for the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014. In total, 26 players will have the chance to represent the U.S.A. in Paris for the prestigious tournament. Additionally, four players will accompany the team to Paris as reserves. “It […]

2014 Diamond League: Lausanne: Lagarde wins 110m hurdles

After a false start, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (FRA) gets his third straight Diamond League win with a world leading time of 13.06, winning by .07 seconds over Sergey Shubenkov (RUS). David Oliver was 4th, 13.23.

Olympian and War Hero Louis Zamperini Dies at 97

Louis Zamperini (AP Photo/Paul Wagner, File) (Reuters) – Louis Zamperini, an American prisoner of war in World War Two and Olympic runner whose life inspired the book and upcoming feature film “Unbroken,” has died at age 97, Universal Pictures said in a statement. Zamperini died after a 40-day bout with pneumonia, his family said in […]

Tyson Gay Returns to the Track This Thursday on Universal Sports

PHOTO CREDIT: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/GettyImages Los Angeles (June 30, 2014) – Universal Sports Network will air exclusive national television coverage of the IAAF Diamond League from Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday, July 3, at 2 p.m. ET LIVE, and Paris, France on Saturday, July 5, at 2 p.m. ET LIVE. In addition, UniversalSports.com will live stream both races […]

Alysia Montaño Races While 8 Months Pregnant

Alysia Montaño (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) By Seth Rubinroit Nothing stops Alysia Montaño. 34 weeks into her pregnancy, the five-time U.S. outdoor champion ran the 800m at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships on Thursday. Her due date is August 13. “I’ve been running through my entire pregnancy,” Montaño told reporters after her race. “I just knew […]

2014 Equestrian Classics: Badminton, England: Townend Comes in 2nd

Oliver Townend (GBR) and his horse Armada come in 2nd in the FEI Classics in Badminton, England this year.

IAAF will not appeal Gay’s one-year doping ban

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH (Reuters) – The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not appeal the one-year ban handed down to Tyson Gay for doping which has put the United States’s second-place finish in the 4×100 meters relay at the 2012 London Olympics in jeopardy. Gay, the world’s joint second fastest man, was banned for […]

2014 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships

Sanya Richards-Ross (Leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports) Universal Sports will broadcast the USATF Outdoor Championships on Saturday, June 28, at 6 PM ET and Sunday, June 29, at 3 PM ET LIVE. CLICK HERE for the complete schedule.  The USATF Outdoor Championships return to “Sac-Town” for 2014. The 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships will bring the nation’s best […]

World No. 1 Gwen Jorgensen Headlines Field in Chicago

Gwen Jorgensen (Janos Schmidt/ITU) This weekend, the long awaited debut of Chicago on the ITU World Triathlon Series schedule will come to fruition. It is the only U.S. stop on the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series circuit. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the elite women’s race Saturday, June 28, at 1:30 PM ET LIVE and […]

Eugene Will Host 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships

Fans in Eugene are excited about the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships (Twitter: @Oregon14WJC) The gun goes on the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships at the historic Hayward Field stadium in Eugene, USA, in exactly one month’s time and some of the top teenage athletics talents in the world have already been showing their form this summer. […]

What Does Gwen Jorgensen Pack for a Triathlon?

Some of the items that Gwen Jorgensen packs (gwenjorgensen.com) By Max Meyer The next ITU World Triathlon Series stop is in Chicago, and that means another road trip for Gwen Jorgensen. The American triathlete has been on a roll this year, winning the USOC’s female Athlete of the Month for May after victories in Yokohama and London. […]

Despite paralysis, swim star Van Dyken in good spirits at Denver hospital

(Reuters) – Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken said she was excited to be starting her new life on Wednesday as she arrived partially paralyzed at a hospital near her hometown of Denver for specialist treatment after severing her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Van Dyken, 41, whose six gold medals make her one […]

5 Storylines of the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara

Michael Phelps (Mike Lewis/OlaVistaPhotography.com) By Mike Gustafson This weekend, hundreds of the best swimmers around the country flock west and converge in Santa Clara, California. The Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara commences on Thursday, featuring numerous Olympians, NCAA veterans, post-graduates, club swimmers, high schoolers, and age groupers from all over the world. Huge names […]

U.S. Olympic Committee Narrows List Of Cities To Four For Potential U.S. Bid For 2024 Olympic And Paralympic Games

Image Courtesy United States Olympic Committee BY: UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., were today identified by the United States Olympic Committee as candidates for a potential U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.“We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities […]

Previewing USA Rugby vs. Canada

USA Rugby Men’s Eagles (Michael Lee/USA Rugby) SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Men’s Eagles are in Northern California this week looking to reverse a recent trend of Canadian dominance on the rugby pitch. Canada took all three of the two teams’ meetings last year, including a two-leg IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier series win in […]

Interview: Sal Masekela on the Mavericks Invitational

By Seth Rubinroit The Mavericks Invitational is the world’s premier, high adrenaline big wave surfing contest. Two dozen of the world’s bravest and best surfers gather annually at the legendary Mavericks surf break just 20 minutes south of San Francisco and compete in waves reaching more than 30 feet, in what many consider the toughest big wave conditions in […]

Blaine Scully Scores Hat Trick But Eagles Lose Pacific Nations Cup Opener

Blaine Scully (Sam Rubinroit/Universal Sports) CARSON, Calif. – Blaine Scully scored three tries Saturday at StubHub Center, but the Eagles could not rebound from a quick, second-half attack from Japan in a 37-29 loss in their first match of the 2014 IRB Pacific Nations Cup. Scully almost opened his account in the seventh minute of […]

Olympian Dotsie Bausch to Call Inaugural La Course by Tour de France on Universal Sports

Image Courtesy of Dotsie Bausch By: Emily Frare Olympic silver medalist and Universal Sports Network cycling analyst Dotsie Bausch has signed on to call the inaugural La Course, also known as the first women’s Tour de France, airing LIVE on Universal Sports Saturday, July 27 at 7:30am ET. Bausch will provide commentary and perspective from the […]

 
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