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A Trio Of Must-Watch Paralympic Events: Sept. 16

By Jamie MacDonald | Sept. 16, 2016, 4 a.m. (ET)

After nearly a week of playing catch-up, the United States on Thursday, thanks to a successful day on the track that including an American sweep in the women's 5,000-meter T54, continues to chase the No. 3 spot in the medals count. Today offers opportunity for more. If you’re looking for the “what to watch from Rio,” this is the place for the Games' final three days. The action can be viewed live on TeamUSA.org and broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Click here for a full viewing schedule. (All times below are ET.)

Friday, Sept. 16

Road Cycling

When it comes to the mixed team relay H2-5 final (2:30 p.m.), it’s a western affair. Will Lachenauer is from Reno, Nevada, Will Groulx is from Portland, Oregon, and Oz Sanchez is from Los Angeles. Both Groulx and Sanchez have also already earned medals in Rio. The 42-year-old Groulx is the men’s road race H2 champion and has a silver in the men’s time trial H2, too, while 40-year-old Sanchez has a bronze medal in the men’s time trial H5.

Wheelchair Basketball

Team USA’s women — by way of an 89-78 win over Great Britain that saw Desiree Miller (26 points), Rebecca Murray (31 points) and two-time Paralympian Rose Hollermann (22 points) account for nearly all of the scoring — advanced to today’s gold-medal final against Germany (4:30 p.m.). The United States, after outscoring opponents, 466-259, in Rio, remains undefeated, while Germany enters with one loss to Great Britain in the preliminary round.


On the final day of goalball competition, both Team USA’s men and women will play for medals today. First up on the day, led by seven-time Paralympian Jen Armbruster and five-time Paralympian Asya Miller, the women will obviously, after earning medals in Athens and Beijing, better their London finish of sixth. Team USA takes on host Brazil in the bronze-medal game (12:30 p.m.).

Closing out the goalball competition will be the U.S. men, who, after advancing on Thursday with a 10-1 win over Brazil, will face Lithuania in the gold-medal game (7 p.m.). Pacing Team USA in the semis: Tyler Merren, who scored nine of his team’s 10 goals. Merren also scored three goals in the United States’ 7-6 quarterfinals win over Germany.

Broadcast Schedule (ET)

On TV:

NBCSN  1-5 a.m. Sitting Volleyball semifinals, Swimming, Track and Field 
NBCSN   8-10 p.m.    Swimming, Track and Field, Women's Wheelchair Basketball medal rounds

Live Stream:

Track and Field
Track and Field 2
Track and Field 3
 8:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 4:20-7:30 p.m.
 8:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 4:20-7:30 p.m.
 8:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 4:20-7:30 p.m.
 8:25-11:00 a.m., 4:25-8:45 p.m.
Wheelchair Fencing
 7:25 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 2:55-7:40 p.m.
Table Tennis
 8:55 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 3:25-8:30 p.m.
Sitting Volleyball
 12:20-4:00 p.m., 5:20-9:00 p.m.
Wheelchair Tennis
 10:55 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Soccer 7-a-side
 12:50-2:15 p.m., 3:50-5:45 p.m.
Wheelchair Basketball    8:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:05-6:45 p.m.
Wheelchair Rugby
 9:20 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 2:50-4:30 p.m., 6:05-7:45 p.m.
Highlight Show  9:00-9:05 p.m., 3:00-4:00 p.m., 10:00-11:00 p.m.