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The Masters Kicks Off, Women’s Hockey Goes For Gold & More From Team USA This Weekend

By Paul D. Bowker | April 12, 2019, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

As you settle into your weekend, Team USA athletes are getting ready to compete all around the world. Keep track of some of the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.

Defending Masters Champion Patrick Reed Battles For Green Jacket Repeat
Rickie Fowler plays a shot during a practice round prior to The Masters on April 8, 2019 in Augusta, Ga.


Defending champion Patrick Reed and 2018 runner-up Rickie Fowler, both 2016 U.S. Olympians, are among a stacked field in this week’s Masters golf tournament at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia.

The Masters is the first of four men’s golf majors each year.

Reed and Fowler turned the tournament into a one-two Olympic finish in 2018, as Reed won the tournament by one stroke. Also playing in the Masters are 2016 Olympians Bubba Watson, the 2012 and 2014 Masters champion, and Matt Kuchar, who won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The tournament consists of four 18-hole rounds in an individual stroke play format. A cut will be made after the second round on Friday.

Reed, who was a member of the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team, is attempting to become the first back-to-back winner since Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002.

The leading American in the Olympic Golf Rankings is Dustin Johnson at No. 2.

TV: 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Saturday, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Golf Channel

Follow along on social: USA Golf on Twitter, PGA Tour on Twitter and the Masters on Instagram

The U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team Goes For Gold At WorldsMaddie Rooney competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang on Feb. 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. 


The chase for a fifth consecutive world title heats up Saturday and Sunday for the U.S. women’s ice hockey team.

Team USA plays in the semifinals of the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship on Saturday in Espoo, Finland. The U.S. advanced after a 4-0 win in the quarterfinals against Japan. The gold- and bronze-medal games are set for Sunday.

The U.S. cruised to four consecutive victories in the preliminary round, winning those games by a combined 27-4. Team captain Kendall Coyne Schofield, a two-time Olympic medalist, scored four goals and had three assists in the prelims, tying for the tournament lead in scoring.

Among the preliminary wins was a 3-2 victory over longtime rival Canada. The U.S. and Canada have played for the title in all 18 previous world championship tournaments. The U.S. also defeated Canada to win the gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Follow along on social: USA Hockey on Instagram#WomensWorlds on Twitter and Hilary Knight on Twitter

The Best U.S. Figure Skaters Battle For The World Team Trophy
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue compete at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships on March 22, 2019 in Saitama, Japan.


Eight U.S. skaters, including men’s world champion Nathan Chen and two-time world medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, are competing in this week’s World Team Trophy in Fukuoka, Japan.

The U.S. team is seeking a medal in the competition for the sixth consecutive time. The World Team Trophy is held every other year. Points are accumulated based on results in the short and free programs for each of the four disciplines.

In addition to the U.S., teams are also representing Japan, Canada, France, Italy and Russia. Competition runs through Saturday.

Team USA leads after the first day, which included the men’s and women’s short programs, and the rhythm dance.

Chen, a 2018 Olympian who is unbeaten this year, is in the men’s competition with Vincent Zhou, a 2018 Olympian who recently earned bronze at world championships. They opened the competition by finishing 1-2 in the men’s short program on Thursday.

Two-time U.S. champions Hubbell and Donohue, who finished fourth at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, were third in the rhythm dance. 

Bradie Tennell, a 2018 Olympian, and Mariah Bell are in the women’s competition. U.S. champions Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc are in pairs.

Webcast: 3, 4:25 and 6 a.m. ET Friday, 2:15 and 3:50 a.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: U.S. Figure Skating on Twitter, ISU Figure Skating on Twitter and Nathan Chen on Instagram

Men’s Rugby Sevens Has The Opportunity To Qualify For Tokyo In Singapor
eMadison Hughes runs with the ball at the HSBC Sevens World Series on Nov. 30, 2018 in Dubai.


The USA Men’s Eagles Sevens are on the verge of securing a berth in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The Eagles, who have medaled in six of seven HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments this season, can clinch an Olympic berth with another strong finish this week in Singapore. The top four teams in the overall series lock down Olympic berths, and the U.S., with 130 points, is 40 points ahead of England, the fifth-place team.

The Eagles managed to win a bronze medal in the Hong Kong Sevens last week after losing two of their three pool-round matches. The U.S. won a gold medal in the USA Sevens played in Las Vegas and won silver medals in four other tournaments.

“Olympic qualification would mean so much,” said team captain Madison Hughes, a 2016 Olympian. “That was our big goal coming into this season. We want to get top four and get that Olympic qualification. It was a lofty goal at the time, but now we’re really close to it.”

The U.S. faces No. 15 Wales, No. 13 Kenya and No. 5 England in Saturday’s pool play in Singapore. The playoff round is Sunday.

Follow along on social: USA Rugby on TwitterWorld Rugby Sevens on Twitter and Carlin Isles on Instagram


Swimming – TYR Pro Swim Series
Six-time Olympic medalist Katie Ledecky, who won Olympic gold medals in the women’s 800-meter freestyle in 2012 and 2016, began this week’s TYR Pro Swim Series meet with a win in the 800. Ledecky is among 41 U.S. national team swimmers and more than 450 total competing in the four-day meet, which ends Saturday. Among those joining Ledecky in Richmond, Virginia, are Olympians Kelsi Dahlia, Simone Manuel, Leah Smith, Ryan Murphy, Caeleb Dressel and Chase Kalisz. Zane Grothe, who began the meet by winning the men’s 800 on Wednesday, is seeded first in four freestyle events. Dressel is also a top seed in four events: 50 butterfly and free, and 100 fly and free.

TV: 6 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, Olympic Channel; 1:30 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Friday, 9 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. ET Saturday, usaswimming.org

Diving – Mission Viejo Grand Prix
2016 Olympians Amy Cozad Magaña, Jessica Parratto and Katrina Young are among 25 U.S. divers competing in this week’s FINA Grand Prix meet in Mission Viejo, California. The U.S. is hosting a grand prix for the first time since 2013. Young and Cozad Magaña will compete in the women’s 10-meter individual event. Young will also compete with World Cup partner Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg in the 10-meter synchro, and Parratto will combine with World Cup partner Tarrin Gilliland. The U.S. team also includes 2018 World Cup bronze medalist David Dinsmore in the men’s platform and two-time junior world silver medalist Krysta Palmer in the women’s 3-meter. The meet goes through Sunday at Marguerite Aquatic Center in Mission Viejo.

Field Hockey – FIH Pro League
The U.S. women’s field hockey team takes on the Netherlands in an FIH Pro League game on Sunday in Rotterdam. Team USA began its European trip on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Belgium in Brussels. The Netherlands, which is in second place in the league standings, has won five of six matches, including 6-0 against China on Wednesday. The U.S. is looking for its first win in regulation time; the team defeat Belgium in a shootout on March 29.

Shooting – Al Ain Shotgun World Cup
Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode is among six U.S. athletes competing in the skeet portion of the ISSF World Cup Shotgun in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. No Olympic quota spots are up for grabs this weekend for the U.S. because it has already reached the maximum quota spots in skeet shooting for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Rhode is coming off a win at a world cup tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. Joining her in Al Ain are 2018 world teammates Caitlin Connor and Amber English. On the men’s side, Phillip Jungman, Josh Raley and Hayden Stewart are competing. The women’s competition begins Saturday with prelims, followed by the final on Sunday. The men’s final is Monday.

Climbing – Moscow World Cup
Alex Johnson and Kyra Condie, who had top-10 finishes in last week’s world cup bouldering opener, are among 12 U.S. climbers competing in this week’s world cup in Moscow. Competition will be held in bouldering and speed, which are two of the three disciplines that will be part of a combined event in the Olympic debut of climbing in 2020 in Tokyo. Johnson finished seventh last week in Meiringen, Switzerland, missing the final round by just one spot. Condie finished eighth.

TV: 10 p.m. ET Sunday, Olympic Channel

Modern Pentathlon – Sofia World Cup
Olympic hopeful Samantha Achterberg qualified for Friday’s women’s final in the second modern pentathlon world cup of the year, which is being held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Achterberg scored 992 points in the qualifying round on Wednesday, including winning her heat in swimming, to reach the final round of 32. She is one of seven U.S. athletes (four women, three man) competing in Sofia. The men’s final is Saturday, followed by the team competition Sunday.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.