Jan 12, 2021
Gold medalists surface for Olympic year at Pro Swim Series; TV schedule
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The first top-level swim meet of the Olympic year is this week, featuring Olympic gold medalists and world-record holders.© Getty Images
Ryan Murphy, Lilly King and Regan Smith headline a Pro Series stop in San Antonio, Texas, live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.
All Olympic Channel coverage also streams for subscribers on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. NBCSN airs replays Friday (11 p.m.) and Monday (2 a.m.).
The first Pro Series meet in 10 months is two-pronged: swimmers are racing in San Antonio and in Richmond, Va.
The Olympic Channel broadcast features the San Antonio finals. USASwimming.org will also live stream Richmond at 7 each night.
For Americans, it’s a checkpoint five months before the Olympic Trials, where the top two per individual event qualify for the Tokyo Games.
Murphy, King and Smith are among the top candidates to make the Olympic team.
Murphy, who swept the backstrokes in Rio, continued to be the top American in the discipline throughout this Olympic cycle. But internationally, he took silver and bronze medals at the world championships behind Russian Yevgeny Rylov and Chinese Xu Jiayu.
Rylov and Xu won’t be in San Antonio, but the now 25-year-old Murphy gets a good look at the next crop of American backstrokers.
Namely 21-year-olds Shaine Casas and Austin Katz. Casas ranks second to Murphy among Americans in the 100m backstroke since the start of 2019. Katz is second to Murphy in the 200m back in that span.
King, the Olympic and world champion and world-record holder in the 100m breast, faces tougher tests in her complementary 200m breast in San Antonio. King is ranked second in the U.S. in that event since the start of 2019 behind Annie Lazor.
While Lazor is absent this week, the entries include Bethany Galat (No. 3 American since the start of 2019), Madisyn Cox (No. 5) and Micah Sumrall (No. 6) in what could be an early preview of an Olympic Trials battle.
Smith broke both backstroke world records at the 2019 Worlds at age 17. In San Antonio, she is slated to face the second-, third- and fourth-fastest U.S. women in each of the 100m and 200m backs since the start of 2019.
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7 dates, storylines to keep an eye on with the Magics 2022-23 schedule
The Orlando Magic will open their 2022-23 regular season against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 19 and their first home game will be vs. the Boston Celtics on Oct. 22 at Amway Center after the NBA released the full schedule Wednesday afternoon.
The Magic will play six of their first eight games on the road and have their longest homestand from early to mid-November before playing a balanced schedule the rest of the way.
Orlando opens training camp on Sept. 27 at its new AdventHealth Training Center.
Magic ticket plans, suites and single-game tickets will go on sale at 1 p.m. on Aug. 26. The Fast Break Monthly Pass, which was introduced last season, will return for 2022-23. It includes up to five games each month for $49. Learn more at OrlandoMagic.com/FastBreak. More information about pre-sale access can be found at OrlandoMagic.com or by calling 407-89-MAGIC.
Here are seven highlights from the schedule:Opener vs. Pistons
Paolo Banchero, the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft, will make his Magic debut when they open their season against the Pistons.
It’ll be a matchup not only between the NBA’s last pair of top picks (Banchero and Cade Cunningham), but two teams in similar stages of their rebuilds, making for a good early test in the season for both squads.Magic-Hawks rivalry?
Banchero and Dejounte Murray, who the Atlanta Hawks traded for in June, won’t have to wait long to play each other again after their social media back-and-forth following a pro-am game this summer.
Orlando’s Oct. 21 game against the Hawks at State Farm Arena will mark the second time in franchise history the Magic have opened a season with consecutive road games.Home opener vs. East champs
The Magic will play their first home game against the defending East Conference champion Celtics, who lost to the Golden State Warriors in NBA Finals.
The Celtics have won the last nine matchups against Orlando dating to the 2019-20 season.Return to national TV
The Magic’s lone game that’s scheduled to broadcast on prime national TV will come on Nov. 1 when they play the Thunder in Oklahoma City Thunder, who drafted Chet Holmgren with the No. 2 pick in the draft.
The matchup will be broadcasted on TNT. It’s the Magic’s only non-NBA TV nationally televised game. They have three games scheduled to be broadcasted on NBA TV.
Orlando, which didn’t have a national TV game on ESPN, ABC or TNT last season, are one of four teams (Utah Jazz, Pistons and Thunder) that aren’t scheduled to have an ESPN or ABC game.Matchup vs. Smith, Houston
The Magic will play the Houston Rockets and Jabari Smith, the No. 3 pick in the draft, for the first time on Nov. 7 at Amway Center.
Most media outlets predicted the Magic were going to draft Smith with the top pick before they selected Banchero.Longest home stretches
The Magic will have a season-long seven-game homestand from Nov. 3-16, matching up against the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
They’ll also have a five-game homestand from Dec. 5-14.Longest road trips
The Magic will be on a season-long five-game West Coast road trip from Jan. 7-15. They also have three four-game road trips — Dec. 16-21, Jan. 30-Feb. 5 and March 14-19. Amway Center will host games from the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball tournament on March 16 and 18.Orlando Magic 2022-23 schedule (All times Eastern, home games are in bold)
All locally televised Magic games will be aired exclusively on Bally Sports Florida. Games can also be heard on the Orlando Magic Radio Network (FM 96.9 The Game).October – preseason
Oct. 3: at Memphis (8 p.m)
Oct. 6: at San Antonio (8:30 p.m.)
Oct. 7: at Dallas (8:30 p.m.)
Oct. 11 vs. Memphis (7 p.m.)
Oct. 14 vs. Cleveland (7 p.m.)October – regular season
Oct. 19: at Detroit (7 p.m.)
Oct. 21: at Atlanta (7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 22: Boston (7 p.m.)
Oct. 24: at New York (7:30 p.m., NBA TV)
Oct. 26: at Cleveland (7 p.m.)
Oct. 28: Charlotte (7 p.m.)
Oct. 30: at Dallas (7:30 p.m.)November
Nov. 1: at Oklahoma City (7:30 p.m., TNT)
Nov. 3: Golden State (7 p.m.)
Nov. 5: Sacramento (5 p.m.)
Nov. 7: Houston (7:15 p.m.)
Nov. 9: Dallas (7 p.m.)
Nov. 11: Phoenix (7 p.m.)
Nov. 14: Charlotte (7 p.m.)
Nov. 16: Minnesota (7 p.m.)
Nov. 18: at Chicago (8 p.m.)
Nov. 19: at Indiana (7 p.m.)
Nov. 21: at Indiana (7 p.m.)
Nov. 25: Philadelphia (7 p.m.)
Nov. 27: Philadelphia (6 p.m.)
Nov. 28: at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 30: Atlanta (7 p.m.)December
Dec. 2: at Cleveland (7:30 p.m.)
Dec. 3: at Toronto (8 p.m.)
Dec. 5: Milwaukee (7 p.m.)
Dec. 7: L.A. Clippers (7 p.m.)
Dec. 9: Toronto (7 p.m.)
Dec. 11: Toronto (6 p.m.)
Dec. 14: Atlanta (7 p.m.)
Dec. 16: at Boston (7:30 p.m.)
Dec. 18: at Boston (3 p.m.)
Dec. 19: at Atlanta (7:30 p.m.)
Dec. 21: at Houston (8 p.m.)
Dec. 23: San Antonio (7 p.m.)
Dec. 27 L.A. Lakers (7 p.m.)
Dec. 28: at Detroit (7 p.m.)
Dec. 30: Washington (7 p.m.)January
Jan. 4: Oklahoma City (7 p.m.)
Jan. 5: Memphis (7 p.m.)
Jan. 7: at Golden State (8:30 p.m.)
Jan. 9: at Sacramento (10 p.m.)
Jan. 10: at Portland (10 p.m.)
Jan. 13: at Utah (9 p.m.)
Jan. 15: at Denver (8 p.m.)
Jan. 20: New Orleans (7 p.m.)
Jan. 21: at Washington (7 p.m.)
Jan. 23: Boston (7 p.m.)
Jan. 25: Indiana (7 p.m.)
Jan. 27: at Miami (8 p.m.)
Jan. 28: Chicago (7 p.m.)
Jan. 30: at Philadelphia (7 p.m.)February
Feb. 1: at Philadelphia (7 p.m.)
Feb. 3 at Minnesota (8 p.m.)
Feb. 5: at Charlotte (1 p.m.)
Feb. 7: New York (7 p.m.)
Feb. 9: Denver (7 p.m.)
Feb. 11: Miami (7 p.m.)
Feb. 13: at Chicago (8 p.m.)
Feb. 14: at Toronto (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 17-22: NBA All-Star Break (Salt Lake City)
Feb. 23: Detroit (7 p.m.)
Feb. 25: Indiana (7 p.m.)
Feb. 27: at New Orleans (8 p.m.)March
March 1: at Milwaukee (8 p.m.)
March 3: at Charlotte (7 p.m.)
March 5: Portland (6 p.m.)
March 7: Milwaukee (7 p.m.)
March 9: Utah (7 p.m.)
March 11: Miami (7 p.m.)
March 14: at San Antonio (8 p.m.)
March 16: at Phoenix (10 p.m., NBA TV)
March 18: at L.A. Clippers (3 p.m.)
March 19: at L.A. Lakers (9:30 p.m.)
March 21: Washington (7 p.m.)
March 23: New York (7 p.m., NBA TV)
March 26: Brooklyn (6 p.m.)
March 28: at Memphis (8 p.m.)
March 31: at Washington (7 p.m.)April
April 2: Detroit (6 p.m.)
April 4: Cleveland (7 p.m.)
April. 6: Cleveland (7 p.m.)
April 7: at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)
April 9: at Miami (1 p.m.)
This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Khobi Price at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.