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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Thursday at the Olympics: Team USA vs. Japan for women’s soccer gold

The women's soccer match between Team USA and Japan (12:30-3 p.m., NBCSN/NBC soccer channel) is the biggest of the Olympics. The winners get gold medals; the losers settle for silver.

But it's hard to believe it could be any more exciting than Tuesday's semifinal, when the Americans came back from three deficits to win with a goal in the 123rd minute.

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The final is a rematch of last year's Women's World Cup, in which the United States twice lost one-goal leads and lost in a shootout.

The bronze-medal game between Canada and France airs live at 6 a.m. on NBCSN/NBC soccer channel.

  • In the women's basketball semifinals, it's USA vs. Australia (10 a.m.-noon, NBCSN/NBC basketball channel) and Russia vs. France (2-4 p.m., MSNBC/NBC basketball channel).
  • In the women's volleyball semifinals, it's USA vs. South Korea (9-10:45 a.m., NBC/Ch. 5) and Brazil vs. Japan (12:30 p.m., MSNBC).

NBC primetime (7-11 p.m., Ch. 5): Track and field gold-medal finals include the men's 200m; gold-medal finals in women's platform diving; men's gold-medal final in beach volleyball; men's BMX cycling quarterfinals.

Equestrian (7-9 a.m., MSNBC): Individual dressage gold-medal final

Men's field hockey (9-10 a.m., MSNBC; 4-5:30 p.m., NBCSN): Semifinals

Women's handball (10-11:30 a.m., MSNBC): Semifinals

Swimming (10:45-11 a.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Women's 10K, marathon

Track and field (11-11:45 a.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Qualifying in the men's 4x400 relay. Double amputee Oscar Pistorius is expected to run for South Africa.

Taekwondo (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., MSNBC): Semifinals

Women's water polo (2-3 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Bronze-medal match

Men's beach volleyball (3-4 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Bronze-medal match

Women's boxing (3-6 p.m., CNBC): Flyweight, lightweight and middleweight gold-medal finals.

Wrestling (3-4 p.m., NBCSN): Women's 55kg and 72kg gold-medal finals

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