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What to watch: U.S. vs. Canada in softball, and men’s soccer begins.

It’s Thursday at the Olympic Games, or as it is officially known, “Day Negative 1.” (The opening ceremony is on Friday.)

The fire hose of sports that will start spewing on Saturday is still but a trickle, but there are several events of note.

The Tokyo morning features three more softball games. The U.S. won its opener on Wednesday over Italy by just 2-0, so a stronger offensive performance will be sought against Canada (1-0) on Thursday at 9 a.m. (8 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday). Mexico-Japan and Australia-Italy follow.

Then in the Tokyo afternoon and evening, soccer resumes, this time the men instead of the women. The United States did not qualify for the men’s tournament, which is made up mostly of younger professionals.

The highlights of the eight games are Mexico-France in Tokyo at 5 p.m. (4 a.m. Eastern on Thursday) and Brazil-Germany in Yokohama at 8:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. Eastern on Thursday). In the 2016 Games in Rio, Brazil beat Germany in the gold medal game in a penalty shootout.

Here’s how to watch in the United States:

All times are Eastern.

  • U.S. and Canada at 8 p.m. on Wednesday on NBC Sports Network.

  • Japan against Mexico at 11 p.m., on NBCSN.

  • Italy against Australia at 2 a.m. Thursday on NBCSN.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday night in Tokyo. But the time difference with Tokyo means it will be Friday morning in the United States.

NBC will have a live morning broadcast of the ceremony, starting at 6:55 a.m. Eastern time. Savannah Guthrie, the anchor for “Today,” and NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico will host the ceremony.

Similar to years past, the network will air a packaged prime-time version of the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday.

In addition to NBC, Olympic events will be shown on the Golf Channel, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo and USA Network. Events will also be streamed on NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com and Peacock, the network’s streaming platform.

After the opening ceremony, the Tokyo Games will stretch across 16 days, culminating in the closing ceremony on Aug. 8.

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