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Costas ready to return for NBC

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Bob Costas will return to NBC's primetime coverage of the Sochi Olympics on Monday after a six-day absence due to an eye infection.

Costas anchored the network's coverage at the start of the Sochi Games but the eye condition worsened and NBC opted to replace him with Today Show host Matt Lauer beginning with last Tuesday's primetime show. It marked the first time since 1988 that someone other than Costas has anchored the coverage.

Lauer will handle the primetime duties one last time on Sunday night before Costas returns to the studio for Monday's broadcast.