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Matt Lauer To Replace Bob Costas On Olympic Coverage

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Matt Lauer reports for the NBC TODAY Show in the Rosa Khutor Mountain Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Matt Lauer reports for the NBC TODAY Show in the Rosa Khutor Mountain Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — NBC Olympics host Bob Costas is headed to the sidelines because of his eye infections.

NBC said Costas will be replaced on Tuesday night’s prime-time broadcast by “Today” anchor Matt Lauer.

Costas has been wearing glasses since the start of the Sochi Olympics because of an infection that reddened his left eye. On Monday’s broadcast, it was apparent the infection had spread to his other eye. It has become the topic of much conversation on social media.

Costas told Lauer on the “Today” show Tuesday morning that NBC is going to the bullpen, “and you’re Mariano Rivera.”

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