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Denis Ten withdraws from Skate America

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Skate America lost another men’s star with the withdrawal of world silver medalist Denis Ten on Wednesday.

Ten withdrew due to illness from the Detroit event, according to figure skating writer Tatjana Flade. Skate America begins with the men’s short program Friday night.

Ten, 20 and of Kazakhstan, joins 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek in pulling out of the first Grand Prix event of the season.

Lysacek, who hasn’t competed since the Vancouver Games, withdrew on Sept. 30, citing a torn labrum in his hip. He was replaced in the field by fellow American Jason Brown.

There will be no replacement for Ten.

Their absences leave Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi as the most accomplished men’s skater in the field. The top American is reigning U.S. champion Max Aaron.

World champion Patrick Chan will make his Grand Prix debut at Skate Canada next week. Ten is entered in the Cup of China Nov. 1-3.

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Eight Russians positive in 2012 Olympic retests

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Olympic Committee says eight of the country’s athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London Games.

The brief statement from the ROC on Saturday did not give names or what disciplines the athletes were in, but said they came from three different sports.

It said further information would not be released until so-called “B samples” were tested that would confirm or contradict the retests.

WATCH LIVE: Prefontaine Classic — 3:30 p.m. ET

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U.S. Olympic track and field hopefuls compete in the biggest meet before the Olympic Trials at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, live on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

The premier annual international meet in the U.S., hosted at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, takes place five weeks before the U.S. Olympic Trials at the same venue.

The Pre Classic fields on Saturday include U.S. Olympic champions Justin Gatlin (100m), Dawn Harper-Nelson (100m hurdles), Aries Merritt (110m hurdles), LaShawn Merritt (400m) and Sanya Richards-Ross (400m).

International stars such as two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and Olympic 400m champion Kirani James of Grenada also dot the entry lists.

A full preview with start lists and highlight events to watch is here.

NBCSN will air live coverage Saturday from 3:30-5 p.m. ET. NBC will air live coverage from 5-6 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all 2 1/2 hours.

LIVE STREAM: Prefontaine Classic — 3:30-6 p.m. ET