Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 3 - Men's Training

WATCH LIVE: Russia vs. Finland in ice hockey quarterfinals, featuring Alex Ovechkin

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One pressure-packed elimination game down, ideally three more to go for the Russian men’s ice hockey team.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY – Quarterfinals

Finland vs. Russia: 7:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN) – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Russia dispatched Norway 4-0 in the qualification playoffs, but that’s child’s play compared to facing a Finnish team that some believe is a dark horse candidate for gold. More than that extra game, this represents Russia’s challenge in coming up a little bit short of expectations in group play. No doubt about it: Alex Ovechkin (pictured) and his teammates face a lot of pressure. Semyon Varlamov is another Russian to spotlight, as his start in net surprised some who expected Sergei Bobrovsky to go on Wednesday.

On Finland’s side, they have a solid mix of NHL players. The question is: will this be six-time Olympian Teemu Selanne’s last Olympic games?

Miles Chamley-Watson takes fencing to New York City streets (video)

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Miles Chamley-Watson may be an Olympian and World champion, but many people with those titles can walk the streets of New York with nobody looking twice.

It’s a different story when he’s in competition uniform.

Chamley-Watson showed just how useful his fencing training, stances and equipment — especially his foil blade — can be.

The 29-year-old Chamley-Watson just missed an Olympic medal three years ago, finishing fourth with the U.S. foil team in London. He also fell in the round of 32 in the individual foil.

Chamley-Watson, a 6-foot-4, tattooed model, rebounded to win the 2013 World Championship individually. 

However, he is not assured of making the Rio Olympic team.

Chamley-Watson is ranked No. 11 in the world, behind three other Americans — No. 1 Race Imboden, No. 3 Alexander Massialas and No. 8 Gerek Meinhardt.
A maximum of three Americans can compete individually in Rio in the foil. Three would also compete in the team event, with, possibly, a fourth fencer as a replacement athlete who could be subbed in and out during the team event rounds.

MORE FENCING: How much longer will Mariel Zagunis compete?

Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

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 (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.

The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.

Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.

MORE: Complete 2024 Olympic bidding coverage