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Kerri Walsh Jennings: ‘I miss Misty every day’

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Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings is enjoying early success with new partner April Ross, but she still gets nostalgic about her previous teammate, Misty May-Treanor.

“The hardest part about transitioning from Misty to April is just the bittersweetness of it. I miss Misty every day,” Walsh Jennings said, according to The Associated Press. “Sometimes I get a tear in my eye, and sometimes it makes me giggle.”

May-Treanor retired after she and Walsh Jennings won their third straight Olympic beach volleyball title in London in 2012. No other beach pair, men or women, has won two golds since the sport was introduced in Atlanta in 1996.

Walsh Jennings, 35, had her third child in April 2013 and then began playing with Ross. Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor beat Ross and Jennifer Kessy in the 2012 Olympic gold-medal game.

Walsh Jennings and Ross won two of three FIVB tournaments together last year and captured the 2014 season-opening event in China, a female record 47th career title for Walsh Jennings.

They’ll next play in the AVP season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla., this weekend.

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USA Hockey to start reaching out to potential replacement players

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USA Hockey will begin reaching out to “alternate players” to determine their interest in playing for the U.S. at the women’s world championship next week amid a potential boycott by its national team.

The contact is taking place in the event a resolution cannot be reached between USA Hockey and the women’s national team in a wage dispute.

“It’s important for everyone to understand clearly that our objective is to have the players we named as the U.S. women’s national team be the ones that compete in the world championship,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, in a statement. “Productive conversations have taken place this week and are ongoing in our collective efforts to reach a resolution.”

The alternate players are in the professional NWHL and college, according to USA Today.

The world championship tournament starts March 31 in Plymouth, Mich.

As of Thursday evening, no resolution has come between USA Hockey and its women’s national team. Neither side has said when its next scheduled meeting will take place.

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NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

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International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel tells The Associated Press he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be cleared to play in the South Korea Olympics next year.

NHL team owners have made it clear they don’t want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury. The reluctance has come up before and yet the NHL has participated in the Olympics since 1998. This time, however, there seems to be an impasse.

The head of the NHL Players Association, Donald Fehr, says the players want to participate and hopes the league will take advantage of the chance to market the game in Asia.

However, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says without “material change to the current status quo, NHL players will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

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