Patrick Chan, Yevgenia Medvedeva lead world champions sweep of Skate Canada

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian star Patrick Chan overcame a fall to win Skate Canada International on Saturday night.

The three-time world champion’s ambitious new program included three quad jumps. He landed the first, fell on the second, and turned the third into a triple, but held on to win with 266.95 points. Full results are here.

“Good that I committed to it and rotated it. That was one of my fears going in, I was hoping I would still commit and attack it, and I did,” Chan said. “I hung on, and I know it won’t be this generous later in the season. It’s nice but I’m also not celebrating, because I know this was a lucky strike.”

Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan was second, and Canada’s Kevin Reynolds finished third.

World champion Yevgenia Medvedeva of Russia won the women’s title in the afternoon with 220.65 points.

The leader after the short program easily outdistanced Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond, who got 206.45 points, a career best. Japan’s Satoko Miyahara was third at 192.08 points.

American Mirai Nagasu finished 11th and last.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the ice dance title in their first major international event since the Sochi Olympics, and Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford overcame a nasty fall to win the pairs title.

The Grand Prix series continues this week with the third of six Grand Prix Final qualifying events, Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, featuring world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain and 2015 Skate America winner Max Aaron. NBCSN will have coverage Sunday from 10-11:30 p.m. ET.

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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, a report that USA Hockey would not confirm.

U.S. captain Meghan Duggan has said every player in the U.S. national team player pool, plus under-18 national team players, committed to not playing at worlds unless the wage dispute is resolved.

“We are confident that they [potential replacement players] would choose not to play,” the U.S. players said in a statement.

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. They met formally on Monday for more than 10 hours, with both sides calling it productive.

“We ask that they approve the original agreement that, the players believed, was acceptable to both parties after Monday’s meeting,” the players said in a statement. “Unless there is an agreement, the players remain resolved to bypass the defense of the world championship.”

Neither side has said when the next meeting will take place.

On Tuesday, USA Hockey said it postponed a pre-worlds camp that was to run through next Tuesday in Traverse City, Mich., and canceled a scheduled Friday exhibition against Finland.

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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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