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Nathan Chen, 17, breaks Evan Lysacek record in France Grand Prix

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Nathan Chen‘s Grand Prix series debut left a mark in the record books.

The 17-year-old landed two quadruple jumps en route to a personal-best 92.85 points at Trophée de France, the highest short program score by an American under a decade-old judging system.

It broke Evan Lysacek‘s American record of 90.30 set en route to gold at the Vancouver Olympics. Chen would have scored higher if he hadn’t doubled a planned triple Axel.

Chen goes into Saturday’s free skate in Paris in second place, trailing Spanish world champion Javier Fernandez by 3.72 points. U.S. champion Adam Rippon is in fourth place, 10.32 back. Full results are here.

NBCSN and the NBC Sports app will air Trophée de France coverage Sunday from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.

Last season, Chen became the youngest man to make the U.S. Championships top three since 1973.

He landed four quadruple jumps in his U.S. Championships free skate on Jan. 24, and finished third. But later that day he aggravated a hip injury in an exhibition skate, needed surgery and was replaced on the world championships team.

Chen lost little promise, though, as he opened this season by beating three-time world champion Patrick Chan at a small event in Finland one month ago. Chen attempted five quads in his free skate there, falling twice.

Earlier Friday, world bronze medalists Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany topped the pairs short program with 77.55 points. They were 1.31 ahead of Russians Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov.

In ice dance, two-time reigning world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France performed the highest-scoring short dance for any couple this season. Their 78.26-point tally was 8.54 points clear of the field.

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U.S. short program rankings under ISU Judging System (since 2004)
1. Nathan Chen (2016 Trophée de France) — 92.85
2. Evan Lysacek (2010 Olympics) — 90.30
3. Adam Rippon (2016 U.S. International Classic) — 87.86
4. Max Aaron (2015 Tallinn Trophy) — 87.03
5. Jeremy Abbott (2012 World Team Trophy) — 86.98

Trophée de France broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)

Saturday Pairs free skate 7:45 a.m. Icenetwork.com
Saturday Free dance 9:25 a.m. Icenetwork.com
Saturday Men’s free skate 12:20 p.m. Icenetwork.com
Saturday Women’s free skate 2:30 p.m. Icenetwork.com
Saturday Free dance, pairs free 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Sunday Trophée de France 4:30-6 p.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports app

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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