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Adelina Sotnikova out for Grand Prix series with torn ankle ligament

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Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova will miss not only this week’s Rostelecom Cup but also the NHK Trophy figure skating competition on Thanksgiving weekend due to a torn ankle ligament, according to reports.

Sotnikova’s injured leg is in plaster, and she will have to wear a cast for three weeks, according to R-Sport. The 18-year-old hasn’t competed in top-level international competition since winning gold in Sochi.

It was announced Friday that Sotnikova would miss this week’s Rostelecom Cup.

In Sochi, Sotnikova became the first woman to win Olympic figure skating gold with zero prior World Championships medals, giving her more to prove in her follow-up season than perhaps any champion before her.

Sotnikova won a minor event in Russia last month. She hopes to compete at the Russian Championships, Dec. 24-29, according to The Associated Press.

She was ninth at the 2013 World Championships.

The only Olympic singles skating champions to compete in a Grand Prix series event the following season were Russian Alexei Yagudin in 2002 (withdrew after the Skate America short program) and Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu at Cup of China this weekend.

Hanyu collided with another skater during his free skate warm-up Saturday (video here), bled from his chin, fell five times in his performance and finished second.

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IOC pledges €500,000 to help restore Notre Dame ahead of 2024 Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee plans to donate €500,000 ($562,000) to the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in the 2024 Olympic host city.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that he wants to see Notre Dame restored within five years.

“The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,” IOC president Thomas Bach wrote in a Wednesday letter to Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet, according to a translation by Agence France-Presse, which reported Notre Dame is on the planned marathon and road cycling routes. “All the Olympic Movement and in particular the IOC have been extremely touched by the instantaneous connection the French have made between Notre Dame cathedral and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

More than $500 million has been pledged overall from around the globe after a fire ravaged the 850-year-old cathedral on Monday.

NBC News has more on the Notre Dame fire here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Patrick Kane joined by NHL All-Stars on world championship roster

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NHL All-Stars Jack EichelRyan Suter and Cory Schneider join previously named captain Patrick Kane to lead the U.S. at next month’s world hockey championship in Slovakia, seeking the nation’s first title at a standalone worlds since 1933.

Sixteen players were added to the roster in Thursday’s announcement with more to come before worlds open May 10 and more teams get eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, making more players available. The IIHF allows up to 25 players per nation.

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill will be the U.S. head coach for a third straight worlds. The Americans lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 and earned bronze in 2018, sandwiching an Olympic quarterfinal exit in PyeongChang without NHL players.

Sweden is trying to become the first nation to three-peat at worlds since the Czech Republic in 2001.

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Preliminary IIHF World Championship Roster
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Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks)
Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres)
Luke Glendening (Detroit Red Wings)
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes)
Chris Kreider (New York Rangers)
Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings)
James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia Flyers)
Frank Vatrano (Florida Panthers)
Colin White (Ottawa Senators)

Defensemen
Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks)
Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings)
Brady Skjei (New York Rangers)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild)

Goalies
Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks)
Cayden Primeau (Laval (AHL))
Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)