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China upsets Brazil in women’s volleyball quarterfinals

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Four years after winning gold in women’s volleyball, Brazil’s dreams of retaining that title on home soil came to an end late Tuesday.

China upset Brazil in five sets, winning 15-25, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13, and they’ll take on Netherlands in the semifinals as a result. After a first set in which the host Brazilians were in complete control, China struck back at a time when some teams would have simply folded.

BarnettBrazil’s loss makes U.S. the new favorites

Brazil led 11-6 at one point in the second set, but China rebounded by scoring the next five points to tie the set at 11 points apiece. From that point forward the set was tight with regards to the score, with a fault by Sheilla giving China the 25-23 victory. China would take the third set as well before Brazil evened things up at two sets apiece, sending the match to the decisive fifth set.

Neither team would lead by more than two in the final set, with Zhu Ting’s spike being the final point of the match.

Brazil’s defeat means that not only will there be a new Olympic champion, but there won’t be a rematch of the 2012 gold medal match either. The U.S., which took silver in London four years ago, advanced with a win over Japan earlier Tuesday and will face Serbia in Thursday’s semifinals. And with Brazil no longer in the picture, Karch Kiraly’s team is now the favorite to take home gold.

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

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)

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

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