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World men’s hockey championship quarterfinals set

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The U.S. gets the Czech Republic in the world men’s hockey championship quarterfinals in Denmark on Thursday.

In the other quarterfinals, Canada plays Russia, Sweden faces Latvia and Finland gets Switzerland. The U.S.-Czech Republic winner will play the Sweden-Latvia winner in Saturday’s semifinals.

The Americans, captained by Patrick Kane, won their first six games at a worlds for the first time at a standalone worlds (the Olympics doubled as the world championship in Olympic years as recently as 1968).

They ended group play with their first loss, 6-2 to Finland, on Tuesday. Kane tallied his sixth goal and tournament-leading 11th assist, setting the U.S. record for assists and points at a single worlds.

The U.S. is trying to earn the nation’s first world title since 1960, when the Olympics doubled as worlds, and third medal in six years. Its only title at a standalone worlds came in 1933.

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Yelena Shushunova, 1988 Olympic all-around champion, dies at 49

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Yelena Shushunova, the 1988 Olympic all-around champion, died Thursday at age 49, according to Russia’s gymnastics federation.

Shushunova died of complications from pneumonia, a Russia gymnastics federation official said, according to TASS.

Shushunova earned two golds, a silver and a bronze at the Seoul 1988 Games at age 19. She beat Romanian Daniela Silivas by .025 of a point in the all-around, needing and scoring a 10 on her final apparatus on vault.

Shushunova also earned 11 medals between the 1985 and 1987 World Championships in one of the most impressive Olympic cycles for a gymnast.

She made the Soviet national team in time for the 1984 Olympics, but the nation boycotted the Los Angeles Games.

Simone Biles details lip tattoo

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BOSTON — If you thought Simone Biles looked like nothing had changed in her comeback meet, think again.

What you won’t see on camera on the U.S. Gymnastics Championships this week is Biles’ new tattoo — on the inside of her bottom lip.

“It just says XO,” she said. “It’s a little faded. I need to get it touched up. … I’ve always wanted a lip tat, and I heard it didn’t hurt. So I went and got one.”

It was Biles’ second tattoo. She revealed in March the popular Olympic rings ink on her right forearm.

Biles said there’s a story that explains why the lip tattoo has faded, but she can’t share it.

“It has something to do with [turning 21],” she said, laughing. Biles, who turned 21 in March, paused, then added one last line.

“I’m a good child!”

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