Fifth Avenue Mile headlined by Olympic medalists on NBC Sports

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It’s been six years since Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz won the Fifth Avenue Mile. In that stretch, Jenny Simpson has won it five straight times.

Centrowitz and Simpson stand out among 18 total Olympians entered in Sunday’s Fifth Avenue Mile, an annual road mile stretching 20 blocks in New York City adjacent to Central Park. A full elite field is here.

NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app air live coverage at noon ET. NBC Sports Gold airs live, commercial-free coverage.

It’s part of a weekend of track and field action as the outdoor season wraps up (aside from marathons). The IAAF Continental Cup, featuring U.S. 100m champion and Diamond League 200m champion Noah Lyles, airs live on NBC Sports Gold on Saturday (8:20 a.m. ET) and Sunday (8:30).

Centrowitz, who in Rio became the first U.S. Olympic 1500m gold medalist in 108 years, finished sixth, fourth and second in three Fifth Avenue starts since his lone victory in 2012.

Meanwhile, rival Nick Willis of New Zealand took the title three of the last five years. Willis, a double Olympic 1500m medalist, has won the Fifth Avenue Mile four times, tying the men’s record, and goes for No. 5 on Sunday.

Centrowitz and Willis know each other well in New York City, having also been the leading men at the Wanamaker Mile at the annual indoor meet, the Millrose Games, held in February. They’re joined in Sunday’s field by Olympians Lopez Lomong and Boris Berian, among others.

Simpson owns the overall Fifth Avenue record with six titles including the last five in a row. The dominant U.S. female middle-distance runner of the last decade also boasts a world 1500m title and an Olympic bronze medal.

She equaled the event record last year, winning in 4:16.6. Simpson’s competition includes Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist and world champion Emma Coburn.

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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)