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Madison Hubbell, Zachary Donohue win dance gold at U.S. International Classic

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Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won the ice dance event at the U.S. International Classic on Saturday, the first true weekend of figure skating competition for the 2018-19 season.

Hubbell and Donohue, the reigning U.S. champions and 2018 Worlds silver medalists, scored 197.42 points overall. Their free dance is set to a medley of songs from the 1996 film “Romeo and Juliet.”

“We are proud of ourselves that after a tough season and a long tour [with Stars on Ice], we have pushed ourselves to be ready by this competition again,” Hubbell said. “We are really excited for this year.”

Americans Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko finished second with 174.04 total points while Japan’s Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto tallied 142.93 points to finish third.

Japan’s Satoko Mihyahara took the ladies’ crown, the only woman in the field to break the 200-point barrier in Salt Lake. Miyahara scored 201.23, with South Korea’s Eunsoo Lim scoring 187.30 points for second place. She was joined on the podium by South Korean teammate Yelim Kim, who totaled 176.65 points.

At Lombardia Trophy, another figure skating competition happening this weekend in Italy, Japan’s Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno ran away with the men’s title. He scored 276.20 overall points to notch the victory, just over 25 points ahead of second-place finisher Dmitri Aliev of Russia.

One of Italy’s home teams, Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri, were crowned champions in the ice dance field. They scored 193.28 points, while American sibling duo Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons edged out Spain’s Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin for second place, 170.68 to 169.47.

Many top skaters next compete on the Grand Prix circuit, which kicks off October 19-21 with Skate America in Everett, Washington. All of the Grand Prix action can be found streaming live on NBC Sports’ Gold Figure Skating Pass. Check out the full Gold Figure Skating Pass schedule.

Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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