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How to watch World Figure Skating Championships

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The World Figure Skating Championships kick off in Saitama, Japan when the best skaters in the world vie for the titles. Saitama was the site of two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu‘s first world title. This year, he will face reigning world champion Nathan Chen in their first head-to-head since the PyeongChang Olympics.

Joining Chen from the U.S. at worlds are Vincent ZhouJason BrownBradie TennellMariah BellAshley Cain and Timothy LeDucMadison Hubbell and Zachary DonohueMadison Chock and Evan Bates, and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker.

Entry lists and results are here.

World Figure Skating Championships broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)

Tuesday

Pair’s short program: 9:30 p.m. (GOLD)

Wednesday 

Ladies’ short program: 2 a.m. (GOLD); also on NBCSN beginning at noon

Pairs’ free skate: 9 p.m. (GOLD); also on NBCSN beginning Thursday at 1 p.m.

Thursday

Men’s short program: 3 a.m. (GOLD); also on NBCSN beginning at 3 p.m.

Rhythm dance: 11 p.m. (GOLD); also on NBCSN beginning Friday at 7 p.m.

Friday

Ladies’ free skate 4:30 a.m. (GOLD); also on NBCSN beginning at 9 p.m.

Free dance: 11:30 p.m. (GOLD)

Saturday

Men’s free skate: 4:30 a.m. (GOLD); also on NBCSN beginning at 1 p.m.

Coverage of the ladies’ and men’s free skates begins at 8 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, April 14: World figure skating championships coverage at 3 p.m.

MORE: Ladies’ preview | Pairs’ preview | Men’s Preview | Dance Preview

As a reminder, you can watch the world championships live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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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)